Surah Bani Isra’il (17) 28/09/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Surah 17 (Bani-Isra’il)

Human beings will be resurrected

The ungrateful deny the resurrection because they fear accountability.   They want to lead their lives without taking responsibility for their actions and hence denial of the hereafter is convenient for them.  Allah (SWT) appeals to their sense of logic.

Verse 98 “….. they rejected Our signs, and said, “When we are reduced to bones and broken dust, should we really be raised up to a new Creation. See they not that Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth, has power to create the like of them (anew)? Only He has decreed a term appointed, of which there is no doubt. But the unjust refuse (to receive it) except with ingratitude.”

If the deniers reflect upon how all of the universe and earth came into being from nothing, they will have no doubt that its creator is able to repeat the process and hence the resurrection is a reality.

Continues tomorrow…
Salaam/Peace

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Surah Bani Isra’il (17) 26/09/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Surah 17 (Bani-Isra’il)

Mercy and benevolence brought by the Quran

Verse 82 “We send down (stage by stage) in the Qur’an that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe: to the unjust it causes nothing but loss after loss”

If we reflect on pre-Islamic Arabia,  we find that it was chaotic.  The people were consumed by hatred, violence and lawlessness and compare that to the post Quranic era where we find law, order, love, mercy and compassion.     It was the implementation of the Quran that made this transformation.  Thus the Quran was the source that healed the society by bringing with it law and order.  It was a mercy in that it saved the society from meeting with destruction and brought about a benevolent and caring society.

In today’s chaotic times, mankind require the “healing” and the “mercy”, both of which exist in the Quran but will only be experienced, if we implement the Quran in our lives.

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Bani Isra’il (17) 25/09/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Surah 17 (Bani-Isra’il)

Allah’s favour and honour upon human beings

Verse 70  “We have honoured the sons of Adam; provided them with transport on land and sea; given them for sustenance things good and pure; and conferred on them special favours, above a great part of our creation”

Every human being is honoured by Allah (SWT) and preserving human dignity is a high priority in Islam.   Over the many different forms of creation,  Allah has conferred upon us His special favour.  This He has done by blowing into us His spirit, gifting us with freedom of choice and making the universe and the earth subservient or subject to our use.   In return we are only expected to observe His laws and serve Him as our only Master.   If we are successful in doing so we will be given Jannah as our reward and if we are ungrateful for His many favours and lead lives against His commands, we will end up in Jahannam.

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…
Salaam/Peace

Surah Bani Isra’il (17) 24/09/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Surah 17 (Bani-Isra’il)

Satan’s methods to take us away from Allah

“Lead to destruction those whom you can among them, with your (seductive) voice; make assaults on them with your cavalry and your infantry; mutually share with them wealth and children; and make promises to them.” But Satan promises them nothing but deceit”

This verse tell us the various methods that evil ones uses to mislead mankind from the truth.  The voice signifies convincing us through information or speech, calling upon people and encouraging them to act against the code of conduct given to us by Allah (SWT).   The cavalry and infantry signify the brute force used by evil forces to create a God-less society.  As Muslims we must be wary of the appeal of Satan in every facet of our lives as ultimately Satan will distance himself from his adherents on the day of judgement.  We know that Satan tries to influence our thoughts (sudoor) and the best way to combat this is by studying, reflecting and implementing Allah’s Book.   See sura 10 verse 57

Continues tomorrow…

Surah Bani Isra’il (17) 23/09/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 17 (Bani-Isra’il)

Verse 61 “Behold! We said to the angels: “Submit unto Adam”: They submitted except Iblis: He said, “Shall I submit-to one whom You created from clay”

Allah has bestowed the role of khilafat to mankind and in doing so Allah endowed mankind with a special status above all of His creation.  Iblees’ refusal to submit was based on arrogance, he thought he was better than Adam (AS), much like apartheid South Africa, apartheid Israel etc where one class of people think they are superior to others, thus leading to oppression.  As a result of Iblees’ disobedience he became Shaytaan (the rejected one) and he defies Allah in verse 62 saying “…….If You give me respite to the Day of Judgment, I will surely bring his (Adam’s) descendants under my sway – all but a few!”.  Thus the challenge of good versus evil begins and in verse 64 we are told what methods Shaytaan uses.

