JUZ 13 – POINTS TO PONDER (Part 3)

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Surah Ibrahim 1- 52

  • [14:1] The Qur’an is an amazing gift from Allah! Do not take it for granted. It takes one out from the darkness of ignorance to Light of eeman and to the path that leads to the Creator’s love and pleasure.
  • [14:7] Be grateful. It’s the key to happiness and more of Allah’s blessings. Allah says that if you thank Him, He will will surely increase you in all blessings, what a merciful Lord! Be thankful not just when you receive blessings or for the existing blessings but also when you face problems and unpleasant things because if you reamin patient Allah will increase you [again] in levels in Jannah.
  • [14:17] Think about the horrors of the Hellfire; drinking foul and boiling fluids, death coming from everywhere but you will not die. Ask Allah each day to protect you from the Fire.
  • [14:22] All shaytan does is invite you to disobedience – all that happens next is your choice of actions…it’s up to you if you respond and follow his whispers.
  • [14:24] A good word (Pakeeza Kalima) is like a good tree, that gives or produce Khair (Date tree) – La ilaaha’illAllah, the most pure kalima/ pure words.
  • [14:26An evil Word (Khabees Kalima) is that of an evil tree, it has no stability and importance.
  • [14:27] Increase in saying laa ilaaha illAllah randomly as dhikr during the day and try to feel what you are saying as when a person says these beautiful words, believes in them, acts on them and stays away from shirk, his relationship with Allah gets stronger. Allah makes sure that such a person stops fearing the storms sent his way and stays firm in belief in dunya, in the grave and on the Day of Qiyamah.

يُثَبِّتُ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا بِالْقَوْلِ الثَّابِتِ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ ۖ وَيُضِلُّ اللَّهُ الظَّالِمِين

  • [14:31] Never let any friendship prevent you from righteous deeds like praying on time [in the masjid for men] and spending your money for your akhirah – like how some say “O come let’s go shopping now, just catch up your prayer later!” Or: “Why would you give that money away (sadaqah), get that new mobile first!” On the Day of Judgement your salah and sadaqah will avail you, your friends won’t be there.
  • [14:39] Ibrahim (alayhissalam) was in his old age, when he had Ishaq (alayhissalam) . He was no common man. He was Allah’s prophet and then Allah’s friend. Everyone would expect his dua to be responded to as soon as he makes it the first time…but Allah delayed His response to him. But he kept making dua for years and years without stopping and was hopeful and continued praying…without being depressed and without losing hope. So Allah accepted and responded at His own timing. And then the Prophet was thankful to Him without any complains or grudges with Him, Learn and copy the attitude.
  • [14:40] Teach the children how to pray. Take care of their spiritual needs, emotional needs and physical needs. Ibrahim prayed for their spiritual needs first then asked Allah to provide them with love of people (emotional needs) and then lastly he prayed for their food (physical needs). It’s because when a person is busy with fulfilling his spiritual (Prayer/Dhikr/Quran) or emotional needs (busy with close family/close friends), he forget his physical needs (food/other) or it’s the last thing on his mind. Reflect on this awesome reminder. Make the dua of Ibrahim (alayhissallam) from your heart for yourself and your offspring:

رَبِّ اجْعَلْنِي مُقِيمَ الصَّلَاةِ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِي رَبَّنَا وَتَقَبَّلْ دُعَاءِ
“My Lord! make me establish prayer and from my offspring (too), O our Lord, and accept my prayer”.

Always ask Allah to be of those whose dua is accepted and then have yaqeen (be certain) that Allah will accept and answer your supplications.

  • [14:41] Consistently make dua for your (believing) parents to be forgiven. Remember dua of Ibrahim (alayhissalam):

رَبَّنَا اغْفِرْ لِي وَلِوَالِدَيَّ وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَوْمَ يَقُومُ الْحِسَابُ

O our Lord! Forgive me (grant me protection) and my parents and the believers on the day when the reckoning shall come to pass.

And remember when you make dua for others- the angels say Aameen to the same for you.

  • [14:42] Whenever you are hurt, upset or wronged by anyone comfort yourself by knowing that your Lord is aware of the wrongdoers and He will deal with them. He is Al Jabbaar – the One who punishes the oppressors and the One who mends the hearts of the believers.

