Prostration is the placement of the body in a reverentially or submissively prone position as a gesture. Typically prostration is distinguished from the lesser acts of bowing or kneeling by involving a part of the body above the knee touching the ground, especially the hands.
Surat An-Nur or Light in Arabic is the 24th surah of the Qur’an. The Medinan surah contains 64 verses. It’s located in the Juz’ number 18 of the Holy Qur’an. Surat An-Nur was revealed shortly before or after the Battle of the Trench in 5 AH.
Surat An-Naml is the 27th surah of the Holy Qur’an with 93 verses. The surah’s name is derived from the ants whose conversations were understood by Prophet Solomon.
Imagine ourselves being caged or imprisoned for lifetime. Though even in jail, one is given the basic amenities yet one gets shriveled before age, one loses his originality of being the person who he is. Even staying in a dark room for a while leaves us terrified ….feeling of claustrophobia. There’s a strange and a …
The pomegranate has been mentioned in the Qur’an in three places. Intestinal bacteria transform a molecule contained in the fruit with spectacular results.
In modern times we have become accustomed to living on our own as if God didn’t exist. Many people feel that religion is no longer relevant, and that ancient books of religious teachings have been replaced by modern books of science and progressive thinking.
Now what is really cool about this Surah in particular is we really appreciate the power of the Qur’an discourse if you appreciate how it is organized. Take some observations about how the Surah is organized. This is a fairly long Surah, and what you will notice is that at the end there is a replica.
In the first two stories, the contrast was between under-estimating the youth, in the story of the People of the Cave, and over-estimating the wealth in the case of one of the two gardeners. In the two stories in the second half of the Surah, Allah teaches us something else…
Think of it: If Yusuf was not in prison, and he did not meet those two prisoners, then a drought would have happened, regardless, but there would not have been someone to give the suggestion that Yusuf gave…