Surah As-Sajda (32) 02/03/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 32 (As-Sajda)

Rain a life giving blessing

Verse 27: And do they not see that We do drive rain to parched soil (bare of herbage), and produce therewith crops, providing food for their cattle and themselves? Have they not the vision?

This short verse highlights a very simple but continuous cycle of nature that Allah (SWT) has created that has helped to maintain life. The end of the verse asks a critical question of observation. Have we stopped for a moment and given this a brief reflection? We would not be alive were it not for this process.

Looking at this verse metaphorically and viewing rain as divine revelation, we see that just as rain has supported human existence, so too has the revelations sent by Allah (SWT). These have ensured human progression, unshackling the minds of people and removing superstition and false belief thus acting as a catalyst for modern civilization. The Quran ushered in scientific thinking and reason and the produce (the multiplicity of comforts) has come through the period of enlightenment which “they themselves” now consume in the form of scientific thinking and reason. The verses ends aptly, do they not have the vision!

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam/Peace

Surah As-Sajda 01/03/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 32 (As-Sajda)

A leader is one who consistently follows Allah (SWT)’s commands

Verses 23-24: “We did indeed aforetime give the Book to Moses: be not then in doubt of its reaching (thee): and We made it a guide to the Children of Israel. And We appointed, from among them, leaders, giving guidance under Our command, so long as they persevered with patience and continued to have faith in Our Signs.”

As with the Arabs, the Bani Israel also received a book of guidance and their leaders were expected to provide guidance in line with and under Allah (SWT)’s commands. However, another rule is that they were to have Sabr and Imaan in the scripture.  Having Sabr in the Scripture implies consistency, another and more relevant meaning of Sabr in context of these verses. We see this is where they failed. Instead of remaining firm and holding fast (Sura 7 verse 145) to the scripture they changed the word and left behind the Torah and created other sources of guidance instead of the Torah e.g Talmud. These lessons provided are not just for the historical record but are meant to remind us to avoid such wrongful action.

We read in Sura 5 Verse 13: “But because of their breach of their covenant, We cursed them, and made their hearts grow hard; they change the words from their (right) places and forget a good part of the message that was sent them, nor wilt thou cease to find them- barring a few – ever bent on (new) deceits: but forgive them, and overlook (their misdeeds): for Allah loveth those who are kind.”

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam/Peace

Surah As-Sajda (32) 29/02/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 32 (As-Sajda)

Heaven an awesome place to be… but not Hell!

Verse 17: Now no person knows what delights of the eye are kept hidden (in reserve) for them – as a reward for their (good) deeds.

The accumulation of things in this world diverts us from the more serious matters (Sura Takathur) while the pomp of the life and its glitter are a distraction  (Sura 57 Verse 20). As humans we are always looking for the next big thing, something that would be better than what we have …  greener pastures! However what is in this world is a trickle of what is in store for the righteous in the next world.

This verse puts it so beautifully and simply! We have a vision or dream of what we would really take delight in and so eagerly desire it, yet the description of Heaven is here described as beyond our imagination. However this reward is based on our deeds.

A contrast is given of the dwellers of Hell in verse 14: “Taste ye then – for ye forgot the Meeting of this Day of yours, and We too will forget you – taste ye the Penalty of Eternity for your (evil) deeds!”

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam/Peace

Surah As-Sajda (32) 27/02/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 32 (As-Sajda)

Death is a part of the cycle of Life

Verses 10-11: And they say: “What! when we lie, hidden and lost, in the earth, shall we indeed be in a Creation renewed? Nay, they deny the Meeting with their Lord. Say: “The Angel of Death, put in charge of you, will (duly) take your souls: then shall ye be brought back to your Lord.”

The cycle of the development of a baby is described in the preceding verses (6-9) and is followed by the cycle described here. Although it appears
impossible for a decomposed body to be brought to life it is even more amazing to see life starting from dust (nothingness) to a life being filled with joy. Death is inevitable and is part of the cycle of new life. In the
end we all shall return back to our Creator.

In Sura 50 Verse 43 we read:  “Verily it is We Who give Life and Death; and
to Us is the Final Goal”

Continues tomorrow… Insha Allah

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Surah As-Sajda (32) 26/02/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 32 (As-Sajda)

The Creation of the Heavens and Earth in 6 days

Verses 6-7: It is Allah Who has created the heavens and the earth, and all between them, in six Days, and is firmly established on the Throne (of Authority): ye have none, besides Him, to protect or intercede (for you): will ye not then receive admonition? He rules (all) affairs from the heavens to the earth: in the end will (all affairs) go up to Him, on a Day, the space whereof will be (as) a thousand years of your reckoning.

Here Allah (SWT) describes the creation of the known universe in 6 days or 6 periods of time. What is fascinating is that the concept of the relativity time as later described by Einstein is described in this verse – a day is a like a 1000 years of our time – and in another verse Sura 70 Verse 4, it speaks of 50 000 years. Thus time is relative to space. Please see the following link for a fascinating read on the 6 periods of cosmic creation: http://www.miraclesofthequran.com/scientific_33.html . Other verses that speak of the 6 periods of creation can be found in these verses: 7:54, 10:3, 11:7, 32:4, and 25:59 while a breakdown of the cycles within this time frame is described in Sura 41 Verses 9-12

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

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Surah As-Sajda (32) 25/02/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 32 (As-Sajda)

The Quran is from Allah (SWT)

Verses2-3: (This is) the Revelation of the Book in which there is no doubt,- from the Lord of the Worlds. Or do they say, “He has forged it”? Nay, it is the Truth from thy Lord, that thou mayest admonish a people to whom no warner has come before thee: in order that they may receive guidance.

The Quran is a book whose wisdom and guidance is evidence that its author is Allah (SWT). If one just reflects on the scientific facts related in the Quran it is abundantly clear that such knowledge could only be from a divine source. Examples are given in Verses 4 and 6 onwards. There can be no doubt concerning the Quran on the contrary it should lead us to humble acceptance and submission.

The accusation of forgery is dealt with in Sura 10 Verse 38: Or do they say, “He forged it”? say: “Bring then a Sura like unto it, and call (to your aid) anyone you can besides Allah, if it be ye speak the truth!”

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam/Peace