Today Dr. Altaf Husain shares a reflection from Juz 27. 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.
I’m focusing on Juz 27 and among all of the lessons that are included in that part of the Qur’an, Surah Ar-Rahman is there, almost right at the center. And the amazing thing, what drives me actually and makes me very passionate about reflecting on this surah, is that there’s a verse that is used as a refrain throughout the surah.
فَبِأَيِّ آلَاءِ رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ
Then which of the blessings of your Lord will you then deny?
The notion here is that Allah (SWT) is saying this after describing various blessings and all of the majesty and the bounties of Allah (SWT). The reminder is constantly, “Which of the blessings of your Lord will you deny?” And that’s not a rhetorical question and I wanted us in Ramadan, especially in these last few nights of the month, to reflect upon it. Let’s count back actually and see what blessings Allah gave us even in this Ramadan, even the first 26 fasts or 27 nights, and see what blessings Allah gave us at the individual level, at the family level, at the community level, and then see how grateful we are for what we received from Allah as a blessing.
Sometimes as a human with human nature, we get caught up in thinking, “it’s not exactly what I expected from Allah,” or “it’s not enough of what I expected,” but we’re never grateful for what He gave us in the first place. He is Allah (SWT), the Wise, and so He knows what’s best for us. And He knows indeed what will be, even though we may find it not as the perfect timing, or the proper measure, but I wanted us to really take this month, especially these last few nights, to reflect on being grateful that the blessing was given to us, and then also talk about all of the blessings throughout this month.
I think we’ll conclude that in the 11 months coming up after Ramadan these types of reminders through these surahs are essential to reassure us throughout the year. But also give us a kind of battery charge to keep us moving when the other tests will come our way. We will wonder, are we really indeed grateful to Allah? Are we really indeed grateful as servants for all the blessings He gave us? And hopefully, hopefully the Qur’an itself will continue to be a reminder throughout the year. I think the critical piece of these Ramadan reflections is that the Qur’an is there, but somehow we only turn to it in Ramadan. It is the month in which it was revealed, but it is not the only month in which it should be read. Consider the Qur’an itself as a bounty and a blessing, and reflect on your individual, family and community blessings, and insha’Allah we’ll have made the most of this month.