The Vigilant Believer: 14th Night of Taraweeh 2015

Tuesday

 

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  David and Solomon: leaders of creation, servants of the Creator.

Job was tested with great adversity and saved.

Jonah was rescued from the distress of  darknesses.

Mary, mother of Jesus, demonstrated true chastity: she and her son became a miraculous sign for generations to come.

No good deed is worthless; make them count before you are held to account.

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”
  • Gather men and women from near and far to share in sacrifice.
  • Bring about unity of the Ummah.

Sincere sacrifice includes piety of the heart and feeding “the distressed ones in need” is a means to share Allah’s favours.

Do not argue about rites and ceremonies but follow the Straight Path.

Worship Allah alone. Other so-called gods “cannot even create a fly!”

Be humble before Allah, “strive in His Cause”, pray regularly, “give regular charity” and trust in Allah.

Think about the fact that Allah “has not placed any difficulties on you in respect of Faith.”

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)

Moral Ground

When sexual relations exceed the bounds of a healthy marriage, when chastity is disregarded, when false accusations of adultery are made and when personal privacy is invaded, a person’s spirit suffers.

Allah reprimands the ones who spread the false accusation regarding Aishah, the wife of the Prophet:

“You said with your mouths that of which you had no knowledge and thought it was insignificant while it was, in the sight of Allah , tremendous.

And why, when you heard it, did you not say, “It is not for us to speak of this. Exalted are You, [O Allah ]; this is a great slander”

Allah warns you against returning to the likes of this [conduct], ever, if you should be believers.”

 

During tonight’s Taraweeh, may we stay vigilant on our spiritual journey in this physical world.

 

Abbreviations

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

Knowledge is a Journey: 13th Night of Taraweeh 2015

Monday 

 

Knowledge is a  Journey 

Tonight’s taraweeh consists of all of juz 16  and ¼  of  juz 17 .

The surahs covered are the final ¼ of no.18 Al- Kahf (The Cave), no.19 Maryam (Mary), no.20 Tâhâ , & ½  of no.21 Al-Anbiyâ’ (The Prophets).

Surah Al-Kahf (The Cave)

Moses and The Wise Man

We watch the Prophet Moses – Mûsâ  set off on a quest for knowledge along with young Joshua – Yusha ibn Nun. They encounter a wise man (Khadr or Khidr a.s) who is prepared  to teach Moses on one condition. Moses must be patient and ask him no questions until he is ready to explain. However as they start travelling together, Moses witnesses many strange events that prompt him to ask the wise man question after question. Ultimately Khadr feels compelled to part ways due to the impatience of Moses. Khadr had scuttled a boat, killed a child and repaired the wall of a hostile town. Before parting ways he explains the rationale of each unusual event to Moses, then says, ‘And I did it not of my own accord. That is the interpretation of that about which you could not have patience.’

We are given a glimpse into the expeditions of the great military leader, Dhul Qarnain. He reigned over a massive empire wherein he punished the guilty & rewarded the good. He protected the weak from the lawless and thus used his faith and vast resources to serve Allah swt.

Surah Maryam (Mary)

Family values

In this surah Allah the Almighty provides us with insights into the lives of His Messengers and their families. Zechariah – Zakariya – had wanted a son who would spread Allah’s message. He was blessed with a son, the Prophet John – Yahya. ‘He was dutiful to his parents and not a disobedient tyrant.’

Mary – Maryam – was blessed with a miraculous virgin birth. The people accused her of  having an illegitimate child. The infant Jesus – Isâ  cleared her name and affirmed that he was a Prophet of Allah and a dutiful son.

Recall the story of Abraham  who  was ill-treated by his people, including his father, but he turned to Allah, and was blessed with righteous descendants including Isaac who was then blessed with Jacob. Allah in His mercy appointed Aaron – Hârûn –  as a Prophet to assist his brother Mûsâ in his work.  Ishmael and Enoch -Idrîs- are praised as truthful men.

‘ These were the ones upon whom Allah bestowed favour from among the Prophets of the descendants of Adam and those We carried with Noah and of the descendants of Abraham and Israel (i.e. Jacob)…When the verses of the Most Merciful were recited to them, they fell in prostration and weeping. ‘

Follow the Prophets’ values and commitment to serve Allah alone and do not claim that He has a son or other divine partners.

