Commentary of Surat ul Balad — Clip 1 of 5

Commentary of Surat ul Balad -- Clip 1 of 5
Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

Since the beginning of life there have been 2 main quests.

What is this existence about? And who is behind it or what is the purpose of this life? Do not be confused by the statement, “Be and it is”.

This is what Allah is capable of as He is not subject to time and space. The universe and all the matter that comprises it was created from something that was non-sentient.

We as human beings, on the other hand, are subject to time and space and must go through the preparation phase before something can materialise.

So, accept the process of evolution and change - that the consciousness of a child must go through stages, first understanding, then maturity, and hopefully awakening to the truth that there is none other than One.

When you submit to this, then there is Joy.

Before creation there was no distance, no dispersion.

Even now, there is total and utter unity but within it there is an illusion of plurality, duality and multitudinous.

And all of this is to return us to the age-old questions:

`- Why am I suffering?

- What is it that I want?

- What will give me happiness?

- Why won’t nothing in terms of quantity bring me joy?

- How do I be a part of this world and not be crushed by it?

The advent of the Prophet Ibrahim was a big event (especially if you look at it in context of the pre-Abrahamic history shared in this clip) in that he came with the message of Tawhid (Oneness) that all action, thought and all that is in existence originates from the One.

This was the effulgence of the Abrahamic tradition, followed by many patriarchs after this, culminating with Moses. All of the Prophets came with the message of Oneness.

The words of God are a reflection of Haq (Truth). This revealed knowledge began with the Meccan Surahs, which deal with the quest of human life and address the general human being (Naas).

The later Surahs, those revealed in Madina, deal with the religious traditions and what rituals that comprise being a Muslim. These actions are transformative if done correctly.