Politics and Qur'an Reading
I will no longer watch the news or CNN...not until Shrub is gone. I was so sad yesterday and still am today. I feel like we are doomed here. Iran will be next and then they'll reinstate the draft...they'll need to for Iran. They are trying to fill prophecies and fast. I have much much much more to say on the subject but I'm not going to. I'll think of more positive things...like the Qur'an.
I read a few surah's last night and these ayah really struck me:
Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth. The similitude of His light is as a niche wherein is a lamp. The lamp is in a glass. The glass is as it were a shining star, lit from a blessed tree, the olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil grows forth (of itself), though fire did not touch it, light upon light. Allah guides unto His light whomsoever He wills; and Allah sets forth the parables for people. Allah is aware of all things. (24:35)
This has always been a favorite verse as it is for a lot of converts...
Do you not see that all those who are in the heavens and the earth, and the birds with their wings outspread (in their flight) celebrate the glory of Allah? Each one knows its own (mode of) prayer and praise. Allah knows whatever they do. (24:41)
OMG...i just read it over and over. Last weekend driving outside the city I had seen a hawk or golden eagle...couldn't quite tell but the wingspan was so wide. I just kept looking up at it and seeing it soar above. This image and this verse are forever linked. No wonder i was in awe...the hawk was doing its "prayer" or celebration of Allah.
Last night i read surahs 21-27. I have a few new favorites. The first and last surah of the Qur'an are all time favorites, but Al Muminun (The Believers) and An Nur (The Light) are right up there. It's funny that when you read the Qur'an at different times how it strikes you different. That is the beauty of this miracle...its ephemeral and for all time.