Surah Saffat (37) 16/04/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 37 (Saffat)

Verses 180-182 “Glory to thy Lord, the Lord of Honour and Power! (He is free) from what they ascribe (to Him), And Peace on the messengers! And Praise to Allah, the Lord and Cherisher of the Worlds.”
This set of verses, (often read when concluding our duas) being the last three of the Sura, essentially summarises the message of the Sura.  It tells us that all glory and power belongs to Allah SWT and in saying so it brings us to the realisation that only Allah is worthy of being worshipped and served.   Secondly, by wishing peace upon all His messengers, Allah reminds us of the important task of all of His messengers which was to spread and implement Allah’s message throughout the various societies and ages and thirdly whilst paying great regard to the messengers we should remember that their message was essentially to establish Allah SWT as the absolute centre of power and authority and that absolute praise (hamd) exclusively belongs to Allah SWT.
That concludes Sura 37.                We commence Sura 38 tomorrow Insha Allah.
Salaam/Peace

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Surah Saffat (37) 15/04/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 37 (Saffat)

There is none like unto Allah (SWT)

Verses 151 – 157 “Is it not that they say, from their own invention,  “Allah has begotten children”? but they are liars! Did He (then) choose daughters rather than sons?  What is the matter with you? How judge you?  Will you not then receive admonition? Or have you an authority manifest?  Then bring ye your Book (of authority) if ye be truthful…. Glory to Allah! (He is free) from the things they ascribe (to Him)!”

The rejecters make many false claims against Allah SWT, the worst of which is that He has offspring.  Similar falsities were some amongst the Jews and Christians (9:30) after the time of their relevant messengers.  In doing so, they reduce Allah’s almighty status by giving Him human characteristics. True belief in Allah (SWT) should keep us away from any temptation to associate anyone or anything with Him as He is unique in every way possible.  In responding to them Allah SWT asks them to produce some manifest authority to justify their beliefs.   By “manifest authority” means an authority that is worthy of being from a Divine source.

Cross reference – Sura 6:101 and 112:1-4

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Saffat (37) 14/04/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 37 (Saffat)

Ebrahim (AS)’s prayer for a child – a lesson for parents

37:100-102 “(Ebrahim said) O my Lord! Grant me a righteous (son)!”, So We gave him the good news of a boy ready to suffer and forbear” Then, when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: “O my son! I see in a vision that I offer you in sacrifice: Now see what is your view!” (The son) said: “O my father! Do as thou art commanded: thou will find me, if Allah so wills one practising Patience and Constancy.”

Amongst the many lessons that we find in the stories of the ambiyaa from verses 75-148, is the dua of Ebrahim (AS) when he asks Allah SWT to bestow upon him a child.  Consider Ebrahim (AS)’s circumstances – his community including his own father sought a plan to kill him simply because he challenged their idolatrous way.  Ebrahim (AS) is forced to leave the community but his primary concern remains furthering the cause of Allah.   In his dua for a child, he asks for a righteous one and Allah SWT then blesses him with Ismail (AS).  We see the sublime character of Ebrahim (AS) when he consults Ismail (AS) on sacrificing him and likewise we see Ismail (AS)’s sublime character when he is willing to lay down his own life for Allah (SWT).   We learn from this that our prayers for offspring must be centred on righteousness and our families should function in unison and upon the principles of shura (mutual consultation) to serve the cause of Allah (SWT).

Cross reference – 25:74

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Saffat (37) 13/04/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 37 (Saffat)

Taking lessons from previous prophets

From verses 75 to 148

Allah SWT refers to aspects of the mission of some of the previous prophets (Nuh, Ebrahim,  Moosa and Haroon, Elias, Lut and Yunus (AS)).
In these stories we find the practical manifestation of the Sunnatallah and each one teaches us important lessons.  The sum total of the message of these verses is that it shows us the difficulties that the messengers encountered, the perseverance they held in serving Allah SWT and their eventual victory.
These verses also serve to reassure the Prophet (SAW) that he was not the only messenger to have been rebuked by his people and that liberation comes with commitment and holding fast to Allah’s commands.
This is a great lesson for Muslims of today finding ourselves living in turbulent times, if we become resilient like the messengers of Allah and hold fast to Allah’s message (Al Quran), our liberation is guaranteed.

