Question: I am a teacher at a night secondary school. When I read: “Al-Tawheed (Monotheism),” there was a phrase that I was uncertain about and have no knowledge. Would you please tell me how accurate it is and whether it is suitable for the status of Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds? It is mentioned in “Al-Tawheed” by Muhammad Qutb, a book we study in the second grade of the secondary school, p. 23, line 17: “When the Messenger is sent by Allaah, he says, ‘O people! Worship Allah as you have no other deity but Him.’ This is what was said by all Allaah’s Messengers to their people. The Messenger is calling to return the usurped authority to Allaah, the True Owner, the Only Lawgiver for the people, Who determines the lawful and the prohibited, the permissible and the impermissible.” In the third grade book written by the same author, p. 82 in the last three lines, he mentions the meaning of La ilaaha illaa Allaah (there is no god but Allaah) saying: “Returning the usurped authority, by which people subjugate others, to Allaah (Praised and Exalted be He), the Lord of all.” He was then silent and did not describe it by its permissibility or lack of it. Please, advise me.
Answer: We cannot see any harm in what you have mentioned regarding the meaning, but the style is not respectful to Allaah, because no one is able to overwhelm Him (Glorified be He) to take His Right. He is the Subduer over His Servants… read more here.