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Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is the Knower of the Unseen and the Seen

November 1, 2016

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Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is the Knower of the Unseen and the Seen

EXTRACTED from a Majlis of Moulana Naeem Motala
25/06/2016 (After Taraweeh /Ramadan 1437) Musjid e Noor ~ Durban ~ South Africa

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Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is Aalim-ul-Ghayb Wash-Shahadah   عَالِمُ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ  (Knower of the unseen and the seen). Nothing (not even a particle) can be hidden from the infinite and limitless knowledge that belongs to Him alone. Even the thoughts that run through our mind and intentions that are contained in our heart, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is well aware of them all.

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said : 

‏” مَفَاتِحُ الْغَيْبِ خَمْسٌ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عِنْدَهُ عِلْمُ السَّاعَةِ، وَيُنَزِّلُ الْغَيْثَ، وَيَعْلَمُ مَا فِي الأَرْحَامِ، وَمَا تَدْرِي نَفْسٌ مَاذَا تَكْسِبُ غَدًا، وَمَا تَدْرِي نَفْسٌ بِأَىِّ أَرْضٍ تَمُوتُ، إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ “‏‏‏

“The key of the Unseen are five: “Verily with Allah (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour, He sends down the rain and knows what is in the wombs. No soul knows what it will earn tomorrow, and no soul knows in what land it will die. Verily, Allah is All-Knower, All-Aware.” [Surah Luqman 31:34[Bukhari]

This pivotal verse, in which five matters, referred to as Mafaatih al-Ghayb (the keys of the unseen) are mentioned in the Quraan Shareef and Hadith and reveal that Divine Knowledge of these affairs remain with Al Aleemu, Al Khabeeru (The All-Knower, The All-Aware). Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala has made Himself exclusive to this hidden realm of Al-ghayb (the unseen) and has not informed any of the Angels nor the Prophets about it.

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Five Things That Only Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala has Exclusive Knowledge Of ~ Mafaatih al-Ghayb (The Keys of the Unseen)

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(1) Knowledge of the Hour (Qiyamah)

The actual moment (hour/day/year) of Qiyamah is exclusively known to Allah Ta’ala alone. People asked Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, when is Qiyamah? To which he replied : “The one who is asked knows not more than the one who is asking”. [Hadith-e-Jibra’eel]

(2)  Knowledge of the time Allah will send rain

The knowledge of rainfall lies with Allah Ta’ala alone. No one knows when it will rain but Allah Ta’ala. The time of rain, amount of rain and location of where rain will fall, is all determined by Allah Ta’ala.  It is only Allah Ta’ala that sends down rain and spreads His Mercy.

(3)  Knowledge of what is in the wombs

Only Allah Ta’ala alone has all the knowledge of what is contained in the wombs of mothers. Today, science has invented ultrasound equipment that could possibly ‘predict’ the gender of a foetus. However, despite these technological advancements, one cannot determine the precise features of an unborn child (eye colour, hair type), nor can one predict whether this soul will be a Mu’min (believer) or a Kaafir (disbeliever), nor can one predict the sustenance that will be meted out to this yet to be born baby. Beyond gender predictions, can the lifespan of this soul be predicted? 

(4)  Knowledge of what one will gain tomorrow

The knowledge of Rizq (sustenance) lies solely with Allah Ta’ala. None of us knows exactly how much we will earn tomorrow or whether one will have life to even see the next day. What could be and what could have been, is again known uniquely to Allah alone.  

(5)  Knowledge of the land in which one will die

No soul knows in which land, death will overtake them. A person may be in one country today, unbeknown that death awaits him in another country tomorrow. Only Allah Ta’ala knows where a soul’s last moments are destined for. There is no escape from death and the exact time when Malakul Maut (The Angel of Death) is commanded to take a persons Rooh (soul) is only when Allah Ta’ala instructs it’s departure.

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As Believers, we need to understand the inexhaustible and boundless knowledge and Greatness of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala. The Hadith says, “Do not look at the Zaath (Being) of Allah, but look to the Siffaat (Attributes) of Allah”. Through knowing His beautiful qualities, one will develop a strong connection with Him, and He will open the door to His Maarifat (recognition).

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Tafseer of Surah Ibrahim ~ The 14th Surah of the Quraan

October 25, 2016

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Tafseer of Surah Ar Ra’ad ~ The 13th Surah of the Quraan

September 19, 2016

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Ibaad ur Rahmaan ~ The True Slaves of Allah ~ Moulana Naeem Motala SB

August 28, 2016

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وَعِبَادُ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الَّذِينَ يَمْشُونَ عَلَى الْأَرْضِ هَوْنًا وَإِذَا خَاطَبَهُمُ الْجَاهِلُونَ قَالُوا سَلَامًا • وَالَّذِينَ يَبِيتُونَ لِرَبِّهِمْ سُجَّدًا وَقِيَامًا • وَالَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا اصْرِفْ عَنَّا عَذَابَ جَهَنَّمَ ۖ إِنَّ عَذَابَهَا كَانَ غَرَامًا • إِنَّهَا سَاءَتْ مُسْتَقَرًّا وَمُقَامًا • وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا أَنفَقُوا لَمْ يُسْرِفُوا وَلَمْ يَقْتُرُوا وَكَانَ بَيْنَ ذَٰلِكَ قَوَامًا • وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَدْعُونَ مَعَ اللَّهِ إِلَٰهًا آخَرَ وَلَا يَقْتُلُونَ النَّفْسَ الَّتِي حَرَّمَ اللَّهُ إِلَّا بِالْحَقِّ وَلَا يَزْنُونَ ۚ وَمَن يَفْعَلْ ذَٰلِكَ يَلْقَ أَثَامًا • يُضَاعَفْ لَهُ الْعَذَابُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ وَيَخْلُدْ فِيهِ مُهَانًا • إِلَّا مَن تَابَ وَآمَنَ وَعَمِلَ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا فَأُولَٰئِكَ يُبَدِّلُ اللَّهُ سَيِّئَاتِهِمْ حَسَنَاتٍ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَّحِيمًا • وَمَن تَابَ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَإِنَّهُ يَتُوبُ إِلَى اللَّهِ مَتَابًا • وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَشْهَدُونَ الزُّورَ وَإِذَا مَرُّوا بِاللَّغْوِ مَرُّوا كِرَامًا • وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِّرُوا بِآيَاتِ رَبِّهِمْ لَمْ يَخِرُّوا عَلَيْهَا صُمًّا وَعُمْيَانًا • وَالَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّاتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَامًا

And the slaves of the Rahman are those who walk on the earth humbly and when the ignorant people speak to them, they reply peacefully, [63] and those who pass the night prostrating and standing before their Lord, [64] and those who say, “Our Lord, avert from us the punishment of Jahannam; indeed, its punishment is a persisting affliction. [65] Indeed, evil it is as an abode and a place to dwell in [66] – and those who, when they spend, are neither extravagant nor miserly, and it (i.e. their spending) is moderate in between (the two extremes) [67] – and those who do not invoke any other god along with Allah, and do not kill a person whom Allah has given sanctity, except rightfully, nor do they fornicate; and whoever does it, shall face the recompense of his sin, [68] the punishment will be doubled for him and he will remain there disdained, for ever, [69] except the one who repents and believes and does good deeds, then Allah will change the bad deeds of such people into good ones, and Allah is Most-Forgiving, Very-Merciful. [70] And whoever repents and does righteous deeds turns to Allah truly [71] – and those who do not witness falsehood, and when they pass by the absurd things, Pass by with dignity [72] and those who, when they are reminded of the verses of their Lord, do not fall at them as deaf and blind ones [73] – and those who say, “Our Lord, Give us, from our spouses and our children, coolness of eyes and make us heads of the God-fearing. [74] ~ Surah Furqaan : Verses 63~74

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In these closing verses of Surah Furqaan, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala has mentioned and awarded the title of ‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’ (True Slaves of Allah) to His honourable and favoured servants. 

In these ‘series’ of discussions and commentary, Moulana Naeem Motala SB, explains in depth and elaborates on the ’12 Qualities’ displayed by these bondsmen which will indeed gain them unique honour in the Court of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala …

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The First Quality

Humility | Tawaadhu’

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The Second Quality

 Hilm ~ Tolerance ~ ‘Ibaad ur Rahman’ do not entangle themselves in arguments

The Third Quality

Tahajjud Salaah ~ ‘Ibaad ur Rahman’ spend their nights in Sajda and in Ruku

The Fourth Quality

Khauf ~ Fear 

DOWNLOAD HERE (2)Tahajjud Salaah / Virtues and Benefits / Ignorant People and How to respond? / Spending in moderation

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The Fifth Quality

Moderation ~ ‘Ibaad ur Rahman’ spend in moderation and are not miserly

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The Sixth Quality

Tauheed ~ Oneness of Allah ~ ‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’ do not associate partners (shirk) with Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala

The Seventh Quality

‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’ do not kill anyone unjustly  |  ‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’ do not commit Zinna (fornication)

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The Eighth Quality

‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’ do not commit Zinna (fornication)

DOWNLOAD HERE (5) ~ Effects and Harms of Zinna (Fornication) / Taubah (Repentance) / Repent and Return to Allah (Rujoo’ilallah)

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The Ninth Quality  ~ Repentance (Taubah)

‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’ repent and turn to Allah (Rujoo’ilallah)

The Tenth Quality

‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’ do not give false testimony

The Eleventh Quality

‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’ do not engage themselves in any futile activities and they do not turn a deaf ear or a blind eye to Ayats of Qur’aan and Hadith

DOWNLOAD HERE (6)Taubah (Repentance)/ Righteous Deeds / Huqooq-ul-Ibad / Frivolous Pursuits

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The Twelfth Quality

‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’ make Du’aa on behalf of their progeny (wives and children)

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Summary of Qualities of  ‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’

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Tafseer of Surah As Sajdah ~ The 32nd Surah of the Quraan

July 28, 2016

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Tafseer of Surah Al Qasas ~ The 28th Surah of the Quraan

May 12, 2016

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Tafseer of Surah Al Qasas ~ The 28th Surah of the Quraan

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Qur’aanic Treasures ~ Virtues of Surah Al Kahf

May 5, 2016

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عَنْ ِ أَبِي الدَّرْدَاءِ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏:‏

مَنْ حَفِظَ عَشْرَ آيَاتٍ مِنْ أَوَّلِ سُورَةِ الْكَهْفِ عُصِمَ مِنْ فِتْنَةِ الدَّجَّالِ ‏. ‏ وَقَالَ شُعْبَةُ عَنْ قَتَادَةَ: ‘ مِنْ آخِرِ الْكَهْفِ‏’

Hazrat Abu Darda Radiyallahu Anhu narrates that Nabi Sallallahu ‘alaihi Wasallam said :  He who memorizes the first ten verses of Surah Al-Kahf will be protected from the trial of Dajjal. In another narration, it is the last ten verses of Surah Al-Kahf ~ Muslim

وعن ابن عمر رضي الله عنهما قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم :

من قرأ سورة الكهف في يوم الجمعة سطع له نور من تحت قدمه إلى عنان السماء يضيء له يوم القيامة ، وغفر له ما بين  الجمعتين  ~  الترغيب والترهيب | 1 / 298 

Hazrat Umar Radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alaihi Wasallam said:  Whoever reads Surah al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, a light will shine for him from beneath his feet to the clouds of the sky, which will shine for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be forgiven (his sins) between the two Fridays.~At Targheeb

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Qur’aanic Treasures ~ Protection from all Evils with the Recitation of Surah Ikhlaas, Surah Falaq and Surah Naas

May 2, 2016

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بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

قُلْ هُوَ اللَّـهُ أَحَدٌ * اللَّـهُ الصَّمَدُ * لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ * وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ

Say, “He is Allah, [who is] One. Allah, the Self-Sufficient. He neither begets nor is born. Nor is there to Him any equivalent.” Surah Ikhlaas ~ Quraan :112


بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ الْفَلَقِ * مِن شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ * وَمِن شَرِّ غَاسِقٍ إِذَا وَقَبَ وَمِن شَرِّ النَّفَّاثَاتِ فِي الْعُقَدِ * وَمِن شَرِّ حَاسِدٍ إِذَا حَسَدَ *

Say, “I seek refuge in the Lord of daybreak. From the evil of that which He created. And from the evil of darkness when it settles. And from the evil of the blowers in knots. And from the evil of an envier when he envies.” Surah Falaq ~ Quraan :113

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ * مَلِكِ النَّاسِ * إِلـَٰهِ النَّاسِ * مِن شَرِّ الْوَسْوَاسِ الْخَنَّاسِ الَّذِي يُوَسْوِسُ فِي صُدُورِ النَّاسِ * مِنَ الْجِنَّةِ وَالنَّاسِ *

Say, “I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind. The Sovereign of mankind. The God of mankind. From the evil of the retreating whisperer. Who whispers [evil] into the breasts of mankind. From among the jinn and mankind.” Surah Naas ~ Quraan :114

Hadith

عَنْ مُعَاذِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ خُبَيْبٍ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، قَالَ خَرَجْنَا فِي لَيْلَةٍ مَطِيرَةٍ وَظُلْمَةٍ شَدِيدَةٍ نَطْلُبُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يُصَلِّي لَنَا – قَالَ فَأَدْرَكْتُهُ فَقَالَ ‏”‏ قُلْ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ فَلَمْ أَقُلْ شَيْئًا ثُمَّ قَالَ ‏”‏ قُلْ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ فَلَمْ أَقُلْ شَيْئًا ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏”‏ قُلْ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قُلْتُ مَا أَقُولُ قَالَ ‏”‏ قُلْ ‏:‏ ‏(‏ هوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ ‏)‏ وَالْمُعَوِّذَتَيْنِ حِينَ تُمْسِي وَتُصْبِحُ ثَلاَثَ مَرَّاتٍ تَكْفِيكَ مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ ‏”‏ ‏‏ : Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3575

Hazrat Abdullah ibn Khubayb Radiyallahu Anhu narrated : We went out one rainy and intensely dark night to look for Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam to lead us in prayer. When I found him, he said: Say! But I did not say anything. So he said: Say! … But I did not say anything … He said: Say! … So I said : What am I to say? He said: Say: “Qul huwallaahu Ahad and Al-Mu’awwadhatain (Surah Falaq and Surah Naas) three times in the morning and evening; it will suffice you from everything” (it will protect you from all evil) ~ Tirmidhi.

