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Comparing Allah to human kings

Published: 25/08/2011 12:31:00 PM GMT
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Many people argue that we have to approach Allah through the religious people (who have already passed way) who are claimed to have saintly status. We are the sinners, so we cannot plea to Allah directly. They give the example that we can not go directly to the king, president and other high-profile people. We need to get the permission from their secretaries & subordinates. They argue that Allah is even more worthy of that.


Answered by

the Fatwa Department Research Committee - chaired by Sheikh `Abd al-Wahhâb al-Turayrî

The comparison that they are making is a horrible one. How can Allah be compared to human kings and presidents? They are creatures. They are limited and weak. They do not have the ability to hear every petition and respond to it. Their time and resources are limited. They have their own personal desires and moods. They suffer from pride, arrogance, and all other human shortcomings and failings. These are among the reasons what they cannot be approached directly by the people.

Allah is not like that at all. The Prophet (peace be upon him) tells us that Allah says [Sahîh Muslim (2577)]:

O My servants! Truly, I have forbidden oppression upon Myself and have made if forbidden among you, so do not oppress one another.

O My servants! All of you are astray except those whom I guide, so ask for My guidance and I will guide you.

O My servants! All of you are hungry except those to whom I give food, so seek sustenance from Me and I will feed you.

O My servants! All of you are naked except those whom I clothe, so seek raiment from Me and I will clothe you.

O My servants! Truly, you make mistakes night and day and truly I forgive all sins, so seek My forgiveness and I will forgive you.

O My servants! You do not have the ability to cause Me harm, so you can never harm Me. You do not have the ability to cause Me any benefit, so you will never benefit Me.

O My servants! If the first of you and the last of you , every human and every jinn of you, were to be as the most pious heart of any one of you, it would not increase My dominion in the least.

O My servants! If the first of you and the last of you , every human and every jinn of you, were to be as the vilest heart of any one of you, it would not decrease My dominion in the least.

O My servants! If the first of you and the last of you , every human and every jinn of you, were to stand together and petition me and were I to give every person what he asked for, it would not decrease what I possess any more than the ocean would be depleted by dipping a needle therein.

O My servants! It is only your deeds that I will call you to account for and then recompense you for, so whoever finds good should praise Allah and whoever finds other than good should not blame anyone besides himself.

How poorly those people estimate their Lord by making such an ignoble comparison between Allah and their own kings and presidents, who are mere human beings!

Allah says: “No just estimate have they made of Allah, such as is due to Him: On the Day of Judgment the whole of the Earth will be but His handful, and the heavens will be rolled up in His right hand: Glory to Him! High is He above the partners they attribute to Him!” [Sûrah al-Zumar: 67]

What is most important is that Allah wants us to ask Him directly. He loves us to call out to Him. He commands us to do so and promises us that He hears our prayers.

And Allah knows best.

Source: Islam Today




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