Surah Fatir (35) 30/03/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 35 (Fatir)

The importance of the study of natural sciences

Verse 27 -28 “Seest thou not that Allah sends down rain from the sky? With it We then bring out produce of various colours. And in the mountains are tracts white and red, of various shades of colour, and black intense in hue. And so amongst men and crawling creatures and cattle, are they of various colours. Those truly fear Allah, among His Servants, who have knowledge: for Allah is Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving”

In this set of verses Allah SWT associates the ulema with the study of natural sciences.   It is by studying the wonders in nature that we become truly appreciative of Allah’s power and skill.   We observe the diverse colours in nature i.e. in plant life, animal life, and human life etc, all this is meant to bring us closer to the realisation of Allah’s almightiness – such people are amongst the learned (ulema).  As such Muslims should be at the forefront of pursuing studies in the natural sciences.

Cross reference: 3:190-192

Continues tomorrow…
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Surah Fatir (35) 29/03/2016

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Sura 35 (Fatir)
Individual accountability

Verse 18 “Nor can a bearer of burdens bear another’s burdens if one heavily laden should call another to (bear) his load. Not the least portion of it can be carried (by the other). Even though he be nearly related. Thou canst but admonish such as fear their Lord unseen and establish regular Prayer. And whoever purifies himself does so for the benefit of his own soul; and the destination (of all) is to Allah.”

Despite our close family ties and love for each other, the Quran lays down the principle of individual accountability.  No one can absorb or lighten the burden of another despite the desire or willingness to do so.  Hence the Quran forewarns us of this and counsels us to warn our close ones to act righteously and ward off evil as this is the only measure of success for entry to jannah.
Cross reference : 2:254

Continues tomorrow… Insha Allah
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Surah Fatir (35) 28/03/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 35 (Fatir)

Call upon Allah SWT alone

Verse 13-14 “….. And those whom ye invoke besides Him have not the least power. If ye invoke them, they will not listen to your call, and if they were to listen, they cannot answer your (prayer). On the Day of Judgment they will reject your “Partnership” and none, (O man!) can tell thee (the Truth) like the One Who is acquainted with all things”

Many a time people feel the need or are advised to call upon Allah SWT through intermediaries such as Prophets, saints and certain pious deceased. Here Allah SWT sets the record straight and lays the foundation for tauheed – we should not call upon anyone other than Allah SWT for help nor should we call upon anyone with Him for help. Even the highly elevated righteous are but servants of the Most Gracious and on the Day of Judgment they too will reject any association with Allah SWT. In the oft recited sura fatiha we say “Thee alone do we ask for help” and is thus a constant reminder of Tauheed.

Cross reference  2:186 “When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me: Let them also, with a will, Listen to My call, and believe in Me: That they may walk in the right way”

Continues tomorrow…

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Surah Fatir (35) 27/03/2016

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Sura 35 (Fatir)
All glory belongs to Allah SWT.

Verses 10-13

These are a set of verses showing in detail Allah’s power and creative mastery.  At times human beings become arrogant when they reach certain levels of power and these verses serve as reminder that all glory belongs to Allah SWT.

Verse 10 “If any do seek for glory and power,- to Allah belong all glory and power. To Him mount up (all) Words of Purity: It is He Who exalts each Deed of Righteousness. Those that lay Plots of Evil,- for them is a Penalty terrible; and the plotting of such will be void (of result).”

Allah reminds us in verse 10 that all glory belongs to Him and then in verse 11-13 striking examples are given which display Allah’s incomparable power and skill.   The lesson in all this is that righteousness is exalted by Him and hence human beings should strive for doing works that benefit society in accordance with what He has approved.  This is true honour in the sight of Allah SWT.

Cross reference : Sura 49:13 “…Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you…”

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Surah Fatir (35) 26/03/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 35 (Fatir)
Contemplating Allah’s mercy upon mankind

Verse 2-3 “What Allah out of His Mercy doth bestow on mankind there is none can withhold: what He doth withhold, there is none can grant, apart from Him: and He is the Exalted in Power, full of Wisdom.  O men! Call to mind the grace of Allah unto you! is there a creator, other than Allah, to give you sustenance from heaven or earth? There is no god but He: how then are ye deluded away from the Truth”

The message of Allah’s power flows from verse 1 into verses 2 and 3.  Whereas the previous verse shows Allah’s creative power, verses 2-3 show that He is in full control over all things that make life possible for us.  It is only due to His grace that from the sky comes rain which produces vegetation and fresh drinking water for us.   When we contemplate upon this complex natural cycle which is systematic and harmonious it brings upon us the realisation that there can be none other than a supreme master creator – Allah SWT.
Continues tomorrow… Insha Allah

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Surah Fatir (35) 25/03/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 35 (Fatir)

Allah’s creative mastery

Verse 1 “Praise be to Allah, Who created (out of nothing) the heavens and the earth, Who made the angels, messengers with wings,- two, or three, or four (pairs): He adds to Creation as He pleases: for Allah has power over all things”

The Sura gets its title from Verse 1 which shows Allah’s majestic power and skill to create and fashion the most complex of things such as the universe and then to keep this complex structure in perfect balance and harmony for countless number of years.   When this mastery and skill is properly considered through scientific study, it leads us to being in awe and reverence of our Creator and hence the use of the word “al hamd”.   The reference to Angels with wings two, three or four is an indication of the multiple tasks that are assigned to Angels and the verse appropriately concludes by alluding to Allah’s power over everything.  This should instil in us humility before Allah SWT and a desire to serve Him as our true Lord and Master.

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

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