Sunday, February 21, 2010

Surat Al Mulk (part 1)

Oh blog ... I am so sorry I have left dust begin to pile up on you =( I hardly have time to sit at the laptop anymore, not like when I was in NZ. However, I have not stopped listing the topics I want to share with you, and they will all be posted inshaAllah, most probably slowly but hopefully not, one by one.


(Photo taken by me)

Surat Al Mulk, over the past year, has become one of my favorites in the Holy Quran. Al Mulk translates to The Sovereignty or Control, and we see why it was called by this name with the first verse of the sura. The words with which it begins has an awesome aura to it ... it delivers to me the feeling of the incredible mightiness of Allah Subhanho wa Taala, that it almost always makes my heart beat just a little faster.

تَبَارَكَ الَّذِي بِيَدِهِ الْمُلْكُ وَهُوَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

Blessed be He in Whose hands is Dominion; and He over all things hath Power

It is narrated in the Suna of the Prophet Mohammad Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him that he would read Surat Al Mulk every night before sleep, for this Sura protects its reciter from the punishment of the grave.

وعن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: "من القرآن سورة ثلاثون آية شفعت لرجل حتى غفر له وهى تبارك الذي بيده الملك" رواه أبو داود والترمذي

Abu Huraira reported that the Messenger of Allah said, “The Quran contains a surah of thirty ayats which will intercede for a man until he is forgiven. It is: ‘Blessed be He in Whose hands is Dominion” [abu Dawud, Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi]

Here is a recitation of the Sura by one of my favorite Quran reciters, followed by a link to an English translation of it for those interested.

Yusuf Ali English Translation

One of the things that stand out to me in the Sura, other than Allah's mighty declaration of his dominion over everything, is a challenge from Allah to us. Look up to the sky, do you see a single mistake, a single crack. But no, don't look only once, look twice! You will not find a single mistake in the sky that is above you, in outer space itself. Instead your vision will come back to you and you are in a state of weariness from trying to find a flaw.

Note that in the Sura, Allah says that we have adorned the lowest heaven with lamps (the stars). This goes to show that the world we live in, including outer space is in the lowest heaven, and there are six other heavens above, each one on top of the other.

A vivid description of Hell Fire is included in the Sura, the terrible drawing in of it's breath as it blazes hotter and hotter. The word used here is Shaheeq in Arabic, and it is a form of really deep breath that is audible as it is being drawn in. There are many points in the Quran that seem to point out the Hell Fire is a living creature: it asks for more to be thrown within it and it breathes. May Allah protect us from it, Ameen.

The Sura speaks of people whom are thrown within Hell Fire, and its Keepers (Angels) will ask these people if no messengers or messages have come to them. The people will say that messengers and messages have come but they basically chose to ignore, calling it folly. They will further go on to admit that had they been hearing properly and thinking properly they would not be people of the Hell fire! They admitted to their mistake, but it's a little too late.


I'll continue speaking about the Sura in a part 2 inshaAllah =)


Balqis said...

Thanks for your beautiful work
Waiting for second part :)

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