For 30:1-22, I can understand a little but when it gets to 23 something is really captivating. I don't understand "why signs for people who listen?" What with it with sleeping at night and day with listening?

Ar-Rum 30:23:

And of His signs is your sleep by night and day and your seeking of His bounty. Indeed in that are signs for a people who listen.

  • Just maybe theres a connection to azan and azan have a connection with the night and days always in the 5 color change? Just maybe Dec 26, 2014 at 1:32

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Indeed in that are signs for a people who listen.

generally means those people to whom when the verses of Qur'an are recited, listen to them patiently understanding the verses, pondering over the signs mentioned trying to gain knowledge and increase belief and obey Allah.

So, sufficient are the signs of day and night who have firm belief in Allah.

May the creator guide us all.

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    Ahh i can get the feeling, if we imagine at that time, people read the verses at night and by day while we listen to the verses before sleep or in sleep or at day when we seek his bounty Feb 21, 2015 at 2:37

Among His signs are your sleep, at night or in daytime, and your seeking His bounty. [30:23]

  1. The harmony between the day and night is proof of God's oneness and
  2. To wake up after being asleep contains in it an indication of the Day of Resurrection

But only those understand these signs and evidences who pay heed to the Prophet and the Qur'an. Thus,

There truly are signs in this for people who hear [30:23]

For 1)

Islahi writes in his exegesis of Surah Jathiyah (see page 7):

The argumentative aspect found in the alternation of day and night is referred to by the Qur’ān in many places: in spite of the fact that both are opposites to one another: one is dry and the other is warm; one is peaceful and the other is noisy; one is dark and the other is radiant; however, to nurture man both of them form a harmonious pair. This is a very clear evidence to the fact that both have been created by the same God and at His bidding are continuously carrying out the responsibilities entrusted to them with full vigilance. If they had been created by different gods, then harmony and accord between the two would have been impossible and in the absence of this harmony, life on this earth would have been impossible.

For 2)

"The Qur’an is a bearer of warning and glad tidings for this Day [of Judgement]. It says that the manner in which people wake up from sleep,...,in the same manner mankind will be made to rise one day from their graves." For detailed article see Belief in the Hereafter

  • Noisy at day at silent at night? Dec 26, 2014 at 12:11
  • i.e. hustle and bustle during day and tranquility during night
    – a_fan
    Dec 26, 2014 at 12:54
  • Intresting lets wait for another day adnrf maybe there is an intresting view of this Dec 26, 2014 at 13:47

Regarding your Question For people who listen, it means and is generally referring to those people who give a thought to things, why they happen, when they happen, how they happen and such questions. If you go through these questions and reach their bottom you'll find that it is a perfect mechanism which is being sustained and is not sustaining itself, and the sustainer of all things is Allah.

Signs in Sleep, well there is a hadith which mentions that Sleep is similar to death and going to sleep is similar to dying and and waking up from sleep is similar to ressurection. But waking from sleep has other meaning as well, i.e, Allah azawajjal made you to come back from a death like situation(It is quite relative to those people who don't wake from sleep because of some physical problem like some person in coma(hospital one!), they may wake now, the next moment or never even if their heart is beating.). It follows from this verse(that you mentioned) that we should be thankful to Allah that he gives us sleep and then wakes us up too.

"It is God that takes the souls (of men) at death; and those that die not (He takes) during their sleep: those on whom He has passed the decree of death, He keeps back (from returning to life), but the rest He sends (to their bodies) for a term appointed, verily in this are Signs for those who reflect." (Quran 39:42)

There is a record of few people mentioned in Quran as "People of the Cave", who retreated to a cave to seek protection from being persecuted for their belief in Allah

Or have you thought that the companions of the cave and the inscription were, among Our signs, a wonder?

[Mention] when the youths retreated to the cave and said, "Our Lord, grant us from Yourself mercy and prepare for us from our affair right guidance."

So We cast [a cover of sleep] over their ears within the cave for a number of years.

Then We awakened them that We might show which of the two factions was most precise in calculating what [extent] they had remained in time.

It is We who relate to you, [O Muhammad], their story in truth. Indeed, they were youths who believed in their Lord, and We increased them in guidance.