Allah Almighty confirms that those who have believed and done righteous deeds then He will create love and affection (from Himself and amongst them).

Surah Tâ Hâ

The Mission of Moses

This is the surah which was said to inspire the companion ‘Umar to convert to Islam during the time of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. The Qur’ân has not been revealed “to distress you but only as a reminder to those who fear Allah”.

We are taken through the story of Moses’ Prophethood when Allah spoke to him in the sacred valley of Tuwâ. He was given two miracles by Allah and on Moses’ request, his brother Aaronwas appointed as his assistant. Allah had been caring for Moses since his infancy when his mother was directed to cast the baby into the river. Under Allah’s supervision he grew up in the house of Pharaoh and then escaped to Madyan.

Allah commanded Moses and Aaron to go to the Pharaoh and speak to him ‘with gentle speech that perhaps he may be reminded or fear (Allah).’ Moses said that they feared the repercussions of advising the tyrant, Allah said, ‘Fear not. Indeed I am with you both; I hear and I see.’

Pharaoh stubbornly refused to heed the message of Allah. Pharaoh ordered his magicians to publicly confront and outdo Moses’ miraculous staff, but to no avail. On the contrary they sorcerers recognized the Truth and submitted to the one true Lord despite the fury of Pharaoh. Moses  rescued his people from Pharaoh’s cruelty and led them out of Egypt on a dry path through the sea. But they were led astray by the Samiri who convinced them to worship a golden calf. Moses ordered the Samiri to be shunned and the golden idol was to be burnt to ashes.

Satan has been misleading man since Adam, but whoever follow Allah’s guidance will neither go astray in this life nor suffer in the next.

Towards the end of this surah we are ordered to enjoin the duty of prayer salah upon our families and must remain steadfast in doing so.

Sûrah Al-Anbiya’ (The Prophets)

Distracted Driving

The people’s accountability is coming soon, but they are turning away in heedlessness. When revelation comes to them, they are listening to  it while they are at play, with their hearts distracted.

And how many a city which was unjust have We shattered and produced after it another people. And We sent not before you any messenger except that We revealed to him that, ‘There is none to be worshipped but Me, so worship Me.’

Study Allah’s Creation and pay attention to the signs. Every soul shall taste death. And if as much as a whiff of the  punishment of your Lord should touch them, they would definitely say,’O woe to us. Indeed we have been wrongdoers.’ Allah will ‘set up scales of justice, so that not a soul will be dealt with unjustly in the least and sufficient are We as accountant.’

During tonight’s Taraweeh, may we pay attention to Allah’s signs with patience and firm faith.

Abbreviations

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

Sacred Journeys of Man: 12th Night of Taraweeh 2015

Sunday

 

Sacred Journeys of Man

Tonight’s Taraweeh consists of the last ¼  of juz 14 & the whole of juz 15.

The Sûrahs covered are ½ of An-Nahl (The Bee), Banî Isrâ’îl (The Children of Israel) & ¾  of Al- Kahf (The Cave).

Sûrah An-Nahl (The Bee) contd.

Profit & Loss

Allah Almighty reminds us not to compromise our religion for  mere worldly profit. ‘Indeed whatever you have will end but what Allah has is more enduring…whoever does righteousness, male or female, as a Believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life.’ And on the Day of Judgement every soul will come pleading for itself and every soul will be fully compensated for what it did and they will not be treated unjustly.

And remember when the safe and secure city (Makkah) denied the favours of Allah. So Allah made it taste famine and fear due to its rejection of the Messenger s.a.w . We are reminded to eat the lawful and good food that Allah has provided us, ‘be grateful for the favour of Allah, if it is (indeed) Him that you worship.’

Use wisdom and good instruction when inviting people to the way of your Lord. Indeed Allah is with those who fear Him and those who are doers of good.

Sûrah Banî Isrâ’îl

Prophetic Journey

The main theme of the next four Sûrahs is the spiritual history of individuals rather than nations.

