Samayna Wa Atayna (We Hear and We Obey)

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12 we hear and we obey

The following verses were revealed when Prophet Muhammad (sa) was on the journey to the seven heavens – Al Isra wal-Mairaj:

“The Messenger (Muhammad (sa)) believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in Allah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. (They say): ‘We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers’ – and they say: ‘We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your Forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return (of all).’” (Al-Baqarah 2:285)

In this verse, the believers are commanded to declare their obedience upon hearing Divine orders without any delay, hesitation, or questions. Islam rejects procrastination and prefers instant actions.

It was reported from Uqbah Ibn Amir Al-Juhani (rtam) that Allah’s Messenger (sa) said: “Recite the last two verses from Surat Al-Baqarah, for they were given to me from a treasure trove beneath the Throne.” (Ahmad)

How did the Sahabah respond to the phrase “Samayna Wa Atayna”? A successful illustration of this is their reaction to the order regarding wine. Allah (swt) revealed this Ayah:

“They ask you (O Muhammad (sa)) concerning alcoholic drink and gambling. Say: ‘In them is a great sin and (some) benefit for men, but the sin of them is greater than their benefit.’ And they ask you what they ought to spend. Say: ‘That which is beyond your needs.’” (Al-Baqarah 2:219)

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