Quran-(6)

Surah Al-Mulk

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

This is one of the most important Surahs of the Quran; So much so that our beloved Prophet (s.a.w) used to recite it every night before going to sleep. So obviously there must be some very important things in Surah Al-Mulk which we need to remind ourselves every night… a time when we are about to enter into a state of unconsciousness and we don’t know whether we will come out of it or not.

The very basic fact of our life is that Allah has ALL the goodness and He has ALL the control over everything whether big or small:

تَبَارَكَ الَّذِي بِيَدِهِ الْمُلْكُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ {1}

Blessed be He in Whose hands is the Kingdom of the universe and has power over all things.

For me this is a most powerful Ayah because it liberates me from the worship and fear of others. When every night I will remind myself that the ultimate goodness is only in Allah then I will naturally love Him instead of others and also when I remind myself that He is in control of all big and small things of my life and my world then I will fear only Him and no one else. I will not be so much bothered about people’s expectations or standards but my worry will get diverted into one question only: what does Allah want me to do? How does He want me to live? Why did He give me this cycle of life and death? Allah answers this question in the following Ayah:

الَّذِي خَلَقَ الْمَوْتَ وَالْحَيَاةَ لِيَبْلُوَكُمْ أَيُّكُمْ أَحْسَنُ عَمَلًا وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْغَفُورُ {2}

The One Who created death and life, so that He may put you to test, to find out which of you is best in deeds: He is the All-Mighty, the All-Forgiving.

If my life is a test and my result depends on beautiful deeds, then I must constantly remind myself that any action becomes beautiful in Allah’s eyes when it is done purely for the sake of Allah, and done according to the way of our Prophet (s.a.w).

Only in obedience can we find peace and tranquillity. Just look at the skies and see how they are in complete submission to their Creator and Master…

الَّذِي خَلَقَ سَبْعَ سَمَاوَاتٍ طِبَاقًا مَّا تَرَى فِي خَلْقِ الرَّحْمَنِ مِن تَفَاوُتٍ فَارْجِعِ الْبَصَرَ هَلْ تَرَى مِن فُطُورٍ {3}

The One Who created the seven heavens, one above another; you will not see any flaw in the creation of the Compassionate. Look once again, do you see any flaw?

The signs of Allah are spread everywhere but we are too much involved in our own affairs. No one has time or concern to seriously think about the hereafter. Allah says that when the disbelievers will be thrown into fire the guardians of hell will ask them… did the warners not come to them?

تَكَادُ تَمَيَّزُ مِنَ الْغَيْظِ كُلَّمَا أُلْقِيَ فِيهَا فَوْجٌ سَأَلَهُمْ خَزَنَتُهَا أَلَمْ يَأْتِكُمْ نَذِيرٌ {8}

(The fire will be) As though bursting with rage. Every time a group is plunged therein, its guards will ask: “Did not a Warner come to you?”

They will confess their biggest error that instead of taking advice, they used to prove the warners as the misguided ones:

قَالُوا بَلَى قَدْ جَاءنَا نَذِيرٌ فَكَذَّبْنَا وَقُلْنَا مَا نَزَّلَ اللَّهُ مِن شَيْءٍ إِنْ أَنتُمْ إِلَّا فِي ضَلَالٍ كَبِيرٍ {9}

They will answer: “Yes indeed, a Warner did come to us, but we rejected him and said, Allah has revealed nothing – you are merely in gross error.”

The fact is that when you don’t want to face the reality then even your senses stop working. The ears don’t hear and the hearts don’t think…

وَقَالُوا لَوْ كُنَّا نَسْمَعُ أَوْ نَعْقِلُ مَا كُنَّا فِي أَصْحَابِ السَّعِيرِ {10}

They will further say: “Had we only listened or used our intelligence, we would have not been among the inmates of the blazing fire.”

In this world we never want to admit our faults. But in the hereafter everyone will recognize their sins. The problem is that it will be of no use then:

فَاعْتَرَفُوا بِذَنبِهِمْ فَسُحْقًا لِّأَصْحَابِ السَّعِيرِ {11}

Thus shall they confess their sin; so away from the mercy of Allah will be the dwellers of hell.

Faith is valuable only when you believe with your heart, even when you cannot see:

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَخْشَوْنَ رَبَّهُم بِالْغَيْبِ لَهُم مَّغْفِرَةٌ وَأَجْرٌ كَبِيرٌ {12}

As for those who fear their Rabb, although they have not seen Him, shall have forgiveness and a great reward.

But Allah is warning us here that if you just make claims of faith and your heart does not believe then remember that He knows everything:

وَأَسِرُّوا قَوْلَكُمْ أَوِ اجْهَرُوا بِهِ إِنَّهُ عَلِيمٌ بِذَاتِ الصُّدُورِ {13}

Whether you speak in secret or aloud, surely He is aware of all that is in the breasts.

We make claims that we have surrendered our lives for Allah. But do we even realize what it is to surrender? Look at the earth… and its submission:

هُوَ الَّذِي جَعَلَ لَكُمُ الْأَرْضَ ذَلُولًا فَامْشُوا فِي مَنَاكِبِهَا وَكُلُوا مِن رِّزْقِهِ وَإِلَيْهِ النُّشُورُ {15}

It is He Who has made the earth subservient to you, to walk through its tracts and eat of His provided sustenance. To Him is the return at resurrection.

In this earth we will be buried and from the same earth we will be raised again. But most of us forget death and resurrection and then go about the earth living in a fool’s paradise. Allah wants us to come out of our arrogance and realize that the same earth which Allah has made so subservient for us can be the means of our punishment:

أَأَمِنتُم مَّن فِي السَّمَاء أَن يَخْسِفَ بِكُمُ الأَرْضَ فَإِذَا هِيَ تَمُورُ {16}

Do you feel secure that He Who is in heaven, will not cause the earth to cave in beneath you and start shaking suddenly?

And as we look at the peaceful sky we should remember that disobeying Allah, who created this magnificent sky, is not a casual thing as we think. If He orders the sky it can send a rain of stones on us; then where will we find shelter?

أَمْ أَمِنتُم مَّن فِي السَّمَاء أَن يُرْسِلَ عَلَيْكُمْ حَاصِبًا فَسَتَعْلَمُونَ كَيْفَ نَذِيرِ {17}

Or do you feel secure that He Who is in heaven will not send against you a violent tornado, then you shall know how was My warning!

If today we think that it is so unlikely to happen then we can look into the history of the previous nations and see how they were rooted out of this world due to their misdeeds;

وَلَقَدْ كَذَّبَ الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ فَكَيْفَ كَانَ نَكِيرِ {18}

Those who have gone before them likewise disbelieved, then see how terrible was the way I rejected them?

And if we don’t have time or concern to go into the details of the past then even looking at the birds in the sky can be a means of awareness for us. Have you ever noticed how they open and spread their wings and fly so effortlessly in the air? Who is holding them against the gravity of the earth?

أَوَلَمْ يَرَوْا إِلَى الطَّيْرِ فَوْقَهُمْ صَافَّاتٍ وَيَقْبِضْنَ مَا يُمْسِكُهُنَّ إِلَّا الرَّحْمَنُ إِنَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ بَصِيرٌ {19}

Do they not observe the birds above them spreading their wings and folding them? None could hold them except the Compassionate (Allah); surely it is He Who watches over all things.

And just as the birds are being held in the air by the Compassionate Allah, similarly we are being held tightly to this earth by the same Allah. Otherwise if he wills he can stop giving the earth its gravity and we would all be scattered into this endless atmosphere. Do we think anyone other than Allah can save us?

أَمَّنْ هَذَا الَّذِي هُوَ جُندٌ لَّكُمْ يَنصُرُكُم مِّن دُونِ الرَّحْمَنِ إِنِ الْكَافِرُونَ إِلَّا فِي غُرُورٍ {20}

What force is there that can help you besides the Compassionate? In fact, the unbelievers are suffering from delusion.

Or if he stops giving us food, who will nourish us?

أَمَّنْ هَذَا الَّذِي يَرْزُقُكُمْ إِنْ أَمْسَكَ رِزْقَهُ بَل لَّجُّوا فِي عُتُوٍّ وَنُفُورٍ {21}

Or who is there that can provide you if He withholds His provision? Yet, they persist in rebellion and aversion from the truth.

These simple truths are coming to my heart like totally new discoveries… why? Simply because we have taken everything for granted and have stopped thinking beyond the obvious. So generation after generation people blindly follow the trends of their families and friends and still think that they are on the right track…

أَفَمَن يَمْشِي مُكِبًّا عَلَى وَجْهِهِ أَهْدَى أَمَّن يَمْشِي سَوِيًّا عَلَى صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ {22}

Just think, who is rightly guided: he who walks with his face bent down, or he who walks properly on an even path?

Allah gave us all the senses, all the faculties with which we should have recognized him and He gave us such sensitive hearts but what have we done?

قُلْ هُوَ الَّذِي أَنشَأَكُمْ وَجَعَلَ لَكُمُ السَّمْعَ وَالْأَبْصَارَ وَالْأَفْئِدَةَ قَلِيلًا مَّا تَشْكُرُونَ {23}

Say: “It is He Who has brought you into being, gave you the faculties of hearing, seeing, feeling and understanding: yet you are seldom thankful.”

Allah gave us an appointed time in this world and we have free choice what we want to do. Whether we believe in Him or not, whether we obey Him or not… one day all of us are to be gathered in front of him:

قُلْ هُوَ الَّذِي ذَرَأَكُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَإِلَيْهِ تُحْشَرُونَ {24}

Say: “It is He Who has multiplied you in the earth, and before Him you shall all be assembled.”

This whole surah is about changing our thoughts. Mostly we live in an automatic way. We move around our things, we do our work, even acts of worship… and we hardly think of Allah. We forget that each breath that comes, it is with His permission. Each drop of water that we drink is from his mercy… do we give thanks?

قُلْ أَرَأَيْتُمْ إِنْ أَصْبَحَ مَاؤُكُمْ غَوْرًا فَمَن يَأْتِيكُم بِمَاء مَّعِينٍ {30}

Say: “Have you ever considered that if all the water you have, sink down in the ground, who is it, that will bring you the clear-flowing water?”

So let Surah Al-Mulk be a regular part of your life so that daily it should strike your heart in such a way that you start looking at life with the eyes of the heart. And love Allah more than any other thing and fear Him more than all other things. This feeling will InshaAllah lead to the most beautiful deeds which will make us beautiful in the eyes of Allah… InshaAllah.

Surah Al-Qalam

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Allah’s love is the most precious gift which we all yearn for but it cannot be attained without following the footsteps of our beloved Prophet (s.a.w) with complete love and trust. The more we know about his life and personality, the more we will love him for all his magnificent qualities. This love is the completion of our faith, and is absolutely essential for us to acquire; because without love and faith, actions are just mechanical gestures which have no spirit and no effect.

The first and foremost requirement of loving the Prophet (s.a.w) is to follow his way of life and to convey his teachings to the whole world. This is a responsibility on all of us who feel honoured to be his followers. But this path is filled with trials and only those can walk upon it, who first learn to be patient and calm, forgiving and moving on, loving people unconditionally and putting the work of religion ahead of their own satisfactions. In fact, those who love Allah love to work for Him and feel honoured to be given any opportunity to serve Him. If someone has truly felt this love, then he will never complain nor be overtaken by any self pity or self righteousness… because he knows that what he is working for is far more precious than his own life…

So in Surah Al-Qalam, Allah is giving us the excellent example of our Prophet (s.a.w) who put up with all the trials and accusations from the disbelievers with the utmost patience and perseverance. Although the Prophet (s.a.w) ignored all the malicious remarks of the disbelievers but Allah is taking oath for the sake of His beloved Messenger:

ن وَالْقَلَمِ وَمَا يَسْطُرُونَ {1}مَا أَنتَ بِنِعْمَةِ رَبِّكَ بِمَجْنُونٍ {2}

Nün. By the pen and what they write. By the grace of your Lord you are not a madman.

This oath of the pen makes me feel that there must be something really great in this small little tool but we take it so casually. Today most of us feel too lazy to write but where would we be if the companions of the Prophet (s.a.w) had not used the pen? Thus writing is Ibaadah if done for the sake of Allah. And we should use this immense power of pen to spread the ultimate truth to the whole world.

But apart from the pen and other means of communication there is one other tool which is the most precious, the most effective and the most worthy of honour… and that is the excellence of character. If we study the life history of our Prophet (s.a.w) we find that He had the best manners, not only with friends, not only in good times, but also with enemies, He displayed extraordinary patience and tolerance… that is why Allah has promised for him a reward which is limitless:

وَإِنَّ لَكَ لَأَجْرًا غَيْرَ مَمْنُونٍ {3}وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلى خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ {4}

And you shall have a never ending reward. You are of the highest noble character.

Although it is a topic which cannot be encompassed in just a few lines, but the most important thing about the personality of our Prophet (s.a.w) was that all his manners were genuine and ever present. His etiquettes and behaviour had no contradiction with His real self. That is why He had an awesome personality which affected others like magic. The hard hearted pagans tried to prove that He was a magician but they could not comprehend that there is no magic like the magic of tenderness, true love and care.

On the contrary, today we find that people are attracted to Islam but they are confused when they see the unpleasant behaviour of the followers of this great religion. We might have learned the Quran and Hadith but we need to do a lot of work on our character building too. And the best characteristics which we have to focus on are patience and tolerance. What is the use of thinking yourself as good and proving everybody else to be wrong? The task of judgement is not for us…

إِنَّ رَبَّكَ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِمَن ضَلَّ عَن سَبِيلِهِ وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُهْتَدِينَ {7}

Surely it is your Rabb Who knows those who have strayed from His Way, as He knows best those who are rightly guided.

It has always been the case that those who reject the truth are greater in number than the believers. So there is a great danger of being influenced by the force of the majority. Thus Allah has cautioned the Prophet (s.a.w):

فَلَا تُطِعِ الْمُكَذِّبِينَ {8}وَدُّوا لَوْ تُدْهِنُ فَيُدْهِنُونَ {9}

So do not yield to the unbelievers. They desire you to compromise a little, so they too would compromise.

Now this is a very important point to remember that being kind hearted does not mean that one should compromise on religion for the pleasure of others. So we should be good and caring for others but remain firmly within the limits of Allah. Sometimes people will try to dissuade you from your work by indirect means. Thus we have to be even more careful in this case…

وَلَا تُطِعْ كُلَّ حَلَّافٍ مَّهِينٍ {10}هَمَّازٍ مَّشَّاء بِنَمِيمٍ {11}مَنَّاعٍ لِّلْخَيْرِ مُعْتَدٍ أَثِيمٍ {12}

Neither yield to any mean oath-monger; mischief making slanderer; opponent of good, transgressor.

When people are given a blessing they often think that it is because they have “earned” it and don’t realize that it is a test from Allah. Or in some cases they don’t even realize that they have been given a great gift which is for their own good. The disbelievers of Makkah were also deceived by their own arrogance, and failed to appreciate the gift of Quran and guidance through the greatest Messenger of all times. In the next verse Allah reminds them of a story which was quite famous among the Arabs:

إِنَّا بَلَوْنَاهُمْ كَمَا بَلَوْنَا أَصْحَابَ الْجَنَّةِ إِذْ أَقْسَمُوا لَيَصْرِمُنَّهَا مُصْبِحِينَ {17}

Surely We shall try them as We tried the owners of the garden when they swore that they would pluck its fruit the next morning.

This story is about the owner of a garden who used to divide his fruit in three portions; giving one third to the poor and needy, one third to his relatives and kept the remaining for himself and his family. Due to his sharing, Allah gave abundant blessings to him but when he died, his inheritors decided to keep all the fruit to themselves because they thought that it was their own hard work and their own earning. So they planned to harvest it early in the morning before any poor folk could come to beg. But Allah sent a punishment while they were asleep and the garden was totally destroyed:

فَطَافَ عَلَيْهَا طَائِفٌ مِّن رَّبِّكَ وَهُمْ نَائِمُونَ {19} فَأَصْبَحَتْ كَالصَّرِيمِ {20}

So a calamity from your Rabb came down upon it (the garden) while they slept. and by the morning it lay as if it had been already harvested.

When early the next morning they reached the garden they couldn’t believe what they saw:

فَلَمَّا رَأَوْهَا قَالُوا إِنَّا لَضَالُّونَ {26}

But when they saw the garden, they cried: “Surely we must have lost our way!

Then they realized that it was a result of their own arrogance and stinginess:

قَالُوا يَا وَيْلَنَا إِنَّا كُنَّا طَاغِينَ {31}

Finally they said: “Woe to us! Surely we had become rebellious.

The loss of this world can be recovered but what will happen in the Akhirah? When there will be no more chances?

كَذَلِكَ الْعَذَابُ وَلَعَذَابُ الْآخِرَةِ أَكْبَرُ لَوْ كَانُوا يَعْلَمُونَ {33}

Such is the punishment in this life; but the punishment in the Hereafter is even greater, if they but knew it.

In this world anyone can plant a garden and enjoy its fruits but the gardens of paradise are only for those who have lived a life of extreme caution and carefulness. They fear to disobey Allah; they fear to utter foolish words, they are forever conscious of the result of Akhirah:

إِنَّ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ جَنَّاتِ النَّعِيمِ {34}

Surely the righteous will be rewarded with gardens of delight by their Rabb

But the disbelievers will mock them and go on with their carefree lives, not thinking about the simple fact that those who obey Allah and those who break His limits cannot be equal:

أَفَنَجْعَلُ الْمُسْلِمِينَ كَالْمُجْرِمِينَ {35}مَا لَكُمْ كَيْفَ تَحْكُمُونَ {36}

What do the disbelievers think? Shall We treat the Muslims as We treat the guilty? What is the matter with you? What kind of Judgment do you make?

We make decisions on the basis of our intellect and after that the next source of our knowledge is through books. So Allah is asking the disbelievers:

أَمْ لَكُمْ كِتَابٌ فِيهِ تَدْرُسُونَ {37}إِنَّ لَكُمْ فِيهِ لَمَا تَخَيَّرُونَ {38}

Or do you have a Book in which you read, that you shall be given whatever you choose?

If neither intellect nor books can testify to their foolish judgement, then maybe they have signed a contract with their Lord?

أَمْ لَكُمْ أَيْمَانٌ عَلَيْنَا بَالِغَةٌ إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ إِنَّ لَكُمْ لَمَا تَحْكُمُونَ {39}

Or do you have a sworn covenant – a covenant binding on Us till the Day of Resurrection – that you shall have whatever you demand?

The problem is that they don’t want to give up their lifestyles and have refused to bow down to Allah. How many of us have established Salah in our lives? We continue to be casual about this obligatory worship but look at the next verse and you will feel the enormity of this error:

يَوْمَ يُكْشَفُ عَن سَاقٍ وَيُدْعَوْنَ إِلَى السُّجُودِ فَلَا يَسْتَطِيعُونَ {42}

On the Day of Judgment, when the dreadful events shall be unfolded, and they shall be asked to prostrate themselves, they shall not be able to do so.

It can also refer to those who pray regularly but their hearts do not bow down to Allah’s greatness. Why? Because they are too much filled up with their own pride. What will become of this false pride when our real picture will be exposed to all of mankind?

خَاشِعَةً أَبْصَارُهُمْ تَرْهَقُهُمْ ذِلَّةٌ وَقَدْ كَانُوا يُدْعَوْنَ إِلَى السُّجُودِ وَهُمْ سَالِمُونَ {43}

They shall stand with eyes downcast, utterly humbled; because during their safe and sound earthly life they were called upon to prostrate themselves but they refused to do so.

This ayat teaches me the importance of self awareness. I have to focus on all my flaws and remove them with Allah’s help so that I might be saved from this torture of shame, regret and humiliation. If this feeling gets absorbed in my heart and I start working on my self-purification then how can I have any time or concern to blame anyone else or to find fault with others?

Imagine how our Prophet (s.a.w) must be receiving these strong verses… how awesome was his responsibility and how painful it must have been for him that when he conveyed it to the Makkans they constantly rejected him… Thus Allah is sending him the comforting words that if people are not accepting the truth then He will Himself deal with them:

فَذَرْنِي وَمَن يُكَذِّبُ بِهَذَا الْحَدِيثِ سَنَسْتَدْرِجُهُم مِّنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ {44}

O Prophet, leave to Me those who reject this revelation. We shall lead them step by step to their ruin, in ways that they cannot perceive.

But the Prophet (s.a.w) was so kind hearted… so much full of love and concern for his people. He could not ignore what was happening around him. He was not like us that we just think of our own end and don’t worry about the others. Thus Allah assures Him:

فَاصْبِرْ لِحُكْمِ رَبِّكَ وَلَا تَكُن كَصَاحِبِ الْحُوتِ إِذْ نَادَى وَهُوَ مَكْظُومٌ {48}

So wait with patience for the Judgment of your Rabb and be not like the man of the fish (reference is to the Prophet Younus (a.s) who was swallowed by a fish), who cried when he was in distress.

Prophet Younus (a.s) was also rejected by his people and he was so grieved by their disbelief that he decided to leave them before the order had come from Allah. But when he was swallowed by the fish, he realized his mistake and asked Allah’s forgiveness. So in this story there is great lesson for us that even if we are facing tremendous difficulties in the way of Allah, we should remain firm and never lose hope. Sometimes the emotions of grief and anger makes a person feel totally helpless and drained. Shaitan uses such chances to make us despair of Allah’s mercy. And so there is great danger of making wrong decisions.

As far as people are concerned, different people will respond to Allah’s message in different ways. Some will believe wholeheartedly and become strong supporters, some will be on the middle course, and some will be so hostile that their hatred will be reflected in their expressions. Just like the people of Makkah:

وَإِن يَكَادُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَيُزْلِقُونَكَ بِأَبْصَارِهِمْ لَمَّا سَمِعُوا الذِّكْرَ وَيَقُولُونَ إِنَّهُ لَمَجْنُونٌ {51}

The unbelievers would almost trip you up with their eyes when they hear Our revelations (The Qur’an), and say: “He (Muhammad) is surely crazy.”

But even if the disbelievers labelled the Quran as false, or fabricated, but they could not extinguish the light of Allah’s words which was destined to illuminate the worlds:

وَمَا هُوَ إِلَّا ذِكْرٌ لِّلْعَالَمِينَ {52}

This (The Qur’an) is nothing but a Reminder to all the people of the world.

Thus ends the beautiful Surah with a great reminder that Quran is for the whole world so we have to fulfil our responsibility of conveying it to everyone. Allah has given us so many resources and the only thing we really need is a true commitment… because even if someone is unable to go out and reach people, we do have one thing which can cross the barriers of time and space… and that is the pen… Al-Qalam!!

Surah Al-Haqqa

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Everyone is facing some kind of test in this world but these tests become easy when we realize that the biggest test is to be saved on the day of Judgement. But we are so trapped in the visible world that even those who believe in the hereafter seldom think of it. The other thing is that our belief in the hereafter is not based on facts and we have mostly assumed that we will all go to Paradise because we are so good. So let us put aside our individual ideas and theories and “see” the real picture of that unseen world which Allah has preserved for us in the Quran…

الْحَاقَّةُ {1}مَا الْحَاقَّةُ {2}

The Haaqqah! What is the Haaqqah?

This word, Haaqqah, means something which proves the absolute truth; and something which is definitely going to happen. Hence it refers to the day of judgement. Although it is our belief that one day we will all be standing before Allah to get the result of our deeds, but many people have rejected it… why? Because they thought they were beyond Allah’s control. So Allah tells us what happened to them:

فَأَمَّا ثَمُودُ فَأُهْلِكُوا بِالطَّاغِيَةِ {5}وَأَمَّا عَادٌ فَأُهْلِكُوا بِرِيحٍ صَرْصَرٍ عَاتِيَةٍ {6}

As for Thamüd, they were destroyed by the Thunderbolt. As for ‘Ad they were destroyed by a furious windstorm

These were great nations. They built grand houses and lived luxurious lives. They thought they were in full control of their affairs but they didn’t realize that disbelieving in Allah and disobeying His commands, is not a joke…

فَعَصَوْا رَسُولَ رَبِّهِمْ فَأَخَذَهُمْ أَخْذَةً رَّابِيَةً {10}

And disobeyed the Rasools of their Rabb, so He gripped them with a tight grip.

We shudder to think of the punishments which destroyed them completely from the face of the earth. Like the example of Pharaoh whose whole nation was drowned in the sea along with him. But remember that it was just a glimpse of Allah’s anger which he showed in this world, as a lesson to others. So imagine what will be the torture for the disbelievers in the hereafter, when even this peaceful earth and the sky will all be crushed into fragments…

وَحُمِلَتِ الْأَرْضُ وَالْجِبَالُ فَدُكَّتَا دَكَّةً وَاحِدَةً {14}

And the earth with all its mountains will be lifted up and crushed into pieces with a single stroke

Nothing will remain except a flat surface on which Allah will gather all of the mankind of all generations…

يَوْمَئِذٍ تُعْرَضُونَ لَا تَخْفَى مِنكُمْ خَافِيَةٌ {18}

That shall be the day when you will be brought before your Rabb, and none of your secrets shall remain hidden.

How scary it is, to be exposed in front of all the people! In this world we pretend to be good to others and only Allah knows our real picture; but on the Day of Judgement only those people will be happy who have no contradiction in their characters. Their hearts are as good as their deeds. That is why they will happily show their book of deeds to others:

فَأَمَّا مَنْ أُوتِيَ كِتَابَهُ بِيَمِينِهِ فَيَقُولُ هَاؤُمُ اقْرَؤُوا كِتَابِيهْ {19}

Then he, who will be given his Book of Deeds in his right hand, will say: “Here it is, read my Book of deeds!”

Sometimes we see people who are unconditionally good to others, and doing great things for the pleasure of Allah, and we wonder how can they be so consistent? What is the secret of their perseverance? The answer is that they have an overwhelming remembrance of accountability:

إِنِّي ظَنَنتُ أَنِّي مُلَاقٍ حِسَابِيهْ {20}

I knew that I would certainly face my reckoning.”

Their lives might have been difficult but now they have no worries at all… just pleasure and enjoyment…

كُلُوا وَاشْرَبُوا هَنِيئًا بِمَا أَسْلَفْتُمْ فِي الْأَيَّامِ الْخَالِيَةِ {24}

We shall say to him: “Eat and drink to your heart’s content; this is a reward for what you did in the days gone by.”

And what will happen to those who lived a life of their own choice, not caring for Allah’s commands, nor listening to the warnings about the hereafter:

وَأَمَّا مَنْ أُوتِيَ كِتَابَهُ بِشِمَالِهِ فَيَقُولُ يَا لَيْتَنِي لَمْ أُوتَ كِتَابِيهْ {25}

While he, who will be given his Book of Deeds in his left hand, will say: “Woe to me, would that I had not been given my Book of Deeds

All his life he kept running after money and power but he will soon realize that nothing is going to help him on that day:

مَا أَغْنَى عَنِّي مَالِيهْ {28}هَلَكَ عَنِّي سُلْطَانِيهْ {29}

My wealth had availed me nothing, and my authority has gone away from me.”

But his realization will be of no use now… Allah will order his angels to throw him into the fire:

خُذُوهُ فَغُلُّوهُ {30}ثُمَّ الْجَحِيمَ صَلُّوهُ {31}

We shall say: “Seize him and put a chain around his neck, then cast him in the blazing fire,

We forget that Allah has a right on us; and His right is to be obeyed, to be worshipped. Today many people proudly claim to have no belief in Allah. Or they say they believe in Allah but there is no need to be so “extremist” by following all the rituals. The fact is that they have no idea of the Might of Allah…

إِنَّهُ كَانَ لَا يُؤْمِنُ بِاللَّهِ الْعَظِيمِ {33}

Certainly he did not believe in Allah, the Most High

We don’t realize that Allah could have given the poor people everything, or even more than us, but their poverty is a test for us… to see whether we are arrogant or humble. There are people who stuff themselves with lavish foods and treat their servants worse than animals… what is the use of this pride for a limited period of time which will result in eternal humiliation?

وَلَا طَعَامٌ إِلَّا مِنْ غِسْلِينٍ {36}

And nor will (the disbelievers) have any food except the pus from the washing of wounds,

Allah is not cruel. These punishments are only for those who committed crimes against Allah with their own free will. No one forced them. Nor were they ignorant:

لَا يَأْكُلُهُ إِلَّا الْخَاطِؤُونَ {37}

None will eat it (the discharge of wounds) except the sinners.

So what is the lesson for us here? For me it is a strong reminder that I have to give up all acts of disobedience, all bad habits and all negative attitudes which are against the pleasure of Allah. Because these warnings are meant for all of us and Quran is meant for guidance; and it is not just some poetry to enjoy:

وَمَا هُوَ بِقَوْلِ شَاعِرٍ قَلِيلًا مَا تُؤْمِنُونَ {41}

It is not the word of a poet – little is it that you believe

Some people claimed that the Prophet (s.a.w) had himself written the Quran. But Allah says that even if the Prophet (s.a.w) had added some of the content from his own choice, then Allah would have put a stop to it:

وَلَوْ تَقَوَّلَ عَلَيْنَا بَعْضَ الْأَقَاوِيلِ {44}لَأَخَذْنَا مِنْهُ بِالْيَمِينِ {45}

Had he (Muhammad) invented false statements concerning Us, We would certainly have seized him by his right hand

These verses are an open proof of the seriousness of Quran. But only those take lesson from it who truly fear Allah:

وَإِنَّهُ لَتَذْكِرَةٌ لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ {48}

Surely this Qur’an is a reminder to the God-fearing.

If others don’t agree with this truth then don’t let that dampen your spirit. Present to them the message and then leave the rest to Allah. For you it is enough that you should continue to proclaim the purity of Allah… not just in words, but in thoughts as well as actions:

فَسَبِّحْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الْعَظِيمِ {52}

So glorify the name of your Rabb, the Most High.

Surah Al-Ma’arij

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

The word Al-Ma’arij has been translated as “The Ascending Stairways”. It brings to my mind the image of stairs rising towards the sky and people climbing on different levels of faith and goodness. We are in a sort of race against time to accumulate as many good deeds as we can. But all our life our focus remains on the exterior actions, while the root of goodness lies in the heart. We remain in an illusion of righteousness because self analysis is a task, which we think that we don’t need any more. While the truth is that the higher you go on the ladder of goodness, the more you are at a risk of falling prey to these tricks of the devil. Therefore we should stay connected with the Quran and keep asking Allah to protect us from all the diseases of the heart specially arrogance because it is the root of all evil. It was arrogance which made iblis (the devil) into the most hateful creature in the eyes of Allah. And it was arrogance which made the Makkans reject the warnings of Allah. They were so full of their ego that they ridiculed the Prophet (s.a.w) when he warned them of Allah’s punishment; and challenged him to bring the punishment if he was truthful:

سَأَلَ سَائِلٌ بِعَذَابٍ وَاقِعٍ {1}

A questioner asked for a punishment bound to happen

The illusion of being in control of everything makes people forget their real state of helplessness. It is a test from Allah that He is invisible and all the other resources are visible. And so people become attached to the visible “gods”. Whereas if we use our insight it will become very clear that our choice and control in life is very limited and that too has been given by Allah. Therefore all greatness belongs to Allah:

مِّنَ اللَّهِ ذِي الْمَعَارِجِ {3}

It will come from Allah, the Owner of the Ways of Ascent.

The words of the Quran are awesome… they go straight into the heart and make you see things in the light of truth. But what can you do if people want to remain in their state of ignorance and disbelief? Often we face this dilemma of trying to present Allah’s message to people but they react in an offensive manner… at such times one feels literally helpless with anger but Allah is cautioning us to remain peaceful and patient:

فَاصْبِرْ صَبْرًا جَمِيلًا {5}

Therefore, endure with graceful patience.

Just imagine how much torture was inflicted on our Prophet (s.a.w) but He never reciprocated in a rude manner. His goodness of character was so impressive that the same enemies accepted faith in later years. But do you think it was easy? Of course not! But He endured all the pain for the sake of Allah. If we want to be close to Him in Paradise then we will also have to display the same patience and goodwill towards people. But our problem is that we are so impatient and selfish…

إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ خُلِقَ هَلُوعًا {19}

Indeed, man has been created impatient

All our energies of thought and action are being spent in safeguarding our selfish interests and this attitude is reflected in the following words:

إِذَا مَسَّهُ الشَّرُّ جَزُوعًا {20}وَإِذَا مَسَّهُ الْخَيْرُ مَنُوعًا {21}

When evil befalls him, he becomes despondent; but when blessed with good fortune, he becomes stingy

So how can we develop patience…??

A well balanced character can only be achieved through consistent and sincere worship…If we bow down to of Allah in salah five times a day He will bless us with a special kind of patience, peace and tranquillity.

الَّذِينَ هُمْ عَلَى صَلَاتِهِمْ دَائِمُونَ {23}

Those who remain steadfast in their Salah (prayer)

But then why is it that we are regular in prayers but still not consistent in goodness? The answer is that prayer should not just be an exercise of limbs but a conscious act of purification through a dialogue with Allah. Such a person, who develops a bond with Allah through prayer, will also be eager to connect to people by sharing his blessings with them:

وَالَّذِينَ فِي أَمْوَالِهِمْ حَقٌّ مَّعْلُومٌ {24}لِّلسَّائِلِ وَالْمَحْرُومِ {25}

And those who set aside a due share in their wealth; for the beggars and the deprived,

The third characteristic of these people is that they confirm their belief in the hereafter, both in words and deeds:

وَالَّذِينَ يُصَدِّقُونَ بِيَوْمِ الدِّينِ {26}

And those who accept the truth of the Day of Judgment,

And even while doing all these things they remain in fear of their Lord… isn’t this amazing?!!

وَالَّذِينَ هُم مِّنْ عَذَابِ رَبِّهِم مُّشْفِقُونَ {27}

And those who dread the punishment of their Rabb

You see that nowadays we do a little act of goodness and we feel so satisfied with ourselves… it is because we think that the test of the hereafter is so simple. But the ones who are really knowledgeable about Allah think very differently:

إِنَّ عَذَابَ رَبِّهِمْ غَيْرُ مَأْمُونٍ {28}

Surely the punishment of their Rabb is not something from which anyone can feel safe.

The greatest motivating force for a person to stay away from all evil is this realization of Allah’s justness and His terrible punishment. Otherwise if this faith is not right then the shaitan has an easy task of portraying all sorts of evil practices in a beautiful covering. The only way out, is to abstain from all forms of indecencies:

وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِفُرُوجِهِمْ حَافِظُونَ {29}

And those are the ones, who guard their private parts,

And not to forget that faith is not a personal thing. Rather we have to be faithful to others in all our dealings:

وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِأَمَانَاتِهِمْ وَعَهْدِهِمْ رَاعُونَ {32}

Those who keep their trusts and honour their promises

This is a complete picture of a true believer, someone who is true to himself, true to Allah and true to people. But in fulfilling all these responsibilities, he remembers that the basis of his faith and stability lies in his lifelong connection with Allah, and so he guards it like his life:

وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَلَى صَلَاتِهِمْ يُحَافِظُونَ {34}

And they are those who strictly guard their Salah (prayers)

What is the end result of all this patience, sacrifice and consistency of goodness? It is the honour of Paradise… something that we cannot ever imagine with our limited intellects because Allah has not made anything similar to it on this earth…

أُوْلَئِكَ فِي جَنَّاتٍ مُّكْرَمُونَ {35}

It is they who shall live with honour in paradise.

 
 

At the time when these beautiful words were being revealed and believers were being given the great promise of paradise, the disbelievers were rushing from all sides to oppress the Prophet (s.a.w) and they tried to prove that it was a fabrication. Just imagine yourself in such a situation… how awful it must have been for the Prophet (s.a.w) to put up with their taunts and rudeness. But Allah was with him and gave him comfort through these eternal words:

فَذَرْهُمْ يَخُوضُوا وَيَلْعَبُوا حَتَّى يُلَاقُوا يَوْمَهُمُ الَّذِي يُوعَدُونَ {42}

So leave them to plunge in vain talk and blunder about until they face that Day of theirs which they are being promised.

The reason for this attitude, even in today’s scenario, is that the disbelievers want to safeguard their interests and feel threatened by the one true religion which demands worship of only one God. They are too much in love with their wealth and status to come out of their worship of these “idols”. But on the day of judgement, the same people will be rushing towards Allah, like in this world they rush towards their goals and targets:

يَوْمَ يَخْرُجُونَ مِنَ الْأَجْدَاثِ سِرَاعًا كَأَنَّهُمْ إِلَى نُصُبٍ يُوفِضُونَ {43}

The Day when they shall rush forward from their graves, as if they were racing towards a goal.

But for the disbelievers it will be a most humiliating day… their arrogance will be turned to shame:

خَاشِعَةً أَبْصَارُهُمْ تَرْهَقُهُمْ ذِلَّةٌ ذَلِكَ الْيَوْمُ الَّذِي كَانُوا يُوعَدُونَ {44}

With downcast eyes and countenances distorted with shame. Such will be the Day, which they are being promised.

Just imagine this scene and think deeply… can we afford this pain of regret and humiliation on a day from which there is no turning back?

So turn back to Allah now when you can and enter into His shade of mercy. Allah’s obedience is the only protection from the trials of this world and of the hereafter. May Allah guide us all… ameen.

Surah Nuh

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Da’wah (calling people to Allah) is a unique “job”. On one hand there are extraordinary rewards for it but on the other hand it requires lots of patience and sacrifice. But have you ever thought why did Allah give us this task in the first place? We could all have been Muslims and each one of us could have been responsible for our own lives and just our own deeds. Why this added responsibility to call others? As I pondered over this question, I realized that Allah has blessed us with this honour so that we can truly experience the real taste of faith. I have myself experienced that it gives me tremendous energy and pleasure to talk to others about Allah. And it is a fact, that when I am reminding others of His blessings and His miracles; of heaven and hell; of this world and the hereafter; it is my own heart which is the most attentive listener and gets affected in a most powerful way. It gives me an added realization that now I have to prove my words through action. And then I also realize that I cannot do anything except with the help of Allah. This is what connects me more and more with Allah… But everything has a price; and the price of da’wah is patience, perseverance and sacrifice.

Thus nearly at the end of this Magnificent Quran Allah tells us the story of Prophet Nooh (a.s) whose patience was tested to an extraordinary limit yet he stayed firm in his conviction and continued to work for Allah till the end…

قَالَ يَا قَوْمِ إِنِّي لَكُمْ نَذِيرٌ مُّبِينٌ {2} أَنِ اعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ وَاتَّقُوهُ وَأَطِيعُونِ {3}

He said: “O my People! I am sent towards you as a plain Warner. Worship Allah, fear Him and obey me.

This has been the message of all Prophets: Worship of Allah, consciousness of Allah and obedience of the messenger. Religion cannot be complete if any one of the above is missing. We readily understand worship of Allah and following the way of the Prophet; but what is the significance of Taqwa? It is actually the awareness that Allah is watching over us, which makes us lead a clean life. Therefore an Allah-conscious person will constantly be alert about all his words, deeds and thoughts; and will strive towards sincerity and purity at all times. But what does one achieve from such a life?

يَغْفِرْ لَكُم مِّن ذُنُوبِكُمْ وَيُؤَخِّرْكُمْ إِلَى أَجَلٍ مُّسَمًّى إِنَّ أَجَلَ اللَّهِ إِذَا جَاء لَا يُؤَخَّرُ لَوْ كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ {4}

If you will do so, He will forgive you your sins and give you respite for an appointed term. The fact is that when the term given by Allah arrives, it cannot be deferred. If you could understand!

One would think that such a true and complete message will be instantly appreciated and accepted but it is human nature to dislike any warning which hinders their selfish and careless attitude towards life. So look at the reaction of people after listening to the warnings of Nooh (a.s):

وَإِنِّي كُلَّمَا دَعَوْتُهُمْ لِتَغْفِرَ لَهُمْ جَعَلُوا أَصَابِعَهُمْ فِي آذَانِهِمْ وَاسْتَغْشَوْا ثِيَابَهُمْ وَأَصَرُّوا وَاسْتَكْبَرُوا اسْتِكْبَارًا {7}

Each time I called on them to seek Your pardon; they thrust their fingers in their ears and drew their cloaks over their heads, persisting in sin and puffing themselves up with insolent pride.

Anyone would want to give up after such a rejection but a true caller to faith never gives up:

ثُمَّ إِنِّي دَعَوْتُهُمْ جِهَارًا {8} ثُمَّ إِنِّي أَعْلَنتُ لَهُمْ وَأَسْرَرْتُ لَهُمْ إِسْرَارًا {9}

I have called them aloud; then I appealed them openly in public and secretly in private,

This is the patience and consistency which is missing from our efforts. When we call others to Islam we expect them to change overnight and if anybody rejects the invitation we never bother with them again. But if you really are sincere in your desire to help others and to save them from loss then you will use all the methods; and never give up hope.

The fact is that when people reject faith and lead a life of desires, their hearts are burdened with guilt and they never get satisfaction even though they have lots of things to amuse them. Thus it is a great favour on them if you can gently guide them towards doing Taubah… a sincere repentance. So we see that in spite of all the transgression of his people, he is calling them to forgiveness:

فَقُلْتُ اسْتَغْفِرُوا رَبَّكُمْ إِنَّهُ كَانَ غَفَّارًا {10}

So I said (to the people): “Seek forgiveness of your Rabb, He is ever ready to forgive you.

It is a common misconception that if you commit yourself to deen then you will be deprived of the worldly benefits. The following verses have this good news from Allah that sincere duas of forgiveness not only earn us the pleasures of the hereafter; rather they are a means of barakah in worldly things as well:

يُرْسِلِ السَّمَاء عَلَيْكُم مِّدْرَارًا {11}وَيُمْدِدْكُمْ بِأَمْوَالٍ وَبَنِينَ وَيَجْعَل لَّكُمْ جَنَّاتٍ وَيَجْعَل لَّكُمْ أَنْهَارًا {12}

He will send abundant rain for you from heaven, and he will help you with wealth and sons, and provide you with gardens and the flowing rivers.

But what a pity it is that man gets so mesmerized by the worldly pleasures that he forgets Allah…

مَّا لَكُمْ لَا تَرْجُونَ لِلَّهِ وَقَارًا {13}وَقَدْ خَلَقَكُمْ أَطْوَارًا {14}

What is the matter with you that you do not regard the greatness of Allah; when He has created you in gradual stages?

Isn’t it simply amazing that the same earth which provides us sustenance will be our host after death…? Nooh a.s tries to awaken the intellect of his people:

وَاللَّهُ أَنبَتَكُم مِّنَ الْأَرْضِ نَبَاتًا {17}ثُمَّ يُعِيدُكُمْ فِيهَا وَيُخْرِجُكُمْ إِخْرَاجًا {18}

Allah has caused you to grow as a growth from the earth. He will return you to the same earth and then raise you back to life again on the Day of Resurrection?

He reminded the people that Allah had given them so many blessings so that they might turn to Allah in gratitude; but alas! they could not get out of their illusions and instead of turning to Allah; their attention was focused on pleasing the influential people of the society. So getting thoroughly disgusted by their blindness, Nooh (a.s) puts his sadness in front of Allah:

قَالَ نُوحٌ رَّبِّ إِنَّهُمْ عَصَوْنِي وَاتَّبَعُوا مَن لَّمْ يَزِدْهُ مَالُهُ وَوَلَدُهُ إِلَّا خَسَارًا {21}

Finally, Nooh (Noah) submitted: “O Rabb! My people have disobeyed me, and followed those chiefs whose wealth and children have added to them nothing but loss.

The people who reject the messengers of Allah might think of themselves as very powerful but they are all going to face a terrible punishment for their sins:

مِمَّا خَطِيئَاتِهِمْ أُغْرِقُوا فَأُدْخِلُوا نَارًا فَلَمْ يَجِدُوا لَهُم مِّن دُونِ اللَّهِ أَنصَارًا {25}

Because of their wrong doings they were drowned in the great flood and made to enter the fire. They found no one besides Allah to help them.

It is a fact that when man transgresses the boundaries of Allah shamelessly and never listens to any warnings then the hearts get hard and there remains no chance of any positive change. Thus it went on for years and generation after generation people continued to reject the teachings of Nooh (a.s). Finally when there was nothing more to be done, he made this prayer:

وَقَالَ نُوحٌ رَّبِّ لَا تَذَرْ عَلَى الْأَرْضِ مِنَ الْكَافِرِينَ دَيَّارًا {26}

And Nooh said “O Rabb! Do not leave a single unbeliever on the surface of the earth.

He had put up with so much of rejection and frustration but never did he complain about his situation…There is no self pity or complaints for his own hardships… Rather he asks for forgiveness if there had been any lack of effort from his side…

رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِي وَلِوَالِدَيَّ وَلِمَن دَخَلَ بَيْتِيَ مُؤْمِنًا وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ وَلَا تَزِدِ الظَّالِمِينَ إِلَّا تَبَارًا {28}

O Rabb! Forgive me, my parents and every true believer who seeks refuge in my house, and all believing men and believing women. As to the wrongdoers, grant them increase in nothing but destruction.”

We are all facing such situations and what is our attitude. If people don’t listen to us we condemn then and think of our own self as perfect and flawless. But we should remember that we are not angels and there is always a chance that maybe our own behaviour is not good. Maybe our own actions don’t match our words. Maybe the character we want in others is missing from our own personality. The Prophets were free from all such imperfections but we ordinary human beings can never be perfect. Therefore we should always be ready to look into our own hearts before putting the blame on others. Da’wah is not an ordinary job so the patience required for it is also extraordinary. But for those who want the highest levels of eternal success; it is not such a big price after all…

Surah Al-Jinn

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Islam is the religion chosen for us by Allah but its blessings are visible only to clear eyes. Just like the brilliant sun makes everything shine out so brightly but we see things according to our own vision. If someone is wearing dark glasses, he might say that everything is grey. But it doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with the sun. It keeps on shining with the same intensity even if it is hidden by clouds.

In the last surah we read about Prophet Nooh (a.s) who spent almost a thousand years trying to convince people of the oneness of Allah, but they could not see the truth in all that time. Here in surah Al-Jinn, Allah tells us a completely different story in which Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was reciting Quran during salah and a group of Jinn was passing by. So they stopped to listen to this beautiful recitation and immediately recognized its truth and beauty. But Jinn are an unseen creature of Allah so how did the Prophet (s.a.w) come to know of this event? It was revealed to him by Allah:

قُلْ أُوحِيَ إِلَيَّ أَنَّهُ اسْتَمَعَ نَفَرٌ مِّنَ الْجِنِّ فَقَالُوا إِنَّا سَمِعْنَا قُرْآنًا عَجَبًا {1}

O Prophet say: “It has been revealed to me that a band of jinns listened to the Qur’an, then returned to their folk and said: ‘We have heard a wonderful Qur’an

Just look at their expression of delight and wonder… it reminds me of my first taste of the Quran and my deep sense of pleasure and surprise as if I had found my lost treasure!!

We all know that Jinn have a limited intelligence as compared to man. Even then they comprehended something which is at times not even grasped by highly intellectual people. It means that mere intelligence is not enough to recognize the truth, but we need the true desire to reach the most authentic and most perfect thing.

The fact is that when you really appreciate something then you begin to recognize its virtues very clearly. That is why the Jinn immediately recognized the actual purpose of Quran:

يَهْدِي إِلَى الرُّشْدِ فَآمَنَّا بِهِ وَلَن نُّشْرِكَ بِرَبِّنَا أَحَدًا {2}

It (the Quran) guides to the Right Way. We have believed in it and henceforth shall worship none besides Our Rabb.

The miracle of the Quran is that instantly it connects to Allah… and makes us realize His true worth:

وَأَنَّهُ تَعَالَى جَدُّ رَبِّنَا مَا اتَّخَذَ صَاحِبَةً وَلَا وَلَدًا {3}

Surely our Rabb’s Majesty is exalted: He has neither taken a wife nor a son

Then all the prejudices against Allah, or going against His commands, seem to be utmost foolishness:

وَأَنَّهُ كَانَ يَقُولُ سَفِيهُنَا عَلَى اللَّهِ شَطَطًا {4}

Some who are foolish among us have been uttering atrocious lies about Allah

Most people have misguided ideas about Jinn. So many theories have been propagated about them, and people believe all sorts of nonsense, due to lack of knowledge. This surah not only proves the instant effects of Quran, rather it also gives us a true picture of this unseen creation of Allah. Whatever Allah has told us about Jinn should be enough for us and anything which people spread from their own imagination should be avoided. Because people have unrealistic fears about jinn and some even seek their protection. This is shirk… to think that someone besides Allah can give you protection:

وَأَنَّهُ كَانَ رِجَالٌ مِّنَ الْإِنسِ يَعُوذُونَ بِرِجَالٍ مِّنَ الْجِنِّ فَزَادُوهُمْ رَهَقًا {6}

Indeed, some individuals among mankind used to seek protection with some individuals among the jinns, so they caused such jinns to become more arrogant

All the jinn are not same… they also have a mixture of good and bad like human beings:

وَأَنَّا مِنَّا الصَّالِحُونَ وَمِنَّا دُونَ ذَلِكَ كُنَّا طَرَائِقَ قِدَدًا {11}

There are some among us who are righteous and some to the contrary; we have sects following different ways.

The important thing is that they recognized that the way to salvation is to follow Allah’s guidance:

وَأَنَّا مِنَّا الْمُسْلِمُونَ وَمِنَّا الْقَاسِطُونَ فَمَنْ أَسْلَمَ فَأُوْلَئِكَ تَحَرَّوْا رَشَدًا {14}

Surely there are some among us who are Muslims and some who are deviators from the truth. Those who have adopted Islam have found the way to salvation

Thus ends the speech of the Jinn. The clarity and strength of their faith is amazing but the question is: how can we reach this level of conviction? And then how to remain steadfast in faith when so many people try to convince that if you become religious you will be deprived of the benefits of this world. Allah is giving us a strong assurance that if you stay true to your commitment then I will shower my blessings on you like rain:

وَأَلَّوِ اسْتَقَامُوا عَلَى الطَّرِيقَةِ لَأَسْقَيْنَاهُم مَّاء غَدَقًا {16}

And (Allah revealed): “If they remained straight on the (right) Way, We should certainly have bestowed on them Rain in abundance (i.e. abundant provisions)

The rewards of being on the right way are great but we should remember that all blessings are tests… because if we get involved in their pleasure and forget Allah then it is the worst thing that anyone can do to himself:

لِنَفْتِنَهُمْ فِيهِ وَمَن يُعْرِضْ عَن ذِكْرِ رَبِّهِ يَسْلُكْهُ عَذَابًا صَعَدًا {17}

And we (with worldly blessings) thereby put them to test. And whoever neglects the remembrance (Quran) of his Rabb, shall be made to undergo severe punishment

Allah’s worship cannot be done unless we are firmly attached to two things… The Book of Allah and The teachings of His Prophet (s.a.w). So we must understand both; if we wish to follow the way to success. Sadly our concept about the Prophet (s.a.w) is mostly based on ignorance and imagination. Therefore it is our duty to get the true knowledge about him and spread it to others, so that we recognize what a truly great personality he was and how wonderful was the wisdom which he imparted to us through his words and deeds. His basic message was of purity of worship for Allah:

قُلْ إِنَّمَا أَدْعُو رَبِّي وَلَا أُشْرِكُ بِهِ أَحَدًا {20}

O Prophet, say: “I pray only to my Rabb and worship none besides Him.”

It is human nature that they get attached to the messenger in an exaggerated way and forget Allah. Thus they conveniently think that even if they don’t follow the commands of Allah they will be saved by the Prophet (s.a.w). Here in this verse is a clear answer to this misconception:

قُلْ إِنِّي لَا أَمْلِكُ لَكُمْ ضَرًّا وَلَا رَشَدًا {21}

Say: “I have no control to cause harm or bring you to the Right Way.”

So if we truly love our Prophet then we should learn what he taught and follow it in our life; otherwise his disobedience is not a small thing:

إِلَّا بَلَاغًا مِّنَ اللَّهِ وَرِسَالَاتِهِ وَمَن يَعْصِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَإِنَّ لَهُ نَارَ جَهَنَّمَ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا أَبَدًا {23}

My mission is only to deliver what I receive from Allah and make His messages known. As for those who disobey Allah and His Rasool, they shall be put in the fire of hell to live therein forever.”

The matters of the unseen are known only to Allah and He sends messages to His Prophet through angels along with strict protective measures:

إِلَّا مَنِ ارْتَضَى مِن رَّسُولٍ فَإِنَّهُ يَسْلُكُ مِن بَيْنِ يَدَيْهِ وَمِنْ خَلْفِهِ رَصَدًا {27}

except to the Rasool whom He may choose for that purpose, and then He appoints guards, who march before him and behind him,

This shows how much care is taken to protect the authenticity of the message. So then how ignorant we are that we think that we don’t need any formal education of the Quran or Hadith? The fact is that Allah guides only those who want to be guided and He has a record of all things:

لِيَعْلَمَ أَن قَدْ أَبْلَغُوا رِسَالَاتِ رَبِّهِمْ وَأَحَاطَ بِمَا لَدَيْهِمْ وَأَحْصَى كُلَّ شَيْءٍ عَدَدًا {28}

that He may know that they (the Rasools) have indeed delivered the messages of their Rabb. He also encompasses all their surroundings and keeps a count of each and everything.”

If Allah is counting everything so what should be our attitude towards life? Can we afford to be carefree about all the blessings that Allah has given us? We have to step out of our routine way of thinking and look deeply into things… because if we do not realize what opportunities and talents we have got then we will not be able to use them for our success. May Allah guide us to the right way of thinking and make us the best believers and representatives of His religion… Ameen.

Surah Al-Muzzammil

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

You must have read the stories of great men in the way of Allah who went without proper food for long periods of time. Kept fasts and then after the long day of work would break their fast with just dates and water. They even went to war, travelling hundreds of miles in the hot desert with minimal provisions, or transport… so have you ever wondered what was the source of their energy? How did they survive those extreme conditions? Never in any Hadith or narration have I heard any self pity or expression of resentment or any sense of deprivation. Now compare it with the abundance of food and luxuries of our present situation and surprisingly people are not satisfied. Talk to anyone you want and most of the time you will listen to a long list of problems and complaints. Everyone seems to be angry at the circumstances and full of self pity… why? Isn’t this a strange equation? They had nothing and they were energetic and enthusiastic… we have everything and yet feel lost and confused. Obviously there must be some ingredient which they had and we don’t… and I believe it was that very ingredient which gave them energy and deep satisfaction.

Wouldn’t you like to discover that secret? I just found it in today’s surah Al-Muzzammil…

يَا أَيُّهَا الْمُزَّمِّلُ {1}قُمِ اللَّيْلَ إِلَّا قَلِيلًا {2}

O you who wraps himself in clothing! Arise to Pray at night except for a little-

This surah was revealed in the early years of Makkan period. The task of receiving the divine revelation and then conveying it to others required a lot of effort. So Allah Ta’ala is calling the Prophet (s.a.w) in such a loving way to get energy from the closeness of His Lord in the last part of the night. And this prayer has one special ornament… the beautiful recitation of Quran:

……وَرَتِّلِ الْقُرْآنَ تَرْتِيلًا {4}

…….and recite the Qur’an in slow, measured, rhythmic tones…..

To experience the delight of this gift… which is the night prayer, you need to have faith in Allah. Otherwise if someone mentions to us Tahajjud, the first thought which enters our mind is “how will I get my sleep?” and so we remain empty and deprived from this great pleasure, this total satisfaction which fulfils all our needs. That is why we have this emptiness in our lives… because we are missing out on this treasure which is laid out every single night of our lives and we are too ignorant or lazy to get up and grab it with both hands!!

There are a lot of people I know who want to do great things for Allah but they complain of having no energy. But the same people will get energy for all the worldly tasks… strange, isn’t it? Some of us even go as far as to recognize that our Nafs is too spoilt and doesn’t want to do anything except to fulfil its desires. But then we don’t get any clue how to train our inner “self”. Allah is telling us here the golden rule that if you want to train it then you will have to make it work!!

إِنَّ نَاشِئَةَ اللَّيْلِ هِيَ أَشَدُّ وَطْءًا وَأَقْوَمُ قِيلًا {6}

Surely the getting up at night for prayer is most effective for controlling the self and most suitable for reciting the Qur’an as well;

Everything in our religion makes sense… nothing is against human intellect. Of course the one who created our intellect and who made the rules of life, are not different… but the one and only Allah. So how could there be any contradiction in what we need and what we have? It is only prejudice which makes us doubt the commands of Allah and we think there is no requirement for them. Such people may ask that what is the need for Tahajjud when we already have five prayers to connect to Allah… Isn’t that enough for spiritual nourishment? The answer is in the next verse:

إِنَّ لَكَ فِي اَلنَّهَارِ سَبْحًا طَوِيلًا {7}

Because, during the day you are hard pressed with worldly affairs

There has to be sometime during the cycle of night and day when we can be close to Allah with absolutely no distraction whatsoever; and that is possible only at night:

وَاذْكُرِ اسْمَ رَبِّكَ وَتَبَتَّلْ إِلَيْهِ تَبْتِيلًا {8}

Remember the name of your Rabb and (detach from everything to) devote yourself to Him exclusively.

To be cut off from all things does not imply that you leave your home and family and start living in jungles or mountains. Rather it means a sort of mental detachment at the time of prayer. Imagine you love someone most dearly. No matter where you are, you remember that person. But when you are in the company of that most beloved person you don’t remember anybody else… such should be our relationship with Allah. But sadly we are totally opposite… when we are with Allah we don’t forget duniya… throughout prayer we are immersed in the thoughts of people or things… and when we are in duniya, we forget Allah and do exactly as the duniya expects us to do…

But are we so blind that we don’t understand who is more worthy of our love and devotion? Imagine someone who owns everything and can give you all that you need… will you not turn to him completely?

رَبُّ الْمَشْرِقِ وَالْمَغْرِبِ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ فَاتَّخِذْهُ وَكِيلًا {9}

He is the Rabb of the east and the west: there is no God but Him, therefore, take Him as your Protector.

If today you get this good news that there is someone who is willing to take all your worries and is promising to sort out all your problems… how will you feel?

So try it out tonight and give Allah the burden of your heart. Just experience the pleasure of breathing easy

But what about people and their unfair attitudes? They make life so miserable and there seems to be no solution… but look here; Allah has a solution for everything…He is so perfect!!

وَاصْبِرْ عَلَى مَا يَقُولُونَ وَاهْجُرْهُمْ هَجْرًا جَمِيلًا {10}

Bear patiently with what they say and leave their company in a polite manner.

In other words we have to be patient and learn not to be judgemental. If someone tries to come between you and Allah… just be very calm and find another route. Allah is everywhere!!

The day of recompense is not far and we should all be worrying about that instead of wasting our energies on petty little issues:

يَوْمَ تَرْجُفُ الْأَرْضُ وَالْجِبَالُ وَكَانَتِ الْجِبَالُ كَثِيبًا مَّهِيلًا {14}

On the day when the earth with all its mountains will be in a violent commotion, and the mountains will crumble into heaps of shifting sand.

The thought of the hereafter is enough to remind us of the reality of life. Without the end in mind, we tend to magnify small irritations and trials, into huge problems. But really the thought of Allah’s judgement brings everything into the right perspective. That is why Allah says:

إِنَّ هَذِهِ تَذْكِرَةٌ فَمَن شَاء اتَّخَذَ إِلَى رَبِّهِ سَبِيلًا {19}

Surely this is but a reminder, so let him who wills, take the Right way to His Rabb.

I love this ayat because it gives an unbeatable answer to an excuse largely used by people who are so much in love with their worldly life that they cannot think of anything beyond its boundaries… and then they say things like “It is Allah’s will whom he wants to guide… so if he will guide us we will also pray or do Hajj.” Especially for Hajj people usually say “Only he can go whom Allah calls”. But see how clearly Allah is saying that whosoever wants, can make a way towards Allah… The guidance is clear; now it is up to us whether we go to the right way or keep hiding behind excuses.

The next and final ayah is a long one and I will take it in parts because there are very important lessons which deal with practical application of the wonderful concepts discussed earlier…

The first point is that Allah knows our limitations and weaknesses so he made things really easy and do-able by saying these beautiful words:

……فَاقْرَؤُوا مَا تَيَسَّرَ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ………therefore, read from the Qur’an as much as you easily can.

This is because people are in different situations and they can judge from their own routine how much they can sacrifice from their sleep:

عَلِمَ أَن سَيَكُونُ مِنكُم مَّرْضَى وَآخَرُونَ يَضْرِبُونَ فِي الْأَرْضِ يَبْتَغُونَ مِن فَضْلِ اللَّهِ وَآخَرُونَ يُقَاتِلُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ فَاقْرَؤُوا مَا تَيَسَّرَ مِنْهُ……. He knows that there may be some sick people among you, and some others who travel through the land to seek Allah’s bounty; and yet some others fighting for the cause of Allah. Therefore, read as much of the Qur’an as you easily can.

This is such a beautiful example of Allah’s love and mercy for his faithful slaves. On one hand he does not give orders to read any definite amount of Quran… secondly He also hasn’t given us a complete leave from this duty… work hard to meet the requirements of life but the Quran will go side by side…and not just for the night prayer but even in the day; whether you memorize it or keep a copy in your bag! Just read whatever you can easily read… but do not leave it behind

The night prayer and reading the words of the beautiful Quran at that time; is really an act of love and desire… Allah must appreciate it so much… but does it mean you can now skip your fajar salah? Or other duties? NO not at all…

وَأَقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَآتُوا الزَّكَاةَ وَأَقْرِضُوا اللَّهَ قَرْضًا حَسَنًا….. Establish the Salah (five time daily prayers) and pay the Zakah (poor due), and give to Allah a goodly loan.

We have discussed before, what it is to give loan to Allah; but I heard a most amazing definition from a scholar and want to share it will all… “Qardhan Hasanan” (giving beautiful loan) means to spend our lives and our belongings for the sake of Allah without any expectation of payment. It doesn’t mean that you don’t want reward from Allah… rather it means that while giving, your heart should just want to give out of love of Allah and not to spend in a calculating way. It means to give generously and selflessly… there is a difference when you calculate what you will get out of it. And see the next words say it all:

وَمَا تُقَدِّمُوا لِأَنفُسِكُم مِّنْ خَيْرٍ تَجِدُوهُ عِندَ اللَّهِ هُوَ خَيْرًا وَأَعْظَمَ أَجْرًا…. Whatever good you will send forth for yourselves, you will find it with Allah, which will be much better and greater in reward.

It seems as if there could be no more to be said but one thing remains and that is to humbly ask Allah’s forgiveness… why? Because nothing you do is without faults. It is human nature to make mistakes and the only thing which erases these errors is Allah’s loving forgiveness because He certainly is the most Merciful:

…… وَاسْتَغْفِرُوا اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ {20}

Seek Allah’s forgiveness, surely Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

We need to spread this truth to others too because there are so many doubts and misconceptions in the minds of people due to ignorance and over-involvement with the affairs of daily existence. They need to be told that the real source of everything is Allah and the only way to peace and happiness is to put your trust in Him and turn to Him with love and humility. Our hearts are so burdened with pressures of all kinds but Allah is offering His protection to us. Why should we deprive ourselves when we have such a forgiving and merciful Rabb… who is willing to take us into His mercy… if only we turn to Him and follow the path that leads to success… InshaAllah.

