Bayan 5

5th ShehrAllah, 1441 H

Surat al-Masad (palm fibre) also known as Surat al-Lahab narrates the consequences Abu Lahab and his wife (Umm Jamil) will face due to their bitter enmity towards Rasul Allah SA. However, worthy of further contemplation is the manner in which this surah mentions the two hands of Abu Lahab prior to mentioning him. A question arises, why the stress on his two hands?

Rasul Allah SA stated that each Nabi had one adversary, I have two, one of them being Abu Lahab, his uncle. In this surah, Abu Lahab’s wife is called “the carrier of firewood” because she carried thorns and cast them in Nabi Mohammed’s SA way where he would be passing.

Following the revelation of the surah, Umm Jamil picked up a stone and set towards the Kaaba with the intent of causing Rasul Allah SA grave harm. However, despite Rasul Allah SA being present and visible to all she was unable to see him. Blinded by the Almighty she left, her malevolence thwarted.

In every day and age, adversaries seek to bring harm to Wali Allah and prevent him from upholding the tenets of faith. Today, we see Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS firmly focused on the betterment of Mumineen, unaffected by those scheming to the contrary.

Today’s bayan explained that only mankind possesses the ability to differentiate between what is beneficial and what is detrimental, what is right and what is wrong. This ability is due to the intellect he possesses, and the knowledge he has gained. However, just as the eye cannot see in darkness without light, the intellect cannot distinguish between right and wrong without the guiding light of Ilm Aale Mohammed AS.

Al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Muayyad Shirazi RA writes that if you are ever faced with a dilemma, do not fall victim to your whims and fancies, but rather base your course of action on sound judgement. The need to distinguish between right and wrong is a dilemma that confronts us on a daily basis. The boundaries between right and wrong are deliberately blurred by those seeking to further their agendas. It is during such times that we seek recourse to the guiding light of Maula’s TUS intellect. His directives have defined our response during these unprecedented times and have ensured the well-being of Mumineen all over the world.

On the plains of Karbala, Hur AS heard Imam Husain’s AS call and offered his soul a choice between right and wrong: heaven and hellfire, and the decision he made ensured that just as his mother had named him, Imam Husain AS set him free both in this world and the next.

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