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#Favourites: Surahs (Part 4)
The belief in the Qur’an as one of our Holy Books is one of the six articles of faith in Islam. It forms such a significant basis of our faith, not only for us to seek guidance, knowledge, and protection, but also comfort – to be close to Him by being close to His words.
In this series, some of our fellow NTU students share with us their favourite surahs and what it means to them. From the surahs we recite everyday in our prayers to the surahs with enriching historical stories behind them, let us learn more about the Qur’an and how we can make it a valuable part of our lives.
وَلَقَد يَسَّرنَا القُرآنَ لِلذِّكرِ فَهَل مِن مُدَّكِرٍ
And We have certainly made the Quran easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?
(Al Qur’an, 54:17)
Let us all yearn and strive to be Muslims who hold close to the Qur’an, InshaAllah.
Siti Nur Hamsyiah
1. What is your favourite surah?
To be very honest, there are a number of surahs that hold a special place in my heart as each and every single one of them is unique. However, if I had to choose one, it would definitely be Al-Fatihah (The Opening) as it is indeed the opener for many phases and chapters in our everyday life.
2. What does it mean to you personally?
Al-Fatihah is my utmost favourite surah as it is the opening of our five daily conversations with the One who created all. And something sensational that I have recently learned about this very surah is that for every one of its verses that we recite in our prayers, Allah SWT actually answers and replies with “My servant has praised Me”. So imagine how He replies to us in an instant every single time we praise Him. This acknowledgement not only puts me in a submissive role but also injects an ultimately deep conversation solely between myself and The Creator. This makes me feel even more connected to Allah SWT just through this surah alone.
3. Do you have a favourite ayah from it?
The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
(Al Qur’an, 1:3)
These two attributes are the most significant attributes of Allah SWT. Ar-Rahman means Allah SWT’s mercy in general and for all creations, and Ar-Raheem means Allah SWT's compassion and exceptional mercy especially for the believers. This further conveys Allah SWT’s love and mercy for His creations especially towards His believers. He wholeheartedly forgives those who seek repentance. In fact, these attributes of Allah SWT, too, act as exemplars to mankind to base human relationships on forgiveness.
4. Are there certain times that you will listen/recite it?
Yes, during the start of any form of worship i.e. during our 5 daily prayers. :)
5. How does it make you feel every time you listen to/recite it?
Simply pure contentment that can never be felt elsewhere and unceasing gratification for all that He has given me in life.