Five Rights of Allah

Five Rights of Allah   

Hafiz Ahmad Hamaad Attari

(Faizan Online Academy, 6th year, Okara)

Allah Almighty is the omnipotent creator and Lord of the worlds who is worthy of being worshipped, obeyed, and loved. As our parents, family, teachers, neighbours, and children have rights over us, a fortiori, Allah has rights which we must observe if we want His proximity and salvation. These rights include:

1.   To worship Him alone: The Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said:

فَاِنَّ حَقَّ اللَّهِ عَلَى العِبَادِ اَنْ يَّعْبُدُوهُ وَلاَ يُشْرِكُوا بِهٖ شَيْئًا 

“Allah's right on His slaves is that they should worship Him ˹alone˺ and not associate partners with Him.”[1]

2.   To believe in His Essence and attributes. It is also necessary to believe that faith is a blessing which He bestowed on us. Allah Almighty states about those who are steadfast upon faith:

اِنَّ  الَّذِیۡنَ قَالُوۡا رَبُّنَا اللّٰہُ  ثُمَّ اسۡتَقَامُوۡ

“Indeed, those who said, ‘Allah is our Lord’, then remained firm upon it.”[2]

Then Allah Almighty mentions the reward for such people.

3.   To love Him without measure:

                        وَ الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡۤا اَشَدُّ حُبًّا  لِّلّٰہِ ؕ                      

"For the believers, no one’s love is equal to the love of Allah.”[3]

The qualities and reward for such people is also mentioned in the Quran.

4.   To yearn to meet Him and believe with conviction that this meeting will occur:

الَّذِیۡنَ یَظُنُّوۡنَ اَنَّہُمۡ مُّلٰقُوۡا رَبِّہِمۡ

˹The believers are˺ those who are certain that they are to meet their Lord.”[4]

5.   To be in awe of Him and fearful of His displeasure:

یَّسْتَخْفُوْنَ مِنَ النَّاسِ وَ لَا یَسْتَخْفُوْنَ مِنَ اللّٰهِ وَ هُوَ مَعَهُمْ 

“They hide from people ˹in fear˺ but do not hide from Allah; whereas Allah is with them.”[5]        

Rather, it is His right to be feared.[6]

Dear readers! May Allah Almighty grant us the ability to identify and fulfil His rights as well as the rights of others around us.

اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ خاتَمِ النَّبِیّیْن صلَّی اللہ علیہ واٰلہٖ وسلَّم HiHHH

[1] aī al-Bukhāri, vol. 2, pp. 269 – 270, Hadith 2856

[2] [Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 24, Surah Ha-Meem Al-Sajdah, verse 30)

[3] [Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 2, Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 165)

[4] [Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 1, Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 46)

[5] [Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 5, Surah Al-Nisa, verse 108)

[6] Sirat ul Jinan, vol. 2, p. 298




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