Surah Shu’araa (26) 05/01/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 26 (Shuaraa)

The “Good” Poets

There are also influential people that use their influence to bring good in society, promote good values and stand up for the downtrodden and oppressed. Allah encourages such behaviour. All people of influence, should strive towards these ideals.

026.227 Except those who believe, work righteousness, engage much in the remembrance of Allah, and defend themselves only after they are unjustly attacked. And soon will the unjust assailants know what vicissitudes their affairs will take!

Continues tomorrow … InshaAllah

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Surah Shu’araa (26) 04/01/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 26 (Shuaraa)

The Poets

The Poets in the era of Nabi Muhammad were the most influential people of their time. They influenced public opinion and were highly respected.

26.221-226: Shall I inform you, (O people!), on whom it is that the evil ones descend?They descend on every lying, wicked person, (Into whose ears) they pour hearsay vanities, and most of them are liars. And the Poets,- It is those straying in Evil, who follow them:
Seest thou not that they wander distracted in every valley?- And that they say what they practise not?-

These poets were ideal tools for Satan’s forces to mislead.  Allah SWT discloses their characteristics – they deceive people, they do not practice what they preach and can be found spreading mischief and corruption everywhere.

Similarly we must beware of modern day poets that aim to take us away from the concepts taught by the Quran:  Politicians, philosophers, scientists, priests, clairvoyants, entertainers, etc, may fall into this category.

Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah

Salaams/ Peace

Surah Shu’araa (26) 03/01/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 26 (Shuaraa)

Further defence of revelation

Allah further defends revelation by stating that Satan cannot produce this Quran. The Quran promotes norms and values that do not suit his plan of taking mankind away from Allah. Furthermore, Satan has no excess to the content of the revelation. The revelation is protected from external accessibility.

026.210 No evil ones have brought down this (Revelation):

026.211 It would neither suit them nor would they be able (to produce it).

026.212 Indeed they have been removed far from even (a chance of) hearing it.

Cross-reference:

072.008 ‘And we pried into the secrets of heaven; but we found it filled with stern guards and flaming fires.

072.009 ‘We used, indeed, to sit there in (hidden) stations, to (steal) a hearing; but any who listen now will find a flaming fire watching him in ambush.

Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah

Salaams/ Peace

Surah Shu’araa (26) 02/01/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 26 (Shuaraa)

Allah defends the authenticity of the Quran and the truthfulness of its transmission via Jibraeel.

026.192 Verily this is a Revelation from the Lord of the Worlds:

026.193 With it came down the spirit of Faith and Truth-

026.194 To thy heart and mind, that thou mayest admonish.

026.195 In the perspicuous Arabic tongue.

Allah states that previous revelation prophesised its coming as further proof of its authenticity.

026.196 Without doubt it is (announced) in the mystic Books of former peoples.

026.197 Is it not a Sign to them that the Learned of the Children of Israel knew it (as true)?

026.198 Had We revealed it to any of the non-Arabs,

026.199 And had he recited it to them, they would not have believed in it.

Cross-reference:

041.044 Had We sent this as a Qur’an (in the language) other than Arabic, they would have said: “Why are not its verses explained in detail? What! (a Book) not in Arabic and (a Messenger) an Arab?” Say: “It is a Guide and a Healing to those who believe; and for those who believe not, there is a deafness in their ears, and it is blindness in their (eyes): They are (as it were) being called from a place far distant!”

Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah

Salaams/ Peace

Surah Shu’araa (26) 01/01/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 26 (Shuaraa)

Fraud, the vice of the Nabi Shuaib’s people

Nabi Shuaib admonished his people to follow the commands of Allah. They were a people who indulged in fraud, an evil practice that is prevalent today.

026.181 “Give just measure, and cause no loss (to others by fraud).

026.182 “And weigh with scales true and upright.

026.183 “And withhold not things justly due to men, nor do evil in the land, working mischief.

026.184 “And fear Him Who created you and (who created) the generations before (you)”

However, they rejected his warnings and as a consequence, were destroyed. A clear lesson for us today.

026.189 But they rejected him. Then the punishment of a day of overshadowing gloom seized them, and that was the Penalty of a Great Day.

Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah

Salaams

Surah Shu’araa (26) 31/12/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 26 (Ash – Shuaraa : The poets)

Homosexuality is not condoned in the Quran

During the time of Lut A.S homosexuality in particular and immorality in general was rife. Today this type of behavior is regarded as acceptable and condoned.However, Allah SWT condemns this type of behavior and these practices cannot be accepted in an Islamic society. Allah’s laws do not change.

026.165 “Of all the creatures in the world, will ye approach males,
026.166 “And leave those whom Allah has created for you to be your mates? Nay, ye are a people transgressing (all limits)!”

His people were hostile towards him when he spoke out against it. Allah destroyed them when they continued to persist in sin.

026.170 So We delivered him and his family,- all
026.171 Except an old woman who lingered behind.
026.172 But the rest We destroyed utterly.
026.173 We rained down on them a shower (of brimstone): and evil was the shower on those who were admonished (but heeded not)!

Continues tomorrow….InshaAllah

Surah Shu’araa (26) 30/12/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 26(Ash -Shuaraa :The poets)

Lessons from the Thamud

In verses 141 to 159 the story of the people of Thamud is mentioned. These people were gifted with extraordinary skill and power to carve houses in the mountains and were economically powerful.

Verse 151 – 154 (Salih said) : And follow not the bidding of those who are extravagant, who make mischief in the land, and mend not (their ways).They said: You are only of the deluded ones;”

The people of Salih AS were guilty of spreading fitna and Fasaad in the land despite the clear and direct warnings contained in the message brought by Him.The Law of Allah “That Truth will always triumph over falsehood ” finally caught up with them and they suffered the consequences of their actions

Verse 158 – But the Penalty seized them. Verily in this is a Sign: but most of them do not believe.

Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah

Salaam/Peace

Surah Shu’araa (26) 29/12/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 26 (Ash-Shuaraa: The poets)

Historical lessons

The next story covered is that of Nuh (AS) in section 6.  Interestingly all the stories in this sura conclude with the following 2 verses “Verily in this is a Sign: but most of them do not believe. And verily thy Lord is He, the Exalted in Might, Most Merciful”

This repetition occurs 8 times in the Sura and highlights that history has lessons for us to learn from.   Each story highlights the eventual victory of Truth over Falsehood and the destruction of oppressors. Human beings need to accept the Truth from Allah and practice upon it to ensure its survival and success.  The second lesson is the power and might of Allah (SWT) in the way He dealt with the wrong doers as well as the ultimate mercy that prevails in the end, ensuring the victory of the righteous.

Continues tomorrow…

Salaams/Peace

Surah Shu’araa (26) 28/12/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 26 (Ash-Shuaraa: The poets)

Closeness to Allah

The story of Ibrahim (AS) and the debate with his father and community is stated from verse 69 onwards.  Ibrahim (AS) describes His Lord, Allah SWT,  to the people in the passage below.

Verses 77-82: …not so the Lord and Cherisher of the Worlds; Who created me, and it is He Who guides me; Who gives me food and drink; and when I am ill, it is He Who cures me; Who will cause me to die, and then to come back to life (again); and who, I hope, will forgive me my faults on the day of Judgment.

Ibrahim’s description is in the first person and highlights his close relationship with Allah (SWT).  These statements equally apply to all of us in our daily lives, we ought to live knowing that Allah is indeed very close to us.  However,  do we see the world this way? Do we relate to the message in this way?
Cross reference 2:186.

Continues tomorrow…

Salaams/Peace

Surah Shu’araa (26) 27/12/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 26 (Ash-Shuaraa: The poets)

The Blindness of the Oppressors

Verse 55: Pharoah said: “These (Israelites) are but a small band, and they are raging furiously against us…”

Commentary by Muhammad Asad: Thus the Qur’an illustrates the psychological truth that, as a rule, a dominant nation is unable really to understand the desire for liberty on the part of the group or groups which it oppresses, and therefore attributes their rebelliousness to no more than unreasonable hatred and blind envy of the strong.

The absurd statement of Pharaoh describing the Israelites as “raging against us” shows his blindness to the reality of his own oppression. The very same rhetoric of the powerful nations continues today but with different slogans. History will repeat itself and Truth will eventually prevail.

Continues tomorrow…

Salaams/Peace