Saturday (according to North American local moonsighting 2012)
Tonight’s Taraweeh consists of the last ¾ of Juz 2 ‘Sayaqûl’ and the first ½ juz 3 ‘Tilka r-Rusul.’ The Sûrah covered is the last third of Al-Baqarah.
Ka’bah sign of unity
Earlier we were told how Prophet Abraham Ibrâhîm (A.S)* together with his son Ishmael Ismâ’îl(AS) built the Ka’bah, which stood for Islamic unity. Ibrâhîm prayed with his son: “O our Lord! Make us among those who submit to Your Will and make from our offspring a Community (ummah) which bows down to Your Will.” The Ka’bah was the symbol of the umma’s unity. This brotherhood consisted of man’s relationship with Allah (SWT), and man’s relationship with man. The Qur’ân emphasises that righteousness does not simply mean restricting ourselves to the outward observance of rituals, but in having deep-rooted faith (îmân),showing kindness, performing prayer (salât) and giving charity (zakât)after bearing their spirit in mind, exercising patience (sabr) under suffering and displaying good moral values in general.
Our relationship with Allah, the community, our wealth & health
Rules are then laid down relating to food and drink, laws of inheritance, fasting, jihad, wine and gambling, good treatment of orphans and women and the prohibition from taking interest. In short, if one wishes to be a good Muslim, one has to follow the commandments of Allah (SWT) and be an asset to one’s community and also look after one’s own physical health. Prophet David Dâwûd (AS) was given great physical strength to defeat his enemy Goliath and defend Islam. On the other hand, Prophet Jesus ‘Isâ (AS) was strengthened “with the Divine Word of Allah.” Prophet Moses Mûsâ (AS) called upon his followers to fight their evil desires. From these three prophets we see different levels of personal and physical struggle against evil.
Allah (SWT) describes Himself, calls us to action & teaches us a beautiful prayer
Now comes the beautiful and sublime Ayat al-Kursî, a long verse which describes the supreme power & authority of Allah. Two aspects remain before the Sûrah comes to its logical end.
1) A call from Allah (SWT) urging us to have faith in the rules and regulations laid down in this Sûrah followed by practical deeds (obedience) which must obviously arise from a sense of personal responsibility.
2) A beautiful du’a seeking His Mercy. Man might not be able to follow the guidance of Allah (SWT)* perfectly in both letter and spirit; hence it is here that man turns to Divine Help once more.
May we reflect on this message of Community relations, personal obedience & a deep rooted belief in Allah’s Power during tonight’s Taraweeh.
*A.S -Alayhis Salam– (Prophets, pious ones) on whom be peace
*S.W.T Subhanahu wa Ta’ala – (Allah) The Glorious, the Exalted