Thoughts Lead To Appreciation
57. Say: “I am on Clear Proof from My Lord, but you disagree with Him. I do not have what you seek impatiently. Judgement is but Allah’s. He decrees the Truth, and He is the Best of Distinguishers.”
If we teach ourselves and our children to tell right from wrong, best from better or good, should Allah Whom we worship not be the Best of Distinguishers? Of course He is.
58. Say: “If I had what you seek to hasten, the issue would have been settled between you and me. Allah knows best the wrongdoers.”
Previously, Allah made clear He knows those who show Him gratitude. Now, He states He also has extensive and superior information regarding the delinquent. Why on earth should anyone imagine that Allah is unaware of those who offend, bully, and oppress themselves and others?
59. He has the keys and treasures of the Unseen, none knows them but Him. He knows whatever is on land and in the sea; no leaf falls without His Knowledge. There is no granule in the deepest recesses of the earth nor anything fresh or dry, but is written in a clear Record.
This is what I call knowledge precision. It does not get better than that. Why does Allah place so much emphasis on telling us about His Knowledge?
He knows our secrets and our manifestations. He knows our due remunerations. He knows the grateful and the reprobates. And now, He knows every particle in and on land and sea. When we say “Allah knows best”, do we really believe and mean it or has the phrase become a sentence punctuation?
60. He is The One Who takes your souls at night, and He has knowledge of all you did during the day. Then He wakes you up again that a term appointed be fulfilled. In the end unto Him will be your return. Then He will inform you of what you used to do.
The first highlighted statement again tells us about Allah’s Knowledge. The second tells us of Allah’s Witness on the Day of Judgement.
61. He is the Irresistible, Supreme over His Slaves. He sends guardians over you, until when death approaches one of you, Our Messengers take his soul, and they never abandon their duty.
Allah protects us and authorized His Angels to preserve us. What does Allah preserve us from? Why should He bother to protect us if some believe He needs us harmed to admit us to Jannah? Obviously, He protects us, first, from ourselves and our destructive tendencies. He also preserves us from external harm. Why do some individuals insist on returning or remaining in hurtful experiences? Even a child is very wary of pain that he/ she steers clear of fire after the initial burn.
64. Say: “Allah rescues you from these and all (other) distresses, and yet you worship others!”
Yes, He does rescue us, even though some would rather He did not, so they can play victim.
65. Say: “He is Powerful to send torment on you from above or from under your feet, or to cover you with confusion in party strife, and make you to taste the violence of one another.” See how variously We explain the Aayaat (proofs, evidences, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), so that they may understand.
It is within Allah Power to inflict us with vicious civil conflicts. He is also The One Who saves us from such negative tendencies. So should we perceive Him as our nemesis (hell) or our Protector? I go for Protector, for even if He does strike us with national unrest, we are to flee to Him.
62. Then they are returned to Allah, their Protector and Ally, The Reality. Does Judgement not belong to Him? And He is the Swiftest in taking account.
I affirm Allah’s Exclusive Prerogative to Judgement.
Interesting facts that those fond of threatening others with hell need to consider:
a) Hell belongs to Allah Himself.
b) The Day of Judgement is Allah’s.
c) Although there are numerous accounts of people being brought out of hell due to the influence of humans, i.e. Prophets, etc, there is no record, to my knowledge of anyone being sent to hell on the words or plea of a human.
This is truly from Allah’s Mercy, for some individuals would have driven others into hell if they (the former) had such ability.
d) Allah knows our circumstances.
e) Allah’s Judgement is based on His Witness, Noble Witnesses i.e. Angels and Prophets, and the witness of our organs. If we really believe in Allah, His Angels, His Prophets, in our case Muhammad, and the Last Day, we should not have a problem with the Fairness of Allah and His Messengers as Witnesses and the Fairness of Allah’s Judgement.
f) Allah’s Judgement is not based on the witness of those who wrong or oppress us.
This is of utmost importance. The misconception of what frames Allah’s Judgement is a basis for so much focus for those who believe in living as miserable a life as possible here on earth, as if Allah would ask those who oppress us to testify whether we cooperated in our own oppression or not.
g) Allah placed some individuals over us, just as He placed us over others. His Judgement is based on our conduct and not on the conduct of others.
If those placed over us oppresses us, we are judged not necessarily by the oppression itself – a point worth noting, as some Muslims believe being a victim is a ticket to Jannah – but by our conduct during the oppression. What did we do about the oppression? What did we think of Allah at that time?
This Ayah ends by distinguishing Allah’s Judgement from any other we may be accustomed. His Judgement is not a prolonged affair. There is no adjournment, postponement or delay tactics by the judge, prosecutor or defence. His Judgement is very swift and accurate.
The Ayah commenced with Allah as Our Ally and Protector, the central focus was on His Attribute as a Judge and closed with a clarification of His Judicial Process, a swift one. As the Judge Himself is an Ally Who is Precise, Meticulous and Brisk, what is the overemphasis on hell? Do those individuals not regard Allah as an Ally?