‘And say to My servants that they should speak that which is best. Surely, Satan stirs up discord among them. Surely, Satan is an open enemy to man.’ (17:54)
In this verse, first and foremost, God’s message to people is to say what is best, and the best speech is that which pleases God. This is why the term ‘My servants’ has been used here signifying that those who are God’s servants or seek to be God’s servants do not have any wish/preference of their own because they prefer and wish for what pleases God. This has been further elaborated in Surah Al Baqarah: ‘And when My servants ask thee about Me, say: ‘I am near. I answer the prayer of the supplicant when he prays to Me. So they should hearken to Me and believe in Me, that they may follow the right way.’ (2:187)
The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) has explained the word Ebaadi (My servants) as: ‘Those people who believe in Allah the Exalted and the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him).’ These are the people who are Ebaadi and are thus close to God and those who do not believe are distant from God. God states that in order to become His true servant His commandment should be obeyed. This would bring good and prayers would be accepted. When God states that His servants should say what pleases God, it definitely demands enhancement of faith and requires one to bring one’s word and deed in congruity. One cannot practice contrary to what God commands but advise others to follow God and His Messenger. God has called discrepancy in word and deed a sin and states:‘O ye who believe! why do you say what you do not do? Most hateful it is in the sight of Allah that you say what you do not do.’(61: 3 – 4) Therefore discrepancy in word and deed is greatly disliked by God, in fact it is a sin. Claim to have faith and duplicity cannot go together.
The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘Pay heed to what I say and remember it well that if the word of a person is not sincere and has no feasibility, it will not be effective,’
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