In Surah al-Baqarah (2:121), Allah, Al-Rasheed (The Director to Righteousness), calls out, Ya Ayyuha’l-Nas (O All the People, O All of Humanity) to worship The Sustainer, the One Who created you and all those who came before you. Why does Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala speak to all the people, not just to the those who are Allah-Conscious? This ayat says that everyone must worship Allah The Most High so we can become Allah-Conscious, so we can have taqwa. It is through the worship of our Creator that we become more and more Allah-Conscious. It is through the worship of our Creator that we stay away from sins and engage in righteous actions. Allah addresses everyone using the words Ya Ayyuha’l-Nas 20 times in the Holy Qur’an. The words that follow are for all the people, regardless of gender, nationality, tribe, class, etc. because Islam is for all the people and The Creator is The Creator of all of humanity. When we worship Allah, The Most High, we display our submissiveness and obedience and love to Him. Once we realize who we are, how we are the noblest and best creature on Earth, then we came come to realize Who it is Who created us and why. From this realization, we understand our servitude to our Creator, The Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful, The One Who sustains us, Who holds our soul, The One from Whom we came and to Whom we will return. It is only right that we worship, thank and obey the One Who created all the blessings which we ourselves have within our own bodies and spirits, never mind all the blessings which we enjoy every day. And it is not The Most Merciful Who needs or benefits from our worship, but ourselves who need to connect to our Creator, The One Who Loves us, and this benefits us immensely in many ways, foremost of which is keeping us away from disobedience and helping us perform good actions through having a clean and loving heart, mind and body and a sense of responsibility and devotion and servitude to Al-Rasheed. Al-Hamdulillah!
Writing in Violet; Design in Light Pale Yellow, Topaz, Light Wedgewood, Violet and Light Shell Pink; Border in Light Shell Pink
8.5” X 7.7”