Sunday, September 26, 2010

Bowing in Humility | Reading from the Quran

In the Name of Allah,
the Universally Merciful,
the Singularly Compassionate

By the Mystical Letters, 'Alif Laam Miim

The Revelation of the Book, without any doubt in it, is from the Lord of the Manifestations. 

Or do they say, "Muhammad has invented it?" No way, but it is the Truth from your Lord, that you may warn a people to whom no warner has come before you, that perhaps they may be guided. 

It is Allah Who has created the heavens and the earth and what is between them in six aeons and established Himself on the Seat of Absolute Authority. Other than Him you do not have any protector or intercessor. Will you not remember (the Truth)?

He arranges (all) the orders from the heavens to the earth, and in the end all shall ascend to Him on a Day the length of which will be (like) a thousand years of those you count. Such is the Knower of the Unseen and the Seen; the Mighty, the Singularly Merciful - Who made excellently all the things He created, and began the creation of humanity from minerals.

Then He made his begetting (to be) from an extraction of a humble liquid. Then He formed him and breathed into him from His Spirit; and made for you hearing and sight and hearts. Little are you thankful. 

And they say, "When we are disintegrated to the earth (in death), will we really be created anew?" Nay, but they cover up (the Truth) of the meeting with their Lord.

Say, "The Angel of Death, who has been given charge over you, will gather you, and then you will be returned to your Lord." If you could only see when the evil-doers bow their heads before their Lord (and say), "Our Lord! (Now) we have seen and heard, so send us back (to our worldly life); we will do good deeds, for sure we are (now) certain (of the Truth)."

And if We had willed, We could have given every soul its guidance, but true is the Word from Me, 'Most certainly we shall fill Hell with human beings and other than human beings - together.'

So taste! Because you forgot the meeting of this, your Day, surely We have forgotten you. So taste the punishment of eternity because of what you used to. 

Only those (truly) believe in Our Signs who, when reminded of them, fall down bowing in humility and extol the Limitless Glory and Praise of their Lord, and they are not arrogant. * They whose side rise from their beds (in the deep of the night) to call out to their Lord in holy fear and divine hope, and they spend (on others) from the sustenance We gave them. 

No soul knows what is kept hidden for them by way of delights of the eyes, as a reward for what they did (in this world). Is someone who is a believer like the one who violates the limits (of the Law)? They are not equal.

But as for those who believe and do good deeds, for them there will be Gardens of Refuge, prepared because of what they used to do.

And as for corrupters, their place of rest is the Fire. Whenever they want to get out from it they will be put back into it. To them it is said, "Taste the punishment of the Fire which you used to deny."

And before the greater punishment, We shall make them taste the nearer sufferings (of this world), so that perhaps they may return (in repentance before it is too late).

And who oppress (himself / herself) more than the one who, when he is reminded of the Signs of his Lord, turns away from them? Surely We shall take retribution from the evil-doers.

And We surely gave Moses the Book, so have no doubt about the meeting: and We made it guidance from the Children of Israel. And when they were patient, and when they were certain of Our Signs, We appointed from among them leaders who guided by Our Command. Surely Your Lord will judge between them on the Day of Standing, concerning that about which they used to differ. Is it not guidance for them (to see) how many We destroyed of the generations before them in whose place they now walk? Surely in that are Signs. Will they not listen?

Have they not seen how We drive the water (in clouds) to the barren land and bring forth crops from which their livestock and they both eat? Don't they see?

And they say, "When will this (final) opening (of new reality) take place if you are telling the truth?"

Say, "On the Day of Unveiling (of new reality), the belief of those who covered up (the Truth) will not benefit them (in the least), and they will not be reprieved."

So turn way from them and wait (for the Truth to unfold), for surely they too are waiting.

- Translation from the 32nd Chapter of the Glorious Quran, Surat as-Sajdah | translation credit in most part from The Tajwidi Quran by A. Nooruddeen Durkee (2003).

* It is a recommended practice and instructed that upon the reciting the verse in this chapter, "Only those (truly) believe in Our Signs who, when reminder of them, fall down bowing in humility and extol the Limitless Glory and Praise of their Lord, and they are not arrogant." - to prostrate with forehead touching the ground in embodying humility, submission and glorification. In prostration one says, "All Glory is to the Most High". May Allah guide us and purify us from arrogance, denial and oppression of the true self.

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