Mathnawi class, Line 2447 – 2602
– Reflect on Surah Shams
In the Name of God, the Infinitely Compassionate and Most Merciful.
91:1 Consider the sun and its radiant brightness,
91:2 and the moon as it reflects the sun!
91:3 Consider the day as it reveals the world,
91:4 and the night as it veils it darkly! (or And the night when it covers.)
91:5 Consider the sky and its wondrous make,
91:6 and the earth and all its expanse!
91:7 Consider the human self, and how it is formed
in accordance with what it is meant to be,
91:8 and how it is imbued with moral failings as well as with consciousness of God!
91:9 To a happy state shall indeed attain her who causes this [self] to grow in purity,
91:10 and truly lost is her who buries it [in darkness].
91:11 TO [THIS] TRUTH gave the lie, in their overweening arrogance, [the tribe of] Thamud,
(the story of the tribe of Thamud, given here as an illustration of the human’s potential blindness )
91:12 when that most hapless wretch from among them
rushed forward [to commit their evil deed],
91:13 although God’s apostle had told them, “It is a she-camel belonging to God,
so let her drink [and do her no harm]!”
91:14 But they gave him the lie, and cruelly slaughtered her- whereupon their Sustainer visited them with utter destruction for this their sin, destroying them all alike:
91:15 for none [of them] had any fear of what might befall them.
“ O human of sound heart, it is walking backwards:
know that the rebelliousness of Pharaoh was from Moses.”
“No one gains victory over their hearts:
harm comes to the oyster-shell, not to the pearl.”
“She has mixed the people of the Fire and the people of the Light: between them She has reared the mountain of Qaf.”
“God connected with a body,
in order that he might become a refuge for the whole world.”
“You have heard this: may the whole of you, hair by hair, be an ear!
It is the Water of Life: you have drunk, may it do you good!”
“In one place poison and in one place medicine,
in one place infidelity and in one place approved.”
– we are constantly trying to kill the camel, there is mercy, mercy, Mercy.
(picture, Robyn Davidson – film Tracks)