we declare Your Perfection above and beyond all: we have no knowledge whatsoever except what You have taught us. No doubt it is You, and You alone that is all Knowledgeable and all Wise. (al-Baqarah, 32)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Words to ponder

When it comes to words of wisdom, no words are more worthy to ponder upon than the words of the Most Wise Himself. So here I invite all of you to ponder on these few words from surah ar-Rahman, courtesy of this video by Br. Nouman, of whom his work I am very much in love with.

If you're the type of person who is more inclined to reading rather than watching a video. Please read the notes from the lecture which I have posted under the video. Please note that I didn't write them myself. I just copied it from the work of an anonymous. May Allah bless them for their work and may this lecture benefit you as it has benefitted me.

Surah ar-Rahman[55]
Ayah 1:



The Abundantly Merciful

Allah made the Qur'an in aayaat/signs. Each ayah might be commonly translated as a 'verse'.

But in surah ar-Rahman, Allah mentioned 'ar-Rahman' in ayah 1 alone. This is in of itself a source of reflection.

So we have to reflect for ourselves,
How is Allah 'ar-Rahman' to me?

1 - We should count the different ways Allah is ar-Rahman to us.

2 - Allah is ar-Rahman, not just RahEEm (CONSTANTLY Merciful).

Rahman is a Mubalaghah/maximized form/hyperbole form

[it is Ism Faa'il = someone doing something right now.]

Rahman =Allah being Abundantly -Most- Merciful right now presently.

In this surah, Allah will explain alot of His Mercies through Him being ar-Rahman = Abundantly Merciful right now to all of us.

Of all the Mercies that Allah tells us in this surah, He tells us the priorities of His Mercy.

What was the first thing He is Abundantly Merciful to us for? What did He do?

Ayah 2:

عَلَّمَ الْقُرْآنَ

'Al-lama al Qur'an -

He taught the Qur'an.

Allah mentioned this first - showing that Him teaching the Qur'an is even more of a Mercy than Him creating the human being. (since the human is just a misguided animal without the guidance of the Qur'an).

So Allah teaching the Qur'an is a bigger mercy for us than our own lives.

'Al-lama - Taught

Allah did not mention who He taught the Qur'an to. This is a Mercy, because it isn't limited to Allah teaching the Messenger, or a certain group of people.
No - Allah left it open to show humans that He is teaching it to anyone who is willing to learn it. This is an extreme Mercy too.

وَلَقَدْ يَسَّرْنَا الْقُرْآنَ لِلذِّكْرِ فَهَلْ مِن مُّدَّكِرٍ
- and we have certainly made the Qur'an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember? (Qamar 54:17)

People pay extra money to go to the high education schools because their teachers are of a higher standard.
In this surah, Allah is telling us that He is teaching us the Qur'an. The best teacher - He is our teacher - the Most Merciful (ar-Rahman).

Allah taught it to angel Jibreel who taught it to Prophet Muhammad (sal Allah alayhi wasalam), who taught it to companions, who taught it to later generations, and it was preserved in the books.

If you appreciate Allah's book - you will be a student of it.

'Al-lama al Qur'an - Taught the Qur'an.

Allah teaches the Qur'an to continuous generations - so long as they are sincere and with good intent - seeking for His Mercy.

He guides them through the teachings of the Qur'an at a practical level. This is the mercy of ar-Rahman.

Qur'an - maQru' [mubalaghah/maximum/hyperbole]- something which is Read/Recited alot.
When someone Recites the Qur'an alot, that is a proof that they love it. It has to be Read/Recited and applied alot.
This is even done in Salaah, you recite Qur'an.

Allah tells us the Qur'an is a cure and a Mercy;

وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاءٌوَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ ۙ وَلَا يَزِيدُ الظَّالِمِينَ إِلَّا خَسَارًا
And We send down of the Qur'an that which is healing and
Mercy (Rahmah) for the believers, but it does not increase the wrongdoers except in loss.
[al Isra' 17:82]
For the rest of the notes, please go to
There you can even download it in .pdf or .doc file.

2 free comments:

Rosyada said...

najib, i've just watched the video.

loved it! thanks for blogging about it! :)

najibu said...

glad to hear that syada =)

if you loved that lecture then you should definitely check out his other lectures. MashaAllah his lectures are truly inspiring!

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