Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Signs Galore!

Qur'aanic Verses 51:20 & 51:21:











Transliterations:

20. Wafee al-ardi ayatun lilmooqineena

21. Wafee anfusikum afala tubsiroona


Translations:

20. And in the earth are there many signs for those who are certain in their belief

21. And in your own persons too! Do you not see?4


Study Note:

4. In Verse 41:56, the Qur'aan inter alia declares: We will show Our signs to them in the wide world outside and within themselves, until it becomes clear to them that it (Qur'aan) is the truth. If readers would take the trouble of scanning the two blog sites RabbunAllah and Al-mu'min they can find such signs galore pointed out therein. And if they would but sincerely reflect on how the earth is the only heavenly body in the entire Universe tailor-made to sustain life, human and non-human, they cannot fail to recognize the hidden hand of the Tailor Who fashioned it. Or, if they would just consider how their own fingers - and leave alone all the other parts of their bodies having even more complicated structure - are so ingeniously fashioned to enable them to do umpteen number of their daily jobs therewith, they should not fail to recognize the Great Fashioner working behind the scenes. Imagine life without those fingers!

The above is an extract from yet-to-be-published Qur'aanic Studies Manzil VII.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Mind-boggling

Qur'aanic Verse 51:7:






Transliteration:

7. Waalssama-i thati alhubuki


Translation:

7. By the heaven full of perfectly defined pathways2


Study Note:

2. One might well have seen a circus artiste keeping onlookers spellbound with his artistry of playing with 3 or 4 balls with his two hands continuously for a few minutes without the balls crashing against one another or without their being floored. But the artiste is a human being after all. He can sustain the show only for a limited period of time and with imited number of balls. But consider the superhuman Artiste Who has been sustaining such a Show for an infinitely long time now and with innumerable balls [heavenly bodies] billions of times bigger than the poor circus artiste can ever handle. We are witness to this Show day in and day out without being ever spellbound by it or without ever giving recognition to the Great Artiste! The Show is brought about by the interplay of innumerable centripetal and centrifugal forces. The mathematical precision with which this is done is simply mind-boggling.
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The above is an extract from yet-to-be-published Qur'aanic Studies Manzil VII.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Role of Dust Particles in Cloud Formation

Qur'aanic Verses 51:1 to 51:4:





















Transliterations:

1. Waalththariyati tharwan

2. Faalhamilati wiqran

3. Faaljariyati yusran

4. Faalmuqassimati amran


Transations:

1. By the scattering [winds] that scatter [dust particles]

2. Then bear a load [of tiny water globues condensing around the dust particles]

3. Then sail smoothly along

4. And then execute given task of apportioning [rainfall].1


Study Note:

1. You may like to see blogpost Cloud Formation & Rainfall in this context. The role of dust particles in this natural process has been discovered very recently, as late as in 2011 [source], while it was hinted at in the Qur’aan over 1400 years ago!

The above is an extract from yet-to-be-published Qur'aanic Studies Manzil VII.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Proscribed!

Qur'aanic Verses 50:39 & 50:40:













Transliterations:

39. Faisbir AAala ma yaqooloona wasabbih bihamdi rabbika qabla tulooAAi alshshamsi waqabla alghuroobi

40. Wamina allayli fasabbihhu waadbara alssujoodi


Translations:

39. Have patience, then, over what they say, and glorify your Lord with praise, before the rising of the sun and before its setting.6

40. And glorify Him during parts of the night, and post prostrations!6


Study Note:

6. These two Verses tell us that we should keep remembering Allah, with all His Glory, constantly throughout the time we are awake while doing our mundane work. That is, besides our Salah timings as prescribed in Verses 17:78, 11:114 & 2:238. During Salah, of course, all mundane work – and even thought – are proscribed!

The above is an extract from yet-to-be-published Qur'aanic Studies Manzil VII.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Conflicting Voices Within

Qur'aanic Verse 50:17:






Transliteration:

17. Ith yatalaqqa almutalaqqiyani AAani alyameeni waAAani alshshimali qaAAeedun


Translation:

17. When the two frequently confronting voices, one located on the right and one on the left, confront each other5


Study Note:

5. Man has frequently to make a choice between two conflicting urges arising in his mind. To give an example from real life published in newspapers a few years ago, a woman found out that her young son had committed a crime. Her natural instinct was to hide this fact and save her son from punishment he was liable to under the law. But she was an Allah-fearing woman. And her conscience told her that this world’s punishment is better than the punishment in the Hereafter. So she herself took her son to the authorities that day! It is such conflicting views arising in a human mind that this Verse is alluding to here.

The above is an extract from yet-to-be-published Qur'aanic Studies Manzil VII.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Mountains

Qur'aanic Verse 15:19:








Transliteration:

19. Waal-arda madadnaha waalqayna feeha rawasiya waanbatna feeha min kulli shay-in mawzoonin


Translation:

19. And We have spread out the earth and cast4 mountains into it. And We have caused every appropriate thing to grow in it.


Study Note:

4. Science does not yet seem to have come to definite conclusions about the formation of mountains. And this word used here appears to suggest that mountains were thrown or bombarded on to the surface of the earth from outer space. Maybe, eons ago, during the formation of the earth, parts from an exploding star impounded the earth and the mountains were formed. Remember that mountains have deep roots inside the earth. Otherwise they should be flattened out because of the tremendous speed at which the earth rotates.

Above is an extract from Qur'aanic Studies Manzil III

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Lessons on Moral Conduct

Qur'aanic Verses 49:11 & 49:12:

























Transliterations:

11. Ya ayyuha allatheena amanoo la yaskhar qawmun min qawmin AAasa an yakoonoo khayran minhum wala nisaon min nisa-in AAasa an yakunna khayran minhunna wala talmizoo anfusakum wala tanabazoo bial-alqabi bi/sa al-ismu alfusooqu baAAda al-eemani waman lam yatub faola-ika humu alththalimoona
12. Ya ayyuha allatheena amanoo ijtaniboo katheeran mina alththanni inna baAAda alththanni ithmun wala tajassasoo wala yaghtab baAAdukum baAAdan ayuhibbu ahadukum an ya/kula lahma akheehi maytan fakarihtumoohu waittaqoo Allaha inna Allaha tawwabun raheemun


Translations:

11. O you who believe! Let not one community laugh at another, lest the latter be better than the former. Nor let women laugh at other women, lest the latter be better than the former. Insult not your own people, or call one another by nick-names. It is bad to be called by a name indicating transgressions against divine law after attaining to faith. And one that turns not in repentance – such are the wicked ones! 1
12. O you who believe! Avoid most of speculation! Speculation in some cases indeed is sin. And spy not on one another, nor let some of you backbite on others. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would abhor it! And fear Allah! Allah is indeed Acceptor of repentance, Merciful. 1


Study Note:

1. Lessons on moral conduct!


The above is an extract from the just published Qur'aanic Studies Manzil VI.