- The Tafsirs - التفاسير

* تفسير Al Qushairi Tafsir

{ فَٱذْكُرُونِيۤ أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَٱشْكُرُواْ لِي وَلاَ تَكْفُرُونِ }

So remember Me I will remember you; and be thankful to Me and be not ungrateful toward Me. Remembrance is the immersion of the one who is remembering in the witnessing shuhūd of that which is remembered and then [it is] being consumed in the existence wujūd of that which is being remembered until no trace athar remains of the remembering so that it is said “so and so” once was. So remember me I will remember you that is “be consumed in Our existence wujūd and We will remember you after your annihilation from yourself.” God most high said “For indeed formerly they had been virtu- ous” [51:16]. They were here for a time but they have become perpetually separate bānū dāÌiman: The world is a beautiful [passing] event so be a beautiful event for the one who is aware. The path of the people of literal expression ʿibāra is So remember me by acts of conformity muwāfaqāt [to the divine command] I will remember you with special gifts karāmāt. The path of the people of allu- sion ishāra is “So remember me in abandoning every worldly concern ḥaẓẓ I will remember you by raising you up in My reality ḥaqq after your annihilation from yourselves.” “So remember me by being content with Me instead of with My gifts and favors afḌāl and I will remember you by being pleased with you regard- less of your actions af ʿāl.” “So remember me-and it is by My remembrance of you that you remem- ber for without My prior remembrance your remembrance would not occur.” “So remember me by cutting off attachments ʿalāÌiq and I will remem- ber you by the attributes of realities ḥaqāÌiq.” It is said that “remember Me belongs to everyone you meet and I will remember you belongs to those whom I address.” Whoever remembers Me in a congregation I will remember him in a congregation better than theirs. It is said that “and be thankful to Me for the tremendous blessing to you [refers to when] I said to you 'So remember me I will remember you.'” It is said that gratitude is a kind of remembrance. In His words and be not ungrateful the prohibition against ingratitude kufrān is a com- mand to be grateful. Gratitude is a remembrance so He repeated for you the command to remember.