Surah Ra’d (13) 11/08/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Verse 37. “Thus have We revealed it to be a judgment of authority in Arabic.  If you were to follow their (vain) desires after the knowledge which has reached you then you would not have any protector or defender against Allah.”

Two points to note:

  1. The Quran is a judgement of authority,  this simply means that the Qur’an should serve as our filter or litmus test to determine right from wrong and factfrom fiction.  Do we see the Qur’an in such a light.  Yes – The Qur’an (Allah’s final word to humanity) should be the final word on all matters.
  2. Allah then gives us a clear warning.  Since His path is towards peace and justice, if we are to follow other people’s opinions or desires instead of His truth, we will experience turmoil and will have none to defend us against the consequences of our wrong choices (by choosing people’s opinions over Allah’s law we will invite the wrath of Allah).

Lesson to learn:

Keep to Allah’s law and keep studying it so you know what He expects of you.

That concludes sura Ra’d.  Tomorrow we start with Sura Ibrahim inshallah.

Salaam/ Peace.

Surah Ra’d (13) 06/08/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

A striking request with an equally stunning answer.

“the unbelievers say: ‘Why is not a Sign sent down to him from his Lord?’ But you are truly a warner and to every people a guide.”

They asked the Prophet (S) to produce a sign(miracle) – that was not his purpose, it was simply to warn and guide using the revelation and this was to be for all people.

Salaam/ Peace . . . Continues tomorow

Surah Yusuf (12) 02/08/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Even though Yusuf has become one of the most powerful people in the land he still maintains his humility.

V101 “O my Lord! Thou hast indeed bestowed on me some power, and taught me something of the interpretation of dreams and events,- O Thou Creator of the heavens and the earth! Thou art my Protector in this world and in the Hereafter. Take Thou my soul (at death) as one submitting to Thy will (as a Muslim), and unite me with the righteous.”

Take note of the end of the prayer. Yusuf asks to be joined with the righteous.  Thus, Prophet Yusuf (AS) has succeeded in the test of prosperity by being grateful and humble to Allah, and in the test of misfortunes by being patient and hopeful, something that we all can learn from.

This concludes the story of Yusuf, however two more lessons will follow from this sura.

Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah

Surah Yusuf (12) 01/08/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Yet another beautiful lesson to learn is mentioned in verse 90. Yusuf is well established in power.  From being thrown into a well, then to prison and with his faith and trust in Allah, not compromising on his moral values, he is now in charge of the economic affairs of Egypt.  The brothers, not knowing its him, return to ask for aid, from him.  He then discloses his identity.

Verse 90. They said: “Are you indeed Joseph?” He said, “I am Joseph, and this is my brother: Allah has indeed been gracious to us (all): behold, he that is righteous and patient,- never will Allah suffer the reward to be lost, of those who do right.”

We see Yusuf’s true character, being in a position of power he still remains humble and conscious of Allah.    He again uses the opportunity to make dawah and reminds himself and his brothers that righteousness and sabr (remaining firm and resolute to Allah’s commands) are the key ingredients for success.

Continues tomorrow Insha Allah

Surah Yusuf (12) 31/07/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

A beautiful message is given in verse 87 by Yaqoob to his sons:

V87 “O my sons! go ye and enquire about Joseph and his brother, and never give up hope of Allah’s Soothing Mercy: truly no one despairs of Allah’s Soothing Mercy, except those who have no faith.”

Faith produces inner comfort and dispels disabling despair. This ayah does not mean that the hopeless person is a disbeliever.  It means that he acts like a disbeliever because he does not realize that nobody knows what Allah plans in the universe and that Allah is the Generous, the Merciful, and the Wise in all that He does.

The family is finally reunited (v99&100).

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah

Surah Yusuf (12) 29/07/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Yusuf was then sent off to prison to do some time (for a crime he never committed) and doubt may still have existed over his character, due to the slander by the Aziz’s wife.  In prison, Yusuf is approached by two inmates, each of them relate their dreams to Yusuf and ask for his interpretation thereof.

Verse 36:  Now with him there came into the prison two young men. Said one of them: “I see myself (in a dream) pressing wine,” said the other: “I see myself (in a dream) carrying bread on my head, and birds are eating, thereof.” “Tell us” (they said) “The truth and meaning thereof: for we see you are doer of good”.

Before rushing to interpret their dreams he makes dawah to them, he says in Verse 37-41 “I have abandoned the ways of a people that believe not in Allah and who deny the Hereafter …. and Allah has commanded that ye worship none but Him: that is the right religion, but most people understand not”.  Yusuf then interprets their dreams and asks one of the inmates who was about to be released, to mention him (Yusuf) to the King.  He obviously wanted to bring to the king’s attention the unjust detention and clear his name.   However, the inmate forgot and caused Yusuf to endure in prison for a few more years.    Yusuf doesn’t become disgruntled but rather maintains his trust in Allah, which is to pay off handsomely (as will be seen in the lessons to follow).

Verse : 42 “And of the two, to that one whom he considered about to be saved, he said: “Mention me to your master.” But Satan made him forget to mention him to his master: and (Joseph) lingered in prison a few (more) years”

Some lessons:  Use every opportunity to give da’wah and invite people to Allah’s message.  Maintain trust in Allah,  be resilient and have sabr (firmness of purpose).

Continues tomorrow… Salaam / Peace

Surah Yusuf (12) 23/07/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

In verse 19 Yusuf(AS) is rescued and then sold to a person in Egypt(verse21). This brings along a dramatic change in the fortune of Yusuf(AS) and sets the ground for establishing Yusuf(AS)’s authority in the land and perfecting his skill of interpretation of dreams or events.

Verse 21 “The man in Egypt who bought him, said to his wife: “Make his stay (among us) honourable: maybe he will bring us much good, or we shall adopt him as a son.” Thus did We establish Joseph in the land, that We might teach him the interpretation of stories (or events). And Allah hath full power and control over His affairs; but most among mankind know it not.”

Who would have imagined – from the bottom of the well into a palace… see how Allah (SWT) finds a way out for the righteous.

RIGHTEOUS DEEDS +  TRUST IN ALLAH (SWT) = SUCCESS!

Continues tomorrow….Insha Allah Salaam / Peace