3rd Night of Ramadan 2014


Monday

Dedication, Defeat & Du’as: Holding on to the Rope of God

Tonight’s Taraweeh summary consists of all of Sûrah 3 Aali ‘Imrân The Family of ‘Imrân i.e. father of Mary Maryam (A.S).*

Juz-wise it is the second half of juz  3  to the first three-quarters of juz 4.

Like  Sûrah 2 Al-Baqarah, this chapter surveys the religious history of mankind, with special reference to the People of the Book (i.e. Christians and Jews).

Three new points are discussed:

(1) The Christians’  faith in One God is especially appealed to in this Sûrah, as the Jews were especially appealed to in the last Sûrah;

(2) The lessons of  two battles are set out for the Muslims.

  • The lesson of Badr is: Allah (SWT) helps the people who help His cause. Patience, courage, effort and discipline are rewarded by Allah. No matter how poorly you are armed and how powerful your enemy may be, Allah will give you victory if you remain true Muslims at all times.
  • The lesson of Uhud is: Indiscipline, indecision and selfishness, as shown by certain Muslims in this battle who went after the booty without even being commanded to do so by Prophet Muhammad (SAW), are not qualities of a true Muslim and can lead to his downfall. This outcome is shown by the great losses suffered by the Muslims in this battle.

(3) The responsibilities of Muslims, both in their dealings amongst themselves and with non-Muslims are stressed. Allah (SWT) has revealed the Qur’ân, confirming previous revelations like the Torah, revealed to Moses Mûsâ (A.S) and Gospel, revealed to Jesus ‘Isâ (A.S).

We must accept the truth of this whole Book (the Qur’ân), and not only parts of the Book, as those before had done. Muslims must try to understand the message of the Qur’ân. They must understand how to seek common ground with the People of the Book.

The beautiful story of the birth of Mary Maryam (A.S), is gradually connected to the miraculous birth of Jesus ‘Isâ (AS) and his years of prophethood. Accounts of story relating to ‘Isâ (AS) are to be found in the Gospel. These facts are related to show that Allah (SWT)’s message is eternal and revelation is the continuous process by means of which this message is re-emphasised. Seeing that the Qur’ân is Allah (SWT)’s message, all people are invited to accept its completion in Islam. Controversies are to be avoided. Hold firmly to the rope of Allah i.e. his Revelation or Covenant and be not divided.

The duas (prayers) in this surah nicely sum up the messages and stories of this chapter:

  •  ‘Do not let our hearts deviate after guidance’ (verse 8)
  • ‘I have dedicated to you what is in my womb. I have delivered a female & I have named her Mary…and I ask You to protect her and her descendants from Satan.’ (verses 35-6)
  • ‘My Lord grant me a good offspring.’ (verse 38 – Zachariah’s prayer after seeing Mary’s piety)
  • ‘Forgive us our sins and excesses, plant firmly our feet and give us victory.’ (verse 147)
  • ‘Sufficient for us is Allah & He is the best Disposer of Affairs.’ (verse 173)
  • ‘Our Lord, You did not create all this (the skies & the earth) for no reason, exalted are you (above such a claim), then protect us from the fire…indeed we have heard a caller (i.e. Prophet Muhammad) calling to faith..and we have believed…grant us what You have promised us…indeed You never break a promise.’ (verses 191-4)

May we  reflect on the stories of dedication, defeat and du’as during tonight’s Taraweeh

Abbreviations

*A.S -Alayhis Salam– (Prophets, pious ones) on whom be peace

*S.W.T Subhanahu wa Ta’ala – (Allah) The Glorious, the Exalted

*S.A.W SalAllahu alayhi Wa sallam – (Muhammad) on whom be peace

2nd Night of Ramadan

Sunday

Tonight’s Taraweeh consists of the last ¾ of Juz 2  and the first ½ of Juz 3.    The Sûrah covered is the last third of Al-Baqarah.

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Ka’bah sign of unity

Earlier we were told how Prophet  Ibrâhîm (A.S)* together with his son  Ismâ’îl(AS) built the Ka’bah.

Listen to the dua that Ibrâhîm makes with his son: “O our Lord! Make us among those who submit to Your Will and make from our offspring a Community which bows down to Your Will.”  Their joint effort, the  ancient Ka’bah, is the symbol of Muslim unity to this very day. This unity comprises 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). We are to show kindness, perform prayer with sincerity and give charity selflessly.

Our relationship with Allah, the community, our wealth & health

Rules are then laid down relating to the community, our wealth and our health. Food and drink, the laws of inheritance, fasting, jihad, wine and gambling, good treatment of orphans and women and the prohibition from taking interest are all discussed.

So here, one demonstrates one’s faith by taking care of the commandments of Allah (SWT), taking care of the community and taking care of one’s own health.

We are then given examples of the resources endowed upon the great Prophets by Allah Almighty:

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.

 

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. Read it and reflect upon the description of your Lord.

And finally, as this surah comes to a close, we are urged to have faith in and take responsibility for the rules and regulations laid down in this Sûrah.  Then we are equipped with 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.

 

Abbreviations

*A.S -Alayhis Salam– (Prophets, pious ones) on whom be peace

*S.W.T Subhanahu wa Ta’ala – (Allah) The Glorious, the Exalted

 

Welcome back. Ramadan 2014!

Salam alaykum & welcome back to Ramadan Prayers for 2014!

This is your chance to read and reflect on a summary of tonight’s Taraweeh (night prayer) recitation before you head out to the mosque. You could even browse through them after Isha prayers on your (or your friendly neighbour’s) mobile device.

These brief snapshots of the Quran were compiled with the help of Prof. Yousuf Dadoo’s summaries. May Allah reward him for his initiative. These summaries are based on the system of finishing the Quran by the 27th night.

May Allah give us the ability to benefit from every single night of Ramadan, standing to attention, understanding where we stand. Ameen.