Bismillah Walhamdulillah Wassalatu Wassalamu ala Rasulillah
What were the first 3 Surah’s revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam? And what can the Ummah learn from them?
1. Surah 96 commands the Prophet salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam: “Recite in the name of your Lord.” From this, we learn the importance of having a relationship with Al-Qur’an Al-Kareem. And we learn the importance of having relationship with knowledge itself!
2. Surah 73, which says in the beginning, “Arise [to pray] the night.” From this, we learn the importance of sincere and devoted ‘ibadah. It’s not enough to just say “I believe.” Rather, we must demonstrate faith through action and specifically by doing what Allah (subhana wa t’ala) asked us to do. Allah asked us to worship him alone (‘ibadah). ‘Ibadaat are not just rituals and traditions. Rather, true ‘ibadah is the worship of Allah alone, a sincere desire for guidance, and a sincere desire to know and have a relationship with Allah (aza wa jal).
3. Surah 74, which says in the beginning “Arise and warn.” From this, we learn about the importance of da’wah, activism, speaking the truth, and standing for justice. How productive are you in the community and Ummah? How many people have you helped? Knowledge is a virtue and makes us more effective individuals. Get involved in the community and help spread and establish Al-Islaam.
So, how can you remember this all? Iqra. Qum. Qum.
-Dr. Reda Bedeir, AlMaghrib Institute