In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The Most High
I lifted my eyes from the pages of the Tafsir. I felt tired from reading.
I realised that I can read the Qur'an, in Arabic, out loud, not understanding the meaning and go pages. However reading the meaning of the Qur'an in English does not offer me the same experience as reciting the Qur'an in its pure Arabic.
I remember the time I fell in love with "Sabbihis". My younger brother read it when he led us in Maghrib prayer, at a family tree reunion, at a beautiful resort, some years ago. "Sabbihis marabbikal aqla; Allazi kholaqo fasauwaa; Wallazi qaddaro fahadaa;" it went on so beautifully I didn't want it to stop. It ended so soothingly with "Innahaa zaalafissuhufil oolaa; Suhufi Ibrahiima wa Moosaa". The comfort and pleasure of two names I recognised.
What was the meaning of the verses? They were from Al A'la, The Most High. The meaning starts with:
"Glorify the name of thy Sustainer, the Most High; Who creates, and thereupon gives order and proportion; And who ordains laws, and grants guidance; And who brings forth green and luscious pasture; And then causes it to decay into swarthy stubble".
It goes on and ends with:
"And this is in the earlier revelations; The revelations of Abraham and Moses".
My additional note: I am adding this as an additional note that as I progress with my understanding of the meaning of the Qur'an, my heart is filled with the gratefulness to Allah that I am a Muslim. I am a Mukmin, InsyaaAllah. And I pray that Allah guides me to the Straight Path and clear my heart of any hypocrisy.