“SEA WITHOUT A SHORES”
Tafseer of Surahs Mulk and Waqi`ah
قُل لَّوۡ كَانَ ٱلۡبَحۡرُ مِدَادٗا لِّكَلِمَٰتِ رَبِّي لَنَفِدَ ٱلۡبَحۡرُ قَبۡلَ أَن تَنفَدَ كَلِمَٰتُ رَبِّي وَلَوۡ جِئۡنَا بِمِثۡلِهِۦ مَدَدٗا ١٠٩
“Say: If the sea were ink with which to record the words of my Lord it would be exhausted before the words of my Lord were exhausted even if we were to bring the like of it as supplement.” [Al-Kahf: 109]
The Qurān has been described by Muslim scholars in both poetry and prose as an ocean without shores. This is because no scholar tires of its study as every examination of its verses produces new understandings previously hidden from discovery.
The Qurān speaks to the unsophisticated as how it speaks to the brilliant. Each walk away with a valid understanding peculiar to their level of education and grasp. No individual, nation or even humanity at large develops their knowledge base except that they discover new meanings to the Qurān inspired by these advancements.
The Qurān never lags behind and instead stays on par with the individual. It is, in fact, always ahead of us and waiting for us to catch up so that we can enter new dimensions of consciousness. As such when one enters the medium of the Qurān, one has entered an ocean of infinite development and discovery, the pleasures of which will never come to an end.
The Qurān is the constitution of all Muslims and their guidebook through life, and so they are all required to be acquainted with its basic message and directives. This is only achievable via regular contact with the Quran such as that made during its recital, study, practice or propagation.
To do otherwise is to have abandoned the Qurān and the lifestyle that it calls towards. The Messenger of Allāh [peace be upon him] said, as we are informed by Allāh in the Qurān: وَقَالَ ٱلرَّسُولُ يَٰرَبِّ إِنَّ قَوۡمِي ٱتَّخَذُواْ هَٰذَا ٱلۡقُرۡءَانَ مَهۡجُورٗا ٣٠
“O my Lord! surely my people have treated this Quran as a forsaken thing.” Al-Furqān: 30
The Qurān is an ocean
ليس له ساحل ولا قاع
That is without shore and bottom
ولا سطح يرتمي عليه شعاع
It is without cover to bar rays of light
بحر لكنّه أعذب من كلّ نهر
A sea with water sweeter than any river
ضخوره لؤلؤ ومرجان
Its boulders are pearls: big and small
نسيمه أحلى عبير من شذى الريحان
Its breeze possesses an aroma more fragrant than the sweetest of plants
فاللهمّ اجعلنا من أهل القرآن
So, Oh Allāh, make me of the people of the Qurān.
There are a number of chapters of the Qurān that the conscientious Muslim recites regularly for the fulfillment of various aims and objectives. In this section of our Tafsīr course entitled “Sea without Shores” we will focus on two surahs which will guarantee their regular reciters with the goodness of this world and the next. The first is sūrah al-Wāqi`ah which is reported to protect against poverty and ensure the fulfilment of material needs. The second is sūrah al-Mulk which the Messenger of Allāh [peace be upon him] tells us will safeguard against punishment in the grave and ensure successful representation on the Day of Judgment.
(The regular recitation, acceptance and practice of) chapter Tabārak prevents punishment in the grave.
Abū al-Shaykh in Ṭabaqāt al-Aṣbahāniyyīn: 264
There is a chapter in the Qurān that comprises thirty verses and which intercedes on behalf of the individual until he is forgiven. It is Tabārakal ladhī bi yadihil mulk.
Tirmidhī: 2891, Abū Dāwūd: 1400 and Ibn Mājah: 3786
(The following sūrahs) have given me grey hairs: “Hūd, al-Wāqi`ah, al-Mursalāt, `Amma yata-sā’alūn and Idhash shamsu kuwwirat.
Tirmidhī: 2892, Aḥmad: 14249 and Dārimī: 3411
Whosoever recites al-Wāqi`ah every night will never suffer poverty (and need).
Bayhaqī in Shu`ab al-Īmān: vol. 2, p. 491
The contents of these sūrahs comprise essential knowledge regarding the attainment of success and the avoidance of failure in this Earthly Realm and the Afterlife. Sūrah al-Wāqi`ah is filled with dire warnings of impending suffering, the news of which alone had turned grey the hair of the Messenger of Allāh [peace be upon him]. It details the three types of humans and their outcome from the time of death onward. Sūrah al-Mulk is focused on detailing the power of Allāḥ via His creation. It is essentially a call towards belief in Allāh and focusing on pleasing Him in all our endeavors.
Teaching aids comprise among others PowerPoint presentations and accompanying study notes. Teaching methodology will include:
- Word for word translation of every verse.
- Cross-referencing with related verses and prophetic traditions.
- Provision of historical context where applicable.
- Detailed commentary accompanied by the scholarly conclusions of leading Mufassirūn [Qurānic exegetes].
- Extraction of life lessons and themes.
- Group discussions where considered suitable
Moulana Muaadth Allie is the Director and founder of The Sakinah Foundation, Co-Imam at the Castle Town Road Masjid, Part time lecturer at various institutions around Cape Town, Graduate of Darul Ulum Newcastle (KZN). Resident teacher at Cape Town Muslim Events / The Knowledge Zone. Teacher and Marriage counselor since 1998
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