May 19, 2024

Surah Ibrahim – Ayah 11

اَلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ
اَعُوْذُبِااللّٰہِ مِنَ الشَّیْطٰنِ الرَّجِيْم
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

*_Today’s Thought for the day is from Surah Ibrahim Ayah 11_*

*قَالَتۡ لَهُمۡ رُسُلُهُمۡ اِنۡ نَّحۡنُ اِلَّا بَشَرٌ مِّثۡلُكُمۡ وَلٰـكِنَّ اللّٰهَ يَمُنُّ عَلٰى مَنۡ يَّشَآءُ مِنۡ عِبَادِهٖ‌ؕ وَمَا كَانَ لَنَاۤ اَنۡ نَّاۡتِيَكُمۡ بِسُلۡطٰنٍ اِلَّا بِاِذۡنِ اللّٰهِ‌ؕ وَعَلَى اللّٰهِ فَلۡيَتَوَكَّلِ الۡمُؤۡمِنُوۡنَ.(11)*

*_Their Messengers said to them: Indeed we are but human beings like yourselves, but Allah bestows His favour upon whomever He wills of His slaves. It is not within our power to bring you any proof except by Allah’s leave. And in Allah let the believers put their trust.(11)_*

پیغمبروں نے ان سے کہا کہ ہاں ہم تمہارے ہی جیسے آدمی ہیں۔ لیکن خدا اپنے بندوں میں سے جس کو چاہتا ہے (نبوت کا) احسان کرتا ہے اور ہمارے اختیار کی بات نہیں کہ ہم خدا کے حکم کے بغیر تم کو (تمہاری فرمائش کے مطابق) معجزہ دکھائیں اور خدا ہی پر مومنوں کو بھروسہ رکھنا چاہیئے.(11)

The disbelievers put up a objection and another is a demand when they were invited by the Messengers.

1) You are a man like all of us.
2) Perform the miracle which we propose for us.

*Replying to them the Messengers did not deny their human status.* On the contrary they confirmed it, but they draw their attention to the favours Allah Azzawajal gives when HE SWT chooses human messengers and gives them what they need in order to be fully equipped to discharge their great duty.‼️ *The office of prophethood is not such as a man would attain it by his efforts, but that it is a gift and grace from Allah Azzawajal, which HE may grant to anybody HE may like.*

_As for producing clear proof, which means a miracle or some supernatural event, the messengers make it clear to their communities that this is something determined by Allah Azzawajal alone._ This cannot be achieved, for we reserve the right not to perform any miracles without Allah Azzawajal’s permission.
Finally the Messengers declared this permanent truth of having tawakkal in Allah Azzawajal against all threats and resistance to the work of Dawah by making it clear that a believer does not place his trust in anyone other than Allah Azzawajal. He turns to no one else for help or support, and he seeks refuge with none other than HIM.

*_Act of the Day is:_* to understand and thank Allah Subhanahu wa taa’la for choosing mankind and honouring by the choice of one of its number to undertake this great task of receiving a message from on high.‼️ *It is also a special favour granted to mankind, so that they can come out of darkness into the light.* _Their faculties of reception and understanding are reawakened so as to resume an active life after a long state of stagnation._

–The Messengers try to make people realize very clearly *the difference between Godhead and their own mortal beings.* _They want them to understand the true significance of the oneness of God who is unlike anyone else in nature and attributes._❗ *The lack of such clarity was the source of the great confusion into which pagan beliefs had sunk, as well as the church concepts which mixed Christianity with the pagan beliefs of Greece, Rome, Egypt and India.* The starting point in this confusion into which Christianity had sunk was the attribution of supernatural powers to Prophet Jesus(AS) himself, leading to a great mix-up between the Divine Being and HIS servant, Jesus (peace be upon him).

*_May Allah Subhanahu wa taa’la grant us clarity of the religion and save us from falling into Bidah and shirk. Aa’meen Ya’Rabbul Aa’lameen._*

JazaK Allâhu khair!