In the name of Allah the most Beneficent the most Merciful,
إِنِّي آمَنتُ بِرَبِّكُمْ فَاسْمَعُونِ
“Indeed, I have believed in your Lord, so listen to me.”
Dear reader,the context of this verse was as follows.Two Messengers were sent to a certain town and the inhabitants of that town belied them.God reinforced these two Messengers with a third Messenger and still the stubborn folk belied them.It happened that a certain man from a nearby city heard of this and he come rushing to this town.After calling them to faith he ended his short yet profound speech with this statement,”Indeed, I have believed in your Lord, so listen to me.”
He said I have believed in your Lord.He did not say I have believed in my Lord but rather I have believed in your Lord.The Lord who sent those three Messengers was their Lord too.All of us have One Lord.Our Master,Cherisher and Sustainer is One.This is a beautiful reminder.All of us bore witness to the fact that Allah is our Lord but unfortunately most of us forgot.Allah says:
وَإِذْ أَخَذَ رَبُّكَ مِن بَنِي آدَمَ مِن ظُهُورِهِمْ ذُرِّيَّتَهُمْ وَأَشْهَدَهُمْ عَلَى أَنفُسِهِمْ أَلَسْتَ بِرَبِّكُمْ قَالُواْ بَلَى شَهِدْنَا أَن تَقُولُواْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ إِنَّا كُنَّا عَنْ هَذَا غَافِلِينَ
And [mention] when your Lord took from the children of Adam – from their loins – their descendants and made them testify of themselves, [saying to them], “Am I not your Lord?” They said, “Yes, we have testified.” [This] – lest you should say on the day of Resurrection, “Indeed, we were of this unaware.”
Allah is indeed Kind to us and praise is due unto Him as befits His Majesty for sending mankind Prophets and Messengers to remind them of this covenant.
The speaker in the verse we are looking at today (Quran 36:25) said I have believed. What is the significance of believing in our Lord?What benefits accrue from this belief?SubhanaAllah(Exalted is Allah) the benefits are profound.Some of these include:
- Paradise: Quran 2:25 وَبَشِّرِ الَّذِين آمَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ الصَّالِحَاتِ أَنَّ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الأَنْهَارُ كُلَّمَا رُزِقُواْ مِنْهَا مِن ثَمَرَةٍ رِّزْقاً قَالُواْ هَذَا الَّذِي رُزِقْنَا مِن قَبْلُ وَأُتُواْ بِهِ مُتَشَابِهاً وَلَهُمْ فِيهَا أَزْوَاجٌ مُّطَهَّرَةٌ وَهُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ and give good tidings to those who believe and do righteous deeds that they will have gardens [in Paradise] beneath which rivers flow. Whenever they are provided with a provision of fruit therefrom, they will say, “This is what we were provided with before.” And it is given to them in likeness. And they will have therein purified spouses, and they will abide therein eternally.
- Mercy :Quran 45:30 . فَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ فَيُدْخِلُهُمْ رَبُّهُمْ فِي رَحْمَتِهِ ذَلِكَ هُوَ الْفَوْزُ الْمُبِينُ ” So as for those who believed and did righteous deeds, their Lord will admit them into His mercy. That is what is the clear attainment.”
- Protection from the accursed satan Quran 16:99 انه ليس له سلطان على الذين آمنوا وعلى ربهم يتوكلون “Indeed, there is for him no authority over those who have believed and rely upon their Lord.”
The above 3 are just examples of the many promises(Brother Anwar may Allah have mercy on him came up with 25 promises) that Allah has made to the believers.
Coming back to our verse(Quran 36:25) the believing man ended his speech by saying listen to me. One must listen to the Message and the Messenger and act on what one hears of commands that are from Allah the Exalted Most High.
Allah our Lord praises those who listen and follow the best of speech;
الَّذِينَ يَسْتَمِعُونَ الْقَوْلَ فَيَتَّبِعُونَ أَحْسَنَهُ أُوْلَئِكَ الَّذِينَ هَدَاهُمُ اللَّهُ وَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمْ أُوْلُوا الْأَلْبَابِ
Who listen to speech and follow the best of it. Those are the ones Allah has guided, and those are people of understanding.”
The pre-requisite of obtaining guidance is to listen to what the Messenger of God teaches(or read it if its in written from) and Allah knows best.
Alhamdulillah (praise is due to Allah).
Asalaam aleykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh(May peace and the mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you)