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“Little are you grateful”

”Little are you grateful”

“Say it is He Who has created you, and endowed you with hearing (ears), seeing (eyes), and hearts: Little are you grateful. “

[AL Qur’an 67:23]

Explanation
“‘Say it is He Who has created you’, means He(swt) initiated your creation after you were not even a thing worth mentioning (i.e. nothing).’ Then He(swt) says, ‘and endowed you with hearing, seeing and hearts’, meaning intellects and powers of reasoning. ‘Little are you grateful’ means how little you use these abilities that Allah has blessed you with to obey Him, to act according to His commandments, and avoid His prohibitions.”[Tafsir ibn kathir]

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The purpose of fasting in Ramadhan

The purpose of fasting in Ramadhan

Allah, the Most High says,

“O you who believe! Fasting has been ordained for you as it was ordained for those before you, so that you may attain Taqwa.”

[Al Qur’an 2:183]

Explanation

A common question that Muslims are often asked, mainly by non-Muslims is ‘why do you fast?’ or ‘What do you achieve through fasting?’ Many Muslims attempt to answer these questions in a very philosophical way, explaining that fasting helps us to think about the poor and about those less privileged than us. Or that it allows us to feel the hunger and thirst that poor people around the world feel so that we may be grateful to Allah(swt) for the food that we have, or so on and so forth. Although most of these answers maybe true, but the real answer is much simpler than that and is contained in the above verse of the Qur’an. It is that firstly fasting is a command from Allah(swt), and those that came before us (i.e. the nations that came before) were also commanded to fast. Secondly, the purpose for which we have been ordained to fast is so that we may attain Taqwa.

A Tabi’ee (A Companion from the generation after the Sahaabah) Talq ibn Habeeb (May Allah have mercy upon him) was asked to define Taqwa, so he said, ‘Taqwa is acting in obedience to Allah (swt), hoping for His Mercy, and Taqwa is leaving acts of disobedience to Allah out of fear of Him.’ This is the purpose behind fasting, and this is what fasting in Ramadhan should lead us to, i.e. towards attaining Taqwa. The aim is to achieve Taqwa, the means to this achievement is fasting and the result of achieving this aim is the closeness and pleasure of Allah(swt), and immense reward from Allah in this world and in the hereafter.

A Clear lesson

A Clear lesson

“Many ways of life have passed away before your time. Go, then, about the earth and behold what happened in the end to those who gave the lie to the truth: this is a clear lesson unto all mankind, and a guidance and instruction to those who fear Allah. Be not, then, faint of heart, and grieve not: for you are bound to rise high if you are believers.”
[Al Qur’an 3:137-139]

Explanation
“this is a clear lesson unto all mankind”, i.e. do you not see how Allah has destroyed the nations that came before. They were mighty in strength, yet the command of Allah overtook them all, and now you see that all have perished. Is this not a lesson, that just like them you too are soon to depart from this fleeting world, so knowing this why does one not strive and work towards that which is to come?

Al Qur’an: The clear word of Allah

Al Qur’an: The clear word of Allah

Allah, the Most High says:

“Alif laam Meem, This is the Book in which there is no doubt, a guidance to those who fear Allah. Who believe in the unseen, and establish prayer, and spend of that which we have bestowed upon them; And who believe in that which is revealed to you (Muhammad) and that which was revealed before you, and are certain of the heareafter. These are the ones on true guidance from their Lord. These are the successful.”

[Al Qur’an 2:1-5]

Allah, the Most High also says:

“We have put forth for men, in this Qur’an every kind of Parable, in order that they may receive admonition. (It is) a Qur’an in Arabic, without any crookedness (therein): in order that they may guard against Evil.”

[Al Qur’an 39:27-28]

Promise 25 of 25

Promise 25 of 25

Establishment on Earth – Tamkeen

Allah the Most high, says,

“Allah has promised, to those among you who believe and work righteous deeds, that He will, of a surety, grant them in the land, inheritance (of power), as He granted it to those before them; that He will establish in authority their religion, the one which He has chosen for them and that He will change (their state), after the fear in which they (lived), to one of security and peace: They will worship Me (alone) and not associate any partner with Me. If any do reject Faith after this, they are rebellious and wicked.”

[Al Qur’an 24:55]

Rasullulah(saw) said in a hadith that “Allah has shown me the entire Earth and told me the kingdom of my nation will reach all of it”

So the question is not if Islam will be victorious or not. That has been promised and will happen. But rather the question is that are we going to play a role in that or not.

The group who bring Islam back will be the ones who resemble the companions the most. Because the Muslims who came after the Sahaabah have always lived under Islamic rule, now the Muslims have the golden opportunity of doing what the Sahaabah did, i.e. re-establishing Islam and Islamic rule.

Rasullulah(saw) said in another hadith that, “I wish that I could meet my brothers, so the Sahaabah said aren’t we your brothers, so Rasul(saw) said no, you are my Companions, but my brothers are going to be people who will come at the end of time, and one of them would wish that they could see me, even if it would cost them their wealth and their families.” Meaning a glimpse of Rasullullah(saw) for them would be worth more than anything in the world.

So such will be the people who will bring Islam back, that Rasullullah(saw) referred to them as brothers. This honour will be for them because of their intense love for Allah, their love for the Prophet(saw), and for Islam, and their total obedience to the commands of Allah and their following the sunnah.

Promise 24 of 25

Promise 24 of 25

A good life – Hayaatan tayyibah

Allah the Most high, says,

“Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has Faith, verily, to him will We give a new Life, a life that is good and pure and We will bestow on such their reward according to the best of their actions.”

[Al Qur’an 16:97]

The believers have a very good life, don’t be fooled by what you see. For sometimes what you see is not what you get. Sometimes you can see a wealthy disbeliever who has the world in his hands, but you can’t see what is going on in the inside, and he doesn’t know what the believers are feeling because he has never felt it. He feels happy with what he has and doesn’t know that there is something much better than that.

Ibn Taymiyah (May Allah have mercy on him) said “If the kings knew the happiness and pleasure that we feel in our hearts, they would come and try to take it away from us with the tips of their swords.”

But whosoever turns away from My Message, verily for him is a very distressful life.” [Al Qur’an 20:124]

Be assured anyone not on the true path is having a life of misery even if you think otherwise. Whilst the believers who are apparently going through suffering, Allah is giving them a feeling in their heart that could not be bought with the wealth of this Dunya.

Because of the difficulty the believers go through and the patience they show Allah gives them something in their hearts that cannot be described with words.

Again, if you are not feeling this, then there is something wrong with the iman (faith).

Promise 23 of 25

Promise 23 of 25

Protection

Allah the Most high, says,

“Verily Allah will defend (from ill) those who believe, verily, Allah loves not any that is a traitor to faith or shows ingratitude.”

[Al Qur’an 22:38]

Allah will protect the believers

If you are a believer then Allah will protect you. This is the promise of Allah. If anybody doesn’t get this, then that means there is something wrong with the iman (faith).


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