Sura Najm (53) 30/08/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura Najm(53)

Blind following of the mushrikeen

53:19-23 “Have you seen Lat and Uzza and another, the third, Manat? …..They are naught but names which you have named, you and your fathers; Allah has not sent for them any authority. They follow naught but conjecture and the low desires which (their) souls incline to; and certainly the guidance has come to them from their Lord.”

Allah (SWT) exposes the mushrikeen and informs us of the most well known idols of the quraysh. These were names not authorized by Allah (SWT) nor found in any scripture before but came as a result of speculation by the forefathers of the mushrikeen and passed down from generation to generation. Instead of following the truth they prefer their polytheistic ways which could be altered at the discretion of the wealthy and powerful. Now that guidance had come to them they had no excuse to claim ignorance. Likewise this applies to us, if we follow speculation as opposed to truth (al Quran) we will be like the mushrikeen.

Continues tomorrow Insha Allah, Salaam/Peace

Surah Zukhruf (43) 24/05/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 43 (Zukhruf – Golden adornments)

Blind following

Verses 20-22 “(“Ah!”) they say, “If it had been the will of (Allah) Most Gracious, we should not have worshipped such (deities)!” Of that they have no knowledge! they do nothing but lie! What! have We given them a Book before this, to which they are holding fast?.”

In verses 20 – 22 we see the ill effects of blind following. The rejecters were comfortable with the status quo and were not prepared to change as this would compromise their vested interests. As a result they reasoned that Allah would not have allowed them to commit shirk if this wasn’t acceptable to Him. In essence they are saying that Allah has approved their polytheistic practices. Allah’s answer to them is that these practices are not approved in Scripture and exposes the fact that they are simply blindly following the practices of their forefathers. We should be mindful not to fall into a similar trap by ensuring that we always check our practices against Allah’s clear instructions in the Quran.

Continues tomorrow…
Salaam/Peace

Surah Saba (34) 23/03/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Blind following will land you in trouble

Sura 34 Verse 32
The arrogant ones will say to those who had been despised: Was it we who kept you back from Guidance after it reached you? Nay, rather, it was ye who transgressed.

The selection of verses around this verse teach an important lesson. Here the leaders or arrogant ones are blamed by their followers for misleading them. However just as Shaytaan can suggest to us, that does not absolve us from following and acting upon the sinful ideas. The same is true with the leaders whom we choose to follow be they business advisors, socialites or religious teachers… the given blessing of intellect and instinct of right and wrong are universal and we can never blame our decisions on others. In the verse the leaders proclaim: “Nay, rather, it was ye who transgressed.”

See also 31:28 regarding our individual accountability

Continues tomorrow…

Salaam / Peace

Surah Luqman (31) 23/02/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 31 (Luqman)

Verse 20 “Do ye not see that Allah has subjected to your (use) all things in the heavens and on earth, and has made His bounties flow to you in exceeding measure, (both) seen and unseen? Yet there are among men those who dispute about Allah, without knowledge and without guidance, and without a Book to enlighten them!”

Verse 21 “When they are told to follow the (Revelation) that Allah has sent down, they say: “Nay, we shall follow the ways that we found our fathers (following)”.  What! even if it is Satan beckoning them to the penalty of the (Blazing) fire?”

Allah SWT has blessed us with abundant resources, intellect and a Book of Guidance. Yet people are not satisfied with the Glorious Book of Allah and instead we tend at times to blindly follow previous generations.

By ignoring the teachings of the Quran we are rejecting the mercy and blessings of Allah SWT hence we see the dire state of Muslims today.

Let us not be of those who prefer blind following instead of seeking guidance through Allah’s word, Al Quran.

Continues tomorrow … insha Allah

Salaams/Peace

Surah Luqman (31) 21/02/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 31 (Luqman)

Do not be a blind follower

Verse 14 And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him, and in years twain was his weaning: (hear the command), “Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents: to Me is (thy final) Goal.

Verse 15 “But if they strive to make thee join in worship with Me things of which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not; yet bear them company in this life with justice (and consideration), and follow the way of those who turn to me (in love): in the end the return of you all is to Me, and I will tell you the truth (and meaning) of all that ye did.”

Respect and gratitude towards parents is akin to showing Gratitude to Allah SWT.
We have an obligation to treat our parents kindly irrespective of their ideological leanings .This verse also emphasizes a very  important theme of the Quran – verifying information and not just blindly following even if it is from our parents or so called leaders of religion(Ulema)

cross ref 17:36
And pursue not that of which thou hast no knowledge; for every act of hearing, or of seeing or of (feeling in) the heart will be enquired into (on the Day of Reckoning).

Continues tomorrow … insha Allah

Salaams/Peace

Surah Bani Isra’il (17) 20/09/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 17 (Bani-Isra’il)

Verse 36: And pursue not that of which thou hast no knowledge; for every act of hearing, or of seeing or of (feeling in) the heart (and understanding) will be enquired into (on the Day of Reckoning).

This is a negative command warning us against pursuing or following something blindly without making the necessary enquiries.   Whether it comes to listening to any news, fables or following blindly our forefathers in worldly or religious matters, we are required to use our faculties of hearing, seeing and understanding to ascertain the truth.

Each person is gifted with observational ability and intellect and this verse requires us to use those faculties. Likewise, we will be held to account if we do not so as ignorance is no excuse.

Continues tomorrow… Salaam/Peace