Surah Al-Muddassir

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Before studying the Quran I used to consider myself as a fairly good Muslim but my heart was totally involved in this world and its various issues. Religion for me was a set of rituals and after having done them such as Salah and zikr, I considered having done my duty and now was free to occupy my time with the things that needed to be done or things that I loved doing. So basically my time was divided into two slots… one was for doing the “duties” and the other was for “relaxation/enjoyment”. As long as things went smoothly I was ok, but whenever some problem came up I used to be very upset and confused. I just couldn’t understand why people had to suffer miseries, why do they have to die? Why were people so selfish and inconsiderate? Why do they have to hurt others and make life miserable for those around them? Because my vision was blocked and I could see things from the perspective of this world only, so it depressed me….. Until Allah blessed me with the guidance of the Quran which restored my vision and I began to understand the true purpose of my existence.

But why am I telling this story now? What does it have to do with Surah Al-Muddassir? Actually this great surah has reminded me how terrible it is to live life with a distorted vision, even in the midst of a million blessings. Can a lost person be happy? Even if he is driving the most luxurious car… certainly he cannot enjoy the ride until he knows where he is going. Even if he deludes himself of having fun, can he reach his destination?

Unfortunately this is the way most people are living their lives and there is such a great need for us to spread the real truth which Allah has revealed and preserved in the form of Quran and Sunnah; but to try to wake up a sleeping person who does not want to wake up… is not such a simple task. We need to have a lot of love, goodwill, sincerity and knowledge of the proper etiquettes of “Dawah” (calling people to Allah). Therefore Allah has given us a complete manual right in the beginning of Surah Al-Muddassir which was originally addressed to our Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon Him)

يَا أَيُّهَا الْمُدَّثِّرُ {1}قُمْ فَأَنذِرْ {2}

O you wrapped up (in garments)! Arise and deliver your warning.

We keep reading so many warnings about health hazards, about possible weather calamities, about rise and fall of markets and how we should invest our money… all the dangers of the world and our fear of loss and failure makes us believe whatever is told to us… we immediately turn to safety measures… but the fact is that none of the dangers of this world can compare to the greatest danger of the hereafter i.e. the terrible hellfire… that is something which we need to save our souls from- first and foremost… because in this life the problem will go away or your life will end. Either way we will be released from whatever difficulty that might come our way… but if someone fails the test of life and displeases Allah through disobedience and arrogance then the pain will be everlasting… may Allah save us from that (Ameen)

وَرَبَّكَ فَكَبِّرْ {3}

And proclaim the greatness of your Rabb.

We say the words “Allahu Akbar in all our prayers and in the words of Azaan we hear this… but is it really the feeling of our heart? Does it reflect in our behaviour? The real essence of religion is that we establish Allah’s absolute greatness in our lives by giving Him the topmost priority in all our decisions. His pleasure should be our greatest goal and His fear should be our greatest fear. Now these are the two basic concepts that we have to convey…. Allah’s Greatness and the reality of the hereafter… these two are the motivators of the heart. next comes the outward appearance of the caller to faith…

وَثِيَابَكَ فَطَهِّرْ {4}

And purify your garments.

Why is this so important that Allah has specifically mentioned it in the Quran? Generally people have this misconception that a religious person has no concern with the physical aspects of life. We should understand that all these things are a blessing for man and we should use them with goodness and gratitude so that they increase us in Allah’s love and obedience. Also cleanliness is something which has a direct effect on our soul as well as the person whom we interact with. So a believer might be poor and wear old clothes but they will always be clean like his heart… because Allah has ordered us to stay away from all bad things:

وَالرُّجْزَ فَاهْجُرْ {5}

Keep yourself away from uncleanliness.

When we do something good to others we feel good and it is very natural… but just take care that never think that you have done any favour on anyone… Because it is Allah’s favour on us that He enables us to do anything good and also whatever we do is eventually going to benefit our own selves. So never expect that others should acknowledge your goodness:

وَلَا تَمْنُن تَسْتَكْثِرُ {6}

Do not favour others to expect a gain.

After having taken all these steps when you lovingly and sincerely call people to Allah, it might happen that most people will not take it positively and will blame you of “acting very pious” or other such remarks. Therefore the quality which we need most in this way is “patience for the sake of Allah”…

وَلِرَبِّكَ فَاصْبِرْ {7}

And be patient for the sake of your Rabb.

The spiritual fulfillment in connecting people to Allah and giving them hope of His mercy and a light of guidance is something which cannot be expressed in words. But only those people can achieve it who are willing to bear the pain of rejection and ridicule with patience. Because one comes across a lot of people who will not like to hear the truth and will even try to prove that the caller to faith is himself a wrong person. Such an example has been described in the next few verses where Allah tells us of an affluent man in Makkah who tried to prove that Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) was just mesmerising people with his magic and that there was no truth in his sayings…. how could he even say such a thing about a man whom the whole town knew to be the most truthful and the most trustworthy. Obviously it was just his arrogance, as is expressed in the following words:

ثُمَّ أَدْبَرَ وَاسْتَكْبَرَ {23}فَقَالَ إِنْ هَذَا إِلَّا سِحْرٌ يُؤْثَرُ {24}

Then he turned his back in scornful pride and said: “This is nothing but a magic derived from the old”;

Even after fourteen centuries the same thing happens that people who feel threatened that if Islam comes into the lives of people then it will be an end to their wrong ways so they try to prove that the caller to Allah’s message is projecting some self created theories:

إِنْ هَذَا إِلَّا قَوْلُ الْبَشَرِ {25}

“This is nothing but the word of a human being.”

Although in this world they are not being caught and punished for their falsehood, and some people might even believe and follow them… thinking them to be so powerful and intelligent but in the hereafter they will be given their due return for their disbelief and arrogance:

سَأُصْلِيهِ سَقَرَ {26}وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا سَقَرُ {27}لَا تُبْقِي وَلَا تَذَرُ {28}لَوَّاحَةٌ لِّلْبَشَرِ {29}

Soon I shall cast him into “Saqar”. What will make you understand, what “Saqar” is? It is burning fire which leaves nothing and spares none. It shrivels the human flesh.

Our actions and words do not always show up in any obvious consequence in this world. Some people continue to do injustice to others but no one ever takes them to task. We continue to make the same mistakes time and time again but we don’t have to pay for them. This makes us relaxed regarding the consequences of the hereafter but we should remember that Allah does not punish us in this world but he has warned us again and again in the Quran, about the day when each and every thought word and deed will be weighed…

كُلُّ نَفْسٍ بِمَا كَسَبَتْ رَهِينَةٌ {38}

Every soul is held in pledge for its deeds.

And when people will be thrown into the hellfire, which they had denied all their life, they will be asked:

مَا سَلَكَكُمْ فِي سَقَرَ {42}

“What brought you into hell?”

Just look at their answer…

قَالُوا لَمْ نَكُ مِنَ الْمُصَلِّينَ {43}

They will answer: “We did not use to offer the Salah (prayers)

We take salah so lightly although it is the first thing that will be asked of us in the hereafter. And then the other thing which we never think of:

وَلَمْ نَكُ نُطْعِمُ الْمِسْكِينَ {44}

We did not use to feed the poor

Amazingly the next ayat depicts our biggest distraction which is eating away our time and life and we don’t even realize it…

وَكُنَّا نَخُوضُ مَعَ الْخَائِضِينَ {45}

We used to join those who wasted their time in vain talk

All this is due to the fact that our belief in the hereafter is diminishing in direct proportion to the increasing love for the worldly activities. Today we claim to have faith in Allah and the hereafter but on that day of the final judgement, the disbelievers will realize the truth:

وَكُنَّا نُكَذِّبُ بِيَوْمِ الدِّينِ {46}

And we used to deny the Day of Judgment,

How terrible it is to dwell in an infinite sea of torture and regret… but sadly we don’t pay attention to the warnings in this life when we still have a chance to make things right…

فَمَا لَهُمْ عَنِ التَّذْكِرَةِ مُعْرِضِينَ {49}

Then what is the matter with them that they turn away from this admonition?

We run away from facing the truth and we think we are being very intelligent and independent; but look at what Allah is saying here:

كَأَنَّهُمْ حُمُرٌ مُّسْتَنفِرَةٌ {50}فَرَّتْ مِن قَسْوَرَةٍ {51}

Like frightened donkeys fleeing from a lion.

If only we had realized that Quran is such a great blessing of guidance and knowledge, then we would have honoured it more than anything else but our hearts are trapped in the illusion of this world and we have neglected to learn and apply the reminders of the Quran:

كَلَّا إِنَّهُ تَذْكِرَةٌ {54}

But no! Surely this Qur’an is an admonition.

But Allah does not force guidance on us. He has given us the freedom of choice. And this is the test of life how we use this freedom. Therefore the Quran benefits only those who accept its truth and choose to be reminded:

فَمَن شَاء ذَكَرَهُ {55}

So whosoever will (let him read it), and receive admonition (from it)!

Just as there is an arrogance of disbelief similarly there is an arrogance of piety. And this is so sad that some people tend to think of themselves as so pure and righteous and then start to look down on others. This is again a trap of the devil and we must be very very careful not to fall in this error. We must remember to be extra thankful to Allah day and night and bow our hearts in front of His majesty because we could not have achieved guidance without Allah’s will…

وَمَا يَذْكُرُونَ إِلَّا أَن يَشَاء اللَّهُ هُوَ أَهْلُ التَّقْوَى وَأَهْلُ الْمَغْفِرَةِ {56}

But none takes heed except by the will of Allah. He Alone is worthy to be feared and He Alone is worthy to forgive those who fear Him.

What a magnificent ayat this is… ending with the most powerful reminder that ONLY Allah is deserving of our fear and ONLY He has the power of forgiveness.

May Allah give us Hidayat and save us from arrogance and disbelief. May this message reach to all the people of this world…Ameen

Surah Al-Qiyamah

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

As we continue with our daily existence… it seems to be an unending cycle of day and night but the fact is that with each passing moment we are coming closer and closer to our end. Even though we “believe” in the Day of Judgement, yet it seems to be a dreamy sort of event which is to come in a far away future. Due to a severe lack of knowledge of Quran and Hadith, we have started believing in the illusions of this world and think of it as reality; with the result that the reality of “resurrection and recompense” seems to be an illusion.

If you change the sign boards on the roads by switching over east with west…can anybody reach their destination? Similarly the certainty that the day of Judgement is very near, acts as a sign post in our conscious minds, motivating us to stay on the right way… therefore Allah takes oath of this great day…

لَا أُقْسِمُ بِيَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ {1}

I swear by the Day of Resurrection

Apart from giving us knowledge of the day of Qiyamah, Allah has blessed all of us with a very sophisticated “tool” which is the conscience. It is like an alarm which rings as soon as we do something wrong. The strength of this alarm depends on the strength of our faith and knowledge. And the fact that Allah has taken oath of it really makes me think how great this blessing is… but sadly how little we make use of it:

وَلَا أُقْسِمُ بِالنَّفْسِ اللَّوَّامَةِ {2}

And I swear by the self reproaching soul!

But the people of Makkah to whom these verses were revealed did not want to believe in Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) and tried to challenge the divine verses with their logic of possibilities… Allah asks them:

أَيَحْسَبُ الْإِنسَانُ أَلَّن نَجْمَعَ عِظَامَهُ {3}

Does man think that We shall not be able to put his bones together?

The answer is so amazing and awesome:

بَلَى قَادِرِينَ عَلَى أَن نُّسَوِّيَ بَنَانَهُ {4}

Why not? We are able to put together, in perfect order, the very tips of his fingers.

After reading this verse, I just sat mesmerized looking at my finger tips and marvelling at the pattern of the lines… so fine and so intricate. It was as if I was seeing them for the first time and I understood that this is how Quran opens our eyes! How amazing is the power of that Rabb who created these tiny joints with all the details and will again make us whole and complete, even after we become a collection of dust and bones…

But some people prefer to remain blind even after seeing it all… until they will be overtaken by the horrors of the Qiyamah:

فَإِذَا بَرِقَ الْبَصَرُ {7}

When the sight shall be dazed…

When some calamity hits us in this world our first reaction is to run away from the scene but on that final day there will be no place to protect anyone:

يَقُولُ الْإِنسَانُ يَوْمَئِذٍ أَيْنَ الْمَفَرُّ {10}كَلَّا لَا وَزَرَ {11}

– on that Day man will ask: “Is there any way to escape?” Nay! There will be no refuge.

How we deny the truth with our logics and the power of speech but on the day of judgement Allah will tell us the reality of what we did…

يُنَبَّأُ الْإِنسَانُ يَوْمَئِذٍ بِمَا قَدَّمَ وَأَخَّرَ {13}

On that Day man shall be told about all his deeds, from the first to the last.

