Every Ayah is a Teacher

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I happened to ponder over a few verses of Surah Taha today. It left me ruminating that we all recite and read the Qur’an, but maybe with a little less depth. Some of us masha Allah go through translations and tafseers and are able to adopt quite many lessons from the verses of the Holy Scripture. But there’s one territory which a bunch of us haven’t yet conquered, and that is intending to learn from every little bit mentioned in the Divine Texts. We usually reflect on the verses pertaining to ‘believers’. Most of us often fail to derive lessons from the verses which aren’t really directed to us.

There are infinite teachings (direct as well as indirect) of the Qur’an, but there’s one example, which I simply reflected on today:

“Go both (Musa and Harun) of you to Fir’aun, for he has indeed transgressed all bounds; But speak to him mildly; perhaps he may take warning or fear (Allah).”

[20:43-44]

Here Allah directly instructs them (Moosa AS and his brother, Harun) to be soft and gentle to Fir’oun and gives them hope that he might transform.

There are indirect reflections for all of us in these verses:

1) Allah wanted even the most harsh person to be dealt with mildly by His Prophet who has been guaranteed Jannah and is in no need of earning rewards. He knew that Fir’oun will never believe, still He directed them to select the path of mercy and softness.

Why are we then impolite to our parents, harsh on our children, irritated with people around? People go down; they make mistakes. But Allah commands us to be patient and merciful towards them.

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Those who are merciful will be shown mercy by the Most Merciful. Be merciful to those on the earth and the One in the heavens will have mercy upon you.”

 [Sunan al-Tirmidhī -1924]

2) The next amazing point I dug from the second half is that Allah instilled in them hope. Through this, He taught us that however tough the time is or impossible the task is, one should always hold the rope of hopefulness. Allah makes miracles happen in the most unexpected ways. We gotta put in all the efforts possible, and have enough faith in Allah’s way of working things out.

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Allah the Most High said, ‘I am as My servant thinks (expects) I am.’….”

[Bukhhari]

Good expectations from Allah is a sign of strong Imaan as it calls for us to believe that He alone has the Power over all things and He indeed is the best of all planners, for His decision is nothing except for our good.

In closing, I urge all of us to study and deeply reflect on every text of the Qur’an thoroughly and sincerely as every verse has something to teach.