Sunday, September 27, 2015

Establishing worship and spending from that, bestowed by God

Establishing worship and spending from that, bestowed by God

Surah ‘Al-‘Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verse – 3b of 286, Section – 1 of 40 (Part - 1)

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

And establish worship
Wa yuqiimuunas-Salaata


Yuqiimuuna - Establish, Set up, Settle (oneself in a position), Place (someone) in a position, Prove the truth of (an event), Cause people to accept (a belief)
‘As-Salaata - Literal meanings of this word are, “prayer, blessing; benediction”.

    Establishing prayer means that “the individual should offer the prayer with entire terms and restrictions as well as fall prostrate along with others too, to perform this duty. In the phrase of Divine Law of Islam ‘as-Salaah is used for a particular worship that is called Prayer. Name of this worship is kept ‘as-Salaah because maximum part of this worship comprises on blessings. In this worship along with Tongue, Heart and outward parts of Body also ask for blessing.

     After belief in the Unseen second good manner of the temperate is being mentioned that “they establish worship regularly.” Prayer is the best source of leaning before GOD, declaring one’s devotion, producing deep connection with ALLAH, and arranging unity and discipline among entire people of the nation. The prayer is the most superior act to all bodily worships. And it is the best method of declaration about belief and Oneness of GOD. An individual has many advantages in it like code of morality, medically and materially as well as collectively, the nation has social advantages.

      All Muslims, after being pure and clean, stand in a row behind the spiritual guide (Imam) five times a day turning towards the temple of Makkah (Masjidul Haraam). They promise for brotherhood among them and devotion, standing in front of ALLAH. By this worship, hearts of all participants (worshippers), who stay collectively in a line, become sacred from impurity, envy and selfishness. Mutual friendship, love and equality increases with it. The participants of this collective prayer perceive and help in one another’s trouble and distress etc. The person stops committing sins and shamelessness.

      Passion of obey to commander grows by establishing this method of worship. The nation learns the lesson of punctuality and regularity. So in the raising days of Islam, success of Muslims was due to their establishment of worship. Infamous people who were not under any sovereignty, became a disciplined nation by establishing prayers and proved themselves model of unity.

     It is Hadith from the last Prophet (peace be upon Him), “the prayer is the only difference among Muslim and Infidel”. We should observe ourselves in the light of this Saying that, which society do we belong to? In another Hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon Him) said that the prayer is ascension of the Believer. He will be unlucky, who does not want to reach this higher rank.

     Prayer is a worship which is useful i.e. in moral and spiritual, individual and collective matters. Therefore, it is determined a pillar of the religion.           

And spend of that We have bestowed upon them
Wa mimmaa razaqnaahum yun-fiquun


RazaqNaahum - We have bestowed upon them. These are two words, “We have bestowed” and “upon them”. The word, “RazaqNaa” has vast meanings in Arabic Language. All types of favors and blessings come in it whether that is external as wealth, health, children etc. or internal as knowledge, wisdom and understanding etc. In the rewards of GOD, wealth is a great grant. It is evident from this verse that everything is granted by Allah and which gifts are rewarded to the mankind, all are bestowed due to HIS kindness.

yun-fiquun – They spend. Third attribute of those persons, who fear from GOD heartily - is being narrated in this part of the verse. That, whatever GOD has bestowed upon them, they spend out of it in reasonable and needful situations, for just and useful purposes. It is a great sacrifice, to spend the wealth for the sake of Allah. There are many people who perform only physical worship but do not like to spend any penny. This kind of avarice is dangerous in this world and for the Day of Resurrection.

Whenever friends, relatives and parents of any person turn to him for help in their needs, at that time he displeases them and the stingy denies. And then a difference comes in his business, because they give up co-operation with him. Besides this, when there is no custom for support of any needy, orphans and helpless people in the society and expenditure in public welfare, correctness of the national affairs and defense extensions are stopped, then all the people are entangled in trouble and resultant, personal wealth goes to end.

On the Doomsday it will be the consequence of frugality that if love of wealth settles down in the heart and at the time of death, the soul of mankind leaves body, it remains very much restless due to the love of the wealth and this unreasonable love appears as snakes, scorpions and Fire in the form of wrath. So, Allah has taught the mankind to sacrifice their property for their religious as well as worldly success. And like that, they should spend from His given strengths, abilities and qualifications to serve the humanity.

It is our duty not to withdraw from serving the common people with our all struggles, strengths, abilities and wealth, and we should participate whole heartily according to our ability. This is the best for the nation, the country and for every individual. 

Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)