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The Forbidden Harms of Riba (Interest)

April 23, 2016

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Riba*(Interest) is totally Haraam. The Verses 275-281 of Surah Al Baqarah highlight the importance of a Believer abstaining from Riba (usury/interest), as well as emphasizes the harms associated with indulging in it.

Riba actually means ‘to grow’. It was a common practice in the times of Jahiliyyah (pre-Islamic era) where a certain sum of money was lent on the premise that after a period of time, more be paid back than was originally lent.
 A loan of R100 for example, with a repayment value of R150 is regarded as an unjust transaction. The extra R50 is Riba – it is in lieu of nothing – and it is unjust. This is unlike a ‘fixed’ business transaction for a set amount (eg R100) where both buyer and seller profit from effort expended. The buyer profits by either re-selling at a fixed price or simply from obtaining a desired article and the seller profits from making a sale above his cost price.

In Islam, trade and commerce is Halaal (lawful) but engaging in Riba is oppressive and Haraam (unlawful). Riba is regarded to be amongst the major sins in Shariah. The laws of Riba apply to ALL Believers; male and female. In the time of Rasulullah Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, the Sahaabiyyaat RA were acutely aware of the hardship and calamities associated with Riba. They thus urged their husbands to fear ALLAH Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala and endeavour to earn a Halaal Sustenance. They were prepared to starve and do without food, rather than risk entering Jahannum for engaging in, and consuming Haraam sustenance.

Hazrat Abu Bakr Radhiallaahu Anhu reports that Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: “A body which has been nourished by unlawful things shall never enter Jannah.” (Mishkaat)

Riba* (Interest) ~ is a loan with the condition that the borrower will return to the lender more than that he borrowed.”

In the following Verses, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala explains to the Believers the dreadful ending of those engaging in Riba, on the Day of Qiyamah

الَّذِينَ يَأْكُلُونَ الرِّبَا لَا يَقُومُونَ إِلَّا كَمَا يَقُومُ الَّذِي يَتَخَبَّطُهُ الشَّيْطَانُ مِنَ الْمَسِّ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ بِأَنَّهُمْ قَالُوا إِنَّمَا الْبَيْعُ مِثْلُ الرِّبَا ۗ وَأَحَلَّ اللَّهُ الْبَيْعَ وَحَرَّمَ الرِّبَا ۚ فَمَن جَاءَهُ مَوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِ فَانتَهَىٰ فَلَهُ مَا سَلَفَ وَأَمْرُهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ ۖ وَمَنْ عَادَ فَأُولَٰئِكَ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ ۖ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ 

Those who consume interest cannot stand [on the Day of Resurrection] except as one stands who is being beaten by Satan into insanity. That is because they say, “Trade is [just] like interest.” But Allah has permitted trade and has forbidden interest. So whoever has received an admonition from his Lord and desists may have what is past, and his affair rests with Allah . But whoever returns to [dealing in interest or usury] – those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide eternally therein ~ 2:275

The condition of those taking Riba is likened to a person who has been afflicted by Shaytaan or Jinn.
 Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says that the people who indulge in this detestable act of Riba will rise on the day of Qiyamah totally bewildered, confused, disgraced and disheveled in appearance.

Ulema explain that the person who consumes Riba becomes so intoxicated in his greed for money, that he is not concerned about the monies being Haraam.The unkind creditor develops a ‘senseless’ nature in the Dunya and he will we be raised in a similar ‘senseless’ fashion in the Aahkirah.

The Disbelievers questioned the ruling regarding Riba and likened it to the normal profit associated with buying and selling (trade) 
ALLAH Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala simply reiterated that HE has permitted trade but FORBIDDEN interest.

The lesson here (and with every aspect of Deen), is that it is our duty to obey the Hukm of ALLAH Ta’ala irrespective of whether the human mind fails to comprehend the reasoning behind it. Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is Al-Aleem (All Knowing) and Al-Khabeer (All-Aware). He is The Sovereign Master and HIS Wisdom is Absolute. He alone knows the harm and the benefit of everything that He has deemed Haraam and Halaal.
 Thus, irrespective of our failure to understand the rationale, if a thing has been deemed Haraam, some evil or loss must be understood to be associated with it.

Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala mentions in Verse 2:276 :

يَمْحَقُ اللَّهُ الرِّبَا وَيُرْبِي الصَّدَقَاتِ

“Yamhaqullaahur Riba Wa Yurbis Sadaqaat” / Allah destroys interest and gives increase for charities ~ Surah Al Baqarah 2:276

Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala clearly outlines that partaking of Riba is totally despised by Him and hence it is not the quality of a Believer to indulge in it. Interest (Riba) is the outcome of selfishness and miserliness whilst charity (Sadaqah) is the outcome of generosity, compassion and large-heartedness.

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala destroys interest and increases Sadaqah. The simple explanation of this is that “BARAKAH” is removed from interest associated dealings whilst it is put into wealth associated with charity. Thus, whilst the bank accounts and business empires of those associated with interest dealings seem to be increasing outwardly – in reality, the wealth is actually being destroyed.

From severe health problems and accidents to insolvency, the sinner engaging in Riba never truly enjoys his wealth but is in fact steeped in calamities.

On the other hand, the one who gives Sadaqah finds that despite seeing his bank balance fall, he is able to fulfill multiple expenses, responsibilities and requirements with the less money that he has. This is the promise of ALLAH: “Yamhaqullaahur Riba Wa Yurbis Sadaqaat”

 

 In verse 2:279, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala issues a stern warning:

فَإِن لَّمْ تَفْعَلُوا فَأْذَنُوا بِحَرْبٍ مِّنَ اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ ۖ وَإِن تُبْتُمْ فَلَكُمْ رُءُوسُ أَمْوَالِكُمْ لَا تَظْلِمُونَ وَلَا تُظْلَمُونَ

And if you do not, then be informed of a war [against you] from Allah and His Messenger. But if you repent, you may have your principal – [thus] you do no wrong, nor are you wronged ~ 2:279

– There are two particular types of people upon whom Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala openly declares war:

(1) Those who deal in Riba (2:279), and ;

(2) Any person who shows hostility to a Wali (friend of ALLAH Ta’ala) ~ Bukhari.

Failure to heed the warnings could throw a person far away from the Mercy of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala.

Riba (Usury/Interest) is undoubtedly Haraam and one of the major sins in Islam.
 If we have engaged in this heinous crime then we should continue to seek forgiveness from ALLAH Ta’ala and abstain completely from such transactions in future. Just as eating pork and consuming alcohol is Haraam, so too is engaging in Riba. Deep consideration should be given to the seriousness of consuming Riba.

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Some Ahaadith Concerning Consuming Riba (Interest)

عَنِ ابْنِ مَسْعُودٍ، قَالَ لَعَنَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم آكِلَ الرِّبَا وَمُوكِلَهُ وَشَاهِدَيْهِ وَكَاتِبَهُ ‏.‏

Hazrat Ibn Mas’ud Radiallahu Anhu narrated that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam cursed the one who consumed Riba, the one who charged it, those who witnessed it, and the one who recorded it. ” (Tirmidhi )

عن سَمُرَةَ بْنِ جُنْدُبٍ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ قَالَ قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ رَأَيْتُ اللَّيْلَةَ رَجُلَيْنِ أَتَيَانِي، فَأَخْرَجَانِي إِلَى أَرْضٍ مُقَدَّسَةٍ، فَانْطَلَقْنَا حَتَّى أَتَيْنَا عَلَى نَهَرٍ مِنْ دَمٍ فِيهِ رَجُلٌ قَائِمٌ، وَعَلَى وَسَطِ النَّهْرِ رَجُلٌ بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ حِجَارَةٌ، فَأَقْبَلَ الرَّجُلُ الَّذِي فِي النَّهَرِ فَإِذَا أَرَادَ الرَّجُلُ أَنْ يَخْرُجَ رَمَى الرَّجُلُ بِحَجَرٍ فِي فِيهِ فَرَدَّهُ حَيْثُ كَانَ، فَجَعَلَ كُلَّمَا جَاءَ لِيَخْرُجَ رَمَى فِي فِيهِ بِحَجَرٍ، فَيَرْجِعُ كَمَا كَانَ، فَقُلْتُ مَا هَذَا فَقَالَ الَّذِي رَأَيْتَهُ فِي النَّهَرِ آكِلُ الرِّبَا ‏”‏‏.‏

Hazrat Samurah bin Jundub Radiallahu Anhu narrated that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: ” I dreamt that two men came and took me to a Holy land whence we proceeded on till we reached a river of blood, where a man was standing, and on its bank was standing another man with stones in his hands. The man in the middle of the river tried to come out, but the other threw a stone in his mouth and forced him to go back to his original place. So, whenever he tried to come out, the other man would throw a stone in his mouth and force him to go back to his former place. I asked, ‘Who is this?’ I was told, ‘The person in the river was a Riba-eater.” (Bukhari)

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عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏”‏ اجْتَنِبُوا السَّبْعَ الْمُوبِقَاتِ ‏”‏‏.‏ قَالُوا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَمَا هُنَّ قَالَ ‏”‏ الشِّرْكُ بِاللَّهِ، وَالسِّحْرُ، وَقَتْلُ النَّفْسِ الَّتِي حَرَّمَ اللَّهُ إِلاَّ بِالْحَقِّ، وَأَكْلُ الرِّبَا، وَأَكْلُ مَالِ الْيَتِيمِ، وَالتَّوَلِّي يَوْمَ الزَّحْفِ، وَقَذْفُ الْمُحْصَنَاتِ الْمُؤْمِنَاتِ الْغَافِلاَتِ

Hazrat Abu Hurairah  Radiallahu Anhu narrated that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: “Avoid the seven great destructive sins.” They people asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What are they?” He said, “To join partners in worship with Allah; to practice sorcery; to kill the life which Allah has forbidden except for a just reason (according to Islamic law); to eat up usury (Riba), to eat up the property of an orphan; to give one’s back to the enemy and fleeing from the battle-field at the time of fighting and to accuse chaste, simple (innocent) Believing women”. (Bukhari)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiallahu Anhu said that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: I came across some people in the night in which I was taken to the heavens (Lailatul Mi’raaj). Their stomachs were like houses wherein there were serpents, which could be seen from the front of their stomachs. I asked, “Who are these people”?  Jibra’eel Alayhis Salaam replied that they were the people who indulged in dealings of usury and interest.” (Ahmed, Ibn Majah)

Hazrat Abdullah bin Hanzalah  Radiallahu Anhu reported that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: A dirham of usury that a man devours and he knows (it is Riba) is worse than 36 fornications. (Ahmed)

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Sadaqah ~ The Virtues of Spending in the Path of Allah

April 9, 2016

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The Virtues of Spending in the Path of Allah

Believers are promised great rewards for expending their wealth, wholeheartedly in the path of Allah Ta’ala. Sadaqah is a virtuous deed in Islam, and a reminder to us that the wealth we possess, is simply a loan from Allah, for which we will be held accountable in the Aakhirah.

Allah Ta’ala exhorts us to spend on the poor and needy, from the wealth that has been allotted to us. All forms of wealth essentially come from Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala, and our spending on those in need, is highly appreciated by Allah Ta’ala. In His Infinite Mercy, Allah Ta’ala equates our giving of charity as a loan to Him! (even though HE does not need it). And, this investment with Allah Ta’ala will provide everlasting sustenance in Dunya and Aakhirah.

An example of this guaranteed promise, is mentioned in Verse 261 of Surah Baqarah :

مَّثَلُ الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ أَمْوَالَهُمْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ كَمَثَلِ حَبَّةٍ أَنبَتَتْ سَبْعَ سَنَابِلَ فِي كُلِّ سُنبُلَةٍ مِّائَةُ حَبَّةٍ ۗ وَاللَّهُ يُضَاعِفُ لِمَن يَشَاءُ ۗ وَاللَّهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ

“The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.”

For the one who spends in Allah’s path, HE increases his reward from one blessing – to seven hundred – to seven thousand – and multiplies it even more!

Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is ‘Zul Fadhlil Azeem‘ – the Possessor of Great Bounty – and HE rewards immensely! A person who is aware of the large profits that will be reaped from sowing just one seed into the ground, will most definitely exert himself and work harder to derive the rest of the gains.

Similarly, when a Believer understands that his giving of charity will reap tremendous reward, then he will likewise strive hard to reap the magnanimous rewards for charity promised by Allah Ta’ala. Thus, one who spends just one Rand in the path of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala, is investing in something that will give him multiple profits in the Aakhirah.

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The Etiquettes, Qualities and Manner in which one should Spend in the Path of Allah

It is essential to reflect on some significant Adaab (etiquettes) of spending in the path of Allah as outlined in the following Ayaah. In doing so, sacrificing will become a pleasure rather than a burden.

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1 ~ Seeking the Pleasure of Allah and not to show off to people.

A main ingredient before giving Sadaqah should be correctness of one’s intention. Sadaqah must be done sincerely for the pleasure of Allah and not out of Riya (show) – to gain praise or recognition from others.

Allah Ta’ala says:

الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ أَمْوَالَهُمْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ ثُمَّ لَا يُتْبِعُونَ مَا أَنفَقُوا مَنًّا وَلَا أَذًى ۙ لَّهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

Those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah and then do not follow up what they have spent with reminders [of it] or [other] injury will have their reward with their Lord, and there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve ~ Surah Baqarah 2:262

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2 ~ It should not be followed by reproach and injury

Allah Ta’ala mentions :

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تُبْطِلُوا صَدَقَاتِكُم بِالْمَنِّ وَالْأَذَىٰ كَالَّذِي يُنفِقُ مَالَهُ رِئَاءَ النَّاسِ وَلَايُؤْمِنُ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ ۖ فَمَثَلُهُ كَمَثَلِ صَفْوَانٍ عَلَيْهِ تُرَابٌ فَأَصَابَهُ وَابِلٌ فَتَرَكَهُ صَلْدًا ۖ لَّايَقْدِرُونَ عَلَىٰ شَيْءٍ مِّمَّا كَسَبُوا ۗ وَاللَّهُ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الْكَافِرِينَ

O you who have believed, do not invalidate your charities with reminders or injury as does one who spends his wealth [only] to be seen by the people and does not believe in Allah and the Last Day. His example is like that of a [large] smooth stone upon which is dust and is hit by a downpour that leaves it bare. They are unable [to keep] anything of what they have earned. And Allah does not guide the disbelieving people ~ Surah Baqarah 2:264

وَمَثَلُ الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ أَمْوَالَهُمُ ابْتِغَاءَ مَرْضَاتِ اللَّهِ وَتَثْبِيتًا مِّنْ أَنفُسِهِمْ كَمَثَلِ جَنَّةٍ بِرَبْوَةٍ أَصَابَهَا وَابِلٌ فَآتَتْ أُكُلَهَا ضِعْفَيْنِ فَإِن لَّمْ يُصِبْهَا وَابِلٌ فَطَلٌّ ۗ وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ بَصِيرٌ

And the example of those who spend their wealth seeking the pleasure of Allah and assuring [reward for] themselves is like a garden on high ground which is hit by a downpour – so it yields its fruits in double. And [even] if it is not hit by a downpour, then a drizzle [is sufficient]. And Allah , of what you do, is Seeing ~ Surah Baqarah2:265

Explanation :

Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala has encouraged spending in His Path, but has warned against boasting of one’s favour upon the poor person and teasing or taunting beneficiaries.

