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Surat-Ibraheem

Surat-Ibraheem

Introduction

V. 1-3

We want to explore what Surat-Ibraheem is all about. This surah is named after the Prophet Ibraheem (AS). The way he established the Message of Allah, and that Allah is absolutely One, a singularity is unique. He established it comprehensibly and he also had a system that allowed for renewal of the Message, and all prophets after him were just renewing the Message he brought.

The theme of Surat-Ibraheem is not the life story of Ibraheem nor is it based on his great characteristics, this is why Allah (SWT) only narrates one part of the life of Ibraheem (AS) that fits with the theme. The theme can be found in the first and last verses of the surah. The  first verse tells why Allah (SWT) sent down the Qur’an to bring mankind out of the darkness into the light, the last verse gives five ways the Qur’an guides human beings from darkness to light. read more

Surat-Ibraheem 2-3 V. 1-8

Surat-Ibraheem

V. 1-8

Surat-Ibraheem is about the Qur’an. It discusses the role of the Qur’an and is a straightforward surah. It mentions Ibraheem (AS) but only a small part of his life related to the theme. The surah tells how the Prophet (S) is going to proceed, leading the people from darkness to the light. Muhammad (S) is empowered by Allah and the Qur’an to lead people from darkness to light. The Qur’an has four roles, Belagh, warning, learning, and a reminder to lead the people.

This surah also gives the Prophet (S) what to expect from the people when he is trying to lead them from darkness to light. read more

Surat-Ibraheem 2-10 V. 5-11

Surat-Ibraheem

V. 5-11

The theme of this surah is the Qur’an or Al-Kitaab. In many places Allah (SWT) calls the Qur’an Kitaab, and Qur’an. If it is called Qur’an it means the book that is read repeatedly. When it is called Kitaab (book), a book always has a title and it has an author, the author is Allah (SWT). The scholars of the Qur’an said that the last verse of this surah is suitable as a title of this Kitaab. This verse has all of the elements of the Qur’an, one that it is effectively sufficient to take a person from darkness to light. Secondly it is a warning for people that if we don’t follow it then we will end up in hellfire which is the greatest darkness. Those who accept the glad tidings want to move on so they need knowledge, so the third element of the Qur’an is that it is the source of knowledge for coming into the light and we have to inculcate the knowledge into our lives to reach the light. Fourth the Qur’an is a reminder because on that path there are many obstacles so the Qur’an will keep us on the path of light until we reach Jannah. read more

Surat-Ibraheem 3-10 V. 21-30

In the Name of Allah

Surat-Ibraheem

v. 21-30

This surah is talking about the Qur’an and how it is sent to allow the Prophet (S) or any other person who inherits the Qur’an (Muslims) to lead humanity from darkness to light. We have people living in darkness, and we have the Prophet and his followers who have the light. The Qur’an is not enough otherwise Allah (SWT) would not send Messengers, the revelation and Messengers go side by side to bring people out of darkness to light. This is for those who want to leave the darkness, it cannot be forced on anyone, but if there are people who want to leave darkness for light and the Qur’an is presented to them they find the light. People are living in darkness, not literally, but spiritual and moral darkness. These people are not at peace within themselves. Often people are searching for this inner peace and it is only found through the Qur’an. When people get inner peace that doesn’t mean that their life becomes easy; actually sometimes their life gets harder, Allah (SWT) says that when people say they believe they will be tested so the life usually gets harder. But if the person is sincere and struggles they will find they go through the difficulties with inner peace and with hope. read more

Surat-Ibraheem 3-31 V. 27-31

Surat-Ibraheem

V. 27- 31

The theme of Surat-Ibraheem is the Qur’an, its purpose. There are some ayat in Surat-al-Haq that also tell us about the Qur’an.

