Surah Qasas (28) 02/02/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 28 (Qasas)

28:85 Verily He Who ordained the Qur´an for thee, will bring thee back to the Place of Return. Say: “My Lord knows best who it is that brings true guidance, and who is in manifest error.”

28:86 And thou hadst not expected that the Book would be sent to thee except as a Mercy from thy Lord: Therefore lend not thou support in any way to those who reject (Allah´s Message).

28:87 And let nothing keep thee back from the Signs of Allah after they have been revealed to thee: and invite (men) to thy Lord, and be not of the company of those who join gods with Allah.

All of the above verses stress the pivotal role of the Quran in the life of a believer.  We have an obligation to uphold and implement the Laws contained therein and use it as a tool for dawah.

Continues tomorrow   Salaams/Peace

Surah Qasas (28) 01/02/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 28 (Qasas)

Rewards

28:84 If any does good, the reward to him is better than his deed; but if any does evil, the doers of evil are only punished (to the extent) of their deeds.

Cross Ref

4:40 Allah is never unjust in the least degree: If there is any good (done), He doubleth it, and giveth from His own presence a great reward.

28:54 Twice will they be given their reward, for that they have persevered, that they avert Evil with Good, and that they spend (in charity) out of what We have given them.

The above verses emphasize the Mercy and Grace of Allah SWT. It would be catastrophic not to succeed with this kind of advantage. Yet sadly if we fail to take this seriously we will have no excuse on the day of account. Let us seize every opportunity to benefit others.

19:76 “And Allah doth advance in guidance those who seek guidance: and the things that endure, Good Deeds, are best in the sight of thy Lord, as rewards, and best in respect of (their) eventual return.”

Continues tomorrow   Salaams/Peace

Surah Qasas (28) 31/01/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 28 (Qasas)

Victory of the righteous

Verse 83 That Home of the Hereafter We shall give to those who intend not high-handedness or mischief on earth: and the end is (best) for the righteous.

Much of Sura Qasas is devoted to the story of Moosa AS and the injustices committed by pharaoh and those who supported him – Haman  and Qarun. These three figures, Pharoah the political despot, Qarun the greedy materialist and Haman the supportive religious priest,all collaborated to give each other legitimacy and fulfilling their mission of absolute power and corruption.

We find such mischievous collaborators even today in so called “Muslim” countries. The lesson is that the righteous will eventually be victorius and we should be vigilant, not falling for the authority of “people” be it political, economic or religious. The righteous are those that obey Allah above all else and stand against such unjust leadership. That was the mission of Moosa AS a lesson for all times.

Continues tomorrow   Salaams/Peace

Surah Qasas (28) 30/01/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 28 (Qasas)

28:81 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.

28:82 And those who had envied his position the day before began to say on the morrow: “Ah! it is indeed Allah Who enlarges the provision or restricts it, to any of His servants He pleases! had it not been that Allah was gracious to us, He could have caused the earth to swallow us up! Ah! those who reject Allah will assuredly never prosper.”

Qarun was the embodiment of evil personified. Here we witness first hand the consequences that follow if we were to behave in this manner.Also our role models should be those who live their lives in accordance with Allah’s laws and not those who violate His injunctions as contained in the Holy Quran.Despite these lessons we find people continue to be in awe of wealth and power to their own detriment.

2:66 So We made it an example to their own time and to their posterity, and a lesson to those who fear Allah.

Continues tomorrow   Insha Allah…Salaams/Peace

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 Qasas (28) 28/01/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 28 (Qasas)

Verse 77 “But seek, with the (wealth) which Allah has bestowed on thee, the Home of the Hereafter, nor forget thy portion in this world: but do thou good, as Allah has been good to thee, and seek not (occasions for) mischief in the land: for Allah loves not those who do mischief.”

Cross ref : 17:29 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.

The above verses highlight two very important concepts.One of establishing balance and equilibrium in our lives and the other showing gratitude to Allah SWT by sharing our blessings with our fellow beings on this earth.
21:43 Thus, have We made of you an Ummat justly balanced, that ye might be witnesses over the nations, and the Messenger a witness over yourselves; …..

Continues tomorrow   Salaams/Peace

Surah Qasas (28) 27/01/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 28 (Qasas)

Verse 76 Qarun was doubtless, of the people of Moses; but he acted insolently towards them: such were the treasures We had bestowed on him that their very keys would have been a burden to a body of strong men, behold, his people said to him: “Exult not, for Allah loveth not those who exult (in riches).

Cross Ref:
8:28 And know ye that your possessions and your progeny are but a trial; and that it is Allah with Whom lies your highest reward.

Qarun failed the test of Allah SWT miserably while Sulaiman and Dawood A.S on the other hand had a completely different attitude towards their immense wealth which they used for the benefit of their people .

27:15 We gave (in the past) knowledge to David and Solomon: And they both said: “Praise be to Allah, Who has favoured us above many of his servants who believe!”

Continues tomorrow   Salaams/Peace

Surah Qasas (28) 26/01/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

People will be questioned about associating partners with Allah

Sura 28 (Qasas)

Verse 74 :The Day that He will call on them, He will say: “Where are my ´partners´? whom ye imagined (to be such)?”

Verse 75 :And from each people shall We draw a witness, and We shall say: “Produce your Proof”: then shall they know that the Truth is in Allah (alone), and the (lies) which they invented will leave them in the lurch.

Cross references
3:60 The Truth (comes) from Allah alone; so be not of those who doubt.

2:170 When it is said to them: “Follow what Allah hath revealed:” They say: “Nay! we shall follow the ways of our fathers.” What! even though their fathers Were void of wisdom and guidance?

The concept of attributing partners to Allah SWT and taking  books written by humans as equal to Allah’s word (al Quran) is addressed very clearly in many verses throughout the Qur’an.  Let us ensure that we do not give anyone else equal authority with Allah SWT,  His word should remain the absolute authority in our lives and such authority cannot be shared by anyone.  On judgement day Allah will question us about these practices and whatever falsities we invented will be of no help to us.  May Allah preserve us from such conduct.

Continues tomorrow   Salaams/Peace

Surah Qasas (28) 25/01/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 28 (Qasas)

The favours of Allah SWT are infinite

28:71 Say: See ye? If Allah were to make the night perpetual over you to the Day of Judgment, what god is there other than Allah, who can give you enlightenment? Will ye not then hearken?

28:72 Say: See ye? If Allah were to make the day perpetual over you to the Day of Judgment, what god is there other than Allah, who can give you a night in which ye can rest? Will ye not then see?

28:73 It is out of His Mercy that He has made for you Night and Day,- that ye may rest therein, and that ye may seek of his Grace;- and in order that ye may be grateful.

The above verses give us a glimpse of Allah’s gifts and favors to us. We read in Sura 14 verse 34: “And He giveth you of all that ye ask for. But if ye count the favours of Allah, never will ye be able to number them. Verily, man is given up to injustice and ingratitude.”

What is even more remarkable is that these favors continue even when we disobey His laws – that in itself should be enough to motivate us to serve Allah SWT by serving His creation and making an earnest effort to understand His Book Of Guidance (Al Quran).

Continues tomorrow…
Salaams/Peace

Surah Qasas (28) 24/01/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 28 (Qasas)

Verse 62  That Day (Allah) will call to them, and say “Where are my ´partners´?- whom ye imagined (to be such)?”

Verse 64 It will be said (to them): “Call upon your ‘partners’ (for help)” :they will call upon them, but they will not listen to them; and they will see the Penalty (before them); (how they will wish) ´if only they had been open to guidance!´

Allah SWT reminds us through many verses that ascribing partners to Him will attract a great penalty and yet …
12:106 And most of them believe not in Allah without associating (others as partners) with Him!

39:67 “No just estimate have they made of Allah, such as is due to Him: ….”

From the above it is evident that the only absolute authority is Allah’s word (ie the Quran) . Other ‘partners’ will leave us in the lurch. This should prompt us to approach the Quran more often to find practical solutions to many of the challenges we face.

Continues tomorrow   Salaams/Peace