Color Your Life

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صِبْغَةَ اللَّهِ ۖ وَمَنْ أَحْسَنُ مِنَ اللَّهِ صِبْغَةً ۖ وَنَحْنُ لَهُ عَابِدُونَ

“(And say, ‘Ours is) the sibgha (religion) of Allah. And who is better than Allah in sibgha (i.e ordaining religion)? And we are worshippers of Him'” [Surat al-Baqarah, 2:138].

The root of the word sibgha / صِبْغَةَ (translated in the ayah as “religion) is s-b-gh / ص ب غ.

The words sibgha indicates color, and in particular, dye. A dye is a color that is not the original color of something. Primarily it refers to a color that is colored onto something, thus it’s used for an attribute that has been adopted. The use of this word in the ayah holds very powerful connotations.

Sibghah in this ayah refers to the religion of Allah. When we adopt a religion, it is reflected in our lives, just as if there is a dye on our clothes – the color is visible, people see it. Thus, when we adopt the religion of Allah, it should be expressed through our speech, our lifestyle, our dress, and everything we say or do.