The Sûrah begins with the Mi’râj (Ascension of Muhammad s.a.w). He was transported from the Sacred Mosque of Makkah to the Farthest Mosque (of Jerusalem) and shown some of the Signs of Allah (swt). Rasulullah (s.a.w) gained the honour of seeing great mysteries. These are related in the Qur’ân to make Allah’s Signs clear to men & to guide them.

Allah says,’If you do well, you do well for yourselves.’  The reverse applies for doing Evil. Allah  bestows His favours freely on all, more on some than on others, but the gifts of the Hereafter are greater in excellence.

Love and serve Allah’s creatures if you want to serve Allah (swt) well: our parents; kinsmen, the needy & wayfarers. Even a word of kindness is charity. Do not kill your children out of fear of need, nor come near to adultery, nor take life – which Allah has made holy – except for a just cause. Do not go near the orphan’s property. Be just in your measuring and weighing and do not walk proudly on the earth.

Say only those things that are good because (otherwise) Satan sows disunity among the people. Hope for His Mercy (but) fear His Anger. Man was honoured above much of Allah’s Creation, & has great responsibilities. Allah addresses the Prophet Muhammad that indeed they (the Makkan polytheists) were about to evict him from the land. But Allah promises that they will  remain there only for a little while longer.

The Qur’ân is a healing & a mercy to the Believers, full of diverse examples. It has been divided up into parts and revealed gradually. Indeed those who knew the scripture of old  fall humbly into tearful prostration upon hearing the words of the Qur’ân.

Sûrah Al-Kahf (The Cave)

Worldly Migrations. Heavenly Destination.

The Qur’ân has been sent down as a warning and bearer of good news. This planet is to test which of us is best in deed.

Consider the story of the young Believers who were fleeing from a cruel leader.They asked Allah for Mercy & prayed to Him to ease their problems. They received refuge in a cave where they lay asleep for many years.  Once they awoke they asked one another, ‘How long have we stayed here?’  Someone speculated,'(Perhaps) a day, or part of a day’. Eventually they all agreed, ‘Allah knows best how long we stayed here’.  The incident shows us that the life of the Companions of the Cave is a mystery that can be understood by only a few. Man’s knowledge is uncertain. Only Allah is the All-Knower; therefore, learn from the Qur’ân.

Allah tells us the story of the man who was obsessed with his rich and abundant lands. His arrogant beliefs made him feel almost invulnerable.  So Allah destroyed this property to make the man realise the Truth. This life is as uncertain and variable as rain-water which falls on the ground but soon vanishes. Good deeds are best as rewards & foundations for our hopes.

What does your journey look like?

Abbreviations

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

Hearts At Peace: 11th Night of Taraweeh 2015

Saturday

 

Hearts at Peace

Tonight’s taraweeh consists of the second ½  of  juz 13 & ¾  of juz 14. The Sûrahs covered are 2/3 of no. 13 Ar-Ra’d (Thunder), no.14 Ibrâhîm (Abraham), no.15 Al-Hijr (The Stone Valley) & half of no.16 An-Nahl (The Bee).

Sûrah Ar-Ra’d

Hearts at peace with Allah’s remembrance

Allah Almighty promises Gardens of perpetual residence for the Believers. They will enter them with their family members who were righteous, while the angels will call out greetings of peace. Surely in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest and reassurance.  But the consequence for the Disbelievers is the Fire.

Sûrah Ibrâhîm

Prayer for Security & Roots of Stability

Here Allah swt’s Message through revelation is explained through the stories of Prophets Moses &  Abraham.

He sent down His message in the language of the people in order to make it clear to them. Moses, like the other Prophets was offered more or less the same excuses by the naysayers. But the deeds of disbelief will amount to nothing, like ashes swept away in a storm.

Consider that a word of faith is like  a good tree with roots that are stable and fruit that is constant. While  a word of disbelief is like a bad tree that is unstable and uprooted.

Allah Almighty then tells us about the famous prayer of Prophet Abraham. He asked His Lord that Makkah be kept secure and that he and his family be safe from idolatry. Not only did he pray for his family, who is to establish prayer in Makkah, but he prayed for the city and the forgiveness of all believers.

Sûrah Al-Hijr (The Stone Valley)

Do not give up on Allah’s Mercy

Allah swt confirms that most definitely He will guard His Revelation. But His signs & revelations are not meant for those who mock. Look at the majesty, beauty & order in His creation, including men and jinn.