Cross reference 11:120

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Saffat (37) 12/04/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 37 (Saffat)

The Sunnatallah

Verses 71-73 “And truly before them, many of the ancients went astray;  But We sent aforetime, among them, (messengers) to admonish them; Then see what was the end of those who were admonished (but heeded not),”

In this set of verses Allah SWT points out His way of dealing with civilizations in the past (and which remains consistent to date) – this is called the Sunnatallah.    The Sunnatallah reflects Allah’s justice in that no one is destroyed without Allah SWT first warning such people to repent and amend.  These warnings are given by Allah’s messengers and when societies continue their ills unabated they rightfully meet Allah’s punishment.   The phrase “then see what was the end…” calls upon us to investigate previous flourishing societies like the Ad, Thamud and Pharoah who were evil superpowers of their time but were destroyed for their failure to repent and amend their conduct. All that remains is the grand structures they put up, as a sign for us to uphold righteous conduct or our fate will be the same.

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Saffat (37) 11/04/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 37 (Saffat)

Refraining from succumbing to peer pressure

Verses 50-57 “Then they will turn to one another and question one another, One of them will start the talk and say: “I had an intimate companion (on the earth),  “Who used to say, ‘what! are you amongst those who bear witness to the Truth (of the Message)?   “‘When we die and become dust and bones, shall we indeed receive rewards and punishments?    He (the righteous one) said: “By Allah! You were a little short of bringing me to perdition! Had it not been for the Grace of my Lord, I should certainly have been among those brought (there)”

In this set of verses Allah SWT informs us of the reality of the after-life and not to be misled by our close companions.   Whilst in the previous verse we see the inmates of hell disputing and disowning each other, in this set of verses we see how fortunate the inheritors of paradise consider themselves to be, they express their gratitude to Allah SWT for not falling into the trap of disbelief.  When peer pressure seems to be getting the better of us we ought to reflect on verses like these which bring us back to reality by taking us into the future.

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Saffat (37) 10/04/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 37 (Saffat)

The rejecters desert each other on judgement day

Verses 27-30 “And they will turn to one another, and question one another, they will say: “It was ye who used to come to us from the right hand (of power and authority).  They will reply: “Nay, ye yourselves had no Faith”

In this set of verses we see how the company of rejecters who are so united in this world desert each other when they are faced with the reality of having to account for their actions.  The adherents of those vested with power will come to realise that blind following of those vested with power and authority will firstly not be an excuse for their disbelief and secondly will not offer them any salvation.  What we learn is that since each individual is endowed with freedom of choice and the opportunities to grasp the truth for themselves, each one will be accountable individually.

Cross reference : 18:29 and 35:18

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Saffat (37) 09/04/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 37 (Saffat)

Man to reflect on his own creation

Verse 11  “Just ask their opinion: are they the more difficult to create, or the (other) beings We have created? Them have We created out of a sticky clay”.

After Allah SWT describes the complexities in the universe from verse 6 to 10, He invites the rejectors to apply their minds and consider the creation of man, which on its own is miraculous,  but small in comparison to the vast universe and beings created therein.    Like the shayateen in the universe are met with flaming bolts (in Verse 10) so should human being be aware that a similar penalty awaits them, should they persist in their evil ways.

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Saffat (37) 08/04/2016

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Sura 37 (Saffat)

The orderly arrangement of Believers

Verses 1-4

“By those who range themselves in ranks, And so are strong in repelling (evil),  And thus proclaim the Message (of Allah), Verily, verily, your God is one.”

The Sura is named “Saffaat” meaning the ranks and referring to those who are arranged or being in order which in turn alludes to a well organised community or society.   This well organised community not only resists and prevents evil but also reminds people of Allah’s message and in particular Allah’s oneness. Allah’s oneness means His absolute authority which is manifested in our daily lives through living in accordance with His revelation.   Of importance is for believers to apply the principles of “Saffat” or orderly arrangement in our social and political lives and utilise the benefits thereof to enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong.

Cross reference – Sura 4 Verse 59 and 61:4

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaam/Peace