Human Miseries and Its Descriptions and Prescriptions From The Qur'an
Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri
This Discourse (a Jum`ah Talk) briefly draws on the other major themes in the series of Descriptions and Prescriptions From The Qur'an. The emphasis of this talk is on the nature and meaning of suffering.
Regarding the Qur'anic expression and prophetic indications the talks navigate from the Creational Metaphor of the Garden, to the arise of discernment and perception of otherness and dualities.
Tracing the evolutionary arc of human consciousness and its relation to the phenomena of suffering.
Interlacing these descriptions with reflections of the meaning and purpose of the emergence of these events and ultimately the purpose of life.
The discourse presents the issue of the drive for permanency in the face of ever-changing nature of experiences and events and experiences as the pivot to which the experience of suffering and the intrinsic design towards constancy coalesce.
Various important descriptive elements echoed in the Qur'anic revelations: accountability, the illusory nature of the changing self, the innate capacity of the divine qualities is coupled with the prescriptive elements in reflecting the modes of interaction with levels of suffering that belong to the plane of the self.
The necessity of sensitivity to the interconnections and collapses on the various levels of life, and the issue of collective responsibility is given emphasis.