Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Ar Rahman

Salaam - usually on Wednesday's I will, inshallah, post cartoons - but given the tragedy in South East Asia - I felt a few verses from the Quran may help us remember.

These are the beginning few ayats from Sura Ar Rahman, Arberry translation.

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate

The All-Merciful (Al Rahman) has taught the Quran

Hu created the human (insan)

And Hu has taught him expression (albayan)

The sun and the moon follow a calculated course

and the stars and the trees bow themselves;

and heaven --- Hu raised it up, and set the Balance (almeezan)

Transgress not in the Balance,

and weigh with justice, and skimp not in the Balance.

And earth --- Hu set it down for all beings,

therein fruits, and palm-trees with sheaths,

and grain in the blade, and fragrant herbs.

O which of your Lord's (Rabb) bounties will you and you deny?

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