Surah Ibrahim (14) 18/08/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

The powerful Arabs are given a clear warning

In verses 46-47 Allah SWT reassures the messenger and the believers and at
the same time warns the powerful Arabs of the fate of superpowers in the past, who rejected the messengers.   Despite having all the power one could imagine possible, once they rejected the message and continued in defiance thereof, they were utterly destroyed.

Verse 46  “Mighty indeed were the plots which they made, but their plots were (well) within the sight of Allah, even though they were such as to shake the mountains”.

Allah then reassures His messenger of his success and that Truth shall eventually overcome falsehood, despite the power and might of the kufaar.

Verse 47 “Never think that Allah would fail His messengers in His promise:
for Allah is Exalted in power, – the Lord of Retribution”

That concludes Sura Ebrahim (14), tomorrow inshallah we start with Sura
Hijr (15).

Salaam/Peace

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Surah Ibrahim (14) 17/08/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Abraham’s dua

In verses 35-41 we read  the dua that Ebrahim (AS) made.  As parents we are concerned about the well being of our kids, their safety, financial success etc.  Although Ebrahim (AS) does ask for these things as well, pay attention to the opening in his dua (concerning his children).  He asks Allah to save his children from associating partners with Allah.  He recognises that to become subservient to anything else other than the one true God, Allah, or to become idolaters is the most grievous sin before Allah SWT and leads to social chaos as well.  With this dua, he shows that he is not only concerned for his kids material success but for their spiritual success as well.

Verse 35 “And Remember Abraham said: “O my Lord! make this city one of peace and security: and preserve me and my sons from worshipping idols”

Salaam/Peace

Continues tomorrow…

Surah Ibrahim (14) 16/08/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Counting Allah’s favours

In verse 31 Allah asks us to establish salaah and keep our wealth open for the upliftment of society.
Sometimes we don’t fully observe these commandments of the Quran, so verses 32 and 33 aptly reminds us of some of the favours Allah has done for us.

Verse 32 “It is Allah Who hath created the heavens and the earth and sends down rain from the skies, and with it brings out fruits wherewith to feed you..”
And if we are still doubtful of being grateful to Allah, He reminds us that His favours are countless.

Verse 34 “…But if ye count the favours of Allah, never will ye be able to number them….”

So when thinking of all that Allah has done for us we are encouraged to pay heed to His message and uplift society through whatever means Allah has blessed us with.

Continues tomorrow… Salaam / Peace

Surah Ibrahim (14) 15/08/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Shaytaan deserts his adherents

Verse 22 “And Satan will say when the matter is decided: “It was Allah who gave you a promise of Truth: I too promised, but I failed in my promise to you. I had no authority over you except to call you but ye listened to me: then reproach not me, but reproach your own souls…….. For wrong-doers there must be a grievous penalty”

On the day of Judgement, before Allah’s tribunal Satan will distance himself from those who responded to his call by transgressing against Allah’s commands.   Each one will stand responsible for his or her own actions and we’ll have no one to blame but ourselves, as Satan only ‘called’ but human beings responded.   Knowing the truth Satan then confirms that wrongdoers must meet Allah’s punishment, no wonder he is called the ‘chief deceiver’.    May Allah save us from falling into the deceitful trap of Satan.

Salaam/Peace
Continues tomorrow

Surah Ibrahim (14) 14/08/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Verse 4: “We sent not a messenger except (to teach) in the language of his (own) people, in order to make (things) clear to them”

Verse 4 informs us that Allah SWT sent messengers to teach people in their own language and the reason that He did so was to ensure that the people understood what was being communicated.  So the Prophets spoke the languages of their people and their respective scriptures were revealed in those languages as well.

What we learn from this is when making dawah we ought to teach in the language of the people and make Allah’s message (al Quran) available in different languages for the various people of different languages to understand it.

Continues tomorrow… Salaam/Peace

Surah Ibrahim (14) 13/08/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Distracted by the love of the life of this world

Verse 3. “Those who love the life of this world more than the Hereafter, who hinder (people) from the Path of Allah and seek therein something crooked: they are astray by a long distance.”

The phrase “those who love this life more than the akhirah” means that those who enjoy or live this life without the realisation of accountability, without observance of Allah’s law.  This life is the end for such people and not the Hereafter, so they have no limitations to their enjoyment in this life and in doing so they hinder or obstruct others from approaching the reality of the hereafter by either creating many distractions or bending the laws to satisfy their own desires.   Such people are astray by far.

A lesson to learn is that whatever we do we must bear in mind that we will be called to account for it on the day of judgement and our preferences for the enjoyment of the things of this world should not cause us to violate Allah’s commandments.

Continues tomorrow… Salaam/Peace

Surah Ibrahim (14) 12/08/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

This surah gets its title from verse 35 where Ibrahim (AS) relocates some of his family to the barren lands of Makkah.

Verse 1 : “…. A Book which We have revealed unto you, in order that you may lead mankind out of the depths of darkness into light by the leave of your Lord….”

Verse 1 establishes the purpose of the Quran which is to lead mankind out of darkness to light.  When there is complete darkness, we think of obscurity,there is the danger of being hurt and life itself becomes chaotic . With light however, things become clear and visible and as a result living benevolently and peacefully becomes possible.  Such is Allah’s light of guidance, it illuminates the dangers that lurk in disbelief and transgression and illuminates the path to success and eternal salvation.   It therefore makes eternal living possible – through following Allah’s light of guidance we attain a successful life in this world and the hereafter.

Salaam/Peace

Continues tomorrow