(5:120) لِلّهِ مُلْكُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ وَمَا فِيهِنَّ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ
I often used to think why does Allah (s.w.t) has to repeat such ayaat again and again in the Quran. I mean, yeah we know Allah (s.w.t) has created everything but why not tell us something new instead? But then I thought, Allah (s.w.t) didn’t have any word limit for Quran that He repeated same ayaat just to reach that word limit. There definitely has to be a better reason for this repetition.
And as we started the third chapter of Fiqh ul Quloob, I begin to realize, why!
Everytime we read such ayaat, we pass by them in the same fashion, not pausing to ponder on them. But I was amazed how the writer has split this up into small relatable pieces and had explained it from different angles.
وفاوت القدير العليم بين صفاتها فمنها ثابت لا يتحرك، ومنها متحرك لا يسكن، ومنها حار وبارد, وأبيض وأسود، وناطق وصامت، ورطب ويابس، وعذب وملح، ولين وخشن وسائل وجامد
The writer mentioned a lot of things in a lot of ways but I liked this the most:
وهو سبحانه العليم القدير الذي أظهر بعض مخلوقاته وأخفى بعضها.. فأظهر الدنيا وأخفى الآخرة.. وأظهر الأبدان وأخفى الأرواح.. وأظهر الأجساد وأخفى العقول.. وأظهر قيمة الأشياء وأخفى قيمة الأعمال.. وأظهر المخلوقات وحجب نفسه عن خلقهه
[Rough Translation]:”And He, the Glorified, the Knowledgable, the Almighty, is the One who unveiled some of His creation but concealed some others.. So He unveiled the world but concealed the hereafter.. And unveiled the flesh but concealed the souls… and unveiled the bodies but concealed the intellect.. And unveiled the value of the things but concealed the value of the deeds.. And He exposed His creation but kept Himself hidden from His creation.”
And how he ends this with this ayah, Epic!
(31:11) هَذَا خَلْقُ اللَّهِ فَأَرُونِي مَاذَا خَلَقَ الَّذِينَ مِن دُونِهِ بَلِ الظَّالِمُونَ فِي ضَلَالٍ مُّبِينٍ
“Such is the Creation of Allah: now show Me what is there that others besides Him have created: nay, but the Transgressors are in manifest error.”
Recently, I came across many pictures showing people with amazing talents making amazing things like craving out horses from the snow, portrait of a lady made by cocoa beans or nails, amazing oil painting of natural things which seem unbelievably real. And naturally, when I saw them, I was like ‘Wow! Awesome!’
But hang on a second, these people are exhausting their talents in an attempt to capture the glimpse of the creation that already exists. And their ‘masterpiece’ is just an imagery of Allah’s creation which is not even His masterpiece, for His masterpiece is Jannah – which no mind can reach, even in imagination. Subhan Allah!
We all see these amazing creations of Allah everyday, everywhere but we don’t appreciate their beauty, let alone reflect upon the Greatness of their Creator. This is the reason (in my opinion, there could be others, Allahu ‘alam) that Allah (s.w.t) has repeated these ayaat, for He knew that they are the ones which will not be given their due, the most.
May Allah give us such insight which allows us to look at this world from a Momin prespective. Ameen.