What Does It Mean That Allah Is the Lord of Everything?

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

Question

What does it mean that Allah Most High is the Lord of everything? What does everything consist of?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

The word ‘Lord’ or ‘Rabb’ in Arabic is a very deep word. It comes from the root letters ra ba ba, which means the possessor and creator. With this meaning in mind, we understand the following verses:

Allah Most High says, “All praise is for Allah—Lord of all worlds” [Quran, 1:1]

Allah Most High says, “Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “Should I seek a lord other than Allah while He is the Lord of everything?” No one will reap except what they sow. No soul burdened with sin will bear the burden of another. Then to your Lord is your return, and He will inform you of your differences.” [Quran; 6:164]

Allah is the Creator of All

Understanding the word ‘Lord’ to mean creator and possessor clarifies the meaning of Allah being the Lord of everything.

Allah Most High says, “And Allah created you and all that you do.” [Qur’an; 37:96]

Thus everything tangible things, every atom of matter, every motion, every choice, every color, every deed, etc… is brought into existence by Allah Most High alone. Thus He is the Lord (i.e. Creator) or everything.

Hope this helps
Allah knows best
[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.