84 Learning from the Stories of Prophets - Surah Shu'rah
84 Learning from the Stories of Prophets- Surah Shu'rah
Dear Friends,Assalamu Alaikum,Alhamdulillah, two weeks ago I began a series of talks, where I have given voice to some perplexing questions, and tried to rationally seek the answers, confident that these answers can befound in the Holy Quran.However, as can be expected, each clue or each Aayath that suggested an answer was actuallyopening up other questions. So the search broadened in scope as well as deepened in meaning andanalysis.So, two weeks ago the 3 questions were;1.
Why is it that our description of what a good Muslim should be, would meet with
everyone’s approval, whilst the Prophet and his close companion
s, who were the best of all Muslims, faced abuse, aggression and had to even migrate?2.
Who are these people that Allah describes as deaf dumb and blind?Are we in that group?3.
We should believe in the unseen, but have conviction in the hereafter.Why is that? And do our deeds and actions reflect our real conviction in the hereafter?Then last week, I was able to discuss or to elaborate the 1
question and I am sure all listenerswould have been surprised by what the Holy Quran was pointing out to us.Alhamdulillah, I was able to quote a number of Aayaths from the Holy Quran that pointed out tous the manner in which the Prophets have been scolded, ridiculed, abused, called mad men,magicians, sorcerers, threatened with stoning, with death and even with expulsion.I enjoyed the research as much as I enjoyed presenting the talk or the evidence to all of you. Now, last week whilst I was presenting to you the Aayaths that describe opposition that theProphets faced, I was having this feeling that I should also try to explain what the Prophets weretrying to do. The different sets of circumstances that they were facing, what Allah was instructingthem, what they were telling their people together with the response the people were giving them
all with the objective of learning, trying to work out what was happening. Now how do I do that? It is a great learning experience for me too.So this week I decided to discuss one Surah of the Holy Quran
I refer to Surah Shu’
Why Surah Shu’
arah?Because in this Surah, Allah describes the stories or the experiences of quite a few prominentProphets. How he instructed them, what these Prophets told their people, how their people turnednasty towards these Prophets, and somehow what I liked most was that each of these Prophetscame up with a sort of a refrain
explaining their mission
I find these words have enormousmeaning and is wonderful material for thinking about in contemplative mode at all times.