Sura Muhammad (47) 30/07/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 47 (Muhammad)

The importance of spending in Allah’s cause

Verse 38

“Behold, you are those invited to spend (of your substance) in the way of Allah: But among you are some that are niggardly. But any who are niggardly are so at the expense of their own souls. But Allah is free of all wants, and it is ye that are needy. If ye turn back (from the Path), He will substitute in your stead another people; then they would not be like you”
In verses 36 and 37 Allah SWT informs us of the importance of charity but at the same time He does not expect us to give all of our wealth in charity. Allah SWT wants us to hold a balance and spend our wealth wisely for the uplfitment of society. If we are miserly, this will cause our own downfall, wealth will not circulate and social imbalance will bring about chaos and disharmony in society. If we fall into this trap of materialism and greed, Allah SWT warns us that other people who are more committed to Him will take over from us and serve His cause.

Cross reference 5:54

Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah
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Sura Muhammad (47) 29/07/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 47 (Muhammad)

Justice should not be compromised

Verse 35
“Be not weary and faint-hearted, crying for peace, when ye should be uppermost: for Allah is with you, and will never put you in loss for your (good) deeds”

Believers are required to consistently work to abide by Allah’s commandments. In doing so they may meet with hostile opposition who will attempt to coerce them into wavering their positions. Here Allah SWT forewarns us of this and instructs us that we should not be faint hearted but rather that we should be uppermost, meaning that we should have an unwavering commitment to His cause without deviating from justice and that we should stand tall to our values and be proud thereof. If we maintain this position Allah SWT will ensure that our deeds do not go wasted.

Cross reference 3:139

Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah

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Sura Muhammad (47) 28/07/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 47 (Muhammad)

Allah will test us to determine our commitment

Verse 31

“And We shall try you until We test those among you who strive their utmost and persevere in patience; and We shall try your reported (mettle).”

After Allah SWT exposes the hypocrites He informs us that life will bring us certain situations to prove whether we belong to the committed believers or those who merely pay lip service. Two important characteristics are mentioned, jihaad and Sabr. Jihaad means active exertion for the cause and Sabr means consistency. As such Allah SWT expects of believers to exert themselves for His cause and do so consistently. It is a combination of these two characteristics that lead to a successful society. May Allah swt imbue in us these two characteristics.

Cross reference:29:2-3

Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah

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Sura Muhammad (47) 26/07/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 47 (Muhammad)

The reward for being righteous
Verse 12

“Verily Allah will admit those who believe and do righteous deeds, to Gardens beneath which rivers flow; while those who reject Allah will enjoy (this world) and eat as cattle eat; and the Fire will be their abode.”

The success of the believers will not only be in this life but will continue into the next. Whilst observing Allah’s commandments they will establish peace and security in this world and their efforts in doing so will be rewarded in the afterlife. The reward of Jannah is than explained to the believers in verse 15 in ways they can grasp, via parables.

“(Here is) a Parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised: in it are rivers of water incorruptible; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine, a joy to those who drink; and rivers of honey pure and clear. …”

As for the rejecters Allah SWT informs us that they will continue their lives short sighted, like cattle. They cannot perceive the reality of the hereafter and their lives will basically end in this world. In the hereafter they will be met with torture and punishment.

Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah

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Sura Muhammad (47) 25/07/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 47 (Muhammad)

Success as a result of commitment

Verse 7-8

“O ye who believe! If ye will aid (the cause of) Allah, He will aid you, and plant your feet firmly . But those who reject (Allah),- for them is destruction, and (Allah) will render their deeds astray (from their mark). ”

Every society seeks stability and security be it political, economic and or otherwise. The Quran guarantees such a condition but requires us to reciprocate to Allah SWT by ensuring that we render our “support to Him”. This is an expression used in the Quran to denote being devoted to Allah SWT. As a result Allah SWT will cause that our society becomes stable and secure. As for those who don’t observe Allah’s laws and live against it, they will become insecure, unstable and will self destruct. Their achievements will be short lived.

A beautiful parable on this can be found in Sura 14:24-27

Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah

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Sura Muhammad (47) 24/07/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 47 (Muhammad)

Believers as compared to disbelievers

The sura is named after Allah’s final messenger Muhammad SAW whose name is found in verse 2.

Verses 1-2

“(As for) those who disbelieve and turn away from Allah’s way, He shall render their works ineffective. And (as for) those who believe and do good, and believe in what has been revealed to Muhammad, and it is the very truth from their Lord, He will remove their evil from them and improve their condition.”

Allah (SWT) opens this sura by describing to us the worthless effort of the disbelievers and the worthy state of the believers. The word kufaar is understood to mean people who make a conscious decision to reject the Truth after being presented with it. As a result of their rejection, all their works are rendered ineffective. To the contrary, the believers not only believe in Allah but also do good and accept the Quran as absolute Truth from Allah (SWT). As a result Allah SWT improves their condition.

As believers let us strive to act upon the laws and requirements of the Quran to ensure an improved condition in society.

Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah

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