Islamic Date

16 Rabi‘ at-akhir
1441

English Date

13 December
2019

I Wish to be Obedient to Allah

A bedouin asked the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam): “I wish to be obedient to Allah.”
The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied: “If you observe Allah's commands you will be obedient.” [Related by Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal]

Obedience is worship.

Adi bin Hatim (radi Allahu anhu) became Christian during the time of Jahiliyyah. When the call of the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) reached his area, Adi ran away to Ash-Shaam, and his sister and several of his people were captured. The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) freed his sister and gave her gifts. So she went to her brother and encouraged him to become Muslim and to go to the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam).

Adi, who was one of the chiefs of his people (the tribe of Tai) and whose father, Hatim At-Tai, was known for his generosity, went to Al-Madinah. When the people announced his arrival, Adi went to the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) wearing a silver cross around his neck.

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) recited the Ayah, “They took their rabbis and their monks to be their lords besides Allah, and the Messiah, son of Maryam.” [Surah Taubah, Ayah 31] Adi interjected, “They did not worship them.” The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Yes they did. They (rabbis and monks) prohibited the permissible for them (the Christians and Jews) and permitted the prohibited, and they (the Christians and Jews) obeyed them (in that). This is how they worshipped them.” [Tafseer Ibn Katheer]

May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) keep us truly obedient to Him. Ameen.