Discipline and Unity: The Example of the Angels

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Samreen Awan

   وَالصَّافَّاتِ صَفًّا 1   فَالزَّاجِرَاتِ زَجْرًا2    فَالتَّالِيَاتِ ذِكْرًا3

“1.By those [angels] lined up in rows
2. And those who drive [the clouds]
3. And those who recite the message. ”
[Al-Qur’ran-Surah As-Saffat (Those who set the Ranks): 1-3 ]

Surah Saffat begins with the mention of Angels who symbolize complete submission to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى). Their discipline is perfect and unity is exemplary. Along with their ibaadah (worship), they also perform the duties assigned to them by Allah (سبحانه وتعالى). All of this is done with a high level of perfection and right amount of firmness.

These ayahs give us a point to ponder on; how mindful are we of maintaining the same traits in our lives?   It is amazing how the Qur’an touches upon every aspect of human life leaving out just nothing.

The benefits of introducing discipline and unity within our lives are countless. In fact, it would be more befitting to say that it is impossible to get much out of life without introducing the wonderful traits of discipline and unity in our lives.

The difference between us humans and Angels is that we have more responsibilities, a freedom of choice and hence we become accountable. Our lives do not include only ibaadah (worship) and work. We are also given free time at our disposal to act in a way we desire. This makes life more enjoyable, but at the same time it makes the balancing act even tougher and our time then becomes a test for us. How much do we need to do for our relatives? How can we spend more time on ibaadah (worship) when life is so hectic? Are we using our time the correct way?

The Qur’an and Sunnah offer simple solutions to maintaining this unity and discipline. Some of the many lessons and tips that I have highlighted for myself to follow are:

  1. To introduce nafli ibaadah (voluntary acts of worship) in  following the ways of Sunnah. Offering Tahajjud (the pre-dawn prayer), Morning and evening supplications and other acts of worship like these can give us firm guidelines to follow. Qur’an repeatedly talks about the deeds that Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) loves such as salah (prayer), Zakat (obligatory charity) and dhikr (remembrance). One has to make sure these are a part of our lives.
  2. Qur’an has prioritized the rights of relations for us. Our parents, family and spouse have the utmost importance and rank. When we have to divide our time and energies and feel stuck for time we have to use this guide to pick and choose.
  3. The perfect row formation of salah (prayer) teaches us that Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) has put barakah (blessing) in unity and teamwork. Hence, we can make life easier for ourselves even at home through delegating, dealing with other with patience and being grateful to others for their contribution in our lives. Instead of blaming others, we can all work together as a team to maintain a happy household.
  4. We should let the salah timings set our routine for us. This will give our days a structure and more barakah (blessing) and discipline in our time.

I feel that I still am away from true submission through my actions and words. However, the positive thing is that my level of submission and emaan (faith) is not stagnant. Alhumdulillah, with every day there is something that improves within me of my ikhlaq (nature), something little that I give up of my ego, something worries me as I worry about giving more charity. Little by little, I see the changes within me through the words of the Qur’an.  There is anxiety and some level of shame within me at still not being at the level of total submission to what I learn of the Qur’an. I am working towards it and also making dua for it. May Allah give me hidaya (guidance) and also the taufiq (the ability to act) to be a true mohsina (one who does utmost good). Ameen.

About Quran Reflections

Al-Huda's branch at Khayaban-e-Sehar is one of the few Quran courses being regularly conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, where the mode of instruction and examination is English. The students and teachers have decided to upload their reflections on the Quran and class notes on this blog, in order to be available to a global audience for the latter's benefit and inspiration.
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3 Responses to Discipline and Unity: The Example of the Angels

  1. Kulsoom says:

    This was a very nice reflection on discipline and unity since it told us about how to do ibaadah and how we can get Allah’s mercy and tranquility. It also tells us about how we should follow the Sunnah and act upon the Quran. We also learn that the angels are always glorifiying Allah and praising him. We should act upon the Quran and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) because if we follow the sunnah and act upon the Quran we will for sure get the mercy of Allah.

  2. Awaisha says:

    Ameen at the last line of the post you mentioned. 🙂

    Yes, a very nice reflection. Angels are also glorifying and praising Allah SWT, so we need to do it as well provided that we have both desires and intellect where as angels only have the intellect. Not following our desires is what keeps in the track! 🙂

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