Surah Qasas (28) 29/01/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 28 (Qasas)

Arrogance –  a self destructing trait

Verse 78 He (Qarun) said: “This has been given to me because of a certain knowledge which I have.” Did he not know that Allah had destroyed, before him, (whole) generations,- which were superior to him in strength and greater in the amount (of riches) they had collected? but the wicked are not called (immediately) to account for their sins.

28:79 So he went forth among his people in the (pride of his wordly) glitter. Said those whose aim is the Life of this World: “Oh! that we had the like of what Qarun has got! for he is truly a lord of mighty good fortune!”

Qarun’s arrogance knew no limits and yet Allah SWT showed mercy towards him by giving him an opportunity to repent and amend his conduct.

Ref 35:45 If Allah were to punish men according to what they deserve. He would not leave on the back of the (earth) a single living creature:…..

Verse 78-79 so aptly expounds upon the serious consequences of being infatuated with materialism which in turn leads to arrogance.   In order to avoid his social and moral responsibility he claimed that his amassed fortunes were entirely due to his own knowledge forgetting that all his skills and talents really come from Allah SWT.
May Allah save us from arrogance and infatuation with materialism.

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah
Salaams/Peace

Surah An-Naml (27) 12/01/2016

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Surah 27 (The Ant)

The numerous signs of Allah’s existence

Verses 60-64
“Or, who has created the heavens and the earth, and who sends you down rain from the sky? …. Or, who has made the earth firm to live in; ….. Or, who listens to the (soul) distressed when it calls on Him, and who relieves its suffering, …. Or, who guides you through the depths of darkness on land and sea, …. Or, who originates Creation, then repeats it, and who gives you sustenance from heaven and earth? (Can there be another) god besides Allah? Say, Bring forth your argument, if ye are telling the truth!

Allah SWT draws our attention to things that are around us and affect us daily, but we seldom take notice of.  Should we contemplate over it we would realise the existence and greatness of Allah and our dependence on Him. These are some points that can be used when inviting to Islam.

Cross ref: 16.125
“Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and Most Gracious: for thy Lord knoweth best, who have strayed from his path, and who receive guidance.”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaams/ Peace

Surah An-Naml (27) 11/01/2016

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Surah 27 (The Ant)

Calling to Allah is a duty of all Muslims

Verses 43
“And he diverted her from the worship of others besides Allah: for she was (sprung) of a people that had no Faith.”

Sulaiman AS was successful in his dawah to the Queen of Sheba. We learn from this verse that we need to call others to the worship of one God as we do not know the circumstances and environment that they grew up in and conditioned their beliefs leading to their thinking currently. However in the end it is up to them to accept or reject the call.

Cross ref: 3.20
“So if they dispute with thee, say: I have submitted my whole self to Allah and so have those who follow me. And say to the People of the Book and to those who are unlearned: do ye (also) submit yourselves? if they do, they are in right guidance, but if they turn back, thy duty is to convey the message; and in Allah’s sight are (all) his servants.”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaams/ Peace

Surah An-Naml (27) 10/01/2016

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Surah 27 (The Ant)

Sulaiman AS and the people of Saba (Sheba)

Verses 34-36
“(The Queen of Sheba) said: Kings, when they enter a country, despoil it, and make the noblest of its people its meanest thus do they behave. But I am going to send him a present, and (wait) to see with what (answer) return (my) ambassadors. Now when (the embassy) came to Solomon, he said: Will ye give me abundance in wealth? But that which Allah has given me is better than that which He has given you! Nay it is ye who rejoice in your gift!”

Sulaiman AS sent a letter inviting the Queen of Sheba to Islam. Knowing how corrupt many kings were and not knowing Sulaiman, she sent him a gift as a test and to find out his true intentions. These verses clearly show that he considered his wealth as a means to an end(to benefit society)and not an end in itself. Unlike the current leaders of Muslim countries he was the master of wealth and not its slave.

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaams/ Peace

Surah An-Naml (27) 08/01/2016

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Surah 27 (The Ant)

Lessons from Sulaiman’s AS story

Verses 15-17

“We gave (in the past) knowledge to David and Solomon: and they both said: Praise be to Allah, Who has favored us above many of His servants who believe!
And Solomon was David’s heir. He said: O ye people! We have been taught the speech of Birds, and on us has been bestowed (a little) of all things: this is indeed Grace manifest (from Allah. )
And before Solomon were marshalled his hosts, of Jinns and men and birds, and they were all kept in order and ranks.”

Sulaiman was granted great knowledge among the numerous other unique blessings he received from Allah. Rather than becoming arrogant and using it for selfish gains, he built a kingdom like no other, ensuring justice and social benefit for his people. He continuously showed gratitude to Allah.

In contrast we have the example of Qaroon, who was from the people of Moosa AS. See Cross Ref: 28:76-82

Qaroon had been blessed with abundance of wealth. But unlike Sulaiman, he did not show gratitude but “He said: This has been given to me because of a certain knowledge which I have…” and “he went forth among his people in the (pride of his worldly) glitter.” And thus he was punished “Then We caused the earth to swallow up him and his house; and he had not (the least little) party to help him against Allah, nor could he defend himself.”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaams/ Peace

Surah An-Naml (27) 07/01/2016

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Surah 27 (The Ant)

Amend for the wrong we have done with good actions

Verse 11

But if any have done wrong and have thereafter substituted good to take the place of evil, truly, I am Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

The Quran continues to give hope for people that have done wrong. As long as we repent, amend and keep up the good actions, we can hope for the mercy of Allah. The context of this verse is when Moosa AS received the instruction to go to Pharaoh, assuring him that whatever wrong he may have done before can be forgiven.

Cross Ref: 11:114
…for those things that are good remove those that are evil: be that the word of remembrance to those who remember (their Lord):

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaams/ Peace

Surah An-Naml (27) 06/01/2016

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Surah 27 (The ANT)

The Quran is a clear book

Verse 1

“These are verses of the Quran, a book that makes (things) clear”

The Quran is described as Mubin in many verses. It is clear in many ways.

-It’s message is clear and can be easily understood.
-It clearly distinguishes truth from falsehood.
-It is clear to the reader that Al Quran is the  Word of Allah SWT and not of a mortal being.

Cross Ref: 2:159 Those who conceal the clear (Signs) We have sent down, and the Guidance, after We have made it clear for the people in the Book,-on them shall be Allah´s curse, and the curse of those entitled to curse,-

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaams/ Peace