JUZ 14 – POINTS TO PONDER (Part 2)

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THEME: The very first verse gives direct and strict warning to those who were rejecting the Message (people of Makkah) outright, immediately after this warning they have been admonished to give up shirk, for this false creed was the main obstacle in the way of the Message. Then the following topics come over and over again, one after the other:

  1. Very convincing proofs of Tauhid and refutation of shirk have been based on the plain signs in the universe and in man’s own self.
  2. The objections of the disbelievers have been answered, their arguments refuted, their doubts removed and their false pretexts exposed.
  3. Warnings have given of the consequences of persistence in false ways and antagonism to the Message.
  4. The moral changes which the Message of the Holy Prophet ﷺ  aims to bring practically in human life have been presented briefly in an appealing manner. 
  5. The Holy Prophet ﷺ and his companions have been comforted and told about the attitude they should adopt in the face of antagonism and persecution by the disbelievers.

Surah An-Nahal 1- 128

  • [16:4] Never forget where you came from; you were created from a sperm-drop. Whenever you start feeling haughty, remind yourself of this. Know that you can be the highest of creatures or the lowest.
  • [16:7]  Allah created the animals mentioned as modes of transport, as food and as delight for our eyes. And he has created other similar creation which we do not know now of now but which will be created in the future by the human MIND that was also a HUGE AMAZING creation of Allah, وَيَخْلُقُ مَا لَا تَعْلَمُونَ Our duty when we use/see these blessings is to be grateful to Allah and to take care of these animals rights…not abuse them and be kind to them
  • [16:9] Keep asking Allah to lead you on the way to Him and not on all those other deviating paths.
  • [16:10] Reflect on the blessing of rain; it’s clean water for you to drink falling from the sky. Imagine if rain would be sticky or salty. When it rains say following dua and get rewarded for reviving a sunnah,

Allaahumma sayyiban naafi’an – O Allah (bring) beneficial rain clouds (Al-Bukhari) 