It is not that we are blind about ourselves… rather Allah has given us both outer and inner vision and we can see where we are going wrong; but we just have this habit of denial due to which we don’t admit our faults and seldom try to correct them:

بَلِ الْإِنسَانُ عَلَى نَفْسِهِ بَصِيرَةٌ {14}وَلَوْ أَلْقَى مَعَاذِيرَهُ {15}

Indeed, man shall bear witness against himself, even though he shall plead with excuses.

The reason behind this self deception is nothing but the love of this world. Instead of being mesmerised by Allah and bowing down in front of His greatness, we are mesmerised by the love of the world and its temporary benefits and pleasures….

كَلَّا بَلْ تُحِبُّونَ الْعَاجِلَةَ {20}

Nay, the fact is that you people love this fleeting life.

We go on blindly in pursuit of this world, not realizing that the price we are paying for it is too high:

وَتَذَرُونَ الْآخِرَةَ {21}

and you are heedless of the Hereafter.

Some might say that to change our lifestyle for the sake of the Akhirah is nearly impossible and what will become of us if we give up the haram pleasures… others might even try to prove that the haram is not haram anymore… but amidst all this non seriousness and denial there will still be some fortunate people who will seek the truth and follow it even though they have to make some sacrifices… but look at how they will be honoured and pleased on the day of Judgement:

وُجُوهٌ يَوْمَئِذٍ نَّاضِرَةٌ {22}إِلَى رَبِّهَا نَاظِرَةٌ {23}

On that Day, some faces shall be bright, looking towards their Rabb.

What greater joy can there be that the one whom you try to please is actually pleased with you… the one you love, loves you… So when the believers of Allah will look at the countenance of their Rabb and see with their eyes how pleased He is with their efforts then it will be a supreme moment of joy for them and they will forget every other thing that they were given before that. Can anything in this world compare with this pleasure?

But it is a matter of faith and for those who don’t believe in these verses and continue on their ways, there is a sad end awaiting them:

وَوُجُوهٌ يَوْمَئِذٍ بَاسِرَةٌ {24}تَظُنُّ أَن يُفْعَلَ بِهَا فَاقِرَةٌ {25}

And on that Day some faces shall be gloomy, thinking that some backbreaking calamity is about to be inflicted on them.

How can we not believe when we have seen death with our own eyes…?

كَلَّا إِذَا بَلَغَتْ التَّرَاقِيَ {26}وَقِيلَ مَنْ رَاقٍ {27}

Nay, when a man’s soul is about to leave and reaches to the throat; and those around him cry: “Is there any enchanter to help?”

How sad is the moment of departure… think of the pain of any separation and then multiply it with infinity… that will be the intensity of saying farewell to this world forever:

وَظَنَّ أَنَّهُ الْفِرَاقُ {28}

Then man will be certain that it was the time of departure from this world.

So what will be the state of the person who did not do any of the things which Allah told him to do? Where will he go now?

إِلَى رَبِّكَ يَوْمَئِذٍ الْمَسَاقُ {30}

that will be the Day of driving towards your Rabb.

Allah specially mentions two things and it is a sort of warning to us that while we have still time we must hold on to these things which the unfortunate soul neglected to do:

فَلَا صَدَّقَ وَلَا صَلَّى {31}

But in this life he neither believed, nor offered Salah (prayed);

And then Allah repeats again and again the word which we fear the most… misery and suffering…

أَوْلَى لَكَ فَأَوْلَى {34}ثُمَّ أَوْلَى لَكَ فَأَوْلَى {35}

Woe to you, O man! Woe to you. Again woe to you, O man! Woe to you.

How can we even think of being independent in our choices and decisions? When we have been created from a drop of water and through various stages Allah has made us complete humans… how can we even dare to disobey the one who gave us this life and everything?

أَيَحْسَبُ الْإِنسَانُ أَن يُتْرَكَ سُدًى {36}أَلَمْ يَكُ نُطْفَةً مِّن مَّنِيٍّ يُمْنَى {37}

Does man think that he will be left to wander around without any purpose? Was he not once a drop of emitted semen?

If we contemplate on this amazing creation of our bodies, of this universe, of all the varieties and species of plants and animals, night and day, the sun, moon and stars… all separate yet woven together in a complex program of life and death… then how can we think that Allah who created it the first time cannot do so again?

أَلَيْسَ ذَلِكَ بِقَادِرٍ عَلَى أَن يُحْيِيَ الْمَوْتَى {40}

Has He not then the power to bring the dead to life?

For me this Surah is such a powerful reminder that whatever excuses I have to put the interests of this life ahead of the hereafter, all those reasons, logics, and excuses are as baseless, as weak, and as foolish as the disbelief in resurrection. Because if we really believe in our destination then we cannot loiter and waste our time on the way… if we truly believe in the immense pleasures of the hereafter then we cannot lag behind in achieving the maximum benefits. Allah has programmed into us a need for permanent happiness and success… it is just a matter of faith where we believe it can be found. If we believe it is in the hereafter then will work for that and if we think that it can be found in this world then it will be striving in vain…

May Allah save us from all false illusions and open our eyes to the reality. May He increase us in our faith and guide us to the ultimate success…ameen

 

Surah Ad-Dahr

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

I have loved this Surah even before I studied its meaning. Sounds a bit strange… how can one be inspired by something that one doesn’t even know or understand? This is the miracle of the Quran that it attracts your heart in so many ways… and one of its attractions is its rhyme and rhythm of words. I remember that some years ago I received a “Ramadan gift-pack” from a friend of mine in which she had put in some booklets, pamphlets, cards of duas etc. Along with that there were some cassettes. Instantly I played one of those and heard for the first time the recitation of Surah Ad-Dahr… I thought I had never heard anything so beautiful in my whole life. Although I couldn’t understand it then but just listening to its mesmerising sound I knew there must be something very special in these amazing words that sounded like something out of this world!

Alhamdulillah today after studying it I feel like Allah has answered all my questions regarding life and its mysteries. I understood that we feel lost because we keep looking for guidance from people. And we don’t realize that only Allah has the complete knowledge and only He has the ability to make us see things from the right perspective. To understand life we must understand how and why it all began…

هَلْ أَتَى عَلَى الْإِنسَانِ حِينٌ مِّنَ الدَّهْرِ لَمْ يَكُن شَيْئًا مَّذْكُورًا {1}

Has there not passed over man a period of time when he was nothing- -not even mentioned?

Try to imagine what the world would be like if there was not a single person in it… empty houses, empty roads, no human voices, no traffic, nothing… How meaningless it would be without human beings… therefore it is such a big truth that Allah created everything for us… but what have we been created for? Allah answers in the next ayah:

إِنَّا خَلَقْنَا الْإِنسَانَ مِن نُّطْفَةٍ أَمْشَاجٍ نَّبْتَلِيهِ فَجَعَلْنَاهُ سَمِيعًا بَصِيرًا {2}

Indeed, We have created man from the sperm drop containing both sexes, so that We may test him. Therefore, We gave him the faculties of hearing and sight.

So life is a test… we keep hearing this sentence but rarely does anyone ask… what is the subject of this test? What is the syllabus? What type of questions will be asked?

إِنَّا هَدَيْنَاهُ السَّبِيلَ إِمَّا شَاكِرًا وَإِمَّا كَفُورًا {3}

Then We guided him to the Way: Now, it is his choice either to be grateful or to be a disbeliever.

The syllabus for our test has come straight from the heavens. Allah sent us the complete guide in the form of Quran. He sent us the most perfect teacher, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) who not only taught us the Quran but also taught us the wisdom to apply it in our lives. So now it is up to us whether we are grateful or ungrateful. If we appreciate life, acknowledge with our words and deeds that everything that we have has been given to us by Allah so it should be used according to His will and Desire, then we have passed this test; otherwise there is a terrible end…

إِنَّا أَعْتَدْنَا لِلْكَافِرِينَ سَلَاسِلَا وَأَغْلَالًا وَسَعِيرًا {4}

For the disbelievers, We have prepared chains, fetters and a blazing fire.

Sometimes paradise seems an impossible target but this Surah has given me such a hope and encouragement that it is not so difficult to achieve… the only thing we need to get there is to be grateful… Being grateful means that you have a positive attitude… you recognize that Allah had given you so much that you cannot even count. So you will try to win His pleasure with goodness and excellence in all that you do… such will be the fortunate people:

إِنَّ الْأَبْرَارَ يَشْرَبُونَ مِن كَأْسٍ كَانَ مِزَاجُهَا كَافُورًا {5}عَيْنًا يَشْرَبُ بِهَا عِبَادُ اللَّهِ يُفَجِّرُونَهَا تَفْجِيرًا {6}

The righteous shall be in paradise drinking from a cup of wine mixed with Kafoor (camphor-water), from a gushing spring at which the servants of Allah will refresh themselves, and shall be able to take out its channels from place to place at their will.

The most prized quality of grateful people is that they fulfil their commitments and fear the day of Judgement:

يُوفُونَ بِالنَّذْرِ وَيَخَافُونَ يَوْمًا كَانَ شَرُّهُ مُسْتَطِيرًا {7}

They are those who keep their vows and dread the Day of widespread terror

The Arabic word for a vow is “Nazr”. This means that a person makes some commitment with Allah to do some extra deeds. Nazr is defined as making something obligatory on oneself which is not otherwise an obligation. There reason to do so is to gain pleasure and nearness of Allah; because being humans we tend to make a lot of mistakes and the only way we can hope to wash away the effects of these mistakes is to do replace them with lots of extra good deeds. But just making intention is not enough because after the initial burst of motivation our efforts tend to fade off. So we should make commitments with Allah, not only for extra salah or fasting but also of other deeds of goodness… some for our personal development like education of Quran and Hadith and other targets of helping people:

وَيُطْعِمُونَ الطَّعَامَ عَلَى حُبِّهِ مِسْكِينًا وَيَتِيمًا وَأَسِيرًا {8}

And they feed the poor, the orphan and the captive for the love of Allah

But all along this road to success we need to keep looking at our compass, the tool which tells us where we are going. In the journey of life, our compass is the intention of our hearts… the motivating factor. It is human weakness that we want instant recognition and appreciation from people but we can correct this habit by reminding ourselves that our goal is to attain Allah’s approval:

إِنَّمَا نُطْعِمُكُمْ لِوَجْهِ اللَّهِ لَا نُرِيدُ مِنكُمْ جَزَاء وَلَا شُكُورًا {9}

(They say): “We feed you for the sake of Allah Alone; we seek from you neither reward nor thanks

Awareness of the reality is such a great blessing of Allah and we should all pray and work hard to attain it through humbleness and acquiring knowledge. It is this awareness which motivates a person to do countless acts of generosity yet instead of becoming pleased with himself he keeps fearing His Lord…

إِنَّا نَخَافُ مِن رَّبِّنَا يَوْمًا عَبُوسًا قَمْطَرِيرًا {10}

Indeed we dread our Rabb’s torment of a very distressful Day.

And this balance of gratitude and Allah’s fear leads a person to ultimate success:

فَوَقَاهُمُ اللَّهُ شَرَّ ذَلِكَ الْيَوْمِ وَلَقَّاهُمْ نَضْرَةً وَسُرُورًا {11}

So Allah will deliver them from the evil of that Day, and bestow on them freshness and joy

To be saved from the hellfire and to enter Paradise… this is the ultimate success:

وَجَزَاهُم بِمَا صَبَرُوا جَنَّةً وَحَرِيرًا {12}

And their recompense shall be Paradise, and silken garments, because they were patient.

No success comes without a price and the price of eternal happiness is Patience. We simply cannot do anything without patience and perseverance. Someone rightly said that patience and gratitude are two wings and we can fly to Jannat if both these wings remain strong. If one of them is cut off our flight will be in serious danger… It might seem hard to swallow the unpleasant things of this life with patience but just see how much reward there is awaiting those who decide to do it:

مُتَّكِئِينَ فِيهَا عَلَى الْأَرَائِكِ لَا يَرَوْنَ فِيهَا شَمْسًا وَلَا زَمْهَرِيرًا {13}

There they shall be reclining upon high couches; they shall feel neither the scorching heat nor the biting cold

It brings to mind such a delightful picture… complete serenity and freedom from all highs and lows… no more burning sun… no more freezing cold; just relax and enjoy the pleasures of Paradise:

وَدَانِيَةً عَلَيْهِمْ ظِلَالُهَا وَذُلِّلَتْ قُطُوفُهَا تَذْلِيلًا {14}

The trees of paradise will spread their shade around them, and their fruits will hang in clusters within their easy reach.

