The Names of Allah: Al-Hayy, Al-Qayoom – 24th May 2015
Continuation of Studying Surat Al-Baqarah
Ayat ul Kursi comes in the context of Jihad as well as spending (From verses 246-255).
It consists of ten sentences
1) الله لا اله الا هو – “Allah – there is no deity except Him”
This sentence talks about Allah whom we worship alone with utmost love and magnification. No one deserves to be worshipped other than Him, as no one has perfect attributes except Him. No one deserves our hearts’ attachment except Him. He is the قبلة of our hearts.
2) الحي القيوم – “the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence.”
You may ask, why do I worship Allah and no one else? It is as if Allah is answering you in this second sentence. He is the Ever Living, the Self Subsisting.
Allah is The Ever-living, he never dies. His life was not preceded by non-existence, nor will it end with death. His life is perfect, and a perfect life entails perfect attributes.
Allah is self-subsistent. He is rich and is in no need of his creation, rather they are the ones in need of Him.
When you are talking to a Mushrik (disbeliever) ask him about his deities, whether they have these attributes.
Allah is Qaa’im over everyone. He is in charge of all the creations in the heavens and the earth. He is the one who creates, guides, sustains and nurtures them. The attribute of Qayoomiyah is not suitable to anyone except Allah, therefore no one other than Him can be called Al-Qayoom.
3) لا تأخذه سنة و لا نوم – “Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep.”
Allah is negating slumber from overtaking Him. Allah is Al-Hayy, Al-Qayoom and that is why He doesn’t sleep or need rest.
To praise Allah you affirm this attribute and negate its opposite.
When you recite Ayat ul Kursi before going to sleep, it is as if you are saying, “I am going to sleep, and I will be under the guardianship of the One who never sleeps.” When we sleep, all our senses are lost, and we are not aware of what is happening around us. So we rely on Allah to protect us.
We can’t rely on people. They are defective. They die, sleep, and forget.
4) له ما في السماوات و ما في الارض – “To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth.”
Everything belongs to Allah. He granted us the blessings we have as a trust, and he may take them sooner or later.
If you really believe that Allah created the whole dominion and owns everything He created as well as disposes the affairs of His creation you will:
a) Not behave in a way contrary to what He has commanded while you live in His Dominion.
b) Not judge among the people except with what He has legislated. You will judge according to His laws, and not man-made laws.
c) Be consoled during time of loss and calamity. Allah is the One who granted you that blessing, and it is He who has taken that blessing away from you.
If you lose something, then know it belongs to Allah, and Allah disposes the affairs of His creation according to His wisdom and knowledge. So be pleased with Allah and be content with what Allah has decreed for you.
Yes, we may become sad and cry because we are humans, and there is nothing wrong with that. But your heart should be content and pleased with the Qadar of Allah.
d) When we get a blessing we should not be proud and boast nor feel with self-conceit or admiration. Allah gives, and He may take. Don’t envy people for a blessing, rather you should be happy for them. If it is a worldly matter, it could be a fitnah for them. If you see someone that has been given a religious blessing, then ask Allah to grant it to you too.