Where Will Our Souls Be Tonight? 20th Taraweeh 2017

Wednesday

Soul’s Journey

Tonight’s Taraweeh consists of juz 24. The Surahs covered are nos 39-41: last half of Az-Zumar, Al Mu’min, also known as Al Ghafir, and Fussilat also known as Ha-Mim As-Sajdah.

Az Zumar (The Crowds)

Destiny of The Soul

41. ‘Indeed, We sent down to you the Book for the people in truth. So whoever is guided – it is for (the benefit of) his own soul; and whoever goes astray, strays to its detriment.’

‘Allah takes the souls at the time of their death’ and also temporarily takes the souls of those asleep.

53. Qul ya ibadi – Say,’O My servants..

Say, ‘O My servants who have transgressed against themselves (by sinning), do not give up on the Mercy of Allah. Indeed Allah forgives all sins…and repent to your Lord before the punishment comes upon you…’

67. Wa ma qadarullaha – And they have not appraised Allah…

‘And they have not appraised Allah with true appreciation, while the earth will be entirely within His grip on the Day of Resurrection and the skies will be folded in His right hand..and the earth will shine with the light of its Lord and the record (of deeds) will be placed…and every soul will be fully compensated (for) what it did.’

Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds.

Surah Ghafir (The Forgiver)/ Mu’min (The Believer)

Prayer of The Angels.

We now begin a series of seven surahs beginning with the letters Ha Mim.

7. Al ladheena yahmiloon al arsha   Those who bear the throne…

The angels, including the throne bearers, seek Allah’s forgiveness for the believers, ‘Our Lord…forgive those who have repented and followed your way… admit them to the eternal gardens…including the righteous from among their spouses and offspring…and protect them from the evil consequences (of their deeds)…’

And on the Day of Judgement the disbelievers will wonder if there is a way out.  They will be reminded that they disbelieved in the Oneness of Allah and believed that Allah has partners. Every soul will be treated with justice on that Day.

28. Wa qaala rajulun – And a man said..

Within Pharaoh’s family had lived a believing man who had been secretly practicing his faith. He now steps up to protect Moses from the death threats of Pharaoh with eloquence and confident persuasion. He says, ‘Do you kill a man (merely) because he says, “My Lord is Allah.” ’

He turns to the people and reminds them that they might be powerful today but they would have no protection if the Creator descended His punishment upon them. He fears that they will become like the perished nations of the past. This world is but a fleeting pleasure and the hereafter is our real home.

47. Wa idh yata haajjoona – And mention when they will argue ..

The weak will argue with the arrogant in the Fire complaining that ‘we were (only) your followers, so will you relieve us of a share of the Fire?’ And the arrogant will respond, ’Indeed all of us are in it. Indeed Allah has judged between His servants.’

Surah Fussilat (Detailed Verses) or Ha Mim Sajdah

Conversing with the Angels

15.Fa amma ‘Ad-un – As for ‘Ad

The community of Ad considered themselves invincible, so Allah sent on them a humiliating windstorm that cut them down to size.

Likewise the Thamud were punished for they preferred blindness over guidance, so  Allah sent down a thunderbolt.

And the disbelievers’ hearing, eyes and skin will testify against them. They will ask, ‘Why have you testified against us?’ They will say they were commanded to. They assumed that Allah does not know much of what they do. ‘(This assumption) has brought you to ruin and you have become amongst the losers.’

30. Innal ladheena qaloo – Indeed those who have said

‘Indeed those who have said, Our Lord is Allah and stayed on the right path – the angels will descend upon them (saying), Do not fear nor grieve, but receive the good tidings of Paradise, which you were promised. We (angels) were your allies in the worldly life and (are so) in the Hereafter. And you will have whatever your souls desire and whatever you wish for.’

In tonight’s taraweeh where will our souls be?