Imaam Ghazaali (Rahmatullahi Alayh) when mentioning the etiquettes of giving Sadaqah stated that one should not destroy one’s charity by displaying ‘Mann’. This refers to continually reminding a person of one’s favours upon him.

Immediate harm (Azaa) is also caused by taunting the beneficiary, telling him, “I gave you this and that”.

Sometimes donors even demand free labour in lieu of their Sadaqah! A person should not expect anything in return for what he has given, nor show a sense of superiority over a poor person. Instead of hoping for some worldly benefit from our Sadaqah, we should be grateful to those who accept our Sadaqah. Giving Sadaqa should never be followed by rebuking the poor for begging.

Imaam Ghazaali (Rahmatullahi Alayh) says we should ponder and reflect: In reality it is the poor person who has done a favour to the rich – for, by accepting the Sadaqah, he has absolved the rich person from his obligation towards Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala. The poor ultimately become a means of purification of the rich man’s wealth and saves him from the fire of Jahannum.

Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam mentioned in a Hadith :

قَالَ سَمِعْتُ عَدِيَّ بْنَ حَاتِمٍ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ‏ “‏ اتَّقُوا النَّارَ وَلَوْ بِشِقِّ تَمْرَةٍ ‏”‏‏.‏

“Save yourself from Hell-fire even by giving half a date in charity.” ~ Bukhari

Spending ones wealth and then taunting the beneficiary is likened to ‘showing off’. Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala gives an example of one who intends growing crops from a little bit of soil spread across a smooth rock. Allah Ta’ala then sends down very heavy rain which washes away the soil on the rock, leaving it completely bare. The bare rock cannot absorb water, nor can it nourish a seed to grow. Similarly, boasting prevents the seed of charity from being nurtured and cultivated. It causes the charity to be rejected and washed away. Such people are unable to acquire the reward of what they have earned or worked for and their actions render their charity null and void.

On the other hand, those who spend their wealth with pure intention – exclusively for the pleasure of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala – their deeds are like rain on an elevated orchard with excellent soil. When a heavy rain or even a drizzle falls onto it, the crops grow and bring forth fruits two fold! Heavy rain is in reference to the spending of abundant wealth and a drizzle is in reference to the spending of little wealth. Spending which is done to seek the pleasure of Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala cannot fail to bring about a good effect. This in turn strengthens their hearts (Imaan).

قَوْلٌ مَّعْرُوفٌ وَمَغْفِرَةٌ خَيْرٌ مِّن صَدَقَةٍ يَتْبَعُهَا أَذًى ۗ وَاللَّهُ غَنِيٌّ حَلِيمٌ
Kind speech and forgiveness are better than charity followed by injury. And Allah is Free of need and Forbearing ~ Surah Baqarah 2:263

Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala mentions : Responding softly and forgiving is better than a charity which is followed by harassment. Sometimes one may find that a beggar is not satisfied with what he is given and he may utter harsh words to the giver. It is better here to overlook the harsh words of the beggar and to forgive him. 

The word Maghfirah comes from the word ‘Mighfar’, which means a helmet (covering the head). Likewise, the donor ‘covers the need’ of the beggar and does not expose his wants, but infact, he secretly assists him and shields him from any embarrassment.

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3 ~ It must be lawful and good

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَنفِقُوا مِن طَيِّبَاتِ مَا كَسَبْتُمْ وَمِمَّا أَخْرَجْنَا لَكُم مِّنَ الْأَرْضِ ۖ وَلَا تَيَمَّمُوا الْخَبِيثَ مِنْهُ تُنفِقُونَ وَلَسْتُم بِآخِذِيهِ إِلَّا أَن تُغْمِضُوا فِيهِ ۚ وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ غَنِيٌّ ٌّحَمِيدٌ

O you who have believed, spend from the good things which you have earned and from that which We have produced for you from the earth. And do not aim toward the defective therefrom, spending [from that] while you would not take it [yourself] except with closed eyes. And know that Allah is Free of need, and All Praiseworthy ~ Surah Baqarah 2: 267

Giving Sadaqah of that which is not Halaal or of that which is defective (tainted goods or money) and retaining that which is superior is not a Quality of a Believer – it is not what Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala expects from the one who wishes to discharge wealth in charity. Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is Pure and only accepts that which is pure. Charity of thousands of Rands earned in a Haraam manner, is considered null and void. When charity is given, it should not be of inferior quality goods which we ourselves reject.

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4 ~ It should be given to those poor who are besieged in the way of Allah.

لِلْفُقَرَاءِ الَّذِينَ أُحْصِرُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ لَا يَسْتَطِيعُونَ ضَرْبًا فِي الْأَرْضِ يَحْسَبُهُمُ ُالْجَاهِلُ أَغْنِيَاءَ مِنَ التَّعَفُّفِ تَعْرِفُهُم بِسِيمَاهُمْ لَا يَسْأَلُونَ النَّاسَ إِلْحَافًا ۗ وَمَا تُنفِقُوا مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ بِهِ عَلِيمٌ

[Charity is] for the poor who have been restricted for the cause of Allah , unable to move about in the land. An ignorant [person] would think them self-sufficient because of their restraint, but you will know them by their [characteristic] sign. They do not ask people persistently [or at all]. And whatever you spend of good – indeed, Allah is Knowing of it.
 Surah Baqarah 2:273

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5 ~ The rewards of spending publicly and secretly extend to both worlds

الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ أَمْوَالَهُم بِاللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ سِرًّا وَعَلَانِيَةً فَلَهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلَا خَوْف ٌعَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

Those who spend their wealth [in the path of Allah] by night and by day, secretly and publicly – they will have their reward with their Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve ~ Surah Baqarah 2:274

Sadaqah can be given with a noble and correct intention both publicly (in the form of encouragement to others) or privately (in secrecy). Giving charity openly is an excellent form of Ibaadah. However, if it is given secretly to the poor – then this is the best form of Sadaqah, as it eliminates the chance of show and ostentation and saves the poor from humiliation.

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Shaytaan instills in us the fear of poverty and commands us to be miserly in the spending of our wealth. The wealth that a person hoards however, may not remain with one in the ‘tomorrow of the Dunya’ – thus the empty threats of Shaytaan are futile. Spending in charity in the path of Allah, earns one the guaranteed promise of the Maghfirat of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala in the ‘tomorrow of the Aakhirah’ – this is perpetual and immeasurable!

The doors of Dunya open up for kind and generous people; and the more you give in charity,  the more barakah Allah Subahaanahu Wa Ta’ala will grant you …

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Qur’aanic Treasures ~ Virtues of the Last Two Verses of Surah Baqarah

April 2, 2016

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آمَنَ الرَّسُولُ بِمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْهِ مِن رَّبِّهِ وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ ۚ كُلٌّ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَمَلَائِكَتِهِ وَكُتُبِهِ وَرُسُلِهِ لَا نُفَرِّقُ بَيْنَ أَحَدٍ مِّن رُّسُلِهِ ۚ وَقَالُوا سَمِعْنَا وَأَطَعْنَا ۖ غُفْرَانَكَ رَبَّنَا وَإِلَيْكَ الْمَصِيرُ

The Messenger believeth in what hath been revealed to him from his Lord, as do the men of faith. Each one (of them) believeth in Allah, His angels, His books, and His messengers. “We make no distinction (they say) between one and another of His Messengers.” And they say: “We hear, and we obey: (We seek) Thy forgiveness, our Lord, and to Thee is the end of all journeys.”~ 2:285

لَا يُكَلِّفُ اللَّهُ نَفْسًا إِلَّا وُسْعَهَا ۚ لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتْ وَعَلَيْهَا مَا اكْتَسَبَتْ ۗ رَبَّنَا لَا تُؤَاخِذْنَا إِن نَّسِينَا أَوْ أَخْطَأْنَا ۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْنَا إِصْرًا كَمَا حَمَلْتَهُ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِنَا ۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تُحَمِّلْنَا مَا لَا طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِ ۖ وَاعْفُ عَنَّا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا ۚ أَنتَ مَوْلَانَا فَانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ

 On no soul doth Allah Place a burden greater than it can bear. It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns. (Pray:) “Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; our Lord! Lay not on us a burden Like that which Thou didst lay on those before us; Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins, and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. Thou art our Protector; Help us against those who disbelieve ~ 2:286

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عَنْ أَبِي مَسْعُودٍ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ قَالَ ‏”‏ مَنْ قَرَأَ الآيَتَيْنِ مِنْ آخِرِ سُورَةِ الْبَقَرَةِ فِي لَيْلَةٍ كَفَتَاهُ

Hazrat Ibn Mas’ud Radiyallahu Anhu narrated that Rasullulah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said : “Whoever recited the last two verses of Surah Baqarah at night, they will be sufficient for him.” ~ Bukhari

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According to various Ahaadeeth of Rasullulah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, the concluding verses (285:286) of Surah Baqarah, ‘Aamanar Rasoolu … till the end, hold immense value and contain great merits. A special Angel descended upon its revelation, emphasising the importance of these verses!

“When Hazrat Jibraeel (AS) was with Rasullulah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, he heard a sound from above like a door opening. Hazrat Jibraeel (AS) looked up towards the sky and said: ‘This is a gate in Heaven that has been opened, and it was never opened before.” He said: “An Angel came down from it and came to Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam and said: ‘Receive the glad tidings of two lights that have been given to you, that were never given to any Messenger before you: The Opening of the Book (Al-Fatihah) and the last verses of Surat Al-Baqarah. You will never recite a single letter of them but you will be granted it.’” ~ (Sahih)

Of the blessings narrated :

• Rasullulah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said that Allah Almighty has sent forth these two verses out of the treasures of Paradise and had written them two thousand years earlier than the creation of all things and beings.

• One who recites these two verses after the Esha Salaah, and is unabale to wake up for Tahujjud Salaah,  will be regarded as those who have stood up for Tahajjud Salaah.

• Rasullulah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said that Allah Subahaanahu Wa Ta’ala has concluded Surah al-Baqarah with these two verses, which have been given to me out of His Grace from the special treasure that lies under His ‘Arsh’ (Divine Throne) ~ (Ahmed)

• Sayyidna Umar Radiyallahu Anhu and Sayyidna Ali Radiyallahu Anhu said that they thought that anybody who has any sense in him, would never go to sleep without having recited these two verses ` ~(Bukhari)

• Rasullulah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said : Whoever recited the last two verses of Surah Baqarah for three nights, no devil will remain in the house (ie: he will be protected from Shaytaan) ~ (Tirmidhi)

• Hazrat Abu Mas’ud Radiyallahu Anhu said that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Whoever recites the last two Verses of Surah Al-Baqarah at night, that will be sufficient for him.” We should make it a practice to memorize these verses and recite them either in our Isha prayers or before we go to sleep ~ (Sunan Ibn Majah)

• Hazrat Jubair ibn Nufair Radiyallahu Anhu narrated that Rasullulah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said : “Allah Ta’ala concluded Surah Al Baqarah with two verses which I have been given, from His treasure, which is under the Throne; so learn them and teach them to your women-folk for they are a blessing, a means of gaining closeness to Allah Ta’ala and is a supplication.”

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Supplications mentioned in the Last Two Verses of Surah Baqarah

رَبَّنا لا تُؤاخِذنا إِن نَسينا أَو أَخطَأنا

Rabbana laa tu-aakhizna in naseena aw akhta’na
‘”Our Lord ! take us not to task if we forget or fall into error”

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رَبَّنا وَلا تَحمِل عَلَينا إِصرًا كَما حَمَلتَهُ عَلَى الَّذينَ مِن قَبلِنا
Rabbana walaa tahmil  ‘alaynaa isran kamaa hamaltahu alallazeena min qablina.
Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us.

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رَبَّنا وَلا تُحَمِّلنا ما لا طاقَةَ لَنا بِهِ ۖ وَاعفُ عَنّا وَاغفِر لَنا وَارحَمنا ۚ أَنتَ مَوْلَانَا فَانصُرنا عَلَى القَومِ الكٰفِرينَ .
Rabbana wala tuhammilna ma laa taaqata lana bihi. W’afu ‘anna
waghfirlanaa warhamnaa  anta mawlaana fansurna alal qawmil kaafireen
Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people.

~ Surah Al-Baqarah Verse 286

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Tafseer of Surah Baqarah ~ An Explanation of Selected Verses of the 2nd Surah of the Quraan

March 10, 2016

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1. Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu ‘anhu reported that Nabi Sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said, “Do not turn your houses into graves. Shaitaan flees from the house in which Surah Al-Baqarah is recited.” ~ Sahih Muslim

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2. Hazrat Abu Mas`ud Radiyallahu ‘anhu said that Nabi Sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam  said, Whoever recites the last two Ayaat in Surat Al-Baqarah (2:285 – 2:286) at night, 

  آمَنَ الرَّسُولُ بِمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْهِ مِن رَّبِّهِ وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ ۚ 

كُلٌّ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَمَلَائِكَتِهِ وَكُتُبِهِ وَرُسُلِهِ لَا نُفَرِّقُ بَيْنَ أَحَدٍ مِّن رُّسُلِهِ ۚ وَقَالُوا سَمِعْنَا وَأَطَعْنَا ۖ غُفْرَانَكَ رَبَّنَا وَإِلَيْكَ الْمَصِيرُ

they will suffice for him (will protect him against all evils) ~ Bukhari

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Tafseer of Surah Ikhlaas and The Mu’awwazatain

April 2, 2015

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قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ

Say, “He is Allah , [who is] One,

اللَّهُ الصَّمَدُ

Allah , the Self Sufficient.

لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ

He neither begets nor is born,

وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ

Nor is there to Him any equivalent.”

Surah Ikhlaas ~ 112

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Tafseer of Surah Yaseen ~ The 36th Surah of the Quraan

November 20, 2014

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Istiqaamat ~ Steadfastness

October 23, 2014

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إِنَّ الَّذِينَ قَالُوا رَبُّنَا اللَّهُ ثُمَّ اسْتَقَامُوا تَتَنَزَّلُ عَلَيْهِمُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ أَلَّا تَخَافُوا وَلَا تَحْزَنُوا وَأَبْشِرُوا بِالْجَنَّةِ الَّتِي كُنتُمْ تُوعَدُونَ

Indeed, those who have said, “Our Lord is Allah ” and then remained on a right course – the angels will descend upon them, [saying], “Do not fear and do not grieve but receive good tidings of Paradise, which you were promised. ~ Surah Fussilat 41:30

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In the 24th Para of the Quraan Shareef, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala mentions, in Surah Fussilat :

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ قَالُوا رَبُّنَا   Those who say Allah is our Rabb ….

Rabb literally means one who makes our Tarbiyah (one who nurtures a person), and brings him up from the time he is a little baby and grows him up and guides him. In fact, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is our Rabb, our Nurturer, our Cherisher, our Sustainer, our Provider, from before we even came into this world. From the time we are in the womb of our mother, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is already nurturing us.

One has to have this firm conviction embedded deep down in his heart, that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is the One who is nurturing me, and every breath i take, i am totally dependant on Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala! I cannot do without Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala … He is my Rabb, my Sustainer, my Protector, my Guide … He is the one who is showing me so much of Compassion, Love and Mercy..

So, any person who believes that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is his Rabb, then he ‘obeys’ Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala …

What is Istiqaamat?

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala then mentions in the same Ayat :

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ قَالُوا رَبُّنَا اللَّهُ ثُمَّ اسْتَقَامُوا


Indeed, those who have said, “Our Lord is Allah ” and then remained on a right course (steadfast)

~ Surah Fussilat 41:30

Istiqaamat is Luzoomut Taa’ah … where a person ‘clings’ onto the obedience of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.

Ulema say : “Al Istiqaamtu fauqa alfi karamah” … Istiqaamah ie : Being steadfast on Deen, by following every injunction of Allah unwaveringly, bringing Deen into his life in totality and obeying all the (Awaamir) commands and all the (Nawaahi) prohibitions consistently, is greater than performing a 1000 (karamah) miracles.


A person can perform one thousand Karaamah (miracles) but that means nothing! In our understanding of piety and Taqwa, we look for miracles being performed by the pious ones … Indeed Karaamats do take place, but what should we look for?


We must look for complete Sunnats in a persons life … Look for Taqwa in a persons life … See whether the person is following the Shari’ah or not.

Hazrat Umar Radiallahu Anhu : used to say :”Steadfastness is Amr bil maroof wa nahi anil munkar (enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil) and not being deceitful like the deceitful nature of the fox ……
One should follow Deen unwaveringly and not look for escape routes …… like a cunning fox that is very sly and suddenly slips out …

When following Deen, we must be steadfast and take the straight path, constantly and continuously, performing pious deeds even if it may be little … until we perfect ourselves. Do not look for escape routes, eg : One day we perform Salaah and for the next ten days thereafter, we make feeble excuses and we miss it.

Analogy ~ “Josh” (Initial Ebulience/Exuberance) and then … Inconsistency

A person, at certain times gets some “Josh” (initial effusiveness, zeal, ebullience, exuberance) to do good deeds. Like the month of Ramadaan or when a person goes for Hajj, or when a person is in the company of his Shaykh, then a person gets a sudden burst of exuberance and extra enthusiasm and eagerness to do good deeds. But, we find that this does not have a lasting effect. This gradually dies down … It comes to an end after a few days. Lethargy and laxity sets in …

By way of an example : if a person takes a sealed Coke bottle and vigorously shakes it. What do you see happening when you open it? The pressure causes the liquid to overflow out of the bottle forcefully! All the gas starts coming out … and after that everything just fizzes out … and then? … … there is laxness …

Similarly, we should not have “Josh” when doing righteous deeds. Any Amal (deed) done with Josh, will not have consistency in it.

Angels at the Time of Death

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala further mentions, that those who believe and have a firm conviction that Allah is their Rabb, and are steadfast on Deen, then :

تَتَنَزَّلُ عَلَيْهِمُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ

the angels will descend upon them

أَلَّا تَخَافُوا وَلَا تَحْزَنُوا وَأَبْشِرُوا بِالْجَنَّةِ الَّتِي كُنتُمْ تُوعَدُونَ


[saying], “Do not fear and do not grieve but receive good tidings of Paradise, which you were promised

~ Surah Fussilat 41:30

Ulema explain, that, these Angels will descend, at the time of Maut. The time of Maut (Sakraat) is not an easy time. Shaytaan appears and offers the person water (one can get very thirsty at the time of Sakraat), sometimes he comes in the form of the persons father, and he (shaytaan) prompts a person to leave this Deen of Islam saying that this Deen will not give success … Shaytaan tries to persuade him at that moment to forsake his Deen. And if he (shaytaan) fails, then he comes to the left hand side as a mother, and again tries desperately the same.

And this is when Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala sends the ANGELS down to assist this dying Believer and they drive and chase the Shayaateen away from him…

The angels come in …. and they will say, “Do not fear regarding the journey that is coming ahead of you” ie the Qabr, Hashr, Qiyamah, the standing before Allah etc … AND do not grieve over your family and children … Allah will take care of them.

Allah says we must have firm Imaan and Istiqaamat (steadfastness on Deen), then at the time of our death, Allah will send down Angels to come to our assistance and grant us the beautiful Jannah that Allah has promised us.

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Dua for Steadfastness on Deen

Hazrat Shahr bin Haushab (RA) says: “I asked Ummu Salamah RA :

‘What was the Dua most often read by Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam in his house?’

She replied that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam used to read :

يَا مُقَلِّبَ الْقُلُوْب ثَبِّتْ قَلْبِىْ عَلٰى دِيْنِكَ

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Tafseer of Surah An Noor ~ The 24th Surah of the Quraan

October 17, 2014

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The Abounding Mercy of Allah Ta’ala and a Recipe for Combating Depression

September 3, 2014

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In Surah Al-Fatir :

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, after Praising Himself (and Only Allah deserves all Praise and is worthy of all Praise), mentions :

مَّا يَفْتَحِ اللَّهُ لِلنَّاسِ مِن رَّحْمَةٍ فَلَا مُمْسِكَ لَهَا ۖ وَمَا يُمْسِكْ فَلَا مُرْسِلَ لَهُ مِن بَعْدِهِ ۚ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ

Whatever Allah grants to people of mercy  – none can withhold it;
and whatever He withholds – none can release it thereafter. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise
~ Surah Al’Fatir 35:2

When Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala opens His doors of Mercy, then there can be no person that can hold back that Mercy from coming down… no person in the world, no person on the earth, no being (Angel or jinn) in the skies, can hold back that Mercy from coming upon that person. And, when Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, withholds that Mercy from coming down upon any person, then nobody can bring that Mercy down.

• All Power and Qudrat (Might) lies with Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala alone.

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In another verse :

 لَا يَعْزُبُ عَنْهُ مِثْقَالُ ذَرَّةٍ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَلَا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا أَصْغَرُ مِن ذَٰلِكَ وَلَا أَكْبَرُ إِلَّا فِي كِتَابٍ مُّبِينٍ

Not hidden from Him is an atom’s weight within the heavens or within the earth or [what is] smaller than that or greater, except that it is in a clear register ~ Surah Saba 34:3

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala’s knowledge is All-Encompassing and Infinite. A tiny particle, be it in the earth, above the earth, below the earth, above the skies, between the skies and the earth, no matter how big, no matter how small is all recorded in a Book and in the knowledge of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala …Nothing is hidden from Allah.

Man may need a binoculars, or a microscope to see tiny particles, but Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala requires none of these. Even the thoughts that run through our mind … the thoughts that are contained in our heart … the evil thoughts and intentions that go through our mind, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is well aware of them all.

• We are all dependant upon Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.

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Allah has conferred a title upon all of us. Allah has called us Fuqaraa (beggars).

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala mentions :

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ أَنتُمُ الْفُقَرَاءُ إِلَى اللَّهِ ۖ وَاللَّهُ هُوَ الْغَنِيُّ الْحَمِيدُ

O mankind, you are those in need of Allah, while Allah is the Free of need, the Praiseworthy ~ Surah Fatir 35:15

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says, Oh people, every single one of you are beggars. You are totally dependant upon Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. But Allah Himself is  Al-Ghani (Independent), and Al-Hameed (full of Praise). Allah does not need our praises. Allah has many other creation of His to praise Him. He has Angels to Praise Him …

The Riwayaat (Narrations of Hadith) mention that from the time Allah created certain Angels, some are in the Ruku (bowing) position (reading the tasbeeh of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala), others in Sujood (prostration), some in the Qiyaam (standing) position … Allah is infact not even in need of these Angels to praise him!

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala mentions :

وَإِن مِّن شَيْءٍ إِلَّا يُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِهِ وَلَٰكِن لَّا تَفْقَهُونَ تَسْبِيحَهُمْ ۗ إِنَّهُ كَانَ حَلِيمًا غَفُورًا

And there is not a thing except that it exalts [ Allah ] by His praise, but you do not understand their [way of] exalting. Indeed, He is ever Forbearing and Forgiving
~ Surah Isra ~ 17:44

Every single thing that Allah has created Glorifies HIM and makes HIS Tasbeeh, but man will not understand their Praises of Allah. Allah does not need anyone to Praise Him. Allah is absolutely Independent! We require Allah every second of our life … And therefore we should make Dua to Allah to bless us with His Mercy.

Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel RA, gave a very simple example saying that in the month of Ramdaan, the mercies of Allah begin descending like torrential rains. We do not have the type of hearts to ‘see’ those mercies descending, because of our sins. Everyone goes out with buckets to fill his bucket with water, but, one person decides to go out with his bucket turned upside down. He will deprive himself and never fill that bucket with any water. Similarly, Allah’s Mercy comes down like torrential rains … Let us not deprive ourselves of this Mercy of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala …

All of us know deep down what sins we have committed. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is so kind and so Sattaar (concealing) that He hides our faults and does not expose us. In the time of the Bani Israeel, if any person committed a sin at night, then the following morning, it would be written on his front door, that last night this person has committed such and such sin …. Allah has not done this to the Ummat of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. We commit sins and Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala hides those sins. Allah looks for opportunities to forgive us! When we make Taubah and Istighfaar, Allah completely washes away those sins. We sin again and again and Allah repeatedly hides those sins from mankind … We make Taubah and Allah washes it away again and again … Allah continues to be so Kareem, so Merciful.

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A RECIPE FOR COMBATING DEPRESSION

Allama Aalusi RA, (in his Tafsir of the Qur’an, Ruh al-Ma’ani) mentions a remedy/recipe for all those who suffer from depression, distress, anxiety, fear, and various worries of Dunya. All of us (professionals and the ordinary laymen), go through different worries. Peoples natures differ … some people become extremely stressed and anxious. They become overwhelmed with worries, fears etc …

So he mentions that : “Every morning he contemplates on four verses of the Quraan Shareef, and through the blessings of these verses, Allah removes all his worries and gives him such strength and conviction in Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, that he does not bother about anything thereafter” …

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* These verses are :

1

مَّا يَفْتَحِ اللَّهُ لِلنَّاسِ مِن رَّحْمَةٍ فَلَا مُمْسِكَ لَهَا ۖ وَمَا يُمْسِكْ فَلَا مُرْسِلَ لَهُ مِن بَعْدِهِ ۚ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ
Whatever Allah grants to people of mercy- none can withhold it; and whatever He withholds – none can release it thereafter. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise
~ Surah Fatir 35:2

Whatever Mercy Allah opens and sends down… there can be no person that can withhold that Mercy from coming down; and when Allah decides to hold back that Mercy then there can be nobody that can force it down … If this is the decision of my Allah, then I am happy. If i am going to be prosperous today, then it is the Mercy of Allah and if Allah is going to hold back His Mercy, then there is no need for me to become distressed.

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وَإِن يَمْسَسْكَ اللَّهُ بِضُرٍّ فَلَا كَاشِفَ لَهُ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ وَإِن يُرِدْكَ بِخَيْرٍ فَلَا رَادَّ لِفَضْلِهِ ۚ يُصِيبُ بِهِ مَن يَشَاءُ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ ۚ وَهُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ
And if Allah should touch you with adversity, there is no remover of it except Him; and if He intends for you good, then there is no repeller of His bounty. He causes it to reach whom He wills of His servants. And He is the Forgiving, the Merciful
~ Surah Yunus 10:107

When Allah sends some pain or suffering upon anyone, then there is no person who can remove that harm and pain from him, besides Allah. If Allah decides Khayr (good) for any person then nobody can repel that good. No power can repel that good because Allah has decreed good for that person. And Allah is most powerful.

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إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا

Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease
~ Surah Ash-Sharh ~ 94:6

After every difficulty, there is always ease and comfort. Many people go through some challenges in life and when it seems as though it is just increasing and not decreasing, they begin to lose hope. They become frustrated …

However, in reality, Allah loves those whom He tests. Ambiya AS encountered the most difficult tests, and then those after them who were close to Allah faced difficulties in life.
Remember, after every difficulty there must be an opening … This is the promise of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala does not send tests upon tests and gives one no comfort or relief whatsoever. We sometimes feel that these difficulties are coming in succession, yet we don’t ponder and reflect that there were indeed intervals of ease that we enjoyed as well, which we overlook and take no notice of. Perhaps one may have experienced some financial difficulty or ill health, BUT was also able to breathe, see, hear and move one’s limbs….

