Aayatul Kursi is the greatest ayah in the book of Allaah. The Prophet Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam asked the companion Ubay Ibn Ka’b: “Do you know which ayah from the book of Allaah is greatest?” The reply was: “Allaah and his Messenger know best”. The Messenger of Allaah Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam then began to recite aayatul kursi.
The start of the ayah is “Allaahu Laa Illaaha Illa Huwa”. The meaning is that there is no deity worthy of worship in truth except Allaah. This meaning is lost amongst the people of misguidance and innovation. We affirm that Allaah is the Creator and our Lord. The Ayaat mentioning this are abundant. However, this is NOT the meaning of Laa Illaaha Illa Allaah.
You find that Ahlul Bid’ah spread their false understanding of Laa Illaaha Illa Allaah. By claiming the definition is that Allaah is the Creator and Sustainer. They spread it within their groups and lessons in an attempt to establish this false definition. As a result, they lead people astray with this definition. The statement has a huge status, it was the reason the Prophets and Messengers were sent, as such, it is of utmost importance to provide the correct explanation of it.
Allaah then describes Himself with the Name of “Al Hayy”. That He is the Ever-Living. Nothing will come before Him nor after Him as He is the First and the Last. This Name comprises All of the Names and Attributes. As it indicates that His Living is Perfect and no doubt all of His Attributes must indicate perfection.
“Al Qayoom” – Allaah is the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. It indicates all of the actions of Allaah subhaanahu wa ta’aalah, for example, creating, giving and taking life, etc. Allaah mentions that he “Does whatever He Wills”.
“Neither slumber, nor sleep overtake Him” – This shows the perfection of the authority of Allaah over His Creation. Being taken by sleep and slumber is not befitting of Allaah as it is from the attributes of the weak ones who require it as a means of relaxation. Allaah the Most High is far removed and free from these characteristics.
“To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on earth” – In this is a clarification of what Allaah owns in the Dominion, and that it is vast. All of this creation is part of His Dominion, with no partners with Him in this ownership.
Do you not see the benefit of the wudhoo? What then about the salah, the zakah and the other legislated acts. Allaah has not legislated these acts except that there is benefit in them for us.
The people of misguidance say they do not seek this worship for Jannah, nor do they worship fearing the fire. Shaykh Rabee says these people of misguidance have made themselves (by way of this false belief) above the Messengers, as the Messengers hastened to good deeds with fear, desire and hope. The Messenger of Allaah said: “By Allaah, indeed I am the one who has the most amount of fear of Allaah”, so no doubt this affair of fearing Allaah is from the way of the Messengers.
Allaah is Al-Jabbaar (The Mighty Compeller) and Al-Mutakabbir (The one supreme in glory) so He is not pleased with anyone that precedes Him. This is likewise the case with intercession. All the Messengers excuse themselves from intercession on the final day, where everyone will have all forms of distress. The people went to Adam Alayhi Salaam, the people went to Nuh, the people went to Ibrahim, and Musa, and then Eesa. Each of them excusing themselves from this intercession, having shyness to intercede before Allaah.
Then they will come to the Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, and The Messenger Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam will prostrate to his Lord; then Allaah will say: “raise your head. Ask and you shall be given. Intercede, and you will receive intercession.” And so The Messenger of Allaah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) will raise his head and say: “my nation, oh my Lord”. Then Allaah will say: “enter, from your nation”.
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