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In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

Your obedience does not benefit Him, and your sins do not harm Him. He ordered you to this and forbid you from this only for what benefits you.

It is a fact that Allah the Almighty does not benefit from anyone’s obedience, for He is the Most Wealthy and the Most Gracious. No one’s sins do harm Him neither do the sins of all people, for He is dignified beyond any harm from anyone because of His unreachable Glory. He ordered obedience and forbade sin for reasons that only bring man limitless benefit and profit. One should always be thankful for this blessing and always be mindful of it.

The legislations sent by Allah the Almighty upon His servants and worshippers were and still are the best means for them to ensure a good life – as described in the Qur’an (An-Nahl 16: 97). These legislations do regulate the relationship of the individual with his own self, his fellow Muslims and the human society. As for the Legislator Himself, Allah the Almighty, He was, still is, and will be in no need of any of His creation. It is beyond imagination that the Creator be in need of what He has created or originated; rather, the contrary is what can be understood and digested as rational and logical.

Allah the Almighty says in His Ever-Glorious Qur’an what may mean,

{I created the jinn and humankind only that they might worship Me. I seek no livelihood from them, nor do I ask that they should feed Me. Lo! Allah! He it is that giveth livelihood, the Lord of unbreakable Might.} (Adh-Dhariyat 51: 56-58)

Allah the Almighty originated the universe and subjugated it to the service of man in a way that cares about and caters for his existence, interests and needs. If I give my pen free rein, it will need to write volumes and volumes on the details of creation and neither it, nor I or anyone else will ever be able to count or calculate the marvels of Allah’s Creation in the seen universe; then, what about the unseen universes and worlds?!

All that lies in the heart of the earth and all that grows on it are designated to fulfill man’s needs and wishes. Similarly, the space and skies and what is therein are designed to help man arrange his time and seasons in a way that may help him; without which he may get lost in certain circumstances such as when he is in either the desert or sea. In short, Allah the Almighty made this whole universe a sincere servant of man; acting as man may demand, need, or even wish for.

Likewise, Allah the Almighty sent man a legislation system regulating his relationship with the whole universe which He created and subjugated for man to ease his life on earth. Through that legislation system, one is shown how to deal with himself, his fellow human beings, and the whole universe; it is Allah Who commands, rather than advices, us to observe that system for our own good and benefit.

Hence, we should understand that Allah’s orders and prohibitions are nothing but a gift from Him to us; through which we can attain happiness and prosperity in both this present life and the hereafter.

The Ever-Glorious Qur’an explains to us that Allah the Almighty does not – through these legislations – want us to go through any hardship or difficulty; rather, He wants us to gain all goodness and welfare as much as we can depending on our obedience to Him and excellence in carrying out His Orders. He says in His Ever-Glorious Qur’an what may mean,

{…This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My Favor unto you, and have chosen for you as religion AL- ISLAM.} (Al-Ma’idah 5: 3),

{Whosoever doeth right, whether male or female, and is a believer, him verily We shall quicken with good life, and We shall pay them a recompense in proportion to the best of what they used to do.} (An-Nahl 16: 97),

{…Allah desireth for you ease; He desireth not hardship for you.} (Al-Baqarah 2: 185), and

{…He hath chosen you and hath not laid upon you in religion any hardship.} (Al-Hajj 22: 78)

Consequently, Allah the Almighty revealed to us the creed (`aqidah) to help us know something about His Divine Self and to assure us that everything lies in His Hand and that He is the Only One Who can cause benefit or harm to anyone.

As for the Acts of Worship (`ibadat), we need them as they are the food needed for strengthening the (`aqidah) within the self, mind, and heart and to come to the level of certainty (yaqin) through it.

We ask Allah the Almighty to grant us a degree of certainty that does not involve the slightest sign of doubt or suspicion. Amen!

Now, let us summarize the above word of wisdom by Ibn `Ata’illah as follows: Your obedience does not benefit Allah and your disobedience does not harm Him. He has only ordered you to do this and prohibited you from doing that for your own gain; you have to be a hundred percent quite sure of this!

Finally, let us live for a few minutes with the following lengthy and beautiful Qudsi Hadith that is narrated on the authority of Abu Dharr al-Ghifari (May Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) as he relates from his Lord (May He be glorified) the following:

O My servants, I have forbidden injustice for Myself and have made it forbidden amongst you, so do not wrong one another.

O My servants, all of you are astray except for those I have guided, so seek guidance of Me and I shall guide you.

O My servants, all of you are hungry except for those I have fed, so seek food of Me and I shall feed you.

O My servants, all of you are naked except for those I have clothed, so seek clothing of Me and I shall clothe you.

O My servants, you sin by night and by day, and I forgive all sins, so seek forgiveness of Me and I shall forgive you.

O My servants, you will not attain harming Me so as to harm Me, and will not attain benefitting Me so as to benefit Me.

O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to be as pious as the most pious heart of any one man of you, that would not increase My kingdom in anything.

O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to be as wicked as the most wicked heart of any one man of you, that would not decrease My kingdom in anything.

O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to rise up in one place and make a request of Me, and were I to give everyone what he requested, that would not decrease what I have, any more than that a needle decreases the sea if put into it.

O My servants, it is but your deeds that I reckon up for you and then recompense you for, so let him who finds good praise Allah and let him who finds otherwise blame no one but himself.” (Muslim, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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