Surah al-Hijr (The Valley of Stone) 15 : 6
1. Lessons/Guidance/Reflections/Gems[ edit ]
The sūrah then describes their bad manners in the way they addressed the Prophet, when he had only presented to them the Qur’ān which is a clear reminder of the truth. It helps to reawaken them to face the facts instead of running after beguiling hopes. He also reminded them of God’s law and its operation. But they ridiculed him and spoke to him with extreme impudence. “They say: ‘You to whom this reminder has been bestowed from on high! You are truly mad. Why do you not bring the angels before us, if you are truthful?’” (Verses 6-7) Ridicule is apparent in their way of addressing the Prophet, “You to whom this reminder has been bestowed from on high!” (Verse 6) They actually deny the fact of revelation and the Prophet’s message altogether, but they make this mocking address.
Their rudeness is carried still further as they insult the Prophet personally:
“You are truly mad!” (Verse 6) This they do in response to his call on them to believe in God, using the Qur’ān in all its clarity to address them.
2. Linguistic Analysis[ edit ]
4. Miscellaneous Information[ edit ]
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7. Period of Revelation[ edit ]
“This surah was revealed in Makkah, after the revelation of Surah 12, Joseph. The time was a very critical one, falling as it did between the ‘year of sorrow’ when the Prophet lost his wife Khadijah and his uncle Abu Talib and the year when the Prophet migrated to Madinah. The surah thus reflects the needs and requirements of this difficult period.” [Ref: Qutb, Fi Dhilal]
“It is clear from its topics and style that the period of its revelation is similar to that of Surah 14: Ibraheem (Abraham) as two things are quite prominent in its background. Firstly, it appears from the repeated warnings in this Surah that despite the fact that the Prophet had been propagating the Message for many years his people in general had not shown any inclination towards its acceptance, nay they had become more and more obdurate and stubborn in their antagonism, enmity and ridicule with the passage of time. Secondly by that time the Prophet had begun to feel a little tired of making strenuous efforts to eradicate disbelief and opposition of his people. That is why God has consoled and comforted him over and over again by way of encouragement..” [Ref: Mawdudi]