Tafsir – AlBaqarah – Part 14

2:21 “O mankind! Worship your Lord, Who created you and those who were before you so that you may acquire taqwa (consciousness of Allah)”.

Allah mentioned His Oneness in divinity and stated that He has favored His servants by bringing them to life after they did not exist. He also surrounded them with blessings, both hidden and apparent. And hence the following verses discusses them. Let’s see.

2:22 “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 while you know(that He is One)”.

Allah made the earth a resting place for us, just like the bed, stable with the firm mountains.

“And the sky as a canopy” meaning a ceiling. Just imagine the world without a sky, and how frightening it would be.

“And sends down for you water from the sky” which causes various vegetables and fruits to grow as a means of sustenance.

The meaning that is reiterated here is that Allah is the Creator, the Sustainer, the Owner and Provider of this life and everything in it. And this is why Allah said next “Then do not set up rivals unto Allah (in worship) while you know (that He is One)”.

Ibn Mas’ud once asked the prophet SAW “Which evil deed is the worst with Allah?”. Now listen to the prophet’s answer. The prophet’s SAW reply was “To take an equal with Allah, while He alone created you”. That is the worst deed with Allah! The prophet SAW also said about Allah “… worship Him alone and refrain from associating anything with Him in worship”.

And this is the beauty of Islam and of the Quran, Allah counts His blessings and asks us just one thing; to worship Him ALONE. Several scholars of tafsir used these verse as an argument for the existence of the Creator; and it’s indeed worth pondering.

Whoever ponders over the higher and lower creatures, their various shapes, colors, behavior, benefits and ecological roles, then he will certainly realize the ability, wisdom, knowledge, perfection and majesty of their Creator; Allah.

Once a bedouin was asked about the evidence to Allah’s existence, he responded as follows: “The camel’s dung testifies to the existence of the camel, and the track testifies to the fact that someone was walking. A sky that holds the giant stars,a land that has fairways & a sea that has waves, doesn’t all of this testify that Allah exists?”.

Indeed every inch of this universe testify to the existence of the Creator, His perfect ability, wisdom, mercy, kindness, generosity for His creation.