Which Favors Will You Deny?

June 25, 2012 § 4 Comments

The phrase “Then which favors of your Lord will you deny?” is actually a verse in the 55th Surah (chapter) in the Qur’an, namely Ar-Rahman. The surah is often regarded as the ‘Beauty of the Qur’an’, in accordance with a hadith: Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported that the Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Everything has an adornment, and the adornment of the Qur’an is Surah Ar-Rahman” [Bayhaqi in Shuab al Eiman]Qur'an Ar-Rahman #55

The main theme of the Surah is giving manifestation and fruits to the attribution of Allah’s mercy and grace, which is evident right from the beginning, till the very end. Ar-Rahman is one of the Personal Name of Allah. It is unique, exclusive, unprecedented, has no parallel, no dual, no plural, no feminine equivalent. It means “Most Gracious”, a reflection of one His many attributes.

Allah asked us repeatedly “Then which favors of your Lord will you deny?” in the surah (31 times to be exact). The verse demands us to continuously be aware (and grateful) for what has been provided to us. Be it money, food, wealth, health, environment, sea, air, and each and everything else. They were courtesy of His Grace, Ar-Rahman.

And how could we then deny the favors of the Lord , Ar-Rahman? This is one of my favorite verses of the Qur’an, for it constantly reminds me of my existence.

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