In the name of Allah the Most Beneficent the Most Merciful,
“قَالَ رَبُّ الْمَشْرِقِ وَالْمَغْرِبِ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ”
[Moses] said, “Lord of the east and the west and that between them, if you were to reason.”
Dear reader,every slave has a master.You and I are slaves.This may sound abhorrent to you but bear with me.What is the main characteristic of a slave?
- A slave is owned wholly by the Master
- A slave has no complete freedom
- A slave is expected to obey without question
- The Master can do whatever he wishes to his slave
- The Master is expected to take care of the slave
- The Master tells the slave what is expected of him
- The slave is expected to have good attitude towards his master
Dearest reader,if you look carefully at the above qualities one thing should have become evident a human can never be a slave to another human being.Yes I am aware slavery did and does exist but it is not complete slavery.No human being completely owns another.If the slave dies he no longer belongs to the master and vice versa.
In Islamic history Muslims had what is referred to as slaves but if you look at the Islamic and Arabic vocabulary you notice something amazing.Never are the referred to as slaves.The Islamic terminology for it is what you right hands possess.There is a profound reason for this.
You and I are slaves.Slaves of Allah.He created us and owns us completely.Everything that exists animate & inanimate,tangible & intangible all belong to Allah.Only He is the true Master.In the first Surah (loosely translated chapter) of the Quran Allah introduces Himself to us as:”Lord of the worlds ”
Slavery to Allah however is not humiliating or demeaning.It is not unjust.It is actually true freedom.Allah is Perfect.Any imperfection you can think of does not apply to Him.Every perfection applies to Him.He is completely Perfect so do not be repulsed by the idea of being His slave.The reason is all of us are slaves.Some are slaves to other humans,some to their desires and some to idols.In Islam Allah is pleased with us and will love us if we just simply submit.Its His right for us to enslave ourselves to Him wholeheartedly.He who accepts will get bliss in this world and the next.He who refuses will have His Lord to answer to.
Now in the verse above,Moses the Prophet of Allah was addressing pharaoh. Pharoah was an arrogant tyrant in the land.He claimed to be the god,lord and sovereign of Egypt.He forget he was a slave of Allah and thus made such a tall claim.He oppressed the children of Israel and committed unspeakable atrocities against them.
Thus Moses upon whom be peace was sent by God to free the Children of Israel from the shackles of slavery.Thus when he went to pharoah he told him what God had told him(Moses) to say.
Pharoah asked who is the Lord of the Worlds?Moses replied,”“The Lord of the heavens and earth and that between them, if you should be convinced.”Pharoah then mocked Moses but Moses was not deterred.He continued to give the message,”Your Lord and the Lord of your first forefathers.”Pharoah stated name calling Moses but did Moses stop?No he continued,””Lord of the east and the west and that between them, if you were to reason.”Moses addressed this to all those who were present.Surely even that which Pharoah claimed Lordship over was an infinitesimal part of the Supreme Lordship of Allah.
Pharoah could not take it anymore since he did not have any strong argument against Moses’ statements.Thus he did what most tyrants do he threatened Moses with imprisonment if he took a god besides him.SubhanaAllah(Exalted is Allah)These dear reader are the fruits of the seeds of arrogance.The end consequences of the arrogant who do not repent is the humiliation of hell.
Dear reader,Allah is your Lord.He is Kind,Merciful and Generous to you.Why would you deny Him?If you Please Him by doing what He orders you to you will be pleased.If you displease Him you will be displeased.Why earn His wrath when He has told us through His Messenger Muhammad (upon whom be peace) that His Mercy prevails over His wrath.If Allah loves you all the angels will love you and so too the righteous people and acceptance will be placed for you on the earth.
Accept you Lord.If you deny Him He is still your Lord but you will be a loser in that case.If you accept your Lord you will achieve supreme success.
Beware of taking Lords(Masters) besides Allah for he who does so has fallen into the worst sin i.e polytheism.
Praise is due to Allah the True Lord who is the Master of all that began to exist.
and Allah knows best.
Asalaam aleykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.(May the peace and Mercy and Blessings of Allah be upon you.)