  • [16:11] Reflect over the blessings coming from the sea, of meat, ornaments etc. How Allah moves the boats therein for business and trade.
  • [16:18] Allah has created the universe and everything in it like skies, mountains and rain from the sky for the service of humans…all the various blessings and favors of Allah are coming to us free…bilkul muft…Allah doesnt demand anything in return..and the blessings continue even when we sin. SubhanAllah! Our duty and our purpose in life is to be grateful for His favors-grateful by Our Heart, Our tongue and Our Actions (Worship Allah alone and not do shirk).
  • [16:20-21] Seeking help from the dead in the graves and making dua to them is MAJOR SHIRK and sheer stupidity of humans as the dead cannot hear and can’t even help themselves or do as they wish.
  • [16:25] It might happen that on the Day of Judgement you find yourself carrying your own sins and some of the burdens of others of those who you misguided – or for example when you backbite, that person will take from your good deeds and when you run out, you will get their bad deeds as well. Ask Allah to protect you from ever having to bear the burden of others.
  • [16:30] Allah’s Book is the best gift…and all it does is bring the best bounties to the ones who stick to it.
  • [16:31] The reward of righteous deeds will be Jannah.
  • [16:34] Ask for Allah’s maghfirah – protection from the evil effects of your own bad deeds.
  • [16:45] For some people their sins feel like a mountain pressing on them while others ‘wave’ their sins away like a fly (i.e they think lightly of their bad deeds). Ask Allah to guide you to always take your sins seriously!
  • [16:53] Whatever you have comes from Allah – so why turn to others people when you lose something or want something? Teach your children to realize that all they have comes from Allah and to thank Him and to ask Him (before seeking anyone’s help).
  • [16:45-47] Never be satisfied on your life of wrongdoing and sins. Fear Allah and His punishment. He might stop giving you chances to repent and reform and send you a torment when you are unaware.
  • [16:51] There are no two gods. There is only one god and that is Allah.
  • [16:58] Never be ungrateful at the birth of a girl instead of a boy- this is mentioned in the Quran.
  • [16:61] If you think Allah isn’t punishing you for your bad deeds, know that He sometimes lets people continue in their wrongdoing to be punished in the Hereafter. Don’t wait for Allah’s punishment, change yourself now!
  • [16:66] Reflect over the blessing of milk, think about its perfect white color even when it comes from between all blood and usual stuff in the body. Have you ever thought of what an awesome miracle it is? Say alhamdulillah whenever you see milk and drink it.
  • [16:69] Honey has healing features: use it as a cure and you are reviving a sunnah.
  • [16:72] Know that whatever the situation is with your spouse; he or she was Allah’s choice for you so there must be wisdom in it for you.
  • [16:76] Ask Allah to be of those who spread justice and not of those who bring no benefit to others.
  • [16:77] Remind yourself that the Day of Judgement is less than a glance of the eye away.
  • [16:79] Have you ever had those moments when you think a situation will no doubt crush you, only for you to make it through? Have you ever doubted your abilities only to find that somehow you triumph? Have you ever been so low and down, but in the end, Allah held you up?
  • [16:80] Allah gave you a house as protection and place of rest; create an atmosphere of emaan in your homes. Say the sunnah dua for entering and leaving your house, recite Surah Al Baqarah regularly in your house, don’t listen to music in your houses nor display family pictures on the wall! Your home is a blessing; don’t use it as a place to disobey Allah.
  • [16:90] Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression.
  • [16:95-96] Do not attach yourself too much to dunya and its people. Keep reminding yourself that whatever you have will end, but what Allah has is lasting. And Allah will surely give those who were patient their reward according to the best of what they used to do. Allah says: Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do. 
  • [16:98] Say a’oodhu billaahi minash shaytaanir rajeem with conviction when you recite the Quran.
  • [16:119] If you do something wrong because you didn’t know better, Allah will forgive you however only if you, when knowledge comes to you, repent and correct yourself. How many times do we commit a certain sin because we were ignorant, but when the knowledge comes to us, we keep doing that same sin, knowing it’s wrong? When you gain knowledge about something, ask Allah to help you live by it as you will be accountable for it.
  • [16:125] It’s your responsibility as a Muslim to call people to Allah. Give them dawah with wisdom, caring advice and polite ways.
May Allah guide us to reflect and act on these points, Aameen.
English Compilation: Sr. Mariam Anwer (Quest for Paradise)
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JUZ 14 – POINTS TO PONDER (Part 1)

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It is clear from topics and style of Surah Al-hijr that the period of its revelation is about the same as that of Surah Ibrahim, for two things are quite prominent in its background. First, it appears from the repeated warnings in this Surah that in spite of the fact that the Holy Prophet ﷺ had been propagating the Message for many years, his people in general had not shown any inclination towards its acceptance, they had become more and more obdurate and stubborn in their antagonism, enmity and ridicule with the passage of time. Secondly, by that time the Holy Prophet ﷺ had begun to feel a little tired of making strenuous efforts to eradicate disbelief and opposition of his people. That is why, Allah has consoled and comforted him over and over again by way of encouragement. Also, this surah has brief arguments on Tauhid on one hand, and admonition in the story of Adam and Satan (shatan) on the other hand.

Surah Al Hijr  1- 99

  • [15:2-3] Don’t be too caught up in the life of this world and forget your purpose. Don’t be of those who regret on the day of Qiymah and wish that they had submitted.
  • [15:6] Don’t be sad when people insult you or make fun of you for sticking to the Quran and its rulings. Know that the Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) was called a Majnoon (madman) but he continued his mission and Allah granted him success and honor.
  • [15:9] Alah has promised that the Qur’an will be preserved and guarded without any change till the Last Hour. Be of those who ‘guard’ (hifdh) the Quran, even if you only memorize one ayah a day; good deeds are those who are consistent!
  • [15:16] Stars have been created to beautify the skies not to inform you of your future. Stay away from asking about zodiac signs, knowing horoscopes, reading or believing in them.
  • [15:19-20] Reflect over the earth on which ou stay. How amazing that it carries millions of other creatures like you and serves you without shaking.
  • [15:21] There is nothing which is not in the treasures of Allah. So why the disappointments? Why the hasad/envy? If someone else gets blessed with some blessing you also want then do not despair do not feel jealous…That specific thing is not over…the depositories of it are with Allah…there’s no limit to His treasures. If shaytan whispers then reflect on this ayah and Ask/Beg/Implore Allah sincerely for what you want. And whatever He sends or gives…it’s according to a certain measure  بِقَدَرٍ مَعْلُومٍ that which He knows is BEST for you. And if He doesn’t give then still don’t be sad or  depressed because it is KHAIR for you according to ALLAH’S knowledge and wisdom.
  • [15:22] When the wind blows, say the sunnah supplication:

Allaahumma innee as’aluka khayrahaa, wa a’oodhu bika min sharrihaa

“O Allah, I askYou for the good of it and seek refuge in You against its evil”.

  • [15:26] Know your origin. Man was made out of clay from an altered black mud. You came from down there and go back down there after death, Then why the arrogance?
  • [15:34] Being arrogant towards even one command of Allah can prevent you from going to Paradise; think twice before you decide to do whatever you feel like doing instead of what Allah asks you to do.
  • [15:39] Disobedience is made attractive by Shaytan to mislead you from the path leading to Jannah.
  • [15:40-42] There are basically two groups:
    • The Mukhlaseen (sincere chosen servants of Allah) who stick to the straight path, don’t give in to the whispers of shaytan and eventually enter Jannah.
    • The Ghaween (the deviators) who easily give in to the whispers of shaytan, deviate from the straight path and follow him to Hell.

May Allah include us in the Mukhlaseen and not Ghaween, Aameen.

  • [15:44]  Hell has seven gates; a portion of criminals designated for every gate. May Allah protect us from Hell.
  • [15:47] One of the beautiful things in the people going to Jannah is that their hearts will be pure. Allah will remove whatever is within their breasts of resentment or hate for each other. And this is mentioned in two places in the Qur’an, Surah Al A’raf 43 and Surah Al Hijr 47.
  • [15:48] Whenever you feel exhausted by your daily tasks, think of Paradise where you will never ever be tired again insha’Allah.
  • [15:49] Allah is Al-Ghafoor and Ar-Raheem, forgives sins and has mercy but He is also the one who punishes. So one should not become relaxed and ignorant he hears about His mercy neither should he lose all hope when he hears of His punishment, Rather there should be a balance of hope and fear together to stay firm on the straight path.
  • [15:68] Honouring your guests, giving them of the best you have is an act of ‘ibaadah.
  • [15:61-75] The actions of the people of Lut (‘alayhissalam) were forbidden by Allah, declared a major sin. Allah sends His curse and punishment on people who do this. Homosexuality is haraam! And we know from the verses of the Qur’an that those who support it (wife of Prophet Lut) will be with those who will be punished for doing this haraam act. Beware!
  • [15:85] Learn to forgive people and forget their wrongdoing.
  • [15:87] Study Surah Al Fatihah, as in its seven ayaat lie immense benefits. Make learning how to pronounce Surah Al Fatihah correctly a priority, learn the translation, know that Allah answers you when you read its ayaat in salah and learn about its benefits from the sunnah.
  • [15:87-88] Allah has given you the Qur’an as a gift…which is the best blessing one could ever get so don’t be distracted by what the materialistic people do or say.
  • [15:95] Whenever people mock you, know that Allah will be sufficient for you against them; just stick to His way, keep your dignity and don’t lower yourself to their level. Your ‘izzah (honour) is with Allah.
  • [15:98-99] When you feel tired, scared and sick of people’s resentment and complains…start the tasbeeh, hamd and dhikr of Allah…and pray 2 rakat and seek help of Allah in Sujood! (super peaceful feeling).

If you desire to be in Jannah then be firm on the straight path, continue with good deeds and worshipping Allah so much so that death comes to you while you are in this state! Insha’Allah.

Make dua’ that your last deed will be your best deed, Ameen.
English Compilation: Sr. Mariam Anwer (Quest for Paradise)