Surah Mumin (40) 07/05/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 40 (Mumin)

Death bed repentance not accepted

Verses 84-85 “But when they saw Our Punishment, they said: “We believe in Allah,- the one God – and we reject the partners we used to join with Him. But their professing the Faith when they (actually) saw Our Punishment was not going to profit them. (Such has been) Allah’s Way of dealing with His servants (from the most ancient times). And even thus did the Rejecters of Allah perish (utterly)”

We see here Allah’s justice taking effect, He sends His messengers to warn people and gives them enough time to repent and amend their conduct. However, once their time expires they will have no further respite and the rejecters will be destroyed. Their accepting of Imaan upon seeing the punishment of Allah would not save them in the least. Let us turn to Allah SWT and lead our lives in accordance with His laws to the best of our abilities.

Cross reference: 4:17-18

And that concludes Sura Mumin, tomorrow we commence Sura Fussilat Insha Allah

Salaam/Peace

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Surah Mumin (40) 06/05/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 40 (Mumin)

Men and women are equal in the sight of Allah

“He that works evil will not be requited but by the like thereof: and he that works a righteous deed – whether man or woman – and is a Believer- such will enter the Garden (of Bliss): Therein will they have abundance without measure”

In many cultures, the status of women is reduced to that of a second class citizen.  At the time of the Prophet SAW people were burying their daughters alive and women had no status in society, spiritually or otherwise.  The Quran dignified the women and placed them as equals with man on a spiritual plane, whilst acknowledging their physiological differences.   The above verse informs us that man and women stand an equal chance to gain jannah and that the only criterion is righteousness. Thus the focus of a Muslim society is on a system of merit rather than gender.

Cross reference: 33:35

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Mumin (40) 05/05/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 40 (Mumin)

Lending support to the Truth

Verse 28 “A believer, a man from among the people of Pharaoh, who had concealed his faith, said: “Will ye slay a man because he says, ‘My Lord is Allah’?- when he has indeed come to you with Clear (Signs) from your Lord? and if he be a liar, on him is (the sin of) his lie: but, if he is telling the Truth, then will fall on you something of the (calamity) of which he warns you: Truly Allah guides not one who transgresses and lies!”

Whilst Moosa (AS) commenced his mission to deliver the Bani Israeel from oppression he met huge opposition from Pharoah and his hosts.   However, he received support from a believer who had previously concealed his faith.  The believer aptly warns the people of Pharoah of the consequences of disobeying the message with which Moosa (AS) had come.   What we learn from here is that when the Truth is being spoken we ought to stand by it and support it.  Another similar lesson is given in Sura Yaseen verses 20-27 where the reward for the person supporting the Truth is jannah.

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Mumin (40) 04/05/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 40 (Mumin)

Study of ancient civilisations

Verses 21-22 “Do they not travel through the earth and see what was the end of those before them? They were even superior to them in strength, and in the traces (they have left) in the land: but Allah did call them to account for their sins, and none had they to defend them against Allah.  That was because there came to them their messengers with Clear (Signs), but they rejected them: So Allah called them to account: for He is Full of Strength, Strict in Punishment.”

In the above set of verses we are encouraged to study ancient civilizations who were deemed the superpowers of their times such as the Ad, Thamud and Pharoah who thrived in times gone by.  To obtain a glimpse of their power the Quran directs us to observe their “traces in the land”, which today feature amongst the wonders of the world, namely the Pyramids of Egypt, the palaces of Petra etc (see pictures below).  Unfortunately they became blinded by their enormous power, strength and scientific advancement and were destroyed after refusing to reform their conduct in accordance with Allah’s message.

This message is a warning to us not to be blinded by power whether individually or collectively and to always do our best to adhere to Allah’s commandments.

Continues tomorrow…
Salaam/Peace

Surah Mumin (40) 03/05/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 40 (Mumin)
Our actions will determine our fate in the afterlife
Verses 15-18 “…by His Command doth He send the Spirit (of inspiration) to any of His servants he pleases, that it may warn (men) of the Day of Mutual Meeting, The Day whereon they will (all) come forth: not a single thing concerning them is hidden from Allah. Whose will be the dominion that Day?” That of Allah, the One the Irresistible, That Day will every soul be requited for what it earned; no injustice will there be that Day, for Allah is Swift in taking account. …. No intimate friend nor intercessor will the wrong-doers have, who could be listened to.”

A primary focus of Revelation is to bring people to the realisation of the day of accountability which is here referred to as the Day of Mutual Meeting.   Allah conscientises us to live knowing that we will have to account for our actions and that nothing will be hidden from Allah SWT on that Day.  Our status in the hereafter will be based upon our actions.  In other words we will “earn” or “strive” for our own fates and our eventual destiny lies in our own hands.  The wrongdoers are forewarned that their hopes of attaining salvation through intercession are false and that their only hope will be through their good deeds.   A reminder to us to believe and work righteous deeds to attain Allah’s pleasure.
Cross reference : 39:74
Continues tomorrow…
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Surah Munim (40) 02/05/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 40 (Mumin)

Forgiveness and repentance

Verse 3 “(Allah, He) Who forgives sin, accepts repentance, is strict in punishment, and has a long reach (in all things). There is no god but He: to Him is the final goal”.

The purpose of our existence is to realise Allah’s oneness and supreme authority as the final goal.   However as is the case of the nature of human kind we falter and become oblivious of the duty to our Creator. His mercy is reflected in the fact that He is willing to forgive provided we seek His forgiveness and then also turn to Him by rectifying our conduct.

However immediately thereafter Allah warns us that He is strict in punishment and has a long reach – in other words nothing escapes His knowledge (21:47). The violators of His commandments will not escape His punishment if they do not sincerely repent and amend their conduct.   He then reminds us that our focus and service should be for Him and Him alone.

Cross reference : 3:135, 25:71

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Mumin (40) 01/05/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 40 (Mumin)

This Sura derives its name from verses 28-45 and deals with the individual’s witness to faith and virtue and his triumph in the end.  In essence it gives solace to the Muslims who were being persecuted, it warns the persecutors and foretells the triumph of truth and the failure of opposition to the truth.

Verse 1-2
“Ha Meem, The revelation of this Book is from Allah, exalted in power, full of knowledge.”

The revelation is associated with two interesting attributes of Allah SWT.  The first being Al- Azeez which signifies Allah’s authority/power and the second Al Aleem which signifies Allah’s infinite knowledge.   In other words the Quran reflects Allah’s authority and its contents are based on complete knowledge.   No addition or reduction to Allah’s words is necessary simply because He is Al-Aleem, the one with complete knowledge.

Continues tomorrow…insha Allah

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