Advent of The Apostles: 19th Taraweeh 2017

Tuesday

Advent of the Apostles

Tonight’s taraweeh consists of  Juz 23.

The Sûrahs covered are nos 36-39: most of Yâsîn, As-Sâffât (Those Ranging in Ranks), Sâd and the first half of Az-Zumar (the Crowds).

Ayah/Verse ‘anchors’ are given in italics along with their number. 

Sûrah Yâsîn

The 3 Apostles

This Sûrah opens with the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w  being addressed concerning the Revelation that he brought.

The Qur’ân is from Allah s.w.t, ‘full of wisdom’ for those who follow the Straight Path.

To the disbelievers, ‘it matters not whether you warn them or not: they will not believe.’  Only those who follow Allah’s Message and fear Him Unseen will gain Guidance.

13. Wadrib lahum mathalan – Present to them a parable…

The Parable of the People of the City is given. When Allah s.w.t sent two Apostles to them, the people rejected them.

So Allah sent a third Apostle to strengthen the two others; but the people rejected them with the usual excuses.

The Apostles replied, ‘Our duty is only to announce the clear Message.’

The people accused the Apostles of bringing ill-luck on them and threatened to punish them.

Then, a man from the farthest end of the city came to them running and implored them to ‘obey the Apostles.’

The city rejected the message of Allah and was destroyed.

The man was a true Believer and when he was granted Paradise, he said, ‘I wish my people could know how my Lord has forgiven and honoured me.’

33. Wa ayatu lahumul ard – And a sign for them is the earth..

Look at Allah’s Signs around you. They all bear witness to Allah.

See how the earth dies and is revived, the abundance of food and water, the creation of all life in pairs.

Watch the sun and the moon following their orbits by Allah’s Law and the ships that sail gracefully on the waters for man’s use.

60. Alam a’had ilaykum – Did I not enjoin upon you…?

On the Last Day, the guilty ones will be reprimanded and reminded of their origins,

‘ Did I not enjoin upon you, O children of Adam that you not worship Satan…even ‘their hands will speak …and their feet bear witness’ to their evil deeds.

83. Fa subhanal ladhi – ‘Exalted is He…’

…In whose Hand is the realm of all things, and to Him you will be returned.

Sûrah As-Sâffât (Those Ranging in Ranks)

Peace upon the Messengers

Allah first swears by the angels, including the saffat, those lined up in rows, that He is One. Throughout the heavens and the earth, the conflict between good and evil has continued.

Allah has ‘decked the lower heaven to guard against all stubborn, rebellious evil spirits.’

13. Wa idha dhukkiru – And when they are reminded…

On the earth Allah’s Revelations and Messengers confronted evil.

Evil and good will finally be sorted out on the Day of Judgement when Good will conquer Evil.

41. Ulaaika lahum rizqun – They will be provided with….

The believers will be provided with everything delicious in gardens of pleasure.

And one of them will say that he had an associate on earth who would challenge the idea of resurrection.

He will see this disbeliever in the midst of hellfire and will say,’ By Allah you almost ruined me, if not for the favour of my Lord, I would have been brought (to hell).’

75. Wa laqad nadana Nooh – And Noah had called upon Us…

Peace was invoked on the Messengers, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Aaron, Elias & Lot (peace be upon them all) for their work in their conflict with Evil.

Jonah had given up on his people and got cast into the belly of a giant fish.

When he glorified Allah from within, he was rescued.

Later, he preached to more than 100,00 people who then accepted the Truth.

Sûrah Sâd

The Prophet Kings

17. Wadhkur abduna dawud – And remember our servant, David…

Here earthly power is contrasted with spiritual power, to show how much more important and real spiritual power is.

For this reason Dâwûd  and Solomon are taken as examples to prove this point, because both were Kings and Prophets.

David was a strong man and a powerful king, but he always praised Allah. So Allah ‘strengthened his kingdom, gave him wisdom & sound Judgement in speech and decision.’

