لَوْ أَنْزَلْنَا هَٰذَا الْقُرْآنَ عَلَىٰ جَبَلٍ لَرَأَيْتَهُ خَاشِعًا مُتَصَدِّعًا مِنْ خَشْيَةِ اللَّهِ ۚ وَتِلْكَ الْأَمْثَالُ نَضْرِبُهَا لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ
If We had sent down this Qur’an upon a mountain, you would have seen it humbled and coming apart from fear of Allah . And these examples We present to the people that perhaps they will give thought.(Al- Hashr:21)
Ironically every single word read from the speech of “The President or Minister“ of a country grasps our attention. We glue our eyes to him and our ears are propped up. The heart pumps faster and our minds are constantly analyzing, working and contemplating .
Unlike the rest of the creation, the Quran, is the word of ALLAH swt. However many of us consider it to be the creation of Allah.
When ALLAH swt talks to us through the Quran, sadly nothing of the above happens. Man being the best of ALLAHS creation has free will power and multiple Intelligence, despite this fact he still cannot understand the word of ALLAH .
The reasons might be :-
- Man does not understand the communication language ie ARABIC
- He does understand the language, but he actually does not know who ALLAH is.(ALLAH’s power, his majesty)
- His head understands the language, the heart knows who ALLAH is, but his hand(body) is not aligned with his head and heart.
With reference to the above ayah what then could be the reason, that if the word of Allah (ie the Quran) were sent down upon a mountain, you would have seen it humbled and coming apart from fear of Allah although it does not have a mind, heart and soul?
And further in the Ayah Allah says “And these parables/examples we present to the people that perhaps they will give thought”
The parable means that if a huge creation like a mountain had the sense and knowledge that it had been made responsible and accountable, like man, before Allah Almighty, for its deeds, it would have trembled from the fear of it. But how heedless, senseless and thoughtless is the man, who understands the Qur’an, and has known the whole truth through it, yet he is neither seized by any fear nor feels worried as to what answer he would make to his Lord about the responsibilities that have been placed on him.
There is a Hadith of the Mutawatir grade that states that the Messenger of Allah had someone make him a Minbar(a short flight of steps used as a platform by a preacher in a mosque) before that, he used to stand next to a tree trunk in the Masjid to deliver speeches. So, when the Minbar was made and placed in the Masjid, the Prophet came to deliver a speech and passed the tree trunk, headed towards the Minbar, the tree trunk started weeping, just like an infant. The tree trunk missed hearing the remembrance of Allah and the revelation that were being recited next to it.
In one of the narrations for this Hadith, Al-Hasan Al-Basri said after narrating the Hadith, “You – mankind — are more worthy to miss the Messenger of Allah than the tree trunk!”
Subhan Allah, apart from mankind the rest of Allahs creation, some with no heart, some with no mind and some without a soul are moved to tears, humble themselves , tears themselves apart…….
I am amazed and wonder how a similar impact could be replicated on the supposedly best of ALLAHS creation?
Contemplating over, I’ve mentioned a few and would love to hear the rest from you:-
1.Nourishment of the head and hand via heart – Knowledge of the Quran(especially Tafseer) will soften the heart just like rain softens the hard ground, this softened heart will send blood to the head/brain, and this softened blooded brain will send signals to all parts of our body(hands)-
2.The head, heart and hands are aligned in a single direction. Our physical world is a manifestation of our Internal world -Curing ourselves from the diseases and blackness of the heart, fixing that internal flesh.
Real external change happens because of changes in the internal world of thoughts, emotions, beliefs and dreams.
اِلَّا مَنْ اَتَى اللّٰهَ بِقَلْبٍ سَلِيْم
Except him who brings to Allah a clean heart [clean from Shirk (polytheism) and Nifq (hypocrisy)] (Surah Ash-Shuara – Verse 89)
And SO!!!!!! I question myself, “Where am I on that Head-Heart- Hand continuity and am I content with that? “ Today? In general?
Is the heart lying in ambush or perhaps the head in a coma? Or is the Heart passionately leading a pointless, and destructive crusade, and the head is either silent, or shouting pointlessly ‘wake up!
And my response to that is وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ اللَّهُ
“And have Taqwa/Fear of Allah; and Allah shall teach you” [2:282]
And where are you, dear reader? I’d love to hear from you.