Allah Ta’ala Tests Those Who HE Loves:

An example : A father loves his child most dearly … and this child wants a sweet or chocolate from the father … The father will give it to him…..But before he gives it to him, he picks up the chocolate higher and higher and makes the child jump for it. The child is desperate for the chocolate and tries to jump higher .. But after a while, the child’s face changes colour and is almost tearing. It  tries again harder and harder to aim and reach for the chocolate. Then suddenly the child bursts into tears and begins to scream and cry …The father feels pity  and then quickly gives the child the chocolate …

Similarly, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala loves us and does the same to us. We have read in the Quraan and Hadith, about how loving Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is and how Allah loves every single one of us. We all require to have hope in the mercy of Allah. Tests will prevail … but there is always ease thereafter. After every difficulty must come ease and we are required to put all our hopes in Allah.

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وَمَا مِن دَابَّةٍ فِي الْأَرْضِ إِلَّا عَلَى اللَّهِ رِزْقُهَا وَيَعْلَمُ مُسْتَقَرَّهَا وَمُسْتَوْدَعَهَا ۚ كُلٌّ فِي كِتَابٍ مُّبِينٍ
And there is no creature on earth but that upon Allah is its provision, and He knows its place of dwelling and place of storage. All is in a clear register ~ Surah Hud ~ 11:6

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala has taken it upon Himself to sustain and feed His Makhlooq (Creation), whether it is a human being, animal, jinn, insect, bird. Of course, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala wants us to make an effort and acquire our sustenance in a halaal way.  After making a halaal effort, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala will most assuredly grant us halaal rozi (sustenance). So, there is no need for stress that will ultimately lead us to depression.

• Whatever is allotted to you will most definitely be yours.

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If a person ponders over these “four verses”, he will discover that it is a prescription/ recipe from all types of Depression Insha-Allah.

… Why should one stress then?

Beg from Allah and place our reliance only upon Him!

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Characteristics of the Successful Believers ~ Surah Al-Mu’minoon

August 24, 2014

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Characteristics of the Successful Believers ~ Surah Al-Mu’minoon

EXTRACTED from a Tafseer Lesson of Moulana Naeem Motala SB

قَدْ أَفْلَحَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ
“Successful indeed are the believers”

الَّذِينَ هُمْ فِي صَلَاتِهِمْ خَاشِعُونَ
“Those who offer their Salat (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness.”

وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَنِ اللَّغْوِ مُعْرِضُونَ
“And those who turn away from false, futile, vain talk, evil”

وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِلزَّكَاةِ فَاعِلُونَ
“And those who pay the Zakaat.”

وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِفُرُوجِهِمْ حَافِظُونَ
“And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private parts, from illegal sexual acts)”

إِلَّا عَلَىٰ أَزْوَاجِهِمْ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُمْ فَإِنَّهُمْ غَيْرُ مَلُومِينَ
“Except from their wives or what their right hands possess (their slaves), for then, they are free from blame”

فَمَنِ ابْتَغَىٰ وَرَاءَ ذَٰلِكَ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْعَادُونَ
“But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors”

وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِأَمَانَاتِهِمْ وَعَهْدِهِمْ رَاعُونَ
“Those who are faithfully true to their Amaanat ( trusts etc.) and to their covenants”

وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَلَىٰ صَلَوَاتِهِمْ يُحَافِظُونَ
“And those who strictly guard their (five compulsory) Salaat”

أُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْوَارِثُونَ
“These are indeed the inheritors”.
الَّذِينَ يَرِثُونَ الْفِرْدَوْسَ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ
“Who shall inherit the Firdaus (Paradise). They shall dwell therein forever.”

[Surah Al Muminoon]

A Brief Explanation of the Verses 

The word أَفْلَحَ ‘Aflaha’ means successful.

Mufassireen (commentators) have explained that the true meaning of ‘Falaah’ is when a person reaches the epitome of success, ie in every facet of his life, every action of his life, every movement of his life, he is absolutely successful and he encounters no hardship or loss whatsoever. This true and complete Success, can ONLY be achieved in Jannah where a person has no pain, no suffering, no fatigue, no hunger, ie in “Darus Salaam” (The House of Peace). However, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala does give the Believers some solace, comfort and some type of victory and success in this world as well…..

The Sahaba RadhiyAllahu Anhum report, that when sitting around Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, at certain times Jibraeel (AS) would come down with Wahi. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam would remain silent for some time. A very beautiful sound could be heard, which was similar to the ‘buzzing or humming of bees’. So, on one occasion when this happened, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam then turned towards the Qibla and made a Dua :

اللَّهُمَّ زِدْنَا وَلَا تَنْقُصْنَا، وَأَكْرِمْنَا وَلَا تُهِنَّا، وَأَعْطِنَا وَلَا تَحْرِمْنَا، وَآثِرْنَا وَلَا تُؤْثِرْ عَلَيْنَا، وَأرْضِنَا وَارْضَ عَنَّا
Allahumma zidna wa la tanqusna, wa akrimna wa la tuhinna, wa a’atina wa la tahrimna wa athirna wa la tu’thir ‘alayna, wa ardhina wardha ‘anna

“O Allah! Increase us (in Your Blessings) and do not decrease us, honour us and do not disgrace us, bestow upon us [from Your Bounties] and do not deprive us, give us preference over others and not others over us, and make us satisfied and be pleased with us.” ~ (Tirmidhi)

and then Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “Ten verses (of Surah Al Mu’minoon) were revealed to me now, via Jibraeel AS, from Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala, and whoever abides by these verses, he shall enter Jannah … These are: ‘Successful indeed are the believers…….‘{until the completion of these Ayaat (23:1-10).}

Sayyida A’isha RadhiyAllahu Anha was once asked: “ What was the character of the Prophet Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam? She replied: His character was the Quraan”~ (Sahih Muslim) … and then she recited these first ten verses of Surah Al Mu’minoon.

In some Riwayaat (narrations of Hadith), it is mentioned that when Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala created Jannatul Adan (Garden of Eternity), then HE told Jannah, : “Speak!”. Jannah then mentioned : 

 “قَدْ أَفْلَحَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ” 
Successful indeed are the Believers

Who are the True and Successful Believers?

The Noble traits of the Mu’minoon mentioned are :

1. Those who are Khashi’oon (those who possess Khushoo) with their Salaat (prayers)

Most of the Mufassireen have explained, the word Khashi’oon as : those who are ‘still’ in their Salaah; they do not shake around in Salaah; they have full concentration in Salaah; they are devoted and dedicated in their Salaah; their eyes are fixed on the place of Sajdah.
It is mentioned that in the beginning some of the Sahaba RadhiyAllahu Anhum, as they were reading Salaah, they would look towards the sky but when these verses were revealed they immediately began keeping their gaze fixed on the place of Sajdah. 

Ulema explain that if a person’s heart has devotion and concentration in Allah, and is able to ponder over the meanings of the verses as he is reciting, then the rest of his limbs will also develop this concentration and this type of Khushoo will come easily into a person.

How do we develop this Khushoo? 

We should read alot of Nafl Salaah, and try our level best to concentrate on what we are reciting when standing before Allah Ta’ala. In the beginning of our Salaah we have some concentration, but towards the end, our minds wander. Maintaining this concentration throughout is difficult, but we should make a concerted effort to atleast concentrate on the “meanings of the verses” that are being recited, or at least have this feeling that we are standing before our Allah Ta’ala in Ibaadah. We should endeavour to perfect this Salaah and develop this quality of Khushoo.

Salaah is not a ritual or some ordinary practice, rather it is something that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala himself has ordained for us. It is a time when we ‘connect’ to Allah. Just as we display good manners and etiquettes infront of our boss or during a job interview and we ensure that everything is 110% in order, similarly in Salaah we should realise that we are standing before Allah Ta’ala. …The King of Kings!

If our minds wander aimlessly during Salaat or to our businesses and other  activities in our lives, then we will not be able to develop this type of Khashiyat in our Salaah.

2. Those who turn away from ‘Laghw’

These are those people who move away from all futile things.
Unlike the Believers, the disbelievers are heedless of the day of Qiyamah, because they are involved in frivolous pursuits and futile activities. A Believer is not such, but moves away from futile activities and places of Haraam useless entertainment.

3. And those who discharge their Zakaat

Some Ulema say that this verse was revealed in a Makki Surah, whereas Zakaat became compulsory in Madinah. The essence of what they explain is that the Sahaba (RA) were already ordained to discharge Zakaat in Makkah, but a fixed amount was not incumbent then. It was only ordained later in Madina.  

Others have taken the explanation to be, not “Zakaat of Maal” (purification of wealth), but the purification of the heart and soul. 
As Allah Taala states in another verse:

قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَن تَزَكَّىٰ
Indeed whosoever purifies himself shall achieve success 87:14 ~ Surah Al ‘Ala

In this verse, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala talks about the purity of our wealth as well as the purity of our hearts

4. And those who protect their Private Parts

These people protect their chastity and do not commit Zinna (fornication). One should control his desires. We are human beings and are created with desires. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala has given us permission and has commanded us to satisfy our desires with our pure spouses and our legal slaves (in previous times permission was granted to a master and his slave girl to have intercourse). But, beyond your halaal wife and legal slave, those who seek to gratify their sexual desires or have relationships with somebody else, that is not legal for them.

Also, there are occasions when your legal wife cannot fulfil your desires, eg: Haidh (Menses), Nifaas (Post Partum period) … Intercourse during these occasions will not be permissible.

Similarly, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala has made homosexuality Haraam (prohibited) and it is against the natural inclination (fitrah) which Allah has placed in man. Imaam Shafee’e RA has mentioned that the prohibition of masturbation is deduced from this verse as well.

A person should at all times, save himself from Zinna.

5. And those who are faithfully true to their Amanaah (trusts) and to their covenants

These people are those who when entrusted with something, they do not breach that trust. If someone has entrusted them with anything, they are mindful about it.  They safeguard and protect those trusts. And, when they make a promise or take a pledge, they are true to their word. Whatever Amaanat (trust) has been given to them, they are not carefree and do not abuse the usage of those things. Many times we make a promise to some person and we do not meet those promises. This is not the true ettiquette of a Believer.

6. And those who strictly guard their (five compulsory Salaat ) at their fixed stated hours

For a person who is a true believer, Salaah is fundamental. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala mentions Salaah in the beginning of these ten verses and again at the end. Those who are protective over their Salaah; are mindful about the times of their Salaah……. they do not delay their Salaah. They continously have the concern … “What time is Azaan?” “What time is Jamaat?” “I must not miss my Salaah”. Their minds are continuously concerned about their Salaah. Amongst the A’amaal (deeds) of a person, the very first thing one will be questioned on the day of Qiyamah (Judgement) will be Salaah.

May Allah help us establish Salaah in our lives.

7. These are indeed the inheritors who shall inherit the Firdaus, they shall dwell therein forever.”

These believers, whose qualities have been mentioned, are the inheritors of the perpetual and eternal Jannatul Firdaus. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said that when you make Dua for Jannah, ask for Jannatul Firdaus (the highest level of Jannah whose roof is the Arsh of Allah).

These qualities are of a true Mu’min.

May Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala grant us the Taufeeq and Hidayah of trying to bring these beautiful qualities into our lives and may HE make us the Heirs of Jannatul Firdaus.


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Tafseer of Surah Yusuf ~ The 12th Surah of the Quraan

June 13, 2014

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Tafseer of Surah Yusuf ~ The 12th Surah of the Quraan

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Tafseer of Surah Al Kahf ~ The Cave ~ The 18th Surah of the Quraan

February 27, 2014

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ۜالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَنزَلَ عَلَىٰ عَبْدِهِ الْكِتَابَ وَلَمْ يَجْعَل لَّهُ عِوَجًا 

قَيِّمًا لِّيُنذِرَ بَأْسًا شَدِيدًا مِّن لَّدُنْهُ وَيُبَشِّرَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ الَّذِينَ يَعْمَلُونَ الصَّالِحَاتِ أَنَّ لَهُمْ أَجْرًا حَسَنًا

مَّاكِثِينَ فِيهِ أَبَدًا

وَيُنذِرَ الَّذِينَ قَالُوا اتَّخَذَ اللَّهُ وَلَدًا

مَّا لَهُم بِهِ مِنْ عِلْمٍ وَلَا لِآبَائِهِمْ ۚ كَبُرَتْ كَلِمَةً تَخْرُجُ مِنْ أَفْوَاهِهِمْ ۚ إِن يَقُولُونَ إِلَّا كَذِبًا

فَلَعَلَّكَ بَاخِعٌ نَّفْسَكَ عَلَىٰ آثَارِهِمْ إِن لَّمْ يُؤْمِنُوا بِهَٰذَا الْحَدِيثِ أَسَفًا

إِنَّا جَعَلْنَا مَا عَلَى الْأَرْضِ زِينَةً لَّهَا لِنَبْلُوَهُمْ أَيُّهُمْ أَحْسَنُ عَمَلًا

وَإِنَّا لَجَاعِلُونَ مَا عَلَيْهَا صَعِيدًا جُرُزًا

أَمْ حَسِبْتَ أَنَّ أَصْحَابَ الْكَهْفِ وَالرَّقِيمِ كَانُوا مِنْ آيَاتِنَا عَجَبًا

إِذْ أَوَى الْفِتْيَةُ إِلَى الْكَهْفِ فَقَالُوا رَبَّنَا آتِنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً وَهَيِّئْ لَنَا مِنْ أَمْرِنَا رَشَدًا

 [All] praise is [due] to Allah , who has sent down upon His Servant the Book and has not made therein any deviance. [He has made it] straight, to warn of severe punishment from Him and to give good tidings to the believers who do righteous deeds that they will have a good reward. In which they will remain forever. And to warn those who say, ” Allah has taken a son.”.They have no knowledge of it, nor had their fathers. Grave is the word that comes out of their mouths; they speak not except a lie. Then perhaps you would kill yourself through grief over them, [O Muhammad], if they do not believe in this message, [and] out of sorrow. Indeed, We have made that which is on the earth adornment for it that We may test them [as to] which of them is best in deed. And indeed, We will make that which is upon it [into] a barren ground. Or have you thought that the companions of the cave and the inscription were, among Our signs, a wonder? [Mention] when the youths retreated to the cave and said, “Our Lord, grant us from Yourself mercy and prepare for us from our affair right guidance.” ~ Surah Al Kahf 18:1-10

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Tafseer of Surah Al Kahf ~ The Cave ~ The 18th Surah of the Quraan

 

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Story of Hazrat Musa AS and Khidr AS ~ Trial of Knowledge

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Tafseer of the Holy Qur’aan

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Hazrat Abu Darda’ Radiyallahu ‘anhu narrated that Nabi Sallallahu ‘alaihi Wasallam said: The one who recites the three verses of the beginning of Surah Al-Kahf will be protected from the trial of Dajjal ~ Tirmidhi

 

 

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Al Baaqiyaatus Sawlehaat ~ Everlasting Deeds of Virtue

February 14, 2014

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Extracted from a Tafseer Lesson An explanation of Ayat 18:46Surah Al Kahf

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الْمَالُ وَالْبَنُونَ زِينَةُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَالْبَاقِيَاتُ الصَّالِحَاتُ خَيْرٌ عِندَ رَبِّكَ ثَوَابًا وَخَيْرٌ أَمَلًا

Wealth and children are the embellishment of the worldly life and the everlasting virtues are better with your Lord in respect of reward and better to hope for  ~ Surah Al Kahf 18:46

Al Baaqiyaatus Sawlehaat

The wealth and children that a person possesses, are but a ‘Zeenat’ (decoration/adornment) of this worldly life. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala  has ‘decorated’ this Dunya by giving man a wealth of material treasures and also blessings of beautiful children. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says : These are embellishments of this world and reminds us that all that we possess, ultimately turns towards Fana (annihilation), towards Zawaal (termination). We should not become deceived by the Zeenat (glitter and glamour) of this world. Everything comes to an end.

