Ramadan Quran Series Day 11
Ramadan Quran Series Day Eleven
by Dr. Aslam Abdullah
- Al-Qamar (The Moon) (54)
Al-Qamar is the 37th Surah revealed upon the Prophet. It is the 54th Surah in the traditionally arranged Quran. It was revealed in Makkah and has 55 Ayah in 3 Ruku. This Surah gives details of the end of time and talks about the Day of Judgment. It reminds people of the great flood that place at the time of Prophet Noah, the punishment that was meted out to the people of Ad, Thamud, Lot, and the Pharaoh. It shares the glad tidings with the believers that they would enjoy the closeness of their creator and would find them in eternal peace.
- Saad (The Arabic Letter Saad) (38)
Saad is 38th Surah revealed upon the Prophet and it is also the 38th Surah in the traditionally arranged Quran. It was revealed in Makkah and has 88 Ayah in five Ruku. It reminds people of the continuity of divine guidance through messengers throughout human history. It talks about the sacrifices the messengers and their supporters gave upholding the truth and divine guidance. It repeats the historical fact that truth always and ultimately prevails. It explains that it is the guidance of Allah that enables people to achieve great things in a humble manner. It warns people against arrogance and tells them that only through submission to Allah; one can develop the faculties of humility.
- Al-A’raf (The Faculty of Discernment) (7)
Al-Araf is the 39th Surah revealed upon the Prophet and in the traditionally arranged Quran, its number is seventh. This is one of the few longest Surah revealed in Makkah and the time of its revelation is one or two years before the Prophet’s migration to Medina.
It has 206 Ayah in 24 Ruku. It dwells in greater detail on the institution of Prophethood. It explains that Allah communicates his message to human beings through his chosen messengers who are given divine guidance by Angel Gabriel. The story of each of the chosen messenger offers inspiration and motivation to people to understand live the divine guidance in their life and circumstances. It informs the people that the messengers of Allah were persecuted by elites who were opposed to the divine ideas. However, none succeeded in harming the messengers as Allah helped them prevail over their opponents. It reminds the believer that divine guidance is for all and it must be shared with all. The Surah invites people to learn lessons from the lives of Prophets Noah, Hud, Salih, Shuaib, and all others whose names are mentioned as well as not mentioned in the Quran. It reasserts the fact that Prophet Muhammad is sent to serve humanity at large and the message that he is sharing with humanity in the Arabic language is indeed the divine message.
- Surah al-Jinn (The invisible beings) (72)
Al-Jinn is the 72nd Surah of the Quran and it was the 40th Surah revealed upon the Prophet. It was revealed in Makkah and has 28 Ayah in two Ruku. It refers to the creation of Allah that was created before human beings. What is that creation and how does it look like and what functions it has been assigned by Allah. These are matters of mystery. All that humans know is that the jinn as a species is a hidden creation. The Surah alludes to a situation when this hidden creation listened to the divine guidance from the Prophet and accepted the message. It reassures the people of the truthfulness and usefulness of the divine guidance to all who have the capacity to think and act on the basis of that thinking.