An Image Speaks A Thousand Words


There is a lot of beauty in the Quran and Surat Ar-Rehman in particular. In accordance with the hadith, Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported that Prophet Muhammad PBUH said, “Everything has an adornment, and the adornment of the Qur’an is Surat Ar Rahman” [Bayhaqi in Shuab al Eiman].

“The sun and the moon run on their fixed courses (exactly) calculated with measured out stages for each (for reckoning, etc.). And the herbs (or stars) and the trees both prostrate.”

These verses paint a very vivid picture of how beautifully and perfectly nature has been orchestrated. A flower seed knows to bloom into a flower, a tree knows to shed it’s leaves in fall, the moon and sun don’t fall out of the sky and night and day always follow each other. If one were to believe in a higher power, a God, all they would have to do is look at nature, all around us, there are countless signs, endless blessings and the mercy of Allah. He tells us through this Sura of the lack of gratitude man (and Jinn) shows despite the endless signs He has sent on this earth. The Sura also exemplifies the Qur’an’s tendency to be self-referential and self-validating when it emphasizes that Allah taught man the Quran out of His mercy for us.

This image of the tiniest of plants growing in a large jungle full of posinious plants and animals reminds me of the infinite power and wisdom of Allah and He only needs to will it and it shall be. Our minds comprehend the full extent of it because maybe, if we did, we would not be able to rest our minds through the night. (sleep is another blessing Allah has bestowed us with)

This Surah holds another importance in my life – it is where we found Jana’s name.

“Jana – Fruit of paradise”


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