Surah Nahl (16) 15/09/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura Nahl (16)

Verses 125-126. “Invite (all) to the way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for your Lord knows best, who has strayed from His path, and who receive guidance. And if you do catch them out, catch them out no worse than they catch you out: but if you show patience, that is indeed the best (course) for those are patient.”

This set of verses brings us to the end of this Sura and instructs us to firstly invite people to Islam and to do so with wisdom and beautiful preaching.   What this requires of us is that when spreading Allah’s word we ought to ensure that we do not insult or belittle others but rather to show them the beauty and practicality of Islam. Furthermore when we debate with them we are to do so in the most appropriate manner, through constructive discussion or debate, ensuring respect and dignity is maintained.

Tomorrow we commence Sura 17 inshallah ….Salaams/Peace

Surah Nahl (16) 14/09/2015

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Verses 120 – 123. “Ibrahim was indeed a model, devoutly obedient to Allah, true in Faith, and he joined not gods with Allah…so we have taught you (Oh Muhammed) the inspired (Message): ‘Follow the ways of Ibrahim the true in Faith, and He joined not gods with Allah.”

This set of verses highlight the high regard of Ibrahim (AS) in the sight of Allah (SWT) – he is the patriarch of the 3 great religions and is the father of Tauheed (Monotheism). He is described as an “ummah”- a model to follow.  The model of Tauheed. Even the Prophet Muhammad(SAW) is instructed in the verse to follow the footsteps of this forefather Ibrahim(AS). Many lessons can be learnt from these 2 great messengers of Allah (SWT).

Continues tomorrow… Salaams/Peace.

Surah Nahl (16) 13/09/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura Nahl

Verses 114-115

“So eat of the sustenance which Allah has provided for you: lawful and good; and be grateful for the favours of Allah, if it is He whom you serve. He has only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and any (food) over which the name of other than Allah has been invoked. But if one is forced by necessity, without wilful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits, then Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.”

Food is such a basic part of life but so under-appreciated. The Quran lays 2 basic rules: Eat what is lawful (halaal) and also good (Tayyib – wholesome/nutritious)
Be grateful – remember Allah for such blessings.
Here this gratitude is linked to servitude (worship).

The principles of halaal are also simple; unfortunately we often complicate our lives.

Everything is halaal except the items listed in this one sentence. But if a Muslim is in dire circumstances and may be forced to eat something that is not halaal, in order to survive, then Allah in His Infinite Mercy will forgive him/her.

Continues tomorrow ….Salaams/Peace

Surah Nahl (16) 12/09/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura Nahl (16)

Verses 98-100. “when you read the Qur’an, seek Allah’s protection from Satan the rejected one. No authority has he over those who believe and put their trust in their Lord. His authority is over those only, who take him as patron who join partners with Allah.”

A few important principles are laid down. 1. Seek Allah’s protection when reading the Quran. Shaytaan aims to take us away or distract us from the Qur’an,  so always beware. 2. Shaytaan is actually weak – he only has power over those who take him as a friend.   For those who are sincere servants of Allah,  Satan has no power over such people.
3. Those who fall prey to Shaytaan’s influences are those who attribute power, greatness  etc to anyone other than Allah (SWT).

Continues tomorrow Insha Allah….Salaams/Peace

Surah Nahl (16) 11/09/2015

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Surah 16

Verse 97. Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has Faith, to Him will we ccgive a new life, a life that is good and pure and we will bestow on their reward according to the best of their actions.

The Quran has laid the foundation of fair treatment and equitaility between man and woman. There is no distinction in the rewards for either gender in service to the Creator – payscales are the same!
Furthermore, we all want the GOOD life, the formula is simple: Imaan + Amal (Faith + Righteous action) = Good life! But wait there is more reward not just on deeds but preferential selection of the best – what could be better!

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah ….Salaams/Peace

Surah Nahl (16) 09/09/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Verse 78. it is He who brought you forth from the wombs of your when ye knew nothing; and He gave you hearing and sight and intelligence and that ye may give thanks (to Allah).
It is a remarkable point of reflection. No matter if we are – rich or poor- our beginnings are the same – having known nothing and through the sensory gifts, we have been able to learn and reach the heights we have attained. None of this could have been realised without such blessings – are we ready to be grateful … are we ready to use these blessings in His service?

Continues tomorrow ….Salaams/Peace

Surah Nahl (16) 07/09/2015

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Wonders of Allah’s creation

In verses 65 to 69 Allah points out some of the signs in nature we experience daily but take for granted.   The rain from the sky and how it sustains life. Milk production from cows and the nutrition they provide. The honey produced by the bees in which is a cure for mankind.   The properties of honey have been well documented as a potent anti-bacterial, anti fungal and source of energy. The way the bee produces its honey is miraculous and Allah uses the term “awha” or inspiration when He describes this process.

Verse 68 “And thy Lord inspired the Bee to build its cells in hills, on trees, and in (men’s) habitations. Then to eat of all the produce (of the earth), and find with skill the spacious paths of its Lord: there issues from within their bodies a drink of varying colours, wherein is healing for men: verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought”

Continues tomorrow. InshaAllah . . . Salaam /Peace

Surah Nahl (16) 06/09/2016

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Purpose of the Quran : to clarify things

Verse 64: “And We sent down the Book to you for the express purpose, that you should make clear to them those things in which they differ, and that it should be a guide and a mercy to those who believe”

Quraan is a unifying force to heal the evil practices of society as well as resolve differences.

Quraan was sent to:

  1. Bring about unity by resolving differences.
  2. Guide to right conduct
  3. Show the path of repentance and forgiveness

As such Muslims ought to use the Quran as their guide and filter all information, laws, practices etc through the eyes of the Quran.

Continues tomorrow. InshaAllah . . .

Salaam /Peace

Surah Nahl (16) 05/09/2015

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Outlawing oppression of women and infanticide
Verse 58-59: “When news is brought to one of them, of (the birth of) a female (child), his face darkens, and he is filled with inward grief!” With shame does he hide himself from his people, because of the bad news he has had! Shall he retain it on (sufferance and) contempt, or bury it in the dust? Ah! what an evil (choice) they decide on”
The Arabs were ashamed of their female infants, at birth they either buried them alive or retained them with much dislike.  Allah (SWT) exposes this evil practice and outlawed it.  By doing so, the Quran restored the dignity of the girls and upheld the right to human life for infants as well.
Continues tomorrow. InshaAllah . . .
Salaam /Peace

Surah Nahl (16) 04/09/2015

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Everything submits to Allah

Verses 48-50 show us that everything in the skies and earth submits to Allah (SWT)’s universal laws.   A beautiful example of our very shadows are given to us and how they are formed is in sync with Allah’s program.   Our shadows are visible to us daily and should remind us to become subservient to Allah’s laws as well.

Verse 48 “Do they not look at Allah’s creation, among  things,- How their (very) shadows turn round, from the right and the left, prostrating (submitting) themselves to Allah, and that in the humblest manner?

Verse 49 “And to Allah doth submit all that is in the heavens and on earth, whether moving (living) creatures or the angels: for none are arrogant (before their Lord)”

The whole universe delivers a message of submission to Allah and acceptance of His laws which creates harmony amongst all these natural forces.  Why should mankind be any different, if he were to obey Allah’s laws we would experience harmony and peace in the land as well.

Continues tomorrow. InshaAllah . . .

Salaam /Peace

Salaam /Peace