Monday, 5 March 2012

7. Surah Al-A'Raf Ayat 23

Al-A'Raf (The Heights)

Al-A'Raf means a high place. In one account it refers to a high place that divides Heaven and Hell. In Akhirat, some people are stationed here on Al-A'Raf, and they can see both Heaven and Hell. When they turn to look at Heaven, they are happy and they wish to be in heaven. When they turn to look at Hell, they are sad and fearful and they do not want to be in Hell.

Surah Al-A'Raf is the 7th Surah in the Quran.

Surah Al-A'Raf tells about the time when Adam and Hawa were in Heaven, and what happened after they were coaxed by syaitan and ate the fruit from a tree forbidden by Allah SWT. They were seduced by syaitan and they had exposed what had previously remained covered (aurat). And when they realised they were wrong, they covered their aurat with leaves/fronds (there are many paintings depicting this scene). They immediately made a supplication (doa) to Allah SWT to ask for forgiveness for their sins. This doa is also the same doa that is read in the Hajj pilgrimage, especially in the Tawaf when a pilgrim circumambulates the Kaabah. This doa is Ayat 23 in Surah Al-A'Raf.

7. Surah Al-A'Raf Ayat 23:

Keduanya berkata: "Ya Tuhan kami! Kami telah menganiaya diri kami sendiri. Jika Engkau tidak mengampuni kami dan memberi rahmat kepada kami, nescaya pastilah kami termasuk orang yang rugi."

From Quran databases at the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement, USA:

YUSUFALI: They said: "Our Lord! We have wronged our own souls: If thou forgive us not and bestow not upon us Thy Mercy, we shall certainly be lost."

PICKTHAL: They said: Our Lord! We have wronged ourselves. If thou forgive us not and have not mercy on us, surely we are of the lost!

SHAKIR: They said: Our Lord! We have been unjust to ourselves, and if Thou forgive us not, and have (not) mercy on us, we shall certainly be of the losers.


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