Messengers and Me: Sura Yasin Reflections (#2)
In Surah Yasin (Surah 36), there is a reference to a people who have shackles around their necks, and barriers and veils around them (vv7-9). Who are these people?
Come and Greet Your Messengers: Reading Sura Yasin 1
Surah Yasin, Chapter 36 of the Quran, after invoking the wisdom of the Quran (v.2), starts to talk about the messengers of God, first about the messengers in a broad sense (verses 3:13), and then about the story of three messengers sent to a town (14:30).
Messengers of God are a blessing, they reveal the presence of our Creator to us and lead us to a path of dignity. Isn’t it amazing that the verse emphasize the messengers are sent from Aziz and Rahim, two beautiful names of God (v.5). Rahim means the Merciful One, and Aziz comes from the same root of izzah, dignity. The prophets are sent from the source of dignity, power and mercy! In their call, we are invited to a dignified life. How so?
An Insight Into the Prayer of Jonah (Yunus) (pbuh) in the Qur’an
Then he cried out in the deep darkness: “there is no deity save Thee! Limitless are Thee in Thy glory! Verily, I have done wrong.” And so We responded unto him and delivered him from [his] distress: for this do We deliver all who have faith (Quran, 21:87:88).
The Secret of Yunus (P) Prayer according to the Quran, Yunas calls upon God in the midst of darkness. In a dark night, in the darkness of the belly of the fish, Yunus (P) was buried in a spiritual darkness of helplessness[ix]. It seemed that all creation – including the sea, the night, and the fish – was united against Yunus (P). At that point, Yunus realized that nothing in all creation could save him. There was no way, no avail, and no help from any creature. Even if the entire creation had become his servants or helpers, they would not have been able to deliver Yunus (P) from that situation [x]. Yunus (P) fully realized that only the One whose power subdues everything on earth could save him. This, Yunus (P) experienced the reality that the Sustainer is one, he is the Causer of the causes and of their effects.