Lillah or Allah Ne Diya Hai


       At the outset, please note that whatever the Promised MehdiSAS taught us is in full conformity with the Qur’an and Sunnah of ProphetSAS. Taking Name of Allah before giving anything to anybody is necessary for both the giver and the receiver.

The Qur’an has emphatically forbidden eating anything upon which the name of Allah is not mentioned.

“Do not eat from out of anything upon which the name of Allah has not been mentioned. Verily it is a grave disobedience (Fisq).”   Al- Qur'an- 6:121

       The scholars of Islam have interpreted this verse to mean that we should not eat anything out of the meat of even Halal animals if they were not slaughtered by saying “Allahu Akber”. They are right in their interpretation because Zabiha is the standard practice in the Sunnah of the ProphetSAS for slaughtering Halal animals for the purpose of food. From the times of the ProphetSAS Muslims never consumed meat which is not prepared by the standard Zabiha procedure.

Further, Allah the Almighty questions thus: “ What prevents you from consuming of that over which the Name of God has been pronounced.”       Al-Qur'an-6:119

         To keep these Commands of Allah confined to Zabiha only is not agreeable, because what the Qur’an has forbidden or permitted is not confined to Zabiha only. The words of verse are absolute. Hence, they cover everything.

        In the time of ProphetSAS, whatever used to be offered to the ProphetSAS was offered by saying “Lillah,” meaning for the sake of God or in the name of God. This is how the name of Allah was pronounced and Allah was remembered before giving and taking as required by the Command of the verses. The term “Lillah” is translated as “Allah ne Diya Hai” in Urdu and Hindi languages. These words are said when money or food is offered to a Mahdavi and especially to the Fuqhra who depend upon Allah for their living. These words are not only a form of remembering Allah but also reminds the giver that what he is offering was given to him by Allah and infact it belongs to Allah. Also, it saves the receiver from a sense of inferiority because whatever he is receiving is coming to him from the Will of Allah. Thus, while giving and taking, both the parties are remembering Allah and making their respective actions as a remembrance of Allah and both the acts are performed for the sake of Allah. This is a way of remembering Allah and forgetting self.

       Therefore, this practice of Mahdavis is a noble Islamic practice, which should be strictly followed while offering or receiving anything, as it is in full conformity with the Qur’an and the Sunnah.

       Some people oppose this, saying that we start eating reciting “Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem” and this is enough for remembering Allah. They forget that this is a requirement for one who starts eating or doing anything. This saying of  “Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem” is compulsory for one who starts consuming a thing, which belongs to him. Whereas, in giving and receiving the ownership of a thing is transferring from one person to another person. For convening this transaction with Zikrullah, it is necessary that the giver should say to the receiver that this is from Allah.   This reminds both the parties that the ultimate possession is that of Allah. After receiving a thing in the name of Allah the receiver should start consuming saying “Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem."