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Reflections on the Verse: {Indeed, those who have said, "Our Lord is Allah" and then remained Steadfast…}: 1. 

Praise be to Allah. May His peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad. I bear witness that there is no God but Allah alone and he has no partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is his slave and His Messenger. After that;

Allah Almighty revealed this noble Quran in order that the people might reflect upon it and act in accordance with its rulings. Allah says:

{أَفَلَا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْآنَ أَمْ عَلَى قُلُوبٍ أَقْفَالُهَا}.

{Then do they not reflect upon the Qur'an, or are there locks upon [their] hearts?}. (Muhammad: 24).

Based on this glorious verse, let us listen to a verse from the Book of Allah, and reflect upon what is in it. Allah says:

{إِنَّ الَّذِينَ قَالُوا رَبُّنَا اللَّهُ ثُمَّ اسْتَقَامُوا تَتَنَزَّلُ عَلَيْهِمُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ أَلَّا تَخَافُوا وَلَا تَحْزَنُوا وَأَبْشِرُوا بِالْجَنَّةِ الَّتِي كُنْتُمْ تُوعَدُونَ * نَحْنُ أَوْلِيَاؤُكُمْ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ وَلَكُمْ فِيهَا مَا تَشْتَهِي أَنْفُسُكُمْ وَلَكُمْ فِيهَا مَا تَدَّعُونَ * نُزُلًا مِنْ غَفُورٍ رَحِيمٍ}.

{Indeed, those who said, "Our Lord is Allah " and then remained on a right course - the angels will descend upon them, [saying], "Do not fear and do not grieve but receive good tidings of Paradise, which you were promised * We [angels] were your allies in the worldly life and [are so] in the Hereafter. And you will have therein whatever your souls desire, and you will have therein whatever you request [or wish * As accommodation from a [Lord who is] Forgiving and Merciful}. (Fusilat: 30 – 32).

His saying: {Indeed, those who have said, "Our Lord is Allah " and then remained on a right course}. Ibn Kathir said: “They performed their acts of worship with sincerity for Allah, and they acted obediently to Allah according to what He had prescribed for them”. (See Tafseer Ibn Kathir, 12/234).

Imam Az-zuhri said: "Umar recited this verse on the Mimbar(pulpit), and then said: And then steadfast on a right course obediently to Allah, and they did not turn away furtively as the turning of the fox". (See Tafseer Ibn Kathir, 12/234).

On the authority of Sufyan bin Abdullah Ath-Thaqafee (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:

[قُلْت: يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ! قُلْ لِي فِي الْإِسْلَامِ قَوْلًا لَا أَسْأَلُ عَنْهُ أَحَدًا غَيْرَك؛ قَالَ: قُلْ: آمَنْت بِاَللَّهِ ثُمَّ اسْتَقِمْ].

[I said, "O Messenger of Allah, tell me something about Islam which I can ask of no one but you."He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "Say I believe in Allah and then be steadfast]. (Recorded by Muslim).

And the slave would not be on the path of righteousness until his will, act of deeds and statements be in accordance to the law of Allah, and the Sunnah of His Messenger (peace be upon him). Allah says:

{فَاسْتَقِمْ كَمَا أُمِرْتَ وَمَن تَابَ مَعَكَ...}.

{So remain on the right course as you have been commanded, [you] and those with you…}. (Hud:112).

He, the exalted says: {Remain on a right course as you have been commanded}, and he did not say: as you wish. Indeed, the right guided person is he who walks erect on a right path.

To be continued, Insha Allah…


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