Lasting Lesson, Zamzam, Domino Effect

Issue 807 » September 12, 2014 - Dhul-Qida 17, 1435

Living The Quran

Lasting Lesson
Luqman (Luqman) - Chapter 31: Verse 32 (partial)

"When waves engulf them (in the sea) like canopies, they call upon Allah, consecrating their faith solely to Him. But when He delivers them safely to the land, some of them become muqtasid."

The word used here is muqtasid which is open to more than one meaning. Were we to take iqtisad to mean rectitude and uprightness, the phrase would mean that even after the crisis is over and the person facing crisis lands on the shores of safety, he still adheres to tawhid, something to which he committed himself during his state of crisis. Experiencing such a crisis gave these righteous people constancy in adhering to tawhid. Alternatively, if the word is taken to signify a medial, moderate attitude, the verse would mean that the crisis they experienced had a moderating effect on some ardent devotees of atheism and polytheism. It may also mean that once the worst is over, people lose a part of their fervour and enthusiasm for God, which had been aroused as a result of the threatening circumstances that had come to surround them.

It is likely that the present verse embraces all these shades of meaning. The point stressed is that people perceive the truth when they are exposed to a severe storm during a sea voyage. In that hour of crisis they abjure both polytheism and atheism and invoke the One True God to help them out of the crisis. However, once God delivers them safely to land, only a few appear to have learnt any lasting lesson from the experience. Even those few can be divided into the following categories: (i) some truly mend their ways, (ii) the disbelief of some becomes somewhat diluted, and (iii) some retain a part of the sincerity engendered by the crisis.

Compiled From:
"Towards Understanding the Quran" - Sayyid Abul Ala Mawdudi, Vol. 8, p. 146

Understanding The Prophet's Life


Both Bukhari and Muslim confirm that the Prophet (peace be upon him) drank of Zamzam water and said, "It is blessed (water); it is food for the hungry, and a healing for the sick." It is reported that the angel Gabriel washed the heart of the Prophet with its water on the Night Journey.

At-Tabarani in his Al-Kabir, and Ibn Hibban have reported from Ibn Abbas that the Prophet said: "The best water on earth is the water of Zamzam. It is food for the hungry, and a healing for the sick."

A person drinking Zamzam water should intend and hope for healing, blessings and whatever is best for him in this life and in the hereafter. The Prophet said, "The water of Zamzam is (good) for whatever it is intended." [Bayhaqi]

Compiled From:
"Fiqh-us-Sunnah"- As-Sayyid Sabiq

Cool Tips!

Domino Effect

Don't be like a line of falling dominos, where one mistake leads to another and another and another. Sometimes when we slip up we think: "Well, I've already blown it. Who cares what happens now?" Just remember, one mistake isn't as bad as two or three mistakes. If you've done something you regret, stop the dominos from falling by taking control and not making another mistake.

Remember, today is not forever. The desperate situation you may be in now will get better if you go to work on it. Things change, people forgive, hearts can be made whole, and life can be good again.

Compiled From:
"The 6 Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make" - Sean Covey, p. 219