Friday Focus|Ya-Seen: the heart of Quran

Ya-Seen, the 36th chapter of Quran is often talked of and believed to be the heart of Quran. Indeed, it expounds the crux of the message. The faithful recite it in distress, with the firm belief that it eases pain and suffering. At the very outset, it is enshrined that Quran is the word of wisdom:

‘’By the wise Quran” (36:2)

In the Quranic idiom, it is mentioned as Al-Quran-ul-Hakim. The root word is ‘Hikma’ which means wisdom. The practitioner of the wisdom is ‘Hakim’. The word of Quran, every word of it, properly understood, puts one into the practice of exercising wisdom in word and deed.

In the following verses, it is enshrined that Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is one of the messengers on a straight path:

‘’You are one of the messengers, on a straight path, the revelation of the Almighty, the merciful, to warn a people whose ancestors were not warned, and so they are unaware. The Word was realized against most of them, so they do not believe ’’ (36: 3, 4, 5, 6 &7)

The Quran which is full of wisdom is a testimony that Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is the messenger. In his word and deed, Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) remained a true practitioner of Al-Quran-ul-Hakim, to the extent of being named Quran-e-Natek: the moving Quran or the Quran in oration.

Ya-Seen further testifies that Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is on a straight path, with the revelation of the Almighty Allah (SwT). As the message in Quran is reflected upon, it becomes clear that it is the ‘Word of Divine’ meant for nourishing the human mind.

The revelation was meant to warn a people, whose ancestors were not warned about the destructive results of their erroneous ways, hence they remained unawares. And, once they were made aware, they remained disinclined to believe, since it invited them to a path, which was different to the one followed by their ancestors. It is an accepted fact that people hardened in practices of older times are initially reluctant to accept the truth, as it clashes with tradition. As happened with prophets of yore, Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) remained face to face with skepticism in initial days of the advent of Islam. Eventually, truth triumphed.