1430, 01 Ramadaan:
ثُمَّ قَسَت قُلوبُكُم مِن بَعدِ ذٰلِكَ فَهِىَ كَالحِجارَةِ أَو أَشَدُّ قَسوَةً ۚ وَإِنَّ مِنَ الحِجارَةِ لَما يَتَفَجَّرُ مِنهُ الأَنهٰرُ ۚ وَإِنَّ مِنها لَما يَشَّقَّقُ فَيَخرُجُ مِنهُ الماءُ ۚ وَإِنَّ مِنها لَما يَهبِطُ مِن خَشيَةِ اللَّهِ ۗ وَمَا اللَّهُ بِغٰفِلٍ عَمّا تَعمَلونَ
And yet, after all this, your hearts hardened and became like rocks, or even harder: for, behold, there are rocks from which streams gush forth; and, behold, there are some from which, when they are cleft, water issues; and, behold, there are some that fall down for awe of God. And God is not unmindful of what you do!
This is my favorite verse from the first juz, of the Quran, Sura Al-Baqarah. It is a beautiful verse to recite in tajweed; it is one of the most pictorial verses of the Qur’an; and one with many shades of meaning. It informs of the true meaning of soft-heartedness and is meant to ashame us out of our own ‘conventional’ hard-heartedness.
Actually the verse is in the context of Judaic history but, as is the case with most Quranic injunctions, it is applicable and can serve as an impetus to all of us.
I have wondered in the last post of mine how ready we are to receive Ramadaan in its true spirit. We have accumulated so many plaques of filth upon our hearts through our indulgence in pleasure throughout the year, through laughing for transient immaterial pleasures, by listening to music, and by staying away from the Quran, the true spring-source of our faith.
Can we really claim our hearts are soft?
Stones are softer! This verse exemplifies. There are rocks from which streams spring forth! There are rocks underground containing tons of water! And stones with the slightest trepidation fall humbly from lofty heights and are prostrated the very next second flat on earth.
What is the spiritual meaning of falling stones and soft water-carrying rocks? It is receiving influence and being moved. Even a stone takes influences and is moved when reminded of the Powerful Source of this universe. But we? we have an army of accompaniments, TV, music, mobiles, chat, mags, shopping, thrillers, dollars, etc, to preserve our hearts in the hardened states….
Think about it.