Surah Ta-ha (20) 03/11/2015

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Surah 20 (Ta-ha)

Establishing prayer and doing acts of righteousness.

Verse 132 “Enjoin prayer on your people, and be constant therein. We do not
ask you to provide sustenance: We provide it for you. But the Hereafter is
for righteousness”.

Allah inspires the Prophet SAW to not only enjoin Salaah on his people but
to keep consistency of Salaah as well.   The virtue of Salaah is that it serves as
a reminder of Allah’s ever presence and our subservience to Him (20:14).  When performed with the proper frame of mind it leads us to acts of righteousness and deters us from shameful and unjust deeds (29:45).   One easy way to improve the effectiveness of our Salaah is to understand the verses we are reading and the praises of Allah that we recite in our ruku and sujood etc.  The verse then reminds us that all forms of sustenance emanate from Him for everyone, regardless of belief and this alone should motivate us to serve and adore Him.  Having said so, Allah then concludes the verse by reminding us that the home of the hereafter is reserved for those who live their lives with God consciousness. (7:156)

And that concludes Sura Taha.  Tomorrow we commence Sura Ambiyaa inshallah (the Prophets).

Salaams/ Peace

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Surah Ta-ha (20) 02/11/2015

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Surah Taha (20), Verses 129 & 130:
“Had it not been for a Word that went forth before from thy Lord, (their punishment) must necessarily have come; but there is a Term appointed (for respite).
Therefore be patient with what they say, and celebrate (constantly) the praises of thy Lord, before the rising of the sun, and before its setting; yea, celebrate them for part of the hours of the night, and at the sides of the day: that thou mayest have (spiritual) joy.”

We as humans are often impatient. The decision of Allah is always true and that reality does not come except at the timing decreed by Allah  (SWT). He is merciful and gives every one a chance of repentance.
For the believer patience and satisfaction in Allah’s remembrance is essential. In verse 130 we are given several times in the 24 hour cycle to ponder and celebrate His Praises.

See also surah 71 verse 4 & surah 4 verse 102.

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam / Peace.

Surah Ta-ha (20) 01/11/2015

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Sura Ta-Ha(20)

020.124 “But whosoever turns away from My Message, verily for him is a life narrowed down, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Judgment.

“020.125 He will say: “O my Lord! why hast Thou raised me up blind, while I had sight (before)?”

020.126 (Allah) will say: “Thus didst Thou, when Our Signs came unto thee, disregard them: so wilt thou, this day, be disregarded.”

Those who turn away from the guidance of Allah have a narrow perception of life. Men in his limitations are limited in their understanding of life and have no knowledge of their future. However, Allah, the All-Knowing knows the full reality of all that exists and even knows the future. The committed believer, knowing this, conforms to the Divine laws of Allah as set out in the Quran. In so doing, he lives his life in the widest sense of reality. So, the committed believer cannot be considered to be “Narrow Minded”.

016.097 Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has Faith, verily, to him will We give a new Life, a life that is good and pure and We will bestow on such their reward according to the best of their actions.

Continues tomorrow….InshaAllah

Salaams / Peace

Surah Ta-ha (20) 31/10/2015

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Allah’s justice and mercy

Surah 20 (Ta-ha)

Verse 122-123  “But his Lord chose him (for His Grace): He turned to him, and gave him Guidance.  He said: “Get ye down, both of you,- all together, from the Garden, with enmity one to another: but if, as is sure, there comes to you Guidance from Me, whosoever follows My Guidance, will not lose his way, nor fall into misery”

After Adam (AS) errs as a result of Shaytaan’s influence and deceit, Allah SWT’s justice and mercy is shown.    When he expels Adam (as) from the garden He shows His justice but then He also shows His mercy and compassion by offering Adam an opportunity for repentance.   The repentance is shown by complying with Allah’s guidance. The opportunity was taken by Adam (AS) and he turned in repentance to Allah SWT.   An important lesson for us – we should remember that when we do wrong Allah’s justice demands that we correct our actions and turn to Him by complying with His guidance. In doing so we earn His mercy.  We should never despair of Allah’s mercy.  39:53 “Say: “O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful”.

Continues tomorrow. Insha Allah …

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Surah Ta-ha (20) 30/10/2015

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Surah 20 (Ta-ha)

The story of Adam AS is touched on briefly.

Verse 115 – We also commanded Adam before you, but he forgot and We found him lacking in constancy.

Verse117 – so We said, ‘Adam, this is your enemy, yours and your wife’s: do not let him drive you out of the garden and make you miserable.

Shaytaan is the eternal enemy for mankind. Any moment of weakness or forgetfulness from us will be pounced upon. We may end up disobeying Allah even if we don’t intend to.

We need to always be aware of this threat and the moment we realise that we got caught by the deception of Shaytaan, we should turn to Allah.

