"Sesungguhnya Kami telah jadikan apa yang ada di muka bumi sebagai perhiasan baginya, kerana Kami hendak menguji mereka, siapakah di antaranya yang lebih baik amalnya." (Al-Quran, Surah al-Kahfi: Ayat 7)
“Apabila kita melihat orang yang tidak memiliki duit dan hanya bersendirian, kita tidak…
A Syrian child’s tears that will break your heart. Share this so the world can see how our innocent children are treated… may Allaah ﷻ be with them!
May Allah protect them.
In the taraweeh covering Juz 14, we finish Surah Hijr and Surah Nahl. Both of these surahs are Makkan surahs and as you go through you’ll notice, that throughout these surahs, Allah is comforting his Messenger (sws) reminding him to be patient with those that mock him, reminding him that Allah will take care of the disbelievers and consoling our beloved (sws) as the difficulties around him become greater and greater.
In Surah Hijar, there is such a beautiful description of Jannah that really stuck out to me: "Indeed, the righteous will be within gardens and springs. [Having been told], “Enter it in peace, safe [and secure]." And We will remove whatever is in their breasts of resentment, [so they will be] brothers, on thrones facing each other. No fatigue will touch them therein, nor from it will they [ever] be removed." [15:45-48] If you reflect on this world here, for the most part it is the complete opposite of the description of Jannah that Allah mentions- there is turmoil going on somewhere in the world, there is fear of safety somewhere in the world, there is resentment between people, groups, sometimes even within families that is always present, and a natural part of this dunya is exhaustion, pain, aches, and worry. But what is Allah offering? An eternal place where even the person you might have not gotten along with…you’ll love that person in jannah. All the worries and pain and heartache of this world will never be felt again. The exhaustion and fatigue that we feel after a long day at school or work…never to be experienced again. And greetings of peace everywhere we go! SubhanAllah, who wouldn’t want to enter Jannah? But it’s not free. Just a little bit of sincere effort and struggle here, and inshAllah may Allah make us amongst the inheritors of Jannah in the hereafter!
Another ayah that stuck out to me was in Surah Hijr as well when Allah is reminding us: “Do not extend your eyes toward that by which We have given enjoyment to [certain] categories of the disbelievers, and do not grieve over them. And lower your wing to the believers.” [15:88] Sometimes you know how non-Muslims appear to be having the time of their life. They’re going to parties, sometimes us sister think that man, they get to wear all these cute clothes, and their lives from the outside sometimes do look fun, everything looks like it goes great for them. But Allah reminds its just an enjoyment given to them and not to extend our eyes, not to long for that. We shouldn’t grieve over them, over why we can’t do some of the things they do. They are deluded by the enjoyments here. For the believers, we live in this world as strangers and we find true happiness when we enter Jannah.
Surah Nahl is a surah that contains so many signs over and over and over again. Allah mentions a teeny bit of blessings that he has bestowed upon us: from the fruits that we eat, to our means of transportation, to the rain, the natural things around us, and so much more. And what is the purpose of Allah mentioning all those things? For us to reflect, for us to come to the conclusion by looking around us that truly the Creator is not like the creation, Allah is the only diety, the only creator of all that their is. And once we start realizing how everything around us is from Allah and by Allah, we should become a more grateful people but at the same time realize that no matter how hard we tried, we could never count the favors and blessings of Allah.
"And if you should count the favors of Allah , you could not enumerate them. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” [16:18]
In the taraweeh covering Juz 15, we finish Surah Al-Israa and start Surah Kahf.
There is an awesome du’a in surah Al-Isra that inshAllah we can all memorize and incorporate in our du’as during Ramadan. It is a du’a for our parents and we should make du’a for our parents on the regular inshAllah! Through the mercy of Allah, they were the ones that taught us how to speak, taught us how to walk, how to eat and sometimes we grow older and maybe we might become closer to the deen than our parents and start to develop a more aggressive attitude but we have to remember that our parents helped us become who we are and we are forever indebted to them for everything they have done for us. Allah reminds us in this surah to serve our parents (May Allah help us serve our parents) and Allah reminds us to pray for our parents and the du’a that is mentioned here is: “…My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small.” [17:24]
Some overaching themes in the 17th surah is reminders regarding the Day of Judgment and the affirmation of the Qur’an. Over and over Allah reminds us of the Day of Judgment, of how we will we witnesses against ourselves, how we will face our record. Over and over again, Allah mentions the Qur’an, the effect that it has on the believers, how it humbles them, how it makes them weep. “And We send down of the Qur’an that which is healing and mercy for the believers, but it does not increase the wrongdoers except in loss.” [17:82] There are over 11 ayahs just regarding the Qur’an, the truth of it, the purpose of it, the effect of this book. If you look at these two themes- the Qur’an and the Day of Judgment, its almost as if Allah is giving us a solution to the things we will face at the Day of Judgment: the Qur’an. As long as we stay close to this book, follow what is revealed through here, it provides our lifes structure, it guides us to that which is good, and inshAllah it can be the light for us on the Day of Judgment.
Another ayah that stuck out to me in this juz is when Allah reminds us: "Indeed, the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful." [17:27] Allah is reminding us to not be wasteful whether that be with our money, with our food, and this could apply to time as well. This is something very easy to say but difficult to put into practice but Allah here links wastefulness with ingratitude. When we waste the blessings that Allah has given us, we are being ungrateful to Allah. During Ramadan, a time when we should become more grateful, you see the masajid during iftar time scattered with wasted food in plates, wasted water bottles, and trash just everywhere. One action item we can do during the remainder of this blessed month is to take little portions and whatever is left over, take it home to finish to prevent any wasted food. Also, we should watch over our water bottles so they don’t get just jumbled with everyone else’s and then we end up throwing them away and of course as always picking up after our trash. This seems so childish to say but it seems like everyone forgets this basic rule when it comes to masjid iftars. May Allah help us become people that are more conscious of their blessings and become more grateful by minimizing waste inshAllah!
