Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Ayah 23-24- A Challenge

Innalhamda lillahee, nahmaduhu wa nasta'eenuhu wa nastaghfiruhu, wa na'oodhu billaahi min shuroori anfusinaa wa min sayyiaati a'maalinaa. Mainyah dihillaahu falaa mudillilahu, wa mainyudlil falaa haadiya lah. 

"Alhumdulillah. Indeed, all praise is due to Allah. We praise Him and seek His Help and forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from evils and our wrong doings. He whom Allah guides, no one can misguide; and he whom He misguides, no one can guide." 

(Ibn Mas'ud and Ibn 'Abbas in Muslim, Abu Dawud, an-Nasai and others) 

Wa ashhadu anlaa ilaaha illalaahu, wahdahu laashareeka lahu, wa ash hadu anna muhammadan 'abduhu wa rasooluh.

"I bear witness that there is no god except Allah- alone without any partners. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His 'abd (servant) and Messenger."

Allahumma salli 'alaa muhammadinwa 'alaa aali muhammadinwa 'alaa aali muhammadin kamaa sallayta 'alaa aali ibraaheema innaka hameedumajeed. Allahumma baarik 'alaa muhammadinwa 'alaa aali muhammadin kamaa baarakta 'alaa aali ibraaheema wa 'alaa aali ibraheema innaka hameedum majeed.

"O Allah, send prayers upon Muhammad and the followers of Muhammad, just as You sent prayers upon Ibraheem and upon the followers of Ibraheem. Verily you are full of praise and majesty. O Allaah, send blessings upon Muhammad and upon the family of Muhammad, just as You sent blessings upon Ibraheem and upon the family of Ibraheem. Verily, You are full of praise and majesty." ( Al-Bukhari with Al-Fath)


And if you are in doubt about what We have sent down upon Our Servant [Muhammad], then produce a surah the like thereof and call upon your witnesses other than Allah , if you should be truthful.


But if you do not - and you will never be able to - then fear the Fire, whose fuel is men and stones, prepared for the disbelievers

Guidance for man from Quran on two basic principles:
1. Tauheed(Oneness of Allah SWT)
2. Risalaah (prophethood)

  •  The two preceding verses 21-22 affirm Allah's Oneness while these two affirm prophethood.
  • The preceeding verses mention things no one else can do except Allah So no one is worthy of worship except ALLAH ALONE
  • These verses refer to a kind of speech that can Only come from Allah alone.  The word of Allah CANNOT be matched with any man nor can anyone can produce it
  • an all time challenge that can never be defeated even if they call their supporters and have international conference except that the abode for such men is hellfire

Practicle Implications:
 Listen to This

Closing Du'a

Subhaana rabbika rabbil'izzati 'ammaa yasifoon. Wasalaamul 'alal mursaleen. Walhamdu lillaahi rabbil 'aalameen.

"Glory be to your Lord, the Lord of Might above what they describe. And peace be upon those sent. And praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds." (Surah As-Saffat 37:180-182) 

Subhanakallahumma wa bihamdika, ash hadu anlaa ilaaha illa anta, astaghfiruka wa atoobu ilaik.

"How perfect You are O Allaah, and I praise You. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except You. I seek Your forgiveness and turn to You in repentance" 

(Abu Dawud, At-Tirmidhee, Ibn Majah).

JAzakillahu Khairan for attendance May Allah SWT add Baraka and grant us consistency and May We overcome any obstacles Ameen

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Living the Quran- Proper Response

Al-Baqara (The Cow) - Chapter 2 : Verse 216 (partial)


"... It may be that you dislike something, though it is good for you. And it may be that you love something, though it is bad for you. And God knows, and you do not know."
There are four possible states in which the human being can live. A person is either receiving blessings (nima) or tribulations (bala) from God; or is either living in obedience (taa) or in disobedience (masiya). Each condition invites a response. What comes to a person in his or her life may help a person move closer to God when the response is right:

1. When God gives a person blessings, the response is gratitude in all of its manifestations. Gratitude is expressed first by performing what is obligatory then going beyond that by performing virtuous, recommended acts.

2. The response to tribulation is patience, as well as steadfastness and resolve. This is what God demands from people in times of trial - a beautiful patience.

3. As for obedience, one must recognize that obedience is a blessing from God. If a religious person starts to believe that he is better than other people - even if these "other" people are in the state of disobedience - he invites haughtiness.

4. When it comes to disobedience, the response is repentance to God (tawba), seeking His forgiveness, pardon, and mercy, feeling remorse for the past, and having the resolve never to sink into disobedience again.

Compiled From:
"Purification of The Heart" - Hamza Yusuf, pp. 69-71

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Ayah 22- A review of verses linked together


Sahih International
[He] who made for you the earth a bed [spread out] and the sky a ceiling and sent down from the sky, rain and brought forth thereby fruits as provision for you. So do not attribute to Allah equals while you know [that there is nothing similar to Him].

  1. 2nd verse of this surah (al baqarah) provides answer to supplication made in Surah Al Fatiha,"Guide us on the straight path"
  2. guidance man prayed for is i this book from beginning to end
  3. then surah divided men in three groups {you can further look here}
  4. then the present verses 21 & 22 addressing all three together: the message for which the Holy Quran has been revealed
  5. asking men to give up worship of created beings and worship Allah Alone
  6. this above verse recounts some other qualities of Allah with regard act of nurturing
  • man's being has 2 dimensions, internal (anfus) external (afaq)-encompass all kinds of blessings upon man from Allah
  • among cosmic blessing, 1st is earth as a bed
  • not soft nor fluid like water which none can settle nor hard like stone or steel(difficult to harness) BUT has a middle between soft and hard for man to utilize it best for daily living
  • Firash in  Arabic means bed or spread out does not imply that earth is not round-the onlooker always sees it flat so that an average man literate illiterate can understand
  • 2nd bount Sky :ornamented beautiful ceiling
  • 3rd water from sky
  • 4th fruits with this water and to provide nourishment
  • These bounties are only from Allah alone

Friday, May 24, 2013

Ayah 21 - A Message to All Mankind

Sahih International
O mankind, worship your Lord, who created you and those before you, that you may become righteous -


 This Ayah basically tells all three types of people mentioned in the previous surahs, the reason why the Holy Quran has been revealed to them. It is to give up worshiping other beings and worship Allah (swt) alone. It also explains that the Quran withholds such information and deep knowledge that make it so clear that Allah is the Only One God. Even a man using his common sense alone can witness that through the message of the Holy Quran. The word Rabb indicates that He is the only one who is worthy of worship. This knowledge is so easy to understand that even an iman looking upon this would be able to understand that Allah is the Creator and God is not a created being. This ayah addresses all groups of man. It indicates to the disbelievers to stop believing in created things and worship Allah alone, it tells the hypocrites to be sincere and truthful in their faith and it tells the Muslims to stop sinning and become closer to Allah (swt) and make their obedience towards him more sincere and perfect. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Surah Baqarah Ayah 1-20 Mind Maps (summary)

 Surah Baqarah opens with the declaration that the Quran is beyond ALL doubt.

The first 20 ayaat describe the features of those who believe in the Quran and those who do not, as well as those who say they believe but they actually don't (hypocrites).
In ayah 1-5, The qualities of the Believers (Mu'minoon) are stated:

In ayah 6-7, we are introduced to those who reject faith, the disbelievers:

In ayah 8-20, the definition of a hypocrite and the features of the hypocrites are mentioned:

This is the summary of Surah Baqarah ayaat 1-20.
In sha Allah in the next post, I will summarize the various points of consideration relating to the three types of people. in sha Allah.