Surah Zumar (39) 30/04/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 39 (Zumar-Crowds)

The multitudes of good and bad

Verse 71-3: The Unbelievers will be led to Hell in crowds: until, when they arrive, there, its gates will be opened. And its keepers will say, “Did not messengers come to you from among yourselves, rehearsing to you the Signs of your Lord, and warning you of the Meeting of This Day of yours?” The answer will be: “True: but the Decree of Punishment has been proved true against the Unbelievers!” (To them) will be said: “Enter ye the gates of Hell, to dwell therein: and evil is (this) Abode of the Arrogant!”

And those who feared their Lord will be led to the Garden in crowds: until behold, they arrive there; its gates will be opened; and its keepers will say: “Peace be upon you! well have ye done! enter ye here, to dwell therein.”

The Sura takes its name from these verses and highlights the eventual outcome in the Hereafter for the multitude of arrogant ones who refused to accept the message and those who respected and obeyed the message.

Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah

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Surah Zumar (39) 29/04/2016

In the name of Allah, most Kind, most Merciful

Sura 39 (Zumar-Crowds)

Despair not of Allah’s mercy

Verse 53: Say: “O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

As humans we often falter and make mistakes, but the doors of Allah’s forgiveness and mercy are always open.  It is part of Allah (SWT)’s mercy to forgive us and give us opportunities to grow and develop ourselves.  Every moment of life affords us an opportunity to enter the door of Allah’s mercy and we should not hesitate to take this opportunity.  As Allah (SWT) repeatedly mentions: He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.  The next verse makes it clear:

Verse 54: “Turn ye to our Lord (in repentance) and bow to His (Will), before the Penalty comes on you: after that ye shall not be helped.

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

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Surah Zumar (39) 28/04/2016

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Sura 39 (Zumar-Crowds)

Allah is enough! No fear!

Verse 36: Is not Allah enough for his Servant? But they try to frighten thee with other (gods) besides Him! for such as Allah leaves to stray, there can be no guide.

Fear is a powerful tool employed to control and dominate people. A good example is the story of Pharoah, forcing people into obedience. Here we are told that fear is cast to sway people from the Truth by creating false fears. Fear of idols cursing or the curse formed out of superstition, the fear of being ostracized or cast out, the fear of loss of power or fame.  However, these are illegitimate fears since it does not factor in the power of Allah (SWT). The verse begins with “Enough is Allah”. This short statement speaks volumes. Such unjustified fear is like the spiders web (Sura Ankabut) – truly flimsy.

Allah (SWT) advises in Sura 3 Verse 175: It is only the evil one that suggests to you the fear of His votaries: be ye not afraid of them, but fear me, if ye have Faith.

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Zumar (39) 27/04/2016

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Sura 39 (Zumar-Crowds)

The most beautiful message

Verse 23: Allah has revealed (from time to time) the most beautiful Message in the form of a Book, consistent with itself, (yet) repeating (its teaching in various aspects): the skins of those who fear their Lord tremble thereat; then their skins and their hearts do soften to the celebration of Allah’s praises. Such is the guidance of Allah: He guides therewith whom He pleases, but such as Allah leaves to stray, can have none to guide.

The Quran is here called the “Ahsanal Hadith” – the best narration. An important characteristic of the Quran is its consistency. In Sura 4 verse 82 we read: “Do they not consider the Qur’an (with care)? Had it been from other Than Allah, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy.” This consistency – lack of contradiction is an important evidence that the Quran is from Allah and stands above all else.

Further our responses to the verses of the Quran are expected to instill inner sense of awe and a heart melting into acceptance. As is made clear here and in Sura 29 Verse 45, the dhikr (remembrance) of Allah – is the remembrance of His words found in the Quran. It is coming to this realization and the reverence that is due that we can be sure we are upon the guidance of Allah.

Continues tomorrow…

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Surah Zumar (39) 26/04/2016

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Sura 39 (Zumar-Crowds)

Be an open supporter of the Quran

Verses 33-35: “And he who brings the Truth and he who confirms (and supports) it – such are the men who do right. They shall have all that they wish for, in the presence of their Lord: such is the reward of those who do good: So that Allah will turn off from them (even) the worst in their deeds and give them their reward according to the best of what they have done.”

Although we do not have the privilege of being among the select few chosen by Allah (SWT) to be Prophets, we could  be in such great company on condition that we provide our firm and unwavering support for it. The reward is magnificent – only the good will be weighed! In history we learn of Khatija, Abu Bakr and Ali as being of those early open supporters. However this requirement is for all time and we too have the same duty of supporting and promoting the message. The opposite is highlighted in Sura 25 Verse 30: “Then the Messenger will say: “O my Lord! Truly my people deserted this Qur’an”. This is the complaint of the Prophet (SAW) about those who did not just fail to support but rather deserted the Quran. We have a duty to honour the Prophet (SAW) by being among those who are open proponents of the last message.

Continues tomorrow…

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Surah Zumar (39) 25/04/2016

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Sura 39 (Zumar-Crowds)

The reward for Sabr is immeasurable

Verse 10: Say: “O my servants who believe! Fear your Lord, good is (the reward) for those who do good in this world. Spacious is Allah’s earth! those who patiently persevere will truly receive a reward without measure!”

The divine law that those who do good will reap such goodness is emphasized. Living such a life of goodness requires constancy (Sabr) on such a path for success.  The Prophets demonstrated these qualities some leaving their homes fleeing into Allah’s spacious earth av test of perseverance. The reward for this Sabr (patience, consistency, perseverance) is here described as “without measure”…ie immeasurable! We often hear of 1000s and 10 000s of “rewards” but this is nothing compared to hard earned Sabr. See also the cross reference below:

Sura 25 Verse 75: Those are the ones who will be rewarded with the highest place in heaven, because of their patient constancy (Sabr): therein shall they be met with salutations and peace

Continues tomorrow…

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Surah Zumar (39) 24/04/2016

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Sura 39 (Zumar-Crowds)

Praying directly to Allah is sincere worship

Verse 3: Is it not to Allah that sincere devotion is due? But those who take for protectors other than Allah (say): “We only serve them in order that they may bring us nearer to Allah.” Truly Allah will judge between them in that wherein they differ. But Allah guides not such as are false and ungrateful.

This verse addresses the misconception that people make, insisting on praying via intermediaries. Sincere worship is to Allah (SWT) alone. In the reference below, it is made even clearer. Those close to Allah (e.g Prophets, Saints etc.); they too seek means to get closer to Him and are in hope and fear. See also Sura 13 Verse 14.

Sura 17 Verses 57: Those whom they call upon do desire (for themselves) means of access to their Lord, – even those who are nearest: they hope for His Mercy and fear His Wrath: for the Wrath of thy Lord is something to take heed of

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam/Peace