SURA 95. Tin, or The Fig
1. By the Fig and the Olive,
2. And the Mount of Sinai,
3. And this City of security,-
4. We have indeed created man in the best of moulds,
5. Then do We abase him [to be] the lowest of the low,-
6. Except such as believe and do righteous deeds: For they shall have a reward
7. Then what can, after this, contradict thee, as to the judgment [to come]?
8. Is not Allah the wisest of judges?
1. Outlined in this sūrah is that God has given man an upright nature. With faith it attains its ultimate perfection. But when man deviates from this upright nature and from the straight path of faith he sinks into the lowest abyss.
2. God’s care for man, despite his distortion of his upright nature and the corruption he indulges in, suggests that God has given him special rank and special weight in the universe. God’s care is most clearly apparent in the moulding of man’s highly complicated physical structure and his unique spiritual and mental make-up.
3. Faith is the elevating path through which upright human nature ascends to its ultimate perfection. It is the rope stretched between man and his Maker. It is the light showing him where to step along the elevating path. When the rope is cut and the light put out, the inevitable result is the fall down the steep path into the lowest of the low.
source: Sayyid Qutb In the Shade of the Quran