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August 2002
Volume 15-08 No:188

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Qur'an Speaks to You


Believers should Surrender to Allah Alone

Believers should Surrender to Allah Alone

In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Beneficent
Believers, if you obey those who have rejected faith, they will cause you to turn back on your heels
and you will be the losers. Indeed, Allah alone is your Lord Supreme and
He is the best of all who brings succour.

We shall strike terror in the hearts of the disbelievers because
they associate partners with Allah (something) for which he has never sent down any warrants.
Their abode is the fire and evil indeed is the dwelling place of the wrongdoers.

(The House of Imran, "Al Imran"; 3: 149-151)
Commentary by Sayyid Qutb.
Translation: M A Salahi & A A Shamsi


Qu'ran Speaks to You

We commented last month on the first two of these three verses which warn the believers against paying any heed to what the disbelievers say. Utter loss is bound to befall the believers as a result of such obedience since the over-riding aim of disbelievers is to turn the believers back on their heels so that they may abandon their faith and adopt erring ways. If they maintain their faith and implement it in full submission to Allah, they will continue to receive full support and help from him because He is their Supreme Lord who promises to protect them and preserve their faith. A believer, therefore should weigh up the loss he is bound to suffer as a result of abandoning his faith against all the gains that are bound to accrue to them as a result of having Allah’s support if they remain on Allah’s side.

What can be the motive of obeying disbelievers except having their help and protection? Such hopes are only an exercise in self-delusion which the Quran does not stop to discuss. Instead, it reminds the believers of the true protection and support they should seek: “ Indeed, Allah alone is your Lord Supreme and He is the best of all who brings succour.” Believers may not seek help and support from any other quarters. For what use is the help given by creatures to one who is helped by the Creator? The Surah gives more re-assurance to the believers giving them the happy news of Allah’s plan to strike terror in the hearts of their enemies because they associate with Him partners against all His express orders. Indeed, Allah has given those partners no power of any sort. Moreover in the Hereafter, the wrongdoers will have further punishment. “ We shall strike terror in the hearts of the disbelievers because they associate partners with Allah-something for which He has never sent down any operation in the universe.” It is only when such harmony is achieved that Allah gives it effective force which enables it to work and have high effect. Otherwise it remains shaky, false, powerless although at one time or another, it might appear tempting and mighty.

The polytheists ascribe divinity to deities other than Allah in different ways and forms. The very concept of polytheism is based essentially on giving certain fundamental qualities to beings other than Allah. One of the most important of these essential qualities and attributes is the right to issue legislation which may affect any aspect of human life and the right to establish values which people should implement in their community and observe in their behaviour. Also the right to establish one’s own power over others and to make other people submit to such legislation and implement such values is another aspect of practical polytheism. Offering actual worship to beings other than Allah is just another aspect which means, as we have said ascribing godhead qualities to beings other than Allah. How much harmony do these have with the truth upon which the universe has been founded? Allah who has no partners has created the universe so that it points to a single Creator. All creation must submit to Him alone without partners and must receive from Him alone their laws and values and must offer worship sincerely and genuinely to Him alone. Whatever is in conflict with the general and comprehensive meaning of the concept of the Oneness of Allah is false and contrary to the truth inherent in the universe. Hence it is weak, shaky, devoid of any power and authority and cannot have any genuine effect on the course of life. Those who associate partners with Allah-something for which He has never sent down any warrant-their abode is the fire and evil indeed is the dwelling place of the wrong doers.

A promise by Allah, the Almighty, to strike terror in the hearts of the disbelievers is sufficient as a guarantee to bring the battle to a decisive victory for the believers. It is a promise which holds true in every confrontation between faith and unfaith. Every time, the disbelievers come face to face with the believers, a feeling of fear begins to overcome them, because Allah strikes that feeling in their hearts. What is important for this feeling to surface is that believers truly feel their faith. They must genuinely submit themselves to Allah alone and have total confidence in Allah’s help and entertain no shred of doubt that victory will be given to Allah’s soldiers and that Allah will accomplish His will and that the disbelievers can never resist what Allah wants to accomplish. At one time or another, appearances may point out to a different result, but the believers have to trust in Allah’s promise because it will always come true, regardless of what people may see with their own eyes or judge with their minds.

The believers will feed terror in their hearts, because they do not rely on any firm support. They have no power of their own and they do not enjoy the support of any powerful source. They have attributed to Allah partners who have no authority or power of their own because Allah has never bestowed any warrant on them. The expression, “ something for which He has never sent down any warrant,” is particularly significant. It is frequently used in the Quran sometimes to describe the partners associated with Allah, and at other times, it describes false beliefs. It points to a basic and fundamental principle. An idea, a principle, a person or an organisation can live, survive and be effective only according to what it enjoys of real force. Such force is always commensurate with its share of the truth. This means that it is only powerful in direct proportion of its concordance with the basic principle which constitutes the foundation of the universe and with the laws Allah has set in life. As for those polytheists who associate with Allah partners for whom He has never sent down any authority, they have no firm support to rely upon. They will always be weak and they will experience terror whenever they come face to face with the believers who rely on the mighty truth. This promise always comes true in any confrontation between truth and falsehood. Many a time, falsehood may have every type of armament when it confronts the truth which has no weaponry whatsoever. Nevertheless, falsehood mobilises its forces and feels a shiver going through its constitution.

It shudders at every movement and at every shout. If the truth makes a sudden attack, confusion will be spread within the ranks of falsehood although it may have great numerical superiority. All that takes place in fulfillment of Allah’s true promise: “ We shall strike terror in the hearts of the disbelievers because they associate partners with Allah-something for which he has never sent down any warrant.” All this takes place in this life. As for the hereafter, a dismal and sorrowful destiny awaits the wrongdoers: “their abode is the fire and evil indeed is the dwelling place of the wrongdoers.” At this point, the Surah takes them back to the fulfillment of Allah’s promise in the battle of Uhud in particular. The Muslims enjoyed at first a clear victory. Disbelievers were killed right, left and centre until they began to turn on their heels, leaving much of their equipment and armament as spoils of war. Their banner was on the ground and there was none to lift it until a woman managed to lift it up for them. That clear victory turned into a defeat of the Muslims only when a group of them, the rear-guard, weakened before the temptation of sharing in the spoils. They disputed among themselves and then violated the express orders of Allah’s messenger (peace be upon him), their Prophet and leader.

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