Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Surah Al-Hashr: 21 (mountains humbling itself)

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

لَوْ أَنزَلْنَا هَـذَا الْقُرْءَانَ عَلَى جَبَلٍ لَّرَأَيْتَهُ خَـشِعاً مُّتَصَدِّعاً مِّنْ خَشْيَةِ اللَّهِ وَتِلْكَ الاٌّمْثَـلُ نَضْرِبُهَا لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ
Had We sent down this Qur'an on a mountain, you would surely have seen it humbling itself and rent asunder by the fear of Allah. Such are the parables which We put forward to mankind that they may reflect. (Surah Al-Hashr: 21)

Allah sets forth parables so that we reflect, ponder deeply and act accordingly. If a mountain that is so huge, firm in structure and does not have a heart or feelings were to crumble down with fear when the Qur'an is being recited, what should we (mankind) feel! We have hearts that have the ability to soften and we have brains that make us intelligent. Why do we then refuse to soften and reflect upon the truth of the message of Allah, that He revealed in the Qur'an! Why do we hesitate then when it comes to obeying the commandments that are in the Qur'an!

Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah Radhiyallahu anh:
The Prophet Sallallahu alihiwassalam used to stand by a stem of a date-palm tree (while delivering a sermon). When the pulpit(minbar) was placed for him we heard that stem was crying like a pregnant she-camel till the Prophet got down from the pulpit and placed his hand over it.
(Saheeh Al-Bukhari, this hadith is graded as Mutawatir). The tree trunk missed hearing the remembrance of Allah and the revelation that were being recited next to it. In one of the narrations for this Hadith, Al-Hasan Al-Basri said after narrating the Hadith, "You - mankind -- are more worthy to miss the Messenger of Allah than the tree trunk!''

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