Saturday, March 19, 2011

At-Takwir, The Shrouding Into Darkness

I had come to the 81st surah, At-Takwir, The Shrouding Into Darkness.  This very early surah (most probably the seventh in the order of revelation) introduces the images of the Last Hour, hence, of man's resurrection.  Its audio Qur'an recitation overwhelms me.

سم الله الرحمن الرحيم


When the sun is shrouded into darkness,


And when the stars are dispersed,


And when the mountains are removed,


And when full-term she-camels are neglected,


And when wild beasts are herded together,


And when the seas boil over,


And when the souls are sorted out (with their likes),


And when the girl-child (who was) buried alive is questioned


For what crime she was killed,


And when the pages are made public,


And when the sky is stripped away,


And when the Blazing Fire is kindled bright,


And when the Garden is brought near,


Every soul will come to know what it has put forward.


So verily, I call to witness the revolving stars -


Those that run their courses and set -


And by the night as it closes in,


And by the dawn as it softly breathes,


This is indeed, the word of a noble messenger (Gabriel),


Mighty in power, secure with the Owner of the Throne,


Obeyed there (in the heavens), and worthy of trust.


And (O people) this fellow man of yours is not mad.


And indeed he saw him (Gabriel) in the clear horizon;


He is not one who follows false supposition or grudgingly withholding the unseen.


And it is not the word of the accursed Satan.


Then where are you going?


Verily, this is no less than a reminder to all the worlds.


To whomsoever among you who wills to take a right course.


And you cannot will unless that God wills, Sustainer of all the worlds.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Of The Mind And Duty To Parents

I wonder if my mind would ever rest.  It travels everywhere, to every corner of memories, to every nook of the cortex, to every neuron of my sensory.

It takes me to the past, to the present, to the future, to the present, to the past.

It goes over the good, and the bad.  It takes me to the time when I was eight, and my sister was four and I would not take her on the bike.  Why not?  Why didn't I.  It takes me to the time when my son was three, and he was devouring juicy watermelon at a Japanese restaurant, and I noticed the disappointment on his face when it was gone too quick.  Why didn't I order more.  Why didn't I?

I feel a need to make it up to the past.

I googled for a meaning of the verses of the Qur'an, to study and to share and the following verses touched me.  May I always be reminded to be kind to my parents.

The verses are 17:23-25 of Al-Isra', The Night Journey, the 17th surah that has 111 verses.  According to A'ishah, the Prophet's wife, the Prophet, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him, used to recite this surah every night in his prayer (Tirmidzi, Nasa'i, Hambali).

And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him.  And that you be dutiful to your parents.  If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, never say "ugh" to them or scold them, but address them in terms of honour.

And lower for them the wing of humility, out of tenderness, and say: "My Lord!  Bestow on them Your grace and mercy as they cherished and reared me when I was young".

Your Lord is fully aware of what is in your hearts.  If you are righteous, for, behold, He is much forgiving to those who turn unto Him again and again.