Pearl of Wisdom

'I told Abu 'Abdillah [i.e. Imam al-Sadiq] (AS): 'Verily they are saying things [about you]!' He asked, 'What are they saying?' to which I replied, '[They are saying], 'He knows the number of drops of rain, the number of stars and the leaves on the trees, and the weight of all that is in the sea, and the number of grains of sand.' So he raised his hands to the sky, saying, 'Glory be to Allah, Glory be to Allah. No, by Allah, no one knows this except Allah.'

Abu Basir
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 25, p. 294, no. 52

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Question : #142 Category: Holy Qur'an
Subject: Meccan and Medina surahs
Question: 1) In the Holy Qur’an how does Allahh (SWT) address the Meccan and Madani dwellers?

2)Which verse in Suratul Kahf reminds us to be very careful of our deeds as our every action and intention is recorded.
Answer: The difference between the Meccan and Medina surahs are as follows;
Meccan Surahs:
- There are 86 chapters.
- Talks mostly on subjects related to faith and morals (Such as assigning partners to Allah, idol worship, life in the hereafter, good deeds and sins)
- Verses that start with Ya ayyuhan-nas (O people!)”
- Verses are short. It carries the spirit of struggle with a tough style.
- Appeals to the soul and it is full of sweet musical harmony.
- Talks about mushriks (polytheists), does not mention Jews and Christians.
- There is no verse about jihad (struggle).

Medina Surahs:
- There are 28 chapters.
- Talks mostly on worships and practices meaning legal issues (Practices in exchange, murder, adultery, punishment of theft and slander, marriage and divorce methods)
- Verses start with Ya ayyuhal-lazina amanu (O believers)”
- Verses are long. Their style is calm.
- Leads the believers into deep thought and reflection.
- Talks about Jews, Christians and hypocrites.
- There are verses about jihad (struggle).

And in Surah Al Kahf, verse 49 speaks of our deeds being placed in front of us. And the Book (of Deeds) will be placed (before you); and thou wilt see the sinful in great terror because of what is (recorded) therein; they will say, "Ah! woe to us! what a Book is this! It leaves out nothing small or great, but takes account thereof!" They will find all that they did, placed before them: And not one will thy Lord treat with injustice

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