Back To Basics-[The Statement of Pure Islamic Monotheism- Laa Ilaaha Ilal laah]
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
ذَٲلِڪُمُ ٱللَّهُ رَبُّكُمۡ خَـٰلِقُ ڪُلِّ شَىۡءٍ۬ لَّآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَۖ فَأَنَّىٰ تُؤۡفَكُونَ
ذَٲلِكُمُ ٱللَّهُ رَبُّڪُمۡۖ فَتَبَارَكَ ٱللَّهُ رَبُّ ٱلۡعَـٰلَمِينَ
هُوَ ٱلۡحَىُّ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ فَٱدۡعُوهُ مُخۡلِصِينَ لَهُ
Allaah [The Most High] said in Surah Ghaafir Aayaat 61-65:
[ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِى جَعَلَ لَكُمُ ٱلَّيۡلَ لِتَسۡكُنُواْ فِيهِ وَٱلنَّهَارَ مُبۡصِرًاۚ – Allah, it is He Who has made the night for you that you may rest therein and the day for you to see]; meaning: Allah [The Most High] reminds His creation [i.e. Mankind and Jinns] of His favours in that He made the night for them, in which they take rest and cease from their activities, in order that they can return to seeking after their livelihood during the daytime. He [The Most High] made the daytime bright, in order that they can travel and engage in their occupations. [إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَذُو فَضۡلٍ عَلَى ٱلنَّاسِ وَلَـٰكِنَّ أَڪۡثَرَ ٱلنَّاسِ لَا يَشۡكُرُونَ – Truly, Allah is full of Bounty to mankind, yet most of mankind give no thanks]; meaning, they are not thankful for the favours Allaah has bestowed on them. [ذَٲلِڪُمُ ٱللَّهُ رَبُّكُمۡ خَـٰلِقُ ڪُلِّ شَىۡءٍ۬ لَّآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَۖ – That is Allah, your Lord, the Creator of all things, none has the right to be worshipped but He)]; meaning: Allaah is the One Who did all these things- The One and Only, the Unique One – the one and only true deity, Who possesses all the Names and Attributes of perfection and free is He from all imperfections, faults, deficiencies, similarities, co-equals; the One singled out in His actions (the Creator, Provider and in Whose control is all the affairs of the universe- besides Whom there is no other true object of worship or Lord.
[فَأَنَّىٰ تُؤۡفَكُونَ -How then are you turning away]; meaning: How can you worship idols when it is the fact that they have not created anything [and cannot create anything], rather are themselves made and carved by [people].
Then Allaah [The Mighty and Majestic] said: [كَذَٲلِكَ يُؤۡفَكُ ٱلَّذِينَ كَانُواْ بِـَٔايَـٰتِ ٱللَّهِ يَجۡحَدُونَ -Thus were turned away those who used to deny the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah]; meaning: Just as these people [i.e. the pagans of the Arabian peninsula] are misguided by worshipping others besides Allaah, likewise those who were before them did turn away [from guidance], so they worshipped others besides Allaah with no proof or evidence, rather their worship of others was merely due to ignorance and desires. They wilfully denied Allaah’s proofs and His signs.
Then Allaah [The Most High] said: [ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِى جَعَلَ لَڪُمُ ٱلۡأَرۡضَ قَرَارً۬ا – Allah, it is He Who has made for you the earth as a dwelling place]; meaning: Allaah made it firmly fixed and spread out, so that they [i.e. the creatures] might live on it and walk on its pathways (or roads). He [The Most High] strengthened the earth with the mountains, so that it does not tremble. [وَٱلسَّمَآءَ بِنَآءً۬ – and the sky as a canopy]; meaning: Allaah made it a roof covering for the world. [وَصَوَّرَڪُمۡ فَأَحۡسَنَ صُوَرَڪُمۡ – and has given you shape and made your shapes good (looking)]; meaning: Allaah created you in the most excellent shape and form.
[وَرَزَقَكُم مِّنَ ٱلطَّيِّبَـٰتِۚ – and has provided you with good things]; meaning: Allaah provided you with foods and drinks in this worldly life, just as He [The Most High] said in Surah Al-Baqarah that He created the earth as a dwelling, and created its inhabitants and provision; He [The Most High] said:
يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلنَّاسُ ٱعۡبُدُواْ رَبَّكُمُ ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَكُمۡ وَٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبۡلِكُمۡ لَعَلَّكُمۡ تَتَّقُونَ
( ٱلَّذِى جَعَلَ لَكُمُ ٱلۡأَرۡضَ فِرَشً۬ا وَٱلسَّمَآءَ بِنَآءً۬ وَأَنزَلَ مِنَ ٱلسَّمَآءِ مَآءً۬ فَأَخۡرَجَ بِهِۦ مِنَ ٱلثَّمَرَٲتِ رِزۡقً۬ا لَّكُمۡۖ فَلَا تَجۡعَلُواْ لِلَّهِ أَندَادً۬ا وَأَنتُمۡ تَعۡلَمُونَ
O mankind! Worship your Lord (Allah), Who created you and those who were before you so that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious). Who has made the earth a resting place for you, and the sky as a canopy, and sent down water (rain) from the sky and brought forth therewith fruits as a provision for you. Then do not set up rivals unto Allah (in worship) while you know (that He Alone has the right to be worshipped). [2:21-22]
Then after Allaah [The Most High] stated [in the Aayaat in Surah Ghaafir] that He alone created all these things [i.e. the night, the day, the earth, the sky etc], He [The Most High] said:
[ذَٲلِكُمُ ٱللَّهُ رَبُّڪُمۡۖ فَتَبَارَكَ ٱللَّهُ رَبُّ ٱلۡعَـٰلَمِينَ – That is Allah, your Lord, then blessed be Allah, the Lord of the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists)]; meaning: He is The Pure and Perfect One- Exalted, and free is He from all imperfections, faults, deficiencies, shortcomings, weaknesses- and He is the Lord of the Aalameen.
Then Allaah [The Most High] said: [هُوَ ٱلۡحَىُّ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ – He is the Ever Living, None has has the right to be worshipped but He]; [فَٱدۡعُوهُ مُخۡلِصِينَ لَهُ ٱلدِّينَۗ ٱلۡحَمۡدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ ٱلۡعَـٰلَمِينَ – so invoke Him making your worship pure for Him Alone. All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists)]; meaning: Affirm that He is One, the only one worthy of being worshipped and that all the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the Aalameen (mankind, jinns and all that exists).
To be continued InShaaAllaah
[Source :(Misbaah al-Muneer Fee Tahdheem Tafseer Ibn Katheer & Tayseer al-Kareem Ar-Rahmaan Fee Tafseer Kalaam al-Mannaan).Abridged & slightly paraphrased]