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The virtue of “Kursi”‌ verse

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Our Holy Qur’an is a universal book that covers all sorts of themes and subjects. While some of its verses are anecdotal, relating the stories of Prophets; others are allegorical, endowed with two levels of meanings; literal and metaphorical. Other verses illuminate the excellence and reverence of our Creator.

Among the 6346 verses of the Holy Qur’an, one is described as “the most virtuous”‌ as itwas revealed from a treasure beneath the Throne of Allah. It is the 255th verse of the second chapter of the Quran. Al-Baqara, (the Cow), and it is called the “Kursi”‌ verse:

“Allah is He besides Whom there is no god, the Everliving, the Self-subsisting by Whom all subsist; slumber does not overtake Him nor sleep; whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His; who is he that can intercede with Him but by His permission? He knows what is before them and what is behind them, and they cannot comprehend anything out of His knowledge except what He pleases, His knowledge extends over the heavens and the earth, and the preservation of them both tires Him not, and He is the Most High, the Great.”‌ (2:255)

What is so peculiar about the verse is that it communicates the concept of monotheism and the submission to the One and Only God: “Allah is He besides Whom there is no god.”‌ There is no other Creator but Him; and thus no one but Him is worthy of being worshipped.

“…the Everliving”‌ touches the very core of our being since it implies that our very existence subsists upon Him. The existence of Allah is perpetual, eternal, and infinite. Our life, existence, and being emerge from His, and thus is not need I need of creatures whatsoever. Allah is the reason we are in this world, He is also our inspiration and our aspiration as well, whom we strive to satisfy.

In addition, the verse illuminates the Omni-power of God: “slumber does not overtake Him nor sleep; whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His.”‌ Indeed, Allah does not have any needs whatsoever. He is the Possessor and the Absolute Riches: “whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His.”‌ He is sufficient and free of all kinds of needs as he does not need to sleep nor slumber.

This concept of Omni-potency is further emphasized in “who is he that can intercede with Him but by His permission.”‌ In other words, it is only the will of Allah that determines fates and orders the course of events. No man, whatsoever, can assume the role of a mediator and interfere in the matter of determining who to win His intercession, and who to deserve His punishment.

Accordingly, we must directly resort to Almighty Allah when asking for intercession, redemption from sins, and any other worldly or transcendental wish, need, or desire.

It follows that God is Omni-knowledgeable: “He knows what is before them and what is behind them”‌ or else He could not bestow intercession upon us. His omnipresence gives Him the quality of being Omni-knowledgeable God is everywhere; He does not have size or even spatial dimension and thus is present everywhere. As a result, God is infinite in regard to knowledge: every possible field of knowledge concerning everything that exists or could have existed anywhere in the universe at any time in the past or in the future.

The phrase: “His knowledge extends over the heavens and the earth, and the preservation of them both tires Him not, and He is the Most High, the Great”‌ explains that His power is unlimited in terms of magnitude and extent. This Omnipotence means that He can do anything He pleases effortlessly and nothing would tire Him up.

And He is indeed the “Most High, the Great”‌ Who is worthy of our worship. These incommunicable attributes of omnipresence, omniscience, and omnipotence make Him our Only resort and sanctuary.

The “Kursi”‌ verse represents doctrinal concepts pertinent to the nature of Our Creator. It encompasses the attributes of Allah and offers man a simple philosophy regarding man’s relation with Him.

Source: english.bayynat.org.lb


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The importance of Surah al-Ikhlas (The Purity): Part 1

The importance of Surah al-Ikhlas (The Purity): Part 2

The importance of Surah al-Ikhlas (The Purity): Part 3

The importance of Surah al-Ikhlas (The Purity):Part 4

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