‘Ibad al-Rahman Part 7 – Reverence of Allah’s Speech: ‘Abd al-Razzaq al-Badr

Sheikh ‘Abd al-Razzaq al-Badr, one of the contemporary scholars of al-Madinah, wrote a small booklet on the qualities of the ‘Ibad al-Rahman – servants of the Most Merciful – mentioned in the end of Surah al-Furqan. We have translated this booklet in a series of posts. This is the seventh quality mentioned:

الصفة السابعة : تعظيمهم لكلام الله وعملهم بما فيه
The Seventh Characteristic: Their Reverence of Allah’s Speech and Acting in Accordance With It

قال عز وجل : [وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِّرُوا بِآيَاتِ رَبِّهِمْ لَمْ يَخِرُّوا عَلَيْهَا صُمًّا وَعُمْيَانًا] ـ

Allah said:

وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِّرُوا بِآيَاتِ رَبِّهِمْ لَمْ يَخِرُّوا عَلَيْهَا صُمًّا وَعُمْيَانًا

And those who, when reminded of the verses of their Lord, do not fall upon them deaf and blind. [25:73]

كلام الله شأنه عظيم، ومكانته جليلة في نفوس عباد الرحمن، فلا يقابلونه بالصدود والإعْراض، بل يعظِّمونه ويجلونه، ويحسنون اسْتماعه والانْتفاع به. ـ

Allah’s speech has tremendous standing and holds an important place in the hearts of the ‘Ibad al-Rahman – the slaves of the Most Merciful. They do not respond to it with rejection or evasion. On the contrary, they revere and venerate it, making sure to listen to it carefully in order to benefit from it.

وقوله : [ لَمْ يَخِرُّوا عَلَيْهَا صُمًّا وَعُمْيَانًا] أي: إذا استمعوا لكلام الربِّ لم يكونوا كالأصمِّ الذي لا يسْمع فينتفع بالموعظة، وكالأعمى الذي لا يبصر، بل هم يحْسنون الاسْتماع، و ينتفعون بالمواعظ، ويعْملون بأحكامه وهداياته. ـ

Allah’s statement:

لَمْ يَخِرُّوا عَلَيْهَا صُمًّا وَعُمْيَانًا

the verses do not fall upon them deaf and blind.

meaning: When they listen to the speech of their Lord they do not act like the deaf who cannot hear; instead they benefit from its exhortations. Nor do they act like the blind who cannot see; instead they listen to it carefully, benefit from its exhortations, and act according to its rulings and guidance.

فعن قتادة بن دعامة أنه قال عند هذه الآية : لم يصموا عن الحقِّ، ولم يعْموا فيه، هم قومٌ عقلوا عن الله، فانتفعوا بما سمعوا من كتاب الله . ـ

It is transmitted that Qatadah ibn Di’amah said about this ayah, “They are neither deaf nor blind to the truth. They are a people who understand what Allah is saying and so they benefit from what they hear of Allah’s Book.”

وقد ذم الله من يتكبر على آيات الله وهداياته، وتأخذه العزة بالإثم فيستمر في باطله، وتوعده بعذاب الجهنم ، فقال : [وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُ اتَّقِ اللَّـهَ أَخَذَتْهُ الْعِزَّةُ بِالْإِثْمِ ۚ فَحَسْبُهُ جَهَنَّمُ ۚ وَلَبِئْسَ الْمِهَادُ] . ـ

Elsewhere, Allah has criticized those who hold themselves above Allah’s ayaat and guidance and take pride in their sins, remaining committed to their falsehood. Allah threatened them with the punishment of the Hellfire when He said:

وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُ اتَّقِ اللَّـهَ أَخَذَتْهُ الْعِزَّةُ بِالْإِثْمِ ۚ فَحَسْبُهُ جَهَنَّمُ ۚ وَلَبِئْسَ الْمِهَادُ

And when it is said to him, “Fear Allah,” pride in the sin takes hold of him. Sufficient for him is Hellfire, and how wretched is the resting place. [2:206]

وقال النبي : إنَّ أبغض الكلام إلى الله أن يقول الرَّجل للرجل: اتَّق الله، فيقول: عليك نفسك . ـ

And the Prophet said:

The speech that most angers Allah is for one man to say to another, “Fear Allah,” and then he responds with, “Worry about your own self!”

[Sifat ‘Ibad al-Rahman pg 26-27]

Explore the entire series here: ‘Ibad al-Rahman Series Guide

See also: Protect yourselves and your families from a fire: Tafsir al-Qurtubi

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