Het zijn mooie verzen over onze afhankelijkheid van Allah. Ik ben aangenaam verrast wanneer de commentatoren in de voetnoten verwijzen naar Coleridge’s gedicht “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (klik HIER voor het gedicht). Daar ik geen goede vertaler ben, geef ik nu letterlijk de betreffende voetnoten in het Engels weer:
Voetnoot 4572 bij 42:32* The great and stately ships are appealed to again and again as being among the Signs of Allah, from many aspects. The aspect referred to here is how the great sailing ship runs prosperously as long as “the breath of heaven fills the sail”, and what a miserable helpless creature she becomes when she once becomes calmed. Students of English literature will remember the striking picture which Coleridge draws in his “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. The becalmed ship is as it were in the grip of Death because of the crime which the sailor had committed, and his mind feels psychologically the full force of the Sign. By analogy we can apply this to other craft: the steamer is not free from other dangers of the sea, nor air-craft from numerous dangers of the air.
Voetnoot 4573 bij 42:33* If we study such Signs in the right spirit, we learn the highest lessons for our spiritual life: on the one hand, patient perseverance with reliance on Allah, and on the other a feeling or attitude of grateful thanks to Allah, that He enables us to achieve so much in spite of our shortcomings, and forgives in us so much that deserves punishment and disaster.
*Bron: The Holy Qur-an, English translation of the meanings and Commentary (uitgave onder auspiciën van het Ministerie van Hajj en Donaties van Saoedi-Arabië)