The Luminosity of Mercy in Surah al Mulk
Dear brothers/sisters, Assalamu Alaikum.
The Surah al Mulk is a short and sweet Chapter which is often read by Muslims throughout the world. Let us try to learn some great things from this Surah about the virtue of which, the Messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (Sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam) said:
“A surah from the Qur’an containing thirty verses will intercede for a man so that he will be forgiven. It is the surah Tabaarak Al-lathi bi yadihi’l-mulk”.
One of the two Surahs (the other being Surah al Furqaan) that begin with Tabaarak, the Surah al Mulk is so lovely and beautiful to read, listen to, understand and explore its meanings. The superb eloquence of the Surah motivates man to wilfully surrender himself to the glory and grandeur of Ar-Rahmaan, which in turn immaculately inspires him to adopt Islam as one’s way of life.
The luminosity and radiance of Allah’s Rahmah is so evident and enchanting in this Surah that one finds amazing solace through its recitation. No wonder then that the Prophet said that this very Surah will intercede for man in the Day of Judgement till his sins are forgiven. What a reward the Qur’an gives to its reciter!
Is there any book in the world that brings any reward to its readers? Nay! The Qur’an is the only book with such a unique distinction!
The saying of the Prophet that this Surah will intercede for its reciter itself speaks in high terms about the abundant graciousness of this Surah! Not only this, it also speaks about the lofty stature of the All-Merciful Allah who revealed this Surah upon His servant Muhammad (sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam), the Rahmatul lil-‘aalameen, Mercy for the entire cosmos!
The attributive name Ar-Rahmaan, the Most Merciful, is mentioned 4 times in Surah al Mulk, and every time the Surah mentions about Ar-Rahmaan, it reveals the different and unique aspects of Allah’s Mercy upon man and his environment.
The beauty in Ayah No. 3 of Surah al Mulk is that instead of the Proper Name, Allah, the sublime attributive Name, Ar-Rahmaan, is used to describe the uniqueness of His creation.
“(He is Allah) Who created the seven heavens one upon another. You will see no incongruity in the Merciful One’s creation. Turn your vision again, can you see any flaw?” (Surah al Mulk 67: 3)
Mercy abounds in the creation of Ar-Rahmaan. Allah, the Most Merciful Lord-Almighty, created the world with Mercy and Benevolence. So Man cannot find any flaw or defect or deficiency or cracks or disharmony, conflict or inconsistency in the creation of Ar Rahmaan!
The authoritative statement ‘You will see no incongruity in the Merciful One’s creation’ is followed by another authoritative claim ‘O Man! Turn your vision and look again at the marvels of Allah’s creation! Do you find any flaw?’ Turn your vision again, and then again; in the end your vision will come back to you, worn out and frustrated!’
Man takes things for granted and fails to appreciate the beauty in creation! How ungrateful man is!!
2. The fact that the birds are suspended in air and that they move their wings and keep balance and do not fall down. Who holds them from falling?
“Do they not see the birds above them with wings outspread and [sometimes] folded in? None holds them [aloft] except the Most Merciful. Indeed He is, of all things, Seeing”. (Surah al Mulk 67: 19)
None holds the birds aloft except the Most Merciful!
By extension of meaning, we can understand that the Most Merciful Lord is the One who guides the birds during their migration period in different seasons and He, the Ar-Rahmaan, is also the One Who keeps them in their tract without letting the birds forget their route! Subhaanallah!
When tiny birds are at the Mercy of the Most Merciful Lord, what can be said of the mighty aircrafts that simply swim in air? Man must reshape his thinking and become grateful to Allah with whose Mercy and Graciousness he is able to travel smoothly from one place to another, literally flying in the air with comfort and ease!
3. The Most Merciful is the only real source of abundant help for a true Muslim. When Ar-Rahmaan’s help and graciousness descends, it comes pours in abundance from above! No army worth the name is ever present in the world to come to man’s aid and rescue other than the Lord of Grace!
Allah wants the disbelievers to understand this reality and therefore He asks them:
“Or who is it that could be an army for you to aid you other than the Most Merciful? The disbelievers are not but in delusion” (Surah al Mulk 67: 20)
The unbelievers are in delusion and self-deception! Such delusion gives them the false feeling of safety and security. The challenging question in this ayah is that: Who can ward off His might other than the Most Merciful Himself? Who other than He can give them protection against Him?
4. We Muslims are commanded to declare to the people of the world that we believe in such a Gracious Lord. There is no deity worthy of worship and obedience except Allah who alone is the embodiment of Mercy and Grace. Not only we believe in Him, we depend on Him alone for all support and guidance. He is the Best to Help, the Best to rely on!
“Say: “He is the Most Merciful; we have believed in Him, and upon Him we have relied. And you will [come to] know who it is that is in clear error.” (Surah al Mulk 67: 29)
When truth manifests, it is easy to find out as to who is in clear misguidance!
The Surah al Mulk, therefore, separates the wheat from the chaff in a gracious way!!
As this post is getting longer, I would better stop here now, and Inshaa’Allah, will continue in the next post.
Jazakallahu Khayra for reading this post of mine. Vassalam.