In The Name of Allah, The most Gracious, The Most Merciful…
Allah is Rabb Al-A’aalameen, Lord of The Worlds. We read this verse at least 17 times a day, but do we really understand what it means and why we are supposed to read it in in all our prayers?
I read a series on suhaibwebb.com on this topic. http://www.suhaibwebb.com/personaldvlpt/how-to-taste-the-sweetness-of-prayer/
Here, I am going to write what I understand and among the gems I obtained from it InshaAllah.
Lord of the worlds means that He is The Cherisher, The Sustainer, The Maintainer, The Caretaker, The owner of all worlds. It comes from the root word rabbaa(Ra’ Ba’ Ya’), which means to nourish, to educate. An educator brings his students from darkness to light. So, as a Rabba, which means the Sustainer, He sorts of sustains us in this world, provide for us, meet our every need. He also guides us.
So, Rabb Al-A’aalameen here means…
1) The Sustainer of all worlds
2) The Caretaker of all worlds
3) Guider of all creation
He is the greatest, greater than the whole great universe. Greater than all the universes combined. The sky we see up there and the outerspace beyond. All that is the first heave ns. There are 6 more heavens out there. And above them all, there is Allah’s A’rsh, translated as throne.
The Prophet ﷺ told us:
“The seven heavens are no more in comparison to the Kursi than a ring thrown in a desert.” (Ibn Hajar)
If that is the Kursi, then what of the magnificent Throne?
He then said:
“And the superiority of the Throne over the Kursi is like that desert compared to that ring.”
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That is only the lowest heaven…
…and Allah is Akbar, the Greatest.
He knows what is in everyones hearts. since the creation of the first human, Adam Alayhi As-Salaam.
He says: Verily, Allah is Knowing of that within the breasts. (5:7)
He is forever(permanent, without start nor end) and we are only temporary with definitely a start and end.
Everyone knows Him, even the unbelievers. But who knows us?
Has there [not] come upon man a period of time when he was not a thing [even] mentioned? (76:1)
In prayer, as we read the first verse of Al-Fatihah, feel that HIs immense gaze is watching our hearts and He knows what we are thinking.
the Prophet ﷺ said:
“When you pray, do not turn here and there because Allah (swt) directs His face to the face of His servant, as long as he does not turn away” (Tirmidhi)
His immense gaze watching intently as we prostrate to Him in submission and servitude.
The same gaze that had watched The Prophet PBUH as well as all the other Prophets before him pray.
The same gaze that had watched over the Muslims in battle.
The same gaze who had destroyed societies before.
The same gaze of the One who had punished the sinners and rewarded the pious.
The same gaze of the One with the power to take our lives, to whom our souls will return to, to present our deeds in this world.
The similitude of us standing in front Him in prayer is like when we will be standing in front of Him on The Day our end will be made known..
He loves and wants us to repent (2:222) and return to Him. How can He gaze at us and we, as His servants who need Him, ignore Him and busy our minds with dunya as we stand before Him?
Just something to ponder upon…