 

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

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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

Where Will Our Souls Be Tonight? 20th Taraweeh 2016

Friday

Soul’s Journey

Tonight’s Taraweeh consists of juz 24. The Surahs covered are nos 39-41: last half of Az-Zumar, Al Mu’min, also known as Al Ghafir, and Fussilat also known as Ha-Mim As-Sajdah.

Az Zumar (The Crowds)

Destiny of The Soul

41. ‘Indeed, We sent down to you the Book for the people in truth. So whoever is guided – it is for (the benefit of) his own soul; and whoever goes astray, strays to its detriment.’

‘Allah takes the souls at the time of their death’ and also temporarily takes the souls of those asleep.

53. Qul ya ibadi – Say,’O My servants..

Say, ‘O My servants who have transgressed against themselves (by sinning), do not give up on the Mercy of Allah. Indeed Allah forgives all sins…and repent to your Lord before the punishment comes upon you…’

67. Wa ma qadarullaha – And they have not appraised Allah…

‘And they have not appraised Allah with true appreciation, while the earth will be entirely within His grip on the Day of Resurrection and the skies will be folded in His right hand..and the earth will shine with the light of its Lord and the record (of deeds) will be placed…and every soul will be fully compensated (for) what it did.’

Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds.

Surah Ghafir (The Forgiver)/ Mu’min (The Believer)

Prayer of The Angels.

We now begin a series of seven surahs beginning with the letters Ha Mim.

7. Al ladheena yahmiloon al arsha   Those who bear the throne…

The angels, including the throne bearers, seek Allah’s forgiveness for the believers, ‘Our Lord…forgive those who have repented and followed your way… admit them to the eternal gardens…including the righteous from among their spouses and offspring…and protect them from the evil consequences (of their deeds)…’

And on the Day of Judgement the disbelievers will wonder if there is a way out.  They will be reminded that they disbelieved in the Oneness of Allah and believed that Allah has partners. Every soul will be treated with justice on that Day.

28. Wa qaala rajulun – And a man said..

Within Pharaoh’s family had lived a believing man who had been secretly practicing his faith. He now steps up to protect Moses from the death threats of Pharaoh with eloquence and confident persuasion. He says, ‘Do you kill a man (merely) because he says, “My Lord is Allah.” ’

He turns to the people and reminds them that they might be powerful today but they would have no protection if the Creator descended His punishment upon them. He fears that they will become like the perished nations of the past. This world is but a fleeting pleasure and the hereafter is our real home.

47. Wa idh yata haajjoona – And mention when they will argue ..

The weak will argue with the arrogant in the Fire complaining that ‘we were (only) your followers, so will you relieve us of a share of the Fire?’ And the arrogant will respond, ’Indeed all of us are in it. Indeed Allah has judged between His servants.’

Surah Fussilat (Detailed Verses) or Ha Mim Sajdah

Conversing with the Angels

15.Fa amma ‘Ad-un – As for ‘Ad

The community of Ad considered themselves invincible, so Allah sent on them a humiliating windstorm that cut them down to size.

Likewise the Thamud were punished for they preferred blindness over guidance, so  Allah sent down a thunderbolt.

And the disbelievers’ hearing, eyes and skin will testify against them. They will ask, ‘Why have you testified against us?’ They will say they were commanded to. They assumed that Allah does not know much of what they do. ‘(This assumption) has brought you to ruin and you have become amongst the losers.’

30. Innal ladheena qaloo – Indeed those who have said

‘Indeed those who have said, Our Lord is Allah and stayed on the right path – the angels will descend upon them (saying), Do not fear nor grieve, but receive the good tidings of Paradise, which you were promised. We (angels) were your allies in the worldly life and (are so) in the Hereafter. And you will have whatever your souls desire and whatever you wish for.’

In tonight’s taraweeh where will our souls be?

 

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

Seek the Light: 15th Taraweeh 2016

Sunday

 

Seek The Light

Tonight’s taraweeh consists of the 2nd half  of  juz 18  and the 1st  three-quarters of  juz 19.

