The Jinn – A Commentary on Chapter 72: Surat Al-Jinn
(Selected Verses)


The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, did not read or write in the way we do. He read what was written from before Adam: the book, kitab, which was written at the time of creation. It came in different forms, in bits and pieces, which have reached us through the different prophets until this last one. He had direct access to the book of the creational reality the story of creation and the reality behind it. What Allah has done is the book. One's access to it is through the heart, but the heart must be pure. What is written is written in every heart. The reason it is not evident is because of the tarnish and clutter which surrounds it, the attachment which obscures and closes the heart. The word for heart in Arabic is qalb, from the verb qalaba, to turn. The heart is purified by turning away from this clutter of attachments and turning to Allah.

The wife of the Prophet, Sayyidna 'Aisha, was asked to explain what the Prophet was like. She replied, 'He was the Qur`an on two legs,' (or, 'He was Qur`an walking') meaning that the Qur`an was clear in his actions. So we must tackle the Qur`an from that point of view, as an encoded transmission, cellular, living.

Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

  • Surat Al-Jinn [First 13 Verses. From the Nuradeen magazine, Vol. 1 No. 6, Nov/Dec 1981]



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