Saturday, March 14, 2009

Qur'an: Daybreak

By the Daybreak, by the Ten Nights, by the even and the odd, by the passing night - is this oath strong enough for a rational person?

Have you Prophet considered how your Lord dealth with the people of Ad, of Iram, the city of lofty pillars, whose like has never been made in any land, and the Thamud who hewed into the rocks of the valley, and the might and powerful Pharaoh? All of them committed excesses in their lands, and spread corruption there: your Lord is always watchful.

The nature of man is that, when his Lord tries him through nonour and blessings, he says, 'My Lord has honoured me' but when He tries him through the restriction of his provision, he says, 'My Lord has humiliated me.' No indeed! You people do not honour orphans, you do not urge one another to feed the poor, you consume inheritance greedily, and you love weath with a passion. No indeed! When the earth is pounded to dust, pounded and pounded, when your Lord comes with the angles, rank upon rank, when Hell is that Day brought near - on that Day man will make heed, but what good will that be to him then? He will say, Would that I had provided for this life to come! On that Day, no one will punish as he punishes, and no one will bind as He binds. But you, soul at peace: return to your Lord well pleased and well pleasing; go in among My servants; and into my Garden.

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Anonymous said...

"soul at peace"--this is important.
The word "soul" refers to "nafs"(arbic) which is the "self" or the human "consiousness". nafs inhabits the "form"/body. There are 3 levels of nafs mentioned in the Quran---nafs ammara---egoic soul (lowest level), nafs lawamma-transegoic soul(also translated as the self-doubting soul)and nafs mutmainna--the highest level or the soul at peace. (enlightened soul--Nirvana, Neshama(Judaism)etc)
Our "tests" are a means for spiritual progress. As we practice compassion and mercy (God-consioussness) in our lives--we stregnthen our nafs/soul. In Islam, reaching the stage of nafs mutmainna is not the goal. Some of us are capable of reaching it--some of us may not reach it in our lifetimes---but we will experience it in paradise/heaven. (Our goal is to strive for spiritual progress to the best of our abilities)

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