So Weak are the Seeker and the Sought

The hadeeth of the fly (adh-dhubaab) and its wonders

Translated by:

Allah, the Exalted, said:

“Verily, Allah is not ashamed to set forth a parable even of a mosquito or so much more when it is bigger (or less when it is smaller) than it. And as for those who believe, they know that it is the Truth from their Lord, but as for those who disbelieve, they say: ‘what did Allah intend by this parable?’ By it He misleads many, and many He guides thereby. And He misleads thereby only those who are Faasiqoon (the rebellious, disobedient to Allah).” (al-Baqarah: 26)

And He, Exalted be He, also said:

“O mankind! A similitude has been coined, so listen to it (carefully): Verily! Those on whom you call besides Allah, cannot create (even) a fly, even though they combine together for the purpose. And if the fly snatched away a thing from them, they would have no power to release it from the fly. So weak are (both) the seeker and the sought.” (al-Hajj 73)

Ibn al-Qaiyyim[1] said:

This similitude is amongst the best ones which Allah, the Exalted, coined in showing the invalidity of the Shirk and its people, how ignoramus they are, and that the Satan has toyed with them greater than the toying of the boys with a ball in that they substantiated the Deity, among the merits of which are the Ability over everything, the Knowledgeability over everything, the Ability to do without all of His creatures, and the fact that His creatures beseech Him in all their needs—they substantiated the deity in the form of pictures and idols which can never be able to create the littlest creatures even if they all cooperated for the purpose. Moreover, another proof for the invalidity of their being Gods is that they will not be able to get back anything that these very little creatures stole from them. Thus, Allah make equal between them regarding their weakness.

From Abu Huraira—may Allah be pleased with him—that the Prophet—peace be upon him—said:

“If a fly falls down in your drink, then you just dip all of it once again and then remove it, because one (Ahad)[2] of its wings contains a cure and the other a disease” reported by al-Bukhaaree.


1 Comment

  1. Ibn Shahid said,

    July 25, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    Allahu Akbar. Nice design you chose for the site. MashaAllah, looks nice.

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