All of Creation is Under the Ruboobiyyah of Allah

Posted on February 19, 2007. Filed under: 101 - Ruboobiyyah and Uloohiyyah |

For a Rabb to be a Rabb, every object of the creation must be completely under the control of the Rabb. Nothing can escape the Ruboobiyyah of Allah.

Every object of creation knows that it cannot survive by itself, rather, it needs the help of its Creator to obtain what it needs. No object can escape what is decreed for it, or control its own destiny. Every single object submits itself to the Power and Will of Allah, and whatever happens to it must be borne by it.

One proof of this is that in times of distress, everyone calls out to his Creator.

Allah (swt) gives some descriptions of ar-Rabb in the Quran:

“Go to Fir’awn and say, `We are messengers from the Rabb of the universe. (Saying): Let the Children of Israel go with us.’ He said, ‘Did we not raise you from infancy, and you spent many years with us? And you did (that) deed of yours which you did, and you are one of the ungrateful.’ He said, ‘Indeed, I did it when I was astray. Then I fled, when I feared you, and my Rabb endowed me with wisdom and made me one of the messengers. You are boasting that you did me a favor, while enslaving the Children of Israel.’  Fir’awn said, ‘What is the Rabb of the universe?’ He said, ‘The Rabb of the heavens and the earth, and everything between them. You should be certain about this.’ He said to those around him, ‘Did you hear this?’ He said, ‘Your Rabb and the Rabb of your ancestors.’ Fir’awn said, `Most surely, this Messenger of yours who has been sent to you is a madman.’ Moosaa said, ‘The Rabb of the East and of the West, and of all that is between the two, if only you have sense.‘ He said, ‘If you accept any god other than me, I will throw you in the prison.’ He said, ‘What if I show you something profound?’ He said, ‘Bring it then, if you are of the truthful ones.’ So Moosaa threw down his rod, and behold! It was a serpent plainly visible. And he took out his hand, and it was white to the beholders. Fir’awn said to the chiefs around him, ‘This is surely a skillful sorcerer. He wants to turn you out of your land by his magic. Now, what do you advise?’ They said, ‘Give him and his brother respite and send summoners into the cities; that they should bring to you every skillful magician.’ The magicians were gathered at the appointed time, on the appointed day. The people were told, ‘Come one and all; let us gather together here. Maybe we will follow the magicians, if they are the winners.’ When the magicians came, they said to Pharaoh, ‘Do we get paid, if we are the winners?’ He said, ‘Yes, and surely you will then be of those who are made near’ Moosaa said to them, ‘Throw what you are going to throw.’ So they threw down their ropes and their rods and said, `By Pharaoh’s honor, it is we who will surely win.’ Then Moosaa threw his staff and lo! It swallowed that which they did falsely show. And the magicians were thrown down prostrate. They said, ‘We believe in the Rabb of the worlds; the Rabb of Moosa and Haroon.  (26:16-48)                      

A Rabb must be creator of everything, of the whole universe, not just your people.

Almost every du’a in the Quran starts with the word Rabb. It is the most powerful Name to use in general du’a, because this name embodies the perfect relationship with Allah.

There are two types of Ruboobiyyah

  1. General – Applies to all of creation
  2. Specific – This is specific to the believers and includes spiritual nourishment. This is why most of the du’as in the Quran begin with the name ‘Rabb’.


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