In our previous meditation, we began to discuss the final ayat of Surah an-Nasr, where Allah (SWT) tells us to praise him for what we have been blessed with and ask Him (SWT) for forgiveness from being away from Him (SWT) for so long. By both appreciating what we have been blessed with and remembering the times when we were denying our self from His (SWT) blessings, we constantly remind our self of how important it is for us to have a pure heart, free from idolatry and satanic influence, one which distances our self from Allah (SWT) and the blessings that we receive from our Lord (SWT).
In this meditation, we will continue to understand the final ayat of this Surah:
In the first word of this ayat, where Allah (SWT) tells us to praise Him (SWT), Allah (SWT) says Fa sab bhi. Whenever we praise Allah (SWT) we say subhanallah.
Whenever we see, hear, taste, smell or experience something that is beyond what we thought it was, we say subhanallah. This could be when we see a new baby and feel its innocence. This could be when we see a beautiful sunset. This could be when we taste a wonderful meal. This could be when we hear a sound that is sweet on our ears.
Whenever we are asked by someone else to later describe this, we say that we do not have any words to put this into.
As a result of this, when we are actually experiencing this, most people use a word such as wow! When they see a beautiful sunset, they say wow! When they taste something specatular, they say wow! When asked how was that experience? They just say wow!
When we reflect on the word wow, we realise that it has no meaning. It’s just a sound. Whereas an apple is a word that communicates that there is an apple in question, wow is just a word without anything behind it.
The reason why people use a word such as wow is because they are not aware of what is behind it. They see a beautiful sunset but do not understand the creator behind it. They see the innocence of a new born baby but do not understand the source of that innocence. They experience an amazing feeling but not realize the source of this feeling.
The source of everything is Allah (SWT). He (SWT) is the one who made the sunset beautiful. He (SWT) is the one who gave the baby its innocence. He (SWT) is the one who created the magic that is behind the experience.
When we say wow, we forget the source. When we say subhanallah, we acknowledge the source. When we acknowledge the source, we glorify Allah (SWT) in the way that He (SWT) deserves to be glorified.
In a similar way, the second word in this ayat is bihamdi. When we receive something good, we say alhamdolillah. We acknowledge that Allah (SWT) is the source of that blessing and give the credit of it to our Lord (SWT).
This is why we say subhanallah, alhamdolillah and various other ways in which we praise Allah (SWT) whenever there is something good in our life. By saying so, we acknowledge that it is something beyond what we had expected and recognize that this can only come from Allah (SWT). By doing this, we acknowledge the sign of Allah (SWT) in that thing, just as Ibrahim (AS) acknowledged the sign of Allah (SWT) in the Moon and the Sun. When we do this, that which we are experiencing brings us closer to Allah (SWT).
May Allah (SWT) give us all the wisdom and understanding to say subhanallah and alhamdolillah, where we recognize the source as Allah (SWT), as opposed to an empty word such as wow, where we are ignorant of the source. May we, through praising and thanking Allah (SWT), see His (SWT) sign in everything and continuously purify our heart and make it a magnet for even more blessings of Allah (SWT). Aamin.