Surat Isra'i, Verse 81 Considered.

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Abu Hafsat

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As-Salaam alaikum,
In verse or ayat 81 of chapter 17 of the Holy Qur'an, Allah Ta'ala says:--

"And say: Truth has (now) come, and Falsehood perished:
For falsehood is (by its nature) bound to perish."
(17:81)

On his triumphant return to Makkah on 20th Ramadan, 8 A.H (11th January, 630), the Noble Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, entered the Great Sanctuary, touched the Black Stone with his staff, performed the tawaf around the Ka'aba and then wheeled (turned) to confront the 360 idols of the Pagan Arabs that stood on the perimeter, a grand totemic of gods and goddesses.

Pointing to each idol in turn, the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, recited this Qur'anic verse.. quoted above (17:81) from Surat Isra'i and at this, each idol fell down flat. That event marked the end of pagan practices and affirmed the meaning of One God (Tawhid) and it also served as a metaphor for all our human constructs of Reality... mental or otherwise.

The overthrow of the 360 man-made idols by the Prophet at the center of the world was to be re-enacted within each seeker of Truth at the center of their own being, in their quest for the ever-Living God. The human heart has to be cleansed of all imaginings that defile it.
 
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