9 Surah Taubeh (Repentance)
9:122 وَمَا كَانَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لِيَنفِرُواْ كَآفَّةً فَلَوْلاَ
نَفَرَ مِن كُلِّ فِرْقَةٍ مِّنْهُمْ طَآئِفَةٌ لِّيَتَفَقَّهُواْ فِي الدِّينِ
وَلِيُنذِرُواْ قَوْمَهُمْ إِذَا رَجَعُواْ إِلَيْهِمْ لَعَلَّهُمْ9:122 And the believers (are) not (to) go on expedition as a whole (take
to the field or venture forth/go abroad in their entirety) without a
person/soldier of each/every range (squad/brigade/command/squadron/choir)
of them to (stay behind) to learn/understand (expatiate/jurisprudence) of the
faith/religion/persuasion (so that) to portend/warn their people if/whether/as
long as they return to them; that they might perhaps bewarned/mindful/vigilant/safe/alert/forewarned/become wiser.
(But I do draw the line at being called a liar--not nice.)
I had to look up 'expatiate' and according to Encarta Dictionary it means 'to speak or write about something at length.' See? I have been doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing all along--what have You been up to?
On a lighter note, here is one man's take on Sign 9:122:
A man's got to believe in something. I believe I'll have another drink. --W.C. Fields
And here is the practical take on it from personal experience of what I believe:
'Ya know, the kids are not likely to believe those 'blue' flashes in the sky are meteors or their neighborhood substation shorting out forever.Lunch was interesting today, having a handsome young American male of African heritage stare at me fixedly from behind his dark sunglasses the entire time. I know I am not his type so what could bring on such interest?
Then the 'blue' flash on my way home from work and some guy in a white SUV and some kind of police sticker in his driver's side window and a big ol' Star of David hanging from his rear view mirror powering by past me--I've driven under more hazardous conditions.
I still made it to the shop in time to complete a transaction and then wend my way to a coffee-tasting focus group, where they let me go early and paid me generously for my 20 minutes of time and my digital collage (and while I know Michael specializes in entirely different media, and he is quite accomplished at it, must I see the artwork, hmm?).
Then back to my neighborhood to deposit the welcomed stipened and trek through the mall to sample my favorite See's candy to distract myself from (what I have come to euphemistically call) the headache I had all day, only to see the kids on their way somewhere and ask me for some chocolate of their own (they gave me a hug because they were thrilled to see me, or they really wanted that chocolate).
And then shop the groceries since it appears, no matter what happens or what level I'm on, I am still on the hook for dinner--so, What else Ya got?--oh, and I do remember; where's that book You borrowed?'