Friday sermon: Disparity exists so people may help one another

Worshippers will be told inquiry leads to humility, wisdom and faith

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Ponder the question ‘how’ for reflection begets wisdom and humility, the sermon will tell worshippers on Friday.

The Quran is a miracle in its eloquence and variety of literary devices. Of these is the use of the interrogative adverb “how” as a way to stimulate the mind.

The word kayfa, or how, is used 83 in the Quran. This encourages reflection on God’s infinite power, the originality of his creation and the profound meanings of the Quran.

The question how opens the doors of inquiry, research and remote regions of knowledge and science. It increases faith and veneration of the Lord.

Allah invites us to ask about all that surrounds us, which point to His unlimited power and demonstrates the vastness of His knowledge and creativity.

Allah says, Do they not look at the camels, how they have been created?

For He created camels in a wondrous and amazing manner, with powerful legs to facilitate carrying heavy loads and the ability endure thirst for long durations.

Then Allah asks us to look and marvel at the sky and mountains above us and the earth below us.

The question ‘how’ calls us to reflect on the distribution of generous gifts among us, so our hearts can be at peace.

Allah says, some people have stronger abilities in reasoning and understanding, while others are preferred in terms of work and generous giving. There are rich, poor and those in between.

Disparity exists so people may help one another.

Allah explains the wisdom in this. He says, we have allocated among them their livelihood in the worldly life and have raised some of them over others in ranks, so that they might avail themselves of one another's help.

So let us reflect on this and act accordingly for reflection begets wisdom, produces humility and gives rise to action.