Tarawweh Log by Dr. Moiz Mumtaz:
Glimpses of Quranic Recitation of the night of July 23, 2014(26th Taraweeh)
Sūrah Fajr: The contrasts in nature and mans history must increase the latters faith in the Hereafter. Yet the glamor of the present world makes him blind. to Allah (SWT)s Truths. People feel proud when Allah (SWT) showers them with blessings, but if limitations are imposed on them they complain. Only to the righteous soul will it be said: O satisfied soul! Return to your Lord, well pleased and well-pleasing to Him. Enter among My devotees. Enter My Heaven!
Sūrah Balad: Human beings are created to struggle. If they become wealthy they must not boast because they will have to account before Allah (SWT). Let them use their riches to free slaves, feed the needy and the orphans, believe, be patient, and enjoin deeds of kindness and mercy on others. Then will they be among the companions of the right hand.
Sūrah Shams: Allah (SWT)s reminds us His creation is a witness to His glory. Look at the day and night, each one has been designed for different activities useful to humans. Allah (SWT) created us and has enlightened our soul and has given us the freedom of choice. Truly he who purifies it, succeeds; and he who corrupts it, fails. An example of people who committed sins, and failed were the Thamūd who were then punished by Allah (SWT).
Sūrah Lail: Using night as the backdrop, Allah (SWT)s has created many different things that are opposites; e.g. the difference between night and day, and male and female. Similarly, there are two paths given to humans, the right and the wrong. Those who follow the right path Allah (SWT) will be pleased with them and vice versa.
Sūrah Duhā: Continuing with the theme of night and day, Allah (SWT) is reminding the prophet (SAW) just because of some setbacks in his mission he should not think that Allah (SWT) is not with him. That Allah (SWT) is and will always be on his side. Allah (SWT) states that even though there might be initial failures that ultimate victory is awaiting prophet (SAS) and his mission in this life. Further, the Hereafter will be even better for him than his present life. Prophet (SAS) is asked to proclaim to everybody Allah (SWT)s message through love.
Sūrah Inshirāh: in a time of great difficulty, Allah (SWT) gives prophet (SAS) hope and comfort. Allah (SWT) reminds the prophet (SAS) Have we not expanded your chest [his mind and heart] and purified it by exalting you in your esteem? The righteous people should know that with every difficulty there is relief. Allah (SWT) is the goal of all hopes.
Sūrah Tīn: We are being reminded that we have been created in the best of molds. Allah (SWT) has equipped us with the best physical, mental and spiritual characteristics. However, we can achieve the best by believing in Allah (SWT), following His guidance, and acting upon them. Otherwise, we can fall to the the lowest of the low.
Sūrah al-Alaq: The first verses were the first five verses revealed by Allah (SWT) to Muhammad (SAW) Read in the name of thy Lord who created you".
Sūrah Qadr: The happenings of the Night of Power (Lailat al-Qadr) are described. It is better than a thousand months. All night peace exists and various divine decrees of all types descend. So, we should spend praying and offering supplications hoping they are being accepted, and they will be accepted if made with humility and sincerity.
Glimpses of Quranic Recitation of the night of July 22, 2014(25th Taraweeh)
Sūrah Jinn: The Prophets duty was only to proclaim Allah (SWT)s Message. He used to often get sad or heart sore when his own people because of selfish reasons would not accept the message. Allah (SWT)s eases his pain by stating that truth is accepted by all his creatures, including Jinns. The Prohet (SAS) could not see the Jinns because he does not have the knowledge of unseen. So, Allah (SWT) is giving him the glad tidings that Allah (SWT) is remembered by all His Creation. So, the efforts of the Prophet (SAS) are not wasted and he is successful in conveying the message of truth to one and all.
Sūrah Mulk: Allah (SWT) has created everything around us for our use. His promise is certain to be fulfilled on the Day of Judgment. Those who accept Allah (SWT) and his plans and guidance will be rewarded. People who still refuse to accept Allah (SWT)s signs will be punished.
Sūrah Qalam: Men are tested at all times to ascertain that they do not become over confident and forget Allah (SWT). The Pen stands for Allah (SWT)s Record of all deeds. To be successful we have to be patient always, like Yūnus (AS) (who suffered in agony), but
his repentance brought on him Allah (SWT)s favors.
