Surah Ankabut (29) 10/02/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 29 (Ankabut – The Spider)

The Pathways to Allah (SWT)

Verse 69
And those who strive in Our (cause),- We will certainly guide them to Our Paths: For verily Allah is with those who do right.

Striving (making Jihad) is a very broad term encouraging servitude to Allah and encompasses all forms of actions be it dealing with ones own weaknesses, the support and help provided to others  and also standing up for truth, fair dealing and justice. A striking benefit of these noble actions are described here as guidance to “Our Paths”. This latter term is very broad highlighting  that Allah (SWT)’s doors of access are wide with many pathways to reach him. Each person has his/her own circumstances and talents/weaknesses and the pathway to reach closeness to Allah through due strving is a broad highway that is open to everyone.

See also Sura 17 Verse 84

Salaam/Peace
Continues tomorrow

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Surah Ankabut (29) 09/02/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 29 (Ankabut – The Spider)

Seeking the supernatural

Verses 50-51

“Yet they say: “Why are not Signs sent down to him from his Lord?” Say: “The signs are indeed with Allah: and I am indeed a clear Warner.”  And is it not enough for them that we have sent down to thee the Book which is rehearsed to them? Verily, in it is Mercy and a Reminder to those who believe.”

The complaint by the kufaar, against the Prophet is typical of the common mentality seeking the supernatural and seeking magic and miraculous signs to prove the Truth. The reality is that this would just serve a fleeting moment to the immediate audience whereas the message of the Quran was meant to provide a miracle for all time. This shows the nobility of the Prophet (SAW) as a human messenger who brought the Quran, which served as his miracle.  This sign continues to ignite the minds of people many generations after its revelation.  It is no wonder that the Quran draws our attention to the miraculous signs in nature, the things we often overlook – the Sun, Moon, Vegetation, Rain etc.  It is by contemplation of these signs that we realise not only the existence of Allah SWT but we remain in awe and reverence of Him.

See also Sura 12 Verse 105

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Ankabut (29) 08/02/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 29 (Ankabut – The Spider)

Communicating the Message to the People of the Book

Verse 46

And dispute ye not with the People of the Book, except with means better (than mere disputation), unless it be with those of them who inflict wrong (and injury): but say, “We believe in the revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you; Our Allah and your Allah is one; and it is to Him we bow (in Islam).”

Here we are taught an important lesson on communicating the message. It should be aimed at more than mere argument but rather focus on educating and enlightening. Arguments could only be justified when the Truth is attacked and matters should be clarified lest people be misled. Furthermore the verse counsels us to remind the ahlal kitaab that we believe in all revelation from Allah and that He is common to all humanity.  We learn that we should remove such divisionary thinking and bring people to the Truth of Allah (SWT) that has been continuos through the history of time.

See also Sura 6 Verse 108

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Ankabut (29) 07/02/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 29 (Ankabut – The Spider)

The Quran and Prayer

Verse 45

Recite what is sent of the Book by inspiration to thee, and establish regular Prayer: for Prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds; and remembrance of Allah is the greatest (thing in life) without doubt. And Allah knows the (deeds) that ye do.

We are instructed to make Tilawat of the Quran which implies not only reciting it but understanding and also communicating it to others. In addition we learn that Salah is not merely a ritual but serves as a means of protecting us from shameful and unjust behaviour. Thus to assess our Salaah is to assess its effect on our behaviour. Lastly, the desire for the best and greatest is a natural yearning and here we are given that secret – it is in the remembrance of Allah. This principally refers to the words of the Quran which are remembrances of Allah through His words and secondarily in the Quranic recital during Prayer. The greates thing is right infront of us!

Cross reference

13.28 – Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Ankabut (29) 06/02/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 29 (Ankabut – The Spider)

The parable of the spiders house

Verse 41
The parable of those who take protectors other than Allah is that of the Spider, Who builds (to itself) a house; but truly the flimsiest of houses is the Spider’s house; if they but knew.

This beautiful parable highlights the feebleness of taking protectors other than Allah. From the spider’s perspective its house is a fortress against small creatures, however from the perspective of mightier creatures,  the spider’s web is weak and flimsy.  The lesson we learn is that all authorities besides Allah SWT are truly weak and flimsy no matter how powerful they may appear.  As believers our exclusive reliance should be upon Allah SWT.

See also Sura 22 Verse 73

Continues tomorrow …Insha Allah

Salaam / Peace

Surah Ankabut (29) 05/02/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 29 (Ankabut- The spider)

Understanding the origin of creation

Verses 19-20
See they not how Allah originates creation, then repeats it: truly that is easy for Allah.
– Say: Travel through the earth and see how Allah did originate creation; so will Allah produce a later creation: For Allah has power over all things.

Many times in the Quran, Allah tells us to travel through the earth so that we may learn from past civilisations. In addition, these verses tell us to travel in order to increase our knowledge of Allah and development of our own creation.  History, archeology, geology, paleontology, etc. are all encouraged by Allah (SWT) as sources of knowledge and lessons for the future.

Cross reference Surah 22 verse 5

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

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Surah Ankabut (29) 04/02/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 29 (Ankabut- The spider)

Verse 2-3 “Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, “We believe”, and that they will not be tested.  We did test those before them, and Allah will certainly know those who are true from those who are false”

The sura opens by informing us that we will not pass through life easily.
Mere verbal profession of imaan (faith) is not sufficient,  life will present us with challenges and our response thereto will determine whether
we truly believe or not.  In other words our belief is reflected in our deeds.  This has been the way of Allah with previous generations and we are forewarned that we will be tested likewise.    Allah expects believers to
respond to life’s challenges with perseverance (sabr) by remaining firmly committed to their noble objectives.

Cross reference 3:143 “Did ye think that ye would enter Heaven without Allah testing those of you who struggle hard (In His Cause) and remained steadfast”

2:155 “Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere”

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Salaam/Peace