Surah Azhab (33) 16/03/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 33 (Ahzaab– The Confederates)

*Choose your words wisely*

Verse 60-71
“O ye who believe fear Allah, and (always) say a word directed to the Right: That He may make your conduct whole and sound and forgive you your sins: he that obeys Allah and His Messenger, has already attained the highest Achievement.”

Speak the truth and do so directly without beating about the bush and ambiguity. Keep to the point and do not wander into irrelevancies. Speak in appropriate words and on appropriate occasions only. Speak to produce the desired effects in the hearer rather than merely giving expression to your own desires. Speak rationally not emotionally nor with a raised voice or aggressively. What you say is to be done in the course of your duty to Allah.

Cross reference  Surah 6 verse 152
“…no burden do we place on any soul, but that which it can bear; whenever ye speak, speak justly, even if a near relative is concerned; and fulfil the Covenant of Allah: thus doth He command you, that ye may remember.”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaam/Peace

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Surah Azhab (33) 14/03/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 33 (Ahzaab– The Confederates)

Modesty in dress

Verse 59
“Prophet, tell your wives, your daughters, and women believers to make their outer garments hang low over them so as to be recognized and not insulted: God is most forgiving, most merciful.”

Modesty in dress distinguishes the Muslim from the non-Muslim. It is also an indication that we wish to be respected and not annoyed by those with evil minds.

Cross reference  Surah 24 verse – 30-31
“Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.
And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husband’s sons, their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! Turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss.”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Azhab (33) 13/03/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 33 (Ahzaab– The Confederates)

*Some etiquette of visiting others*

Verse 53
“O ye who Believe! enter not the Prophet’s houses- until leave is given you- for a meal, (and then) not (so early as) to wait for its preparation: but when ye are invited, enter; and when ye have taken your meal, disperse, without seeking familiar talk. Such (behavior) annoys the Prophet: he is ashamed to dismiss you, but Allah is not ashamed (to tell you) the truth…”

We often don’t realise that the Quran offers guidance in all aspects in life, even things that we may regard as insignificant. From this verse we learn that we should be punctual. Arriving too early may make the hosts feel embarrassed if they are not yet ready to receive the guests, nor should we arrive to late and keep the hosts waiting. We also learn not to overstay our welcome, but to be considerate of others.

Cross reference Surah 24 verse – 27

“O ye who believe! Enter not houses other than your own, until ye have asked permission and saluted those in them: that is best for you, in order that ye may heed (what is seemly).”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Azhab (33) 12/03/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 33 (Ahzaab– The Confederates)

*The role of the Prophet of Allah*

Verse 45 & 46
“O Prophet Truly We have sent thee as a Witness, a Bearer of Glad Tidings, and a Warner, And as one who invites to Allah’s (Grace) by His leave, and as a Lamp spreading Light.”

These two verses describe five roles that the Prophet (SAW) had to fulfill. With the guiding light of revelation, he was able to bring the jahili (ignorant) Arabs out of the darkness of their pagan beliefs to Islam. When calling to the way of Allah, he brought both warnings as well as good news. It is a lesson to us that we should not focus on the punishments and hell fire alone, nor solely on the mercy of Allah and paradise, but have a balance of both. This ensures that we don’t act out of fear, nor become too complacent in fulfilling our duties.

Cross reference  Surah 7 verse 157-
“Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own (Scriptures)- in the Law and the Gospel- for he commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil; he allows them as lawful what is good (and pure) and prohibits them from what is bad (and impure); he releases them from their heavy burdens and from the yokes that are upon them. So it is those who believe in him, honour him, help him, and follow the Light which is sent down with him- it is they who will prosper.”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Azhab (33) 11/03/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 33 (Ahzaab– The Confederates)

The believers have the support of Allah SWT

Verse 43
“He it is Who send blessings on you, as do His angels, that He may bring you out from the depths of Darkness into Light: and He is Full of Mercy to the Believers..”

