19 February 2014 CE | 17 Rabbi al-Thanni 1435 AH

Hadith Explanation


The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) taught us to ask: “Allahummas tur-auraati wa aamin row-aati.” [Abu Dawud]

This is a Dua in which we ask Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) to conceal all our defects and exchange our state of fear and worry with peace and security.
A pious man living in Baghdad was strolling by the Tigris when he noticed a scorpion scurrying along the bank in front on him. He thought to himself that this is also a creation of Allah’s and nothing Allah has created is without purpose. Wondering where it had come from, where it was going and for what purpose, he decided to follow it and find out.

The scorpion walked a while then turned towards the river and waited at its edge. Presently a turtle came swimming towards the scorpion. The scorpion jumped onto its back and the turtle started swimming back across the river with the scorpion riding on it. Since the pious man had decided to follow the scorpion he rented a boat and began to follow the turtle.

When the turtle reached the opposite bank the scorpion jumped off the turtle’s back and began walking purposefully again. The man continued to follow it. The scorpion was heading towards a man sleeping under a tree. He thought of waking the man up in case the scorpion was going to bite him. But when he approached the man he saw that a venomous snake near the man’s head had its head lifted, hood expanded and was about to strike the man when the scorpion suddenly jumped on the snake and stung it so that collapsed and lay writhing on the ground. The scorpion then turned and went on its way.

The man woke up and seeing a scorpion near him was about to crush it with a large stone when the pious man stopped him and informed him of what had transpired and how Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) had sent the scorpion from a far to save his life and kill the snake. [Tafseer-e-Kabeer]

While the man was sleeping, unaware of the dangers surrounding him, Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) was not unaware of him and had commanded many a creature regarding his protection.

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is “Al-Mumin,” the granter of protection, peace and security (Amn). When in distress or difficulty, call upon “Al-Mumin” for relief. Remember Al-Mumin and always thank Him for the protection He provides you around the clock.

It is Al-Mumin who keeps the lava inside earth from bursting out. If it boiled all over the earth what living creature could remain living on it? If Al-Mumin didn’t control the wind and water all civilization would be blown off the earth by hurricanes and the world would easily be drowned by the oceans. Al-Mumin maintains peace in cities, where He doesn’t no constructive work is possible and despite having all the bounties of the world its inhabitants flee from it.

Even within your body it is Al-Mumin who maintains order and security. Otherwise the different components of your body instead of working together would destroy one another. As long as Al-Mumin wills, this harmony is maintained.

Consider your mouth; 32 sharp knives (teeth) surround your tongue. If you accidentally bite your tongue you know how much it hurts. But how often does your tongue get cut by your teeth? Who is He who protects your tongue from these 32 knives when you are eating and talking? Countless are the favours of my Lord, Al-Mumin!

What can we do to attract this peace and security? “Those who have believed and have not mixed their faith with injustice are the ones who deserve peace (Amn), and it is they who are on the right path.” [Quran: Surah Al-Anaam, Ayat 82]

As a result of belief in Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) a person is blessed with tranquility in his heart and in the world, but most importantly, he is blessed with the most enviable of existences in the Hereafter. The greatest security, peace and harmony (Amn) is that of Paradise. So the most important aspect of Allah’s being Al-Mumin is that He sent prophets and divine books to guide us to this best of destinations where the peace and security will not end with death. SubhanAllah!

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