In Surah al-Muzzammil (73:19), Allah, Al-Hadi (The Guide), reveals to us that the Holy Qur’an is a tadhkirah (Reminder). This word has the same root as dhikr (remember, remembrance, reminder) and also has the idea of taking heed, a warning and admonition within its meaning. When we dhikr, we recite Allah’s Subhanahu wa ta’ala Holy Names and phrases as a form of ibadah (worship) to remember Him and to remind ourselves the Presence of our Sustainer at all times. Likewise, when we read and recite the Holy Qur’an, we are reminded of our duty towards our Creator and we our heart, mind and soul are brought into remembrance of Al-Hadi. The tadhkirah may also mean the reminder of the doom of the unbelievers which are reiterated in the previous ayats of this surah. These warnings include “shackles and fetters, burning Fire, rough, choking and deadly food, and different kinds of torments… the price of wrong doing, arrogance, neglect, and disobedience to God Almighty.” As well, since the beginning and end of this surah speak about salat al-lail (prayers in the night), this tadhkirah may be a reminder that a significant and special sabil (way, path) leading to Allah is performance of nightly prayers. Although Al-Hadi reinforces that salat al-lail is extremely beneficial, it is not obligatory on us and we have a choice in performing salat al-lail, how much, how long and how often. Plus they must be done sincerely and humbly with complete devotion and we must not feel or act arrogantly about the extra effort exerted in worshiping during the night. In this next to the last ayat in this surah, the encouragement is given to us to make the right choice and take the sabil to our Rabb (Sustainer), from Whom we came and to Whom we will return. Our foremost obligations are establishing salat, paying zakat, khums and giving charity, asking Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala for forgiveness and reciting the Holy Qur’an, “a perfect plan of self purification and spiritual growth.” (An Enlightening Commentary upon the Light of the Holy Qur’an). If we are sincere and committed and heed the tadhkirah, Al-Hadi will guide us to the sabil and guide us on the Sirat al-Mustaqeem (Straight Path) so that we may find everlasting happiness and peace, inshallah.
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