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Saturday, May 08, 2004  

Why the Value of the Sura of Sincerity is Equal to that of a Third Part of the Qur’an "‘Say: He is God, the Single’ is equal to a third part of the Qur’an." -Prophet Muhammad (may blessings and peace be upon him) I do not find that you comprehend the reason for the words of the Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him), “[The Sura (Qur’an,112) beginning with] ‘Say: He is God, the Single’ is equal to a third part of the Qur’an [in respect of value]” (Sahih Muslim, Sunan at-Tirmidhi). Sometimes you say, “He mentioned this for encouragement in the recitation [of this sura], and what is meant by it is not its valuation.” This is far from the status of Prophethood! Sometimes you say, “This [statement of his] is remote from understanding and interpretation; since the Qur’anic verses are more than six thousands, how can this amount be their third part?” This question of you is because of your small knowledge of the realities of the Qur’an and your observance of its outward expressions, so that you think that verses become numerous by the length of expressions and small by their shortness. This [way of thinking] resembles the conception of a man who prefers many silver coins to one jewel, seeing their great number. Know that the Sura of Sincerity is assuredly equal to a third part of the Qur’an [in respect of value], and return to the three divisions which we have mentioned (in the earlier chapters of this book) as dealing with the important matters of the Qur’an. They are knowledge of God (may He be exalted!), knowledge of the Hereafter and knowledge of the straight path; these three forms of knowledge are the important concerns, and the remainder are those which follow them. The Sura of Sincerity comprises one of these three, namely, knowledge of God. His unity and His purification from partnership in genus and species. This purification is what is meant by the negation of origin, branch and equality [in the case of God]. His attribute of “Self-existing and Besought of all” informs man that in existence there is no one other than Him who can be sought for the fulfillment of [men’s] needs. True, in this sura there is no talk of the future life or of the straight path, whereas we have already mentioned that the basic important concerns of the Qur’an are knowledge of God (may He be exalted!), knowledge of the future life and knowledge of the straight path. This is why it is equal to a third part of the Qur’an, i.e. a third part of the basic concerns of the Qur’an ,as the Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him) said, “[Halting at] ‘Arafa is the pilgrimage”, i.e. it is the basis and the remaining activities of pilgrimage [only] follow it. -Hujjatul Islam, Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, Jewels of the Qur’an (Kitab Jawahir al-Qur’an)



posted by Abubak'r | 5/08/2004 04:41:00 PM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
(Bukhari)
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
(Abu Sulayman ad-Darani)
Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
(Arabic Poem)
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I seek God's forgiveness, and do not claim that my intention in producing this Blog is confined to good religious purposes; how may I do so when I am aware of the hidden desires, egotistic passions, and worldly wishes that I harbour? I do not claim innocence for myself; the ego is indeed an inciter to evil, save when my Lord shows mercy; my Lord is indeed Forgiving, Merciful. O God! I seek Your protection against my committing idolatry [shirk] knowingly, and Your forgiveness for that of which I am not aware! I ask God to make me and all other believers benefit from this Blog and to render my production of it purely for the sake of His Noble Countenance.

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