Allah’s Blessing For His Creatures

Question

The Holy Qur'an says: "Allah and His angels send blessings on the Holy Prophet (sws)" (Q 33:56) My question is that what does it mean that Allah sends blessings on His creatures, like for example the Holy Prophet (sws), given the fact that He is the Creator and the Absolute?


Answer

In Arabic in particular and in other languages in general the relationship of the verb to the subject determines and modifies its meanings. The best example of this alteration in Urdu is muhabbat (affection). Mother's affection for her son is totally different from that between a husband and his wife. Yet the same word is used to connote both the relations. When the word 'sallā' is ascribed to mankind, it carries the meaning of praying for divine blessings. But when it is ascribed to Allah Almighty, it gives the meanings of bestowing blessings on the Holy Prophet (sws). No doubt that Allah is the Creator and the absolute but He is also the master and Lord of all the creatures. The whole system of the world depends on His blessings. Both these aspects have been combined in Surah al-Ikhlās (112). It reads: "Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Independent." (Q 112:1-2) The implication is that all the creatures depend on Him and He is the one who fulfills their needs.

About the Author

Talib Mohsin


Mr Talib Mohsin was born in 1959 in the district Pakpattan of Punjab. He received elementary education in his native town. Later on he moved to Lahore and passed his matriculation from the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Lahore. He joined F.C College Lahore and graduated in 1981. He has his MA in Islamic Studies from the University of Punjab. He joined Mr Ghamidi to learn religious disciplines during early years of his educational career. He is one of the senior students of Mr Ghamidi form whom he learnt Arabic Grammar and major religious disciplines.

He was a major contributor in the establishment of the institutes and other organizations by Mr Ghamidi including Anṣār al-Muslimūn and Al-Mawrid. He worked in Ishrāq, a monthly Urdu journal, from the beginning. He worked as assistant editor of the journal for many years. He has been engaged in research and writing under the auspice of Al-Mawrid and has also been teaching in the Institute.

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