The Sûrahs covered are the last three-quarters of no.24 An-Nûr (Light), no.25 Al-Furqân (The Criterion) & no.26 Ash-Shu’arâ’ (The Poets).

Sûrah An-Nûr (The Light) contd

Piety and Privacy

The instructions are straightforward yet far reaching, ‘O you who believe, follow not the footsteps of Satan.’  And when told to pardon and forgive others, we are asked, ‘Do you not love that Allah forgive you?’

We are prescribed the rules of chaste conduct and personal privacy. Severe penalties are described for those who slander chaste women. We are not to intrude on each other’s privacy and must seek permission before entering someone’s home. Our gazes must  restrain themselves from what is forbidden and our dress must be modest.

Allah Almighty reveals the splendid description of His Light (Nur). It is like a niche, within which is a lamp, in a glass, like a brilliant star and the stunning description goes on. Allah guides to His Light to whom He wills. But the state of the disbeliever is like the darkness of a vast deep sea overwhelmed by waves and surrounded by clouds.

Look up at the clouds in the heavens, see how they amass and produce rain, hail and lightning.

It is those who believe and do righteous deeds that are promised succession (to the present rulers) in the earth complete with safety and security.

Then once more Allah Almighty prescribes rules of personal privacy concerning the home and the modesty of elderly women.

One is not to address the Prophet like any other man. We are to obey Allah and His Messenger and offer him our fullest respect.

Sûrah Al-Furqân (The Criterion)

Moderation In Due Proportion

One of Allah’s greatest gifts to mankind is the Qur’ân, which is the criterion (Furqan) by which we may judge what is right or wrong. He has created and measured everything in due proportion yet people insist on attributing the powers of Allah to their idols.

All Allah’s Apostles were ordinary men appointed to guide others to the Right Path. The Unbelievers ask,’Why are not the angels sent down to us? (i.e.why an ordinary man instead?)’  & ‘(Why) do we not see our Lord?’ The response it that when they do the see the angels it will be too late, ‘ no joy will there be to the sinners’.

The wrongdoer will be remorseful saying, ‘Would that I had taken a path with the Messenger, if only I had never taken so and so as a friend, he indeed led me astray from this Reminder (Quran) after it had come to me…’

Now pay attention and consider this world of water that we live in. The rain is Allah’s Mercy that revives the dead earth and quenches thirst. Man was made from water and his kindred created by blood and marriage.

Prostrate before the Most Merciful and walk with humility. Be gentle with the foolish and spend in moderation. And the Believers pray to Allah that their families be the comfort of their eyes and they by appointed leaders of the righteous.

Sûrah Ash-Shu’arâ’ (The Poets)

Revelation and Rhyme

We are once more a witness to the mission of Prophets Moses and Aaron. An intense exchange takes place between Moses and Pharaoh. Pharaoh challenges Moses, asserting his kingship over him.  Finally Moses’  Truth prevails over Pharoah whose tyranny is ultimately destroyed.

Abraham challenges his father and his people and shows them the fallacy of their idols and the divinity of the Creator. ‘It is He who guides me, and feeds me and gives me to drink. And when I am ill, it is He who cures me.’ He asks Allah for wisdom, and company of the righteous, that he is mentioned honourably by later generations, that he inherit the Paradise of Delight and that his father be forgiven.

Prophet Noah and his successors warn their people against the distraction of worldly luxuries, personal desires and ancestral traditions. Their rejection of the Truth brings about their destruction. And Allah always sent warners to the communities and was never unjust.

The final revelation was brought down to the heart of the Prophet Muhammad by the Angel  Gabriel in the plain Arabic language. And it was announced in the previous scriptures. The Qur’an is the word of an honoured Messenger, not the word of a poet. The poets (shu’ara) are those who roam about spreading lies and praises based on whim, except for those believers who remember Allah and use verse to defend those who have been wronged.

