1. What do you follow?

18 Feb
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ كُلُوا مِمَّا فِي الْأَرْضِ حَلَالًا طَيِّبًا وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ ۚ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ
إِنَّمَا يَأْمُرُكُم بِالسُّوءِ وَالْفَحْشَاءِ وَأَن تَقُولُوا عَلَى اللَّهِ مَا لَا تَعْلَمُونَ

O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.[2:168]

  • This ayah is the second direct address to mankind in the Qur’an. It commands us to follow the Shariah; the first is to worship Allah [2:21]. Conclusion: Worshipping Allah necessitates following the Shariah.
  • Why does it begin with food? It is the most essential requirement for survival.
  • The ayah begins with halal and not haram. Benefit:  The focus of our shariah is halal. The haram is limited and the halal is countless.
  • The halal is given the adjective of Tayyib (طَيِبْ), which means good. Everything which is halal is good, and everything which is good is halal.
  • The antonym of tayyib is khabith (خَبِيْث), which means filthy. Everything which is haram is evil.
  • Instead of commanding us to avoid haram, Allah SWT prohibits following Shytaan. Hence, every time you do something haram, you are following the footstep of Shytaan.
  • The ayah concludes by reminding us who Shytaan is: your clear enemy! Would anyone willingly obey and follow their enemy?

2 Responses to “1. What do you follow?”

  1. The adulterer plays the role of Satan who would lure us away from our divine groom and from the wedding banquet of heaven.

  2. Leone Lanpher February 29, 2012 at 5:11 PM #

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