Solomon had control over jinns and animals as well. One time he became so preoccupied with  a display of a racehorses that he forgot the remembrance of Allah.

He became extremely remorseful after this. He would seek Allah’s forgiveness and was rewarded with a great kingdom and nearness to Allah.

41. Wadhkur abduna Ayyub – And remember our servant Job…

Job Ayyûb chose to be patient while he suffered, Allah therefore rewarded him.

Had he been impatient and complained to Allah bitterly, Allah would have been displeased with him.

All the Messengers chose the path of final bliss rather than final misery.

71. Idh qala rabbuka lil malaikati – Mention when your Lord said to the angels…

Âdam’s story is retold to prove that the devil is our enemy. Evil arose from pride and rebellion but it can never harm Allah’s true servants.

Sûrah Az-Zumar (The Crowds)

The Effects of Revelation 

Allah mentions the wondrous signs of creation. And then he prods our logic, ‘Is one who is devoutly obedient during the night…fearing the Hereafter and hoping for Allah’s Mercy (like one who is not?)

23.Allah nazzala ahsanal hadeeth  – Allah has sen down the best statement…

‘The skins shiver of those who fear their Lord; then their skins and hearts relax at the mention of Allah.

That is the guidance of Allah by which He guides whom He wills.’

 

‘Whoever prays at night in Ramadan out of faith and the hope of reward, all his previous sins will be forgiven.’ (Hadeeth)                                May Allah accept our Taraweeh tonight.

 

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

Household of Worship: 18th Taraweeh 2017

Monday

Household of Worship

Tonight’s Taraweeh consists of  Juz 22.

The Sûrahs covered are nos 33-36: the final 2/3 of Al-Ahzâb (The Confederates), Saba’ (The Tribe of Saba), Fâtir (The Originator of Creation) and a small section of Yâsîn.

Today’s summary will include keywords in italics at the beginning of each section, where possible, to help you stay anchored to the recitation during the prayer, God willing – In sha Allah. Let me know if this system helps.

 

Sûrah Al-Ahzâb (The Confederates)- contd.

The Mothers of the Believers

‘Ya Nisaa An Nabi’ – O Wives of the Prophet

Allah the Almighty addresses the wives of the Prophet s.a.w directly here. ‘You are not like other women.’ If you commit  immorality, your punishment will be double. While if you do righteousness you will get twice the reward. Be honourable in your speech, abide in your homes and do not parade yourselves like those of the pagan era. Establish a life of prayer, charity and worship. Allah wishes purity for the exemplary community that is the Prophet’s household.

‘Innal Muslimeena wal Muslimaat’ – Indeed the believing men and the believing women…

This ayah was revealed in direct response to Umm Salamah’s question to her husband, the Prophet s.a.w,’Why is it that we (women) are not mentioned in the Quran as men are?’ Then this ayah was revealed by Allah to detail the spiritual equality of men and women.

Fa lamma qada Zaydun minha – so when Zayd dissolved (the marriage) with her…

Allah reminds the Prophet specifically and the Believers in general of the marital relationships that are permissible. So do not fear the people as in the case where Allah commanded the Prophet to marry Zaynab, the divorced wife of his adopted son, Zayd ibn Harithah. This was commanded to show the permissibility of such marriages.

‘InnAllaha wa Malaaikatahu yusalloona alan Nabi’ – Indeed Allah confers blessings upon the Prophet and the angels (ask Him to do so)…

Previously Allah mentions how He confers blessings upon the Believers and the Prophet. Now we are commanded to do the same for the Prophet, ‘O you who believe ask to send blessings on him and salute him with all respect.’

‘Ya ayyuhan Nabi’ – O Prophet…

Allah commands the Prophet to tell his family and the believing women to display their faith by wearing an outer garment when out in public.

