Surah Muzammil (73) 07/12/2016

In the name of Allah, most Kind, most Merciful
Surah 73 (Muzammil)
*Read as much of the Quran as is easy for you*
Verse 20: “Thy Lord doth know that thou standest forth (to prayer) nigh two-thirds of the night, or half the night, or a third of the night, and so doth a party of those with thee. But Allah doth appoint night and day in due measure He knoweth that ye are unable to keep count thereof. So He hath turned to you (in mercy): read ye, therefore, of the Qur’an as much as may be easy for you. He knoweth that there may be (some) among you in ill-health; others travelling through the land, seeking of Allah’s bounty; yet others fighting in Allah’s Cause, read ye, therefore, as much of the Qur’an as may be easy (for you); and establish regular Prayer and give regular Charity; and loan to Allah a Beautiful Loan. And whatever good ye send forth for your souls ye shall find it in Allah’s Presence,- yea, better and greater, in Reward and seek ye the Grace of Allah: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” 
The phrase “read as much of the Quran as easy for you” is repeated twice highlighting the centrality of the Quran in the lives of earliest believers and secondly emphasizes individual choice and encouragement to choose the easiest of options. Allah (SWT) is Most Merciful to us.
Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah
Salaam/Peace

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Surah Muzammil (73) 06/12/2016

In the name of Allah, most Kind, most Merciful
Surah 73 (Muzammil)
*The work day schedule*
Verses 7-8: “True, there is for thee by day prolonged occupation with ordinary duties: But keep in remembrance the name of thy Lord and devote thyself to Him whole-heartedly.”
At the early stage of the message, the Muslims were not self-sufficient and the mission was undertaken on a part time basis requiring the daily work routines to continue and preserving the night for planning and study. However despite these limitations, the requirement to always keep Allah (SWT) upper-most in one’s consciousness was still required. Additionally, although the operation of the mission may have been part-time the mental commitment was to be wholly in the service to Allah (SWT).
Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah
Salaam/Peace

Surah Muzammil (73) 05/12/2016


In the name of Allah, most Kind, most Merciful
Surah 73 (Muzammil)
*The Weighty Message*
Verses 5-6: “Soon shall We send down to thee a weighty Message. Truly the rising by night is most potent for governing (the soul), and most suitable for (framing) the Word (of Prayer and Praise).”
The revelation of the Quran is described as a “weighty message” and achieved the unthinkable, namely,  transforming a society where slavery was common, children were buried alive and the sanctity and purity of the Kaaba was violated – to one of social and economic balance and justice. The purity of Allah as the Supreme authority and incomparable to anything and anyone was achieved. However, the first step was self-development and instead of wasting precious nighttime on frivolous activity,  believers were required to study the Quran which was deemed essential to prepare for the challenges to follow. These lessons are still true for us today.
Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah
Salaam/Peace

Surah Muzammil (73) 04/12/2016

​In the name of Allah, most Kind, most Merciful

Surah 73 (Muzammil)

*Night Vigil with the Quran*

Verses 1-4: “O thou folded in garments! Stand (to prayer) by night, but not all night,- Half of it,- or a little less, Or a little more; and recite the Qur’an in slow, measured rhythmic tones.”

This is one of the earliest revelations to the Prophet (SAW) and may have been the 2nd or 3rd in order. It is important to note that at this early stage of the mission special focus was placed on utilizing the night effectively. Allowing time for sleep, a large portion was required to be assigned to the Quran. The phrase “rattlilil-Qurana, tartillan” is best explained as “recite the Qur’an calmly and distinctly, with thy mind attuned to its meaning”. This was important as the Muslim community would use the Quran as their guiding light through ensuing 23 years of the deliverance of the message and establishment of Islam.  

Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah

Salaam/Peace

Surah Jinn (72) 03/12/2016

​In the name of Allah most kind most Merciful 

Sura 72 (Jinn) 

Verses 20-22

Only Allah has supreme power

Say: I only call upon my Lord, and I do not associate any one with Him.

Say: I do not control for you evil or good.

Say: Surely no one can protect me against Allah, nor can I find besides Him any place of refuge:

The verses above show us that the Prophets of Allah SWT lead from the front. In this particular case Muhammad saw is inspired to tell his people that he does not associate anyone with Allah and that he calls upon Allah SWT exclusively.  He does not claim to have extraordinary powers whatsoever nor is he exempt from Allah’s laws.  

