Sunday 3 May 2020

Surah Al-Hadid - the first and the largest of the Musabbihat

Al-Musabbihat (Arabic: الْمُسَبِّحَاتِ‎) are those surahs of the Quran that begin with Allah's glorification 'Subhana', 'Sabbaha', and 'Yusabbihu'. The Musabbihat are a series of Madani surahs, and were revealed at a time when Muslims were feeling weakness in faith as a result of a growth in the Muslim community, and some of the people who had just accepted Islam were not as mature in their faith as those that had migrated with the Prophet.

That’s not to say that everyone who came into Islam in Madinah is weak, but a good number of new Muslims had not truly understood the gravity and the seriousness of the matter.

So what Allah عزّ وجلّ does in these surahs is that He rejuvenates the faith of the Muslim community, and Surah Al-Hadid, the 57th Surah of the Qur’an, is the first and the largest of the “Musabbihat”. It is a very powerful surah, and a remarkable one.

This is actually after a long series of Makkan surahs in the Qur’an where it is situated, after Surah Al-Waqi’ah, and from here (surah 57) all the way to surah 66 they are Madani surahs.

So this is the last large group of Madani surahs in the entire Qur’an, and this is the first of them.

Today, when Muslims have a weak Iman and they need to renew their faith and connect to the Creator, Allah عزّ وجلّ, we should listen to them and understand them. Here is a video to the first of the Musabbihat, Surah Al-Hadid with tafseer from Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan.

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