There is a beautiful juxtaposition between grace, beauty, and fire Allah has placed within horses. They have a way of making the heart race and calm down at the same time. I’ve always loved seeing them and find myself lingering much longer near horses than other animals whenever I get a chance to go to local farms.
I had an opportunity to hear one of the most uplifting and soothing recitations of Surah Al ‘Adiyat last week, and it reconnected me with the stunning example Allah ‘azzawajal presents in this surah depicting a scene of horses moving with extreme speed and energy.
By the racers, panting,
And the producers of sparks [when] striking
And the chargers at dawn,
فَأَثَرْنَ بِهِ نَقْعًا
Stirring up thereby [clouds of] dust,
فَوَسَطْنَ بِهِ جَمْعًا
Arriving thereby in the center collectively,
These horses are trained to be at the disposal of their riders by exhausting themselves in obedience. Without an ounce of hesitation, they aggressively, intentionally, and swiftly move forward into battle causing sparks to fly. You can visualize their strikes and the dust that rises as they gallop, with loyalty and clarity of purpose. They find themselves right in the middle of their opponents but they persist with limitless sincerity and devotion. Allah ‘azzawajal highlights the loyalty of these horses, followed by the most poignant comparison with the nature of human beings, and their lack of loyalty to their Rabb. SubhanAllah..
إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لِرَبِّهِ لَكَنُودٌ
Indeed mankind, to his Lord, is ungrateful.
The number of days and moments we have let pass without genuine shukr to Allah, and yet He still provides, covers our sins, and has patience with us, ‘azzawajal. This world belongs to Allah and it’s worthless to Him, subhanahu watala’ala. The things Allah has given us from His dunya are not even ours and yet we exhaust ourselves in collecting them despite knowing they will perish. Allahumma la taj’alidduna akbara hammina..
May Allah (swa) help us recognize His ni’am, those that are apparent and hidden, and be consistent in thanking Him, subhanahu wata’ala. I myself have been presented with so many blessings and I ask Allah to help me in being among the shakireen. I wish I could re-live last week.. minus my deer-in-headlights look lol. I’m in awe of how Allah (swa) blesses us in ways we could have never imagined. Allah knows the whispers of our hearts and He can provide for us even before we ask. :)
اللهم ارزقنا بكل حرف من القرآن حلاوة.. وبكل كلمة كرامة.. وبكل أية سعادة.. وبكل سورة سلامة.. وبكل جزء جزاءا.
O Allah, bestow on us, by every letter of the Qur’an (that we have read) a sweetness, and by every word (from its pages) magnanimity and generosity, and by every verse happiness and joy, and by every chapter peace and security, and by every section reward.
Allahummarzuqna bi kulli harfim-minal Qur’ani halawah, wa bi kulli kalimatin karamah, wa bi kulli suratin salamah, wa bi kulli juz-in jazaa-a.
– Source: Dream notes