Posted by: mjaga | January 8, 2012

The Shadows

Qur’aanic Verses 25:45 & 25:46:




45. Alam tara ila rabbika kayfa madda alththilla walaw shaa lajaAAalahu sakinan thumma jaAAalna alshshamsa AAalayhi daleelan

46. Thumma qabadnahu ilayna qabdan yaseeran


45. Have you not observed how your Lord stretches the shadow? Had He pleased, He could have made it stationary. And We made the sun a guide over it.

46. Then We withdraw it (shadow) to Us, an easy withdrawal.9

Study Note:

9. Reference in these two Verses 45 and 46 is obviously to the lengthening of the shadows in the evenings and their gradual contraction in the mornings. And the fact that this natural phenomenon is absolutely essential is accentuated by the remark that Allah could, if He so willed, make the shadows stationary. No life would have been possible on the earth in that case! In the metaphorical sense, moreover, like the sun guiding the shadows on earth, Allah Almighty is closely monitoring the trials & tribulations (shadows) in human life and can easily withdraw these. A human being has just to abide by the divine law and put his/her trust in Allah.

 The above is an extract from Qur’aanic Studies Manzil IV, which will soon, inshaAllah, be published on Amazon Kindle. Manzil IMabzil II & Manzil III of the series are already published.

Mohammad Shafi


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