But, what remains is “Al Baaqiyaatus Sawlehaat“. These are the good righteous, remaining deeds (A’maal Sawlehaat) whose blessings will be perpetual. The effects of these deeds will continue in the Hereafter. That is Khayrun inda Rabbik (better by Allah), and Sawaaban (full of reward). Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says : In respect of reward and having hopes and aspirations, we should have Al Baaqiyaatus Sawlehaat in our lives. These deeds will remain forever and all other deeds will come to an end when we die.

It is mentioned in a Hadith : Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam said: “The dead person is followed (to his grave) by three: His family, his wealth and his actions. Two of them return and only one remains. His family and wealth return, but his actions remain.” ~ Related by Al-Bukhari and Muslim. The only thing man can take in his Qabr (Grave) with him, are his ‘deeds’. If it was good it will benefit him. If it was evil it will cause him harm in his grave.

So, if we want to be rewarded by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, then we have to bring good deeds into our lives. Whatever good actions a person does : Salaat, Zakaat, Hajj, Umrah, I’tikaaf, Roza, Akhlaaq, Zikr, Tilawat of the Quraan, Duas, Charity, Kindness, Generosity, Affection, Hospitality are all Al Baaqiyaatus Sawlehaat.

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Accumulate Everlasting Virtues

Reciting Tasbeeh (SubhanAllah), Tahmeed (Alhumdulilah), Takbeer (Allahu Akbar),  Tahleel (La illaha illAllah) are also known as Al Baaqiyaatus Sawlehaat (good remaining deeds). When we recite them, we are Glorifying and Praising Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. We are turning towards His Qudrat. We are not looking towards our own strength or power. We are weak. The source of all strength is Allah. 

سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ ، والْحَمْدُللّهِ ، وَ لا اِلهَ اِلَّا اللّهُ ، وَ اللّهُ اَكْبَرُ ، وَ لا حَوْلَ وَ لا قُوَّةَ اِلَّا بِاللّهِ

SubhanAllah, walHamdulillah, wa La illaha illAllahu, waAllahu Akbar, wa la Hawla wa la quwwata illa billa

(Glory be to Allah, All Praise is for Allah, There is No Deity but Allah, Allah is the Greatest, There is no might or any power Except with Allah)

Hazrat Abu Sa`id Radiyallahu Anhu narrated that Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam said, “Perform the enduring goods deeds (Al Baaqiyaatus Sawlehaat) more frequently.” They asked, “What are these enduring good deeds?” Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam replied: Takbir [Allahu Akbar], Tahlil [La ilaha illallah], Tasbih [Subhan’Allah], Alhamdulillah, and La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah ~ Haakim

لا حول ولاقوة إلا بالله

 La Hawla Wa la Quwwata illaah Billaah
 ~ There is no Might nor Power except with Allah

لا حَوْلَ وَ لا قُوَّةَ اِلَّا بِاللّهِ -
La Hawla wa  la Quwatta illa Billah (There is no Might or Power except with Allah) is a treasure from the treasures of Paradise ~ 
Bukhari

Hazrat Jabir Radiyallahu Anhu narrated that that Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam said , “Recite:  (La haula wa laquwwata illa bil-lah: There is no power and there is no strength except with Allah) a lot, because it removes ninety nine types of ailments out of which anxiety is the least painful.” 
~ Tabraani

Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu Anhu reported:
Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam said : “There are two statements that are light on the tongue,
heavy on the Scales, and are most dear to the Most Merciful :
 سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ الْعَظِيمِ   SubhaanAllahi Wa Bihamdihi, SubhaanAllahil-Azeem ~ Bukhari and Muslim

 

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An Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Al Qadr and of the 30th Juz

July 22, 2013

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Excerpts from Ramadaan 1434 Programmes  

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إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ
Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Decree
وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ
And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree?
لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ
The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.
تَنَزَّلُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَالرُّوحُ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِم مِّن كُلِّ أَمْرٍ
The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter.
سَلَامٌ هِيَ حَتَّىٰ مَطْلَعِ الْفَجْرِ
Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.
Surah Al Qadr 97

~ We, the Ummah of Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi wa salam have been given Ramadaan. It has been the experience of many of the Ahlullah and Mashaaikh that Lailatul Qadr happened on the 27th night of this Mubarak month. As the exact date is known Only to ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala (and it could be any of the odd nights of the last 10 days of  Ramadaan) … Tonight we may have reached the climax of Ramadaan wherein lies ‘a night better than a  thousand months’ Allah knows best!

~ All Praise is Only for ALLAH who has permitted us to fast, to
engage in Ibaadat, to listen to the  ilaawat of the Quran Sharief in Taraaweeh. Although, khatam of Quran-e-Majeed was completed today, recitation of the next khatam was initiated immediately because this is our Guide till the Day of Qiyamah and we must ‘hold fast to ‘The Rope of ALLAH’. We need to demonstrate sincerity and gratitude for all with which we have been blessed.

~ This most honorable Kitaab (Ashraful Kutub) was revealed upon the heart of Hazrat Muhammad Sallallahu alayhi wa salam – The most Honorable of the Ambiyaa, brought by the most Honorable Angel (Jibraeel AS), in the most Honorable of Cities (Makkah Mukarramah) in the most Honourable night -Lailatul Qadr (The Night of Power).

~ Once again, in the 30th Juz, ALLAH Rabbul Izzat directs our attention to the “Aakhirah” which is our final destination. In most of our recent talks we have highlighted the importance of gratitude and turning our attention towards ALLAH Ta’aala, the Rabb of The Universe.  ALLAH is the One who Nurtures, Nourishes, Cares for and Loves us all. HE has made us in the Best of Forms and most beautiful. All HE wants is for us to have firm belief in His Oneness (Tauheed) and to do righteous deeds. When we slip and oppress ourselves by sinning, HE desires that we turn to Him and repent.

Whilst the following is not a Tafseer of all the surahs we heard tonight ie : from Surah Dhuha till Naas, but we see in each Surah a verse drawing our attention to the same theme we have been explaining the past few nights :

Allahs supremacy, His Oneness, preparing for Aakhirah, not amassing wealth, the Day of Reckoning, weighing of our deeds, the importance of time, doing righteous deeds etc …

We are informed, advised, admonished:

In Surah Dhuha Verse 4….that the Akhirah is better than the Dunya,

In Surah Inshiraah Verse 8….to turn towards our Rabb

In Surah Teen Verse 6….the importance of Imaan and righteous deeds

In Surah Alaq Verse 1….reading in the name of our Rabb

In Surah Qadar Verse 1.the importance of Quraan and the Night of power

In Surah Bayyinah Verse 8….Jannat is for the one fearing Allah

In Surah Zilzaal Verse 7….All our actions will be presented to us on the Day of Qiyaamah

In Surah Al-Aadiyaat Verse 6….being loyal and grateful to Allah.

In Surah Al-Qaari’ah Verse 8….the weighing of our deeds

In Suah At takaathur Verse 1….obsession of wealth causes negligence of the Hereafter

In Surah Asr Verse 1….the value and importance  of time

In Surah Humaza Verse 2….the harms of amassing wealth

In Surah Feel.the might and power of Allah

In Surah Quraish…..the ease & comfort we enjoy, and we should worship only Allah

In Surah Kauthar…..the reward of drinking from the fountain of Kauthar from the hands of Rasulullah salalahu alayhi wasalam.

In Surah Kaafiroon….not compromising our Deen

In Surah Nasr…..the importance of Istighfaar

In Surah Lahab…..the consequence of rejecting Deen

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~ In the final three Surahs of Quran-e-Majeed (Surah Ahad, Surah Falaq, Surah Naas) … The Oneness and Power of Allah

* During Ramadaan we focussed extensively on :
Tilawat, Taqwa and Taubah. (3 T’s)

As a result of these, we have accumulated Noor in our hearts. The way forward, after the moon of Shawaal is sighted, is to preserve and add to this Noor. We should not be foolish and fail to nurture it.

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An Explanation of Selected Verses of Surahs of the 30th Juz

July 21, 2013

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Excerpts from ~ Ramadaan 1434 Programmes  

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 : An Explanation of Selected Verses of Surahs of the 30th Juz

  : The Central Theme Throughout

The 30th Juz of Quraan-e-Majeed is the Tauheed (Oneness) of ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala, His Supremacy, Grandeur which is manifest in His creation, and also resurrection of mankind and the reality of Qiyaamah.

~ The Day of Qiyaamah is mentioned throughout the entire Quran Sharief by various descriptions: The Day of Catastrophe, The Day of the Deafening sound, The Overwhelming Event.

The Horrors of Qiyaamah are Evident in these Verses :

The Surahs of the 30th Juz of the Quran-e-Majeed are short and abound with stern warnings. Mufassireen say it is like the sharp wrapping at the door of one who is in a deep slumber … In order to jolt him into an awake and alert state to take heed of the Reality that EVERY SINGLE BEING will have to present himself and account for his deeds to ALLAH, LORD and MASTER of the UNIVERSE

 

Allah Ta’ala says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الْإِنسَانُ مَا غَرَّكَ بِرَبِّكَ الْكَرِيمِ
O mankind, what has deceived you concerning your Lord, the Generous,
الَّذِي خَلَقَكَ فَسَوَّاكَ فَعَدَلَكَ
Who created you, proportioned you, and balanced you?
فِي أَيِّ صُورَةٍ مَّا شَاءَ رَكَّبَكَ
In whatever form He willed has He assembled you.
 Surah Al Infitaar 82: 6/7/8

~ Despite all of us being totally unworthy, ALLAH has bestowed upon us so many favours (our Imaan, our health, our wealth, our intelligence, our beauty, being from the Ummat of His Greatest Creation and Beloved … To enumerate only a few)

~ ALLAH is FULL of Justice and will reward everybody according to what they used to do. The Believer will be rewarded with Jannah and the obstinate disbelievers will be admitted to Jahannum to reside there permanently.

أَفَلَا يَنظُرُونَ إِلَى الْإِبِلِ كَيْفَ خُلِقَتْ
Then do they not look at the camels – how they are created?
وَإِلَى السَّمَاءِ كَيْفَ رُفِعَتْ
And at the sky – how it is raised?
وَإِلَى الْجِبَالِ كَيْفَ نُصِبَتْ
And at the mountains – how they are erected?
وَإِلَى الْأَرْضِ كَيْفَ سُطِحَتْ
And at the earth – how it is spread out?
Surah Al Ghaashiyah 88: 17-20

~ ALLAH exhorts mankind to look at the creation of ALLAH AND TAKE HEED? ….Do they not look at the camel (their conveyance). Do they not look up at the sky and reflect … Are there any defects (fissure/ flaws/ cracks) in the sky which has been raised up above them? Do the disbelievers think that they are stronger than the sky? If they have not seen clearly, they are advised to look again. What of the land and scenery (mountains)… Do they not reflect?

~ Indeed the sky is beautiful and fortified and the land levelled and the mountains firmly erected by ONE RABB!

~ These warnings apply to us as Believers too, for our condition is such that we believe in The Day of Qiyaamah but our behaviour is contrary to our belief. On That Day when there will be NO interpreter between us and ALLAH, and each of us will have to come alone and account for every deed … Have we prepared?

~ A Believer who prepares for That Day of Horror, by obeying the commands of ALLAH and Rasulullaah Sallallaahu alayhi wa salam, ALLAH expands his heart and fills it with Noor. A sign of this (as mentioned in Hadith Sharief) is that the person detaches himself from the World and its Deception and focuses on Aakhirat.

~ When death occurs, it is as if Qiyamah has already begun for the deceased because he has to answer the questions of the Qabr and remain in Aalam e Barzakh until the Day of Ressurection. That Day, when the trumpet is blown and everyone proceeds for Reckoning, is Horrifying indeed.

فَأَمَّا مَن طَغَىٰ

So as for he who transgressed

وَآثَرَ الْحَيَاةَ الدُّنْيَا
And preferred the life of the world,
فَإِنَّ الْجَحِيمَ هِيَ الْمَأْوَىٰ
Then indeed, Hellfire will be [his] refuge.
وَأَمَّا مَنْ خَافَ مَقَامَ رَبِّهِ وَنَهَى النَّفْسَ عَنِ الْهَوَىٰ
But as for he who feared the position of his Lord and prevented the soul from [unlawful] inclination,
فَإِنَّ الْجَنَّةَ هِيَ الْمَأْوَىٰ
Then indeed, Paradise will be [his] refuge.
Surah An Naziaat 79: 37-41

~  ALLAH says that for the one who transgresses and prefers Dunya over Aakhirat, his abode will be Jahannum. For the one fears ALLAH and restrains himself (not submitting to his base desires), Jannat will be his abode.

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A Transformation in our Lives

July 21, 2013

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No person is perfect!

