Ramadhan 2014 Quran Reading: Day 2: 30th June – Ch 58

This chapter brackets Ch 57 and 59, both of which talk about tasbeeh. Ch 58 doesn’t mention tasbeeh but rather starts about the one who makes a plea to Allah because she is oppressed. This shows that freeing people from oppression is a major part of the islamic project and that tasbeeh (working harmoniously with the universe) is what brings this liberation.

Once again, Allah and His messenger are mentioned and those who oppress the above are said to be limiting Allah and his messenger. This shows the system of islam is one which frees people from oppression.

Next, those who have believed in this philosophy are told to perform certain acts (private consultation, make spaces etc). These are all steps necessary to remove oppression.

Towards the end of the chapter, the parties of Allah and shaitaan are mentioned. These two parties (hizb) shows the confrontational nature of truth and falsehood (thanks to Qamar for pointing this out).

This chapter ends powerfully with Vs 21-22 which talks about Allah and His messengers being uppermost. This refers to the system of peace which removes oppression from people will become victorious over those who seek to oppress. It is impossible to love such people (who are referred to in the beginning of this chapter).

Ramadhan 2014 Quran Reading: Day 1: 29th June – Ch 57

This chapter begins the ‘Tasbeeh Block’ , a block of chapters which start or at least bracket other chapters with the concept of tasbeeh. This block (Chapters 57-64) are like a summation of Ch 2-5, which are some of the largest chapters that detail the system of peace and justice. In other words, a means whereby humankind may reach its ideal state.

Ch 57 begins with the tasbeeh, the concept of being in harmony with the universe. This condition is for Allah and invokes His names. He is utterly penetrating the very fabric of the universe. His reality is to be vivified in order for us to live fruitfully.

It then moves on to the concept of Allah and His messenger. The messenger is a means of us vivifying the message. He is the personification of Quran. The believers generate the messenger between them.

There is a very inspiring message for us in Vs 16 that the time has come for us to move towards establishing peace and justice in our selves and society. This is described as a light.

At almost the end of the chapter, a few personalities are mentioned, all of whom are relevant to the beginning of the chapter. Nuh and Ibrahim are mentioned after the role of the messengers(Vs 25) and Isa is mentioned with his unique system of injeel in Vs 27.

The final two verses (57/28-29) is a call. It is for those who have believed in the tasbeeh and the first steps they need to take to live in that light. The steps is to be preservant (to be aware of one’s self preservation) and to believe/be secure with the messenger. The end of the chapter mentions Allah as possessor of ‘fadhl’ (being preferred), something all human beings seek.