Today Shad Imam shares a reflection from Surah As-Saffat. Subscribe to the series to receive the video of this reflection along with the other daily reflections each morning. Join Islamic Relief USA in exploring the Qur’an this month.
You know, one of the most fascinating aspects of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is that there’s an intersection between the divine and the human realm that comes together in the Qur’an itself. What do I mean by that? I was reading Surah As-Saffat, which is the surah that comes right after Surah Ya-Sin. And if you look at Surah As-Saffat, the first 75 verses or so are all about the Day of Judgment and the hereafter and the punishment for the people who are going to reject and deny the message. And the next 75 or so verses are short but they go into the stories of different prophets. Prophet Nuh, Prophet Ibrahim, Prophets Musa and Harun. And it goes through each of these stories, but there’s a refrain that’s used over and over again and that refrain is: “And We saved Noah, and We saved Ibrahim, and We saved M0ses and Harun, and We saves Ilyas.”
I remember when I was discussing this with my teacher, I asked him, “Why is this refrain used over and over again?” And he told me something really remarkable. He said, “You know, Surah As-Saffat was one of the last surahs that was revealed before the migration of our beloved Messenger (SAW).” Imagine what the Prophet must have felt like at that time. He knew this land for 53 years he was in Mecca and he was there preaching the message of tawheed. For 13 years he was telling people about the Day of Judgment, but 13 years later, Allah (SWT) still had to reveal in the Qur’an 75 verses of it about the Day of Judgment.
But more importantly, this was a time of anxiety. This was a time in which the Prophet (SAW) himself wasn’t sure what to expect in Madinah and it’s at that moment that Allah (SWT) sent these verses to say, look, We saved Noah when it came to the flood. We saved Abraham when it came to the fire. We saved Moses and Aaron when it came to Pharoah. And it the same way that they were put in situations that were very difficult, We will take care of you. We will take care of you and make sure that you always have Us on your side. And this was more than anything else a comfort to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). And for me, this was very powerful to not just look at these verses, but understand the circumstances upon which those verses were revealed. And what a comfort it must have brought to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) at that moment. This is why I think there is no better fitting was of ending the surah than when Allah (SWT) says:
Glory be to your Lord, the Lord of Honor, above what they describe.
And Peace be on the Messengers,
And Praise to God, the Lord and Cherisher of the Worlds.
May Allah reward you with goodness. Thank you for listening to today’s edition of IRUSA’s Ramadan reflections.