But, when Allah wishes to select a person and draws him towards Himself, and wishes to grant him Hidaayat, then nobody can stop that …

A transformation had taken place in the lives of many sinners when they pondered and reflected over this verse from Surah Al-Hadid …

 

Allah says : 

أَلَمْ يَأْنِ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَن تَخْشَعَ قُلُوبُهُمْ لِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَمَا نَزَلَ مِنَ الْحَقِّ

Has the time not come for those who have believed, that their hearts should become humbly submissive at the remembrance of Allah ~ Surah Al Hadid 57:16  

 

Therefore, people of Imaan should devote themselves to the Zikr of Allah and the recitation of Quraan. One’s Imaan becomes strengthened when the heart submits to Allah. That heart which is void of Allah’s Zikr will begin to harden. As the heart hardens, a person becomes more inclined towards the World and the concern for the Hereafter is then lost… 

So many people are just caught up in ‘leisure and pleasure’ and are totally heedless in their lives. They may be Muslim by name, but their is no Ibadat (worship) found in their lives, there is no Taubah (repentance), there is no Khauf (fear) of Allah Ta’ala … So for them, their hearts become very hard and to live a life filled with Haraam, means nothing! Such a person, will then move towards Dunya and have no fikr for Aakhirat. Such a person will be dis-inclined towards Ibadat, Salaah and the Zikr of Allah…

 

PONDER! 

 

We are all believers with the Mercy of Allah, but if we make an introspection of our lives … 

• How are we spending our lives? 

• How much of Ibadat are we making in our lives? 

• How much of Zikrullah do we make daily?

• What type of Tilawat of Quraan do we make? 

• What type of Roza’s do we keep?

• What type of Ta’alluq(bond) do we have with Allah Ta’ala?

• How much of Durood and Salaam do we send upon Rasullulah Sallalahu alayhi Wa Sallam?

• What type of Akhlaaq and character do we have?

  • How do we behave at home with our wives, children, parents, neighbours, on the road, in public, in privacy, in our factories, with our workers, with fellow human beings?

 

Has the time not come to submit and surrender to the Shariah of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala?

 Has the time not come to surrender to the commands of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala and follow His rules and regulations?

Has the time not come for the believers that they should humble themselves before Allah Ta’ala?

  

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An Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Al Qalam

July 20, 2013

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 Excerpts from Ramadaan 1434 Programmes  

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:An Explanation of Verses of Surah Al Qalam

إِنَّا بَلَوْنَاهُمْ كَمَا بَلَوْنَا أَصْحَابَ الْجَنَّةِ إِذْ أَقْسَمُوا لَيَصْرِمُنَّهَا مُصْبِحِينَ
Indeed, We have tried them as We tried the companions of the garden, when they swore to cut its fruit in the [early] morning
وَلَا يَسْتَثْنُونَ
 Without making exception.
فَطَافَ عَلَيْهَا طَائِفٌ مِّن رَّبِّكَ وَهُمْ نَائِمُونَ
So there came upon the garden an affliction from your Lord while they were asleep.
فَأَصْبَحَتْ كَالصَّرِيمِ
And it became as though reaped.
فَتَنَادَوْا مُصْبِحِينَ
And they called one another at morning,
أَنِ اغْدُوا عَلَىٰ حَرْثِكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ صَارِمِينَ
[Saying], “Go early to your crop if you would cut the fruit.”
فَانطَلَقُوا وَهُمْ يَتَخَافَتُونَ
So they set out, while lowering their voices,
أَن لَّا يَدْخُلَنَّهَا الْيَوْمَ عَلَيْكُم مِّسْكِينٌ
[Saying], “There will surely not enter it today upon you [any] poor person.”
وَغَدَوْا عَلَىٰ حَرْدٍ قَادِرِينَ
And they went early in determination, [assuming themselves] able.
فَلَمَّا رَأَوْهَا قَالُوا إِنَّا لَضَالُّونَ
But when they saw it, they said, “Indeed, we are lost;
بَلْ نَحْنُ مَحْرُومُونَ
Rather, we have been deprived.”
قَالَ أَوْسَطُهُمْ أَلَمْ أَقُل لَّكُمْ لَوْلَا تُسَبِّحُونَ
The most moderate of them said, “Did I not say to you, ‘Why do you not exalt [ Allah ]?’ “
Surah Al Qalam ~ 68:17 – 68:28

~ ALLAH Ta’aala informs us of how HE tested the Disbelievers of Makka as HE had tested the people of the “Orchard”. He makes mention of an incident of the past.

 ~ There was an extremely wealthy old man of Yemen who was blessed with abundant plantations filled with copious fruit and crops. He was a very generous man and he used to share his produce with the poor and the needy even permitting them to take whatever fell to the ground. After his demise, his three sons decided and agreed that their father was a fool to have been so generous and since their families had become larger, they resolved to harvest and keep all the produce exclusively for themselves. They pledged to harvest their plantations at the break of Dawn, before anybody else was around, but forgot their Lord and did not say “INSHA ALLAH”.

~ Indeed their plan was not good as they intended to deprive the poor. They planned, but ALLAH also Planned and ALLAH is The Best of Planners … As they slept unaware of their surroundings, ALLAH sent a forceful wind to completely destroy their plantations. They awoke early as planned and went out to fulfill their intent, proceeding secretly and swiftly. When they reached their plantations and saw the ravaged land, they thought that they had come to the wrong area and retraced their steps. When they finally realized their folly they lamented that they were ‘deprived totally’. The middle brother reminded them that he had said that they should Glorify ALLAH, but because he himself participated in the act of attempting to deprive the needy, he too was punished. 

~ After initially blaming one another, they then repented over their blunder and admitted that they had been their own oppressors. They then made sincere Taubah (Taubatun Nasooha) and made dua that ALLAH give them something in lieu of their huge loss. (Commentators write that ALLAH Azza wa Jal blessed them with even more than what they had lost, for they repented sincerely.) 

~ As human beings we are similar to the brothers above, ie : we make mistakes and upon realization thereof quickly blame others. What is important is that full acknowledgement and admission of our sins accompany our penitence. By feeling truly remorseful one resolves never to return to the sin again. THIS is Taubatun Nasooha.

 ~ By making abundant Taubah and istighfaar, ALLAH Rabbul Izzat blesses HIS makhlooq with rain, abundance in wealth and children….

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An Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Tahreem

July 13, 2013

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Excerpts from ~ Ramadaan 1434 Programmes

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An Explanation of Verses of Surah Tahreem

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا قُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ وَأَهْلِيكُمْ نَارًا وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ عَلَيْهَا مَلَائِكَةٌ غِلَاظٌ شِدَادٌ لَّا يَعْصُونَ اللَّهَ مَا أَمَرَهُمْ وَيَفْعَلُونَ مَا يُؤْمَرُونَ
O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones, over which are [appointed] angels, harsh and severe; they do not disobey Allah in what He commands them but do what they are commanded.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَا تَعْتَذِرُوا الْيَوْمَ ۖ إِنَّمَا تُجْزَوْنَ مَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ
O you who have disbelieved, make no excuses that Day. You will only be recompensed for what you used to do.
~ Surah Tahreem 66:6/7

‘ O you who have Imaan! Save yourselves and your families from the Fire, the fuel of which is people and stones. Stern and strong angels are appointed over it, who never disobey what ALLAH commands them and who carry out exactly what they are instructed.’

~ In Surah Tahreem ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala warns the Believer that it is incumbent upon him to protect himself AND his family from Jahanam. This implies that a proper upbringing and Deeni taleem is essential. Food that is consumed must also be halaal because it has a direct effect on the body. The Sahaabiyaat (RA) used to tell their husbands to go out and seek halaal, as their bodies could endure hunger but Never the Fire of Jahanam.

~ Nowadays it is commonplace that emphasis is placed on Secular rather than Deeni Education. The basic taleem on Quran Sharief, Masaa’il of Deen and Sharaiah  is regarded as unimportant. Consequently our youth mature into adults with very little or no Deeni knowledge, the home is no longer a deeni environment, children in such households have weak Imaan and serious problems abound in society. This is just the consequence in the fleeting Dunya … What then of the Eternal Aakhirah?

~ ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala warns that the blazing fire is extremely severe and the uncompromising, stern angels guarding  the inhabitants of Jahanam NEVER disobey ALLAH. The disbelievers are warned that NO excuses will be accepted on THAT Day for they received clear warnings but remained haughty and obstinate, preferring to disobey the commands of ALLAH

Taubatun Nasooha ~ Sincere Repentance :

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا تُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ تَوْبَةً نَّصُوحًا عَسَىٰ رَبُّكُمْ أَن يُكَفِّرَ عَنكُمْ سَيِّئَاتِكُمْ وَيُدْخِلَكُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ يَوْمَ لَا يُخْزِي اللَّهُ النَّبِيَّ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مَعَهُ ۖ نُورُهُمْ يَسْعَىٰ بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَبِأَيْمَانِهِمْ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا أَتْمِمْ لَنَا نُورَنَا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا ۖ إِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ
O you who have believed, repent to Allah with sincere repentance. Perhaps your Lord will remove from you your misdeeds and admit you into gardens beneath which rivers flow [on] the Day when Allah will not disgrace the Prophet and those who believed with him. Their light will proceed before them and on their right; they will say, “Our Lord, perfect for us our light and forgive us. Indeed, You are over all things competent.”
~ Surah Tahreem 66:8

~ Immediately thereafter, the Believers are addressed and advised to make ‘sincere repentance’ (Taubatun Nasooha). Just as mending holes in a torn garment, holes in our A’maal are mended with sincere taubah.

Hazrat Muaaz ibn Jabal (RA) has been quoted to have said that in the same manner in which milk drawn from the udder of a cow cannot be returned to the udder, in the same way, one who makes sincere taubah does not return to the sin.

Yes, if one accidentally slips and commits the sin again despite a firm reslove not to return to it, ‘sincere taubah’ must be made again. ALLAH is Ar-Rahmaan and forgives ALL SINS right up until the pangs of death (sakraat) and until the sun rises from the West before Qiyaamah. Under these two circumstances, taubah is no longer accepted.

~ For the believer who makes sincere taubah, ALLAH will wipe out ALL sins and enter him into ‘Gardens beneath which rivers flow’ (Jannah).

ALLAH will never disgrace his Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam and the Believers. On that Day of Darkness, ALLAH will fortify them with Light ahead off and alongside them to guide them over “pul-siraat”.

~ For the Munafiqeen there will be no light and a barrier will be placed between the Munafiqeen and the Believers with Azaab on the side of the former and Rahmah on the side of the latter. When the munafiqeen question the believers claiming to have been with them, ALLAH will expose that the Munafiqeen had false hopes and selfish desires and always willed harm upon the believers …

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An Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Az-Zaariyaat and Surah Al-Hadeed

July 11, 2013

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Excerpts from Ramadaan 1434 Programmes

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An Explanation of Verse 51:55 of Surah Az Zaariyaat :

وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ
And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me ~ Surah Az-Zaariyaat 51:55

~ ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala says in the Quran e Majeed that verily HE has not Created jinn and mankind except for His Worship

~ Indeed the purpose of our creation is made very clear in the above verse.

An Explanation of Verse 57::20 of Surah Al Hadeed : 

اعْلَمُوا أَنَّمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا لَعِبٌ وَلَهْوٌ وَزِينَةٌ وَتَفَاخُرٌ بَيْنَكُمْ وَتَكَاثُرٌ فِي الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَوْلَادِ ۖ كَمَثَلِ غَيْثٍ أَعْجَبَ الْكُفَّارَ نَبَاتُهُ ثُمَّ يَهِيجُ فَتَرَاهُ مُصْفَرًّا ثُمَّ يَكُونُ حُطَامًا ۖ وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ عَذَابٌ شَدِيدٌ وَمَغْفِرَةٌ مِّنَ اللَّهِ وَرِضْوَانٌ ۚ وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا مَتَاعُ الْغُرُورِ
Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children – like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers; then it dries and you see it turned yellow; then it becomes [scattered] debris. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and forgiveness from Allah and approval. And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion ~ Surah Hadeed 57:20 

~ ALLAH says that this worldly life is nothing but ‘play’ or amusement. It is nothing but futility, a decoration, a rivalry between man where he competes to acquire Dunya.

~ When a child is little, enjoyment comes from playing with a simple toy. As the child gets older, more advanced toys are sought for pleasure and enjoyment and attention to self-beautification (decoration) is apparent. In adulthood, enjoyment is sought and comes from acquisition of assets and material possessions. The focus and enjoyment comes from investments, properties and amassing wealth. Indeed this world is Nothing but a ‘play’ ground. This entire Dunya is fleeting and will come to an end.

~ ALLAH Ta’aala gives the parable of a farmer who plants and watches crops grow as an example to understand this world. The rain which falls upon the land amazes the farmers who see their crops flourish as a result. After a while, however, the crops wither, become dry and yellow. Later, the crops become like chaff and destroyed. This is exactly how the Dunya is i.e. it will wither and be destroyed … it is not everlasting.

~ A person who becomes a slave of his passions and loses the purpose of his Creation by becoming absorbed, consumed and engrossed in this world, is warned of the Punishment of the Hereafter. One’s attention is therefore drawn to recognize ALLAH, obey His Commands and prepare for the Aakhirah … For him, ALLAH has Promised two things: HIS Maghfirat and Pleasure.

~ The Believers will be enjoying the bounties of Jannah when suddenly a Noor will cover them. When they look up, they will behold THE LORD and MASTER of the Universe ALLAH Azza wa Jal in ALL HIS MAJESTY. This sight will be SO BEAUTIFUL that all other bounties will be forgotten. The Believers in Jannah will then be asked if there is anything they require to which they will reply that there is nothing of which they are short in Jannah. ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala will then say that He has one more thing left to give the Jannatis and HE will announce His Eternal Pleasure and Happiness with every Jannati. This is the ultimate Bounty.

~ This Dunya is a prison for the Believer. Believers cannot be consumed by the Dunya else greed sets in and when this occurs then one becomes blind to haq and the commands of ALLAH. It is in such a state of ghaflat that a person engages in anything whatsoever (stealing, interest, gambling, cheating) in order to acquire more. ALLAH does not want this for us.

We are advised to ‘race’ and vie with one another for good deeds and the Mercy of ALLAH. This world is the playground for competing and gathering the maximum Maghfirat of ALLAH and Jannat in the Aakhira.

