Qutb al Mutasarif Mawlana Shaykh Hisham al Kabbani Rabbani al Haqqani
HIR RAHMAN NIR RAHEEM
(In the Name
of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful)
All praise is
for Allah. Darood (Blessings) and Salaam (Peace) on Muhammad,
his Family, and his Companions.
ALA SAYYIDINA MUHAMMADIN NABEE YIL UMMEE WA ALIHI WA BARIK WA
ALLAZI LA ILAHA ILLA HUWAL HAYYUL QAYYUM WA ATUBU ILAYH
LAAM - THE
The Arabic letter
Laam () is equivalent to the letter 'L'
in the English alphabet.
The position of the letter Laam () in the normal Arabic character set is 23.
In the numerical character set, Abjad, Laam ()
is the 12th Letter with a numerical value of 30. This article
is about the spiritual meaning of the letter Laam ().
THE LETTER LAAM
The letter Laam () is one of the
letters. That is, it is used as a letter in an opening verse of
a chapter in the Quran. The letter Laam ()
is used 13 times as a Muqattaat letter. That is the same number
of times as the Letter Alif () is
used as a Muqattaat Letter.
The Quran is a form of
communication. The Quran is Allah's communication to the creation.
The same Quran is our means of communicating with Allah. All communication
is either by spoken word or written word. Even the sign language
for deaf people is written word. We either communicate by tongue
or by hand. There is a third form of communication which is by
thought. In this day and age, there is great emphasis on communication.
However, the first form
of communication most of us learn in childhood is the communication
by tongue. Jibreel () used to recite
the Quran to Muhammad.
Then Muhammad used to recite the Quran to his community,
and the scribes used to write down the new revelation. The 'new'
Muslim community in the time of Muhammad
used to hear the recitation of the Quran from the blessed
Tongue of Muhammad.
THE TONGUE - LISAAN
Do not move your tongue concerning
the (Quran) to make haste with it.
It is for Us to collect it and to recite it.
Then, when We recite it, follow its recitation.
19 Then it is for Us to explain it (and make it clear).
Qiyamat Chapter 75]
added: "It is for Us to collect it (Quran) (in your mind),
and (give you the ability) to recite it (by heart)," means,
"When We reveal it, listen." "Then it is for Us
to explain it," means, "It is for us to explain it through
your tongue." So whenever Jibreel came to Rasool Allah he
would keep quiet (and listen), and when the Angel left, the Prophet
would recite that revelation as Allah promised him.
Tongue is the compliment
of the ear. The tongue affects the ear. The ear affects the soul.
The soul affects the entire body. Every word makes an impression
on the listener. But the deepest impression made on the listener
is either a kind word or a harsh word. When a gifted Qari recites
the Quran, tears start flowing from the eyes of the listeners.
Yet the same tongue which
can be used for reciting the Quran, or for saying a kind word
or for saying a harsh word. Which ever way we look at it, the
tongue is a very sharp instrument which should be used carefully.
Then, there are those
who always take every word spoken by the tongue of another the
wrong way because their ears are veiled. The opposite is also
true, where there are those who no matter what they say, the words
always come out wrong (harsh) because their tongues are veiled.
This is a very subtle point.
It is the tongue which
is the instrument for propagating the Message of the Quran.
25 (Musa) said: Rabbi (My Lord)! Open
my breast for me
26 And ease my task for me;
27 And loosen the knot from my tongue,
28 That they may understand what I say.
Ha Chapter 20]
It is the tongue that
is used for cursing.
78 Curses were pronounced on those
among the Children of Israel who rejected faith by the tongue
of Dawood (David) and of Isa (Jesus) the son of Maryam (Mary):
because they disobeyed and persisted in excesses.
Maida Chapter 5]
And the tongue is also
the instrument which protects us from evil as Allah tells us in
the four chapters which start with the word
'SAY'. These four chapter are:
1 Al Kafiroon Chapter 109
2 Al Ikhlas Chapter 112
3 Al Falaq Chapter 113
4 An Nas Chapter 114
On reciting these four
chapters, or other parts of the Quran like
Ayat ul Kursi
(Chapter 2 verse 255) Allah commands the angels to protect the
one who has recited these verses. The best use of the tongue is
to keep it occupied with Zikr - Praising Allah and Darood. Whoever
is engaged in Zikr Allah everyday, Allah creates an angel who
asks for forgiveness from Allah for the one doing Zikr Allah.
LETTER LAAM AS MUQATTAAT
The Letter Laam () has been used 13 times as Muqattaat
Letter. Every time, that the Letter Laam ()
appears as a Muqattaat Letter, it is preceded by the Letter Alif
(). It has been used in the following
No of Times Used
ALIF LAAM MEEM
ALIF LAAM RA
ALIF LAAM MEEM SAAD
ALIF LAAM MEEM RA
Since the Letter Alif
() always precedes the Letter Laam
(), the clue is Alif () and Laam ().
The numerical value of the two letters is:
+ Laam () =
These two letters occur 13 times.
is the 'mirror' image of the numerical values of the Letters Alif
() and Laam ()
which is 31. And to make it easy for us, we
find that the Letters Alif () and
Laam () are used
as Muqattaat Letters in Chapter 13 and
Chapter 13 is Ar Raad
and Chapter 31 is Luqman. The interesting thing about these two
Chapters is that:
has 43 Verses
has 34 Verses
If we turn to the Quran
31 If there were a Quran with which
mountains were moved or the earth were torn asunder or the dead
were made to speak (THIS IS THE ONE!) But truly the Command is
with Allah in things! Do not the Believers know that had Allah
willed He could have guided all mankind? But for the unbelievers,
disaster will never cease to strike them for their deeds, or it
settles close to their homes until the Promise of Allah come to
pass for Allah will not fail in His promise.
Raad Chapter 13]
This Verse is connected
with Chapter 2 Verse 73
72 And (remember) when you slew a
man and disagreed concerning it and Allah brought forth that which
you were hiding.
73 So We said: "Strike the (body)
with a piece of the (cow)." That is how Allah brings the
dead to life and shows you His Signs so that you may understand.
Baqara Chapter 2]
Which piece of the cow
was the body struck with ? Or to put it another way, how is a
person made to speak ? With the
Now if we look at the
other chapter, Chapter 31
13 Behold Luqman said to his son by
way of instruction: "My son! Join not in worship (others)
with Allah: for false worship is indeed the highest wrong-doing.
How do we worship Allah
? With the tongue. The other interesting point about this Verse
13 is that it is the first verse in Chapter 31 where a person's
spoken words are recorded. In this case Luqman's
speech, his actual words are recorded. The tongue and
the speech are gifts bestowed by Allah, we should use it for for
Praising Allah and speaking kind words to others.
The tongue has been placed
in the human being for Praising Allah. We must use it for that
purpose. The tongue is an instrument that can invoke Allah's Blessings,
we must use it for that purpose. This world is the place to use
the tongue for asking Allah's Mercy. On the the Day of Judgement,
the mouth will be sealed and the limbs will speak of our actions.
May Allah have Mercy
on us all. Ameen.
Only Allah Knows
Khalid M. Malik
Darood and Salaam
on Muhammad, His Family, and His Companions
ALA MUHAMMADIN WA ALA ALI MUHAMMADIN KAMA SALLAITA ALA IBRAHEEMA
WA ALA ALI IBRAHEEMA INNAKA HAMEEDUM MAJEED
ALA MUHAMMADIN WA ALA ALI MUHAMMADIN KAMA BARAKTA ALA IBRAHEEMA
WA ALA ALI IBRAHEEMA INNAKA HAMEEDUM MAJEED