|Originally posted by abjad
Recetly did a tafsir course online. As we came to a verse which says " Allah is the creator of heavens and earth ..."
Does God need our obedience so badly that He has to demand it so insistently from us? Is He, too, like the rulers of the world so power-hungry that He has to insist His rule cannot be sustained without these subjugating us?
She showed us some pictures of astronomical sizes of various planets / stars in the universe.
We realize this earth is pretty small in comparison to other planets in our solar system, as well as our sun.
Then she compared the size of our sun with other suns in the galaxy - in comparison the size of our earth looked almost insignificant.
Then she showed stars of other galaxies much bigger than the stars of our own galaxy - it was some experience to know the comparitive sizes, especially in context of the verses which say ALLAH is THE CREATOR of Heavans and Earth.
And ... all in the heavens and earth do not even have the potential to disobey Him except us humans who are given a choice.
Were we to imagine our own sizes in comparison to the biggest stars that exist in this universe - are we significant? If not, then its prepostorous to even think that our worship or obedience is of any merit to Allah.
He has said in the Quran that nothing decreases an iota from His dominion if we obey or disobey.
So, point to ponder, whose is the real benefit in obeying Him?
Also let us be reminded of the hadith of the prophet (sallallahu alaihe wassallam) that no one will enter paradise except through the mercy of Allah. And when he was asked ' not even you O messenger of Allah' he said, not even I unless He covers me entirely in His mercy.
Point to ponder from this is - our deeds (worship and obedience) alone do not gain us a passport to paradise.
Why should we obey Him in the first place? We obey Him because He is our creator, creator of the heavens and earth and all that is in between them.
We obey Him because He controls everything, and we control nothing not even our own breaths that sustain our life. Not even the oxygen in this air that we need to sustain our live, not even the air pressure that is so necessary for us to take in the right amount of oxygen to sustain life!
If we obey Him by choice, the benefit is ours - if we disobey by choice, He can replace us with other people as He wills.
Wanu nazzilu minal Qurani ma huwa
Shafaa un wa rahmatun lil mo'mineena
wa la yaziduzzalimeena illa khasara.