The Names of Allah: Al-Hakam, Al-Haakim & Al-Hakeem – Part 13 (2 of 2) – Sunday 21st April, 2013
Contemplating over the Creation:-
Every sign tells us who Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) is, bear in mind that when Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) created the creation, He created them for three purposes:
1) For us to benefit from His signs
2) To enjoy His signs (looking at scenery for example)
3) To take lessons from His signs
Allaah, Al-Hakeem, didn’t create anything in vain. There is a benefit in every creation; our mind may not be able to know the wisdom behind them.
The creation of the ant:
Ibn Qayyim (Rahimahullaah) said in his book “Miftaahu Daar is-Sa’aadah” (translated in English to, “Men and the Universe”), “Allaah has mentioned this fragile creature in His book (An-Naml) to draw your attention to His wisdom in His creating it. Allaah granted the ant the shrewdness in planning it’s affairs, in the matter of collecting food, storing it and preserving it from contamination. If you observe the ant you can learn many lessons and signs”
So Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) created the ant to learn lessons from them.
“When ants leave their land looking for food they go in groups to that food and start transferring it to their homes. If the load is heavy a group of ants take part in carrying it. If a single ant has found that food and can’t carry it he will call his friends and they will help him carry it until they reach the hole. Then they will leave it for him to carry because he found it. On the other hand, if a group of ants come upon something together, they work together to transfer it and then they will share it at their home.
Ants don’t like liars. A man experimented by taking a small seed putting it in the ground. An ant found it and called his friends. While he called his friends, the man lifted this grain. The friends went back. The man put the seed back and when the ant called his friends again, he lifted it again. He did this three times. When the ant did it the third time, these friends killed the ant.
Another amazing aspect of the shrewdness of the ant is when they transfer a grain they break it into pieces so it wouldn’t sprout. If it happens that it is damp due to humidity they bring it out of their holes, dry it in the sun then bring it back to their holes.
The ants dig their habitation only at elevated lands in order that if it floods it wont spoil their homes.”
In Surat an-Naml Verse 18:
حَتَّىٰ إِذَا أَتَوْا عَلَىٰ وَادِ النَّمْلِ قَالَتْ نَمْلَةٌ يَا أَيُّهَا النَّمْلُ ادْخُلُوا مَسَاكِنَكُمْ لَا يَحْطِمَنَّكُمْ سُلَيْمَانُ وَجُنُودُهُ وَهُمْ لَا يَشْعُرُونَ
Till when they came to the valley of the ants, one of the ants said: “O ants! Enter your dwellings, lest Sulaiman (Solomon) and his hosts crush you, while they perceive not.”
This verse is mentioned in the context of Sulaiman (‘Alayhis-salaam) when he and his troops wanted to pass by the valley of ants.
The scholars said, “The ant has used 10 styles of speech in his call in this single verse”
The speech of the ant was so brief but it comprised ten styles of speech.
1) Calling – The scholars said, “either Allah has given the ant extra ordinary hearing such that they heard the call of this single ant, or the ant spoke to the ants around him and they spread the news” يَا أَيُّهَا النَّمْلُ
3) Naming – He used the name ‘Sulaiman’ سُلَيْمَانُ
4) Commanding – “Enter” ادْخُلُوا
5) Attributing – “Your houses” مَسَاكِنَكُمْ
7) Specifying – He specified who he was talking about- ‘Sulaiman and his soldiers’ سُلَيْمَانُ وَجُنُودُهُ
8) Explanation – He explained the situation to the other ants
10) Giving Excuses – He gave excuses for Sulaiman (‘Alayhis-salaam) and his soldiers “They may crush you without being aware.” وَهُمْ لَا يَشْعُرُونَ
The speech of the ant was so brief but it comprised ten styles of speech. This is why Sulaiman (‘Alayhis-salaam) admired his speech. In the next Verse Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) says:
فَتَبَسَّمَ ضَاحِكًا مِّن قَوْلِهَا وَقَالَ رَبِّ أَوْزِعْنِي أَنْ أَشْكُرَ نِعْمَتَكَ الَّتِي أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيَّ وَعَلَىٰ وَالِدَيَّ وَأَنْ أَعْمَلَ صَالِحًا تَرْضَاهُ وَأَدْخِلْنِي بِرَحْمَتِكَ فِي عِبَادِكَ الصَّالِحِينَ
So he [Sulaiman (Solomon)] smiled, amused at her speech and said: “My Lord! Inspire and bestow upon me the power and ability that I may be grateful for Your Favours which You have bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may do righteous good deeds that will please You, and admit me by Your Mercy among Your righteous slaves.”
Therefore Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) asked Sulaiman (‘Alayhis-salaam) to thank Him for this favour of hearing the statement of the ant.
The scientists recently discovered that there is a benefit from the ants. When the ants bite they produce a certain type of acid which is called formic acid. It is beneficial for the humans. Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) created the ants not only to take lessons but to benefit us.
If you contemplate at Allaah’s signs you will be amazed at Allaah’s Ability, Wisdom, and Greatness. As you learn more it will increase your faith in Allaah.