a wake up call
Chapter (57) sūrat l-ḥadīd (The Iron)
Sahih International: Has the time not come for those who have believed that their hearts should become humbly submissive at the remembrance of Allah and what has come down of the truth? And let them not be like those who were given the Scripture before, and a long period passed over them, so their hearts hardened; and many of them are defiantly disobedient.
This ayat definitely penetrates into the very fibers of the soul.
Those who are reading and memorizing the meanings of the Quranic Ayahs from
juzz one till this ayat, it strikes a serious blow. After
reading hundreds of ‘ayahs’, which also means ‘signs’ , this ayah sshakes you literally.
Has the time not come that we should submit to the ayahs of Allah?
After going through numerous tafasir of Surahs and now we have reached to Surah Hadid still our heart is hard as iron as the name of the Surah indicates. Still we are not clean of ‘Shubhaat and Shawaat’ doubts and desires. Furthermore, it is said that this Zikr, this reminder is nothing but truth, still your hearts are not humbled. The word ‘Khashia’ is from the root word’ خ ش ع’ which means every limb and every hair of the body should be submerged in the fear and consciousness of Allah. But for us that time has not arrived, that moment has yet to come when we completely submit to this truth. Still, we have to hold this Book tight otherwise we will be reflecting the image which Allah is warning us about in the second part of the ayat.
“And let them not be like those who were given the Scripture before, and a long period passed over them, so their hearts hardened; and many of them are defiantly disobedient.”
This can be taken in two ways. First there are people who have
completely abandoned the Book .They don’t know that it exists. Secondly there
are people for whom this Book holds some special place and reading
regularly is their routine. For some the divine Book only comes into the picture
in Ramadhan in the form of continuous recitation and listening in Taraweeh but
the lesson is still lost as it touched the surface but in fact it never touched
the soul .The spirituality and the connection was never established. It never
had that string of connections which could connect one to the creator. Yet
there is another category that recites and understands but they didn’t develop
the khusu yet, their pendulum is still swinging between the two ends of doubts
and desires. They understand the message well but the stage of samay’ naa
waata’na has not been reached. In both the cases, if there is a longer break of
remembering, believing in the truth and submitting to the message then our
hearts will be hardened too. We’ll be in the same boat as the Ahl -e- Kitaab
were when they left their scriptures. Surely, we don’t want to be ‘fasiqeen’ so it is ironic that the people who take this Book as a source of pure recitation and not reminders should start understanding the message of their Lord . On
the other hand, people who have been guided to this Treasure should start
acting upon the verses, start taking each word of their Creator to heart. If
there is knowledge without action then Imaan is at stake. Certainly, the
revival of Iman is based on righteous deeds and actions otherwise; the heart
will be rusted and ruined.
The connection I found of this ayat to the title is also amazing. The Surah’s name is Hadid means Iron. Interestingly, I realized that if we lose touch
with this Zikr then our heart will also become like Hadid, as Hard as Iron .
Therefore, to keep its khushu alive we need to melt the hardness of the heart with the ayahs of the Quran that make us tremble. We don’t want our heart to be hard as iron. We don’t want to be among the Fasiqoon .We want our heart to be as humble, as pure as, and as submissive as it can be and it is only possible if we warm our heart with heartwarming message of the Quran. This Quran is extremely powerful. As it is said in Surah Hashr:
Chapter (59) sūrat l-ḥashr (The Gathering)
Sahih International: If We had sent down this Qur’an upon a mountain, you would have seen it humbled and coming apart from fear of Allah. And these examples We present to the peoplethat perhaps they will give thought.
Mountains are firm and deep rooted but the Quran can humble them
from fear of Allah. We all know how much effort and power is needed to blow up a mountain but the Quran has that potential to tear the mountains apart yet our
hearts are so cold blooded and concrete that they can’t bend down with this
intense and mighty message. In Surah Raad it is said:
Chapter (13) sūrat l-raʿd (The Thunder)
Sahih International: Andif there was any Qur’an by which the mountains would be removed or the earthwould be broken apart or the dead would be made to speak, [it would be thisQur’an], but to Allah belongs the affair entirely. Then have those who believed not accepted that had Allah willed, He would have guided the people, all of them? And those who disbelieve do not cease to be struck, for what they have done, by calamity – or it will descend near their home until there comes the promise of Allah. Indeed, Allah does not fail in [His] promise.
ab bhi naa aya woh waqt kay to khud ko jagaa day
us kalaam ki lo say apni rooh ko gharmaa day
kahi zamany ki gard teray dil par aisi teh naa jamaday
kay us dil par us Kitab kay saray Aks dundladay
naa tu bun arron ki tarah naa taghaful barat us kalam say
naa ban jai tera dil fawlad is kitaab say doori ki waja say
kar door qalb e fawlaad kay zang ko is dawa say
hai tapish itni us ka lafzo may , us ka maani may
kay har rooh ko tarpaa day har jism ko dehla day
yeh Kalaam to woh hai kay pahar ko bhi hila day
kiyo naa tu khud ko samjhaa day kiyo naa khud ko badal day
mahaz lafzon say apni rooh ko no sekh
amal ko bhi jaga day khushu ko bhi barha day
yeh amal hi to hai jo Imaan ko jilaa day