ما خلَقَ اللّهُ سُبحانَهُ أمْراً عَبَثاً فَيَلْهُوَ۔

Allah, the Glorified, has not created anything in vain so that He may be entertained.



Allah, the Glorified, has not created anything in vain so that He may be...

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Ghurar al-Hikam: Allah And His Attributes)

Personal Reflection

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (), his pure progeny, and his righteous companions.

The provided Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) states,

Allah, the Glorified, has not created anything in vain so that He may be entertained.

This enlightening saying highlights the purposefulness and wisdom behind every creation of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ). Let us delve deeper into the exegesis of this Hadith in light of the Quran.

The word (khalaqa) "خلَقَ" in Arabic refers to the act of creation. It signifies the bringing into existence of something that did not previously exist. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) is the Creator of everything, and His creation is not arbitrary or without purpose. The word (amran) "أمْراً" means a matter or affair, indicating that every creation of Allah has a specific purpose and significance.

This Hadith emphasizes that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) does not create anything in vain or without reason. Every creation, from the smallest atom to the vast galaxies, serves a purpose and has a role to play in the grand design of the universe. This concept is beautifully expressed in the Quran in several verses.

Allah says in Surah Al-Mu'minun (23:115):

Did you think that We had created you in play (without any purpose), and that you would not be brought back to Us?

This verse reminds us that our existence is not a result of mere amusement or entertainment for Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ). Rather, we have been created with a purpose, and we will be held accountable for our actions in the Hereafter.

Furthermore, in Surah Al-Qamar (54:49), Allah says,

Indeed, all things We created with predestination.

This verse affirms that everything in the universe has been created with a specific destiny and purpose. Nothing is haphazard or without meaning in the divine plan of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ).

The consequences of understanding this Hadith are profound. Recognizing that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) has created everything with purpose and wisdom should instill in us a sense of awe and gratitude. It reminds us that our lives have meaning and that our actions have consequences. We are not here by chance, but rather as part of a divine plan.

Understanding the purposefulness of creation also encourages us to reflect on the signs of Allah's existence and power that are evident in the world around us. The intricate design of nature, the balance in ecosystems, and the complexity of the human body all point to the wisdom and intelligence of the Creator. This reflection can deepen our faith and strengthen our connection with Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ).

Moreover, this Hadith serves as a reminder that we should not waste our time or engage in frivolous pursuits. It encourages us to use our abilities and resources in a manner that aligns with the purpose for which we have been created. By fulfilling our responsibilities and striving to do good, we can contribute to the betterment of society and fulfill our role in the divine plan.

In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) reminds us that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) has not created anything in vain. Every creation has a purpose and significance in the grand design of the universe. This understanding should inspire us to reflect on the signs of Allah's existence and power, fulfill our responsibilities, and strive to live a purposeful life. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) grant us the wisdom to comprehend His creation and the guidance to live in accordance with His purpose.

. : . (Readers are advised to verify the sources mentioned above, and to independently research for an accurate understanding of Hadith. Remember, personal research and seeking guidance from scholars are essential in gaining a better insight. Please, do contact us if you find any wrong citations or explanations.)

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