Tarawweh Log by Dr. Moiz Mumtaz:
Glimpses of Quranic Recitation of the night of (night; Taraweeh # 16):
Allah (SWT) is telling Prophet (SAS) that he will not be able to guide whomever he loves to the right path but only Allah (SWT) will guide whomever He wishes (28;56). In fact only Allah (SWT) knows those who will accept the guidance. According to an authentic hadith this verse was revealed when Prophet (SAS) was unsuccessful to make his uncle Abu Talibpronounce the shahadah on his death bed. When that did not happen, the Prophet (SAS) wanted to ask Allah (SWT)’s forgiveness for Abu Talib but he was forbid even doing that by the revelation of yet another ayeh which forbid the prophet (SAS) and the Muslims from praying for non-Muslims (9:113). We learn from the foregoing that only Allah (SWT) guides people to the right path, and only when Allah (SWT) knows they are fit for the guidance. This does not mean we should stop inviting our friends and relatives to the right path. In fact, it is a duty of every Muslim to always continue to encourage everyone to practice Islam. However, we should not be disappointed or saddened in our efforts if they do not believe or follow the right path. As has been adequately documented the prophet (SAS) himself did not stop inviting people to Islam throughout his life.
Sûrah Al-Ankaboot: “Do the people think that they will be left alone because they say, We believe, and will not be tested with afflictions?” (29:2). The next ayah provides the answer “Lo! We tested those who were before you, to distinguish who are sincere and who are fake” (29:3). Allah (SWT) is clearly telling us we will be tested and tested for our belief. A true believer is not swayed from his belief regardless of the circumstances. These tests could be different types, assuming different forms during our life time like illness, loss of wealth and loved ones. On the other hand they could come in the form of blessings like material gains, prominence and recognition in society, Through both these types of testsAllah (SWT) is assessing us and our faith. Some people might believe in Allah (SWT) and worship Him when things are going right, and then when confronted with challenges of life they lose their faith. On the other hand, there will be those people who might believe in Allah (SWT) during hardships, and forget Him during happiness.The true winners are those who persevere in their faith and pass the tests of life. We should always pray Allah (SWT) that He strengthens our belief and perseverance and not subject us to difficult trials of life.