‘Ya laytana’ – If only…

There will come a time where  the disbelievers will see the error of their ways, saying, ‘If only we had obeyed Allah and the Messenger,’ but instead, ‘we followed our masters and dignitaries and they led us astray.’  Their excuse of having been swayed by people of high status will not be acceptable in the sight of Allah.

 

Sûrah Saba’

Power Does Not Make Man Immune or Immortal

‘Wa laqad aatayna Dawud’ – And We bestowed on David…

Allah the Almighty has absolute power and He may choose to bestow temporary gifts upon His creation, that are nothing in comparison to Him. David and Solomon were blessed with qualities of knowledge and power for the cause of the Truth. But all glories of the earth must perish. King Solomon’s death was unknown to his mighty empire until a humble termite gnawed through the staff that had been holding him upright.

‘Laqad kana li Saba’-in…ayah’ – There was for (the tribe of) Saba…a sign 

Happiness and great wealth were also the domain of the people of Saba as long as they obeyed Allah. But once ‘they turned away’ from Allah’s Guidance, He punished them with their own resource. He ‘sent the flood from the dams (which were theirs) against them.’ Ultimately the fruits and crops of their deeds and lands became bitter and stunted.

‘Wa qaloo nahnu aktharu amwala’ – And they said, ‘we are superior  in wealth…

Having great wealth or power neither gives you immunity against Allah’s punishment nor greater access to His pleasure.’Those who believe and do good deeds- these are the ones for whom there is a multiplied reward’ in the Hereafter, says Allah.

‘Inna ajri ill ‘alAllah’ – My reward is only due from Allah

Sincere men of Allah will keep trying their best to make the disbelievers understand that they are not in it for the personal gain or prestige. What they seek is their reward from Allah.

 

Sûrah Fâtir (The Originator of Creation)

Seek Your Prestige With Allah

‘Alhamdulillah Fatiris Samawati wal Ardi’ – All praise is due to Allah the Originator of the skies and the earth

Allah created every aspect of the universe including the angels: magnificent and obedient messengers with wings.

Be on guard for shaytan, satan, and his plots. Do not be deceived by his evil and thereby reject Allah. The rejecters of Allah will suffer a severe penalty.

‘And whoever desires honour then to Allah belongs all honour.’

‘Ya ayyuhan Nasu antum al fuqara’ – O mankind you are in need

We are ‘in need of Allah, but He is free of all wants.’

Alam Tara’ – Do you not see?

Observe the subtle differences in creation. As men and other creatures have been created ‘of various shades of colour’, so there are different grades in the spiritual world. Only the people of knowledge are those who ‘truly fear Allah.’

‘Wa qaalu alhamdulillah’ – And they will say all Praise to Allah

These are the words of the believers in Paradise who thank Allah for a home that is free of sorrow, fatigue, and stress.

Ya Sin: To be summarized tomorrow.

 

May we reflect on the character of the household of the Prophet and the true nature of prestige   

 

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

Worship, Wisdom and War: 17th Taraweeh 2017

Sunday

 

The Impact of Worship, Wisdom & War

Tonight’s Taraweeh consists of juz 21.

The Sûrahs covered are nos. 29-33: the 2nd half  of Al-‘Ankabût (The Spider), Ar-Rûm (The Byzantine Romans), Lûqmân, As-Sajdah (Prostration) & one-third of Al-Ahzâb (The Confederates).

 

Sûrah Al-‘Ankabût (The Spider)

Personal Actions.  Social Consequences.

Read and understand Allah’s Message. Pray regularly; because prayer “stops (one) from doing shameful & unjust deeds.”

“The remembrance of Allah (swt) is the greatest (thing in life)”. If you work hard for the One you remember, He will help you do even more goodness.

Sûrah Ar-Rûm (The Eastern Romans)

Political Actions. Global Consequences.

This Sûrah was revealed when the Persian Empire achieved victory over the Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empire.

The Byzantine Empire had lost Jerusalem to the Sassanid Persians and Christianity had suffered a great defeat.

