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

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Surah Mumin (40) 04/05/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 40 (Mumin)

Study of ancient civilisations

Verses 21-22 “Do they not travel through the earth and see what was the end of those before them? They were even superior to them in strength, and in the traces (they have left) in the land: but Allah did call them to account for their sins, and none had they to defend them against Allah.  That was because there came to them their messengers with Clear (Signs), but they rejected them: So Allah called them to account: for He is Full of Strength, Strict in Punishment.”

In the above set of verses we are encouraged to study ancient civilizations who were deemed the superpowers of their times such as the Ad, Thamud and Pharoah who thrived in times gone by.  To obtain a glimpse of their power the Quran directs us to observe their “traces in the land”, which today feature amongst the wonders of the world, namely the Pyramids of Egypt, the palaces of Petra etc (see pictures below).  Unfortunately they became blinded by their enormous power, strength and scientific advancement and were destroyed after refusing to reform their conduct in accordance with Allah’s message.

This message is a warning to us not to be blinded by power whether individually or collectively and to always do our best to adhere to Allah’s commandments.

Continues tomorrow…
Salaam/Peace

Surah Rum (30) 13/02/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 30 (Rum – the Romans)

Lessons from past civilizations

Verse 9
Have they not travelled through the land and seen how their predecessors met their end? They were mightier than them: they cultivated the earth more and built more upon it. Their own messengers also came to them with clear signs: God did not wrong them; they wronged themselves.

In Surah Ankaboot (29) we came across a verse encouraging us to travel in order to understand our origins. In this verse, we are encouraged to travel in order to learn from past civilisations. In the 21st century, we may marvel at the technological advancements we have made. But we don’t realise how powerful past nations were. The carving out of dwellings in Petra and the pyramids are there as reminders of the might that previous generations had, but all that power is useless when we disobey Allah. Lessons for us to always keep in mind.

Cross reference  Surah 21 verse 11 –
“For, how many a community that persisted in evildoing have We dashed into fragments, and raised another people in its stead!”

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaam/Peace

Surah Ankabut (29) 05/02/2016

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Sura 29 (Ankabut- The spider)

Understanding the origin of creation

Verses 19-20
See they not how Allah originates creation, then repeats it: truly that is easy for Allah.
– Say: Travel through the earth and see how Allah did originate creation; so will Allah produce a later creation: For Allah has power over all things.

Many times in the Quran, Allah tells us to travel through the earth so that we may learn from past civilisations. In addition, these verses tell us to travel in order to increase our knowledge of Allah and development of our own creation.  History, archeology, geology, paleontology, etc. are all encouraged by Allah (SWT) as sources of knowledge and lessons for the future.

Cross reference Surah 22 verse 5

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…

Salaam/Peace