Gem(s) of Hikmah from I'rabul Quran
Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatULLAHI wa barakatuHU wa maghfiratuHU dear all,
While reading through I’rabul Quran, I came across this immensely hakeem understanding of the reason behind the usage of 1st Person plural’s seeghas in “IYYAKA naabudu wa IYYAKA nasta’een”, and I thought I should share this valuable piece of Ilmun’Nafi’ with you all. May Allah Ta’ala Forgive me for my failure and any and all shortcomings in translating the text into English and getting the point across. InshaAllah, I intend to share more like this as I go along with my read through this wonderful book.
The honourable scholar ( RahimahULLAHU Ta’ala ) says: … “And there come the plural forms in His ( SubhanaHu wa Ta’la) Saying : Naabudu and Nastaeen while the speaker is singular, the reason being that it has been (enjoined) by the Shariah that whoever buys different types of mabee’ in a single bay’ ( a transaction whereby a person A sells a certain commodity known as mabee’ in fiqh, and a person B buys it in exchange of something else, it could be money, gold, silver etc, and this is known as thaman ). Later after the transaction, if a the buyer ( mushtari) finds a defect in some of the mabee’, he can choose between taking all of it and leaving all of it ( that is, he cannot leave that which is defective and take that which is otherwise , for, this would be tantamount to doing multiple transactions in a single bay’.
Similarly, when an abd views his ibaadah as being defective and ma’eeb, he does not present it to Allah Ta’ala singularly. In stead, he appends his ibadah to that of all the aabideen and presents the collective ibadah as one single transaction hoping that his ibadah will be accepted in the dhiman of the collective, for the collective is not rejected at all when part of it is maqbool. And the rejection of the defective and the custody of the sound is (as) a division in the bay’ and He (SubhanaHU) Has Prohibited His Slaved from it, and it does not befit His Adheem Karam and His Fadhal Common to all. Thus, He ( SubhanaHU wa Ta’ala) Abides by the acceptance of the entire (ibadah).
And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best!