SURA 57. Hadid, or Iron
1. Whatever is in the heavens and on earth,- let it declare the Praises and
Glory of Allah: for He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.
2. To Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: It is He Who gives
Life and Death; and He has Power over all things.
3. He is the First and the Last, the Evident and the Immanent: and He has full
knowledge of all things.
4. He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in Six Days, and is moreover
firmly established on the Throne [of Authority]. He knows what enters within the
earth and what comes forth out of it, what comes down from heaven and what
mounts up to it. And He is with you wheresoever ye may be. And Allah sees well
all that ye do.
5. To Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: and all affairs are
referred back to Allah.
6. He merges Night into Day, and He merges Day into Night; and He has full
knowledge of the secrets of [all] hearts.
7. Believe in Allah and His messenger, and spend [in charity] out of the
[substance] whereof He has made you heirs. For, those of you who believe and
spend [in charity],- for them is a great Reward.
Surah Hadid – The Iron – Saad Al Gahmadi
1.Surat Al-Hadid also tackles the choice between materiality and spirituality. However, it never asks you to choose between them but rather encourages you to strike a balance between them.
2. What is the aim of this surah? This surah asks you to achieve a balance between materiality and spirituality by telling us about two categories of people. The first category completely dedicates itself to worshipping Allah (SWT) and absolutely nothing else, whereas, the second category became very hard and cruel as it dedicates itself to work and to other worldly affairs rather than the acts of obedience that it may have done to please Allah (SWT). Then the surah shows that both groups are wrong and both have deviated from Allah’s (SWT) path
3. “Know ye (all) that Allah giveth life to the earth after its death” (TMQ, 57:17) so what is the tie between the hardness of the hearts and the rain? It is as if the ayah wants to say that Allah (SWT) who can bring the dead barren soil to life with rain can also bring the cruelest hearts to the path of submission by Dhikr (the mentioning of Allah)
4. The other category includes those who were excessively involved in the world of spirituality, totally abandoning worldly affairs. Accordingly, detaching one’s self from the worldly life and completely dedicating oneself to worship is equally considered a transgression as hardening the hearts and staying away from all the spiritual aspects of life.
5. It is as if the surah delivers to us the following message: you, Ummah of Muhammad, are moderate, so you should not incline to one of the two extremes. You are justly balanced between the gentleness of the heart and the closeness to Allah (SWT) on the one side and the success in life on the other side.
source: Amr Khaled