Salaam alaikum everyone!
welcome to “Amazed by the Quran” a series in which I love sharing with you things I find amazing about the Quran today a little bit about this beautiful bird “Al HUd-hud” that’s mentioned in Surah An-Naml Allah Azzawajal says [Wa Jadtuhā Wa Qawmahā Yasjudūna Lilshamsi Min Dūni Allāhi Wa Zayyana Lahumu Ash-Shayţānu ‘A`mālahum Faşaddahum `Ani As-Sabīli Fahum Lā Yahtadūn] (Quran 27:24) uh.. the bird comes and reports back to Sulaiman (A.S.) after going to see Queen Sheba’s – Queen Saba’s kingdom and this is her analysis: [wa jadtuhā wa qawmahā yasjudūna lish-shams] “I found her” “and her nation” “prostrating to the sun” so they’re worshipping the sun [min dūni Allāh] – “as opposed to Allah” [wa zayyana lahumush-Shayţānu ‘a`mālahum] “and Shaitan” the Devil “has beautified – has successfully beautified their deeds to them” meaning this heinous act of worship is a decorated act and they think it’s a spiritual act and a great you know – profound ritual etc. [faşaddahum `anis-sabīl] “so thus he has prevented them” from the path – from the correct path [fahum lā yahtadūn] “thus they are not” “going to commit themselves to correct guidance” they’re too invested and too immersed in their – in their you know – Shirk ways in their ways of blasphemy and they beautified it for themselves because of Shaitan that they’re not going to commit themselves to guidance I’m amazed by this Ayah because this is a bird that’s giving this profound analysis a bird didn’t just see that they are worshipping it sees and reports that they are worshipping the sun # 1 and that they’ve actually decorated this ritual to the point where she can tell Shaitan has beautified this for them and he’s prevented them from any means of finding the right path that is a really deep insight by a bird and they’re not going to commit themselves to guidance – [fahum lā yahtadūn] what I’m trying to get at is Allah has put all these creatures that don’t have a speech we can understand Sulaiman (A.S.) is given the ability [Mantiq al-Tayr] the ability to converse with birds you know – to be able to communicate with them and they can communicate with him what we’re learning through that little window that’s been open for us is: these creatures – all of them have a language and all of them are actually they have their own way of recording what we do what human beings do like your you have a pet or you’re just driving around you’re driving to some bad place and there’s a bird sitting up on – like – the wires on the street or on the street light – and it just sees you – it looks towards you it’s a witness and it’s got a pretty detailed account of what you did it’s not just the angels on your sides that are writing it down it’s the ants it’s the it’s the fly on the wall it’s the birds you know – it’s the cat it’s the dog these are all witnesses and they – just because they don’t speak now, doesn’t mean they won’t speak on Judgment Day Subhan’Allah like even the way we think about animals and how much they are going to be recording on our behalf has changed just because of this Ayah that – like what more do you need to become conscious of Allah? you know what did these people that were worshiping the sun how trivial was it that a bird just flew by? but you didn’t even think about it It’s just a bird that flew by – and yet it was surveillance from Allah it’s what that was and surveillance done to report back to a Prophet and on the Day of Judgment when everything becomes a witness Subhan’Allah it’s not just our own hands – our own feet – but even the animals around us are going to be witness may Allah Azzawajal make us conscious and make us realize the presence of Allah and Allah’s full view of all things just by these beautiful examples that He lays up for us you