What would you do when your alarm ringing in the early morning? Feeling annoyed? We tried to turn off the alarm, and usually, go to sleep a little bit more. Is that your daily life?
An alarm is just like that. An alarm is set to make sure you are not getting up late. But because we already know that alarm will be ringing at certain times, and we got disturbed when it is ringing loudly in the early morning, simply put, we just want to turn off that annoyingly sound of the alarm.
By assuming that alarm as a person, what would you do?
Usually, young people lack obeying the advice from the old people. They think that their world differed from their old man. They tend to make new alienated surroundings. Typical of youngsters it seems.
From certain of view, it is just normal that the old people giving advice, it is because they care about their next generation. Regardless of what method and the language they used.
Imagine this, you have a test tomorrow and you just keep playing video games, while your friend reminds you that you should study for the test. You know what you should have been doing, but you didn’t do it.
Or imagine this, sometimes we think we are doing something right, anything and we just can’t be criticized. But the truth we are still unsure about that. And our parents somehow realized this and always reminding us. Remember how your mother usually scolded you? Or your brother/sister?
In the end,we all need reminder despite the fact that we sometimes pretending not hearing it.
If we elaborate it as in the Qur’an says in two surahs:
فَذَكِّرْ إِن نَّفَعَتِ الذِّكْرَىٰ
O remind, if the reminder should benefit; [QS. 87:9]
فَذَكِّرْ إِنَّمَا أَنتَ مُذَكِّرٌ
So remind, you are only a reminder [QS. 88:21]
This form of this two ayah is rather not usual because the object isn’t there. It is not Fadzakkirhum. It’s only Fadzakkir. The ayah from surah al-Ghasiyah explains furthermore the ayah from the previous surah. In other words, whether somebody listens or not, what do you do? Remind. Just remind, that’s your job as mentioned in this two surah. Don’t worry about what effect it has on people.
Maybe it had the effect much later. From the seerah of the Prophet ﷺ, we knew that Abu Sufyan becoming Muslim pretty much later. But he had already heard the Prophet message in his early life.
The magician whom Musa ﷷﷵ encountered also heard the message earlier, but when they saw the miracle they soon accept the message, they make sajdah and they wept in their sajdah.
We simply deducted from this explanation, that ayah from surah al-Ghasiyah can be translated to “You are nothing more than a carrier of reminders”.
The work of da’wah is boiled down to reminding human beings. Reminding them of the past human failures as recorded in the Qur’an or general history. Reminding them of what ﷲ has informed in the future. And importantly, it is for reminding them of the covenant that they had been made with ﷲ already. Before they even came into this earthly world.
ألَسْتُ بِرَبِّكُمْ ۖ قَالُوا بَلَىٰ ۛشَهِدْنَا
…”Am I not your Lord?” They said, “Yes, we have testified.”…. [7:172]
لَا إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ ۖ قَد تَّبَيَّنَ الرُّشْدُ مِنَ الْغَيِّ ۚ
There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion [deen]. The right course has become clear from the wrong….. [QS. 2:256].
You are nothing more than a reminder. Remind, remind, remind. And a sincere reminder is a need of the human being to benefit from. May ﷲ protect us and remind us wherever we are. 🙂