May Allah subhana’watalah guide us to reflect and act on these points, Aameen.

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

JUZ 13 – POINTS TO PONDER (Part 2)

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Surah Ra’ad 1- 43

  • [13:2] Look at the sky every day and think of your meeting with Allah.
  • [13:6] Find a balance in being afraid for Allah’s punishment and hope for His reward. Don’t be too “strict” as it can make you give up (good deeds) – nor too “loose” as it can make you give in (to bad deeds).
  • [13:9] Allah is: الْكَبِيرُ الْمُتَعَالِ, The Grand, the Exalted. He knows everything in the heavens and the earth. Turn to Him and be sincere to Him.
  • [13:14] Do not ask/call anyone other than Allah. Those whom you call/ask other than Allah, can’t do anything for you. They themselves are in need of Allah.
  • [13:15] Everything in the universe, even shadows prostrate to Allah with humility but disbelievers refuse to understand and submit.
  • [13:17] Be of those who are of benefit to the people as only such people feel happy and satisfied. Be merciful to the people and Allah will be the same and more to you.
  • [13:21] Imagine a family member is continuously being nasty to you, would you even want to see them, let alone visit them out of yourself? However, the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned that:

“The true waasil (one who joins or connects) is the one who tries to uphold family ties with those who “cut off” from him.
Ibn ‘Umar said, “If someone fears his Lord and maintains ties of kinship, his term of life will be prolonged, he will have abundant wealth and his people will love him.”

(Grade: Hasan by Al-Albani -Reference : Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 58)

So make that phone call, buy a gift or go and visit that family member whom you were not in good contact with- and know for sure that, your reward is with Allah.

  • [13:22] Those who are patient just for the sake of Allah and gazing at His Face, will have Eternal Gardens as reward.
  • [13:23] Make dua you will be together with your family in Jannah.
  • [13:25] Never cut yourself off from family (unless it is to safeguard your Deen)- beat that ego!
  • [13:28] Know, truly know, that from all that is out there, the only thing that will assure your heart is the remembrance of Allah. Never seek to fill your emptiness with shopping, a relationship or any wordly matter to a point that your peace of mind depends on it – as it will leave you more empty.

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

JUZ 13 – POINTS TO PONDER (Part 1)

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Surah Yusuf 53 to 111

The last part of Surah Yusuf continues the story of Prophet Yusuf (Joseph) that was begun earlier in the chapter. There are many lessons that can be learned from his story of betrayal at the hands of his brothers.

  • [12:53] The soul is a persistent enjoiner of evil.That’s why controlling the soul is said to be the biggest jihad ever. The ones who control their selves from falling into evil are the best of Mujahideen.
  • [12:54-55] From the qualities of Prophet Yusuf (alayhissalam), was that he was very handsome, caring, honest, trustworthy, protective and knowledgeable.
  • [12:56-57] The reward of a doer of good is never lost. Yusuf (alayhissalam) was tested so many times but he was patient and continued doing good deeds and Allah rewarded him with a high position job in the kingdom.
  • [12:64] Allah is the best guardian and protector. Entrust all your affairs to Allah and be of the peaceful and content believers.
  • [12:67] Prophet Yaqub (‘alayhissalam) feared the evil eye too, so ordered his sons not to enter together from one gate.
    Always seek protection from the evil eye (‘Ain in Arabic and Nazar in Urdu) by reciting duas/adhkar of protection. [http://islamqa.info/en/11359] Prophet (sallulaho’alaihiwasalam) said:

“The evil eye is real.” (Al-Bukhaari 5048 and Muslim 2187) 

Although it is correct that the evil eye comes from people who feel jealous (hasad), it may also come from a person who is not jealous but merely likes something, because of the hadeeth:

Whoever among you sees something in himself or in his possessions or in his brother that he likes, let him pray for blessing for it, because the evil eye is real.” (Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Kalim al-Tayyib, 243)

  • [12:67-68]Planning and taking precautions is important but in the end, one must trust Allah and His decisions for him وَعَلَيْهِ فَلْيَتَوَكَّلِ الْمُتَوَكِّلُونَ 
  • [12:76] If you are a student of knowledge, then know that seeking knowldge has no end. There will also be someone more knowledgeable than you. But complete knowledge of everything lies only with Allah.
  • [12:83] Even after losing two of his beloved sons, Prophet Yaqoob continued being patient. Learn from him. Indeed sabr is a major part of eeman.
  • [12:86] Like yaqoob (alayhissalam) cry, complain and ask Allah alone and not the people. Say,

إِنَّمَا أَشْكُو بَثِّي وَحُزْنِي إِلَى اللَّهِ 
“I only complain of my suffering and my grief to Allah (12:86)

People cannot help, if Allah doesn’t let them, so seek help just from Him and beg Him to answer your dua.