But Iblis, who was of the jinn threatens that he will make sin attractive to mankind. But Iblis will not be able to misguide the chosen ones. Indeed the righteous will be instructed to enter gardens and springs of peace and safety. No resentment will they feel nor fatigue.

The same angels sent by Allah to destroy the corrupt people of Lot’s community were sent to Abraham with a message of Allah’s Mercy. Prophet Abraham mentions to the angels, ‘And who despairs of the mercy of His Lord except for those astray?’

Allah would have been Merciful to the People of the Thicket (Madyan) and of the Stone Valley (Thamud) had they obeyed Allah’s signs.Do not dwell on the temporary enjoyment of the disbelievers, rather look forward and worship your Lord until the time of certainty (death).

Sûrah An-Nahl ( The Bee)

Follow the Signs

This Sûrah looks at how nature points to its Creator. Everything in creation glorifies Allah (swt). He has created various animals & made subject to us the night and the day, the sun, the moon, the sea, the mountains. These are signs of Allah “for men who are thoughtful”. Yet there are people who have always tried to plot against Allah’s natural way, but they failed. They were punished in unexpected ways by the elements of nature. Everything in Allah’s creation from the shadows to the angels prostrates itself humbly to Allah. And consider that Allah inspires the bees to construct hives and  produce honey with powers of healing. Indeed in that is a sign for people who reflect.

May we crave peaceful hearts, secure lives and eternal guidance from our Lord in tonight’s taraweeh.

Abbreviations

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

Ancient History: Modern Lessons. 10th Night of Taraweeh 2015

Friday

 

Ancient History. Modern Lessons.

Tonight’s Taraweeh consists of  3/4 of juz 12 & first 1/2 of juz 13.  Sûrahs no. 11 Hûd (last part), Yûsuf (Joseph) & the first 1/3  of Ar-Ra’d (Thunder).

Sûrah Hûd

The efforts of the believers to reform ancient societies

Hûd a.s preached to his people, the ‘Ad, to worship Allah alone.  He reminded them of the worldly benefits, ‘Repent to Him. He will send (rain from) the sky upon you in showers & increase you in strength.’ But when they turned away, Hud warned them that Allah s.w.t will replace them with another nation. ‘And when Our command came, We saved Hud and those who believed with him…and We saved them from a harsh punishment.’

Sâlih appealed to his people, the prosperous community of Thamud, to go back to the worship of Allah alone. They began to make excuses about him. They said how they used to hold him in high regard but ever since he challenged their traditions, they have started to doubt him. They were tested with a miraculous she-camel that was not to be harmed. Instead, they hamstrung her. ‘So when Our command came, We saved Salih and those who believed with him..from the disgrace of that day..and the blast seized those who had wronged…as if they had never prospered therein.’

Abraham pleaded for the corrupt people of Lot’s community to be saved from Allah’s Punishment. Lût (as) asked them to change their promiscuous ways, but to no avail. The angels instructed Lût to set out with his family at night as the punishment was to arrive in the morning. Shu’aib’s people, the Madianites, were also warned against corruption. But they refused to give up idolatry and fraudulent business practices.

‘And when Our command came, We saved Shu’ayb and those who believed with him…and the blast seized those who had wronged..as if they had never prospered therein.’

Allah reminds us of the importance of social reform. If only there had been more than just those few ‘people of discernment who forbade corruption.But those who did wrong pursued what luxury they were given therein, and they were criminals. And your Lord would not have destroyed the cities unjustly while their people were reformers.’

Sûrah Yûsuf

A dream come true

This surah takes us through the story of Joseph (Yûsuf ), one of the 12 sons of  Jacob (Ya’qûb). It is called ‘the most beautiful of stories’ as: (1) it is the most detailed story in the Qur’ân; (2) it is full of the ups & downs of human fortune which everyone can relate to (3) it describes fully with their moral meanings, the different walks of life & people’s attitudes.

We see the elderly Ya’qûb’s love for  his young son, the elder brothers’ jealousy of Yûsuf, their plot & their father’s sorrow. We see lust contrasted with purity & modesty, innocence raised to honour. We learn about Yusuf’s ministerial policies and his remembrance of Allah  even as a high ranking official.

