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Quranic Reflections – Pondering over the Last Verses of Surah Yaseen

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These verses of the Quran were revealed at the time when non-believers of Makkah asked the Holy Prophet that how could they become alive after they die. In these verses, Allah asks these people how they came into being for the first time. Allah mentions that it is not difficult for Him to do such things and that He is omnipotent, powerful and supreme and none can equal Him. He is the master who gives orders and commands that are to be fulfilled.

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Revelation of Surah Yaseen Last Verses

In Makkah, addressing to the Holy Prophet, the chiefs of the disbelievers of Makkah were constantly carrying out campaigns of vilification against the prophet (s). However, they knew in their hearts and acknowledged in their private assemblies that the charges they brought against him were absolutely baseless. In order to create suspicions against him in the minds of the people, they branded him a poet, sorcerer, magician, madman, etc. But their consciences recognized, and they also acknowledged before one another, that whatever they were uttering Was false, which they were forging only to frustrate the prophet’s mission. That is why Allah says to His Prophet earlier in this Surah: “Do not grieve at their absurd and meaningless talk.”

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Arguments of People of Makkah Against the Prophet and Allah’s Response

According to the traditions related by Ibn ‘Abbas, Qatadah and Said bin Jubair, one of the chiefs of Makkah, on this occasion, came up with a rotten bone of a dead person, from the graveyard. He broke and crushed it into pieces before the Holy Prophet and scattering its particles in the air, said.-“O Muhammad, you say that the dead will be raised back to life. Tell us who will give life to these decayed and rotten bones?” The answer was given immediately in the form of these verses.

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Translation (Interpretation of the meaning) of Surah Yaseen

77. Does not man see that We have created him from Nutfah (mixed male and female sexual discharge – semen drops). Yet behold he (stands forth) as an open opponent.
78. And he puts forth for Us a parable, and forgets his own creation. He says: “Who will give life to these bones after they are rotten and have become dust?”
79. Say: (O Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) “He will give life to them Who created them for the first time! And He is the All-Knower of every creation!”
80. He Who produces for you fire out of the green tree, when behold you kindle therewith.
81. Is not He Who created the heavens and the earth, Able to create the like of them? Yes, indeed! He is the All-Knowing Supreme Creator.
82. Verily, His Command, when He intends a thing, is only that He says to it, “Be!” – and it is!
83. So glorified be He and exalted above all that they associate with Him, and in Whose Hands is the dominion of all things: and to Him you shall be returned.

Quran (Surah Yaseen, Verses 79 – 83)

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Reflections from the above verses of Surah Yaseen

  • In these verses Allah (SWT) chides those who in their insolence doubt the concept of resurrection on the Day of Judgment.
  • The verses exhort us to ponder upon our own creation and what we are created from. If we do it we would be in awe of our Creator instead of daring to oppose The Almighty or doubting His Word, The Quran.
  • People commit the foolish blunder of using their own limited intelligence to draw conclusions about what can happen (and what can’t) to oneself after death. Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) urges us to realize that He The All- Powerful is capable of bringing back to life a body that rots and becomes dust after death – just the way He created life and the body when it didn’t even exist.
  • Allah reminds us that these people came to life while at one time they did not exist. Thus, the all-powerful is capable of bringing them back to life after their death. He knows how to create for the first time and to recreate again.
  • The verses give an example of the green tree drying up and being used as firewood. Allah (SWT) gives this one example to highlight one of his infinite powers that many times we don’t pay attention to or take for granted.
  • Since we can never comprehend how the heavens and earth and all the creation came about, it rightly follows that we believe and trust the All-Knowing Supreme Creator Who just has to say “Be!” and whatever He intends takes form.
  • Allah speaks to us through the Quran in a manner that is suitable to our understanding. He asks a question to make us reflect and then answers it to clear any doubt any one might have.
  • If influenced by Satan, some people adopt a defiant attitude. Instead, they should realize that they possess the abilities bestowed by Allah to observe and think. Allah urges us to use these abilities to acknowledge the Supremacy of The Lord of the worlds to Whom we eventually will return.

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Surah Yaseen in Full

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Reference: Tafsir of Ibn Kathir and Abul Ala Maududi

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11 comments… add one
  • in clear terms Allah is challenging us to reflect over things but unfortunetely only few people could do that

  • f yasini

    masha Allah, Allah Akbar

  • ADEYINKA AKEEM SULEMAN

    When Allah intends a thing, He commands Kunfayakun.

    ”Is not He Who created the heavens and the earth, Able to create the like of them? Yes, indeed! He is the All-Knowing Supreme Creator”.
    ”Verily, His Command, when He intends a thing, is only that He says to it, “Be!” – and it is”!
    ”So glorified be He and exalted above all that they associate with Him, and in Whose Hands is the dominion of all things: and to Him you shall be returned”.
    Which of the favours of Allah do we deny?
    May Allah (SWT) continue to guide us on the part of ‘idina siratal mustaqim’.

  • zainab

    May The Almighty Allah guide us to d right path. Amin

  • muyeenuddin siddiqi

    Allah has the unquestionable absolute power to create anything (which did not exist before) within a fraction of a second as evident from the phrase “kun fayakun” mentioned in the ayat mentioned here.
    But it is also that Allah did not create this earth within a moment. He took much time from starting the action of creation till it’s final shape as we find to-day.
    Allah knows the best why He did not create the earth momentarily inspite of fact He is capable of creating anything whatever He wishes.
    Glory to Lord, Who is only sustainer of us & Merciful to His creation
    “Wa salamun alal mursaleen “

  • Twariq Said

    Ya Allâh make our hearts firm in Your deen & make them obedience to You ameen….

    jazaakallaahu khayran for such a powerful article.

  • Asalamu alaiku! Allah is the most gracious and the most merciful. There is non coequal or comparable unto Him. He is the most powerful and the most knowledgeable. He is the creator of the heaven and the earth including everything in it. All praises belong to Allah alone . May Allah forgive us and increased our understanding of the Qur’an and guide us continuously to the straight path. Ameen

  • Mariam Goodur

    The surah is very informative and give us food for thought. InSha Allah, I’ll forward the information to others. Jazak Allah

  • We have nothing to disbelieve of the miracles of Allah on his creation and Allah only can save us against our bad deeds we did during our life. Let us try to be truthful for few days till depart from here and obey all Allah’s order with positively. InSha Allah we will meet his goal. Allah Amin

  • Shabbir Hussain Arif

    Subhanallah Allah Swt is omnipotent. Yes we all Will be made alive on the day of judgment after death. Surah Yasin is very relevant to mankind in today’s world to believe in here after life that we shall be judged on the day of judgment for all our deeds. So have Taqwa fear of akhirat

  • Yes, Sure, a great lesson for mankind to think and ponder about! Many evils of this temporary worldly life may be vanished if we understand this concept of life after death. Many looters, cheaters and mischief people would not do their bad deeds if they remember this lesson!

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