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Allah’s Boundaries: What a Glorious Concept!

DR.PASHA | March 12, 2007 | Section: Articles | 2221 reads

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And how much of a better world would we have built if we had only embraced and respected God’s boundaries and steadfastly adhered to them!

A great many problems we experience in the world today are almost all a direct result of people disregarding and transgressing Allah’s boundaries in one way or another. Are they not?

What Happens When We Break
Allah’s Boundaries?

Below is a partial list of all the terrible things that happen to us when we break Allah’s boundaries. They are just a few of the problems that afflict human life today. Almost all of them are the product of human beings violating the boundaries of God Almighty on earth — Hudoodullah!

  • A punctured ozone layer.
  • Global warming.
  • Air and water pollution and toxification.
  • Many forms of cancer.
  • Heart and lung diseases.
  • Widespread poverty and hunger.
  • Growing water shortage.
  • Drug and other harmful and dangerous substance abuse.
  • Alcoholism and its widespread corrosive effects on human life, family, workplace, society and the world in general.
  • Unsustainable weight gain and obesity in some parts of the world.
  • AIDS and other killer diseases — what the Hadith calls sayyi-il asqaam.
  • Wars.
  • You cap all that with Allah’s wrath and displeasure, you have a real disaster on your hands — in this world as well as in the next world.

How can we reverse the clock on many if not all of these problems? The answer: Hudoodullah! That is the unfailing formula for building a better world. Respecting the laws and bounds of Allah in his creation.

Hudoodullah! You respect them, and Allah will respect you and give you a better life — both here in this world as well as after death in the next world.

A Miracle in Every Aayat of the Qur’an

Governments of this world pursue, penalize and punish those who violate the laws — legal boundaries — they set up. God Almighty’s government issues warning notices — and often lightly punishes — those who persistently disregard his laws and violate his boundaries — hudoodullah.

God Almighty’s forgiveness is great, his patience immense. But so are his wrath — and his punishment.

He says in the Qur’an: Nabbi’ ibaadee annee anal Ghafoorur Raheem. Wa anna ‘adhaabee huwal ‘adhaabul aleem (15:49)

Paraphrase: Inform my slaves — (you and I and every other human being that is) — that I am indeed the most forgiving and the most merciful, and that my punishment is indeed the most severe and painful punishment of all.

Now do we understand why after every Aayat — not verse, Muslims, Aayat — I feel like saying: Subhanallah, what a beautiful Aayat. What a miracle!

And now do we see why Allah himself refers to the passages of the Qur’an as Aayaat — miracles? Because that is what they are — a miracle, each one of them. And that is what the Qur’an itself calls them — Aayaat: miracles.

Versification of the Qur’an

The Urdu-speaking Muslims did a great job when they retained that almost untranslatable expression Aayaat in their own language. Thus they kept the original intact and in the process enriched the Urdu language and culture.

English translators of the Qur’an — Allah bless them — on the other hand, got carried away by what the Biblical tradition and standard English usage handed them. They naively borrowed from the West the expression “verses” to describe what the Urdu translators would often describe as Aayaat-e-Kareemah of the Qur’an.

This unfortunately resulted in the “versification” of the Qur’an in English, rather than in highlighting the miraculous nature of the Aayaat of the Qur’an and the enrichment of the English language and Western culture.

Islam, Thy Name Is Freedom!

In any case, those were their days. And, may Allah bless them, these English translators of the Qur’an did their best in their own days and in their own ways. Now these are our days. Let us now forever change that expression “verse” to Aayat (or Aayah) and proceed to enrich the English language. A language that has now become mother tongue to entire new generations of Muslims in many parts of the world — and Western culture that Allah has now made home to so many of us.

As some Muslim scholars used to say a long, long time ago: Hoom rijaalun wa nahnu rijaal!

Subhanallah, what an expression! They were men, and we are men. They were people and so are we. That is what those Arabic words mean: Hoom rijaalun wa nahnu rijaal!

They played their innings; we are on the wicket now. They did their job and it is now we who must do our job. They were then; we are the ones now.

Meaning: other than to Allah and his beloved Rasul, Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, human beings cannot be in permanent thrall to any mortal such as they themselves are. What a message of intellectual freedom, human dignity and personal empowerment these great Ulamaa (scholars) of Islam laid down in a few words — Hoom rijaalun wa nahnu rijaal.

Thank you Islam, for, thy name is freedom.

And thank you, God Almighty, for the blessing of Islam — and what a blessing indeed!

And thank you, great and sincere and selfless scholars (ulamaa’), champions and advocates of Islam, for your service to God Almighty in heaven and to God’s creation right here on earth. May Allah forgive your shortcomings and fill your graves with his beautiful light that floods heavens and earth!


© 2007 Syed Husain Pasha

Dr. Pasha is an educator and scholar of exceptional 
talent, training and experience. He can be reached at DrSyedPasha [at] 
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