Living by It. One lesson a day…

… from Quran. Changing slowly, but surely.

Lesson 17 – The Depressing Twilight February 28, 2010

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Rabi Al-Awwal 13, 1431

“And from the evil of twilight when it becomes dark (or depressing).”

Surah Al-Falaq (Surah 113), verse 3


After my last post, I had a eureka moment later when I realized that all of the four prayers in this Surah are so well-knit. The first prayer (2nd verse) is about asking refuge from all evil that has been created. We know that Allah is the Creator; by mundane logic, we could connect the creation of evil to Him… but let’s not forget that when shaitaan realized he could only ask Allah (because he’s powerless without Him) for time and leverage to corrupt mankind, he DID and he made it his mission to spread evil, and create evil. Sure, Allah Created him and we could again use that to distort our views of Him… but there’s obviously more to this than most of us want to understand.

The second prayer (3rd verse) mentions twilight and a tendency for depression around those times; I know for a fact, that depression does lead to feelings of envy and injustice. Of course I’m not the kind of person who’d go on to think about magic and voodoo dolls and whatever else that goes in the minds of freaks, but it’s understandable there are people who would.

The third prayer (4th verse) is what I covered in my last post… but I read a beautiful elaboration on how this “blowing of knots” encompasses more than just black magic. I’ve never read a more elaborate and thorough description of this Surah (alongwith Surah 114, Al-Naas and their comparitive study) than this, and I feel enlightened at best.

The last verse of the Surah has covered what most of us think consider to be the root(s) of black magic – jealousy and resentment. I remember the times when I hit the low points in my life how I was  “upset” with Allah and I could only think of people around me who seemed happy, content, lucky and all things positive. If I had had my faith in the right place, I’d have deduced certain things then that I have now and I’m glad I figured out things before I strayed any further. To be able to feel satisfied is dependent your frame of mind, not on your circumstances. If you knew the life of Sarmad Tariq, you’d think differently, if you knew somebody personally who struggles on a day to day basis but has hardly shown it, you’d maybe start feeling more content with your share. I was lucky to have met him at a conference and it’s not like I remember him every time I have an aura of negative energy around me, but that image of him amusing us with stories of using his wheelchair as an excuse to break queue lines is something that always knocks a bit of sense into me… and I try to use it as a way to counter shaitaan’s whisperings about my “deprivations”.