The first part of this section consists of the entire Surah Al-Muminoon (Chapter of the Believers). The name is taken from the first verse: “The believers must (eventually) win…” The message of this chapter is one of hope and strength to the early Muslim community, who at the time were facing persecution at the hands of the polytheistic leaders in Makkah. The chapter starts out by describing a Muslim believer and other worthy qualities. The verses then remind the believer of the glory of Allah’s creation, the promise of reward in the Hereafter, and the pending punishment for those who disbelieve. Readers learn a bit about the lives and messages of the Prophets Noah (Nuh), Moses (Musa), and Aaron (Harun).
Surah Al Mu’minoon
- [23: 1- 10] Do you see yourself as a ‘mu’min’? Here’s your checklist:
- You have Khush’u (humility/ tranquility/ fear of Allah) in prayer
- You avoid useless activities (that’s of no benefit for a person’s Deen or Dunya). You really try to stay away from backbiting, excessive talking, lying and swearing.
- You make paying Zakah a priority and give it with love.
- You guard your private parts.
- You are always faithful to the trusts and promises.
- You plan your life around your salah times and not the other way around..
- If you are just cautious of these few obligations, Allah says He will admit you into His paradise. May Allah make us from them, ameen.
- [23: 12- 14] It’s Allah, the Best of the Creators, who has created you so miraculously inside the wombs of your mothers. He reminds you of your orgin again and again to pull you away from your arrogant behaviour.
- [23: 18- 20] Be content with what you have as Allah knows what you need, when you need it and how much you need it. Allah sends down rain in due measure, according to what is needed, not so much that it damages the lands and buildings, and not so little to be insufficient for crops and fruits, but whatever is needed for irrigation, drinking and other benefit.
- [23: 20] Allah brought forth trees from Mount Sinai which produces oil and condiment for us to eat. Look around yourself, and contemplate on the fact that how many blessings Allah has bestowed upon you, just to see if you are grateful to Him, or turn arrogant and heedless. Be careful, Don’t be among the latter ones!
- [23: 21- 22] Reflect over the multiple benefits He has given to us in cattle, for we drink their milk which comes out from between dung and blood, eat their meat, clothe ourselves with their wool and hair, and ride on their backs and carry heavy burdens on them to far away lands.
- [23: 23- 27] When you ask Allah for His help in trials or difficulties, be ready to accept His help and do whatever He inspires you to do! Like Noah (alayhisallam) when He asked Allah to support and help him, Allah gave him an impossible task of constructing a ship, he complied by the command right away, without questioning Him.
- [23- 29] Let’s learn from Prophet Nuh and memorize his dua:
رب انزلنى مباركا وانت خير منزلين
‘My Lord! Cause me to land at a blessed landing place, for You are the Best of those who bring to land.’
- [23:30] Sometimes Allah asks you to do something you might not see or understand the benefit of, but you just have to trust it is good for you.
- [23: 51] All messengers were given the message to eat and drink from the good food and work righteously. There’s a deep connection between good food and good deeds.
- [23: 52- 53] Our religion is one, then let’s hold on to the rope of Allah tightly and do not become divided. Remember; United we stand, divided we fall.
- [23: 55- 56] Don’t let your abundance in wealth and children make you think that you are VIP in Allah’s sight and thus He has blessed you with such gift, rather realize that even His blessing are tests, to see if you are grateful or ungrateful
- [23: 57- 61] There is no better month than to be among those who hasten to do good deeds. Those are the people who fear Allah, believe in His signs, worship Him alone, and give out from their wealth.
- [23: 60] Always have that feeling in your heart while you are doing any good deed, that Allah MIGHT not accept it, without losing the hope that He will accept it. Always ask Allah to accept from your good deeds.
ربنا تقبل منا صالح الاعمال
It was narrated by Ummul Mumineen, Aisha(R.A):
I asked Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) about this verse;“And they give what they give while their hearts are fearful “(23:60) whether they were people who drank alcohol and stole. He (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) replied, “No, daughter of as-Siddiq, but they are those who fast, pray and give sadaqah while fearing that their (good) deeds may not be accepted from them (by Allah). They are those who COMPETE with one another in good deeds.” (Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah)
- [23: 62] No matter what trial or difficulty you are going through in your life, remind yourself that Allah doesn’t burden a soul beyond its capacity, He knows you have the potential to manage this problem, that’s why He put you through this
- [23: 62] Allah will never wrong any soul, nothing will be omitted from our record of good deeds. As for evil deeds, He will forgive and overlook many of them in the case of His believing servants.
- [23: 71] If Allah had followed or worked according to our desires and inclinations, the world would have been ruined. It’s he alone under whose control the entire universe is, and who manages it all so perfectly (Exalted may He be).
- [23: 75- 77] Sometimes Allah gives you a trial or suffering as a warning for you to turn back to Him, and sometimes He gives you blessings upon blessing so may turn to Him and thank Him, but if you persist in your evil actions, then His punishment will seize you in unimaginable ways.
- [23:79] Thank Allah for the fact you can hear and see and are blessed with an intellect – we take these things for granted.
- [23: 80- 83] It’s Allah who has given us life, and when we eventually die, it’s He who will recreate us, and indeed it’s even more easy for Him to give us the life second time, while He created us first time from simply nothing.
- [23: 96] The best way to behave when mixing with people is to treat kindly the one who treats you badly, so as to soften his heart and turn his enmity to friendship, and to turn his hatred to love. When someone is condescending to you, ignore them and be extra nice to them, and they will eventually change their attitude towards you.
- [23: 97] During this month of dua’a, let’s memorize this dua for the protection from Satan and his evil plots;
رَّبِّ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ هَمَزَاتِ الشَّيـطِينِ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ رَبِّ أَن يَحْضُرُونِ
- [23: 101] When the our arrives, the lineage or any relationship will be of no avail on that Day, not even a father will not ask about his son or care about him. Whenever you are doing anything for the ske of Allah, and your family opposes you, remember that, you will die alone, you will be in your grave alone, and you will be reserructed alone!
- [23: 102- 103] The deed that is the heaviest on the scales of good deeds is best character. Besides, the prophet of Allah told us that saying ‘SubhanAllah’ ‘Alhamdulillah’ ‘SubhnAllahi wa bihamdihi SubhanAllahil Azeem’ are the words that are light on tongue, and heavy on scales. Make a habit of reciting these words while doing your daily chores, working, driving or surfing, and make the scales of you good deeds heavy!
- [23: 104] The people of the Hell fire will have horrific smiles on their faces because of their lips being contracted by scorching until the teeth are exposed. Remind yourself of the horror of the Fire when you are about to sin and think: is this really worth it?
- [23: 105- 110] People of Hell will admit their sins on the Day of Judgment and will repent to Allah, but it will be of no use, Allah will refuse to speak to them, since they refused to listen to His words and mocked at those who believe in them.. What a humiliation! May Allah protect us on that Day, ameen.
- [23:110- 111] When make fun of you, ridicule you for following Allah’s path, be patient and remind yourself that Allah will be proud of you on the Day of Judgment and will admit you into His paradise. May Allah make us from them, ameen
- [23: 115] You are not created purposelessly, there is a reason why Allah created you. What is your true purpose in this world? Find the answer, because that will be the deciding factor that where you will end up eternally.
- [23: 117] Those who associate partners with Allah, and worship other deities besides Him, they will never be the successful ones, neither in this life, nor in the Next. The surah begins with the description of who are truly successful, and it ends by describing the people who are the ultimate losers. SubhanAllah!
- [23: 118] Allah concludes this beautiful surah with a lovely dua’a. Let’s memorize this dua’a as well, and attain His forgiveness,
رَّبِّ اغْفِرْ وَارْحَمْ وَأنتَ خَيْرُ الرَحِمِينَ
“My Lord! Forgive and have mercy, for You are the best of those who show mercy!”
English Compilation: Sr. Mariam Anwer ( Quest for Paradise)