Then the surah foretells of a victory in which Byzantium will defeat the Persians ‘and the Believers will rejoice’ at their victory as they were People of the Book.

The prophecy was fulfilled within 7 years, causing many people to convert to Islam.

We then move from the miracle of the Quran to the miracles of creation. Allah (swt)’s creation points to His unique Lordship. Our creation from dust is a masterly act in itself. Then, our social lives begin, based on His creation of mates for us. Even the differences in people’s languages and colours show an underlying unity.

Because He is One, His prescribed Religion is One so do not split up into sects.

Allah decides the wealth of man, so give in charity if you wish to be successful. Do not give gifts in the hope that you will receive a larger one in return from the recipient.

But charitable donations given for the sake of Allah’s pleasure will have ‘a manifold increase.’

Mischief spreads but Allah will purify all things in the end. When you obey Allah, be confident that you are doing the right thing because Allah’s promise of success is absolutely true.

Sûrah Luqmân

Words of Wisdom

The Qur’an is full of wisdom. Do not be misled by speech & songs that distract you from Allah.

Listen to Luqmân’s wise advice to his son: be thankful to Allah and do not devote yourself to others besides Allah (i.e. shirk). Shirk is a great injustice.

Keep kind company with your parents. Pray regularly; establish what is right and forbid what is wrong. Be patient during hard times; do not give others the cold shoulder.

Be moderate in your stride and speech.

In short follow the “Golden Mean”, rather than extremes. True Wisdom is when one sees Allah’s Purpose in His Creation & admits that Allah’s Wisdom & Law can never be fully understood by men.

Only Allah knows: (1) The Hour of Judgement; (2) Sending of rain; (3) What future holds for the fetus in the womb; (4) what a person will earn tomorrow, & (5) in what land one will die.

Sûrah As-Sajdah (The Prostration)

Remorse

This surah is the last in the series of 4 that begin with Alif Lâm Mîm.

Allah initiated the creation of man from clay then created his descendants from fluid and fashioned him in due proportion.

We are blessed with all the faculties and yet what little thanks we give.

If only you could see the sinners hang their heads before their Lord. The will say, ‘Send us back (to the world), we will do righteous deeds. Now we believe!’

And Allah makes men taste the torments of this world so that they may repent and return to the right path.

‘Is it not guidance for them, how many generations We have destroyed before them in whose dwellings they walk about?’

Allah (swt)’s creation and the remnants of past nations testify to the Truth. So what are you waiting for?

Sûrah Al-Ahzâb (The Confederates)

Divine Aid. Victorious Consequences.

 The Prophet s.a.w is ordered to trust in Allah and not to heed the advice of the disbelievers and the hypocrites.

Abandon pagan customs & call people by their proper names.

“The Prophet is closer to the Believers than their own selves, and his wives are their mothers.”

While blood relatives are more entitled to inheritance, you must support your brothers in faith.

A vivid picture is portrayed of the believers at the Battle of the Trench:

‘ Remember Allahs’ favour….when We sent against (the enemy) a wind

and forces that you saw not..when they came upon you from above and below

and when the eyes grew wild

and the hearts reached to the throats

and you were harbouring doubts about Allah.

There, the believers were tried and shaken with a mighty shaking.’

The Battle of the Trench taught us the following lessons:

(1) Without Allah’s Help, the Muslims would have faced a tragedy;

(2) the Hypocrites are insincere & afraid to fight for Allah’s cause;

(3) Under all conditions the Muslims “have indeed in the Apostle of Allah a beautiful pattern (of behaviour).”

In tonight’s taraweeh, may we truly think of the impact of our actions on ourselves, our world and our future.

 

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

Tiny signs. Mighty Lessons. 16th Taraweeh 2017

 Friday

 

Tiny Signs. Mighty Lessons.

Tonight’s Taraweeh consists of the last ¼  of juz 19 andall of juz 20.

The Sûrahs covered are nos. 27-29 An-Naml (The Ants),Al-Qasas (The Narration), and the first ½ of Al-‘Ankabût(The Spider).

