Timeless Lessons… Juz-6

Today I couldn’t listen to the class of dawra-e-Quran so I just opened the Quran and read this portion to find some of the lessons that Allah wants me to learn…

The first thing which struck me as very important is the very first ayah of this surah… 

Allah does not love the public utterance of negative speech unless (it be) by one to whom injustice has been done; and Allah is Hearing, Knowing.

This includes all sorts of criticism and negative comments that we keep uttering… and we think this is so normal… but we never stop to think that Allah dislikes all such hurtful talk… so one of our goals for Ramadan should be to correct the way we talk… either it should be positive and beneficial… or we should remain quiet…

This will be a good way to detox our environment from harmful rays of negative emotions which cause anxiety and depression…

However there is only one exception and that is of a person who has been wronged… such a person against whom any injustice has been done, can express his feelings but they should also be done in front of someone who can help him solve his problem… just broadcasting your hurts in public to gain sympathy is also very counterproductive…

Next I found an ayah in which Allah is telling us that some of the good and beneficial things were also made haram for the bani Israel , which were originally allowed but later became forbidden…because of the following reasons…(4:160,161)

  • they used to do injustice

  • stopping people from the way of Allah

  • taking interest (ribaa)

  • consuming other peoples’ wealth illegally

I was thinking that how ironic it is that these same sins have become so widespread among the muslims… but even though Allah hasn’t sent any command to make certain things haram for us… but look at how many diseases have disrupted our lives …and so we have been deprived of the good things like wheat, milk, eggs, nuts and other foods due to several dietary restrictions…

So much research is done to find out the cause of these allergies and other diseases… but have we pondered over the fact that some of our sins may be the reason for it?

Another great lesson which I learnt in ayah no-171 of the same surah is that we should not exceed the limits of our religion… and stop exaggeration in our speech and actions… because Allah has not allowed us to say anything about Him and His deen which is not true…

Exaggeration is a kind of lie because you increase the value of something far beyond the limit which Allah has set for it…

The cure for this attitude is in gaining the true knowledge of the Quran and Sunnah… and stop saying things out of our own imagination… Allah says:

 O people! surely there has come to you manifest proof from your Lord and We have sent to you clear light.
Then as for those who believe in Allah and hold fast by Him, He will cause them to enter into His mercy and grace and guide them to Himself on a right path. (4:174,175)

Next comes Surah Al-Maaidah…

Allah starts it by reminding us that we should always fulfill our promises… whether these were made to people or to Allah… never take it lightly!

And then we should always support others in righteous and beneficial things… but we should never become a part of things which are sinful and unjust…

This surah contains the beautiful ayah which speaks volumes about the completeness and perfection of Allah’s Book and His deen…

 This day have I perfected for you your religion and completed My favor on you and chosen for you Islam as a religion; (5:3)

Something that is perfect and complete doesn’t need additions…

That is why if someone invents something new in the religion then it is strongly condemned because it becomes a negation of this ayah…

One of the miracles of Quran is that it is such a compact book yet it contains so many repetitions to clarify things for us and also contains detailed instructions too… like the process of wuzu has been explained in this surah… and not only the physical steps but also the purpose has been mentioned… that it is not to put any burden on us but something to purify and refresh us so that we can enjoy the meeting with Allah is salah…

I was thinking that if we are meeting someone important and we didn’t get time to clean up and dress up then most of the pleasure gets spoiled… similarly to be really fresh and clean creates a big impact on how you feel in prayer… so Allah calls it a favor upon us that he made wuzu an obligation so that we would never be deprived of its pleasure…

I was thinking that if we could remember this then how gladly we would go to perform wuzu instead of being burdened by it…

In Ayah 14 Allah says that the people who called themselves “nasaraa” i.e. the Christians forgot much of what was revealed to them and so as a result they became divided into sects and there emitted hatred and enmity among one another…

This is an eye-opener for us that if we also don’t remember all that Allah has revealed to us in the Quran then it will only result in division and enmity and hatred…

On the contrary those who make it their goal to please Allah and they put their egos aside… then only these will be guided to the ways of peace and success…

There hath come to you from Allah a (new) light and a perspicuous Book, With it Allah guides him who will follow His pleasure into the ways of safety and brings them out of utter darkness into light by His will and guides them to the right path. (5:16)

Then I came upon an ayah which really scares me… and it means that if we don’t care for our religion then Allah will replace us with other people who will do all that makes Allah happy… what scares me is that we are becoming more and more devoid of these qualities…

  • they will love Allah

  • they will be worthy of Allah’s love

  • kind and softly humble with the believers

  • firm and straightforward with those who reject the true faith

  • doing utmost struggle in the path of Allah

  • not being offended and weakened by the negative comments of critics…

So if we want to remain in Allah’s favours then each and every one of us must evaluate… how many of these points do I have in myself?

Sometimes the reality of our situation makes us sad and we feel like there is no hope for us… But Allah is ever merciful for us so he says:

 Why don’t they turn to Allah, and seek His forgiveness? For Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.(5:74)

So our solution is in seeking Allah’s forgiveness… And this includes being truly aware of our faults and then making all efforts to correct our ways…

May Allah forgive us and shower his endless mercy upon us… ameen.

 

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2 thoughts on “Timeless Lessons… Juz-6

  1. Asalamualykum Shaheen, please make dua for me to remember and act upon what I learn from your blog everytime it seems so mind allerting and soul searching fresh but than again we fall into heedless pit .the more I learn and try to better myself , the more I feel sort of stupid . Dua karna please

    • I assure you dear sister that you are not alone… May Allah forgive us and help us to act on what we learn… Ameen

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