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How to change the world, One thing at a time

DR.PASHA | January 21, 2001 | Section: Articles | 1709 reads

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So natural,
And so human,
And so very real.


Looking,
Searching,
Hoping and groping,
For a solitary promise of hope,
Across the wilderness of the unknown,
Beyond the fingers of human imagination to reach.


Ar-Rahmaan!


Comes the answer.
And Ar-Raheem!
Comes the answer.


The most merciful,
The infinitely compassionate.


That is who he is,
The beneficent and the compassionate,
Without bounds or limits,
Without origin or end.


That is what the future holds,
He is the origin,
And he is the end.


That is what packs the journey of life.
And of faith.

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Ar-Rahmaan!


And Ar-Raheem!
Mercy!


And even more mercy!
Hope,
Piled upon hope!


And the Qur’an has barely begun.
It is not yet more than eight words old.


But to that already old theme does it return,
The theme of Ar-Rahmaan!
And Ar-Raheem.
The theme of mercy and hope.


So, Muslims!
To him that you must reach out!
To that unending source of mercy and hope.
And to his book,
The Qur’an.


So, reach out to him,
And to his book.


And reach out to him,
With his book.


It is an amazing book.
This Qur’an.
Reading!


That is what the Qur’an calls itself.
The Book!


That is what the Qur’an says it is.

*************

And what wonderful reading it makes!
This Qur’an!


And what a wonderful book it is!
Brought to us by a man,
Who never held a book in his hand.
Or saw one in his entire life.


A man who never knew how to read.
Or how to write.


And yet,


“Reading!” is what this book calls itself.
And Recitation!


And it calls itself “The Book.”


And what a book it is!
There is nothing like it in the world.


And this book talks about teaching humans.
This amazing book.
Coming down nearly 1400 years ago.
Not men,
Not women,
But humans.


That is what it talks about:
“The Humans!”


No “mankind” for or in this Qur’an.
It talks about teaching humans,
Teaching them what they did not know,


And then it talks,
About teaching them by means of “The pen.”


And this book has a chapter named “The Pen!”

*************

Yes,


Coming down nearly 1400 years ago.
This book has a chapter called “The Pen!”


And it talks about teaching “The Human!”
Not The Man,
Not The Woman.


Certainly not The Royalty,
Or The Clergy,
Or The Nobility,


But The Human.


Such marked contrast?
Such sharp departure?
From humanity’s beaten track?
From everything known to everyone,
In every corner of this earth?
Those were the times,
Pretty much like our own times,


Only a few short years ago,
When everyone, everywhere knew but one central theme?
And sang but one single song?
The song of The Man.
Man and Mankind!
That is how the human thought had it.
And that is how the human discourse had it.
Man and Mankind.


But the Qur’an struck different theme.
The theme of the human.
The Human!


Said the Qur’an.
And the Qur’an took a different road.
From every road known to humanity.

*********

The road of The Human.
Not of The Man.
Or Mankind.


But of The Human?


And yet,
The Qur’an does not ignore the woman.


It clearly names the female,
Whenever and wherever it can,
As a separate category from the male.


Distinct,
And yet deserving of the same consideration.


What a book this Qur’an!
Fourteen centuries ago!
What a miracle!


“Those men who submit to God,” it says.
“And those women who submit to God.”


“And those men who believe,” it says.
“And those women who believe in God.”


The Qur’an is even more clear and outspoken elsewhere.


It says:
“Bad women are for bad men,
Just as bad men are for bad women.”


“Good women are for good men,”


It goes on.
“Just as good men are for good women.”


What a standing miracle is this Qur’an!
For all those with eyes to see.
For all those with a heart to heed.


Elsewhere it goes even further,
This amazing Al-Qur’an.


“Whoever does a good deed,”


It says,
“Be it a male or a female,
Provided they believe,
To them shall we give a beautiful life!”


What a book this Qur’an!


Who but God could say things like that?
Fourteen centuries ahead of the rest of the world!
God, the maker of man,
God, the maker of woman!
God, the creator, cherisher and sustainer of both genders!


Only he could have said these things.

 

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