Sûrah An-Naml (The Ants)

The Tiny Ant and The Mighty King

Allah s.w.t reminds us of the story of Moses and the burning bush. Allah blessed him with shining proofs that only the arrogant could deny.

And He blessed the Prophet King Solomon with the gift of understanding the speech of animals.  He rode with his army of jinn, men and birds ‘in order and ranks.’

On one expedition, he heard an ant warn others to move out of the way of the advancing army. Solomon smiled humbly and asked Allah to make him a thankful and righteous man.

Bilqees, Queen of Sheba ruled over a kingdom that engaged in sun-worship.

She was invited to his kingdom and she was reminded of the majestic signs of Allah that lay within Solomon’s palace. She submitted to the Lord of the Worlds became a Muslim.

Then we are given another short glimpse into the actions of the people of Prophet Salih, the Thamud.

Among them were a gang of 9 troublemakers who plotted an assassination attempt on Prophet Salih and his family.

However Allah thwarted their plot and destroyed the nation for its disbelief.

We are asked to consider a basic point,’Is Allah better or those you claim share His abilities?’ They can neither cause the growth of a tree, nor the flow of a river. Nor can they guide you on land or at sea.

And fear the Day of  when the Trumpet will be blown and everyone will be terrified except whom Allah wills.

Whosoever receives guidance from the Quran, receives it for his own good. And if one goes astray, tell him, O Muhammad s.a.w, ‘I am just a warner.’

Sûrah Al-Qasas (The Narrative)

Raising Moses

This surah discusses Revelation and its reception, but it also shows how an Apostle is prepared for his mission, even as an ordinary young man.

The story of Moses is related in detail and shows this point. Allah ‘bestowed on him wisdom and knowledge’ when he became a mature youth.

While he was yet a baby, Allah wanted to ‘make him one of (His) Apostles’.

In youth, he prayed to Allah for forgiveness and guidance. In his exile, he found support from his wife and family. When he preached, Allah (s.w.t) gave him strength.

In short, Allah’s Mercy rests with the Apostle from the time of his birth. Allah’s Message is rejected by people who are proud or haughty like Pharaoh.

Muhammad  was also given guidance before he attained Prophethood. His Message was also rejected by the proud Makkans.

Those who want comfort in the hereafter must repent, have faith, and do good; because to Allah belongs all mercy and truth.

Qarun was a man so wealthy that the keys to his treasures could not be lifted by groups of strong men.

Where Prophet Sulaiman became humbly grateful for his resources, Qarun acted arrogantly towards his people.

He was swallowed up by the very earth on which he had strutted and none of his wealth or entourage could save him from the anger of Allah.

 

Sûrah Al-Ankabût (The Spider)

Mighty Tests and The Humble Spider Web

Sûrah Al‘Ankabût is part of a series of sûrahs which begin with the letters Alif Lam Meem and deal with the doctrine of the final return of man to Allah.

Our faith will be tested, ‘and Allah will certainly know those who are true from those who are false,’  just as He tested those before us.

Learn from the past.

Noah’s people remained stubborn for 9 centuries, Abraham’s people threatened to burn him alive.

Lot’s people not only rejected the Message but publicly defied him by doing wrong.

The ‘Ad and Thamûd abused their God given talents and Qârûn, Pharaoh and Hâmân were punished because of their pride.

Taking for your protector any being other than Allah is like having a spider’s house which is very beautiful and interesting, but very weak.

By disbelieving in Allah  you might find a little gratification. But this pleasure will be short lived and a detriment to your future.

In tonight’s taraweeh, may we reflect on even the tiniest of Allah’s signs.

 

The Vigilant Believer: 14th Taraweeh 2017

Thursday

 

 

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 Taraweeh 2017

Wednesday 

 

 

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). How fitting to study Surat Al Kahf on a Friday, ma sha Allah.

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 Taraweeh 2017

Tuesday

 

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