Surah Saba (34) 24/03/2016

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Tradition and culture in the face of revelation

Sura 34 Verse 43

When Our Clear Signs are rehearsed to them, they say, This is only a man who wishes to hinder you from the (worship) which your fathers practised. And they say,: This is only a falsehood invented and the Unbelievers say of the Truth when it comes to them, This is nothing but evident magic

The verse highlights a common challenge faced by the Prophets and which continues to this day. When faced with revelation that conflicts with the norms and customs people have grown up with the refrain is denial and immediate rejection of the oncoming truth. Reason disappears and insults are hurled- in the case here the Message bearer is called a magician and in other verses a madman. It is exactly at junctures like these that we should be asking ourselves the hard question… truth or tradition. The former is liberating but requires making the right decision.

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam / Peace

Surah Saba (34) 23/03/2016

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Blind following will land you in trouble

Sura 34 Verse 32
The arrogant ones will say to those who had been despised: Was it we who kept you back from Guidance after it reached you? Nay, rather, it was ye who transgressed.

The selection of verses around this verse teach an important lesson. Here the leaders or arrogant ones are blamed by their followers for misleading them. However just as Shaytaan can suggest to us, that does not absolve us from following and acting upon the sinful ideas. The same is true with the leaders whom we choose to follow be they business advisors, socialites or religious teachers… the given blessing of intellect and instinct of right and wrong are universal and we can never blame our decisions on others. In the verse the leaders proclaim: “Nay, rather, it was ye who transgressed.”

See also 31:28 regarding our individual accountability

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam / Peace

Surah Saba (34) 22/03/2016

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The Universal Messenger

Sura 34 Verse 28
We have not sent thee but as a universal (Messenger) to men, giving them glad tidings, and warning them (against sin), but most men understand not.

Here the mission of the Prophet SAW is described as being Kaafatan lin Naas ie to all of Mankind. Though this was not achieved fully in the lifetime of the Prophet SAW, the message which was his mission did reach all corners of the earth and each subsequent generation continues to be recipients of the warning and blessings. This will continue as long as we uphold this principal practice of the Prophet SAW in spreading the message of the Quran.

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Salaam / Peace

Surah Saba (34) 21/03/2016

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Lessons from Saba

Sura 34 verse 15 – 17
There was for Saba, aforetime, a Sign in their home land two Gardens to the right and to the left. Eat of the Sustenance (provided) by your Lord, and be grateful to Him: a territory fair and happy, and a Lord Oft-Forgiving. But they turned away (from Allah), and We sent against them the flood (released) from the Dams, and We converted their two garden (rows) into: gardens producing bitter fruit, and tamarisks, and some few (stunted) Lote trees. That was the Requital we gave them because they ungratefully rejected Faith: and never do We give (such) requital except to such as are ungrateful rejecters.

The Sura takes its name from these verses. The people of Saba were blessed with many benefits but were ungrateful and and suffered a destructive punishment as a result. The term kuffar used here has two linked meanings – ungrateful and rejection. The latter is linked to the rejection or denial of Allah and His favours.

Continues tomorrow …

Salaams / Peace

Surah Saba (34) 20/03/2016

 

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Sura 34 (Saba – Sheeba)

Verse 10

034.010 We bestowed Grace aforetime on David from ourselves: “O ye Mountains! Sing ye back the Praises of Allah with him! and ye birds (also)! And We made the iron soft for him;-

Is music and art permissible in Islam? Here Allah tells us that Nabi Dawood sang the praises of Allah and the mountains echoed his praise. Looking at nature and the nature of man, there are wonderful sounds in our environment. The aesthetical aspects of humankind allow them to love beauty and including beautiful sounds. The emotional side yearns for calm and tranquillity. Music can fulfil these needs of man.

Everything in nature can be used either for evil or for good, so too is the case of music and art. The only condition being that music and art should not be associated with anything that goes against the Laws of Allah. Things such as Shirk, immorality, etc.

Regarding the permissibility of images, Allah tells us that Nabi Sulaimaan built images (statues) as part of the aesthetics  of his kingdom as these images had no association with  shirk.

Cross reference:

034.013 They worked for him as he desired, (making) arches, images, basins as large as reservoirs, and (cooking) cauldrons fixed (in their places): “Work ye, sons of David, with thanks! but few of My servants are grateful!”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah

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Surah Saba (34) 19/03/2016

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Sura 34 (Saba– Sheba)

*Allah is always aware of our actions*

Verse 3
The Unbelievers say, never to us will come the Hour: say, Nay But most surely, by my Lord, it will come upon you; by Him who knows the unseen, from Whom is not hidden the least little atom in the Heavens or on earth: nor is there anything less than that, or greater, but is in the Record Perspicuous:”

The mindset of the unbelievers is that they do not realise that the Hereafter is a reality.They cannot comprehend that ultimately man will be called to account for his actions. Belief  in the Hereafter is a fundamental belief of a believer, who realises that all actions have implications according to the law of Allah.

The believer is told by Allah to remind those with this mindset that Allah is aware of one’s actions, even one’s innermost thoughts. All will be made manifest on the Day.

Cross reference Surah 99 verses 7-8
“Then shall anyone who has done an atom’s weight of good, see it!
And anyone who has done an atom’s weight of evil, shall see it.”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Saba (34) 18/03/2016

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Sura 34 (Saba– Sheba)

*Only Allah is worthy of praise*

Verse 1
“Praise be to Allah, to Whom belong all things in the heavens and on earth: to Him be praise in the Hereafter: and He is Full of Wisdom, acquainted with all things.”

The Arabic word hamd is used both for praise and for gratitude and both the meanings are implied here. When Allah alone is the Owner of the whole universe and of everything in it, then inevitably He alone deserves to be praised for every beauty, perfection, wisdom, power and excellent skill and design shown and manifested by it. Therefore, every inhabitant of the world must thank AIlah alone for any benefit and pleasure that he draws from anything here. For when no one else is a partner in the ownership of these things, no one else deserves to be praised or thanked.

Cross reference  Surah 17 verse 44
“The seven heavens and the earth, and all beings therein, declare His glory: there is not a thing but celebrates His praise; and yet ye understand not how they declare His glory! Verily He is Oft-Forbearing, Most Forgiving!”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

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Surab Azhab (33) 15/03/2016

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Sura 33 (Ahzaab– The Confederates)

*Safety and security*

Verse 60-61
“Truly, if the Hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is a disease, and those who stir up sedition in the City, desist not, We shall certainly stir thee up against them: then will they not be able to stay in it as thy neighbors for any length Of time:
They shall have a curse on them: wherever they are found, they shall be seized and slain (without mercy).”

The security of society is extremely important as we see in these two verses. Those who cause disturbances and disorder in society should be banished, and in no place should they feel safe.

Cross reference  Surah 17 verse 33
“Nor take life which Allah has made sacred except for just cause…”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaam/Peace