Thursday (According to North American local moonsighting 2012)
The Vigilant Believer
Tonight’s taraweeh consists of the last ¾ of juz 17 and the first ½ of juz 18 . The Sûrahs covered are the 2nd ½ of no.21 Al-Anbiyâ’ (The Prophets), no. 22 Al-Hajj (The Pilgrimage), no.23 Al-Mu’minûn (The Believers) and the 1st ¼ of no.24 An-Nûr (Light).
Sûrah Al-Anbiyâ’ (The Prophets)
The Prophets & Their Lord
All the great Apostles were steadfast against evil and Allah enveloped them in His Mercy.
Feel the faith of Abraham as he emerged unscathed from the fire set up by the disbelievers. His nephew Lot’s mission was to weed out corruption.
Noah fought against unbelief and was saved from the Flood by Allah.
How wise and powerful were the Prophet servants of Allah, David and Solomon. Pophet Job was tested with great adversity and saved. And see how Jonah was rescued from the distress of the darknesses. Mary, mother of Jesus, demonstrated the true chastity of a believer.
No good deed is worthless; so do good while there is time.
Sûrah Hajj (The Pilgrimage)
Show Your Piety To God
We now begin a new series of 4 surahs. Consider the infant baby during the convulsion of the final Hour. Its nursing mother will be distracted from her child and the pregnant mother will drop her load. Now consider the unborn child, if you doubt life after death. Allah transforms the sperm drop within the womb into different forms of life until it is born. And then it goes through different stages of life until he, once more, knows nothing (becomes senile). So how do you doubt that Allah can bring forth life again?
For spiritual growth Allah has taught us meaningful practices to show our innermost feelings to our Creator. The Hajj (pilgrimage) serves many purposes: to “Celebrate the Name of Allah ”, to gather men and women from near and far to share in sacrifice and thereby bringing about unity of the Umma.
The sacrifices, if done with piety, stand for piety of the heart, and feeding “the distressed ones in need” stands for our wish to share Allah (’s favours. Those who have been wronged may strive and fight. Do not argue about rites and ceremonies but follow the Straight Path.
Worship Allah only for the other gods “cannot even create a fly.” Be humble before Allah (SWT), “strive in His Cause”, pray regularly, “give regular charity” and trust Allah. Allah “has not placed any difficulties on you in respect of Faith”. It is the only true Religion.
Sûrah Al-Mu’minûn (The Believers)
The 7 Habits
This Sûrah discusses the basics of Islam. To be a successful believer you must (1) be humble and regular (in your prayers), (2) avoid idle talk, (3) give charity, (4) guard your modesty, (5) be faithful to your trusts, (6) honour your promises, and (7) strictly guard your prayers.
Study your own selves or study the Creation around you, and you will see Allah’s truth. Noah and his successors brought Allah ’s message to their local communities but they were rejected for being too human, too much like their own selves, too human, not angelic enough.
Seek refuge with Allah from the Evil Ones. The wrong-doer will realise his foolishness too late. Once he is dead he will ask “O my Lord! Send me back (to life)” to do good. But it will be too late to prevent him from receiving Punishment. Allah created us for a purpose in this extremely short life. Praise Allah and seek His forgiveness.
Sûrah An-Nûr (The Light)
It is the misuse of sex, either by immoral behaviour or by spreading gossip or by breaking rules of personal privacy, which wrecks our spiritual ideals. Our avoidance of sexual misuse enables us to rise to the higher regions of Allah (SWT)’s Light (Nûr).
Purity (chastity) is a virtue for all people at all times. Any person guilty of evil sexual behaviour should face the consequences. “And those who accuse chaste women” without enough evidence must also be punished.
“When you received it (the gossip and slander) with your tongues and thought it insignificant, while in the sight of Allah it was tremendous.” Rather when you hear such things simply say that it is not befitting for you to speak of such things.
During tonight’s Taraweeh, may we stay vigilant on our spiritual journey in this physical world.
s.w.t – Subhanahu wa Ta’ala – (Allah) The Glorious, the Exalted
a.s – Alayhis Salam– (Prophets, pious ones) on whom be peace
s.a.w – SalAllahu alayhi Wa sallam – (Muhammad) on whom be peace