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Our Source of Stability July 30, 2012

Filed under: Allah's Names,Gems,Reflections — Lena @ 5:06 pm

Bismillah wAlhamdulillah wa salaatu wa salaam ‘ala rasulillah wa aalihi wa sahbi wa sallam

Earlier in the year, I discussed the tafseer of surat al Haaqah with my students.  I love Bayyinah’s tafseer podcasts.  They offer such insight on the verses and the meaning behind each of the words chosen.  SubhanAllah.

Oftentimes, we hear the name of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) ‘Adheem translated as “The Great”.  However, Sh. AbdulNasser gives different insight on the name and draws its connection to the daily prayer.  It amazes me how every word in the prayer has such deep meaning if we take the time to reflect and learn about it.

Sh. AbdulNasser shares that the name ‘Adheem also draws on the meaning of stability and that He Alone is the Most Stable and in fact our Source of Stability.  Then our attention is drawn to the prayer.  At which point of your prayer do you feel that you are in the most unstable position?  Is it during the standing, the ruku’ (bowing), the sitting, or the sujood (prostration)?  If someone were to come over to you and give you a slight push, you would be able to hold your ground for most of these except for at the time of ruku’.  Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala as He sent to the Prophet sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam through Jibril ‘alayhi salaam, taught us the words we are to say in each moments of the prayer, such that there should be no moment devoid of our dhikr (remembrance of Him) and our beseeching Him and our salawaat on His Beloved (sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam).  And at this point when we find we are in the most unstable position in the prayer, what is it we are told to say?  Subhana Rabbi al ‘Adheem.  Glory be to my Lord the AlMighty, the Most Stable.  We recognize at this moment the magnificence and greatness of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) and recognize that in reality we are unstable creatures who derive any sense of stability from Him and His Mercy.

This is similar to the way in which we call on Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) when in sujood (prostration).  We lower our heads to the ground, prostrating in humility before our Creator, the King, and we say “Subhana Rabbi al ‘Aala”: Glory be to my Lord the Most High.  We recognize our insufficiency and weakness and complete need of Allah and how low we are in reality, however it is through our calling on Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) and our connection with Him that we can be raised above the angels.

May we each find our stablity in You, Ya ‘Adheem and be humble before You, Ya ‘Aala.  Forgive us for our shortcomings and relieve the oppressed around the world from the oppression of those that rule over them.  Ameen.

Any mistakes are only from myself and all good is from Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala).  May this blessed month of Ramadan be finding you in good health and you are taking advantage of its many blessings.