“And say O my Lord! I seek refuge with Thee from the suggestions of the Evil Ones. And I seek refuge with Thee O my Lord! lest they should come near me.” Surah 23 Verses 97-98

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaams/ Peace

Surah Ta-ha (20) 29/10/2015

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Surah 20 (Ta-ha)

A reminder of the day of judgement*

After the story of Moses is concluded, Allah reminds us of the day of judgement where people who  lived their lives in violation of Allah’s commandments will have serious cause for concern and those who had faith and performed righteous deeds shall have no stress or anxiety.   In the
context of the Bani Israeel, we are reminded as Muslims, to keep to Allah’s
commandment and not be swayed by charlatans such as Samiri or the consequences will be drastic on judgement day.

Verses 111-112 “(All) faces shall be humbled before (Him) – the Living, the
Self-Subsisting, Eternal: hopeless indeed will be the man that carries
iniquity (on his back).   But he who works deeds of righteousness, and has
faith, will have no fear of harm nor of any curtailment (of what is his
due).”

Continues tomorrow …

Salaams/ Peace

Surah Ta-ha (20) 28/10/2015

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Surah 20 (Ta-ha)

Verse 85

(Allah) said: “We have tested thy people in thy absence: the Samiri has led
them astray.”

After the successful exodus of the Children of Israel across the sea to safety, Musa went up to the mount to receive commandments. In his absence Haroon was in charge and during this time the Samiri deceived the people of Musa and they built an idol. Although the children we physically liberated, mentally they were shackled with the ways of Pharoah. This weakness is
exploited by “charlatans” with trickery. In verse 93 the Samiri says:

“I saw what they saw not: so I took a handful (of dust) from the footprint of the
Messenger, and threw it (into the calf): thus did my soul suggest to me.”

This “superstitious” swindling caught the people of Musa (AS). Are we
mentally liberated? Will we fall for the “charlatans” or stay firmly with the final
revelation – Al Quran.

Continues tomorrow Insha Allah

Salaams/Peace

Surah Ta-ha (20) 27/10/2015

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Surah 20 (Ta-ha)

Verses 69-70

“Throw that which is in thy right hand: Quickly will it swallow up that which they have faked what they have faked is but a magician’s trick: and the magician thrives not, (no matter) where he goes. So the magicians were thrown down to prostration: they said, “We believe in the Lord of Aaron and Moses”.

Pharoah’s control over the masses was based on brute force as well as magic and deception to subdue them psychologically.  In this way he exercised total control over the masses.  The task of Moosa (AS) was to free the Bani Israeel from the oppression of Pharaoh and to do this he had to break the psychological control that Pharoah had over the masses.   Thus Allah empowered him to prove the deception of the magicians and destroy what they had faked up.  The magicians for a moment amazed the crowd and caused a fear in Moses but Allah’s support was present and proved that the magicians were using nothing but trickery and
deception.   Truth became clear from error and the magicians became submissive to Allah.

What we learn is that in life, we are faced with all sorts of ungodly behaviour but if we remain firm to Allah’s command the tide will turn in favour of the truth.

Further reference is Surah 2 verse 256 & Surah 21 verse 18

Continues tomorrow …

Salaams/ Peace

Surah Ta-ha (20) 26/10/2015

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Surah 20 (Ta-ha)

Verse 44

“But speak to him mildly; perchance he may take warning or fear (Allah).”

An amazing instruction – Musa (AS) was instructed to go to address the prototype of Evil – an oppressor par excellence, yet he is told to speak gently. Much can be gained with such wisdom… gentleness allows the message rather than emotion to come forward. The term “gently” is probably best phrased as “calmly”. This was important as strength in such circumstances is to be calm and composed and not allow matters to spiral out of control. It is also important to note that mission was not to “take out” Pharoah but rather to “give him the message”. There is much to be gained from this example and relevant to our lives.

Further reference is Surah 6 verse 125 where we are instructed to invite to the way of Allah (SWT) with Wisdom and Beautiful Preaching

Continues tomorrow …

Salaams/ Peace

Surah Ta-ha (20) 25/10/2015

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Surah 20 (Ta-ha)

Verse 24

“Go thou to Pharaoh, for he has indeed transgressed all bounds.”

The mission for Musa (AS) was to go to Pharoah with the message of Allah (SWT). In Surah 28 Verse 3 we read: “Truly Pharaoh elated himself in the land and broke up its people into sections, depressing a small group among them: their sons he slew, but he kept alive their females: for he was indeed a maker of mischief.”

The instruction to go to this oppressor was a tough one and Musa was concerned. He makes a special prayer (dua/call) to Allah in the subsequent verses to make it easy for him, help with his impediment in speech and for Haroon (AS) his brother to help with this mission.

For more on the story of Musa read the first few sections of this Surah and Surah 28

Continues tomorrow …Salaams/