3.0 What is “An-NaseeHah”?
Why does the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. equates succinctly, this Deen with “An-NaseeHah” (the Advice)?
The Arabic word “NaseeHah” generally carries the literal meaning in English for ”advice”. Yet unlike the English term, the Arabic meaning of this term contains much more than mere advice. Thus when the Prophet s.a.w. equates the Deen (religion) to the advice, this then invited further question from his Companions who seemed to understand “NaseeHah” to be of the general meaning, referring perhaps to a command or imperative act in ‘communicating some good message to another’, thus they sought its clarification with “Li-man?” – meaning ‘for whom?’, or it can also mean ‘towards whom?’
- In other words......
We must realise that this Deen is all about the message, Ar-Risaalah, from Allah; and every activity in its dissemination of this message (as conveyed in His Book through the angels and prophets, and the leaders succeeding the prophet as well as amongst Muslims in general) to be heeded by us, mankind. Conversely, we as recipients of the advice are expected to react by being true, faithful and sincere - through having faith with genuine acceptance by way of surrender (submission) and we are also to reciprocate by striving in carrying out sincere acts of devotions, termed as righteous deeds, and to continue disseminating the advice.
وَٱلۡعَصۡرِ إِنَّ ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنَ لَفِى
خُسۡرٍ إِلَّا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ
وَتَوَاصَوۡاْ بِٱلۡحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوۡاْ بِٱلصَّبۡرِ
By the Time (through the ages)
Verily man is in Loss;
Except those who believe and works righteous deeds;
And engages in the
mutual teaching of al-Haqq (the Truth);
And engages in mutual exhortation
with as-Sobr (Patience and Constancy).
(Qur’an: Surah al-’Asr)
Question: “How do you reconcile your assertion that if everything in this Deen is advice, then why do many Islamists and so-called Da-‘ie (missionary or propagator) of Islam seemed to be speaking about wanting to impose rules and laws of Shariyah etc.? Does this not then contradict the dicta ‘no compulsion in matters of faith’? “
........ to be continued, insyaAllaah!