Reflection on Surah Yunus
Allah ﷻ says in Surah Yunus:
Say “It is the grace and mercy of Allah, so let the people rejoice over it, for it is better than (the worldly riches) they are collecting.” (Al Qur’an; Chapter 10: Verses 58)
So, what is the grace and mercy of Allah?
It is the Qur’an. In the previous verse, Allah ﷻ informs mankind about the instructions He ﷻ has sent down as a healing for what is in the breasts, along with being a guidance and mercy for the believers. Instructions are given for teaching and guiding, from our greatest well-wisher, Allah ﷻ Himself. He ﷻ warns people about the actions that cause His ﷻ displeasure and bring about punishment, in this world and/or hereafter. At the same time, Allah ﷻ mentions the do’s and the correct path to follow towards seeking the pleasure of Him ﷻ alone. This can only be attained if one’s actions are righteous.
The Qur’an is like medicine, but if the medicine is kept in a high, out-of-reach shelf when you are sick, how can you benefit from it? The Qur’an should be kept in close proximity, in the physical and spiritual sense, and not something we turn towards occasionally. As I sit and write this, my eyes keep drifting away towards the dead roses in a vase in front of me. It reminds me of my heart before I began my journey to the Qur’an. The roses were bright red, and today they are a dark almost black in color, exactly how darkness had engulfed my heart before I discovered the healing power of the Qur’an.
The Qur’an guides and removes people from darkness into light, from ignorance into knowledge, from shirk into tawhid.
Through history, we learn about how the conversion of Umar (RA) greatly strengthened Islam. He (RA) was a man who once was in darkness, yet when the light of the Qur’an shun upon him, Muslims no longer had to live in fear. Umar (RA) recognized the truth and was determined to announce his faith to the Prophet’s ﷺ enemies. This is the impact of the Qur’an.
Umar (RA) is a great example of how one should rejoice when granted this greatest blessing. So how can we learn from his example?
Firstly, the blessings should be identified through recognition. Simply being grateful for them will cause reward from Allah ﷻ.
Secondly, we must make sure to practically implement all the commands of Allah ﷻ and not just know them all while keeping the intention pure for the sake of Allah ﷻ alone.
Lastly, asking Allah ﷻ to grant us opportunities for khayr (good) along with increasing us in beneficial knowledge.
After all, being grateful for our blessings is a means of not only preserving but also increasing them. In Surah Ibrahim, Allah ﷻ says:
And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favour]…
(Al Qur’an; Chapter 14: Verses 7)
May Allah ﷻ allow us to always recognize our blessings, for that is a blessing in itself.