Following on from verses 41 & 42, this verse assures the believers that if we pay heed to Allah’s commands constantly, Allah SWT as well as the angels will send blessings upon us and strengthen us so that we don’t follow the ways of Shaytaan but rather keep within the light of His guidance. The Arabic word yusalli usually translated as blessing can also mean support. The word is in the future tense, which means that it is not a once off action but continuous.

Cross reference  Surah 3 verse 160-
“If Allah helps you, non can overcome you: if he forsakes you, who is there, after that, that can help you? in Allah, then, let Believers put their trust..”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Ahzab (33) 09/03/2016

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Sura Ahzab

Verse 21:

“Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for any one whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the Praise of Allah”

A similar description is used for Ibrahim(AS)- see sura 60; verse 4. Both Ibrahim(AS) and the Prophet(SAW) were soft-natured and forbearing of faults but firm in their struggle against Shirk.

Allah(SWT) Himself bears testimony to the sublime character of the Prophet(SAW) in sura 68; verse 4: “And thou(standest) on an exalted standard of character”

People have interpreted the life of the Prophet(SAW) in different ways.  But we should remember that the greatest Sunnah of the Prophet(SAW) is to teach the Book i.e. spread the message of the Quran.

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah

Salaam/Peace

Surah Ahzab (33) 08/03/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura Ahzab

Verses 12-13

Exposing the hypocrites

“And behold! The Hypocrites and those in whose hearts is a disease (even) say: “Allah and His Messenger promised us nothing but delusion!”  Behold! A party among them said: “Ye men of Yathrib! ye cannot stand (the attack)! therefore go back!” And a band of them ask for leave of the Prophet, saying, “Truly our houses are bare and exposed,” though they were not exposed they intended nothing but to run away.”

In these verses the Quran exposes the hypocrites.  We are given a very truthful picture of their mentality which is characteristed by cowardice, false excuses, fright and panic.  They are in a state of terror when danger looms. They try to undermine the morale of the believers, by raising doubts about Allah’s promise.

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah

Salaam/Peace

Surah Ahzab (33) 07/03/2016

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Sura Ahzab (33)

Allah’s help in times of difficulty

Verse 9
“O you who believe!  Remember the Grace of Allah, (bestowed) on you, when there came down on you hosts to overwhelm you: But We sent against them a hurricane and forces that you saw not: But Allah sees (clearly) all that you do.”

This verse establishes the consequences of following the directives in verses 1-3, i.e. Allah’s favour and help.

When the Confederates marched with a huge army towards Madinah, it was Allah’s grace that saved the believers.

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah

Salaam/Peace

Surah Ahzab (33) 06/03/2016

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Verse 6:
“The Prophet is closer to the Believers than their own selves.  And his wives are their mothers.  Blood- relations among each other have closer personal ties, in the Decree of Allah than (the Brotherhood of) Believers and Muhajirs. . .”

The Prophet (SAW) is closer to the believers in terms of his spiritual care and concern for them- see sura 9 verse 128 “…it grieves him that you should perish: ardently anxious is he over you. . .” What it also conveys to us is that the message of the Prophet SAW takes precedence over our whims and desires.

The second part of the verse refers to how the Ansar of Madinah helped the Muhajir emigrants. It highlights the the strong brotherhood that was prevalent in the  Muslim  ummah, something that we should  aspire to today.
This bond was a key to the success of the believers.  However we are reminded at the same time that blood relations have established rights in the Book of Allah SWT which cannot be overridden by the ties of friendship.

Let us maintain our relationship with our families which includes their right of inheritance in our estate,  their right to be cared for etc.

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah

Salaam/Peace

Surah Ahzab (33) 04/03/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 33(Ahzab)

Verses 1-3:  “O Prophet! Fear Allah and hearken not to the Unbelievers and the Hypocrites: Verily Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom.
But follow that which comes to thee by inspiration from thy Lord; for Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do.
And put thy trust in Allah , and Allah is enough as a Disposer of affairs.”

Four directives are given in these verses:
(1) to be mindful / conscious of Allah
(2) not to yield to the unbelievers or hypocrites in questions of faith, law and social order.
(3) to follow the revelation
(4) to place your trust in Allah

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah

Salaam/Peace