Surat-al-Haq-V.38-52- “So I swear by what you see, And what you do not see, [That] indeed, the Qur’an is the word of a noble Messenger. And it is not the word of a poet; little do you believe. Nor the word of a soothsayer; little do you remember. [It is] a revelation from the Lord of the worlds. And if Muhammad had made up about Us some [false] sayings, We would have seized him by the right hand; Then We would have cut from him the aorta. And there is no one of you who could prevent [Us] from him. And indeed, the Qur’an is a reminder for the righteous. And indeed, We know that among you are deniers. And indeed, it will be [a cause of] regret upon the disbelievers. And indeed, it is the truth of certainty. So exalt the name of your Lord, the Most Great. read more

Surat-Ibraheem 4-7 v. 31-37

Surat-Ibraheem

V. 31-37

If the big picture is not clear, then a small thing can confuse someone; also if something is taken out of context it can be misunderstood. This is why the scholars have always given the context and reason of revelation for the ayat of the Qur’an.

V. 31- “O Muhammad], tell My servants who have believed to establish prayer and spend from what We have provided them, secretly and publicly, before a Day comes in which there will be no exchange, nor any friendships.

Surat-Ibraheem 4-14 V. 35-41

Surat-Ibraheem

V. 35-41

We have a true example of how revelation works in the example of Ibraheem (AS). We have an important question, how does the Qur’an work on people? Is it by memorizing it, is it by reciting it, is it from practicing it, how is it? Every individual and community will react to the Qur’an in a different way, if we don’t understand these circumstances we might conclude that the Qur’an does not work on people. All the Prophets (AS) have their own approach to their specific nations and conditions, we have to evaluate our circumstances and see which approach of which Prophet fits our situation. Whenever we look at the stories of the Prophets (AS) we have to analyze how they approached their nations. If we understand this we will really be the most knowledgeable people. read more

Surat-Ibraheem 4-21 v. 35-37

Surat-Ibraheem

V. 35-37

Ibraheem is being shown to us as a complete excellent model of how revelation builds generations of nations who adhere to the revelation and the Deen. This is why the Surah is named after him even though the theme of the Surah is the Qur’an. Some Prophets (AS) faced resistance, or even violence, even some were killed like Yahya (John the Baptist) and Zakariya (AS). Yahya (AS) and Zakariya were sent to the Bani Isra’el especially the rulers, they were very focused on the worldly life. Zakariya (AS) was wise and patient with his difficult people. He tried to order good and forbid bad, but his people rejected him, and told him to keep his teachings in the temple. Zakariya (AS) was worried about his people and all humanity so after many years of working he asked Allah (SWT) for help. Allah (SWT) didn’t make Zakariya (AS) the solution, instead he brought the solution from the wife of Imran. We can see from this we should be concerned about the Ummah and humanity, and that we are not expected to work miracles. The wife of Imran was determined to help the Ummah at least by making sure her child would be a devoted worshipper to Allah (SWT). All she had was her baby, and she didn’t want to send her baby to be in the palace or to be rich, she wanted to make sure her child contributed to the betterment of the Ummah at least. Her child was Mary. When she stayed in the temple under the care of Zakariya (AS) he was inspired to ask for a child himself, he followed the idea and asked Allah (SWT) for a child, not to have a child to enjoy, but to have a child to continue the Deen and help the Ummah. Allah (SWT) granted them children, but the Ummah was not ready for them so Zakariya (AS) was killed, Yahya (AS) was killed, and Esa (Jesus) (AS) was almost killed; all because the Ummah was not ready to take the revelation as the only source of guidance. The people of Mecca ended up at the same point with Muhammad (S) they planned to kill him, but Allah (SWT) saved him. We must do our effort like them, but whether it works or not depends on Allah (SWT) and the conditions of the Ummah. read more

Surat- Ibraheem 4-28 V. 35-41

Surat-Ibraheem

V.35-41

We are discussing the model that Ibraheem (AS) built of an Islamic community built purely on Iman (Faith).

Some companies have a slogan that their company is “built to last” meaning it will never go out of style or out of business; Ibraheem (AS) built his community to last. His community had several elements in verses 35-37-