Allah tells us in Surah Al-Imran (Chapter 3 Verse 103) to “hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided”. Think of the times when someone might need a rope- when someone is drowning, has fallen into a pit, or is stuck in quicksand, or experiencing any other such crisis. A rope is a strong, reliable thing you would trust in such a situation, and hold on to tightly to get out of danger. The metaphor Allah gives us here is one which is open to many rich meanings and possibilities. The general meaning conveyed is that if we want safe passage to the afterlife, the rope of Allah, or the true Islamic way, is our surest way of getting there.

The rope of Allah, according to the scholars of tafseer or exegesis, could mean the covenant of Allah or the Quran. We are directed to unite as a community and strengthen the bonds of brotherhood; by allowing division and factionalism, we cannot create a community which will be able to hold on to this rope effectively. The pledge or covenant of Allah is further explained in the next verse:

And let there be [arising] from you a nation inviting to [all that is] good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, and those will be the successful.

When a person gets a tight hold of the “rope”, it means that he or she does not let go of the principles by which a Muslim is to live.  This deen of Islam is what is regarded as the most important possession and savior of a true Muslim. Right, wrong, permissible, impermissible, halal and haram, are decided in accordance with the laws of Allah, not by personal choice.  The world is likened to a crisis, out of which an individual can escape unharmed by holding on firmly to the rope of Allah. The promise of Allah explained above, is a solemn oath by our Creator and hence cannot be doubted. This is not a weak rope or a fleeting promise. It is not a rope which will buckle or break under pressure or over time. It is a strong, sturdy, dependable rope which can never break until the end of time. It is the supreme life-line extended by Allah to us, and it is a favor that He has done us by giving us such an unfailing security of success, if only we hold on firmly.

If we individually or collectively, allow all that is good and forbid what is wrong, allowing peace and harmony on earth, we are to be successful, and the rightful occupants of jannah.