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Take this Kitaab with Quwwah

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بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

Saturday, 30th of Rabee`-ul-Awwal, 1440 - 8th of December, 2018

Take this Kitaab with Quwwah

There are five Aayats in the Qur’aan Kareem wherein Allaah Ta`aalaa commands people to seize a particular thing with Quwwah. These Aayaat are:

وَإِذْ أَخَذْنَا مِيثَاقَكُمْ وَرَفَعْنَا فَوْقَكُمُ الطُّورَ خُذُوا مَا آتَيْنَاكُمْ بِقُوَّةٍ وَاذْكُرُوا مَا فِيهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ


{"And (remember, O Bani Israa'eel) when We took your promise (that you would fulfil the injunctions of the Towraah) and We raised above you Mount Toor (saying): "Take what We have given you (the Towraah) with Quwwah (power), and heed what is in it (i.e. act upon it) so that you may attain Taqwaa."}

[Soorah al-Baqarah, 2:63]


In this particular Aayah, Allaah Ta`aalaa is addressing Bani Israa'eel, reminding them of how He had taken their oaths and covenants that they would have Imaan in Him Alone, not committing Shirk with Him, and that they would follow His Rusul. Allaah Ta`aalaa mentions that at the time of this Covenant being taken, He raised Mount Toor out of the earth from its root and suspended it over the heads of Bani Israa'eel, that they may realise the gravity of this Covenant and follow this Command that Allaah Ta`aalaa is giving them, of taking the Towraah with Quwwah (power), resolutely, with courage to carry out His Commands.


When Imaam Qataadah رحمة الله عليه gave the Tafseer of this Aayah, and he explained the meaning of "bi-Quwwah (with power)," he said: "(Allaah Ta`aalaa was saying to them) Take this Towraah with seriousness or I will hurl down this mountain upon you."


Thus, out of fear of the `Adhaab of Allaah Ta`aalaa the Bani Israa'eel unanimously submitted, falling into Sajdah, and they pledged that they would take this Towraah with Quwwah.


Imaam Abu-l `Aaliyah and Imaam Rabee` ibn Anas explained that one meaning of this Quwwah mentioned in the Aayah is Taa`ah (obedience). Imaam Mujaahid gave another meaning to it, which is "bi-`Amalim bimaa Feehi" (by acting upon it).

Muhammad Huzaifah ibn Adam aal-Ebrahim

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