:: Lessons from Surah Ar-Rahman ::

After Dr. Zakir Naik, now it’s Ustaz Nouman Ali Khan’s visit to Malaysia. Sorry for not posting about this earlier, for the registration for tonight’s slot has now been closed (fully booked).

Ust Nouman Ali Khan in Malaysia

Alhamdulillah, last night I’ve attended the first course “Lessons from Surah Ar-Rahman” which was held at Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan. It was indeed a very meaningful session. All praises to Allah for bringing someone like Ustaz Nouman to come and share his knowledge with us in this country. His sharing was so good to listen to, just like how he used to do in his uploaded videos (Youtube’s link: http://www.youtube.com/user/NAKcollection). Alhamdulillah.

Here are some of the points shared in last night’s session:

GOOD COMMUNICATION

There are 3 important elements in having good communication:

  1. Content: Good speakers’ talk consists of meaningful and purposeful content, not only talking around endlessly without making any significant points.
  2. Style: Style is how you deliver your speech, how you communicate and most importantly, how you attract the audience to listen to your presentation and make them understand.
  3. Audience: Know the audience. We don’t talk to a 7-years old student like the way we talk to a university student. We don’t talk to our parents like the way we talk to our kids.

Al-Qur’an is the best example of good communication (from Allah). Al-Qur’an has the best content and the best style of communication. The contents of Al-Qur’an is relevant to everybody, until today (and forever). The style of each verse and surah varies according to who was Allah talking to.

STUBBORN PEOPLE

One of the best way to understand the content of Al-Qur’an is to know and understand the audience (who was Allah talking to). Surah Ar-Rahman, was sent to the Makkah’s musyrikin, which were very stubborn. They did not believe in the Qur’an and they even make fun of the Qur’an. They were very stubborn.

Young people and teenagers, are stubborn. Whenever a mother calls her young son for example, do this boy straightly come to her at the first call? No, she usually has to call him for more than once. Sometimes this young people will only answer after the third or fourth call.

Nah. Same goes here. Allah repeated the verse فَبِأَيِّ آلَاء رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ (So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny?a lot of times in Surah Ar-Rahman, so that maybe, one will realize and get the hidayah from one of those verses.

SURAH AR-RAHMAN & SURAH AL-WAQI’AH MAIN SUBJECTS

There are five main subjects in Surah Al-Waqi’ah (the next surah, after Surah Ar-Rahman). They are:

  1. As-Sabiqun – the people who deserve better Jannah
  2. Ashabul Yamin – the people of right hand, people who deserve Jannah
  3. Ashabul shimal – the people of the left, criminals
  4. Creations of Allah
  5. The greatness of the Qur’an

While the main subjects in Surah Ar-Rahman are:

  1. The greatness of the Qur’an
  2. Creations of Allah
  3. Criminals and the Judgement Day
  4. People who fear the punishment and because of that fear did good things in this life and deserve Jannah.
  5. A better Jannah.

We can see that the main subjects in Surah Ar-Rahman and Surah Al-Waqi’ah are actually the same, but in the reverse order.

The first verse in Surah Ar-Rahman is الرَّحْمَنُ. Ar-Rahman is not only merciful. It is even more than that. The word itself comes from the word  رحم, which means womb. A mother’s womb somehow defines the word as loving, caring, concern… But Allah Ar-Rahman, is even more loving, caring and merciful than we can imagine.

I’LL BELIEVE IT WHEN I SEE IT?

Some people have this principle in their life: “I’ll believe it when I see it.” Some of the non-believers (and even some of the ‘Muslims’ too) don’t believe in Allah and Islam because they cannot see the things that is brought in Islam. They don’t see Jannah, they don’t see Hell-fire, angels and all that. They don’t believe because they don’t see it.

Let’s look into these analogies:

  1. You are driving on a highway and listening to the radio. The traffic update on the radio says that there is a terrible car accident at one of the road that you will be going through, and it is in 2km away from your point. The car accident causes a very terrible traffic jam. Will you try to avoid that way at that time or will you continue your journey, until you see the car accident by yourself?
  2. You are in a building. There are a lot of people and even animals (cats, dogs, etc.) in that building. Suddenly there is an announcement saying that there is a fire in one of the room in the building and everyone is asked to evacuate the building. Will you wait until you see the fire by yourself, or will you straight away run and evacuate the building to save your life?

In the second analogy, logically, we will run and leave the building even if we don’t see the fire. That is what normal human being will do. But the animals (the cats, dogs, etc.), they do not leave the building until they smell the smoke or see the fire by themselves, because they do not understand the evacuation announcement.

As human being, we have ‘aqal, we can think and we can understand. Allah s.w.t teaches us in His way, and He is the Best Teacher. He teaches us the Qur’an, عَلَّمَ الْقُرْآنَ. We should appreciate and be thankful for being a Muslim, and try our best to read and understand Al-Qur’an better, so that we can apply the Qur’an contents into our daily life in hoping for Allah’s bless.

Wallahu’alam.

*For tonight’s slot “The Final Miracle”, those who couldn’t obtain tickets or just unable to come to PWTC, don’t forget to watch the online stream: http://www.bayyinah.tv/funnel_events/55077-my-funnel-event.

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