JUZ 5 – WALMUHSINAAT – POINTS TO PONDER (Part 2)

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The title of the fourth chapter of the Qur’an (An Nisaa) means “Women.” It deals with many issues regarding women, family life, marriage, and divorce. Chronologically, the chapter also falls shortly after the Muslims’ defeat at the Battle of Uhud.

Surah An Nisa Ayahs 24 to 147 (Part 2)

  • [4:59] Judge fairly between two parties, even though you prefer one of them! Solve arguments looking at what Allah instructs and not in ways you “feel” is best.
  • [4:69] Obeying Allah and His Messenger will make you gain the companionship of the prophets, siddiqeen, martyrs and righteous ones in Jannah.
  • [4:76] The Believers strive in the way of Allah and the disbelievers strive in the way of Taghoot and both groups have different goals.
  • [4:78] No matter how safe you think you are, death will find you- so don’t ever fear men over Allah- and do your duty.
  • [4:79] Whenever you are afflicted by pain or problems, reflect over your past sins and immediately repent.
  • [4:82] Contemplate (tadabbur) at least one ayah from the Quran a day.
  • [4:86] Say Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu to those you know and those you do not know of Muslims.
  • [4:92] Killing/Murdering a believer intentionally is the most hateful thing to Allah and its punishment is the Hell fire.
  • [4:97] There’s a big reward for the ones who do hijrah for the pleasure of Allah. One can also do hijrah by leaving off a sinful life, repenting and turning to Allah.
  • [4:103] Make praying ON TIME a priority and ask Allah to help you pray on time. You will instantly feel the effect on your emaan when you pray on time. Qasr [shortening the prayer] is allowed during travelling and Salat Al Khawf is allowed during war.
  • [4:104] After praying, do a lot of dhikr and tasbeeh, whether it is while you are sitting, standing or lying down. Just remember Allah a lot.
  • [4:114] Secret talk is allowed if it is regarding a righteous deeds. However secret talk while you backbite, gossip and envy is forbidden.
  • [4:119] Know shaytan is your enemy and increase in saying with conviction (as if it is a sword): aoodhu billahi minash shaytanir rajeem! Study ways how shaytan deceives people and learn from them.
  • [4:123] Success is only achieved by doing righteous deeds and not by wishful thinking. Take steps to please Allah and watch your life get better.
  • [4:128] Arguments between a husband and wife can be solved by forfeiting rights between each other. This peaceful agreement is better than divorce.
  • [4:134] Don’t just expect reward of Dunya. Strive in doing good deeds while focusing on the reward of the Hereafter.
  • [4:136] Believers should always keep adhering to their eeman and maintain it so that their actions become righteous.
  • [4:135] Always stand up and witness to the truth, even if it is against yourself.
  • [4:139] Never seek your honour in careers, reputations, joining forces with those who don’t fear Allah in order to gain power or to win an argument. Real honour (‘izzah) is in Islam and obeying Allah.
  • [4:140] It’s not allowed to sit in gatherings when people make fun of Islam or the commands of Allah.
  • [4:142] You have energy for anything but when it comes to salah you feel tired? Standing lazy in salah, praying differently when with people and not being present with your heart are signs of hypocrites. Check yourself!
  • [4:142-143] Deceiving Allah, being lazy in performing prayers or showing off when praying, not remembering Allah and always staying doubting about the aspects of Deen are traits of the hypocrites.
  • [4:146] Stay away from hypocrisy. Repent, return to Allah, hold on to His rules and submit truly and sincerely to Islam.
  • [4:147] Be more grateful and complain less. Constantly complaining about big or small matters becomes a habit ( it’s too hot! the same food again? etc). Realize that being grateful is a way to avert the punishment of Allah.
    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 4 – LAN TANALOO AL-BIR’RA

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Surah Ale Imran, Ayaat (92 to 200)

  • Al Birr (Righteousness) is spending and giving that which you love the mostin the way of Allah. (3:92)
  • Learn submission and humilty from Prophet Ibrahim (a.s) and how he sacrificed his sleep and rest to build the House of Allah. (3:95) (3:97)
  • Love the Bayt-Allah/Ka’abah and perform Hajj once in your life if you are able to do so. (3:97)
  • Spend your whole life in the obedience of Allah and let death meet you while you are in a state of eeman. (3:102)
  • Hold on tightly to the rope of Allah i.e., the Qur’an, be firm on its path altogether as an Ummah and stay away from division. (3:103)
  • Calling people to the Quran, its rules, and to righteous deeds is every Muslim’s duty. (3:104)
  • Allah calls the nation of the Believers the best nation because they enjoin Al-Ma’rûf (i.e. Islâmic Monotheism and all that Islâm has ordained) and forbid Al-Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islâm has forbidden), and they believe in Allâh. (3:110)
  • Adopting Sabr and Taqwa while facing calamities and problems. (3:120)
  • The Muslims suffered loss at the Battle of Uhud because of the love of wealth/Dunya. To be successful in both worlds one needs to work sincerely for the sake of Allah. (3:121)
  • A Muhsin is the one who gives charity in hard times and easy times, while healthy or ill, and in all conditions. He controls his anger and forgives/pardons those who wrong him. (3:134)
  • Jannah is priceless. You need to strive hard in good deeds and sabr to gain a place in Jannah. (3:134)
  • Shakireen (the grateful ones) are those who bear the biggest of sorrows for the sake of Allah, the ones who sacrifice all that they love to spread the Deen of Allah. (3:144)
  • Allah strengthens His servant and his eeman by testing him again and again. If you fear him and are patient, you will be successful. (3:150)
  • Be lenient and forgive the mistakes of your companions on account of their sincerity, sacrifices and past good acts. (3:159) 
  • Allah Ta’ala has truly favoured the Ummah by sending His Messenger (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) to purify them and teach them His Book. (3:164)
  • Wish and pray for martyrdom to find special provision and reward from Allah in the Hereafter. (3:169)
  • Whenever you are stuck in a problem, facing challenges from your enemies then just have strong eeman, yaqeen and tawakkal in Allah, His might, His Help and say: HasbunAllahu wa ni’mal Wakeel(3:173)
  • Protect yourself from the traps of this deceiving Dunya. Real success is for the one who is saved from the hellfire and made to enter Jannah in the Hereafter. (3:185)
  • (Ayahs 190-194) Aisha (radiAllahu ‘anha) narrated that when these ayaat were revealed RasoolAllah (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) wept till his beard became wet and he said:

‘Woe to he who recites it but does not contemplate it.’

Surah An Nisa, Ayaat ( 1 to 23)

  • You must fear Allah, know that he is Always Watching and be caring towards your relatives and treat them with kindness for the sake of Allah and avoid breaking off ties with them.  (4:1)
  • A man is allowed to marry more than once if he can guarantee treating all four wives with equality. (4:3)
  • Giving the dowry to the wives is obligatory on men when they marry. (4:4)
  • It is necessary to distribute the inheritance according the portions that Allah has ordained. (4:11-12)
  • Do not delay seeking forgiveness of Allah after you commit a sin. Repentance at the time of death will not be accepted. (4:17-18)
  • Men should treat their women kindly and not be harsh with them. They should not ask their wives to return the dowry in case of divorce or separation. (4:19)

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