What’s Moving You?


We ask Allah for guidance at least seventeen times a day, but do we really understand what we’re asking for?

In Surah Yunus, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says:

Say: “Is there of your (Allâh’s so-called) partners one that guides to the truth?” Say: “It is Allâh Who guides to the truth. Is then He, Who guides to the truth, more worthy to be followed, or he who finds not guidance (himself) unless he is guided? Then, what is the matter with you? How judge you?” And most of them follow nothing but conjecture. Certainly, conjecture can be of no avail against the truth. Surely, Allâh is All-Aware of what they do.


In these verses, although the mushrikoon are being addressed, there is a very prominent lesson for each one of us to take, insha’Allah. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is addressing the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and commanding him to ask these disbelievers if their ‘so-called partners’ guide them in any way. The word in Arabic used here is yahdee, which is a word from the same root as the very common word hidaaya.

We usually translate this as “guidance.” That is correct, but through this translation, we lose the deeper meaning that the Arabic language gives us. The root of hidaaya gives the meaning of movement and transformation. For example, hadiya, a gift, is something that gets passed on from person to person. Haadi, an animal, is something that moves. Thus, when a person receives hidaaya, it is not possible for him or her to remain in the same state as before. It is to leave a former way and adopt what was received.

Hidaaya shows a transformation of a lifestyle and of an outlook. Ideally, as you learn new aspects of the deen, you should adopt the new way, one after the other, until you become a different person – a better person. If you know something and don’t abide by it, you will be held accountable for it, may Allah protect us. Change your ways according to the teachings of Allah and everything falls into place.

In this verse, the word yahdee is used for the idols in its literal sense. These idols cannot guide plants, the sun, or even cause atoms to move, so how will they guide you? Alhamdulillah, we are not worshipping idols, but sometimes we put other things before Allah’s commands. In a sense, that is a form of shirk. In our times, it’s ingrained in our society to follow this celebrity, do what your friends are doing, eat this, wear that, and so on. We have to stop and analyze ourselves. Do you pray on time or watch the latest episode of the newest TV show? Do you wear hijab now or dress up for non-mahrams, saying this command can wait? Do you use vulgar language because all the cool kids do it? Who is guiding you to the decisions you make?

The following verse shows that most people just follow dhann, a conjecture. It’s an assumption, a supposition – something that is not based on facts or reasoning. Why do we disobey Allah? Sometimes we have no real reason except dhann. That was what the people of shirk followed and subhanAllah, it is something we’ve fallen into. Just because you may not understand a concept in physics, like quantum mechanics, doesn’t mean the whole science is wrong. You may need to read more, do more work, take classes, ask professors, and just learn more in order to have that understanding. The same goes for the deen. Just because we may not understand the Qur’an or a certain commandment, like hijab, doesn’t mean it’s wrong or ‘backwards.’ If we haven’t read the Qur’an, learned Arabic and tafseer, sat with scholars, and spent years studying it, how can we say it’s wrong just because we don’t understand it?

In the end, it is only Allah who can guide us to the straight path and allow us to achieve the full effects of hidaaya. That understanding only comes from Him and Him alone. We ask Him at least seventeen times a day in Surah alFatihah to be guided to the path of those whom He blessed. So continue to ask for the tawfique to fully implement it in your life. May AlQadeer grant us the tawfique to attain true hidaaya. Ameen!