ON THE QUR`AN
Chapter 36: Surat Yā Sīn
The Heart of the Qur`an
the name of Allah,
the Beneficent, the Merciful
By the wise Qur`an.
Yā Sīn is one
of the names given to the Prophet Muhammad. It is also a
shortened form of Yā insān which means
sūrah (chapter) might also be addressed to the people of
Antioch to whom the Prophet Jesus ('Isā) sent apostles.
The term, the people of Yā Sīn signifies the Prophet's
family (Ahl al-Bayt). This chapter begins by calling upon
those among mankind who want to know, who want
to follow the Prophet and connect directly with the prophetic
Surely you are
one of the messengers,
This verse is
addressed to the Prophet Muhammad. The message of the messengers
is the message of unity (tawhīd). The source of
the message is One, though the messengers sent from that Source
have been many,
Muhammad are one of the messengers'.
Since the Prophet Muhammad is the last of the messengers, he
obviously encompasses all the previous messages. Regarding this
the Qur`an says:
'We do not
abrogate a sign or cause it to be forgotten without bringing one
better than it or! like it' (2:106).
Even as normal,
experiencing human beings, each time we have a new experience it
should be better, subtler and more all-encompassing than the
previous one. It is as though we are traveling in an
evolutionary movement forward in time, but no in the Darwinian
sense. We have not, biologically speaking, risen from the ape;
rather, we have come from the lowest, the sperm cell, and have
then developed into the most complex living organism. This is
the inherent pattern of movement in the individual, as well as
in the collective historical sense.
Prophet Muhammad came from a line of earlier prophets who
transmitted and practiced the message of Reality very simply.
More than one tradition (hadīth) tells us that
there have been 124,000 prophets and messengers Throughout
different times and in many places numerous villages had a
prophet in their midst. People were different then, purer and
more transparent. The situations they lived in were generally
more conducive to traveling the spiritual path.
The final message of
the Qur`an, encompasses, supersedes and abrogates all previous
messages. It provides man with the complete model. Though the
Prophet Muhammad rose from among the Arab peoples, he was the
master and seal of all the messengers before him. Because he was
the last, his message is universal, open to all and applicable
by everyone wherever and whenever.