Wednesday, 23 November 2011

O Mankind, there has come to you heart-felt advice from your Lord - (Yunus 10: 57-58)

O Mankind, there has come to you heart-felt advice from your Lord - (Yunus 10: 57-58)

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاءَتْكُم مَّوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَشِفَاءٌ لِّمَا فِي الصُّدُورِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ

O mankind, there has to come to you instruction from your Lord and healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the believers.

The ayah starts with 'O Mankind' - so it is a call to ALL people.

There has already come to you a: -

Maw'iDhah - Wa'Dh = Sincere, heart felt advice which targets the Heart of the listener.

from your Lord.

This advice targets peoples hearts whether they are Muslim or non Muslim, and anyone -whether Muslim or non Muslim - who is truthful will admit to this. Where many cry just by listening to the Qur'an, even if they don't understand it.

Our hearts have spiritual diseases in them naturally, due to the continuous swear words, shameless things, and evil practises we see and do daily. To get rid of disease, you need to find a cure which targets the place of illness. (i.e. if you have a disease in your arm, you inject in your arm the cure.)

So Allah is telling us that He has given a maW'iDhah - a sincere advice which targets the heart.

What does this maW'iDhah do?

Shifaa' = a Cure

For what is in the Sudoor (Chest, heart).

We feel a strain and tightness in our chest when we do not follow the guidance. The world seems hard for us. Allah removes this tightness and anxiety in our hearts through this Qur'an and through its Guidance and replaces the anxiety with Sukoon (tranquility/calmness.) O Allah, expand and relax for us our hearts.

This maW'iDhah is a guidance, and a mercy for the believers.

Allah started the ayah with 'O Mankind', and now He has ended the ayah that it is a guidance and mercy, exclusively for the believers. Why? Because they are the only ones who benefitted from its heart-felt, sincere advice, and so they are the only ones who gained the cure from diseases of the heart.

In ayah 58: Allah continues -

قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللَّهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِ فَبِذَٰلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُوا هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِّمَّا يَجْمَعُونَ

Say; with the FaDl (excessive blessings) of Allah, and with His Mercy, then let them in that Rejoice. It is better than what they are Collecting.

Allah is telling the believers to rejoice in this Excessive Favour which He has sent to us of Islam and the Qur'an.

FaDl = Excessive favour and more than is needed. (i.e. FaDl is - if you asked someone for $5 and they give you $100 = FaDl.)

This is what the believers should rejoice [FarH] - be extremely happy in.

'It is better than what they are collecting/accumulating.'

Ustadh Nouman jokes about how he has a son who collects toy cars, or how coin collectors, stamp collectors, money collectors, or women who buy clothes just for the fun 'high' of shopping, just carry on collecting like an addiction and they feel they never have enough.

Then when he (Nouman's son) gets a new toy car, he spills out all his toy cars, lines them up, and places his new car into the collection, and *sigh of relief* - he feels satisfied.

This is what the people do without true taste of the Qur'an. They will find ways of collecting and gathering things  - trying to satisfy themselves but never fully being satisfied.

But Allah tells us that we should be joyous/celebrate with our Islam and the Qur'an because we have the true inner joy. We do not need to gather material things to be happy. Anyone who has tasted the Qur'an in the arabic language knows this because while everyone else is collecting material possessions, the believers are collecting amazing Gems from the Qur'an and gaining continuous closeness to Allah. That is the true richness. 'It is better than what they are collecting'.

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