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SURAT-AL-ISRA SECTION TWO

 إِنَّ هَٰذَا الْقُرْآنَ يَهْدِي لِلَّتِي هِيَ أَقْوَمُ وَيُبَشِّرُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ الَّذِينَ يَعْمَلُونَ الصَّالِحَاتِ أَنَّ لَهُمْ أَجْرًا كَبِيرًا

Indeed, this Qur’an guides to that which is most suitable and gives good tidings to the believers who do righteous deeds that they will have a great reward.

وَأَنَّ الَّذِينَ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ بِالْآخِرَةِ أَعْتَدْنَا لَهُمْ عَذَابًا أَلِيمًا read more

Surat-Al-Isra Section One

This surah has three names Al-Israa relating to the night journey of the Prophet (S) from Mecca to Jerusalem, also Surah Bani Isra’eel because of the mention of  the story and behavior of the children of Israel, it is also the surah of the Qur’an because in this surah we find the explanation of the purpose of the Qur’an. It is also known as the surah of the future because it discusses the future interactions of the Muslims and the people of the Book (Jews and Christians)

This surah’s main theme comes in verse 9. This surah has two main aspects, half of it deals with the interactions between Muslims and People of the Book, while the other half deals with the purpose of the Qur’an which is guiding to that which is best. read more

Surat-An-Nahl Intro V.1-8

Surat-An-Nahl

Intro V.1-8

This surah is named for the honey bee. The naming of the surahs is given to the Prophet (S) by Jibreel (AS) from Allah (SWT). Since the name is chosen by Allah (SWT) the name gives us the theme of the surah. Every surah is linked by one word. The shorter the title of something the more skilled the one who names it is with the language. This is why every surah is named in one single word, and Allah (SWT) chooses a word that carries all of the meanings of the surah. Sometimes Allah (SWT) even names a surah with just one letter. For us to be effective in communicating with others we have to be able to convey things in a concise way. The name of this surah is an excellent example of this. If we study the life of the honey bee we will never finish, they are fascinating and complex creatures. This surah is filled with so many aspects related to the signs of a honey bee. There is a hadith that the Prophet (S) says that a believer is like a honey bee. One way is that is makes honey and has a stinger, so it produces beneficial things but also has the means to protect it. Also the bees are very well organized with each one doing its role. The bee also though it has a stinger is so gentle when it lands on a flower. We as a believer should be like this when we interact with the people. The honey bees take the nectar and then produce so many good things so a believer should only take the good things in this life and produce more good things from it. Honey bees are all united. The more we know about honey bees, the more we know about this surah, and the more we know about Allah (SWT) then the more we will know how we are supposed to be as believers. read more

Surat-An-Nahl 7-21 V.1-12

Surat-An-Nahl

V. 1-12

The theme of the surah is the greatness of Allah (SWT) which is manifested in this surah in five areas:

  1. His greatness in His creation
  2. His greatness in His bounties
  3. His greatness in His knowledge
  4. His greatness in His will
  5. His greatness in His power

These are a must for us to learn after learning that Allah (SWT) is the Rabb and the only One that should be worshipped. This will give us a good strong understanding and aqueedah.

Wherever we look, we see the order of Allah (SWT) has happened, and just like these have happened so too will the orders that haven’t happened yet will happen like Judgment Day. The next point is that after seeing these signs we should glorify Allah and know that He is exalted above whatever people wrongly attribute to Him. This is one thing we must keep in mind. Sometimes Muslims say we worship the same god as the Christians, but actually we don’t their concept of God is really totally different than how Allah (SWT) actually is, how He has revealed Himself to be. read more

Surat-An-Nahl 7-28 V. 1-22

Surat-An-Nahl

V. 1-22

This surah gives us some attributes of Allah (SWT). These attributes are a must for something to truly be God. We as Muslims must know at least these attributes to truly validate our Iman.

It mentions the greatness of Allah (SWT) but His greatness has components:

  1. Allah- the personal name of God and Rabb- Lord of all the worlds
  2. His Creation
  3. His Bounties
  4. His Knowledge
  5. His Will
  6. His Power
  7. He is Ever-Living/Eternal
  8. He is All-Hearing/All-Seeing
  9. He is the One Who Speaks

Only Allah (SWT) has these qualities. We must know and study these qualities to validate our Iman. Besides knowing Allah (SWT) and Rabb, we must know these eight in detail. This will make us clear when we say “la ilaha il Allah wahdahu la shareekilah”. When we go through this surah we must connect to these attributes of Allah (SWT). read more

Surat-An-Nahl 8-4 V. 20-28

Surat-An-Nahl

V.20-28

This surah presents nine names and attributes of Allah (SWT) that should be known for a Muslim’s Iman to be valid:

