The Spider – A Commentary on Chapter 29: Surat Al-'Ankabūt
(Selected Verses)


Whoever professes, confesses, or witnesses that there is One Creator of creation in all its diversity will also experience duality and the process of interplay between opposites. As with spiritual seekers of any age, some of the early Muslims in Mecca could not withstand the pressure exerted upon them to return to the convenience of their old habits and customs of pre-Islamic times. This chapter (sūrah) of the Qur`an, The Spider, refers to the flimsy, insecure structures upon which we tend to depend, comparable to a spider's web. The only structure which is everlasting and indestructible is based on the non-structural knowledge of God and His laws that govern physical existence.



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