Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Wa ‘anaa ‘awwa-lul-Muslimiin

Lesson # 816 from the Noble Quran

Wa  ‘anaa  ‘awwa-lul-Muslimiin

Surah ‘Al-‘An-‘aam (Cattle) – Chapter – 6)–Stage – 2

Verses –162 & 163 of 165, Section – 20 of 20 (Part – 8)


In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

162.  Say:  Lo! My worship and my sacrifice and my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the Words-


163.  He hath no partner. And this am I commanded, and I am first of those who surrender (unto Him).             

162.  Qul  ‘inna  Salaatii  wa  nusukii  wa  mah-yaaya  wa  mamaatii  LIllaahi  Rabbil-‘Aalamiin.


163.  Laa  shariika  lah.  Wa  bizaalika  ‘umirtu  wa  ‘anaa  ‘awwa-lul-Muslimiin.

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It has already been mentioned that Allah Almighty has set the way to live in this world, worldwide for the human beings. The name of that way is Diini Qayyam or Siraatum-Mustaqiim (the Straight Path). That individual, who will depart from this Path, surely, he would have to be ruined. Allah Almighty sent His Messengers and Prophets (peace be upon Them) from time to time for guidance towards this Path and They used to instruct the people for those matters, which were necessary during their periods for standing on the Religion with regard to their times.


As long the life was simple, the law was simple too. But when the population increased and the problems of life became more complex gradually, the law of the religion became more complicated also. Even the time of Messenger Moses (peace be upon Him) came and He brought Torah, in which the Instructions were mentioned in detail.


In the end, the Messenger of the last time, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) came in the world with the last Scripture i.e. Holy Qur’aan. In this Word, the entire Rules, Regulations and Instructions of life were collected for the humankind. And it was commanded: You should recognize the True and the False by using your sense in Its Light and go on the Straight Path, which has been explained in It.


The name of that Path is “the Religion” and the name of that Code is Millat Islam (Religious Belief in Islam). Summary of Islam has been described in this verse. It is commanded: O Our Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him)! These idolaters, worshippers of fire and imagination, and the slaves of their desires (the infidels and polytheists etc.) produce their own ways separately in front of you. Say to them! I explain before you the Command, which has been revealed unto Me. Allah Almighty has sent Me in this world for guidance towards this very Path, and I am ready with My perfect Belief to act upon It in front of you. I shall never move a little bit hither or thither from It. I have come to tell you about It and cause to learn you the method of acting upon It. I have been ordered that I should say to you: My worship, sacrifice, offering, prayer, living and dying are only for Allah Almighty, Who is Creator and Lord of the entire Worlds. Neither there is anyone equal to Him and nor is any partner of Him in Power and Sovereignty. I have been commanded to do this and I am first of all those who surrender unto Him and obey His Commands.


It is known from this lesson that the Foundation of Islam is “Believing in the Unity of the Deity (God Almighty)”. And it means that worship of every kind should be done only of Allah Almighty like “devotion, sacrifice, vow, prayer, proclamation of humble, fasting, alms-giving and pilgrimage etc. None should be made a partner with Him in these matters. Besides this, entire deeds of life should be performed according to His Commands. None should be obeyed except Him, but that person only, for whom He commanded. Do that, which He ordered and permitted to do, but stop that, for which He has prohibited. It is the Religion Islam.  


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)