THE GREATEST VERSE [AYAT AL-KURSI]




Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) described Ayat Al-Kursi [2:255] as “the greatest verse” in The Qur’an. [Bukhari]

The text of this glorious verse adorns the walls of Muslim homes, shop and mosques.

It is amongst the most memorized and frequently recited verses in The Qur’an.

It is the only verse in The Qur’an that is popularly known by its name.

Though kursi literally means chair or footstool, Ayat Al-Kursi is widely translated as “The Verse of The Throne.”

Al-Kursi must not be confused with Al-Arsh (The Throne) which is infinitely higher and greater than Al-Kursi.

Only a brief overview is presented here. Reading the authentic commentaries is therefore essential for better understanding.

The grandeur and uniqueness of Allah is described in Ayat Al-Kursi that has the following ten Arabic segments.

 

Allah, there is nothing worthy of worship except Him.

Ayat Al-Kursi affirms belief in Allah as The One and Only True God worthy of worship, obedience and reverence.

Islam rejects the worship of false and multiple gods as well as the man-made doctrine of Trinity.

Belief in One God “minus the baggage of associates, spouse or a son” makes Islam the only pure monotheistic faith.

 

Allah is Ever-Living, Self-Existing and All-Sustaining.

Allah exists outside of space and time, without a beginning or an end.

Allah is independent of needs and exists without needing and support.

All His created things depend on Him for all their needs. He sustains and protects all that exist. [29:60]

 

Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Allah.

This verse corrects the corruption that had entered into earlier Scriptures that ascribe to God the limitations of created things.

Allah, The One free of all imperfections, “does not sleep and it does not befit Him to sleep.” [Muslim]

Only created things need sleep: “And have made your sleep as a thing for rest.” [78:9]

Even the sleeping person is in need of Allah. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) supplicated to Allah for His Mercy and protection when retiring to sleep. [Bukhari]

 

To Allah belongs everything in the heavens and the earth.

Allah is the sole and ultimate owner of all of His creation, No one can claim ownership of anything in this world.

We are merely ‘custodians’ of things. When a thing is destroyed or lost, the Believer says: “To Allah it belongs, to Him it has returned.”

 

Who can intercede with Allah except by His permission?

There are no intermediaries or priestly class in the pure monotheism of Islam.

This rhetorical question makes clear that intercession (pleading on behalf of another) can exist only by Allah’s design and permission.

“On Judgment Day, no intercession shall avail, except the one for whom The All Merciful has given permission and whose word is acceptable to Him.” [20:109]

 

Allah knows what happens to each of His creation in this life and what awaits them in the Hereafter.

Allah has perfect knowledge od all of His creation: their past, present and future.

Though Allah has given us free will to choose after making clear to us the truth from falsehood, Allah knows the choices we will make as He exists outside of time.

 

None can comprehend any of Allah’s Knowledge except what He Wills.

“And of knowledge, you (mankind) have been given only a little.” [17:85]

“It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah, surely Allah is All-Mighty and All-Forgiving.” [35:28]

The Believers supplicate to Allah to increase their knowledge. [20:114]

 

Allah’s ‘Kursi’ extends over the heavens and the earth.

Though ‘Kursi’ has been equated with knowledge, sovereignty and kingdom, it is proper that we do not speculate.

It is beyond us to grasp the enormity of ‘Kursi’ that “extends over the havens and the earth.” Allah knows best.

 

He feels no fatigue in gearing and preserving them.

“And indeed We created the heavens and the earth and all between them in six periods, and nothing of fatigue touched us.” [50:38]

Managing His creation is easy for Allah.

“He withholds the sky from falling on the earth except by His permission.” [22:65]

All matters are insignificant, modest and humble before Allah.

 

He is The Most High, The Greatest.

Nothing is greater then Allah. Even the most powerful ruler can never rise above being a slave of Allah.

“Such is Allah, your Lord in truth. What is left after the truth, except falsehood? How then can you turn away?” [10:32]

“Verily, the truth gas coe to you from your Lord. So be not of those who doubt it.” [10:94]


Replace doubt with certainty. Embrace the Truth of Islam and attain success in this life and the Hereafter.




By Dr Y Mansoor Marican, Ph. D

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