Jealousy had caused Yusuf’s brothers to plot his disappearance. After being sold into slavery, a high court official in Egypt (‘Azîz) bought & adopted Yusuf. The ‘Azîz’s wife tried without success to seduce him. Because he refused she decided to take revenge on him. He was falsely accused & sent to jail. Even there he taught the truth & was known for his kindness.

The King had a dream, which Yûsuf interpreted. The King wanted to release him, but before his release Yûsuf made it clear that all gossip against him should be publicly cleared. The King was much impressed & made Yûsuf his Chief Minister. His brothers came to Egypt to buy grain as there was a drought in Canaan. He treated them kindly without making himself known to them. He detained his youngest brother Benjamin by means of a plan which then led to Yûsuf revealing his identity to them. He forgave them & sent them to bring the rest of the family to Egypt. Thus was Ya’qûb reunited with his long lost son. Surely, Allah is the loving protector of the believers in both worlds.

Sûrah Ar-Ra’d: This Sûrah details Allah’s signs in the natural wonders of the world. Firstly Allah reveals His message through His creation: the earth & the sky. He also reveals His message by revelation. One can see life & death following each other at all times; after the lifelessness of winter comes spring. Astonishingly the Unbelievers ask: ‘When we are dust, shall we actually then be a new creation?’  They mock the idea that Allah will punish them because Allah’s punishment has not reached them yet for their wrongs. They want to see signs of His Power rather than of His mercy. Hear then the mighty thunder that praises Allah, as do the magnificent angels: both serve Him and deal with mankind as He wills. 

During tonight’s Taraweeh, may we reflect on Allah’s power over the wrongdoers and His protecting care for the believers in the most unexpected ways.

Abbreviations

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

Turning back to God: 9th Night of Taraweeh 2015

Thursday

Turning Back To God

Tonight’s Taraweeh consists of juz 11 & first ¼ of juz 12.  Sûrah no. 9 At-Taubah (Repentance) verse 93-end, no.10 Yûnus (Jonah) & the first ½ of no.11 Hûd.

Sûrah  At-Taubah:

Sticking to the Path

Allah s.w.t mentions His pleasure with the believers who followed the Prophet s.a.w during a period of severe stress (the intense heat & scarce supplies during the Battle of Tabuk). A group of them had almost inclined to doubt, but they repented and Allah forgave them. He also accepted the repentance of the 3 who were left behind and were regretful to the point that ‘the earth closed in on them despite its vastness…indeed Allah is Accepting of repentance, the Merciful.’

People who continue with their unfaith, hypocrisy & mischief have no hope of Allah’s mercy. A few Muslims must remain behind when the others go out to fight for the Cause of Islam, so that ‘they may devote themselves to studies in religion & warn the people.’ Every sûrah increases the faith of the Believers, ‘but for those in whose hearts is a disease, it will add disbelief to their disbelief.’

Sûrah Yûnus

Heed The Message & The Messenger

To the amazement of people, Allah has revealed His message of Oneness to a (mere) man of their own race. The disbelievers condemn Allah’s Messenger as an ‘obvious magician.’ Yet it is in the perfect creation of the universe & the great uses of creation that one can feel the presence of Allah’s Message & His signs. He has created the sun and the moon ‘that you might know…the count (of time).’  Allah enables you to travel  by ship and when the disbelievers think they are doomed at sea they turn to Allah with full sincerity. But as soon as He has saved them they disbelieve and ‘commit injustice on the earth.’

‘And it was not possible for this Quran to be produced by other than Allah, a confirmation of what was before it.’ No people can ever claim that Allah did not reveal His Truth to them because ‘an Apostle (was sent) to every people.’ Allah’s Justice will be seen clearly when Allah punishes the wicked. “Surely Allah will not deal unfairly with man in any matter: it is man that wrongs his own soul.”

Allah revealed Himself through Noah – Nûh – (a.s) but his people rejected him; so they perished. A similar fate was earned by Pharaoh during Moses – Mûsâ’s – time. Pharaoh repented, but it was too late. But in the case of Jonah – Yûnus – his people accepted the Truth and Allah was merciful to them.  Follow Allah’s Truth & be patient. Surely Allah is the best Judge.