This is probably the only Surah in Quran where we find such a vivid description of Jannah. Reading such words increases our love for Allah even more, for all His detailed preparations and also for telling us in advance… so that we can work even harder to achieve it and bear the loneliness and hardships of this way in happiness of anticipation:

وَيُطَافُ عَلَيْهِم بِآنِيَةٍ مِّن فِضَّةٍ وَأَكْوَابٍ كَانَتْ قَوَارِيرَا {15}قَوَارِيرَ مِن فِضَّةٍ قَدَّرُوهَا تَقْدِيرًا {16}

They shall be served with silver dishes, goblets of crystal, and goblets made of crystal-clear silver, filled by their attendants in due measure.

There will be such honours given to the successful people which we cannot even imagine:

عَالِيَهُمْ ثِيَابُ سُندُسٍ خُضْرٌ وَإِسْتَبْرَقٌ وَحُلُّوا أَسَاوِرَ مِن فِضَّةٍ وَسَقَاهُمْ رَبُّهُمْ شَرَابًا طَهُورًا {21}

They (the residents of paradise) shall be arrayed in the garments of fine green silk and rich brocade, and adorned with bracelets of silver, and their Rabb will give them pure wine to drink.

Why is all this being given to them? Because they sought Allah’s appreciation and so Allah will give them what they strived for:

إِنَّ هَذَا كَانَ لَكُمْ جَزَاء وَكَانَ سَعْيُكُم مَّشْكُورًا {22}

“Verily this is a Reward for you, and your Endeavour is accepted and recognised.”

Whenever I imagine the long road to Paradise, the ultimate pleasure I visualize is that Allah will say “your efforts have been appreciated”. This longing to hear these words from Allah is the greatest motivating force in the world. It makes every other thing secondary… people’s pleasure, their approval, their criticism, their hurts… everything just fades away. But to strengthen this vision you need to keep looking outside the window of this temporary world into the infinity of the hereafter… And do you know where I found such a window? It is the Quran…

إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَزَّلْنَا عَلَيْكَ الْقُرْآنَ تَنزِيلًا {23}

Surely, it is We Who have sent down this Qur’an to you through gradual revelations,

But these days, even to reach this “window” requires a lot of patience and determination; because lots of evil forces are there to stop your way. That is why Allah says:

فَاصْبِرْ لِحُكْمِ رَبِّكَ وَلَا تُطِعْ مِنْهُمْ آثِمًا أَوْ كَفُورًا {24}

Therefore, await with patience the command of your Rabb and do not yield to any sinner or disbeliever.

But we need strength even to do Sabar… where will get that strength from?

وَاذْكُرِ اسْمَ رَبِّكَ بُكْرَةً وَأَصِيلًا {25}وَمِنَ اللَّيْلِ فَاسْجُدْ لَهُ وَسَبِّحْهُ لَيْلًا طَوِيلًا {26}

Glorify the name of your Rabb morning and evening; prostrate before Him at night and glorify Him during the long hours of night.

So Allah has made it so easy for us… go to him in Salah and get the energy to do sabar. Do sabar and get the rewards of paradise… then why are so few people willing to walk this way? What is stopping them?

إِنَّ هَؤُلَاء يُحِبُّونَ الْعَاجِلَةَ وَيَذَرُونَ وَرَاءهُمْ يَوْمًا ثَقِيلًا {27}

These people love the transitory life of this world and neglect the heavy Day that is coming ahead.

So we need to cut down on all trivial things which keep us addicted to the concerns of this world. This world is our necessity not our purpose… it is a way, not a destination. We can enjoy the scenes on the way but we don’t fall in love with them so much that we get off our train and start living there, forgetting our actual destination. But again only Allah has the power to reveal the reality to us… therefore hold tight to His words:

إِنَّ هَذِهِ تَذْكِرَةٌ فَمَن شَاء اتَّخَذَ إِلَى رَبِّهِ سَبِيلًا {29}

This is indeed an admonition, so let him who will, adopt The Way to his Rabb

So if you are a fortunate person already on the way of your Lord remember that one big trap of the devil is that he will try to make you arrogant… so Allah reminds you that there is no reason for you to feel proud of yourself because you could not be on the right way if he had not guided you:

وَمَا تَشَاؤُونَ إِلَّا أَن يَشَاء اللَّهُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلِيمًا حَكِيمًا {30}

But you cannot will, except by the will of Allah. Surely Allah is All-Knowledgeable, All-Wise.

Therefore we should just keep on doing our best and stay away from all self praising thoughts, words and deeds… patience and gratitude should be our motto and keep praying for Allah’s help and Mercy:

يُدْخِلُ مَن يَشَاء فِي رَحْمَتِهِ وَالظَّالِمِينَ أَعَدَّ لَهُمْ عَذَابًا أَلِيمًا {31}

He admits to His mercy whom He wills, and for the wrongdoers He has prepared a painful punishment.

Such a beautiful end to a heart moving surah! May this end be the start of a new awareness and a new energy and resolve to be the best slaves of Allah… humble, patient and grateful… forever turning to him in hope and fear… seeking His pleasure and working day and night towards this goal… InshaAllah

Surah Al-Mursalaat

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Human beings have a very flexible nature and they have a tendency to mould themselves according to the environment. If you sit with righteous people then you will automatically be reminded of Allah and it will have a positive effect on you. On the other hand if you see majority of people going against the commands of Allah then it will begin to look “normal” and there will come a time when Allah’s disobedience will become an easily acceptable thing. Like nowadays most people are not following Islam even though they claim to be “good and honest” people, consequently the coming generations will also start believing that you don’t have to follow Allah’s commands to be a “good person”. It appears as if there is no solution for this disease of denial and rejection but Alhamdulillah we have the Quran which has the power to bring our hearts back to the truth. Allah does not simply issue orders, rather He makes us think and contemplate on His miracles which we have never fully noticed… such as the winds…

وَالْمُرْسَلَاتِ عُرْفًا {1}

By the emissary winds, which are sent forth one after another.

Mostly we give importance to the visual things and ignore the unseen treasures. I wonder how many of us give thanks to Allah for the air in which we live and breathe. And how merciful is our Rabb who made it so soft and imperceptible… just think for a moment if it had not been colourless… an environment filled with green or red gas… and if it had not been odourless? Or if it had always been blowing in top speed like in cyclones and windstorms?

فَالْعَاصِفَاتِ عَصْفًا {2}

Which then blow violently in tempestuous Gusts

Allah keeps sending us such reminders from time to time so that we wake up from our “spiritual slumber”. How kind and Compassionate is Allah that He gives us every chance to come on the right path…

فَالْمُلْقِيَاتِ ذِكْرًا {5}عُذْرًا أَوْ نُذْرًا {6}

Then those who bring down the reminder, either to remove the excuse or to convey the warning.

What is the warning in these winds? That we stop thinking of this world as our destination because it is just a journey and the final stop will definitely come:

إِنَّمَا تُوعَدُونَ لَوَاقِعٌ {7}

Surely, that which you are being promised, shall be fulfilled.

Most of us keep avoiding death and don’t even like to be reminded of this inevitable truth. But such verses of the Quran force me to think what use is it to deny something that is so certain? We can never be sure that we will live in the next moment or not but we can be absolutely certain that one day death will come to take us into the next world…

وَإِذَا السَّمَاء فُرِجَتْ {9}وَإِذَا الْجِبَالُ نُسِفَتْ {10}

When the heaven will cleft asunder, and when the mountains will crumble into dust

We respond more to the warnings in the newspaper about disasters that might or might not happen… but when Allah warns us about dangers that are sure to come, we remain untouched… why? Because we don’t think that these warnings are for us… we believe ourselves to be so good that we only expect good things for ourselves. But we forget that the judge of goodness is Allah. So is my lifestyle according to Allah’s commands? Or am I rejecting His deen? This question is very crucial because the punishment of rejection is a painful torment which we cannot even imagine:

وَيْلٌ يَوْمَئِذٍ لِّلْمُكَذِّبِينَ {15}

Woe on that Day to the Rejecters of Truth!

This verse has been repeated ten times in this Surah. Surely it is something to take very seriously. Even logically it does not make sense that you take everything from Allah and then forget His obedience. After all who made us? And from what?

أَلَمْ نَخْلُقكُّم مِّن مَّاء مَّهِينٍ {20}

Have We not created you from an unworthy fluid?

Quran is not a book on embryology or astronomy, but these facts are mentioned as a reminder of our humble origin. And also of the Love and Compassion of Allah who created us into complete human beings from such a small and insignificant thing. We should ponder upon this miracle of Allah and then our hearts will realize the power of Allah:

فَقَدَرْنَا فَنِعْمَ الْقَادِرُونَ {23}

For We do determine (according to need); for We are the best to determine (things).

After using all the blessings of Allah, if someone denies Allah’s rights then what can be his reward except utter downfall and destruction?

وَيْلٌ يَوْمَئِذٍ لِّلْمُكَذِّبِينَ {24}

Ah woe, that Day! to the Rejecters of Truth!

It is such a misconception that Islam cuts you off from the world. Anyone can open the Quran and see how it leads us straight to the world around us… Allah has not created all of this universe and its blessings so that we deny them… rather they are a means of connecting our hearts to Allah if we really ponder on the signs. See how Allah points our thoughts to the amazing earth… how it provides for all our needs:

أَلَمْ نَجْعَلِ الْأَرْضَ كِفَاتًا {25}أَحْيَاء وَأَمْوَاتًا {26}

Have We not made the earth a home; for both the living and the dead?

The problem with us is that we have become so involved in the physical things that we forget the one who made it all. If someone hands you a bag full of gold, your immediate question will be: “why are you giving it to me?” or if someone sends you a cheque, you will wonder “what is the purpose?” Isn’t it strange then that we keep receiving the gifts from Allah and never pause to think, “what is the purpose of all this?” This is such a wide-spread ingratitude… a denial… and do we think that this attitude has no consequence?

انطَلِقُوا إِلَى مَا كُنتُم بِهِ تُكَذِّبُونَ {29}

On the Day of Judgment it will be said to the disbelievers: “Walk on to hell which you used to reject as false!”

Do you think their excuses will save them from the punishment of Allah? Rather they will not be able to even speak:

هَذَا يَوْمُ لَا يَنطِقُونَ {35}وَلَا يُؤْذَنُ لَهُمْ فَيَعْتَذِرُونَ {36}

On that Day, they shall not be able to speak, nor be given permission to offer their excuses.

So what is the outcome of all their arrogance?

وَيْلٌ يَوْمَئِذٍ لِّلْمُكَذِّبِينَ {37}

Ah woe, that Day! to the Rejecters of Truth!

They used to look down on the righteous people, referring to Allah consciousness as foolishness… but now the reality will be so clear. The unseen rewards for which the Allah-fearing people sacrificed the petty interests of this world will become real…

إِنَّ الْمُتَّقِينَ فِي ظِلَالٍ وَعُيُونٍ {41}وَفَوَاكِهَ مِمَّا يَشْتَهُونَ {42}

Surely the righteous shall dwell amidst cool shades and springs and shall have whatever fruits they desire.

Although we can never pay the price of entering Jannah… it is far too expensive than our deeds. So it is only Allah’s mercy if someone gets a place in Paradise. But for those who prove their faith by good deeds, there is a great hope in the following words:

كُلُوا وَاشْرَبُوا هَنِيئًا بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ {43}إِنَّا كَذَلِكَ نَجْزِي الْمُحْسِنينَ {44}

We shall say to them: “Eat and drink to your heart’s content, this is the reward for that you worked (righteousness).” Thus do we certainly reward the doers of good.

Now there are a lot of good people around who do not reject Allah or His religion but they think that the acts of worship are not really needed. Sometimes it might be due to misunderstanding but mostly it is a reflection of deep rooted arrogance and denial… that is why Allah says:

وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمُ ارْكَعُوا لَا يَرْكَعُونَ {48}وَيْلٌ يَوْمَئِذٍ لِّلْمُكَذِّبِينَ {49}

When they are asked to bow down before Allah, they do not bow down. Woe on that Day to the disbelievers!

Allah has told us everything so clearly. Now it is up to us how much we care to be guided. If we really want to be saved from destruction and total loss then we must learn the Quran in detail and apply its knowledge in our lives. Put aside the age old prejudices and let the truth of Allah’s words enter our hearts and souls. This is the only perfect guide to success and we simply cannot afford to ignore it anymore:

فَبِأَيِّ حَدِيثٍ بَعْدَهُ يُؤْمِنُونَ {50}

In what statement after this Qur’an, will they believe?

This ends the Surah Al-Mursalaat as well as the 29th Juz. Let us take this opportunity to evaluate ourselves what good characteristics we have acquired during this long journey of Quran. May Allah make us one of those people who learn Quran, act on it, and spread its light to others as well… Ameen  

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3 thoughts on “Quran-(6)

  1. Please post the whole quran this way as we are starting for begginers and children from last juzw ammah parah and yet those surahs not available yet
    It is really wonderful how quran is explained this way

    • I have published the reviews since last oct but have not been able to fix the links on the front page. Anyway I just put the links on the main page from where you might read the reviews of last Juz. May Allah reward you… ameen

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