Friday, 2 September 2011

Where Are The Tears?

Those were some of the Prophets whom Allah favored, from the seed of Adam and of those We carried (in the boat) with Nuh; and of the seed of Ibrahim and Isra'il - and of those We guided and chose. When verses of the Most Merciful were recited to them, they fell down prostrate, crying.*
Al Qur'an, Sura Maryam, verse 58.

* It is reported that once 'Umar ibn al Khattab recited this chapter, prostrated himself at this point and remarked, "Here is the prostration but where is the crying?" (Ibn Jarir, Ibn Kathir).

* Ibn Majah, Ishaq ibn Rahuyah and Bazzaar have a report coming from Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas. The Prophet(saws) said, "Recite the Qur'an and cry. If you cannot cry, then attempt to cry."(Alusi)
According to some scholars, the above report does not meet with strict conditions for acceptance. But Haythami expressed some confidence in it.

Taken from Syed Iqbal Zaheer's Tafsir Ishraq al Ma'ani, vol.V.

Wa'laykum Salam.

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