Surah Maryam (19) 19/10/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Surah 19 (Maryam)

Verse 59

But there came after them an evil generation, who wasted prayers and followed lusts, so they will meet perdition

After the passing of the messengers of Allah, the generations that followed them lost the essence of the message. Their salaah became meaningless. A warning for us in this verse as our salaah today has also become just an empty ritual. Among the many purposes of Salaah, it is meant to keep us away from committing evil and injustices.

Further reference is Surah 29 verse 45

…and establish regular Prayer: for Prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds…

Also see Surah 70 verses 22 to 35

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaams/ Peace

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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) 28/07/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

The wife of the Aziz admits her attraction to Yusuf.  Her desire for him causes her to act unjustly and she threatens Yusuf with prison if he does not do her bidding. This is how human beings are lead astray when their desires and emotions take precedence over God consciousness.

In verse 32 she says “I did seek to seduce him from His (true) self but he saved himself….and now, if he doth not my bidding,  he shall certainly be cast into prison, and be of the company of the vilest!”

Yusuf remained God conscious; he would rather be in prison and have his freedom taken than compromise his moral values.

In verse 33 Yusuf says “O My Lord! the prison is more to my liking than that to which they invite me…..”

What character and what a beautiful lesson.   True freedom is the freedom from being enslaved to one’s desires – such was Yusuf (a free person) and the real slave was the wife of the Aziz (being a slave to her desires).

Continues tomorrow… Salaam / Peace