Will You Take The Reminder?

Sana Ahmad

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

سَبِّحِ اسْمَ رَبِّكَ الْأَعْلَى1

الَّذِي خَلَقَ فَسَوَّى2

وَالَّذِي قَدَّرَ فَهَدَى3

وَالَّذِي أَخْرَجَ الْمَرْعَى 4

فَجَعَلَهُ غُثَاء أَحْوَى 5

فَجَعَلَهُ غُثَاء أَحْوَى 5

سَنُقْرِؤُكَ فَلَا تَنسَى 6

إِلَّا مَا شَاء اللَّهُ إِنَّهُ يَعْلَمُ الْجَهْرَ وَمَا يَخْفَى 7

وَنُيَسِّرُكَ لِلْيُسْرَى 8

فَذَكِّرْ إِن نَّفَعَتِ الذِّكْرَى 9

سَيَذَّكَّرُ مَن يَخْشَى 10

وَيَتَجَنَّبُهَا الْأَشْقَى 11

الَّذِي يَصْلَى النَّارَ الْكُبْرَى 12

ثُمَّ لَا يَمُوتُ فِيهَا وَلَا يَحْيَى 13

قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَن تَزَكَّى 14

وَذَكَرَ اسْمَ رَبِّهِ فَصَلَّى 15

بَلْ تُؤْثِرُونَ الْحَيَاةَ الدُّنْيَا16

وَالْآخِرَةُ خَيْرٌ وَأَبْقَى17

إِنَّ هَذَا لَفِي الصُّحُفِ الْأُولَى18

صُحُفِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَمُوسَى19

“1.    Exalt the name of your Lord, the Most High,
2.    Who created and proportioned
3.    And who destined and [then] guided
4.    And who brings out the pasture
5.    And [then] makes it black stubble.
6.    We will make you recite, [O Muhammad], and you will not forget,
7.    Except what Allāh should will. Indeed, He knows what is declared and what is hidden.
8.    And We will ease you toward ease.
9.    So remind, if the reminder should benefit;
10.   He who fears [Allāh] will be reminded.
11.   But the wretched one will avoid it –
12.   [He] who will [enter and] burn in the greatest Fire,
13.   Neither dying therein nor living.
14.   He has certainly succeeded who purifies himself
15.   And mentions the name of his Lord and prays.
16.   But you prefer the worldly life,
17.   While the Hereafter is better and more enduring.
18.   Indeed, this is in the former scriptures,
19.    The scriptures of Abraham and Moses.”
[Al-Qur’an – Surat Al-‘A`lá (The Most High) – سورة الأعلى]

Alhamdulillah I shared what I learnt from Surah Al-‘Ala with my mother and my sister. It was a wonderful experience because not only was it a reminder for me, but I  was able to   spend some quality time with my family. It was shocking that even though I had just done my lesson the same morning, there were parts I was already forgetting! This made me think about the importance of revising each lesson from the Qur’an regularly.

In class, we had discussed the ayaat about taking a reminder immediately when it comes.  Often in life we are presented with opportunities, but we think we don’t have the time to take up that responsibility, whereas we learn over and over in the Qur’an that Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) says to grab the opportunities. If we don’t take the reminders, it is possible that Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) will stop reminding us. Therefore, we should be especially grateful for the  warnings. Where Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) has destined for us to make certain mistakes, He has also guided us to the means of forgiveness!

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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