All Favours and Bounties are from ALLAH and we get them in BOTH Dunya and Aakhirah … All we have to do is NOT LOSE SIGHT OF THE PURPOSE OF OUR CREATION

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An Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Qaf

July 8, 2013

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Excerpts from ~ Ramadaan 1434 Programmes

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An Explanation of Verses of Surah Qaf  50:15 – 50:34 :

أَفَعَيِينَا بِالْخَلْقِ الْأَوَّلِ ۚ بَلْ هُمْ فِي لَبْسٍ مِّنْ خَلْقٍ جَدِيدٍ~ وَلَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنسَانَ وَنَعْلَمُ مَا تُوَسْوِسُ بِهِ نَفْسُهُ ۖ وَنَحْنُ أَقْرَبُ إِلَيْهِ مِنْ حَبْلِ الْوَرِيدِ ~ إِذْ يَتَلَقَّى الْمُتَلَقِّيَانِ عَنِ الْيَمِينِ وَعَنِ الشِّمَالِ قَعِيدٌ ~ مَّا يَلْفِظُ مِن قَوْلٍ إِلَّا لَدَيْهِ رَقِيبٌ عَتِيدٌ ~ وَجَاءَتْ سَكْرَةُ الْمَوْتِ بِالْحَقِّ ۖ ~ ذَٰلِكَ مَا كُنتَ مِنْهُ تَحِيدُ ~ وَنُفِخَ فِي الصُّورِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ يَوْمُ الْوَعِيدِ ~ وَجَاءَتْ كُلُّ نَفْسٍ مَّعَهَا سَائِقٌ وَشَهِيدٌ ~ لَّقَدْ كُنتَ فِي غَفْلَةٍ مِّنْ هَٰذَا ~ فَكَشَفْنَا عَنكَ غِطَاءَكَ فَبَصَرُكَ الْيَوْمَ حَدِيدٌ ~ وَقَالَ قَرِينُهُ هَٰذَا مَا لَدَيَّ عَتِيدٌ ~ أَلْقِيَا فِي جَهَنَّمَ كُلَّ كَفَّارٍ عَنِيدٍ ~ مَّنَّاعٍ لِّلْخَيْرِ مُعْتَدٍ مُّرِيبٍ ~ الَّذِي جَعَلَ مَعَ اللَّهِ إِلَٰهًا آخَرَ فَأَلْقِيَاهُ فِي الْعَذَابِ الشَّدِيدِ ~ قَالَ قَرِينُهُ رَبَّنَا مَا أَطْغَيْتُهُ وَلَٰكِن كَانَ فِي ضَلَالٍ بَعِيدٍ ~ قَالَ لَا ~ تَخْتَصِمُوا لَدَيَّ وَقَدْ قَدَّمْتُ إِلَيْكُم بِالْوَعِيدِ ~ مَا يُبَدَّلُ الْقَوْلُ لَدَيَّ وَمَا أَنَا بِظَلَّامٍ لِّلْعَبِيدِ ~ يَوْمَ نَقُولُ لِجَهَنَّمَ هَلِ امْتَلَأْتِ وَتَقُولُ هَلْ مِن مَّزِيدٍ ~ وَأُزْلِفَتِ الْجَنَّةُ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ غَيْرَ بَعِيدٍ ~ هَٰذَا مَا تُوعَدُونَ لِكُلِّ أَوَّابٍ حَفِيظٍ ~ مَّنْ خَشِيَ الرَّحْمَٰنَ بِالْغَيْبِ وَجَاءَ بِقَلْبٍ مُّنِيبٍ ~ ادْخُلُوهَا بِسَلَامٍ ۖ ذَٰلِكَ يَوْمُ الْخُلُودِ
When the two receivers receive, seated on the right and on the left.~ Man does not utter any word except that with him is an observer prepared [to record]. ~ And the intoxication of death will bring the truth; that is what you were trying to avoid. ~And the Horn will be blown. That is the Day of [carrying out] the threat.~ And every soul will come, with it a driver and a witness. ~[It will be said], “You were certainly in unmindfulness of this, and We have removed from you your cover, so your sight, this Day, is sharp.”~ his companion, [the angel], will say, “This [record] is what is with me, prepared.”~ Allah will say], “Throw into Hell every obstinate disbeliever, ~ Preventer of good, aggressor, and doubter,~ made [as equal] with Allah another deity; then throw him into the severe punishment.”~ His [devil] companion will say, “Our Lord, I did not make him transgress, but he [himself] was in extreme error.”~ [ Allah ] will say, “Do not dispute before Me, while I had already presented to you the warning.~ The word will not be changed with Me, and never will I be unjust to the servants” ~ On the Day We will say to Hell, “Have you been filled?” and it will say, “Are there some more,” ~ And Paradise will be brought near to the righteous, not far, ~ [It will be said], “This is what you were promised – for every returner [to Allah ] and keeper [of His covenant] ~ Who feared the Most Merciful unseen and came with a heart returning [in repentance]. ~ Enter it in peace. This is the Day of Eternity.” ~ SURAH QAF 50:15 ~ 50:34
 

~ In this Surah ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala details aspects of Resurrection, Jannah and Jahannum, and Mauth which is a truth that cannot be evaded.

~ Every statement uttered by every slave of ALLAH is recorded by two extremely vigilant angels. The angel on the right hand side records all the persons good deeds and the angel on the left records all the bad deeds. Indeed ALLAH does not oppress anyone and the records are proofs clear and concise and everyone will be rewarded according to his A’maal.

~ On the Day of Qiyamah when the trumpet is blown, each person will be brought forward by two angels, one of whom will serve as a witness. 

~ Man will be reminded of his heedlessness and ALLAH says that on that day, one’s sight will be strong. When the curtain is removed, the reality will be stark and apparent.

~ Deeds will be weighed on the scale and if the person was a kaafir , obstinate, in doubt, disobeyed and associated partners with ALLAH, then ALLAH will tell the Angels to throw him into Jahannum. The Shaytaan who was the sole-mate of the disbeliever will protest, arguing that he did not mislead the person. At this, ALLAH will say that on that Day, there will be no argument and no excuses will be accepted because clear warnings were sent forth. 

Jahannum will be asked if it is full. To this, Jahannum will reply that if there are any more, there is plenty of space.

~ ALLAH Azza wa Jal, is SO Raheem, SO Kareem. Whenever Jahannum is mentioned in Quran Sharief, then Jannat too is also mentioned, to give hope to the Believers. On the Day of Qiyaamat, Jannat will be brought forward for the penitent Believer.

~ He who is conscientious about his a’maal, who ‘believes in the unseen’ (ALLAH, Jannat, Jahannum, Life after Death, the Day of Reckoning), brings a ‘muneeb’ heart focused toward ALLAH, and comes sincerely toward ALLAH … such a person will be told to enter Jannat with peace, ease and tranquility, to remain therein eternally. In Jannah, the believer will get WHATEVER he desires as well as ‘something extra’ ie. the ultimate reward where ALLAH THE SUPREME will remove the veil and we will see HIM with our own eyes.

An Explanation of Verse 50:37 of Surah Qaf : 

إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَذِكْرَىٰ لِمَن كَانَ لَهُ قَلْبٌ أَوْ أَلْقَى السَّمْعَ وَهُوَ شَهِيدٌ
Indeed in that is a reminder for whoever has a heart or who listens while he is present [in mind] ~ Surah Qaf 50:37

For the person who has an attentive heart, who lends an attentive ear and attempts to comprehend, the Quran will be beneficial..

One should ponder over the examples of the Nations of the past (who were mightier and stronger than the people of Makkah) and realize that despite their might, when punishment came (because they were arrogant and disobedient) there was NO ESCAPE! 

None can escape ALLAH. HE is ALL MIGHTY, ALL POWERFUL. EVERYTHING is in HIS Control. 

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An Explanation of Selected Verses of Surahs of the 25th Juz

July 7, 2013

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21st Night of Ramadaan 1434

This is the first of the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadaan. We have heard of the significance of the odd nights on several occasions. It is within these nights that Laylatul Qadr (a night better than a thousand months) remains hidden as Mercy and a Gift to the Ummah of our Beloved Nabi Muhammad Mustapha Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam.

Allah, The King of All Kings is prepared to give us whatever we desire. Tonight, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is prepared to forgive ALL sins and make our dark hearts shine bright.

 We are the beggars tapping at Allah’s door and we should continue to shed tears of repentance till we are granted forgiveness, peace and tranquility.

 The ‘first flight’  has taken off. We must brace ourselves for the journey from the Farsh to the Arsh. We seek the Rahmah, the Maghfirat, the Pleasure of ALLAH Rabbul Izzat

 

  

An Explanation of a Selected Verse of Surah Fussilat : 

لَّا يَسْأَمُ الْإِنسَانُ مِن دُعَاءِ الْخَيْرِ وَإِن مَّسَّهُ الشَّرُّ فَيَئُوسٌ قَنُوطٌ
Man is not weary of supplication for good [things], but if evil touches him, he is hopeless and despairing ~ Surah Fussilat 41:49

• It is the nature of man to make dua and seek from ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala but the moment calamity befalls, immediately he becomes despondent. 

• EVERYTHING is from ALLAH. ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala sends good and also bestows affliction. HE is Hakeem (ALL-WISE).

 • Whilst we may do things insensibly, ALLAH Azza wa Jal never does anything without Wisdom, Purpose and Reason. 

• ALLAH Alone knows What He is Doing, Why He is doing, to whom He is doing and When He is doing. When a person experiences affliction (grief/pain/sorrow) ALLAH wants us to turn to Him and beg from Him Alone. ALLAH never gets tired, we must not become ‘maayoos’ (lose hope). 

• ALLAH Solves ALL problems. Nothing is impossible for ALLAH, as everything is in His control. This must be borne in mind and a person must maintain full conviction in ALLAH at all times and in every condition. When and how ALLAH will open a door and make a way out, HE Alone knows. We must continue praising and begging off our ALLAH 

• When man is blessed with sufficiency (health, wealth, abundance), then he forgets ALLAH, but in times of need he turns to ALLAH. We must turn to ALLAH our Khaaliq always because we are ‘muhtaaj’ (dependant) on Him every second.

An Explanation of a Selected Verse of Surah Al Jaathiyah : 

 أَفَرَأَيْتَ مَنِ اتَّخَذَ إِلَٰهَهُ هَوَاهُ
Have you seen he who has taken as his god his [own] desire ~ Surah Al Jaathiyah 45:23

• The person who has taken his passions as his Deity ie. obeying and fulfilling all his desires, and disobeying and ignoring the commands of ALLAH, to that person ALLAH entrusts a shaytaan as a partner or sole companion. This shaytaan will be thrown into hellfire with the disobedient person, but the punishment will not seem lighter in the least.

• All Greatness (Kibriyaa) belongs ONLY to ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala. 

Firoun, who arrogantly claimed to be “ilaah”, realized too late that Loftiness and Pride did not belong to him at all.  

May ALLAH bless us with humility and strong conviction in HIM Alone. May ALLAH bless us with His Divine Forgiveness and Pleasure.

 

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An Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Mu’min

July 6, 2013

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Merits of the First Verses of Surah Mu’min :

حم . تَنزِيلُ الْكِتَابِ مِنَ اللَّهِ الْعَزِيزِ الْعَلِيمِ . غَافِرِ الذَّنبِ وَقَابِلِ التَّوْبِ شَدِيدِ الْعِقَابِ ذِي الطَّوْلِ ۖ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ إِلَيْهِ الْمَصِيرُ
Ha, Meem. The revelation of the Book is from Allah , the Exalted in Might, the Knowing. The forgiver of sin, acceptor of repentance, severe in punishment, owner of abundance. There is no deity except Him; to Him is the destination ~ Surah Mu’min 40: 1/2/3

• Hazrat Abdullah ibn Mas’ood RA used to say that the Surahs in the Quran beginning with ‘Haa Meem’ are like embellishments -beautifully decorate the Quraan and bring much delight to the reader.

• The meaning of the letters  ‘Haa Meem’ are known only to ALLAH 
Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala 

•  The beginning verses of Surah Mu’min highlight that ALLAH is All Mighty and All Knowing

•  ALLAH is also The Forgiver of sins, Acceptor of Repentance, Severe in Punishment and All Powerful. There is None Worthy of Worship but Him and all shall return to Him.

•  The one who recites the above verses of Surah Mu’min together with Ayatul Kursi every morning will be in the Protection of ALLAH all day.

• These verses give us deep hope but also caution against the swift and severe punishment of ALLAH.

• They also are a very powerful means of one reforming oneself if one ponders deeply. Hazrath Umar RA sent these verses to a Syrian friend who became a drunkard, to read when in a sober state, and it served as a means of reformation for him.

Angels carrying the Throne of Allah seek Forgiveness for the Believers :

الَّذِينَ يَحْمِلُونَ الْعَرْشَ وَمَنْ حَوْلَهُ يُسَبِّحُونَ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّهِمْ وَيُؤْمِنُونَ بِهِ وَيَسْتَغْفِرُونَ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا رَبَّنَا وَسِعْتَ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ رَّحْمَةً وَعِلْمًا فَاغْفِرْ لِلَّذِينَ تَابُوا وَاتَّبَعُوا سَبِيلَكَ وَقِهِمْ عَذَابَ الْجَحِيمِ .رَبَّنَا وَأَدْخِلْهُمْ جَنَّاتِ عَدْنٍ الَّتِي وَعَدتَّهُمْ وَمَن صَلَحَ مِنْ آبَائِهِمْ وَأَزْوَاجِهِمْ وَذُرِّيَّاتِهِمْ ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُوَقِهِمُ السَّيِّئَاتِ ۚ وَمَن تَقِ السَّيِّئَاتِ يَوْمَئِذٍ فَقَدْ رَحِمْتَهُ ۚ وَذَٰلِكَ هُوَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيمُ
Those [angels] who carry the Throne and those around it exalt [ Allah ] with praise of their Lord and believe in Him and ask forgiveness for those who have believed, [saying], “Our Lord, You have encompassed all things in mercy and knowledge, so forgive those who have repented and followed Your way and protect them from the punishment of Hellfire – Our Lord, and admit them to gardens of perpetual residence which You have promised them and whoever was righteous among their fathers, their spouses and their offspring. Indeed, it is You who is the Exalted in Might, the Wise – And protect them from the evil consequences [of their deeds]. And he whom You protect from evil consequences that Day – You will have given him mercy. And that is the great attainment.” ~ Surah Mu’min 40:7/8/9

• The angels carrying the Arsh of ALLAH and those surrounding the Arsh are in a constant state of Glorifying ALLAH Azza wa Jal. In addition to Glorifying ALLAH, they are also seeking forgiveness for the Believers. They implore Allah to forgive them, to save them from the punishment of Jahannum and to admit them to the everlasting gardens of Jannah. Along with it, they also make dua that their family members who have Imaan also to be joined with them.

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