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POUR UPON US WATER

29 May

وَنَادَىٰ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ أَصْحَابَ الْجَنَّةِ أَنْ أَفِيضُوا عَلَيْنَا مِنَ الْمَاءِ أَوْ مِمَّا رَزَقَكُمُ اللَّهُ ۚ قَالُوا إِنَّ اللَّهَ حَرَّمَهُمَا عَلَى الْكَافِرِينَ

And the companions of the Fire will call to the companions of Paradise, “Pour upon us some water or from whatever Allah has provided you.” They will say, “Indeed, Allah has forbidden them both to the disbelievers.” (7:50)

  • Hassan was fasting and cold water was brought to him and he started crying. It was asked why and he responded, “I remembered the call of the people of hellfire pour upon us some water.”
  • As you read the Quran, ask yourself with each ayah, how can I implement it into my life.
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REFLECT

26 May

كِتَابٌ أَنزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ مُبَارَكٌ لِّيَدَّبَّرُوا آيَاتِهِ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ

[This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, that they might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded.

  • From this ayah we learn that Allah Suhanahu wa’tala revealed the Quran for us to reflect and implement into our lives.
  • It was not revealed for us to simply recite without any contemplation and reflection.
  • Ibn ‘Abbas radhiyllahu ‘anh said, “It is more beloved to me to recite surah az-Zalzalah and al-qariah with reflection than to recite al-Baqarah and al-Imran swiftly.”
  • قال ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما أيضا لأن أقرأ البقرة وآل عمران أرتلهما وأتدبرهما أحب إلي من أن أقرأ القرآن هذرمة .

LIMITED DAYS

25 May

أَيَّامًا مَّعْدُودَاتٍ

Limited number of days

  • Allah Subhanahu wa ta’la did not say ma’doodah.
  • In Arabic there are two types of plural — multitude (jam’ kathra) vs. limited (jam’ qilla).
  • The above is the later plural and implies that these days are incredibly limited.
  • al-Hassan al-Basri once passed by a group who were laughing so he said, “verily Allah has made the month of Ramadan an arena for competition for the creation to racewith obedience, and as such a group competed and won and others remained behind so were defeated; it is of utmost surprise and shock for someone to laugh and play in days in which those who struggled were victorious and those who were lazy were defeated.”
  • مر الحسن البصري بقوم وهم يضحكون ، فقال إن الله عز وجل جعل شهررمضان مضمارا لخلقه يستبقون فيه لطاعته ، فسبق قوم ففازوا ، وتخلف أقوام فخابوا فالعجب كل العجب للضاحك اللاعب في اليوم الذي فاز فيه السابقون وخاب فيه المبطلون .

MAYBE

23 May

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

O you who believe, fasting has been legislated upon you as it was legislated for those before you so that perhaps you will have Taqwa.

  • This ayah tells us that the purpose of fasting is to attain Taqwa.
  • Allah subhanahu wa ta’la did not guarantee we will gain it.
  • One of the reasons is because we associate fasting with the body and not the heart.
  • Ibn al-Qayyim rahimahu Allah said, “Taqwa is of three levels: protecting the heart and the the limbs from the forbidden, then protecting it from the disliked and then protecting it from anything that does not benefit.”
  • Ibn Rajab rahimahu Allah said, “verily the journey to the hereafter is traversed with one’s heart and not with one’s feet.”

Debase and Raise

24 Oct

خَافِضَةٌ رَّافِعَةٌ

It will debase and raise (56:3)

(قال حازم بن دينار: رأيت رجلا قام يصلي من الليل، فافتتح سورة الواقعة، فلم يجاوز قوله {خافضة رافعة} حتى أصبح، فخرج من المسجد، فتبعته، فقلت: بأبي أنت وأمي! ما {خافضة رافعة} – أي لماذا استمررت طول الليل ترددها -؟! فقال: إن الآخرة خفضت قوما لا يرفعون أبدا، ورفعت قوما لا ينخفضون أبدا، فإذا الرجل عمر بن عبد العزيز رحمه الله))

  • Hazem ibn Dinaar said I saw a man stand for prayer at night and he began reciting Surah al-waqi’ah (the event) and he kept repeating the above ayah until the morning. I followed him and I said to him what is the debasing and the raising? He replied, “Verily in the hereafter people will be lowered never to be raised ever again; and people will be raised never to be lowered again.” That man was ‘Umar ibn Abdul ‘Aziz.

NEVER DEPRIVED

23 Jun

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى عَنْهُ ، قَالَ : ” مَنْ رُزِقَ خَمْسًا لَمْ يُحْرَمْ خَمْسًا . وَمَنْ رُزِقَ الشُّكْرَ لَمْ يُحْرَمَ الزِّيَادَةَ لِقَوْلِهِ تَعَالَى : لَئِنْ شَكَرْتُمْ لأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ سورة إبراهيم آية 7 ، وَمَنْ رُزِقَ الصَّبْرَ ، لَمْ يُحْرَمَ الثَّوَابَ لِقَوْلِهِ تَعَالَى : إِنَّمَا يُوَفَّى الصَّابِرُونَ أَجْرَهُمْ بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ سورة الزمر آية 10 ، وَمَنْ رُزِقَ التَّوْبَةَ لَمْ يُحْرَمَ الْقَبُولَ لِقَوْلِهِ تَعَالَى : وَهُوَ الَّذِي يَقْبَلُ التَّوْبَةَ عَنْ عِبَادِهِ سورة الشورى آية 25 ، وَمَنْ رُزِقَ الِاسْتِغْفَارَ لَمْ يُحْرَمَ الْمَغْفِرَةَ لِقَوْلِهِ تَعَالَى : اسْتَغْفِرُوا رَبَّكُمْ إِنَّهُ كَانَ غَفَّارًا سورة نوح آية 10 ، وَمَنْ رُزِقَ الدُّعَاءَ لَمْ يُحْرَمَ الْإِجَابَةَ لِقَوْلِهِ تَعَالَى : ادْعُونِي أَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ سورة غافر آية 60

Abu Huraira RadiAllahu anh said, whoever is blessed to make duaa won’t be deprived of the response for Allah Subhanhu wa ta’la says, “Call me and I will respond to you.”

CHANGE

1 Mar

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُغَيِّرُ مَا بِقَوْمٍ حَتَّىٰ يُغَيِّرُوا مَا بِأَنفُسِهِمْ

Indeed, Allah will not change what is with a people until they change what is in themselves (13:11)

  • Abu Ishaq al-Huweny HafidhahuAllah says that there are two maa — what — in this ayah.
  • The first maa refers to calamities and the second refers to factors that eradicate them.
  • Meaning: Allah does not uplift what befell on a people until they remove what was the cause of it within themselves.