Surah Furqan (25) 22/12/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 25 (Al-Furqan)

Servants of Allah Most Gracious are… (continued)

Verses 72-73: “Those who witness no falsehood, and, if they pass by futility, they pass by it with honourable (avoidance); Those who, when they are admonished with the Signs of their Lord, droop not down at them as if they were deaf or blind …”

In this second set we learn that we should not bear witness to falsehood and should avoid all futile and vain activities e.g. certain TV programs, gossipping etc. Additionally, we should always acknowledge the signs of Allah (S.W.T) and establish our families based on righteousness in order to
attain “the highest place in heaven”, Insha-Allah.

Note: Only a selection of verses is shown and it is recommended to read all
the verses from verse 63 to the end of the Surah.

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Furqan (25) 21/12/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 25 (Al-Furqan)

Servants of Allah Most Gracious are …

Verse 63 – 67: “…those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say, “Peace!”; Those who spend the night in adoration of their Lord prostrate and standing;… Those who, when they spend, are not extravagant and not niggardly, but hold a just (balance) between those (extremes)…”

In this first set of verses, we see the qualities that define true servants of Allah (SWT). We should strive to be one of them by being humble in our demeanour and exercising self-control in our reactions towards our opponents which should not be rash and hostile, but peaceful. Moreover, we should make an effort to pray at night as well as practise moderation in all aspects of our lives including our spending.

Allah (S.W.T) states in Surah 17 Verse 29: “Make not thy hand tied (like a niggard’s) to thy neck, nor stretch it forth to its utmost reach, so that thou become blameworthy and destitute.” Thus, balance is the distinctive feature that Islam establishes in the life of the individual and the community.

Continues tomorrow…
Salaam/Peace

Surah Furqan (25) 20/12/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 25 (Al-Furqan)

Selfish desire

Verses 43-44: “Seest thou such a one as taketh for his god his own passion (or impulse)? Couldst thou be a disposer of affairs for him? Or thinkest thou that most of them listen or understand? They are only like cattle;- nay, they are worse astray in Path.”

This verse widens our understanding of the Kalimah. We are not to take another “ilah” (god) but Allah. However, in this verse we learn that even our passions or desires (hawa) can become an “ilah” and could obstruct our duties or submission to Allah (SWT). This is a subtle but serious concern and we need to be on our guard. Shaytaan has promised to create in us “false desires” (Sura 4 Verse 119) and is a constant challenge.

A similar verse to the current one can also be found in Sura 45 Verse 23

Continues tomorrow…Salaam/Peace

Surah Furqan (25) 19/12/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 25 (Al-Furqan)

Lament of the Prophet (SAW)

Verse 30: Then the Messenger will say: “O my Lord! Truly my people have deserted this Quran”

The Prophet (SAW) is revered and cherished by every Muslim, unfortunately most don’t go beyond the outward features and fail to realise his (SAW) mission was the materilization of the Quran and its teachings to humanity.

This verse is categoric on who will not be in his company – those who have deserted and neglected the Quran. The word Mahjura means to migrate away and we see this physically with the Quran on the highest book shelf furthest from reach. If it is read, it is done without understanding and thus migrating away from its true purpose – a Book of guidance.  See also Sura 16 Verse 64

Continues tomorrow Insha Allah…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Furqan (25) 18/12/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 25 (Al-Furqan)

Choose your friends wisely

Verse 28: “Ah! woe is me! Would that I had never taken such a one for a friend!”

This is the statement of the Companions of the Fire on the Day of Judgement… but it will be too late. Friends have a critical influence on our behaviour and actions and selecting the right groups to mix with have lasting consequences. We are advised in the Quran in Sura 9 Verse 119: “O ye who believe! Fear Allah and be with those who are true (in word and deed).” A true friend is a truthful friend – choose wisely.

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Furqan (25) 17/12/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 25 (Al-Furqan)

The Ultimate Holiday

Verse 24: “The Companions of the Garden will be well, that Day, in their abode, and have the fairest of places for repose.”

Life is often filled with stress and attention is focused on finding that break, that peace which can rejuvenate us…however even the planning for that grand holiday is often short lived. Here the promise of Allah (SWT) shows us the answer. The eternal home in the hereafter and promised to the Companions of the Garden is described as Mustaqar – meaning a cool, quiet and relaxing place.

The qualities of companions of the garden are further described in Sura 2 Verse 82 & Sura 11 verse 23

Continues tomorrow

Salaam/Peace

Surah Furqan (25) 16/12/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Surah 25   (Al-Furqan)

The Quran is our Criterion

Verse 1: “Blessed is He who sent down the criterion to His servant, that it may be an admonition to all creatures”

The Quran is described here as a Furqan (Criterion) – a book that distinguishes right from wrong. Its author is Allah (SWT) the Blessed that has provided this blessing as a pre-emptive warning to all of creation.

Often the world of Islam seems to be covered by contradictions and conflicting opinions ,while, the solution to this is clearly stated here. However, it cannot provide this blessing if we fail to understand it – 47:24   Do they not then earnestly seek to understand the Qur´an, or are their hearts locked up by them?
See also Sura 3 Verse 3

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaams/ Peace