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever says (when leaves the house):
"Bismillaah,tawakkaltu ‘ala Allaah,wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah"
"I depart with Allah’s name, relying on Him. It is Allah who saves us from sins with His guidance"
It will be said to him: You are taken care of and you are protected and guided, and the devils will move away from him, and one devil says: What can you do with a man who has been guided, taken care of and protected?
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Astagfirullah its truly breaking my heart .. , Scholars in Syria have issued a fatwa saying that eating cat meat is halal because people are on the verge of starvation. (Before you start debating, even pork is allowed when you are dying of famine).This shows the situation in Syria.While we are breaking our fast with all sorts of delicious foods, the people in Syria are dying of starvation.Please pray for them, and pray for all the oppressed people in the world.
Ya Allah forgive us all, Allahuman sturna musliminna wal muslimaat wal mu’mininna wal mu’minnat fi kulli makaaann Aamiiin
Islam tells us to seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave. So the next time someone belittles your learning process, ongoing discussions about any ideologies, and condemns your reading material, know that they have forgotten that the first declaration unto Muhammad from God was: Read! (Surah Alaq verse 1)
Day 3-In the third juz of the Qur’an, Surah Baqarah finishes up and Surah Al-Imran starts. Surah Al-Imran can be divided into two parts- the first part primarily being a dialogue with the Christians of Madinah and the second part being a discussion on the defeat that the Muslims experienced in Uhud and this portion is the first part of Surah Al-Imran.
One thing that really struck out to me in this portion, is the mention of the part of the story of Maryam, and I love how Allah talks about what happens before she was born here, where as in Surah Maryam, the discussion is primarily after her birth and what happened. In Surah Al-Imran, we see how it all started with a du’a- with the du’a of Maryam’s mother who calls upon Allah and makes a promise to Allah, that whatever is in her womb, she will dedicate to Allah’s worship, she will raise the child to worship, to become a scholar, to serve Allah:
"[Mention, O Muhammad], when the wife of ‘Imran said, “My Lord, indeed I have pledged to You what is in my womb, consecrated [for Your service], so accept this from me. Indeed, You are the Hearing, the Knowing." [3:35]
What was the result of this du’a? Maryam, may peace be upon her, a woman who Allah honored, and Allah made an example of, not just to us women but to all of mankind. Her faith, her trust in Allah, and her modesty is an example for all that came after her and Allah even says here: “And [mention] when the angels said, "O Mary, indeed Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds." [3:42]
Another awesome thing in regards to Maryam is that her trust in Allah and her iman actually inspires a prophet…Prophet Zakariyah (as)- who would find her worshipping and there would fruits that surrounded her that would be out of season fruits and Zakariyah (as) asks Maryam: “He said, “O Mary, from where is this [coming] to you?” She said, “It is from Allah . Indeed, Allah provides for whom He wills without account.” [3:37] Maryam tells him that Allah is the one who gives and gives without any account. SubhanAllah, this is so true because honestly, even if were to spend a hundred years trying to list down every blessing of Allah, we would never be able to count the blessings of Allah. Allah gives to us, sometimes Allah gives by taking harm away from us, and sometimes Allah gives to us in the most subtle of ways that we don’t even realize it but it is all without account- it is all from His mercy. Allah even continues to give to those that don’t even believe in Him, subhanAllah.
Here, Maryam’s response about Allah giving, inspires Prophet Zakariyah to make du’a for something that he’s wanted for a really long time. “At that, Zechariah called upon his Lord, saying, “My Lord, grant me from Yourself a good offspring. Indeed, You are the Hearer of supplication." [3:38] We know that Prophet Zakariyah and his wife were very, very old and his wife had not been able to bear a child but from this du’a, Allah grants Prophet Zakariyah a son, but not just any child, but a child who himself became a Prophet- Prophet Yahya (as). SubhanAllah, over and over again we see the results, the awesome characters, the profound examples of people but what preceded them? A sincere du’a.
One ayah that always sticks out to me from the Qur’an is the famous du’a that is part of the last ayah of Surah Baqarah. The last two ayahs (2:285-286) are actually sunnah to read before bed and are part of the adkhar before sleeping and can be found in the Fortress of the Muslim du’a books as well.
In the last ayah, Allah says: "Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity. It will have [the consequence of] what [good] it has gained, and it will bear [the consequence of] what [evil] it has earned. “Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people."
I love this. Allah says that Allah does not burden someone, Allah doesn’t give us something that we are not able to bear. If we are going through some rough times, if we are struggling with something, if everything seems to get so overwhelming, if everything seems to be going wrong, you know what? Allah knows you can get through it. Allah knows that you and I have it in us to get through it even if it doesn’t seem so at the moment.
In talking about this ayah, Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan explained it so well and I’ve attached the video here, so awesome and short so please watch it inshAllah! Allah knows us better than we know ourselves, and all the tests and difficulties we go through in life are custom-made for us, they are personalized based on who we are. They are specifically made for us and Allah says that he doesn’t give us more than we can bear…so whatever we are going through we have it in us to get through it, we just have to find that strength through Allah. May Allah make us amongst the patience and steadfast, May Allah make us amongst those that take on everything with gratitude- in times of ease and in times of difficulty as well, inshAllah!