Surah Mu’min (23) 01/12/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Surah 23 (The Believers)

Believers are mindful of their shortcomings

Verse 118

So say: “O my Lord! grant me Your forgiveness and mercy for You are the best of those who show mercy!”

The Surah closes in a wonderful way with us a nice supplication.   If we reflect upon why the Surah concludes with this supplication in particular, the answer is to be found in the Sura as an entirety which defines the true believers.  The believers, who have all of the traits mentioned in the Surah might err from time to time and are reminded of seeking Allah’s forgiveness and mercy continuously.   Consequently, there should be a final Ayah that leads one back to the way of Allah(SWT), asking for His forgiveness for the faults committed by a human who is by nature prone to mistakes.

Tomorrow we commence Sura Nur InshaAllah.

Salaams/ Peace

Surah Mu’min (23) 30/11/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Surah 23 (The Believers)

You Only Live Once on this earth

Verse 99-100

(In Falsehood will they be) Until, when death comes to one of them, he says: “O my Lord! send me back (to life),-“In order that I may work righteousness in the things I neglected.” – “By no means! It is but a word he says.”- Before them is a Partition till the Day they are raised up.

Verse 100 tells us that there is a barrier (barzakh) preventing a soul from returning back to life. This Barzakh can be understood as a state from the period of death up to resurrection on the Day of Judgement. In this state some, like Pharoah and his tribe will be shown the fire of hell daily (40:46). Others like the martyrs will be receiving their sustenance with Allah (3:169), while others may be in a state of slumber (36:52).

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaams/ Peace

Surah Mu’min (23) 29/11/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Surah 23 (The Believers)

How to respond to evil acts

Verse 96
Repel evil with that which is best: We are well acquainted with the things they say.

The doing of good in return for evil is the common teaching of all prophets.But nowhere is the principle put in such a beautiful and practical form as in the Qur’an. In repelling evil the rule to be observed is that it must be repelled by what is best. If you can repel an evil by doing good for it, it is the course recommended; but if punishment is necessary, that would be the better course. It is the only workable principle of life. The response needs to be for reformation and not for revenge.

Continues tomorrow

InshaAllah…Salaams/ Peace

Surah Mu’min (23) 28/11/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Surah 23 (The Believers)

Allah know the capabilities of each person and will judge accordingly

Verse 62

“But We will not oblige a soul beyond its capacity; for with us is a Record that utters the truth, and they shall not be wronged.”

The judgment takes into consideration the capacities of a person. It is not success at achieving a goal which counts but the striving. It is this that transforms people. Some people may achieve much without much effort, while others may achieve little though they strive hard. From the worldly point of view the achievement counts. But it is the striver who is developing.

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaams/ Peace

Surah Mu’min (23) 27/11/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Surah 23 (The Believers)

Some lessons from the Prophets of Allah

Verse 30

Verily in this there are Signs (for men to understand); (thus) do We try (men).

Verses 23 to 50 mention the instructive biography of some of the great prophets such as Noah, Hud, Moses, and Jesus (peace be on them) as a few examples by mentioning certain aspects of their lives. A lesson we learn from the story of Nuh AS is:Those who fulfill their function with respect to Allah survive and prosper, and those who do not are annihilated, to be replaced by others.

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaams/ Peace

Surah Mu’min (23) 26/11/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Surah 23 (The Believers)

The creation of man and things in nature that benefit us.

Verse 14-16

Then We made the sperm into a clot of congealed blood; then of that clot We made a (foetus) lump; then we made out of that lump bones and clothed the bones with flesh; then we developed out of it another creature. So blessed be Allah, the best to create! After that, at length ye will die. Again, on the Day of Judgment, will ye be raised up.

Verses 12 to 22 proceed to mention the different signs of knowing Allah and His signs in the macrocosm and microcosm of the world of existence. It recounts some examples of the wonderful system of the world of creation, such as the sky, the earth, and the creation of man, plants and animals. These signs are there for us to reflect on so that we may realise the Greatness of Allah (SWT) and that we are to return to Him.

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaams/ Peace

Surah Mu’min (23) 25/11/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Surah 23 (The Believers)

The Believers are successful

Verse 1
“Successful indeed are the believers”

This Sura mentions some of the attributes that lead to the salvation and deliverance of the believers from verses 1 to 11. These practical attributes are so comprehensive and accurate that they also cover various aspects of social and personal life. All of the acts mentioned in these verses that describe a believer (Humble in prayer, avoid vain talk, active in charity, abstain from unlawful sexual relations, observe their trusts, guard their prayers) are done for the sake of, or to attain to, purity.
A similar set of qualities are used to describe the servants of Allah and those that pray in Surah 25 and Surah 70.

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaams/ Peace