True Heart Comfort

Now the sūrah speaks about the blind who do not see all the signs God has placed in the universe and who are not satisfied with the Qur’ān as a great sign. Hence they demand another miraculous sign. The sūrah mentions something of this earlier and comments by saying that the Prophet is only a warner, for miraculous signs rest with God. Now it mentions their demand anew, outlining the reasons that help one person to follow divine guidance and cause another to remain in error. It also paints a picture of hearts content with alertness of God’s presence. Such hearts do not worry or demand miracles in order to believe when they have the Qur’ān available to them.

“And those who disbelieved say, “Why has a sign not been sent down to him from his Lord?” Say, [O Muhammad], “Indeed, Allah leaves astray whom He wills and guides to Himself whoever turns back [to Him] – those who believe and whose hearts find comfort in the remembrance of God. It is indeed in the remembrance of God that people’s hearts find their comfort.”Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism), and work righteousness, Tuba (it means all kinds of happiness or name of a tree in Paradise) is for them and a beautiful place of (final) return.” Al-Qur’an Suurat Ar-Ra’ad Ch. 13 v. 27-28

The answer to their demand is that miracles are not what lead people to believe. Faith has its solid foundation within the human soul. There are causes that lead to it, but these have to originate within the soul: “Say, [O Muhammad], “Indeed, Allah (God) leaves astray whom He wills and guides to Himself whoever turns back [to Him] -’“ (Verse 27) It is their turning to Him which makes them worthy of His guidance. It is clearly understood that those who do not turn to God are those who deserve to be left to go astray. This is indeed what happens to them. What matters, then, is one’s own heart and its being ready to receive God’s guidance. If so, it seeks it and appeals to God for it. Hearts which do not make any positive move to seek God’s guidance remain far removed from it.

This is followed by an image of believing hearts which enjoy a congenial atmosphere of reassurance, happiness and peace: “those who believe and whose hearts find comfort in the remembrance of God.“(Verse 28) They find comfort in their feeling that their bond with God is a real one, and that they are close to Him, secure with His support.

They are without worry, and worry is normally only generated when one is left alone or when one is unsure of one’s way. Such people understand God’s wisdom behind man’s creation, origin and destiny. They also find comfort in feeling secure against aggression, harm or evil, except as God wills for them. This is coupled with a resigned acceptance of whatever trial God wishes to test them with. They are reassured that God will always bestow on them His grace, giving them guidance, abundance and security in this life and in the life to come.

It is indeed in the remembrance of God that people’s hearts find their comfort.” (Verse 28) Such comfort is a profound reality in the hearts of believers who deeply and truly feel the meaning of faith. They have a bond with God which they recognize. They cannot express the meaning of such a bond in words.

It touches their hearts, generating a feeling of happiness and reassurance that they do not stand alone in this universe. Whatever surrounds them is a friend, because it is all made by God under whose protection they live.

No one on earth is more miserable than those who are deprived of the blessing of a close relationship with God. Those who, having severed the most essential bond with their Creator, feel that they have no relationship with all around them are bound to suffer great misery. Who can be more wretched than one who does not realize why he has been created, or where he is heading, or why he suffers. Forlorn indeed is the one who goes about his life feeling isolated in an endless desert, having to strive without support, guidance or help.

In life we often experience moments which none can withstand unless we are certain of God’s support and protection, regardless of whatever resources of fortitude, perseverance and power may be at our command. There are moments in life that render all that useless. But such moments can be faced easily by those who find their comfort in God: “It is indeed in the remembrance of God that people’s hearts find their comfort.” (Verse 28)

Those who turn to God are reassured when they remember Him, and find fine welcome when they return to Him. This is the same as the outcome of their turning to Him in this life presenting their good deeds: “Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism), and work righteousness, Tuba (it means all kinds of happiness or name of a tree in Paradise) is for them and a beautiful place of (final) return.”(Verse 29) The Arabic term, ţūbā, which is used here for ‘happiness’ is chosen for its added connotations of greatness. Hence, their happiness is great, unending.

Conversely, those who demand a sign are those who have deprived themselves of the contentment, comfort and happiness of faith. They live in worry, and it is this anxiety that makes them demand miracles and signs.

Taken from “In the Shade of the Qur’aan volume_10_surahs_12-15 page 158-159 (in PDF form 163-4)

So my dear reader step forword for change, open Qur’an. How many worst people have been changed by Qur’an, how many hardened hearts become soft through Qur’an. So Turn to it. http://www.quran.com/

 

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