Sura Dhariyaat (51) 15/08/2016

Characteristics of the Righteous

Sura 51

Verse 15 – 19: “As to the Righteous, they will be in the midst of Gardens and Springs. Taking joy in the things which their Lord gives them, because, before then, they lived a good life. They were in the habit of sleeping but little by night. And in the hours of early dawn, they (were found) praying for Forgiveness. And in their wealth and possessions (was remembered) the right of the (needy,) him who asked, and him who (for some reason) was prevented (from asking).”

The righteous are here promised Heaven and three characteristics are given. Firstly they lived a life of goodness meaning their character and actions were full of benefit to others. Secondly they were close to the Creator and conscious of their accountability even when others were physically or spiritually asleep. Thirdly they realised that their wealth came with a responsibility to ensure that the needs of the less fortunate were attended to.

Continues tomorrow… InshaAllah

Salaam/Peace

Surah Zukhruf (43) 23/05/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 43 (Zukhruf – Golden adornments)

Being grateful to Allah for His favours

In verses 9 – 13 Allah SWT reminds us of His countless favours. He reminds us of how spacious He had made the earth and placed therein roads in order for us to live and travel therein, how the rain nourishes the earth through which we sustain ourselves and the various modes of transport. In verse 13 a beautiful dua is given to us, which we ought to reflect upon.

Verse 13 “….and when you are so seated, you may celebrate the (kind) favour of your Lord, and say, “Glory to Him Who has subjected these to our (use), for we could never have accomplished this (by ourselves)”.

This is the translation of the dua commonly read for travel. Upon closer reflection the “Glory” we utter should be one of awe of Allah SWT for having made all of the these natural resources subject to our use. Without these it would be beyond the capability of mankind to reach such achievements.
Cross reference 16:18

Continues tomorrow…
Salaam/Peace

Surah Fussilat (41) 14/05/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura Fussilat (41)

When trouble touches man

41:49. man does not weary of asking for good (things), but if ill touches him, He gives up all hope (and) is lost In despair.
41:50. when We give Him a taste of some Mercy from Ourselves, after some adversity has touched him, He is sure to say, “This is due to my (merit): I think not that the Hour (of judgment) will (ever) be established; but if I am brought back to My Lord, I have (much) good (stored) In His sight!” but we will Show the unbelievers the truth of all that They did, and we shall give them the taste of a severe penalty.
This is typical of one who is ungrateful to God. When he experiences challenges in life, he becomes full of despair instead of persevering and maintaining his trust in Allah(2:153). When he becomes successful, he becomes arrogant and attributes his success to himself, forgetting that all success is from Allah. Such people prefer indulging in the life of this world without any moral constraints, hence they doubt the reality of the Akhirah. Let us bear in mind not to loose hope in Allah’s mercy or to become arrogant when bestowed with material success.
Continues tomorrow……..InshaAllah
Salaam / Peace.

Surah Saba (34) 21/03/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Lessons from Saba

Sura 34 verse 15 – 17
There was for Saba, aforetime, a Sign in their home land two Gardens to the right and to the left. Eat of the Sustenance (provided) by your Lord, and be grateful to Him: a territory fair and happy, and a Lord Oft-Forgiving. But they turned away (from Allah), and We sent against them the flood (released) from the Dams, and We converted their two garden (rows) into: gardens producing bitter fruit, and tamarisks, and some few (stunted) Lote trees. That was the Requital we gave them because they ungratefully rejected Faith: and never do We give (such) requital except to such as are ungrateful rejecters.

The Sura takes its name from these verses. The people of Saba were blessed with many benefits but were ungrateful and and suffered a destructive punishment as a result. The term kuffar used here has two linked meanings – ungrateful and rejection. The latter is linked to the rejection or denial of Allah and His favours.

Continues tomorrow …

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 Luqman (31) 20/02/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 31 (Luqman)

Verse 12 We bestowed (in the past) Wisdom on Luqman: “Show (thy) gratitude to Allah.” Any who is (so) grateful does so to the profit of his own soul: but if any is ungrateful, verily Allah is free of all wants, Worthy of all praise.

Gratefulness is one of the most important attributes of a believer. Allah SWT is extremely kind and generous and compassionate towards us and He expects us to show gratitude by following His guidance and sharing His bounties with others.

Cross Ref:
27:73 But verily thy Lord is full of grace to mankind: Yet most of them are ungrateful.

14.7 – And remember! your Lord caused to be declared (publicly): “If ye are grateful, I will add more (favours) unto you; but if ye show ingratitude, truly My punishment is terrible indeed.”

Continues tomorrow … insha Allah

Salaams/Peace

Surah Bani Isra’il (17) 25/09/2015

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Surah 17 (Bani-Isra’il)

Allah’s favour and honour upon human beings

Verse 70  “We have honoured the sons of Adam; provided them with transport on land and sea; given them for sustenance things good and pure; and conferred on them special favours, above a great part of our creation”

Every human being is honoured by Allah (SWT) and preserving human dignity is a high priority in Islam.   Over the many different forms of creation,  Allah has conferred upon us His special favour.  This He has done by blowing into us His spirit, gifting us with freedom of choice and making the universe and the earth subservient or subject to our use.   In return we are only expected to observe His laws and serve Him as our only Master.   If we are successful in doing so we will be given Jannah as our reward and if we are ungrateful for His many favours and lead lives against His commands, we will end up in Jahannam.

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…
Salaam/Peace

Surah Nahl (16) 01/09/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Verse 22:  Your God is One God:  As to those who believe not in the Hereafter, their hearts refuse to know and they are arrogant

Those who disbelieve in accountability in the Hereafter; their hearts deny the truth and they refrain from accepting admonition and advice.  Their arrogance prevents them  from submission to the truth.

 Verse 25: “Let them bear, on that Day of Judgement, their own burdens in full and also

(something) of the burdens of those without knowledge, whom they misled.  Alas, how

grievous the burdens they will bear!”

 This verse deals with those who, in this life, lead the people astray with their falsified propaganda. Therefore, in the Hereafter they must shoulder the burden of their own sins as well as those whom they have misled and caused to deviate from the straight path.

One of the causes of most deviations is ignorance, and the enemy utilizes that ignorance to achieve his own goals. Nevertheless, ignorance cannot serve as an excuse and does not acquit one from  punishment.

 

Continues tomorrow. InshaAllah . . .

Salaam /Peace

Surah Ibrahim (14) 16/08/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Counting Allah’s favours

In verse 31 Allah asks us to establish salaah and keep our wealth open for the upliftment of society.
Sometimes we don’t fully observe these commandments of the Quran, so verses 32 and 33 aptly reminds us of some of the favours Allah has done for us.

Verse 32 “It is Allah Who hath created the heavens and the earth and sends down rain from the skies, and with it brings out fruits wherewith to feed you..”
And if we are still doubtful of being grateful to Allah, He reminds us that His favours are countless.

Verse 34 “…But if ye count the favours of Allah, never will ye be able to number them….”

So when thinking of all that Allah has done for us we are encouraged to pay heed to His message and uplift society through whatever means Allah has blessed us with.

Continues tomorrow… Salaam / Peace