Sura Al-Ahqaf (46) 23/07/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 46 (Ahqaf)

How to respond to a Quran recital

Verse 29
“Behold, We turned towards thee a company of Jinns (quietly) listening to the Quran: when they stood in the presence thereof, they said, Listen in silence! When the (reading) was finished, they returned to their people, to warn (them of their sins).”

At times, when showing others the way of Allah, it may seem that some people do everything they can to prevent our message from getting across. However, this should not stop us from doing our duty as we may not be aware of who else may be listening or observing us and thus be guided.

Cross reference Surah 41 verse 26
“The Unbelievers say: Listen not to this Quran, but talk at random in the midst of its (reading), that ye may gain the upper hand!”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaam/Peace

Sura Al-Ahqaf (46) 22/07/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 46 (Ahqaf)

The guidance of Allah is explained in various ways

Verse 27
“We destroyed aforetime populations round about you; and We have shown the Signs in various ways, that they may turn (to Us).”

The people of Ad were destroyed despite been shown various signs to guide them to Allah. The Quran also gives us guidance in various ways so that no one can claim that they were unable to understand it. We learn from parables, stories, science, history and also through repetition. Allah (SWT) has catered for all types of intellect, in all places of the world and even all eras.

Cross reference Surah 39 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.”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaam/Peace

Sura Al-Ahqaf (46) 21/07/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 46 (Ahqaf)

Making use of our God given faculties

Verse 26
“And We had firmly established them in a (prosperity and) power which We have not given to you (ye Quraysh!) And We had endowed them with (faculties of) hearing, seeing, heart and intellect: but of no profit to them were their (faculties of) hearing, sight, and heart and intellect, when they went on rejecting the Signs of Allah; and they were (completely) encircled by that which they used to mock at!”

The Ad used their faculties of hearing seeing and feeling superficially because their attention was fixed on the particulars of this world. The punishment which they suffered was therefore as a result of their blindness and unawareness of the truth which was also the cause of their wrongdoing and unbelief. It is a lesson for us not to repeat their mistakes.

Cross reference Surah 67 verses 23
“Say: It is He Who has created you (and made you grow), and made for you the faculties of hearing, seeing, feeling and understanding: little thanks it is ye give.”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaam/Peace

Sura Al-Ahqaf (46) 20/07/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 46 (Ahqaf)

A lesson from the people of Ad

Verse 21
“Mention (Hud) one of Ad’s (own) brethren: behold, he warned his people about the winding Sand tracts: but there have been Warners before him and after him: Worship ye none other than Allah: truly I fear for you the Penalty of a Mighty Day..”

Apart from the historical facts in this verse, the mention of the sand tracks give us further lessons to learn from the story of Hud (AS). The changes in nature and society contain signs for us to reflect upon. Just as a piece of land is unstable and infertile without the blessings of water, so too is the condition of people without the blessings of the revelation of Allah.

Cross reference Surah 14 verses 24-25
“Seest thou not how Allah sets forth a parable?- a goodly Word like a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches (reach) to the heavens-It brings forth its fruit at all times, by the leave of its Lord. So Allah sets forth parables for men, in order that they may receive admonition.”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaam/Peace

Sura Al-Ahqaf (46) 19/07/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 46 (Ahqaf)

*Response to parents*

Verse 17
“But (there is one) who says to his parents, Fie on you! Do ye hold out the promise to me that I shall be raised up, even though generations have passed before me (without rising again)? And they two seek Allah’s aid, (and rebuke the son): Woe to thee! Have Faith! For the promise of Allah is true. But he says, This is nothing but tales of the ancients!”

Children often see their parents as old fashioned and refuse to listen to their calling to the way of Allah swt. Their rejection of Allah swt leads them to act disrespectfully towards their parents. This verse is a reminder to parents to seek Allah’s aid and keep reminding their kids of their eventual accountability to Allah swt despite whatever opposition the child may display.

Cross reference Surah 46 verse 15
“We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents: in pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth. The carrying of the (child) to his weaning is (a period of) thirty months. At length, when he reaches the age of full strength and attains forty years, He says, O my Lord! Grant me that I may be grateful for thy favour which Thou has bestowed upon me, and upon both my parents, and that I may work righteousness such as Thou mayest approve; and be gracious to me in my issue. Truly have I turned to Thee and truly do I bow (to Thee) in Islam.”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Sura Al-Ahqaf (46) 18/07/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 46 (Ahqaf)

*Accusations against Muhammad (PBUH)*

Verse 8
Or do they say, “He has invented all this”? Say (O Muhammad): “Had I invented it, you would not be of the least help to me against God. He is fully aware of that (slander) into which you so reck­lessly plunge: enough is He as a witness between me and you! And (withal,) He alone is truly-forgiving, a true dispenser of grace.”

The unbelievers accused the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) of being a madman, a soothsayer, a forger and an imposter among other insults. This however, didn’t stop him from fulfilling his mission. Nor did he or his followers react with vengeance to these statements but kept focus on the Truth knowing the challenge was in reality against ignorism.

Cross reference Surah 16 verse 103
“We know indeed that they say, it is a man that teaches him. The tongue of him they wickedly point to is notably foreign, while this is Arabic, pure and clear.”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Sura Al-Ahqaf (46) 17/07/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 46 (Ahqaf)

*Allah has not distanced Himself from His creation*

Verse 5

“And who is more astray than one who invokes, besides Allah, such as will not answer him to the Day of Judgment, and who (in fact) are unconscious of their call (to them)?”

Apart from emphasising the fact that all other false gods that people call upon are incapable of assisting those who call upon them, this verse also informs us that only Allah is conscious of anyone who calls upon Him. He listens to our prayers and also answers them.

Cross reference Surah 2 verse 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 InshaAllah…