The Different Aspects Of Peace In Life

Maulana Abul Kalam AzadThe Tarjuman al-Qur’an1968

The Qur’an very often draws attention to the different aspects of peace in life. Man by nature dislikes monotony and uniformity. Contrarieties and contradictions both in nature and in the life of man exist side by side, acting and reacting on each other so as to contribute to peace in life. It is in this context that Qur’an speaks of the alternating behaviors of the night and the day. In them lie concealed innumerable signs for the thoughtful. Had time been one continuous night or day, life would have become an impossibility.

“Verily, in the creation of heavens and of the earth, and in the succession of the night and of the day, are signs for men of understanding.”

Surah: Al-‘Imran (The Family of Imran) – Chapter: 3 – Verse: 190

It is this difference between night and day that has divided life into two parts. The light of the day is to help man engage himself in life’s activities, and the darkness of the night to induce in him the urge for rest. The activity of the day is succeeded by the rest of the night, and the rest of the night ushers in a fresh day of activity.

“Of his mercy, He Hath made for you the night that ye may take your rest in it: and the day, that ye may seek what ye may need out of his bounteous provisions, and that ye may give thanks.”

Surah: Al-Qasas (The Story) – Chapter: 28 – Verse: 73

Not merely this, but even the time of day is a succession of varied phases, all tending to sustain our zest in life.

“Glorify God therefore when ye reach the evening and when ye rise in the morning: And to Him be praise in the heaven, and on the earth; and at twilight, and when ye rest at noon.”

Surah: Al-Rum (The Romans) – Chapter: 30 – Verse: 16