Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Quran : Of Time, reminders and ...

Lately, there is a drive to read the Quran, which was traced to Marina Mahathir, the daughter of former PM of Malaysia. Maybe someone else originated the idea but whatever it is, it is a novel idea to read and understand the Quran as Muslims steadfastly believed that Quran is the scribe of Allah, the most beneficient and the most merciful.

As for this scribe, the surah Al Asr is close at heart when reading the Quran. It is a short 3 sentence verse but holds the key to the relationship between time and man. It goes ...

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

[1] By (the Token of) Time (through the Ages), [2] Verily Man is in loss, [3] Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy.
On a more personal experience, the surah reminds this scribe on the importance of time. In this relationship, this scribe indulge more time reading books especially those with extraterristrial nature as well as those related to the unexplanable and the unseen.. The books that came to mind right now are the books written by Erich Von Daniken, a Swiss whose best known books center on claims of extraterristrial influence on humans. His collection of books such as Chariots of the Gods, Return to the Stars, In search of Ancient Gods, The Return of The Gods and The Gods were Astronauts are amongst few of his books that make their way to the Malaysian shores.

However, none of his books can conclusively point out that extraterristrial influence humans from time immemorial thus the secret of the construction of pyramids, spinhx, the statues on Easter islands and the Mayan civilisation as well as the lost world of Atlantis remains a mystery waiting to be solved by human beings.

Dan rahsia-rahsia ini menunggu untuk dikupas dan merupakan peninggalan sejarah yang meningatkan kita kepada kebesaran yang maha Esa. Dan sesungguhnya manusia di beri peringatan masa untuk berpesan-pesan dengan kebenaran serta mendekatkan diri dengan yang maha Agung.

Sesungguhnya kesabaran akan membuka jalan dan ruang untuk mencari kebenaran. Namun, sebagai manusia yang kerdil disisiNya, kita tidak harus bermegah-megah dengan apa yang ada. Seharusnya, kita perlu menggunakan masa untuk ingat-memperingati diantara satu sama lain agar menghindarkan diri dari terjerumus dalam mainan dunia.

Akhir sekali, yang paling penting, sebagai manusia yang mempunyai "limited minds and intelligence", manusia hendaklah sentiasa pesan-berpesan agar dapat meningkatkan keimanan kepadaNya. Dan sebagai manusia yang kerdil, hindarkan dari menggunakan akal yang singkat untuk mentafsir Quran yang sesungguhnya merupakan gedung ilmu pemberian dari yang maha Esa.

It shall be made known to all and sundry that humans have limitations and thus shall not defy the Creator in things that are beyond our grasp. What the future held for us shall be based on what we sow today and as long as humans are constantly reminded on the truth, humans shall make good use of time which can never be rewinded or undone. This is what 3 sentence of Al Asr partially meant to this scribe and let it be known that this 3 sentences can be expanded further by those whose knowledge far exceeds this scribe because as long as there is breath and life, the quest for knowledge will be a never ending journey, hopefully to gain the blessings of the alMighty.

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...

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