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Respond to that which gives you life

September 28, 2008


يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اسْتَجِيبُوا لِلَّهِ وَلِلرَّسُولِ إِذَا دَعَاكُمْ لِمَا يُحْيِيكُم

O you who have believed, respond to Allah and His Messenger when they call you to that which gives you life. (8:24)

Allah ta’ala begins this beautiful ayah by addressing the believers, those who claim emaan. This is an important address as ibn Abbass radi Allahu anhuma said, listen attentively when Allah says “ya ayuhal latheena aamanoo” because after it will be a command of Allah, that will direct us towards some good or protect us from harm.

So let’s listen closely, Allah tells us: respond to Allah and His messenger. What is ‘istajeeboo’ (to respond)? It is to positively respond, and in this context, it means to follow and obey.

When do we listen closely? ‘Itha da’aakum lima yuhyeekum’, when he (the Prophet) calls you to what will give you life. Yuhyee means to give life to something or someone. What Allah and the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam call too gives life to the hearts. They call to emaan and the Qur’an. The Qur’an gives life and light to heart, it is called a basaa’ir, an enlightenment. When there is light, we see reality as it truly is. The Qur’an reforms us. It gives peace and contentment to the hearts. Allah ta’ala says in An’aam 122: wa ja’lnaa nooran, Allah gives the example of someone who was given light and he walks among the people and one who is in darknesses–this is the example of Qur’an, that gives us light, security and peace in our hearts. The Qur’an and emaan give us life of the heart in this world and in the eternal life of the hereafter. So respond to Allah and His Messenger, by following their commands.

Have you responded? Have you found life?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 29, 2008 6:06 am

    Asslamu alaikum,

    JazaakiAllah khairan for this post sister.

    Although i have heard from Ulema regarding this verse, that the thing which Allah is calling the believers towards which gives life is a reference to Jihad fee sebilillah. As Jihad is associated by people as something which leads to death, but Allah(swt) is saying that it is something which gives life. SubhannAllah!!!

    However what you have mentioned is very true, indeed the Qur’an is a true source of life for the believer.


  2. September 29, 2008 7:00 am

    wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah

    Indeed that is true about this verse.

    Alhamdulillah the Qur’an is an amazing miracle, we can apply different ayaat in so many ways. But of course we must be careful of interpreting verses to our own desires, which is why we turn to the scholars. may Allah grant us fahm (understanding) of His Book, Ameen.

  3. dailyreminders permalink
    October 1, 2008 10:14 am


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