Sunday, May 18, 2008

Pearls and Gem from Surah Luqman [ letter 30 :Verses 16 to 20, 33 to 34 ]

Ru,Shasha,Jo & Nina,

Surah Luqman is one of the most beautiful Surah in the Quran .Beautiful in the sense that is it relatively quite short ie just 30 ayats,not so difficult for you young people to go through,and the meanings are quite crystal clear ! You guys modern day children are spoil to the hilt ! Also beautiful from Papa's viewpoint because it deals with subjects most modern parents ,even Papa ,find difficult to discuss with their offsprings :parental-offspring devotion ,humility,piety ,knowledge ,and wisdom .As Papa has told Nadzru just recently in this time and age when everything has been codified [ was surprised to see the roof of our small house in Google Earth the other day ! ] , do not take the view that since everything is there[ in the bloody internet ] you guys know everything !,Information is not knowledge and a collection of knowledge is far from wisdom .

'O my dear son ! though it be but the weight of a grain of mustard-seed ,and though it be in a rock ,or in the heavens ,or in the earth ,Allah will bring it forth .Lo! Allah is Subtile ,Aware .[16] O my dear son ! Establish worship and enjoin kindness and forbid iniquities ,and persevere whatever may befall thee .Lo ! that is of the steadfast heart of things .[17] Turn thy cheek in scorn toward folk ,nor walk with perkness in the land . Lo ! Allah loveth not braggart boaster .[18] Be modest in thy bearing and subdue thy voice .Lo ! the harshest of all voice is the voice of the ass .[19] See ye not how Allah hath made serviceable unto you whatever is in the earth and hath loaded you with the favours both without and within ? Yet of mankind is he who disputeth concerning Allah ,without knowledge or guidance or a scripture giving light .[20] '

The Surah ends with two beautiful Ayats with cogent meanings which we parents know in our heart of heart ,at the end of time we will not be there for you and similarly you for us .We sail different ships .Each individual answers for his own !

'O Mankind ! Keep your duty to your Lord and fear a Day when the parent will not be able to avail the child in aught ,nor the child to avail the parent .Lo ! Allah's promise is the very truth .Let not the life of the World beguile you ,nor let the deceiver beguile you ,in regard to Allah .[33] Lo ! Allah with Him is the knowledge of the Hour .He sendeth down the rain ,and knoweth that which is in the wombs .No soul knoweth what it will earn tomorrow ,and no soul knoweth in what land it will die .Allah is knower , Aware .[34]

Papa has given you guys education as wings to fly .I want you guys to soar .But always be guided by the Quran and Sunnah ! Then and only then insyaallah we may find each other on the same divide .Insyaallah !


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