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

Household of Worship: 18th Taraweeh 2016

Wednesday

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

Advent of The Apostles: 19th Night of Taraweeh 2015

Sunday

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 Night of Taraweeh 2015

Saturday

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

Tiny signs. Mighty Lessons: 16th Night of Taraweeh 2015

Thursday

 
Tiny Signs. Mighty Lessons.

Tonight’s Taraweeh consists of the last ¼  of juz 19 and all 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.

 

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

19th Night of Ramadan 2014

Wednesday

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

18th Night of Ramadan 2014

Tuesday

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