With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Sura 35 (Fatir)
Mankind as khalifah (successor)
“He it is That has made you inheritors (khalifah) in the earth: if, then, any do reject (Allah), their rejection (works) against themselves: their rejection but adds to the odium for the Unbelievers in the sight of their Lord: their rejection but adds to (their own) undoing.”
Allah SWT has conferred upon mankind a great favour by bestowing upon him the role of khalif. With this role comes a great responsibility. For example Dawood AS in Sura 38 verse 26 is reminded of his role as khalif and in acting in this position he is told to effect judgement exclusively by the standard of Truth (Haqq) – which is Allah’s revelation (47:2) and not deviate according to his own wishes and desires (where these conflict with the Haqq). Likewise, believers should also do so, and the first step in fulfilling this role of khalif is to educate ourselves of the Haqq – al Quran. See 47:2 where haqq is found in Allah’s revelation. The verse concludes aptly by informing us that no one is forced to accept Allah’s laws but if we reject His commandments, such rejection will have self destructing consequences.