As I entered the balcony today, after two days, all of a sudden, I felt the spider web on my face.
A spider has made a web (its home) there, which was all destroyed with just a *single gentle entry* of mine in that space.
This made me remember the beautiful surah of Holy Quran, Suratul Ankaboot – The spider.
It is such a beautiful surah, that if one is facing hard times, they should read and reflect upon it, it is such a source of sukoon and tranquillity that it cannot be expressed in words here.
Commentators of the Holy Qur’an state that this surah talks about the following main subjects;
1 – In difficult times the real believers can be separated from those who only claim belief.
2. Narrations of previous Prophets (pbuta) and the opposition faced by them. This is to inspire true believers to face troubles and obstacles in the way of Allah swt.
3. Oneness of Allah swt and the signs of Allah swt in His creation.
The surah is meant to strengthen believers in their dedication to the right path.
I would like to quote two translations from surah ankaboot –
41. “The example of those who take guardians, (protectors, auliya, supporters) other than Allah is like the example of a spider; it takes a house, but surely the frailest of houses is the house of a spider; if only they knew.
42. Allah knows whatever thing they call upon besides Him, and He is The Mighty, The Wise.”
SubhanAllah! What we need to understand is the fact that even though the spider has constructed a well knit web, but it is the weakest of homes, just a *gentle intervention* can destruct it all.
The parable of those who take other than Allah swt as their supporters and helpers, is like the spider’s web, taking shelter in weakest of refuge, though it may seem a well knitted one apparently.
May Allah swt, Al Wali, The Most Protective Friend allow us and mould us in a way that we can recognise the trap of seeking help other than Allah’s and falling into the web of traps and may we avoid making ourselves miserable by taking shelter in the weak.
And before I end,
Isn’t it beautiful that the surah starts after one of the huruf muqattat with –
Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tried?
And the surah ends on –
“As for those who strive in Our cause, We shall surely guide them to Our ways. Indeed Allah is with those who do good.”