The Journey begins… Juz-1

Yesterday was the first day of the thirty-day journey called “Dawra-e-Quran”… All the days that I had been waiting for this course to start I was thinking that I would try my best to write some brief points every day to summarise whatever I will learn in each para…

But now when I have finally sat down to do it… I really have no idea how in the world am I going to summarize an ocean of knowledge and inspiration in the limited space of my imperfect words…

But Allah is the Greatest… Allahu Akbar… He doesn’t need any perfection from us… all he sees is our efforts so with this hope of His mercy and His forgiveness I am going to try my best and lets hope and pray that something of value comes out of it…

Quran and Imaan…

The first Para/Juz started with the same theme that was talked about in the introduction to Ramadan… that we need to renew our faith in this blessed month… And since Quran is the most perfect source of faith and inspiration so we must make this intention that in this month I will read, understand, memorize and act on Quran so that it will increase my faith and reliance on Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala…

They only are the (true) believers whose hearts feel fear when Allah is mentioned, and when His revelations are recited unto them they increase their faith, and who trust in their Lord; (Al-Anfaal:2)

Daily I should check during my recitation and after listening to the explanation of the ayaat of Allah that has my heart felt the effect of Allah’s words? Has my faith increased?

Surah Al-Fatihah

Learning about the value of gratitude to Allah and His praise… His boundless love and mercy for us… His absolute control on all our affairs in this world and the next… the true spirit of worship and seeking His help… Our utmost need of His guidance for walking on the straight path… and our need to follow the true role models… All of this comprised in just one surah that appears to be so short but has been recognized as the essence of the whole Quran… no doubt Allah chose it to be the part of every single rakah of every prayer… So that we would never lose sight of the true goal of our life… but sadly we have just turned it into a mindless utterance of words… and so we remain as empty after the prayers as we were at the start… empty handed…

So we need to come back to it with a new intention and learn the powerful words with their true meaning so that our hearts are enriched and our lives are straightened out…

That is the reason that even though this surah is a prayer in itself… yet within it is embedded like a gem… a dua… that is the goal of our life…a dua we need more than we need food or water… and this dua is:

Ihdina Assirat Al Mustaqeem…

O Allah guide us to the straight path!!

Why is guidance more important than every other thing? Because with guidance comes Allah consciousness… which in one word is called Taqwa… and Allah has promised in the Quran that whoever acts with taqwa will get ease in every difficulty and Allah will provide for him from such sources that he had never even thought about…

So we need to pray for guidance with all the humbleness of a true slave… who stands before His master with a trembling heart and feels the greatness of His Lord…and recognizes his own helplessness… this is the spirit of real worship which we must acquire in this Ramadan… in sha Allah…

Surah Al-Baqarah

Our Beloved Prophet (s.a.w) taught us that this is the most noble surah of Quran so we must have a continuous relationship with it… it will save us from shaitan and will enrich our lives with its blessings…

So one of our targets this Ramadan should be to include this great surah in our daily recitation… we can also start memorizing it even if it is one ayah per day or one per week…

This surah will teach us the signs of successful people who have faith and taqwa… and also of those who reject the signs of Allah… finally those who deceive themselves claiming to have faith but not really believing.

Mostly our tendency is to start labelling people as hypocrites or kafir… but our job is to check our own hearts… and make efforts to correct our ways…

Adam (a.s.) and Hawwa (a.s)

This is a story which we have been hearing since childhood… but I was so amazed that I had never really imagined how miserable and alone our Parents must have felt when they came down on earth… their enemy along with them… How painful must be the regret of making that one mistake? But Allah is so merciful and gave them words which made their hearts come at ease… the words of taubah…

Rabbanaa zalamna anfusana…

O our Master we have certainly done wrong on ourselves… and if you will not forgive us and have mercy on us… surely we will be among the losers…

Therefore whenever we feel miserable then surely it is the burden of sins that is making us depressed… so we must seek forgiveness and mercy of Allah so that we can restore our peace of heart and soul…

Bani Israel…

Now Allah tells us so many things about the nation that was given the status of the chosen representatives of Allah’s religion on this earth but they failed to carry this responsibility… why is He telling us so many details? Not that we should start cursing them… but rather to become careful and conscious that we should not indulge in the same mistakes…

One of the worst error that they committed was to become totally self-satisfied… they would command others to do things but would not act on it themselves…

All other sins sprout from this same disease of arrogance and taking Allah’s commands lightly…

So what I learned is that even if we are now the chosen nation and we know that Allah is most loving and merciful… yet we should always keep praying for his guidance and Taqwa… and be especially careful not be carefree and causal in our obedience…

The Prophet (s.a.w) gave a very good advice to one of His companions… He told him that if you protect (be mindful of) Allah’s commands then Allah will protect you…

So from this I learned that apart from the worship of Allah, I must protect and be mindful of

  • My time…(no useless activities)

  • My speech…(speak good or remain quiet)

  • My dignity…(behave sensibly at all times)

  • Other people’s respect and honour (no backbiting)

  • My spending habits

  • My eating and sleeping habits

  • Every blessing of Allah is an amanah worth caring for… so the list can go on and on…

 Another disease that destroys our faith and our religion is jealousy and hatred for others… so in this Ramadan make lots of efforts to clean your heart from these viruses so that true faith can be restored!!

Ibrahim (a.s.)

He is the greatest role model for us because Allah calls him his friend…

His greatest quality was to surrender himself completely to Allah’s commands and to be totally focused in his goal to please Allah…that is how he passed the most difficult test with flying colors!!

At the end of the session was the golden rule for our success… which is to be concerned for one’s own deeds because what others are doing will not be asked from us… our salvation depends on our own faith and actions…

May Allah help us to internalize and implement all that Allah has taught us in His Noble Quran… Ameen

 

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8 thoughts on “The Journey begins… Juz-1

  1. SubhanAllah🌷

    جزاك الله خيرا و احسن الجزا في الدارين

    May Allah pak accept this effort from you, may He put loads of baraqah and istiqamah in it and may He make it a sadaqa e jaria for you for all times. Ameen

    • I really don’t have words to thank you for your heart warning duas… except for praying that May Allah give you the same and even more from his treasures… Ameen
      JazakAllah khairan kaseera ⚘⚘⚘

  2. Juz-1 refreshed after reading it MashaAllah✨
    What a blessing to have devoted writers like you with us who not only remind us but do so in best possible way, your words about our parents misery and that too being alone with an enemy gives it another perspective, we are used to thinking about it in such a stereotypical way. We all need to stop and ponder on ayahs and that’s the Haq of Quran.🌹

    • I myself am amazed that for the first time I am pondering on the word imaan in the Qur’an.. . I just never thought of it before!!
      May Allah give us the true insight and recognition of his glorious Qur’an.. .ameen

  3. ASALAMUALYKUMWE REHMATULLAHI WEBARRAKATAHU
    THANKYOU SO MUCH FOR WAKING ME UP ONCE MORE , YOU ARE MY WARNER MAY Allah Subhanotaalah bless you with Afiya, please take good care of your health during Ramadan shareef
    Shabeena

    • My dear friend it’s so heartening to hear from you… how awesome is the mercy of Allah that he brings us close through His reminders… May this Ramadan be our very best… ameen

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