Al-Malik (the Absolute Ruler)
Malik means sultan and king. Allah Almighty is Malik. He is the sultan and king of this universe. He has the keys to everything and He holds the reigns of everything. Everything is settled by His command.
When we see a magnificent palace, it is impossible for that palace to be without a sultan and owner. Even if we do not see the sultan, the palace indicates the existence and magnificence of its sultan with its existence and magnificence.
Is it possible for the palace of the universe to be without a sultan, this world to be without a king and this property to be without an owner while even such a palace cannot be without a sultan?
The universe is such a palace that stars are the lamps of that palace. The world is only a tiny room in that palace. The sun is the lamp and stove of that room. The moon is the night lamp. Now, let us go for a short trip in the palace of the universe and see the magnificence of the sultanate of Allah, who is the pre-eternal and post-eternal Sultan and the manifestation of his name al-Malik partly.
The sun, the lamp of our world, is 1.300.000 times greater than our world.
In our own galaxy, the Milky Way, there are 200 billion to 300 billion stars. Can you imagine the area in which there are 300 billion stars, each of which is as big as the sun? Who can make all those stars travel without colliding with each other?
Scientists discovered 800.000.000 galaxies. According to their own confession, they have been able to discover maybe only one in a million of the universe. What is the size of the universe?
The central heat of the sun is 20.000.000 degrees centigrade. (It is a known fact that water boils at 100 degrees centigrade.) If we were able to bring a substance as tiny as the head of a pin to the world from the sun, it could burn something 160 km far away. If the whole world were woods and coal, it would not meet the sun’s need of fuel even for one day. Who keeps the stove of the sun burning without a pause?
The distance of the sun to the world is 150.000.000 km. The diameter of our Milky Way is 100.000 light years. (The speed of light per second is 300.000 km.) If we were to get on a rocket going at a speed of 10.000 km a second, we would need 15.800.000.000 years to go from one end of our galaxy to the other end.
Scientists discovered 1.400 comets. The shortest one has a tail that is 300.000.000. km long.
We have learnt that the sun is 1.300.000 times greater than the world. Now please note! We are going to talk about a star which our imagination cannot grasp: The star of Canis Majoris! This star, whose radius is 2100 times as big as the radius of the sun, is known as the biggest star. This star is so big that more than seven quadrillion worlds are necessary to fill inside it.
And, if we see a great army moving in an orderly fashion, but if we do not see its commander, can we ever think that this army is without a commander and an owner?
For, some states like soldiers’ proper manners, having weapons, having their clothes changed, having their needs met prove that this army belongs to a commander and a governor and that it acts in accordance with his orders.
If even such a small army cannot be disciplined, fed and their needs cannot be met without a commander and cannot be referred to chance, is it ever possible that thousands of different armies of animals and plants be without a commander and owner?
It is such an army that its nations, weapons, clothes, instructions, shapes and sustenance are different.
Is it possible for such an army to be without a king and commander? This army has such a king that does not forget any of them and does not confuse anything.
This army is bigger than the army in our example and to the extent of its size and perfection, it introduces us its commander, Allah, with His names Malik and Sultan.
Our duty is to look at the palace of the universe and to mention Allah, the sultan of this palace, uttering the following verse: “O Allah! Lord of Power (and Rule) Thou givest Power to whom Thou pleasest and Thou strippest off power from whom Thou pleasest thou enduest with honour whom thou pleasest, and Thou bringest low, whom Thou pleasest; in Thy hand is all Good. Verily, over all things Thou hast power.” Our duty is also to look at the armies on the earth and to remember Allah, the commander of these armies, with the following verse: “For, to Allah belong the Forces of the heavens and the earth; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Full of Wisdom”, to glorify and meditate Him with the name al-Malik and to be a slave and worshipper of that Malik by obeying Him as everything obeys Him.
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