Saturday, January 29, 2011

Al Fatihah : Bismillah.......

This week is 'French Week'. I just stumble on two TGNA classic which to me is irresistible to keep longer for next month's viewing. The 1st one was on life after death vis a vis ' Padang Mahsyar'. This present one is about the 1st two ayats in Surah Al Fatihah.

If you understand pidgin 'French' just a wee bit you will be able to appreciate yet another TGNA classic which to my mind is a rare gem, discussing just the 1st 2 opening ayats in Surah Al Fatihah with special emphasise on the ayat " bis".

Personally I have always used the opening gambit of Al Fatihah as in just 'Bismillah' as a doa in all things stressful that I embarked on, on a daily basis. I read it somewhere but could no longer recall the exact person and the reference. Thus when I stumbled on this TGNA lecture , I would like to share this " bismillah' with the rest of you guys.

His simplicity, clarity of thought and sharpness of interpretation, measured against the background of his audience, is an excellent study of both practical wit and wisdom applied to the 'right' audience, to which only TGNA , an astute politician cum ulama', is the consummate master of this art :

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Part 3 :

Si Nous avions fait descendre ce Coran sur une montagne, tu l’aurais vu s’humilier et se fendre par crainte d’Allah. Et ces paraboles Nous les citons aux gens afin qu’ils réfléchissent. (21) C’est Lui Allah. Nulle divinité autre que Lui, le Connaisseur de l’Invisible tout comme du visible. C’est Lui, le Tout Miséricordieux, le Très Miséricordieux. (22) C’est Lui, Allah. Nulle divinité autre que Lui; Le Souverain, Le Pur, L’Apaisant, Le Rassurant, Le Prédominant, Le Tout Puissant, Le Contraignant, L’Orgueilleux. Gloire à Allah! Il transcende ce qu’ils Lui associent. (23) C’est Lui Allah, le Créateur, Celui qui donne un commencement à toute chose, le Formateur. A Lui les plus beaux noms. Tout ce qui est dans les cieux et la terre Le glorifie. Et c’est Lui le Puissant, le Sage (24)

If We had caused this Qur'an to descend upon a mountain, thou (O Muhammad) verily hadst seen it humbled, rent asunder by the fear of Allah. Such similitudes coin We for mankind that haply they may reflect. (21) He is Allah, than Whom there is no other God, the Knower of the Invisible and the Visible. He is the Beneficent, Merciful. (22) He is Allah, than Whom there is no other God, the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One, Peace, the Keeper of Faith, the Guardian, the Majestic, the Compeller, the Superb. Glorified be Allah from all that they ascribe as partner (unto Him). (23) He is Allah, the Creator, the Shaper out of naught, the Fashioner. His are the most beautiful names. All that is in the heavens and the earth glorifieth Him, and He is the Mighty, the Wise. (24)
Surah Al Hashr , 59 : 21-24

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