Tafseer : Sura Al- Hadeed (Iron) Verse 20. Prepared by: Mona Salem Halaqa date: june 11, 2013 Sources: Tafseer Ibn Katheer Spoken interpretation of noman ali khan Written interpretation of Yasir qadhi. Quranic verse: Suratul hadeed – verse #20.
Prepared by: Mona Salem
Halaqa date: june 11, 2013
Spoken interpretation of
Written interpretation of Yasirqadhi
“Know that the life of this world is only play, amusement, beautification, and boasting among you, and rivalry with respect to wealth and children.
It is like a rain, the growth of which is pleasing to the grower; afterwards, it dries up and you see it turning yellow; then it becomes straw.
But in the Hereafter, there is severe torment, and there is forgiveness and pleasure from Allah.
And the life of this world is only a deceiving enjoyment.”
1st stage of life – we are children – we love to play! Games, toys, it is all a part of development and learning to speak, walk, and live as humans. So it is a time for play.
2nd stage of life – we are a bit older and want to be amused and entertained. We talk to our parents, other kids, watch shows on TV, music, video games; we want to be entertained and amused. At this age, we want to keep the kids amused so they don’t misbehave.
3rd stage of life – beautification. We are teenagers transitioning to adulthood. Suddenly we are concerned with our looks – how we project to others, if we’re attractive or not. We like to obsess with how things look – our rooms, our clothes, where we’re seen. It all becomes about appearances.
4th stage of life – adulthood. Now we care a little less about our appearances and instead become occupied with the business of earning. Gathering wealth. Saving for retirement. Buying a house and a car. Both men and women are focused on this – and perhaps women then become concerned about their fertility and start focus on having babies. Baby showers. Birthdays. It is not enough to gather and accumulate these things, then we need to be boasting and showing off about it. Our wealth, our accomplishments, and even those of our children are all for “keeping up with the Joneses”.
But then Allah (SWT) reminds us all this is temporary. He (SWT) gives us a metaphor of crops upon which rain falls. They start out green and fresh, and the farmer is so happy with them. But sooner or later they yellow and die and become dry, useless straw.
That is a metaphor for the life of the human being – and also a wider metaphor for the life of this world. It is fleeting – it starts out strong and then the environment degrades until it will ultimately be destroyed by Allah (SWT).
Another verse in which Allah (SWT) more directly alludes to the life of the human being:
“ Allah is He Who created you in a state of weakness, then gave you strength after weakness, then after strength gave you weakness and grey hair. He creates what He wills. And He is the All-Knowing, the All-Powerful.”
Suratur Rum (Rome), verse 54.
Allah (SWT) then reminds us that the Hereafter is different from this life. It is not about playing, amusing, beautifying and competing. Instead it contains: