JUZ 15 – POINTS TO PONDER (Part 1)

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A year before Hijrah to Madina, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ   was taken by Allah, from Masjid Al Haram to Masjid Al Aqsa and then towards the heaven and shown different signs in Jannah and Jahannum.  In this trip, he ﷺ was gifted with the obigation of the five prayers, the last two ayaat of Surah Al-Baqarah and the news of fogiveness for the one who is saved from shirk.Also the angels mentioned to the Prophet ﷺ that he recommend Hijama (cupping) to his ummah (nation).

Surah Al-Isra 1 – 111

  • [17:7] Do good because when you do good, you do good for yourselves. When you do one good deed you get 10 to 70 rewards and when you sin it’s just one.
  • [17:9] The Quran guides you to what is most suitable in each and every daily life situation; ask Allah to help you take the Quran as your day-to-day manual and not as a book gaining dust on your shelf.
  • [17:11] Do you ever say or even ask things in anger you don’t mean? Be careful what you ask for in your dua, especially when you are angry! Avoid praying for evil as much as you can as the Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Do not pray against yourselves, do not pray against your children, do not pray against your wealth, for your prayer may coincide with a time of response from Allah and Allah will respond to your prayer.” (Abu Dawood 2:185)

  • [17:14] We have to keep our record book clean and pure…if we are embarrassed to make our deeds public today then how will it be on the Day of Qiyamah…when we will have to read our record of all our actions in front of Allah and ALL of creation, our body parts are going to witness for and against us…the kiraman katibeen (recording angels) will be witness for or against us. Ask Allah, to be of those who are happy when they are made to read their Record on the Day of Judgement.
  • [17:19] If you wish the best life in the Akhirah, strive for it and meet that specific standard to be successful in the akhirah while you are a believer then and only then your efforts will appreciated, accepted and rewarded. Such people are business minded…always thinking about the actions the deeds that will bring them profits in the Hereafter. They are the Akhirah Oriented people, not just intending and thinking while doing nothing…hard work is necessary to get to Paradise.

Akhirah Oriented= Intentions + Effort

  • [17:20-21]  Allah’s gifts are coming to both groups. The ones who desire just Dunya and the ones who desire the Akhirah. Both are using those gifts to reach their own specific aims but it’s only the Akhirah-Orinted group that will be successful. And in the Akhirah their levels will be higher and their reward much better.
  • [17:20-21]  Allah’s gifts are coming to both groups. The ones who desire just Dunya and the ones who desire the Akhirah. Both are using those gifts to reach their own specific aims but it’s only the Akhirah-Orinted group that will be successful. And in the Akhirah their levels will be higher and their reward much better.
  • [17:23-24] Check yourself seriously; how are you with your parents? Sincerely ask Allah to help you fulfil their rights and make dua for Allah to have mercy on them every single day.
  • [17:26-30] Never spend your money wastefully because if you do, then you are from the friends of Shaytan. Don’t hoard your money or keep on saving it, not wanting to give some sadaqah. Be generous. The Prophet ﷺ said:

“There is no day on which the people get up but two angels come down and one of them says, ‘O Allaah, give in compensation to the one who spends (in charity),’ and the other says, ‘O Allaah, destroy the one who withholds.’”  (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1374; Muslim, 1010)

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) also said:
“Allah said: ‘Spend, O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you.’”
(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5073; Muslim, 993)
  • [17:32] Allah didn’t just say, don’t commit any unlawful sexual intercourse, He said do not even come close to anything which can lead to it! Meaning protect your eyes, ears, tongue, hands and legs from even going that way. How come then, we take free mixing, chatting to the other sex on social media etc so lightly? Doesn’t Allah who created us know us best?
  • [17:36]  Allah says in this ayah,

Do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart – about all those [one] will be questioned”.

This can be understood by the hadeeth:

“From the perfection of one’s Islam is his leaving that which does not concern him.” [al-Tirmidhi, hasan].

Imagine that. It’s basically saying that our Islam will never be perfect if we’re so concerned with things that are none of our business. And in this verse we understand the reason why… because it leads us to regretful questioning. It leads us to paths that bring more harm than good. It leads us to woefully wronging others and ourselves. It leads us to bad thoughts, suspicions, ill-feelings, partiality and unfair bias. It leads us to a complete waste of our time.

  • [17:50] Life after death is certain. Be you stone or iron, Allah will raise you up and take account of all that you used to do
  • [17:52] Your whole life – a chain of happy and sad moments – will seem like a couple of hours on the Day of Judgement; don’t attach yourself to moments, happy or sad, as they will pass, but keep moving forward seeking the pleasure of Allah.
  • [17:53] If you speak, speak good or stay silent.
  • [17:57Au’liya always seek means of access to their Lord (Allah), hope for His Mercy and fear His Torment. We should also need to turn towards Him, instead of calling upon other means out of our desires.
  • [17:64] Music is one of the things that are prohibited by Allah and His Prophet but unfortunately is very common in our homes. Very few might know that music is the sound of shaytan…as Allah tells shaytan in this ayah (to test the humans)

“And incite those whom you can among them with your voice……” (17:64)

Among the many other interpretations, in Tafsir Ibn Kathir and Tafsir Al Qurtubi, Scholars Mujahid and Ad-Dahhaak interpretated “voice of shaytan” to mean music, song and amusement. According to Ibn Abbas, the “voice” refers to every form of invitation that calls to the disobedience to Allah Ta’ala.

  • [17:78] The recitation of Quran at fajr is witnessed by special angels – make an effort in reciting the Quran beautifully and with feelings at fajr.
  • [17:79] Study the virtues of the (voluntary) night prayer; don’t think this prayer is ‘reserved’ for those with strong emaan. When your emaan feels weak, get up and pray in the night (after ‘esha and before fajr) and feel the effect on your soul of conversing with Allah privately in the night! (The sahabah used to feel its paradise on earth).
  • [17:109] Can you easily cry over arguments with others, or even by watching certain movies but you can’t find tears out of fear and love for Allah? Can you cry in salah? Ask Allah to be of those who can cry because of the effect of the Quran and its message on their hearts.
  • [17:110] Call upon Allah or call upon the Most Merciful. Whichever [name] you call – to Him belong the best names.

PART 2

English Compilation by: Sr. Mariam Anwer (Quest for the Paradise)

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