Subhanallah, after going through the heart wakening and soul capturing tafsir of the first juzz, one word stuck to my mind i.e. Sibagtullah , color of Allah. This word has such deep meanings that all the verses seems to be following the shadow of this word. Every ayah in Surah Baqarah carries the reflection of Sibgatullah.
In the beginning of the Surah,the first shade of Sibgatullah is mentioned in these verses:
Who believe in the unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them
First and foremost, they have Imaan in the unseen. This is the basis of relationship with Allah that you must have a firm believe that he is there and this belief is so strong that it is maintained by establishing real connection through Salah with all its conditions and prerequisites. Not only that, they spend whatever they have, their money, talent, time anything worth spending for the sake of Allah. This is Sibgatullah…..color of Allah.
After that, the story of creation of mankind is mentioned. How Adam was created and then how the three creations man, angels and shaitaan started their journey to this world. There are numerous lessons one can take from this story: lesson of arrogance to lesson of submission to repentance. Neverthless, the true momin never shows arrogance, he listens to Allah’s commands and obey it right away portraying the model of same’na waata’ naa as angels did. They don’t justify their sins as shaitan did and they always repent for their sins as Adam did. This is Sibgatullah ……the true color of our religion.
And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah]
They knew that life is full of hardships and tests. When you are chosen then you have to be pure to work for this pure deen . You can’t be like previous nations who used to believe some parts of the book and rejected the rest. And this is not an easy task by any means so they take help through two strongest weapons ‘Sabr and Salat’ and it is not difficult for them . Why it is not difficult for them? The next ayah immediately answers the question.
Who are certain that they will meet their Lord and that they will return to Him.
They know that they have to go back to their Creator so why it will be a burden to them. It is their ultimate source of pleasure and peace . Their prayer is the binding power to keep them connected to their lord, ensuring them to meet Him one day as the soul belongs to Him and to Him we all have to return. This firm belief is part of Sibgatullah….. the color of Islam
Then, there are people who constantly criticise other group as the ayah mentions that Jews thought they are on the right path and Christians thought that they are the chosen people. But the fact is something else.
And they say, “None will enter Paradise except one who is a Jew or a Christian.” That is [merely] their wishful thinking, Say, “Produce your proof, if you should be truthful’
Hence, both groups criticize each other. In this superiority complex, they lost the true color of Islam. We as muslims do the same thing we keep criticize each other, claiming our group, our maslak to be superior but the true color of Allah is to follow the color of Tawheed , the path of Ibraheem , the path of submission. If we have that sincerity and we have totally submitted our will to that the will of Allah as Ibrahim did then there is no need to associate and criticise any other group. We already belong to sibgatullah…….. group of Quran and Sunaah. We are qualified for the title of Mohsin, the doer of good. The characteristics of being Mohsin, the true submission to only one Lord rather than associating oneself to particular creed or color. Just pure submission is desired. Nothing else is required. Then, only one can attain the level of excellence. The same excellence is proven by Ibrahim.
He was tested throughout his life , he proved to be Mohsin in all his tests and circumstances. After going through all those tests, he became the chosen one, truly reflecting Sibgatullah….. the colors of Allah.
And [mention, O Muhammad], when Abraham was tried by his Lord with commands and he fulfilled them. [Allah] said, “Indeed, I will make you a leader for the people.” [Abraham] said, “And of my descendants?” [Allah] said, “My covenant does not include the wrongdoers.”
Therefore, he passed all the tests to become the leader and then honored to build the Ka ‘ba. Another sign of Sibgatullah was, he was building Ka’ ba, the most honorable job one can just dream of but look at his words during that time.
“Our Lord, accept [this] from us.”
That is the height of humbleness and humility. Building the house of Allah which was to become the center of worship but still asking Allah to accept it. Can there be any other better example of Sibgatullah……color of Allah.
Thus, the color of Allah is embedded in each and every ayah of the Quran, all the verses contain the true color of Allah . If we dip ourselves in this Divine ink, then we will become the true believers. Surely and truly, all other colors will become fake and meaningless in front of Sibgatullah, the true color of Allah.
(We take our) colour from Allah, and who is better than Allah at colouring. We are His worshippers.