We can clearly see how Muhammad saw attributes all power and glory to Allah SWT. In doing so he is preventing hero worship of himself or any other Prophet or person. 

Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah

Salaam/Peace

Surah Jinn (72) 02/12/2016

​In the name of Allah, most Kind, most Merciful

Surah 72 (Jinn)

*Allah SWT alone is worthy of worship*

Verse 18

“And the places of worship are for Allah (alone): so invoke not any one along with Allah;”

From Surah 4 verse 48 we learn that the only act that is not forgiven by Allah after death is ascribing partners to Him. This verse approaches the topic from a different angle in saying that all places of worship and not only masaajid are for the worship of Allah alone. This would include calling upon prophets our saints as intercessors in our prayers.

Cross reference Surah 4 verse 48

“Allah forgiveth not that partners should be set up with him; but he forgiveth anything else, to whom he pleaseth; to set up partners with Allah is to devise a sin most heinous indeed.”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Jinn (72) 01/12/2016

​In the name of Allah, most Kind, most Merciful

Surah 72 (Jinn)

*Our efforts in the Cause of Allah may bring unexpected results*

Verses 1-2: 

Say: It has been revealed to me that a company of Jinns listened (to the Quran). They said, We have really heard a wonderful Recital! It gives guidance to the Right, and we have believed therein: We shall not join (in worship) any (gods) with our Lord.

The beginning of this Surah narrates an incident that occurred at the time of Muhammad SAW. The prophet was not aware that some Jinn, or some believe to be Jews from a foreign land, had listened to the Quran and accepted the message. Passages like these gave hope to the Prophet as well as people who are calling towards Allah today, as it proves that although we may not see results in the people that were spoken to directly, they may be others that will accept the message through our efforts that we are not aware of.

Cross reference Surah 6 verse 29 -32

Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah

Salaam/Peace

Surah Nuh (71) 30/11/2016

​In the name of Allah, most Kind, most Merciful

Surah 71 (Nuh)

*The dua of Nuh AS*

Verse 26-27

“And Noah said: O my Lord! Leave not of the Unbelievers, a single one on earth!, For, if Thou dost leave (any of) them, they will but mislead Thy devotees, and they will breed none but wicked ungrateful ones.”

The prayer of Nuh AS to destroy his people may seem harsh and unkind.  However  we must bear in mind that this dua follows many years of relentless preaching by Nuh AS and as a result of his people’s obstinate rebellion, the damage that these evil people could have caused, would have been far worse. Hence Nuh AS prays for their destruction.  The substituting of evil people with good people by Allah SWT is part of the Sunnatullah.

Cross reference Surah 70 verse 40-41

“Now I do call to witness the Lord of all points in the East and the West that We can certainly. Substitute for them better (men) than they: and We are not to be defeated (in Our Plan).”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Nuh (71) 29/11/2016

​In the name of Allah, most Kind, most Merciful

Surah 71 (Nuh)

*A lesson from the plant kingdom*

Verse 17-18

“And how God made you spring forth from the earth like a plant, how He will return you into it and then bring you out again,”

We know from other verses about our creation from dust and that we will return to it. In verse 17 Allah likens our creation to that of plants. If we compare our communities and mankind as a whole to a tree, we will realise that we are all connected and interdependent on each other. For a tree to prosper, every part of it from the roots to the leaves on the various branches, have to perform their specific functions to keep the tree alive.  The lesson for human beings in this is that we should support  and cooperate with each other in the doing of good to enable our societies to prosper. 

Cross reference 3:200

“O you who believe. Persevere in patience and constancy, vie in such perseverance, strengthen each other and fear Allah; that you may prosper.”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Nuh (71) 28/11/2016

​In the name of Allah, most Kind, most Merciful

Surah 71 (Nuh)

*The Da’wah of Nuh (AS)*

Verses 8-10: 

So I have called to them aloud; Further I have spoken to them in public and secretly in private, Saying, Ask forgiveness from your Lord; for He is Oft-Forgiving;

Nuh (AS) tried all different methods in calling his people to Allah. Today we have even more avenues available to spread the message including print and social media with reach to a much wider audience. We need to use all these various platforms wisely in spreading the message of Allah as this forms part of our duty as Muslims in promoting good and forbidding evil.

Cross reference Surah 16 verse 125

“Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and Most Gracious: for thy Lord knoweth best, who have strayed from his path, and who receive guidance.”

Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah

Salaam/Peace