Reflections Surah ‘Abasa

He frowned and turned away, when a blind man came to him-for all you know, he might have grown in spirit, or taken note of something useful to him. For the self-satisfied one, you go out of your way – though it is not your responsibility if he does not attain purity – but from one who has come to you full of eagerness and awe you are distracted. No indeed! This is a reminder – whoever wishes will remember it – inscribed in honourable scrolls, exalted, pure, by the hands of noble and virtuous scribes.



I am currently trying with Allah swt. help to memorize Surah ‘Abasa. Subhanallah it really is humbling. In the beginning of this Surah the Prophet saw. is being admonished by Allah (swt.). When speaking to some disbelieving noble men hoping to tell them the message so that they will pass it on to those that follow them, a blind Muslim man came up to learn from him, the Prophet (saw) frowned and turned away from him. Subhanallah.

How often do we do that, the Prophet saw. didn’t even say anything mean to him, that his frowning is highlighted is also astounding. Would a blind man notice if someone is frowning at him? No, he wouldn’t have noticed it. It highlights and aims to improve our adab, our mannerism when being approached by someone anyone, no matter his status in society, no matter the past of a person.

As I’m sitting here, music is blasting from the kitchen, I hear the girls screeching (they’re drunk) and laughing. I hear parts of conversations as they pass my door. With all this happening I’m catching myself shaking my head at “them” and rolling my eyes. Noticing the negative thoughts going through my head, even though I know that if they were to become Muslims all of what they did will be written as good deeds.

They can’t see my rolling my eyes at them or read my thoughts, like the blind man would not have been able to see the frowning of the Prophet saw. still he was admonished for it.

I’m going to have to learn to internalise and act on the Ayat that I learn, and read lest they become evidence against me.

…The Qur’an is either an argument for you or against you.
— The Prophet [Muslim]


From Osama aka Partytilfajr on that hadith:

“Imam Nawawi explains the Hadith by saying:

“[T]hat you will benefit from it [The Qur’an] if you recite it and act by it, otherwise it will be an argument against you.”

Iman Badawi expands on this, writing:

“This means that on the Day of Judgement, the Qur’an will be a proof or a testament against those who disobeyed Allah (swt) and did not follow the path He outlined in His Holy Book.””


Wa Salam,


About Mu610

22 year old German Muslim currently studying at Bradford University in the UK. Born in Marburg, raised in Berlin and spent 5 years in Nottingham then moving to Bradford in September '12. Is fluent in German and English and has some knowledge of French and Arabic, has an interest in learning Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and maybe Urdu for now.

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