Which Is Greater?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Students of Qur’an

وَإِذْ قَالَ إِبْرَاهِيمُ لأَبِيهِ آزَرَ أَتَتَّخِذُ أَصْنَامًا آلِهَةً إِنِّي أَرَاكَ وَقَوْمَكَ فِي ضَلاَلٍ مُّبِينٍ 74

And [mention, O Muhammad], when Abraham said to his father Azar, “Do you take idols as deities? Indeed, I see you and your people to be in manifest error.”

وَكَذَلِكَ نُرِي إِبْرَاهِيمَ مَلَكُوتَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ وَلِيَكُونَ مِنَ الْمُوقِنِينَ الآفِلِينَ 75

And thus did We show Abraham the realm of the heavens and the earth that he would be among the certain [in faith]

فَلَمَّا جَنَّ عَلَيْهِ اللَّيْلُ رَأَى كَوْكَبًا قَالَ هَـذَا رَبِّي فَلَمَّا أَفَلَ قَالَ لا أُحِبُّ الآفِلِينَ 76

So when the night covered him [with darkness], he saw a star. He said, “This is my lord.” But when it set, he said, “I like not those that disappear.”

فَلَمَّا رَأَى الْقَمَرَ بَازِغًا قَالَ هَـذَا رَبِّي فَلَمَّا أَفَلَ قَالَ لَئِن لَّمْ يَهْدِنِي رَبِّي لأكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْقَوْمِ الضَّالِّينَ77

And when he saw the moon rising, he said, “This is my lord.” But when it set, he said, “Unless my Lord guides me, I will surely be among the people gone astray.”

فَلَمَّا رَأَى الشَّمْسَ بَازِغَةً قَالَ هَـذَا رَبِّي هَـذَآ أَكْبَرُ فَلَمَّا أَفَلَتْ قَالَ يَا قَوْمِ إِنِّي بَرِيءٌ مِّمَّا تُشْرِكُونَ78

And when he saw the sun rising, he said, “This is my lord; this is greater.” But when it set, he said, “O my people, indeed I am free from what you associate with Allah.

إِنِّي وَجَّهْتُ وَجْهِيَ لِلَّذِي فَطَرَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ حَنِيفًا وَمَا أَنَاْ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ79

Indeed, I have turned my face toward He who created the heavens and the earth, inclining toward truth, and I am not of those who associate others with Allah .”

[Al-Quran: Surah Al-‘Anam:74-79]

Which is Greater? The Stars?…. The Moon?…. The Sun?

The Answer is: None!

The reality is ….  That surely:

الله اكبر

In the above ayahs (verses), Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) mentions the incident of Ibrahim (عليهِ سلام)and how he was sent as a messenger to a group of idolatrous people. His people worshipped stars, the moon, the sun and around 50,000 idols!

As Prophet Ibrahim (عليهِ سلام) was concerned and worried about his people, he tried to turn them away from their superstitious beliefs and tried to convince them of the absolute truth of Allah (سبحانه وتعالى)’s Greatness.

He uses his intelligence and profound wisdom, to make people think, reflect and rationalize by providing them evidences from the Universe. He hopes for them to eventually come to the conclusion that indeed Allah  (سبحانه وتعالى) is One and He is the Only One.

 

 

 

 

About Quran Reflections

Al-Huda's branch at Khayaban-e-Sehar is one of the few Quran courses being regularly conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, where the mode of instruction and examination is English. The students and teachers have decided to upload their reflections on the Quran and class notes on this blog, in order to be available to a global audience for the latter's benefit and inspiration.
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One Response to Which Is Greater?

  1. samarhasan85 says:

    Beautiful mashaAllah!:)
    I love the simplicity and sincerity in the faith of Ibrahim (as) !
    May Allah Help us all love Allah the way Ibrahim (as) did, Ameen

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