Friday, January 7, 2011

My favourite Quranic verse

I haven’t blogged in over a month for I have been struggling to choose a particular topic to talk about. So I decided to speak about my favourite Quranic verse. 

Although every word in the Noble Quran is so dear to me, we all have our favourites. The Surah I enjoy reading the most is Surah an-Nisa (Women). This is because of the attention it has given to women. This Surah (if read and interpreted the correct way) elevates women and places us on the pedestal that our creator has created for us. However one of my favourite Quranic verses is from Surah al-Hujurat (The Dwellings).

“O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).” Yusuf-Ali -  Surah al-Hujurat 49:13

This is a very simple verse to understand. The lessons that we are to learn in this verse is clear and seems too easy but yet when we look at our society; we can see how lost this verse is. From this verse we are told that we have been created into nations and tribes that we may know each other and not despise each other. There are many Muslim societies all over the world and so many are constantly are at each other’s throats. Why look at the world? Let’s look at our own community here in South Africa; wait lets minimalise it, let’s look at Cape Town. There is this great divide within the Muslim community when it comes to race. Indian Muslims believe they are better than the rest; what’s new?! The African and Coloured Muslims are always seen as charity cases. Take a look at the mosques in areas such as the CBD, Rondebosch and Athlone and then go over to Langa and Khayelitsha. The differences are clearly visible. Is everyone doing something small to help bridge these gaps?

How often do you see interracial mixing amongst the Muslims? Is this because of the history of our country? Is apartheid to blame for these rifts or is it pride and culture? When will we put this past us?

Have we forgotten my favourite verse? Has our creator wasted our time by sending us such a verse: “Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most righteous of you” This tells us that the most honoured person in the sight of God is the one who is the most righteous. I have no problem repeating this every single minute of every single day. Because even though these are the words of our creator I feel that the Ummah needs a little reminder, because they have definitely forgotten this. This verse can be used to combat so many inter societal problems. Issues like gender equality, inter-racial marriages, inter-cultural marriages, status and wealth are dominating our Muslim societies. There are constant judgements being passed, remarks made and marriages broken because many always think they are so much better than the next. Until you know every good and bad deed that the next person has committed, you have no divine right to judge them. That’s not your job. We have angels that do that for our creator. Allah has given you other tasks.

“And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).” – I need not explain this. This we all know, this you should know. Your creator has full knowledge; your creator see’s everything you do, listens to everything you say and knows all your thoughts. Which of Allah’s favours can we deny?

Disclaimer: This is not a Tafsir.

1 comment:

  1. I don't necessarily agree with the statement that it's the indians who are automatically the ones who think they're oh so superior. There's a lot of unnecessary crap that comes from all sides, there's so much anti-indian sentiment on our local muslim forums for example. But as for the obvious class differences in our treatment of mosques, I agree 108%!!! I think it's absolutely disgusting that Gatesville masjid spends literally millions on just making the mosque look pretty while "non-Indian" mosques are literally falling apart!

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