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.
We began our meditations about the Quran Majid with the first Surah and we will now meditate upon the last Surah of the Quran Majid, Surah An-Nas.
Allah (SWT) begins Surah Al-Fateha by praising himself through himself. In Surah An-Nas, Allah (SWT) warns us, humankind (nas means the people).
We can immediately see the link between the first and the last Surah, the first Surah is about Allah (SWT) and the final Surah is about us, implying that the entire Quran Majid is the bridge between Allah (SWT) and us.
In this meditation, we will focus on the ways that these two Surahs are like two sides of a bridge, with the entire Quran Majid in between these two sides, in sha Allah.
Firstly, the Quran Majid is the bridge of knowledge for all time. In Surah Al-Fateha, Allah (SWT) talks about creation and the beginning of this universe and this Surah (An-Nas) was revealed to us, humankind, the final creation. Although the universe is 13.8 billion years old, we, the children of Adam (AS) have only been on this planet for 7,000 years old.
The Quran Majid shows us that we are the perfect creation and Allah (SWT) has sent us last of all. There will be no creation after us.
Therefore, by starting at the beginning in Surah Al-Fateha and ending with us, the final creation, in the final Surah of the Quran Majid, Allah (SWT) is telling us that all knowledge from the very beginning until the very end is within the 112 Surahs of the Quran Majid that are between these two Surahs (as there are 114 Surahs in the Quran Majid, 112 plus Surah Al-Fateha and Surah An-Nas equals to 114).
The reason why the Quran Majid is a bridge of knowledge is because we are people of aql, intelligence. It is our aql that separates us from the other creations and that is why Allah (SWT) has given us this book of knowledge.
Secondly, in the Quran Majid, Allah (SWT) tells us of the prophets (AS) that he has sent and the books that he has sent with them. As Surah-al-Fateha is like the beginning of the timeline of creation and Surah An-Nas is the end, Allah (SWT) is informing us again that Rasulullah (SAW) is the final prophet and the Quran Majid is the final book, whilst reconfirming that the other prophets (SAW) that have been mentioned and their books were sent by Allah (SWT), especially the Torah and the Bible, as well as the Quran Majid itself.
Thirdly, Surah An-Nas is showing us the journey of the soul. Surah Al-Fateha is a Surah about Jannat and Surah An-Nas is a Surah about this world.
In the twelfth to fourteenth ayats of Surah al-Muminun, Allah (SWT) describes our states before our soul (our ruh) enters our body and the hadith mubarak of Rasulullah (SAW) states that four months after conception, our soul is entered into our body.
Therefore, just like the Quran Majid beginning in Jannat (with Surah Al-Fateha), our soul begins in Jannat and is entered into our body on Earth, four months after conception. This is why, when we are born, we are born crying, as this cry is us realizing how different where we are is when compared to where we came from and, more importantly, how this is the domain of the Shaitan (LA) whilst Jannat is not.
Fourthly, by placing the Surah about Allah (SWT) at the beginning and placing the Surah about us at the end, Allah (SWT) is reminding us of our importance. His position is at the top, at the start, as he is the master, whilst we are his abd, his servants, which is why we are at the bottom, at the end.
However, Allah (SWT) is showing us, through the Quran Majid, the many ways that we can serve him and become closer to him.
Fifthly, in our meditation about Surah Al-Fateha, we mentioned how we ask Allah (SWT) to keep us on the siratul-mustaqeem, the straight path, the closest path to him. In Surah An-Nas, Allah (SWT) tells us of that which will take us off of this path and how we can prevent that from doing so.
Whereas Surah Al-Fateha shows us how to stay on this path, Surah An-Nas shows us how we will stray from it, telling us that in the Quran Majid, we have been given guidance of how to stay close to Allah (SWT) and, also, how to become far from him.
This is why when we complete the Quran Majid, immediately after completing the final Surah, we immediately return to the beginning and pray Surah Al-Fateha. This is so that the Shaitan (LA) and our ego cannot get in between us and the Quran Majid, as by finishing and restarting the Quran Majid immediately, there is never a gap between our recitation of the Quran Majid that the Shaitan (LA) or our ego can come into, as it is through reciting the Quran Majid that we stay close to Allah (SWT) and by abandoning it that we become far from him.
In tomorrow’s meditation, in sha Allah, we will look at the significance of each ayat within Surah An-Nas and the true meaning of each ayat and the wisdom it contains, in sha Allah.
May Allah (SWT) give us the wisdom to seek the knowledge that lies between Surah Al-Fateha and Surah An-Nas, the knowledge of all time and all places, so that we can follow the path of those who were closest to Allah (SWT) and stay away from the mistakes of those who strayed from it. May the Surahs between these Surahs bring us closer to our master, Allah (SWT). Aamin.