Here is post number 2 in the series of Divine Speech Gems:
Allah says in the Quran:
“Allah chooses Messengers from angels and from men. Verily, Allah is All-Hearer, All-Seer.” [22:75]
And strive hard in Allah’s Cause as you ought to strive (with sincerity and with all your efforts that His Name should be superior). He has chosen you (to convey His Message of Islamic Monotheism to mankind by inviting them to His religion, Islam), and has not laid upon you in religion any hardship, it is the religion of your father Ibrahim (Abraham) (Islamic Monotheism). It is He (Allah) Who has named you Muslims both before and in this (the Quran), that the Messenger (Muhammad SAW) may be a witness over you and you be witnesses over mankind! So perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), give Zakat and hold fast to Allah [i.e. have confidence in Allah, and depend upon Him in all your affairs] He is your Maula (Patron, Lord, etc.), what an Excellent Maula (Patron, Lord, etc.) and what an Excellent Helper! [22:78]
1. There is a difference between how Allah selects Messengers. He (subhanahuwata’ala) selects Messengers out of angels(Jibreel) and people. So there are two kinds of Messengers.
2. He has selected all of you. Selection of believers.
- Messengers being selected:
- Istifaa: A choice entirely purely your own for which you owe no one an explanation. (ie: I like black. I don’t owe anyone an explanation for why I like black; i just do)
- Allah has selected him (Messengers) already
- This word basically implies the following: Allah chose…. and you be quiet. You have no place to ask. You—referring to the people who question the Messenger and question why he was chosen and they were not. (ie: Quraysh leaders)
- Innallaha yastafee. He chose.
- Believers being selected:
- Ijtibaa: necessitates the preexistence of a task.
- When you have a task at hand.
- You choose people who are qualified.
- Allah has told us loud and clear that each and every one of us has been chosen because we are qualified for the pre existing job. You are qualified. SubhanAllah. :)
3. What’s the job?:
- Struggle for Allah as is worthy of that struggle. (as it should be). Haqqa Jihadihi.
- Wajtabakum–you are qualified comes before the struggle
- Few ayahs before: they didn’t appreciate Allah.
- Wamajala alaykum–and Allah has not laid upon you in religion any hardship. This is proven when we think of the story of Ibrahim (AS). Allah made it easy for him.
- Millata abeekum Ibrahim–you are the continuity of Ibrahim (AS). Did Ibrahim (AS) have an easy track? Was his life a piece of cake? Let’s think of the tasks he was assigned to do. He had to:
- i. Slaughter his son
- ii. Jump into fire
- iii. Ibrahim (AS) takes his family to the dessert. Scorching sun. He has to walk away without looking back.
- iv. What he did is unfathomable
- v. Allah sent the ayah that everything will be okay AFTER he jumped into the fire
- vi. Allah made it easy for Ibrahim (AS), what do we have to whine about? We don’t make sacrifices like Ibrahim (AS)
- vii. Sense of purpose in life.
- viii. Next part of ayah says what the jobs are (salah, zakaat, etc.)
Now would be a good time to thank Allah (subhanahuwata’ala) BIG TIME for making us Muslims.