An effort in f a c i l i t a t i o n

3 Attitudes that Distinguish man from a donkey!

In different languages and educational systems, there are common approaches to drive home a point and make one understand the significance of something. One such approach is the usage of idioms and proverbs.

Allah, Who created man and gave him cognizance and the power of speech, uses superior similes and examples to put sense in his mind so that he reflects, applies his mind and develops some reasonable attitudes in life.

Allah created the donkey as well. Donkey as such is not hated. But then people hate what is donkey-ish, right?

Three attitudes which are of donkey-ish nature should be avoided by human beings. After all a human is a human, and an ass an ass!

1. When you say you believe in the Divine Book, you need to apply it in your life. Otherwise your example is that of a donkey carrying loads!

مَثَلُ الَّذِينَ حُمِّلُوا التَّوْرَاةَ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَحْمِلُوهَا كَمَثَلِ الْحِمَارِ يَحْمِلُ أَسْفَارًا ۚ

بِئْسَ مَثَلُ الْقَوْمِ الَّذِينَ كَذَّبُوا بِآيَاتِ اللَّـهِ ۚ وَاللَّـهُ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ

“The example of those who were entrusted with the Torah and then did not take it on is like that of a donkey who carries volumes [of books].

Wretched is the example of the people who deny the signs of Allah. And Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people.” Surah al Jumu’ah 62:5

2. When you talk, lower your voice lest it resembles the most disgusting of all voices!

وَاقْصِدْ فِي مَشْيِكَ وَاغْضُضْ مِن صَوْتِكَ ۚ إِنَّ أَنكَرَ الْأَصْوَاتِ لَصَوْتُ الْحَمِيرِ

“And be moderate in your pace and lower your voice; indeed, the most disagreeable (and disgusting) of sounds is the voice of donkeys.” Surah Luqmaan 31:19

3. When your Creator cares for You and presents you the Qur’an as an Admonition and a Reminder, you need to take note. Not run away like some frightened donkeys fleeing from a lion.

فَمَا لَهُمْ عَنِ التَّذْكِرَةِ مُعْرِضِينَ ﴿٤٩﴾ كَأَنَّهُمْ حُمُرٌ مُّسْتَنفِرَةٌ ﴿٥٠﴾ فَرَّتْ مِن قَسْوَرَةٍ

“Then what is [the matter] with them that they are, from the reminder, turning away. As if they were alarmed donkeys Fleeing from a lion?” Surah al Muddaththir 74:49-51

May Allah save us from destruction and guides us on the Right Path.

Allaahumma Baarik Lana Feema A’tayt = O Allah, bless for us in what You’ve given us.

Sal-lal-laahu Ala Muhammad, Sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-Sallam.


February 26, 2016 - Posted by | Muqeet's (assorted), Reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. The Best Career
    Endorsed by Our beloved prophet s.a.w

    The best of you are those who learn the Quran & teach it to others.
    – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

    Comment by Imran Ali | February 28, 2016 | Reply

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