We are currently meditating on Surah al-Alaq and in our previous meditation we discussed the first ayat, ‘Iqra bismi rab bikal lazee khalaq’ (Read! In the Name of your Lord, who has created (all that exists). We discussed how Allah (SWT) has established our relationship, where he (SWT) is our Lord and we are his (SWT) servant, who we must follow according to how he (SWT) has prescribed us to and with him (SWT) in mind before, during and after we complete anything.
In the second ayat of Surah al-Alaq, Allah (SWT) begins to introduce us to the reason why we must do so.
Allah (SWT) says :
‘Khalaqal insaana min ‘alaq’ (Has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood).
When we see a clot of blood, whether on a tissue when we have coughed it out, we see how small and insignificant it is. We usually take that tissue, with the clot of blood in it, and throw it away as it is that insignificant.
In this way, Allah (SWT) is giving us many lessons through comparing us to an ‘Alaq (which when we pluralize this word becomes Alaqah (congealed blood) that is the first stage of the embryo days after conception, before it becomes a lump of flesh and then begins to take a human form).
The first lesson is that we can understand is that Allah (SWT) has always been our Lord, even from when we were a clot of blood. Allah (SWT) has taken care of us throughout our entire life, from when we were a clot of blood until today and then, consequently, until the very end.
Each morning, we recite Surah Yaseen. When we understand the importance of this Surah, we have strengthened the purpose with which we recite it. Surah Yaseen is the 36th Surah of the Quran Majid and we spend 36 weeks in the womb (as 9 months is 36 weeks). When we start our day by reciting Surah Yaseen, we remind our self that the same Allah (SWT) who took care of us when we were in the womb (from a clot of blood to a lump of flesh and then to a human form) will sustain us throughout our day.
This is the mercy of Allah (SWT), the one who sustained us from when we began as a clot of blood and throughout each day that we live. This is why our relationship with Allah (SWT) is so important, as it is one that is permanent, and we are reliant upon him.
The reason why we are so reliant upon Allah (SWT) is because we began as an ‘alaq. The insignificance from which we started is reflected in our insignificance today. In the same way that a tissue containing a clot of blood can be thrown away, our life can end at any moment. In this way, our life is, effectively, as insignificant as a tissue with a clot of blood.
However, there is a way in which we can give our life significance. When we read in the name of Allah (SWT) the phrase ‘Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem’ our intention becomes significant, our actions become significant and, ultimately, our end goal becomes significant, as it is aligned with that which Allah (SWT) has decreed for us, which is the only path of significance that we have.
When we do not keep Allah (SWT) as the core of our priorities, we become arrogant and our ego begins to rule us. We lose our humility to Allah (SWT), which weakens our compulsory relationship with Allah (SWT) and, ultimately, our intentions, actions and our goal becomes separate from which Allah (SWT) has decreed from us and, through this, we lose the power and sustenance that Allah (SWT), our provider, will provide us with.
May Allah (SWT) always give us the understanding and humility to remember what he (SWT) created from, so that we always remain humble and place his (SWT) command before our own. May we always recite Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem, so that we begin, act and keep our focus upon that which Allah (SWT) has decreed us to do. Aamin.