November 6, 2009

Constituents

{ إنما مثل الحياة الدنيا كماء أنزلناه من السماء فاختلط به نبات الأرض مما يأكل الناس والأنعام حتى إذا أخذت الأرض زخرفها وازينت وظن أهلها أنهم قادرون عليها أتاها أمرنا ليلا أو نهارا فجعلناها حصيدا كأن لم تغن بالأمس كذلك نفصل الآيات لقوم يتفكرون } (يونس:24).

{ واضرب لهم مثل الحياة الدنيا كماء أنزلناه من السماء فاختلط به نبات الأرض فأصبح هشيما تذروه الرياح } (الكهف:45)،

{ ألم تر أن الله أنزل من السماء ماء فسلكه ينابيع في الأرض ثم يخرج به زرعا مختلفا ألوانه ثم يهيج فتراه مصفرا ثم يجعله حطاما } (الزمر:21)،

{ اعلموا أنما الحياة الدنيا لعب ولهو وزينة وتفاخر بينكم وتكاثر في الأموال والأولاد كمثل غيث أعجب الكفار نباته ثم يهيج فتراه مصفرا ثم يكون حطاما } (الحديد:20

The verses above force me to read and re-read, such a powerful metaphor that mesmerizes the mind..
This life (donya) always resembles 'water' which symbolizes life! (وجعلنا من الماء كل شيء حي), then it describes the origin of this water coming down as rain from the sky, this creation is created by the creator, this life is just another 'thing' that was given to us by Allah.. Upon its reaching Earth, it granted life to the plants and animals which we (humans) eventually must eat to enable our (physical) bodies to survive.. Plants and trees grew, animals reproduced, life began, 'living' and what it constitute of working, caring, dreaming ( لعب ولهو وزينة وتفاخر بينكم وتكاثر في الأموال والأولاد).. Earth and life became beautiful! (أخذت الأرض زخرفها وازينت) in this process, we were 'dazzled' with these very by-products of the original water ( أعجب الكفار نباته).. We (think) now that we are in control! We work hard, we get money.. We fall in love, we get married.. We have kids, we build a family.. we dream.. we aspire.. we realize.. we are getting there.. we are going to realize our potential.. we are going to reach that 'self-actualization' point (وظن أهلها أنهم قادرون عليها ) until we actually recognize (ثم يهيج ) that as a matter of fact, all of this longing is towards utopia! a non-existence land in our life.. the moment we reach there ( فأصبح هشيما تذروه الرياح) we realize it is not that which we aspired, or we think to ourselves "is that it?" what I've been working for and looking to.. So, we go back to 'square 1' (فجعلناها حصيدا كأن لم تغن).. we continue to seek because this is what we are, seekers! until these low-objectives "donya" (ثم يجعله حطاما) gets destroyed in our eyes.. this 'false' passion to what we call life.. this 'disguised' energy.. (كذلك نفصل الآيات لقوم يتفكرون)

2 comments:

  1. Deep thinking Nonni! I was listening to this verse in Surat AlKahf two weeks ago and heard the tafseer from Sha3rawi. He was talking about life and it comes and go very fast. I think you have a great way in reading verses, you always open my eyes to new meanings.

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  2. Very nice and creative translation and reflection Noura!
    It's nice to pause and THINK about the true meaning of Ayat..that's why are encouraged to read Quran.. to witness Allah's Glory and worship him with no doubts..
    Keep it up..

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