الْمَلِكُ The Supreme Master

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْم


A certainty in this life is the existence of kings, leaders, or rulers among humans, animals, and jinn. This is natural because living things – especially humans – need a reliable figure in many ways to lead them. Usually the chosen on comes from the most powerful, the bravest, the richest, the smartest, or the most able to manage the king.

Capitalized personal charisma, wealth, military and expert support; it is not difficult for the king to command his subject to do whatever he wants. And the people will submit to the orders either because of love or fear.

A king is able to rule his people to build sophisticated and magnificent buildings. He was also able to encourage them to attack other countries and conquer them. All the virtues possessed by kings will affect their minds and souls in a way. The opposition of the subordinates is certainly not something that can be taken for granted. A high ego also causes a king or ruler to not accept the existence of someone who is equal to him. No wonder history records clash between two great rulers to become number the supreme.

Nevertheless, no matter how strong he is or how rich his wealth is; the kings will never escape death. Whatever age or love, whatever the people will be, they will die. The position and glory vanished and another figure would sit on his throne. This is the end of the story of the kings; both fair and evil.

Meanwhile over the sky, above the arsy’ (throne) resides a different king figure. He is eternal and never tired. His wealth is unlimited and His kingdom cannot be rivaled by anyone. He cannot be defeated but is so generous with the disobedient servants. He is Al-Malik or the Most Powerful.

Unlike the kings of the world whose power is limited and has competitors, Allah (other name of Al-Malik) cannot be matched by anyone. Its power includes the sky, the earth, the universe, and all that is in it. He not only has power in the world but also the Lord on the Day of Judgment.

So think thousands of times before being arrogant. Do not let us belong to a group challenged by God on the Day of Judgment. Didn’t the Messenger of Allah said,

يَقْبِدُ اللهُ الْاَرْضَ وَ يَطْوِي السَّمَاءَ بِيَمِنِهِ ثُمَّ يَقُوْلُ: أَنَا الْمَلِكُ أَيْنَ مُلُوْكُ الاَرضِ؟ أَيْنَ الْجَبَّارُوْنَ؟ أَيْنَ الْمُتَكَبِّرُوْنَ؟

“Allah (on the Day of Judgment) will grasp the earth and fold the heavens with His right hand, then say: where are the kings of the earth? Where are those who declare themselves mighty? Where are the arrogants? ‘[1]

 

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[1] Fathul baari (XIII/404) and Muslim (IV/2148). [Al-Bukhari (no. 4812, 6519, 7382), Muslim (no. 2788 (23)), Ahmad (no. 8850)] shahih tafsir ibnu katsir juz 1, page. 80. Bogor, Pustaka Ibnu Katsir, Rabi’uts Tsani 1429 H / April 2008

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