Continues tomorrow…
Salaam/Peace

Surah Bani Isra’il (17) 20/09/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 17 (Bani-Isra’il)

Verse 36: And pursue not that of which thou hast no knowledge; for every act of hearing, or of seeing or of (feeling in) the heart (and understanding) will be enquired into (on the Day of Reckoning).

This is a negative command warning us against pursuing or following something blindly without making the necessary enquiries.   Whether it comes to listening to any news, fables or following blindly our forefathers in worldly or religious matters, we are required to use our faculties of hearing, seeing and understanding to ascertain the truth.

Each person is gifted with observational ability and intellect and this verse requires us to use those faculties. Likewise, we will be held to account if we do not so as ignorance is no excuse.

Continues tomorrow… Salaam/Peace

Surah Bani Isra’il (17) 19/09/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 17 (Bani-Isra’il)
Verse 23-24: Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honour. And, out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: “My Lord! bestow on them thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood.”
This verse places duty to parents second to duty to Allah (SWT). We are told not even say “Uff” to them. In common usage this would be saying “Agh” in a negative manner. Thus respect and regard for parents is set not only as a high priority but a high standard as well.  Disrespecting them is no light matter in the sight of Allah (SWT). We are taught to be loving and supporting of them in old age like a bird who protects its young under wings. We are also given a beautiful dua to read for them in the verse asking Allah to bestow upon them His mercy.
Continues tomorrow Insha Allah…
Salaam/Peace

Surah Bani Isra’il (17) 18/09/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 17 (Bani-Isra’il)
Verse 12-14: Every man’s fate We have fastened on his own neck: On the Day of Judgment We shall bring out for him a scroll, which he will see spread open… Who receiveth guidance, receiveth it for his own benefit: who goeth astray doth so to his own loss: No bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another: nor would We visit with Our Wrath until We had sent an messenger (to give warning).

This verse makes it abundantly clear that we cannot blame others for our wrongs and that we will be held to account for our actions. The rules are set by Allah (SWT) but the choices are up to us … with consequences.   All our actions are recorded and will be presented to us  as clear as daylight on the day of Judgement – we are warned about this event to prepare for it by ensuring our actions conform to what Allah has laid down in His Book- forewarned  is forearmed!

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…
Salaam/Peace

Surah Bani Isra’il (17) 17/09/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 17 (Bani-Isra’il)

Verse 8: Verily this Qur’an doth guide to that which is most right (or stable), and giveth the Glad Tidings to the Believers who work deeds of righteousness, that they shall have a magnificent reward.

The Quran is here described as a book that guides to Aqwam (from the term Qiyaam) meaning upright or stable. The life style it promotes is one of balance,  without extremes. Implementation of the Quran will lead to stability in this life, something that is desperately sought by all societies.   But it doesn’t stop there, the results are eternal as Allah promises a further magnificent reward which is the everlasting abode of jannah.  Thus we should do our best to implement the quranic code in our lives which will lead to success in this life and the next (akhirah).

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Bani Isra’il (17) 16/09/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 17 (Bani-Isra’il)

This sura deals with various laws and ethics that Allah has laid down for believers.  It also deals with the Bani Israeel after introducing the Isra or night journey where Allah SWT facilitated the journey of the Prophet SAW from Makkah to the distant mosque.

Verse 1: Glory to (Allah) Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless,- in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who heareth and seeth (all things).
The purpose of the journey was for Allah to show His signs to His messenger. Some understand verse 60 later in the Sura referring to the “Ruya” or vision as it relates to the showing of the signs in this verse.
Continues tomorrow…

Salaam/Peace