During tonight’s Taraweeh, may we reflect on Allah’s Guidance and ask that He illuminate our journey in life.

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

20th Night of Taraweeh 2015

Monday

Soul’s Journey

Tonight’s Taraweeh consists of juz 24. The Surahs covered are nos 39-41: last half of Az-Zumar, Al Mu’min, also known as Al Ghafir, and Fussilat also known as Ha-Mim As-Sajdah.

Az Zumar (The Crowds)

Destiny of The Soul

41. ‘Indeed, We sent down to you the Book for the people in truth. So whoever is guided – it is for (the benefit of) his own soul; and whoever goes astray, strays to its detriment.’

‘Allah takes the souls at the time of their death’ and also temporarily takes the souls of those asleep.

53. Qul ya ibadi – Say,’O My servants..

Say, ‘O My servants who have transgressed against themselves (by sinning), do not give up on the Mercy of Allah. Indeed Allah forgives all sins…and repent to your Lord before the punishment comes upon you…’

67. Wa ma qadarullaha – And they have not appraised Allah…

‘And they have not appraised Allah with true appreciation, while the earth will be entirely within His grip on the Day of Resurrection and the skies will be folded in His right hand..and the earth will shine with the light of its Lord and the record (of deeds) will be placed…and every soul will be fully compensated (for) what it did.’

Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds.

Surah Ghafir (The Forgiver)/ Mu’min (The Believer)

Prayer of The Angels.

We now begin a series of seven surahs beginning with the letters Ha Mim.

7. Al ladheena yahmiloon al arsha   Those who bear the throne…

The angels, including the throne bearers, seek Allah’s forgiveness for the believers, ‘Our Lord…forgive those who have repented and followed your way… admit them to the eternal gardens…including the righteous from among their spouses and offspring…and protect them from the evil consequences (of their deeds)…’

And on the Day of Judgement the disbelievers will wonder if there is a way out.  They will be reminded that they disbelieved in the Oneness of Allah and believed that Allah has partners. Every soul will be treated with justice on that Day.

28. Wa qaala rajulun – And a man said..

Within Pharaoh’s family had lived a believing man who had been secretly practicing his faith. He now steps up to protect Moses from the death threats of Pharaoh with eloquence and confident persuasion. He says, ‘Do you kill a man (merely) because he says, “My Lord is Allah.” ’

He turns to the people and reminds them that they might be powerful today but they would have no protection if the Creator descended His punishment upon them. He fears that they will become like the perished nations of the past. This world is but a fleeting pleasure and the hereafter is our real home.

47. Wa idh yata haajjoona – And mention when they will argue ..

The weak will argue with the arrogant in the Fire complaining that ‘we were (only) your followers, so will you relieve us of a share of the Fire?’ And the arrogant will respond, ’Indeed all of us are in it. Indeed Allah has judged between His servants.’

Surah Fussilat (Detailed Verses) or Ha Mim Sajdah

Conversing with the Angels

15.Fa amma ‘Ad-un – As for ‘Ad

The community of Ad considered themselves invincible, so Allah sent on them a humiliating windstorm that cut them down to size.

Likewise the Thamud were punished for they preferred blindness over guidance, so  Allah sent down a thunderbolt.

And the disbelievers’ hearing, eyes and skin will testify against them. They will ask, ‘Why have you testified against us?’ They will say they were commanded to. They assumed that Allah does not know much of what they do. ‘(This assumption) has brought you to ruin and you have become amongst the losers.’

30. Innal ladheena qaloo – Indeed those who have said

‘Indeed those who have said, Our Lord is Allah and stayed on the right path – the angels will descend upon them (saying), Do not fear nor grieve, but receive the good tidings of Paradise, which you were promised. We (angels) were your allies in the worldly life and (are so) in the Hereafter. And you will have whatever your souls desire and whatever you wish for.’

In tonight’s taraweeh where will our souls be?

 

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