This chapter, Surah An-Nur contains verses which outline the criminal code for fornication, adultery, accusations of adultery without proof, and slander. There are also guidelines for both men and women regarding personal modesty.
A general rule was established that relations among Muslims should be based on good faith, not suspicion and spying. Norms of personal privacy were established, while encouraging good relationships among relatives, friends and neighbors. These guidelines helped to reunite the community, establish clear limits, yet in a spirit of mutual affection and sincerity.
The section ends with additional reminders about the “signs” of Allah’s creation, the miracles in everyday life, which should strengthen our faith.
Surah An Noor 1 to 64
- [24:2] A great test in your emaan is to check yourself in your ‘opinion’ about the laws of Allah – also regarding punishment of crimes. Do you feel aversion to it or do you accept it and see the wisdom behind it? Your belief in Allah is not complete if you don’t accept the rules in punishments for certain deeds.
- [24:4] Accusing chaste women of things they never did is a grave sin! Even sisters do this amongst each other by bringing fake stories about persons they don’t like into the world, may Allah protect us all from doing this and being victim of this.
- [24:15] Don’t just receive news with your tongue rather than your ears – ie think about something you hear instead of hastening to repeat it whether you verified the truth or not. How many relationships have been broken and people have become depressed because of others spreading stories?
- [24:11-20] Read the background and tafseer of these ayaat…it speaks of Aishah’s (radiAllahu anha) story. The lesson we learn from this story is that when we are hit by a problem or face false blames from the people, we have to be very patient. We should be strong and not be angry or very defensive or abusive. Just have to be patient and seek help and justice from Allah.
- [24:21] Slandering an innocent chaste woman of immorality is a very big sin. Stay away from it even if what you think is true. Allah and His prophet also don’t like those who talk a lot.
Prophet (ﷺ) said,
“A person utters a word thoughtlessly (i.e., without thinking about its being good or not) and, as a result of this, he will fall down into the fire of Hell deeper than the distance between the east and the west.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
- [24:22] Whenever you are angry with someone, eg a relative, and you find it hard to forgive them, just think: would you not like it that Allah should forgive you? When you forgive, you are the winner!
- [24:24] How many times have you told ‘white lies’ to get out of a certain situation or for people not to find out certain things? On the Day of Judgement your mouth will be sealed and your limbs will bear witness to all you said and did.
- [24:27] When you enter your house say “Assalamu Alaykum”! How many times do we just enter without saying the salaam to our family or children?
- [24:28] When you go to someone’s house and no one responds to the door (knock max three times) – then leave, this is the right of the occupants in case they are not prepared to receive visitors and this should be respected!
- [24:30] Not only men but also women should lower their gaze! When you see billboards with half-naked models etc you should look away instead of inspecting the lovely dress she is wearing. Instead how many even buy magazines full of people revealing their awrah (parts of the body which should be covered) for the sake of fashion and trends; have we become blind?
- [24:31] Ask Allah truly and sincerely to give you proper understand of what a hijaab is and above all to help you apply this in your daily wear. Hijaab is not just a headcover nor it’s a tight-fitting long dress – study the conditions of the hijaab. And also, know who are your mahram and non-mahram – how many say ‘o it’s ok, he’s just my cousin, I don’t have to cover for him!’ In this ayah you’ll find exactly for who you don’t have to cover- which means to all the rest you should. Please read: Precious, Hidden and Protected
- [24:37] Business, work and daily chores do not stop believers from Zikr, praying on time and giving zakah.
- [24:40] Ask Allah An-Noor to give you light in this life and light in the next and light to be able to cross the siraat to Paradise!
- [24:43] Look at all the different clouds and remember Allah, who drives the clouds and makes them into different shapes. Can you then help yourself from not being amazed by His perfect power?
- [24:52] SUCCESS CODE: “And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger and fears Allah and is conscious of Him – it is those who are the attainers.”
- [24:58] Teach your children (under the age of puberty) to ask permission to enter your room before the fajr prayer, at noon and after the night prayer because these are times of privacy for you.