In some ayats of the holy qur`an instead of "I" the word "WE" is written when ALLAH the all mighty says something in the qur`an
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
i would like to ask you a question that wonders in my mind .
in some ayats of the holy qur`an instead of "I" the word "WE" is written when ALLAH the all
mighty says something in the qur`an ex... 39:41 in the qur`an who does the "WE" signify.
i hope you clarify my doubt .
(There may be some grammatical and spelling errors in the above statement. The forum does not change anything from questions, comments and statements received from our readers for circulation in confidentiality.)
‘’I’’ and ‘’WE’’ in quran
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Allah says in Chapter 112, Surah Ikhlas Verse 1-4: Say: He is Allah, the One and Only. Allah is Independent of all, and all are dependent on Him. Neither has He any offspring, nor is He the offspring of anyone; and NONE is equal to Him in rank.
This message of One God is the primary message and the pivot of the Holy Quran and this Unique and Supreme Oneness of the Lord All-Mighty is mentioned all over the Glorious Quran. There is only One God, and He Alone deserves to be worshipped. Everything else in creation is created by Him alone! Everything and everyone in creation is dependent upon Him, and there is nothing, I repeat, absolutely nothing like unto Him at all.
Allah says describing Himself in the Holy Quran Chapter 42 Surah Ash-Shura verse 11: There is Absolutely nothing like Him (Allah) in the whole Universe!!! He is the All-Hearing, The All-Seeing!! To Him Alone belong the keys of the treasures of the heavens and the earth!!
Your Question: in some ayats of the holy qur`an instead of "I" the word "WE" is written when ALLAH the all mighty says something in the qur`an ex... 39:41 in the qur`an who does the "WE" signify. i hope you clarify my doubt .
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumar verse 41: Verily WE have revealed the Book to thee in Truth for (instructing) mankind. He then that receives guidance benefits his own soul: but he that strays injures his own soul. Nor art thou set over them to dispose of their affairs.
Allah says in the Holy Quran, Chapter 50 Surah Qaf verse 38: WE have created the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them in six days, and no fatigue overcame US.
Again in Chapter 21 Surah Anbiyaa Verse 30-33: Have not the people, who have disbelieved the Message, ever considered this: the heavens and the earth were at first one mass; then WE parted them, and created every living thing from water. Do they not acknowledge (that this is all our Creation)? And WE set mountains firmly in the earth lest it should tilt to one side along with them, and WE left therein open paths so that they may find their way. And WE made the sky a safe canopy, but in spite of this they do not pay due heed to its signs. And it is Allah, Who has made the night and the day and created the sun and the moon, all of them floating, each in its own orbit.
Please note that in all the above verses where the term ‘WE’ is used by Allah Subhanah, The Lord is talking from a Majestic and Authorative position, thus the words WE are used, instead of I. This is a common phenomena in the Arabic language when the kings and rulers normally use the word WE, when they issue a decree or a general order signifying their status and position of authority. Now we must realize, that Allah, He is the Creator of all these kings and emperors, He is the King of kings!! He is sole Master of the whole Universe!! He alone is the Creator, Owner, and Sustainer of the heavens and the earth and everything in between. Thus whenever he speaks from a position of Majesty, the words WE are used in His communique.
Now lets analyse a few verses when he uses the words "I" or “ME”:
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 21 Surah Anbiyaa verse 92-93: Indeed, this community of yours is one community, and I am your Lord: so worship ME alone.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 15 Surah Al-Hijr verses 49-50: O Prophet (saws)! Tell MY servants, " I (Allah) am very Forgiving and Merciful, but at the same time MY chastisement is also very severe."
Now here Allah is taking a very merciful attitude towards His servants, as if He is talking to each individual! This is as if it is a personal commandment and message to each individual .... I am your Lord, so worship ME alone. or ... tell MY servants, I am very Forgiving and Merciful and at the same time MY chastisement is also very severe... What needs to be noted above is the amount of love and mercy the Merciful is coming towards us, as opposed to the aayats when He uses "WE" from a Majestic position. Thus here and many other verses when the Merciful uses the pronoun "I", you will generally note that these verses are either to do with His worship, His guidance, His Mercy, His rewards and His punishments towards his slaves. When the Lord Most Exalted and Majestic uses the pronoun "WE", one will note that here He normally comes forth as a Majestic Ruler and Master of the Universe, and talks about the creation of the universe, the revelation of the Quran and other Scriptures, destruction of a dis-believing community, etc. Here His attitude is impersonal and of a Majestic Nature. Both "I" and "WE" could be interchangebly used, without changing the meaning of the verse, but when Allah wants a message or commandment to reach each individual's heart, he comes with an extreme merciful attitude and talks as if He is talking personally to each and every individual.
But at absolute no time does He indicate in the whole Quran that the WE is supposed to be plural or there is somebody else with Him. Allah is One, Alone, Only, and Unique .. and He Alone deserves our worship.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,