  • [12:87] No matter how worse a situation is, never despair of relief from Allah! Indeed, no one despairs of relief from Allah except the disbelieving people. So – always be hopeful. Allah Taala always listens and responds no matter what the difficulty, no matter what the wish/desire/request just keep praying and asking Him because His promses are true. Just believe in Him with all your heart and stay away from Haram deeds in desperation.
  • [12:90] Be a possessor of Taqwa and Sabr – as the one who has these two traits gathers all blessings of this world and the Hereafter.
  • [12:91] It is never too late to confess your mistakes and say sorry to someone. 
  • [12:92] When Prophet Yusuf’s moment of truth arrives, and he finally tells his brothers who he really is, they admit before him that Allah has raised him in authority over them, and that they did wrong to him. He then says the famous words that Prophet Muhammad repeated after the conquest of Makkah:

“This day let no reproach be on you..” and further, asked Allah to forgive them as well.

This is one of the most beautiful lessons to be learned from chapter Yusuf in dealing with difficult people: forgive them when they ask for pardon/admit their mistake, do not take revenge, and thenceforth dwell cordially with them. Very few of us have family members plotting to kill us off. If Prophet Yusuf could forgive his brothers for ‘ruining’ his youth (apparently) and separating him from his parents for so many years, we can also try to forgive those who wrong us on a much lesser level, especially if they ask for pardon and change their behavior.

  • [12:100] After Yusuf (alayhi salaam) is reunited with his parents and family, he says:

وَقَدْ أَحْسَنَ بِي إِذْ أَخْرَجَنِي مِنَ السِّجْنِ وَجَاءَ بِكُم مِّنَ الْبَدْوِ مِن بَعْدِ أَن نَّزَغَ الشَّيْطَانُ بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَ إِخْوَتِي ۚ إِنَّ رَبِّي لَطِيفٌ لِّمَا يَشَاءُ ۚ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْعَلِيمُ الْحَكِيمُ

“and He was indeed good to me, when He took me out of prison and brought you out of the desert after shaytan had sown enmity between me and my brothers. Certaintly my Lord is Lateef to who He wills. Truly, He Alone is the Most Knowing, Most Wise.” (12:100)

Yusuf (alayhi salaam) connects Ihsaan (utmost good) and Subtleness in this ayah, showing that he recognized the connection between Allah’s Lutf and His Ihsaan. Yusuf (alayhi salaam) went through many difficult trials, but he recognized that Allah was Al-Lateef with him in a very discrete way. We would not think that those trials and difficulties were good for him, but they were. So, Allah will do ihsaan to someone without them realizing it, and He raises their status through ways they may dislike.

  • [12:100 ] The dream that he had seen in childhood came true after forty long and difficult years and it was worth the wait. 
  • [12:100-101] SubhanAllah, Can’t help but wonder how Yusuf (álayhissalam) must have felt when he saw his dear father and the rest of his family in front of him after all those years of separation, hardship and tests. Can’t help but wonder at his super strong eeman, patience & steadfastness during those difficult years and then his feeling of sheer gratefulness & love for the One who was with Him all along; Al Lateef Al Áleem Al Hakeem. This is the eeman & love, we should be working for. This characteristic – of being patient with the Decisions & Will of Allah, is what we should strive to learn. And this certainty that everything will make perfect sense in the end is what we badly need to ingest into our oft-worrying, poor, thick skulls
  • [12:111] There was certainly in their stories a lesson for those of understanding. Never was the Qur’an a narration invented, but a confirmation of what was before it and a detailed explanation of all things and guidance and mercy for a people who believe. 

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English Compilation: Sr. Mariam Anwer (QUEST FOR PARADISE)