Half of the Ramadan is gone and there is just a half of it left. May Allah swt help us all to bag for ourselves the blessings of this beautiful month. I hope you are all keeping up with the Ramadan goals, and those few like me, who are still a little behind schedule, can in sha Allah still make it. Let’s do it! May Allah swt make it easy for all if us 🙂 Ameen. Let’s begin with the ayah of the day.
And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad SAW) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright.
Al Baqarah (2:186)
When I was a kid, the fact that God is everywhere fascinated me and I would always take it in the literal sense of Him swt being everywhere, like everywhere in His swt’s gracious presence. Subhan Allah! A child’s understanding which went on for quite a few years into adolescence too. It was later, when I started studying the Quran with translations and other books, did I understand how it is actually meant. How it is that Allah swt is present everywhere, between the heavens and the earth, on the moon and the stars, in the darkest corners of the room, in the dimension of time and space, all at the same time! not by His presence but by His swt’s infinite knowledge. And honestly, it was an epiphany to me! This perspective of the belief made much more sense than what it made me imagine and fantasize about Allah swt as a kid and His being everywhere! Subhan Allah 🙂
In this ayah, Allah swt directs our beloved Prophet (pbuh) to tell the believing slaves that His swt’s help is always near. That He swt is nearer to us than we can ever think, more near to us then our jugular vein. He swt is not at some distant unreachable place where you cannot find Him. He is close to us. All we have to do, is to invoke Him, ask Him, supplicate to Him! We just need to ask Him, with belief that He shall give, seek His help, with belief that it shall come, trusting Him with the best solution to our problems and knowing that He swt only has our best interests in His decree for us.
Another important aspect in this ayah is the need for a mediator or an intercessor between you and Allah swt. You might feel you are not good enough to ask of Allah, to be heard by Allah, but believe me there is nothing far away from the truth than this. Even the most sinning sinners will find Allah swt without the need of any other person for intercession, when they sincerely turn to Him in repentance. No sin is big enough than Allah swt’s repentance and His love and mercy for us.
Turn to Him directly, without invoking help from any person, dead or living, and wait for His response. It will come, sooner or later, it does, always. Be patient and don’t resort to means that will take you further away from Allah and His help. You don’t need anyone to converse with Allah on your behalf. Allah doesn’t need a translator or spokesperson from you. He can listen to your heart without you as much as opening your mouth. He swt just needs You, to ask of Him, You, to seek His help, and only You to turn to Him in repentance. So don’t wait to become good enough to turn to Him, you will never be and don’t seek Him through someone else. Remember He is closer to you than anyone else can ever be! He knows you like no one does!
And the last part of the ayah is a reminder of our obedience to Allah swt. If we obey Him, in doing what He swt has asked us to do and keeping away from He swt has forbidden for us, He swt promises to walk us on the right path, to guide us. And what more than His guidance can you ask for?
May Allah swt make our obedience to Him easy for al of us. May He swt guide us to the truth and make us walk on the straight path. May He swt grant us the understanding of His religion and keep us steadfast on that. May He swt forgive us our sins in this blessed month and make it a means to renew a Imaan and life.