Reflecting on Surah An-Nahl: 1-21


How many different and beautiful colors do you see around you? Try to list all these colors. Who created all of these?

Sitting in my room I see the following colors around me :
1. White (at least 10 different shades of it)
2. Yellow (at least 4 different shades of it)
3. Orange
4. Pink
5. Blue
6. Black
7. Green
8. Brown
9. Silver
10. Purple
11. Maroon
12. Gold
13. Beige
14. Red
15. Grey
16. Red orange
17. Jungle green
18. Turquoise
19. Navy blue
20. Sky blue
21. Parrot Green
22. Shocking Pink

Of the 15 main colors that I’ve mentioned there exists at least 4 to 12 different shades of the same color around me. That would make roughly about 150 different colors . Those are just the colors I can number and name. Probably in my house alone I’m sure there will be at least 700 different shades of colors. I can’t even imagine how many different shades might exist in the heavens and the earth.
Without a doubt Allah created all these.

A Student of the Quran

There are numerous colors around us. Allah SWT out of His mercy not only made the colors, but also made our eyes able to perceive those colors. Different colors can even have an effect on our emotional states. It is impossible to list the colors we see, even as I sit inside a room, I cannot name the colors I see. We do not have to voluntarily cause our eyes to see and minds to process the colors around us. This is all from the mercy of Allah, and a sign of His might. 

In ayah 13 of Surah Nahl Allah SWT mentions this blessing of different colors He has created.

The colors of human skin are varying also, as we learn from ahadeeth that Allah SWT ordered the angels to bring dirt from all places on earth, so that some was light some was dark some was red etc, and from mountains and valleys and deserts etc so that people also vary in their temperament and character. These differences should be celebrated and appreciated, not used as evidence for the superiority of one color of skin over the other.

Of course, Allah SWT has created all these colors, but we tend to forget this. We appreciate the colors but not the One Who Created them.

Sana Ahmad

Colors is a naimah for sure. Usually we take color for granted just like we take the grass and trees around us for granted.

But Allah makes us realize that color is a beautiful naimah. Not only is there green, there are variation in the colors.

If the nature and its colors does not remind of Allah as a sole Creator, we are definitely blind to life and our own existence. We used to be in Pennsylvania, USA. The fall season in that area is supposed to be a beautiful sight. When fall came, undoubtedly, it cannot be described in words how the leaves changed their colors from green to golden and then the various shade taken from the palette of shades of orange, rust, gold, red.

Then the colors under the sea are unimaginable! I had an opportunity to go scuba diving once in the Red Sea. The water was blue and then there was a sudden drop. The drop opened up the world of colors and a life that humans cannot imagine. The different fish and sea creatures roamed about. Even the color of the color of the reefs and corals underwater are indescribable and incredible. I can still close my eyes and envision it.

Also it is amazing how sometimes children vary in their appearance. The hair color and complexion of all my children is different. One resembles the maternal side, the other paternal. Subhanallah for color.

This question also made me think of my cousin who is colorblind. He has trouble seeing certain colors. It is not really a handicap, yet he is deprived of seeing the beautiful colors of flowers or grass. Alhumdulillah for all of us who do have the ability to see all colors.

Safia Kemal

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About Quran Reflections

Al-Huda's branch at Khayaban-e-Sehar is one of the few Quran courses being regularly conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, where the mode of instruction and examination is English. The students and teachers have decided to upload their reflections on the Quran and class notes on this blog, in order to be available to a global audience for the latter's benefit and inspiration.
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