And We made firm their hearts when they stood up and said, "Our Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth. Never will we invoke besides Him any deity. We would have certainly spoken, then, an excessive transgression.

These, our people, have taken besides Him deities. Why do they not bring for [worship of] them a clear authority? And who is more unjust than one who invents about Allah a lie?"

[The youths said to one another], "And when you have withdrawn from them and that which they worship other than Allah , retreat to the cave. Your Lord will spread out for you of His mercy and will prepare for you from your affair facility."

And [had you been present], you would see the sun when it rose, inclining away from their cave on the right, and when it set, passing away from them on the left, while they were [laying] within an open space thereof. That was from the signs of Allah . He whom Allah guides is the [rightly] guided, but he whom He leaves astray - never will you find for him a protecting guide.

And you would think them awake, while they were asleep. And We turned them to the right and to the left, while their dog stretched his forelegs at the entrance. If you had looked at them, you would have turned from them in flight and been filled by them with terror.

And similarly, We awakened them that they might question one another. Said a speaker from among them, "How long have you remained [here]?" They said, "We have remained a day or part of a day." They said, "Your Lord is most knowing of how long you remained. So send one of you with this silver coin of yours to the city and let him look to which is the best of food and bring you provision from it and let him be cautious. And let no one be aware of you.

Indeed, if they come to know of you, they will stone you or return you to their religion. And never would you succeed, then - ever."

And similarly, We caused them to be found that they [who found them] would know that the promise of Allah is truth and that of the Hour there is no doubt. [That was] when they disputed among themselves about their affair and [then] said, "Construct over them a structure. Their Lord is most knowing about them." Said those who prevailed in the matter, "We will surely take [for ourselves] over them a masjid."

They will say there were three, the fourth of them being their dog; and they will say there were five, the sixth of them being their dog - guessing at the unseen; and they will say there were seven, and the eighth of them was their dog. Say, [O Muhammad], "My Lord is most knowing of their number. None knows them except a few. So do not argue about them except with an obvious argument and do not inquire about them among [the speculators] from anyone."

And never say of anything, "Indeed, I will do that tomorrow,"

Except [when adding], "If Allah wills." And remember your Lord when you forget [it] and say, "Perhaps my Lord will guide me to what is nearer than this to right conduct."

And they remained in their cave for three hundred years and exceeded by nine.

Say, " Allah is most knowing of how long they remained. He has [knowledge of] the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and the earth. How Seeing is He and how Hearing! They have not besides Him any protector, and He shares not His legislation with anyone."

Sura Kahf - 18, Verses (9 to 26)

This shows us that sleep is actually quiet similar to death the only difference being your internal body functions are working while asleep and they too stop when one is dead.

These things require you to research and think about these verses and search your knowledge base, and ask help of Allah in understanding things, this is why Quran generally refers signs to people who have knowledge(wisdom in particular and knowledge in general sense), similarly Quran says about changing of the shadow length throughout the day, it requires you to understand how and why shadows are formed and when you reach to the depth of it you'll see none but Allah.

  • Yanwar i think listen is listening becouse theres others in the same surah refering to the ones that have knowlage 30:22 and the ones that have have thoughts in 30:21 but listening to the heart beat is a possible Dec 26, 2014 at 16:18
  • @AdamRamadhan, you are right I specified the definition for the above verse only. But these sort of verses are generally referring and relating to people who understand and accept or try to find existence of Allah through proofs. The people who have knowledge will connect to those kind of people who have wisdom
    – user9301
    Dec 26, 2014 at 17:30
  • @AdamRamadhan, It is not a good practice to try to translate Quran by yourself and give a commentary on the verses by yourselves. It would be rather far more logical to ask some mualim(islamic teacher) he may be a Qazi or a professor in islamic studies. Because interpreting Quran by yourselves would first require you to understand Quran and not just take a Quranic Arabic course. The difference between the schools of thought is because of interpretation of Quran, and its not wise to exaggerate these differences.
    – user9301
    Dec 31, 2014 at 6:13
  • Salam, true thats why im here yawar Jan 7, 2015 at 13:14
  • @AdamRamadhan,Walaykum Asalam hope it helps!
    – user9301
    Jan 8, 2015 at 15:56

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