Monday, April 6, 2009

Ya Seen: My questions on this surah (Part 1)

As you all know, I got my Qur'an translation. I read the introduction, as I said I would, and I read a random part of it in the middle. I fell on Surah Ya Seen, and read it. I quite enjoyed it! I enjoyed the translation itself, worded so much more eloquently than the other I had (which contained English errors of all sorts). I just want to go over it, all of it, and ask any questions I might have over things I don't understand. I'm feeling closer and closer to the Qur'an, and I know it will be impossible to get through it all, answering ALL of my questions, but I want to try to get everything out on this one surah, with a chance that I get everything satisfactorarily answered.

Get your Qur'ans (physical ones will be more handy since I will not be posting whole ayahs, just referring to them), Islamic knowledge, and your personal views out and ready!

36:1 - Starts with Ya Seen. Not sure anyone in the world really knows what the initials are there for, but if you have any ideas, please go for it! (I don't really want to hear "Code 19" though, I think it's crap. lol)

36:6 - There are people whose forefathers have not received any warning. Isn't there another part in the Qur'an that says that there has been a prophet sent down to every nation? Or is this *after* Muhammad, who is getting, with time, the message and warning out to all nations?

36:10 - If it is the same to warn or not to warn... Why warn at all? Lots of verses about Allah sealing their hearts, making them blind, etc. It makes me have trouble understanding the concept of free will. It seems like you only end up getting what Allah wants you to have. Why would Allah will you to stay blind and deaf to his message?

I will just start with that for now because I wanted to post another short thing before going to bed. More to come.

9 Comentários:

khany said...


some commentators have opined that (036:001) 'ya sin' is short for 'ya insaan' (o man). other believe it is short for 'ya sayyid' (o man of dignity) addressing the prophet (peace be upon him).

there are two other comments regarding these alphabets that give some perspective:
at the time of the qur'anic revelation the use of such letters was a well-known literary device, used by both poets and orators, and we find several instances in the pre-islamic arabic literature that has come down to us.

there are twenty-nine surahs that begin with such letters. almost all of these surahs speak explicitly of the nobility of the quran in the following one or two verses {surahs 2, 3, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 26, 27, 28, (29 and 30 begin with letters but do not follow this pattern), 31, 32, 36, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 50, (68 is another exception)}

some commentators believe that this juxtaposition is to emphasize the fact that the quran is composed of the same alphabet from which ordinary speech is derived and yet the ascendency of the quran. it highlights the challenge of the quran to humanity to compose verse of the same caliber.

according to some traditions the individual letters at the beginning of the surahs are among those things whose knowledge god has kept only for himself. surely, god knows the true meaning of the alphabets.

khany said...

(036:006) - according to one commentator another translation can be: "You should warn the people of the same of which their forefathers had been warned, because they live in heedlessness."

if the first meaning, given by abdullah yusuf ali, is taken, the forefathers would imply the forefathers of the immediate past, for in the ancient time several prophets had appeared in arabia. the second meaning commands the prophet to revive and refresh the message that had been conveyed to the forefathers of this nation by the prophets in the past, for these people have forgotten it.

khany said...

(036:010) - the verse is not implying that it is futile to preach. for exampke, god commanded prophets moses and aaron (peace be upon them) to preach even to the pharoah:
"Go, both of you, to Pharaoh, for he has indeed transgressed all bounds;
"But speak to him mildly; perchance he may take warning or fear (Allah)."

(036:010) is instructing one on the attitude one should adopt regarding those who reject the truth after the message has been delivered to them. god says:
But wouldst thou, perhaps, torment thyself to death with grief over them if they are not willing to believe in this message?

For Allah leaves to stray whom He wills, and guides whom He wills. So let not your soul waste away in grief for them: for Allah knows well all that they do!

in deed, the prophets have no knowledge of nor control over the future and in particular they do not know who will receive admonition.
Surely you cannot guide whom you love, but Allah guides whom He pleases, and He knows best the followers of the right way.

(036:010) - all qur'anic references to god's "letting man go astray" must be understood against the background of verses (002:026-027) - "none does He cause to go astray save the iniquitous, who break their bond with God".

the "bond with god" mentioned above refers to man's moral obligation to use his intellectual and physical gifts in the way intended by god.

god forsakes only him whom he knows will consciously choose to deny the truth and will persevere in his denial. and he bestows his favor on him whom he knows will choose faith. thus god makes the issue dependent man's free choice rather than a matter compulsion which is consistent with god's just nature.

Candice said...

Thank you so much for that, Khany. I will re-read and think about it some more tonight when I have more free time.

Muslim Kid said...

Yea just to add to the point that some letters are only understood by Allah(SWT) and that there are just in the Quran. Ya-sin is one of them.
We dont know what it means but its a part of the Quran. Same with Alif-Lam-Meem.

So one might wonder, why not just skip over it, it has no meaning, its pretty useless, huh?

I asked my Shaykh a question yet he ended up answering a different question. He said, "But for every letter you read in the Quran, you recieve 10 good deeds. So for Ya-Sin, we dont know what it means but we get good deeds for reading it"

Hope that gives you a better understanding.

Thanks for your comment :D. I think you are right about what you said but I have a great passion for writing.

Also. If you think about society, books like Anne Frank, they became famous because they were First account books of life in the post-Holocaust world for a Jew.

Similarly I think a first hand account of a book from a young Muslim American living in the post-9/11 world could have a chance to at least stir up the world a little bit.

Hope you comment regularly :D.

-The Muslim Kid

Candice said...

I'm not a big fan of counting deeds like that, but I kinda see what you mean. I mostly will see it as... it being a positive thing to comtemplate the meaning of the Qur'an. And being rewarded for our efforts to seek the truth.

I will definitely be reading your blog. I will request access to your book blog soon!

Ahmed said...

"Ya seen" is one of the prophet named and this is 100%

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Candice said...

Thanks, Anon! Much has happened since this post but I think it went back downhill with me running out of things to say and having some personal troubles. But thanks for the encouraging comment!

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