Lesson # 397
Observe your duty to God with right observance
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran - 3), Stage – 1,
Verse – 102 of 200, Section – 11 of 20, (Part – 4)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
102. O ye who believe! Observe your duty to Allah with right observance, and die not save as those who have surrendered (unto Him)
102. Yaaa-‘ayyuhal-laziina ‘aa-manut-taqUllaaha haqqa tuqaa-tiHii wa laa tamuutunna ‘illaa wa ‘antum-Muslimuun.
Auspicious Existence of the Messenger of God Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) and blessings of His Company were described in the previous lesson. In addition, it was narrated: How a Muslim can go to the darkness of Infidelity after acquiring the Light of Belief, in the existence of Allah’s Beloved Messenger, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) and his teachings. The Muslims are being preached in this verse, “Observe your duty to Allah with right observance, and die not save as those, who have surrendered (unto Him) so that God Almighty keep you steadfast on the Path of Guidance.
Haqqa tuqaa-tiHii - (with right observance), we must fear Allah Almighty; as though and as much as; we have to Observe our duty to Him with right observance. About God fearing, abstinence, and piety, it has been explained many times earlier, and the word “Taqwaa” has also been used separately.
Taqwaa is the Spirit of Islam and Belief, because it is difficult to spring up the Islamic characteristics and chaste life without living with virtuousness, care and looking after. Therefore, God Almighty commanded here: “Observe your duty to Allah with right observance, and die not save as those who have surrendered (unto Him)”. As though, Messenger of Allah Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) said himself, “Belief is in between the Fear and the Hope”. The earth and the skies, the sun and the moon, the rivers and the mountains, the forests and a meadow, the animals, the vegetation and the plants, the minerals, the fossils and the stones etc, on the whole, the entire existing things have been created by God Almighty and are in His Grasp. Any atom of the world cannot move hither to thither without His order. Life and death of the human beings are in His Hand and their standing and sitting, walking and moving is under His Jurisdiction. Living in poverty and prosperity is according to written fate of Allah Almighty. Briefly, even every ordinary movement of the humanity is in the Power and authority of Allah Almighty. Therefore, whose right observance can be more than Allah Almighty on the human life? While the humankind is indigent of God Almighty for his life and its continuance at every step, then it is necessary for him to fear from Him as much as He has the right to be afraid from Him.
In the second piece of the verse, Allah Almighty commanded the Muslims: “And die not save as those who have surrendered (unto Him)”, do not commit any act against Islam, your life and death must be purely at Islam, it is due upon you that you should not die till the time, you don’t become a true and perfect Muslim. In other words, it means that, you should remain living with Islamic glory every second and every minute. Who knows that when the death comes? Infidelity, devilishness, greed and selfishness should never cause to winnow near oneself during the lifetime. This is the form only; in which we can come out with credit in the obedience of His Order that we should Live for Islam and Die for Islam.