It is that time of the year again. The blessed month is upon us. The month of blessings and mercy. Most importantly, it is the month in which the Quran was revealed. This gives it my most favorite name, the month of the Quran.
I officially welcome you to this year’s Quran series. This year, the theme for the series is HOPE! We aim to pick out a particular verse in each Juz that will, by God’s Mercy, make us feel inspired to do good in this world and hope for the best in the hereafter.
We set off the series with a verse in the first chapter of the Quran; the mother of the book, Surah Al-Fatiha. This verse is recited in each of the 5 daily prayers incumbent on all Muslims around the world.
The great Islamic scholar, Ibn Taymiyah said that all the books of God were summarized into the Quran. And the whole Quran was summarized into Surah Al-Fatiha. But Surah Al-Fatiha was summarize in this one specific verse.
Other salaf said that Al-Fatihah is the secret of the Quran, while this verse is the secret of Al-Fatihah. And the verse is:
إِيَّاكَ نَعۡبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسۡتَعِينُ
“It is You we worship, and it is You we ask for help from” – Quran 1:5
The verse is famous among the people of knowledge, not because of its marvelous lyrical composition and simplicity but because of its ability to hold immense meaning in just a few words.
This verse explains the entire Islamic religion of strict monotheism in terms of worship and in complete reliance to God.
The verse frees us from all our fears and all our anxieties. Out of all the things that claim to have power over us we choose the most powerful of them to worship and rely on; and He is the one God, possessor of all the strength and might. All other creatures submit to Him, all the spirits, all the presidents, your teacher, your parent, your boss, everyone and everything submits to His will.
SHEIKH HASSAN: “This verse is the reason mankind and the Jin were created. In Surah Dhariyat (51:56), God says that He did not create the humans and the Jins except to worship Him. So in this verse lies a commitment to God by the worshiper that we are doing exactly what we were created for.”
There is a lot to this verse of course but we pray that you will convince your soul and your heart that God is far greater than all your fears and challenges. We hope that you submit yourself to God and worship Him alone, and he wont forsake you when you need Him most.
Assalaam alaikum. Thanks for the support. Stay tuned for the next verse tomorrow in shaa Allah