  1. Allah His name/ Rabb of the worlds
  2. Ever-Living
  3. All-Knowing
  4. All-Powerful
  5. Has Will
  6. One Who Speaks
  7. All-Hearing/All-Seeing
  8. Creator
  9. Giver of Bounties/Blessings

These qualities are a must for some being to qualify to be The Deity/God. Only Allah (SWT) has these qualities, He has 8 signs to prove He is the Creator:

  • Created universe
  • Created humans from a drop
  • Created livestock for our benefit
  • Sends down rain to grow produce for us
  • Has made night and Day, sun, moon, and stars
  • Has cultivated plants of different types and colors
  • Has subdued the water/oceans for us
  • Planted the mountains to balance the earth
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    Surat-An-Nahl 8-18 V. 22-32

    Surat-An-Nahl

    V.22-32

    This surah gives us the basic names and attributes of Allah (SWT) that every Muslim must know and understand, also these qualities are a must for something to be God.

    1. Allah
    2. Rabb of the Worlds
    3. Has Knowledge
    4. Has Will
    5. Has Power
    6. Creates
    7. Gives Bounties /Blessings
    8. All Seeing/Hearing
    9. Speaks

    If we look at the creation we can see signs of these attributes. When we look at plants who take in the same materials, water and sunlight, but they produce totally different fruits and materials. If we look at the animals we feed them some food but we get totally different products. If we look at the honey bees, they produce over a hundred varieties of honey. These signs should cause us to say SubhanAllah. They should also prevent anyone from denying God or making something else God. read more

    Surat-An-Nahl 8-25 V.28-34

    Surat-An-Nahl

    V. 28-34

    This surah is explaining the ten attributes of Allah (SWT) that are essential for Tawheed. This surah is essential for us to fortify our Iman. If we understand these and act according to them then we are people of Tawheed. The people of Tawheed are mentioned in many places in the Qur’an and Sunnah to be destined for Jannah. They can sense that they will be in Jannah as soon as the process of departing this life begins.

    V. 28-34- “The ones whom the angels take in death [while] wronging themselves, and [who] then offer submission, [saying], “We were not doing any evil.” But, yes! Indeed, Allah is Knowing of what you used to do. So enter the gates of Hell to abide eternally therein, and how wretched is the residence of the arrogant. And it will be said to those who feared Allah , “What did your Lord send down?” They will say, “[That which is] good.” For those who do good in this world is good; and the home of the Hereafter is better. And how excellent is the home of the righteous – Gardens of perpetual residence, which they will enter, beneath which rivers flow. They will have therein whatever they wish. Thus does Allah reward the righteous – The ones whom the angels take in death, [being] good and pure; [the angels] will say, “Peace be upon you. Enter Paradise for what you used to do.” Do the disbelievers await [anything] except that the angels should come to them or there comes the command of your Lord? Thus did those do before them. And Allah wronged them not, but they had been wronging themselves. So they were struck by the evil consequences of what they did and were enveloped by what they used to ridicule.” read more

    Surat-An-Nahl 9-1 V.33-44

    Surat-An-Nahl

    V.33-44

    When we are departing this life we will be of one of two kinds of people, either Tayyib (pure with Iman, have made sincere repentance) or in a state where we have wronged ourselves. Tayyib means good in all aspects, inside and out. The Tayyibeen will be received by the angels with greetings and good news. Those who leave this life while wronging their own souls will be rushed through the process by the angels and they will receive humiliation. We will have three groups in the hereafter, two groups of Tayyib and one group for those who wronged themselves. The Tayyibeen will be either those close to Allah (SWT) who will get a special reception, or those who are the people of the right hand who will get a good reception but not as good as those close to Allah (SWT). Those who have wronged themselves will be thrown into the hellfire. read more

    Surat-An-Nahl 9-8 V.35-43

    Surat-An-Nahl

    V.35-43

    V. 35- “And those who associate others with Allah say, “If Allah had willed, we would not have worshipped anything other than Him, neither we nor our fathers, nor would we have forbidden anything through other than Him.” Thus did those do before them. So is there upon the messengers except [the duty of] clear notification?

    Allah (SWT) refutes those who say that “if Allah (SWT) willed we would not have been disbelievers”. There are so many proofs against this, one is Allah (SWT) sending Messengers and revelation to guide us to be believers. Allah (SWT) doesn’t force people to be believers we are given autonomy we can choose to believe or not. Allah (SWT) wants everyone to be guided, that’s why He sent so many Messengers and revelation and gives us so many signs. If Allah (SWT) wanted He could have made us like the angels who just obey and have no choice in the matter. Allah (SWT) wanted to create us who have a choice. read more