By Aftab Ahmad, New Age Islam
September 12, 2014
Quran enjoins on Muslims to always sing praise and glory to Allah, the Creator, the Almighty and the Most Merciful. There are several verses in the Quran in which man has been enjoined to sing his praise and glory through their waking hours both silently and aloud. The Quran also asks Muslims to remember God in all the situations – in joy and sorrow, in comfort and pain, in luxury and in crisis, in riches and in poverty, in an assembly and in solitude. Not a single moment of his consciousness should be devoid of His remembrance. The Quran also tells us that in the Heaven, the inhabitants will only sing glory to God. When they will meet other inhabitants, they will say ‘Salam’ and when they will depart they will sing praise of God. Thus both the beginning and end of their conversation will start with glorification of God.
To impress upon this, the Quran itself follows this principle. When we closely study the beginnings and ends of all the Surahs of the Quran, we will find that most of the Surahs begin and end with the glorification of God. Out of the total 114 Surahs, a majority of the Surahs either begin or end with the glorification of God. Some of the Surahs both begin and end with the glorification of God or with the mention of the attributes of God which is also a glorification and praise of God.
In fact, there are almost 28 Surahs that begin with the glorification of God or with the attributes of God. Similarly, there are 36 Surahs that end with the glorification of God. In total, there are 64 Surahs that either begin or end with the glorification of God.
It does not mean that the other 50 Surahs do not mention the attributes of God or sing praise to Him. All the Surahs of the Quran sing praise and glorification of the powers, mercifulness and all his ninety nine attributes. But pointing out the style of beginning and end of the Surah in which the glorification of God has been sung, it is intended that the life of believer should not be detached from the remembrance of the attributes of God even for a moment. His conversation begins with the name of God and ends with the glorification of God. Even in situations or contexts where the glorification of God is not sung in the beginning or end, it can be done within the course of the discourse wherever it can appropriately be done as is done by the Quran when the topic is first started to stress the significance of the topic to be discussed and then God’s attributes or glorification is made at an appropriate situation or context. This is the style of the Quran and this should also be the style of a true believer.
Aftab Ahmad is a columnist for New Age Islam. He has been studying the Holy Quran for some time