During this blessed month of Shahru Ramadan, we will meditate upon various Surahs of the Quran Majid, so that we can become closer to our holy book, during its month of revelation.
In our previous meditation we mentioned the three pains that exist in Islam, physical, mental and the pain from the love of Allah (SWT) and being so distant from him.
Yusuf (AS) experienced all three of these pains when he was thrown into the well. Yusuf (AS) felt physical pain as he landed on his knees and had hurt them. Yusuf (AS) felt mental pain as he felt betrayed by his brothers and could not believe that the sons of a Nabi (Yaqub (AS)) could perform such an act. Finally, Yusuf (AS) felt the pain from the love of Allah (SWT) as he was so distant from him at the time.
Throughout the night, Yusuf (AS) suffered all three of these pains. In the dawn, at fajr, however, Jibraeel (AS) came to Yusuf (AS), in the well.
Jibraeel (AS) told Yusuf (AS) that he can make any dua to Allah (SWT) and Allah (SWT) would accept it. Yusuf (AS) showed humility and told Jibraeel (AS) to say a dua and that he would say Aamin after the dua.
This humbleness and humility pleased Allah (SWT) who made Yusuf’s (AS) heart shine like a sun and this fajr was a sunrise in the heart of Yusuf (AS). Yusuf’s (AS) physical pain in his knees were healed and the mental pain of betrayal was healed as well.
Only one pain remained, the pain of being far from Allah (SWT). Jibraeel (AS) guided Yusuf (AS) to the presence of Allah (SWT) through their mind, not physically. When they reached Allah’s (SWT) divinely presence, Allah (SWT) told Yusuf (AS) to make a dua.
This time, however, Yusuf (AS) said that he would make a dua and that Jibraeel (AS) should say Aamin. Yusuf (AS) prayed ‘Oh Allah (SWT) take away all kinds of heaviness and sickness and darkness of the duniya from the people who were living at the time. Take this away from the people who are coming after me, as well.’
In response to this dua, Allah (SWT) made it so that we have this cure at daybreak. As we mentioned in our previous meditation, we are furthest from Allah (SWT) at night and, subsequently, Shaitan (LA) is closest to us. Therefore, with daybreak, when we begin to remember Allah (SWT) again, the Shaitan (LA) retreats and our cure is received as we are once against protected from the evil of Iblees (LA).
This is why Allah (SWT) tell us: Qul auzo birabil falaq (Say, seek protection in the Lord of the daybreak).
The first aya of Surah Al-Falaq begins with Qul as Allah (SWT) is telling Rasulullah (SAW) to tell us to seek this refuge, as opposed to us just taking refuge our self. In order to get closer to Allah (SWT), we need to take the wasilo of Rasulullah (SAW) to guide us towards Allah (SWT), just as Yusuf (AS) asked Jibraeel (AS) to guide him towards Allah (SWT) and Rasulullah (SAW) also did the same on his mehraj.
When Allah (SWT) mentions the terms daybreak, there are many meanings of this term. In sha Allah, we will now meditate on a few of them.
Daybreak is when the Sun begins to enter into the dark night. The dark night is the darkness of the Self, that has caused us to be vain from the teachings of Allah (SWT), his oceans of power and the protections that are held in the names of Allah (SWT).
As we become more aware of these, it is as if the Sun within us is rising and we remove this vanity, this dark sky, away from us.
Al-falaq is also related to the term Al-kalk, which means the creation. The Lord who created had created many great treasures that were hidden. When Allah (SWT) wanted it to appear, it appeared (hidden in the oceans of knowledge but made clear by his ishara). With the light of creation, that which was hidden now began to be known and to appear.
With this, we can draw the analogy of a tree. During the Autumn, it loses its leaves, and, in the Spring, they reappear. This is known as Muflook (appeared) as they were not but now they are. Just as the trees have leaves, they also have fruit, which can ultimately be shared with others.
When there is daybreak in ourselves, the light that emanates from us also guides and helps others. We saw from the blessed dua of Yusuf (AS) that we are reaping the fruits of his dua at daybreak.
What are we reaping our benefits from? Al-fitra (the heaviness of the heart). Just as Yusuf (AS) had a heavy heart in the night, at dawn his heart was light again as Allah (SWT) had cured the pains that caused this. How often have we gone to sleep upset or with our mind unsettled and awoke to find it at peace again? How many times have we experienced the power of al-falaq removing al-fitra from within us?
In sha Allah, in tomorrow’s meditation we will examine the next ayats in Surah al-Falaq.
May Allah (SWT), with the wasilo of Yusuf (AS) and Rasulullah (SAW), ease our physical pain, mental pain and the pain caused by being so far from Allah (SWT) at the daybreak, when the darkness of the self is removed by the light of understand Allah (SWT) and may this light cause others to also benefit from this. May each daybreak remove the heaviness of our heart and may we live our lives free from the pains and heaviness that may, ultimately, take us further from Allah (SWT) and, consequently, closer to the Shaitan (LA). Aamin.