Saturday, September 26, 2015

This is the Scripture, whereof, there is No Doubt

This is the Scripture, whereof, there is No Doubt


Surah ‘Al-‘Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)–Stage - 1
                                                               
Verses –1 & 2 of 286, Section – 1 of 40 (Part - 1)

BisMIllaahir-Rahmaanir-Rahiim

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful


Alif. Lam. Mim.
‘ALIF-LAAAM-MIIIM.


Lesson


          Sura ‘Al-Baqarah begins with above three letters. These letters are called “Muqat-ti-‘aat”. I am sorry! I could not find translation of the word “Muqat-ti-aat.” So I translated it as ‘Absolute’ letters. If I am wrong, I pray from GOD to forgive me. The letters Alif-Laaam-Miiim are written collectively but are recited separately. The three letters have come in the beginning of five more Surahs (Chapters) excluding ‘Baqarah’ (The Cow). Besides these three letters some other letters have also come in the beginning of some different Surahs of the Holy Qur’aan. The Surahs which begin with this type of letters are twenty nine in numbers.

         If we say: What are the meanings of Alif-Laaam-Miiim? Nobody can reply absolutely, because it is a Secret out of the Secrets of GOD. Only ALLAH, HIS Messenger (Peace be upon Him), the Companions of the Messenger (Allah be agreed upon them) and the Scholars of the Muslim nation know its meanings. Different Saints tried to explain it according to their personal views. For instance:

       Sayyidina ibn ‘Abbas (may God Almighty be pleased with him) said that GOD says, “I am ALLAH, Who knows the best.” One saint says, “Alif means ALLAH, who revealed the Holy Word. Laaam means the arch Angel Gabriel (peace be upon Him), who brought the revelation of ALLAH, and Miiim means The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) upon whom this Holy Scripture ‘Qur’aan’ has been revealed through the Angel Gabriel (peace be upon Him).

       A young Egyptian Scholar Sayyad Nasooh Zahir told after counting and trusting on the alphabetical letters that actually number of verses of the Surahs is mentioned in the letters. Another research scholar said that there are historical events with days and years discussed in these letters, which are held in that particular Surah.

       In short, the knowledge of these letters found by the saints, research scholars and philosophers have been told us. These kinds of letters were already in use in the Arabic language before Islam. To them, every individual who has knowledge of Arabic language, knows perfectly. Besides Arabic, this custom of use also exists in other languages like English, Persian, and Urdu etc for example: BA, MA, LLB, UNO, IMF etc. These instances are very famous but even till some people don’t know them. Only those persons know them, who have any concern or interest with them.

       GOD gave us chance to learn and understand the Holy Qur’an. It is our duty to try to understand the Word of GOD, act upon it and spread its science, deeds and arts nearby and far. Solution of all the Problems of the world over may be found in this Scripture. 

This is the Scripture whereof
There is no doubt.
Zaalikal-  kitaabu  laa  rayba  fiih

Lesson

Zaalika  - (This). It is used to point out towards something. Besides Zaalika, some other words are also used to point out something in Arabic language. Usually Zaalika is used to point out the thing far away but due to dignity and greatness of the Holy Qur’aan its meaning is used here as nearby.

‘Al-kitaabu - Every written thing is called Kitaab (the book). Whenever  ‘Al comes before a noun, it becomes a particular noun. So which ‘Al is used here before Kitaab, it makes the book, “A Particular Book” i.e. Holy Qur’aan.
  
       Everybody in this world needs to know true principles, so that, after adopting these principles, he may get his object. Some people wish to know these types of principles with their sense/wisdom. But it is evident from the experience that the principles come out through anyone’s own sense; may not be real and sure, because in different matters, the people have different opinions. As if, we can’t agree upon a principle collectively, but how many persons will be there, too many advice on any principle will be there.
 
       To curb this tendency, our Lord revealed for us His Holy Word with entire kindness, and commanded also that the verses of this Book, “filled with full philosophy” are true and final. There is no doubt in it. Which promises have been made in it, surely they will be completed. And which knowledge has been given in it that will produce true results. If any individual has any doubt in any matter, he may know by thinking and considering in the verses of Holy Qur’aan.

       Teachings of Holy Qur’aan are not away from the approach of sense and wisdom. Human beings are invited to examine the truth of Holy Qur’aan practically. Surely, using it, they will feel comfort in every sort. Who does not know that the Arabian nation had drowned in the darkness of ignorance? She was most backward comparing to other nations. Maximum people were cruel and uncivilized. When this nation acted upon the teachings of Holy Qur’aan, she succeeded in all fields of life; like economics, politics, science, arts, social matters, civilization manners etc. which were behind all, they commanded the all due to acting upon the Holy Qur’aanic teachings. Every Promise of Holy Qur’aan was fulfilled. But when the people gave up acting upon it, the same old diseases returned in the nation.

       We should promise to act upon these teachings from the beginning whole heartily. Give up all kinds of doubts and suspicions and acquire success in accordance with the Promises of Allah Almighty in this life and on the Day of Resurrection.         


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)