SURA 55. Rahman, or (Allah) Most Gracious
1. [Allah] Most Gracious!
2. It is He Who has taught the Qur’an.
3. He has created man:
4. He has taught him speech [and intelligence].
5. The sun and the moon follow courses [exactly] computed;
6. And the herbs and the trees – both [alike] prostrate in adoration.
7. And the Firmament has He raised high, and He has set up the Balance [of
8. In order that ye may not transgress [due] balance.
9. So establish weight with justice and fall not short in the balance.
10. It is He Who has spread out the earth for [His] creatures:
11. Therein is fruit and date-palms, producing spathes [enclosing dates];
12. Also corn, with [its] leaves and stalk for fodder, and sweet-smelling
13. Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
14. He created man from sounding clay like unto pottery,
15. And He created Jinns from fire free of smoke:
16. Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
17. [He is] Lord of the two Easts and Lord of the two Wests:
18. Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
1.Moreover, the most frequently repeated ayah in this surah which can be translated as, “Then which of the favors of your Lord will ye deny?” is addressing both jinn and men, for it states “your Lord” and orders both of them to thank Allah (SWT) for His blessings and not to deny them. When this ayah was revealed, the Prophet (SAWS) said, “…when I read this surah on the jinn, their response was better than yours. They answered, “We do not deny any of your blessings Allah, all the praise is for You”1. It is a marvelously significant meaning and a very pleasant answer to the question “Then which of the favors of your Lord will ye deny?” Please think about it whenever you read surat Ar-Rahman and deeply thank Allah (SWT) by heart and soul for all His blessings.
2. The surah then goes on listing the great blessings that we enjoy without really realizing their value. Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as “And the Firmament has He raised high, and He has set up the Balance (of Justice) in order that ye may not transgress (due) balance. So establish weight with justice and fall not short in the balance. (TMQ, 55:7-9). The balance that Allah (SWT) set for judgment in heavens and earth and for judging all creatures is one of the most significant blessings He (SWT) bestows upon us. Yet when man deviated from the right path and exceeded his limits, injustice and corruption prevailed.
3. The surah demonstrates more blessings, as Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “He has let free the two bodies of flowing water, meeting together. Between them is a Barrier which they do not transgress” (TMQ, 55:19-20) and within the process of enlisting these great blessings, the same question is repeated over and over again.
4. Ar-Rahman demonstrates two categories of people. First, the one that denied Allah’s (SWT) blessings. The second category (i.e. the people of paradise) to strengthen the effect of these ayahs and thus enhance the opportunity of making the right choice.
5. Be grateful for all the blessings, Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
source: Amr Khaled