Sûrah Hûd

The Message is for all, not specfic groups.

Allah says that the Messenger instructs us, ‘Seek forgiveness of Your Lord and repent to Him, He will let you enjoy a good provision for a specified term and give every doer of favor his favor (i.e. reward). But if you turn away, then indeed, I fear for you the punishment of a great Day.’

The Prophet Noah  humbly preached the Truth of Allah (swt) for centuries. Those from the upper classes who rejected him said they see him as just a man like themselves ‘and you are only followed by the lower classes.’ Noah said that he is not interested in material gain,’my reward is from only Allah…I see that you are a people behaving ignorantly.’ He was mocked and rejected while he built his Ark under Allah’s directions. He and the believers were saved, with peace & blessings, while the rejecters were drowned in the flood.

May we turn our hearts humbly towards Allah, the All Forgiving, during tonight’s Taraweeh.

Abbreviations

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

Steadfast In a Storm: 8th Night of Taraweeh 2015

Wednesday

Steadfast In a Storm

Tonight’s taraweeh consists of the last quarter of Juz 9 and all of Juz 10. The Sûrahs covered are no. 8 Al-Anfâl (The Spoils of War) and no. 9 At-Taubah (Repentance) till verse 92. At-Taubah is the only Sûrah that begins without the prefixing of Bismillâh (In the Name of Allah).

Sûrah Al-Anfâl

If you are patient & steadfast, Allah is on  your side  

This sûrah begins a new series. The lessons of the Battle of Badr are re-emphasised with instructions on: (1) the question of the war booty; (2) the good qualities needed for fighting in the Path of Allah(swt) ; (3) victory against great odds; (4) merciful treatment of enemies in the hour of victory. An analysis of the Battle of Badr shows that even if your enemies are greater in number and have better weapons and war tactics, you will gain victory if Allah is on your side.

Those who help Allah’s cause will be helped by Him, since “there is no help except from Allah ”. “Never turn your backs to the enemies (i.e. flee).” Regard the eventual victory as Allah’s, not yours. Therefore obey Allah and His Messenger. Be steadfast, stay united and remember Allah much that you may be successful.”  “And if they incline to peace, then incline to it (also).” Treat non- Muslim captives with honour and kindness.Do not argue about the spoils of war because they are “at the disposal of Allah  and the Messenger (s.a.w)”.

Sûrah At-Taubah

Breaking peace treaties

A very important question is dealt with: what must be done if the enemy breaks the peace treaty and is guilty of wrong-doings? “Dissolve (treaty) obligation with the Pagans” if they keep on breaking their treaties. But give the Pagans 4 months to change their habits and to repent. If there is no change, fight them. But if any asks for protection “grant it to him”, so that he may hear “Allah’s word”. Now only believers will have the right to come to the Sacred Mosque (in Makkah).

Don’t be a couch potato

“O believers, what is the matter with you that, when you are told to go forth in the cause of Allah, you cling heavily to the earth? Are you satisfied with the life of this world rather than the hereafter? But what is the enjoyment of worldly life compared to the Hereafter except a little.”

Spend your wealth for the greater good. Do not hoard it or misuse it – otherwise a severe punishment awaits you.

Tears of sincerity

“Do not offer excuses like the Hypocrites did – do your duty. The hypocrites’ efforts were rejected as they lacked sincerity, were lazy about their prayers and would mock Allah’s Messenger. Do not let their wealth & families impress you, they will be tried by them in this life. The hypocrites enjoined what is wrong and forbade what is right and closed up their hands. Rather, be like the obedient believers who enjoined what is right, forbade what is wrong and gave generously.Those who are sincere but without means are not to be blamed. When they came to the Messenger, he had no more mounts for them, so ‘they turned back while their eyes overflowed with tears out of grief that they could not find something to spend (for Allah’s cause).’

May we reflect on the lessons of steadfastness and sincerity during tonight’s Taraweeh.

Abbreviations

swt   Subhanahu wa Ta’ala – (Allah) The Glorious, the Exalted

saw  SalAllahu alayhi Wa sallam – (Muhammad) on whom be peace