Surah Hajj (22) 23/11/2015


With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 22 (Hajj) (Monday)

Feeble is false worship

Verse 73-74: O men! Here is a parable set forth! listen to it! Those on whom, besides Allah, ye call, cannot create (even) a fly, if they all met together for the purpose! and if the fly should snatch away anything from them, they would have no power to release it from the fly. Feeble are those who petition and those whom they petition! No just estimate have they made of Allah: for Allah is He Who is strong and able to carry out His Will.

Such a simple yet powerful example is provided. With all the greatness and development of the human race, we are still not able to produce an insignificant and often time irritating creature like a fly. This should be a humbling realization. It is such that we cannot even control such a creature but yet the Allah is the one that creates and controls all things and deserves our subservience.

The verse ends with a play on humour. Feeble is the petitioner and the petitioned – imagine a human with all the great capability and intellect subjects himself to the rules of an inanimate stone. Has not man weakened himself by such bondage whereas Allah (SWT) seeks to free us from being subservient to anything but Him – the All Great, Master of the Universe.

Continues tomorrow…