cockroach: courtesy:

Please listen to all these ayahs n sequence from Surah Yaseen before reading this, in order to get the full impact of what is happening to us…….

(key; At the beginning Allah speaks about the Fire and Jannah and then at 2:41 is about ibadah,  and at 4:00 begins ayah number 68. Please listen to all of it to get some perspective, JazaikAllah hu Khairan)

وَمَن نُّعَمِّرْهُ نُنَكِّسْهُ فِي الْخَلْقِ ۖ أَفَلَا يَعْقِلُونَ ﴿٦٨

[36:68] Sahih International

And he to whom We grant long life We reverse in creation; so will they not understand?

أَوَلَمْ يَرَ الْإِنسَانُ أَنَّا خَلَقْنَاهُ مِن نُّطْفَةٍ فَإِذَا هُوَ خَصِيمٌ مُّبِينٌ ﴿٧٧﴾ وَضَرَبَ لَنَا مَثَلًا وَنَسِيَ خَلْقَهُ ۖ قَالَ مَن يُحْيِي الْعِظَامَ وَهِيَ رَمِيمٌ ﴿٧٨﴾ قُلْ يُحْيِيهَا الَّذِي أَنشَأَهَا أَوَّلَ مَرَّةٍ ۖ وَهُوَ بِكُلِّ خَلْقٍ عَلِيمٌ ﴿٧٩

36:77] Sahih International

Does man not consider that We created him from a [mere] sperm-drop – then at once he is a clear adversary?

[36:78] Sahih International

And he presents for Us an example and forgets his [own] creation. He says, “Who will give life to bones while they are disintegrated?”

[36:79] Sahih International

Say, “He will give them life who produced them the first time; and He is, of all creation, Knowing.”


I am listening to this part of Surah Yaseen…….and suddenly the utter helplessness of a man or a woman is unveiled layer by layer.

At first Allah Subhanawataala gently reveals the picture of old age when the same food that one ate as a youth or young man now causes problems. The same body that was robust and a source of pride, arrogance  in showing off to others, sometimes in a state of undress that has been forbidden by Allah. Now the same body is weak, in pain and movement is limited.

The same intellect that shone all over the world becomes e a source of arrogance and perceived power.  Some men who were given an excess of intellect by Allah actually decry His existence and write books on atheism. That same intellect now in old age becomes decrepit and even simple names cannot be recalled………

Here Allah asks who made you thus from the power of youth to the helplessness of old age?

Then comes the most powerful and to a human being the most ignominious reminder in the surah. I feel here that Allah looks at man as man would look at an insect. Whereas man would crush the insect with contempt and arrogance of his power that it dared to enter his abode but Allah in all His rahma just asks……….

What were you created from?

He then takes us through an embryology lesson. You and I were created from some cloudy fluid (semen) and a nutfah? A glob of flesh that can neither see nor hear nor move, and then you were born and Allah gave you all your senses and instilled within you the power of intellect and body………

Yet you and I do not look at our humble origins but stand up to our very Creator and deny Him, disobey Him and trot around in arrogance at our newfound body and brain. Sometimes we get drunk with the power of our brain or the wealth our brain and body has brought us. Some even wreck havoc on the environment around us, crippling and killing humans and insects and Gods natural beings right left and center without batting an eyelash.

To me it reminded me of a cockroach trotting around the kitchen and daring the owner of the house……….who could step on Him and end his miserable arrogant existence in a fraction of a second. Yet Allah the Merciful does not do that. He gives us TIME to shape up, and to be ready to stand for accountability for our actions on THE BIG DAY!

He gives us TIME a valuable commodity that again we fritter away in front of fake electronic objects (TV, internet, mobiles etc.) where we see shows, articles, and other disobedient humans criticizing His existence, or at least doubting it, reading what the stupid intellectuals are arguing regarding the existence of The Creator.

These ayahs of Surah Yaseen in a flash put our humble existence in perspective, where like a scientist in a lab I can imagine Him putting some cloudy fluid together with a cell and wills it to be a nutfah and this nutfah turns into a Frankenstein that raids the earth, killing, polluting and committing crimes of cruelty and injustice just because Allah gave him power………….not realizing that the One who Gives can Also take away……

The fact is that all we are in His eyes are a cockroach, despicable due to our deeds and behavior and yet unlike us He does not step on us out of disgust but continues to hope that the last beautiful Warner (pbuh) He sent us will put perspective in our minds and hearts as to Who we are, Where we came from and where we are going……….and most importantly of all how helpless we are.

Yet we trot around and continue to design our life based on ARROGANCE, IMPERTINANCE AND ILLUSIONS OF POWER…

Supplication: May Allah forgive me, guide me, and never let me stray off the Siraat e Mustaqeem!

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