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Muslim nation is flag-holder of Oneness of God

Muslim nation is flag-holder of Oneness of God

Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verses –115 & 116 of 286, Section – 14 of 40 ( - 1)


BisMIllaahir-Rahmaanir-Rahiim
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Unto Allah belong the East and the West, and whither-soever ye turn, there is Allah’s Countenance. Lo! Allah is All-Embracing, All-Knowing.
Wa  LIllaahil-Mashriqu wal-Magrib;  Fa-‘aynamaa tu-walluu fa-samma waj-hUllaah.    ‘InnAllaaha  Waasi-‘un ‘Aliim.

Lesson
         
Waj-hu – literally it means “Face”. Its other meanings are body, person, kind, nature. So it aims that “to which side you will turn God Almighty exists there”. Wherever you will go you will find Allah there. The East and the West, the North and the South, all belong to Allah Almighty.

During the times of Ignorance, the people had faith, “Allah Almighty is also under the bondage of Time and space, so we should turn our bodies towards that particular side”. They used to suppose such direction at their own, and after turning their faces to that side, they used to worship. In this matter, there was a dispute also among the Children of Israel and the Christians themselves. Each religious group had fixed a direction and they meditated this direction better.

The Holy Qur’an refuted this false belief of theirs and commanded that Allah Almighty is neither limited in any enclosure of particular space of worship, nor He is imprisoned in any place or direction, but wherever He will be called with purity and sincerity He will be attentive. He does not belong particularly to any particular place, city or direction.
 
God Almighty likes neither only the East, and nor only the West but all the directions are of Him. He has already surrounded the entire Universe. He is unlimited. He exists everywhere. So by turning on any place or side, He will be called with sincerity, He shall be attentive. He knows very well that who calls Him with the true heart and who calls Him only to show others.

One reason of the Revelation regarding this verse is narrated as it that; because it is difficult for the traveler and the rider to know the direction of the Temple of Makkah, so for that time, it has been commanded that turning on which direction you will worship, that will be accepted because God Almighty masterly exists in every direction and every place. Accordingly, this is the matter that; if you do not know the correct direction of the Temple of Makkah, you should offer prayer turning to that side to which your heart witnesses. And if you are riding on any conveyance, and direction of conveyance changes, you would have to continue and complete your temporary prayer.

And they say: Allah hath taken unto Himself a son. Be He glorified! Nay, but whatsoever is in the heavens and the earth is His. All are subservient unto Him.
Wa qaalutta  -khazAllaahu  waladan, SubhaanaH.  Bal-laHuu  maa fis-samaawaati  wal-‘arz.  Kullul-laHuu  qaanituun.

Lesson
         
In the previous verse, it has been discussed that the perception of the Children of Israel and the the Christians that Allah Almighty likes a particular direction, is incorrect, “so Allah Almighty refuted it that: We should turn to such particular direction for turning towards Him, and commanded that He is not bound in any side or boundary of any place of worship. But He is the Master of the entire Universe and there are no limitations for Him, so you can turn your faces and bodies to any side for His worship. He will be attentive unto you.

‘Itta  -khaza – (has, have, make, catch, to choose, to elect, to fix upon, to assume, to adopt), translation of all the words is understood as the same.
Qaanituun – (subservient, loyal, servant), Singular to this word is Qaanat, which means the person; who obeys the command, is obedient. The word Qanuut has been derived from it too. The Prayer in the Witr prayer is called “the Qanuut prayer” because it contains complete obeying and obedience of Allah Almighty in it.

The Christians had another wrong belief that God Almighty has adopted the Jesus Christ (peace be upon Him) as His son (Let us flee to Allah). This faith of theirs’ is the worst kind of plurality with God Almighty. Allah Almighty commands that He is Pure and Sacred from their all these types of false talks regarding the plurality. He has no child. He is One. He is Master of the entire Universe. All that is present in the earth and the skies, is obedient of His Order. His Emperor is everywhere. His relation with the creature is such as the entire universe, the demons and the human beings are worshipers and obedient to Him (only one Worshiped). He is Lord and God of all. The entire things in the universe have bent their heads before His Order. It is also the human beings’ excellence, if they bend their heads in front of Him and not to obey anyone else except Him.

  Muslim nation is Flag-holder of Oneness of God and she preaches the faith: The infidelity (i.e. ascribing plurality) to Allah is the greatest sin. We should avoid from it and we should believe in the Unity of God by our hearts.

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