Sūrah Hāqqa: What is Reality? The proud nations of the past rejected Allah (SWT)s signs and were destroyed. But this destruction was just a small suffering compared to their doom in the Hereafter, where Good and Evil will be sorted out. The righteous will enjoy a great reward while the wrong-doers will suffer a terrible penalty. This is not an idle message; it is Allah (SWT)s Truth. The Message of the Qurān is the
Sūrah Al-Maārij: Patience and the mystery of time will show the ways that rise to heaven. Only patience, prayer, good deeds, faith, and the motive to please Allah (SWT) will lead us to Allah (SWT)s presence where no evil can enter.
Sūrah Nūh: Allah (SWT) will uphold the truthful and the righteous. This is all pointed out in Nūh (AS)s story, which is almost a parable to Prophet (SAS)s. Allah (SWT) sends punishment to prevent evil from spreading its corruption further.
Sūrah Muzzammil: Humility, faithfulness, and sincerity are an integral part of good spiritual life. In our remembrances and prayer we should be cognizant of Allah (SWT) presence. Special importance is given to night prayers. To make it easy on us it is recommended to spend part of the night in prayers.
Sūrah Muddaththir: Humility, faithfulness, and sincerity are important for preparing a person, such as a prophet, to guide and lead mankind. When Allah (SWT)s command is revealed, our Prophet (SAS) is asked to rise and proclaim the message to all mankind. Everyone can earn rewards through good actions (believing, charity etc.) that are recommended by Allah (SWT) and the Prophet (SAS) Faith and being charitable.
Sūrah Qiyāma: We have to believe in the Hereafter because Allah (SWT) is capable of bringing us back to life after our death. Allah (SWT) has created us for a purpose or responsibility. On the Day we will give evidence against ourselves based on our deeds of this world. Hence, we should remember the Hereafter at all times. On the Day of Judgment the faces of the blessed will shine with brightness and beauty. The others will be sad as if a misfortune had befallen them. We should be losers if we dont think of the purpose of our creation and pursue the noble destiny for which Allah (SWT) gave us life with all its gifts.
Sūrah Dahr: Allah (SWT) created man from nothing, and certainly from a very low and ordinary being. Then Allah (SWT) showed him the way and left the freedom of choice in human beings hand. Those who do good will end up in Heavens, while the unfortunate ones in Hell. We have to be patient in our lives and praise Allah (SWT) at all times.
Sūrah Mursalāt: Analogy is drawn between the working of the winds and Allah (SWT). The gentle rain brings beneficial rain and breeze. But if the same winds blow violently into tornadoes and hurricanes they could be destructive. Kindness and power is how Allah (SWT)s works. He first uses kindness and reveals messages and guidance, but if people refuse to accept the Truth he could mercilessly wipe out such people and their doings.
Sūrah al-Naba: Allah (SWT) has created everything for the benefit of man, so is Allah (SWT) capable of destroying it and cause Resurrection.
Sūrah Nāziāt: The people who refuse the message of Allah cannot last long. An example of that is Firoun who claimed: I am your Lord Most High and rejected Allah (SWT)s message conveyed to him through Moosa (AS). We are asked to learn from this story lest we be one of the unfortunates. Even if Allah (SWT) blesses us we should remain humble and turn to him in Thanks.
Sūrah Abasa: Allah (SWT)s message is meant for all. He will be the judge. In this Surah the prophet (and we in turn are being adviced to treat everybody equally while preaching His message.
Sūrah Takwīr: This is the word of a most honorable Messenger, who is dignified by Allah (SWT) and not possessed by evil spirits. It is a Message of Allah (SWT) to (all) the World which is clearly explained by Rasūl (SAW). Follow it and be guided.
Sūrah Infitār: This Sūrah deals with three points: (1) the final Day of Judgement, when our world will be destroyed; (2) the Lesser Judgement, where two angels record each mans deeds; and (3) the awakening of the Inner Light within man, so that he casts aside all evil. This is considered as a Death to the Falsities of Life and a Rebirth to the True Spiritual Values.
Sūrah Tatfīf: Shun all types of fraud and all types of corruptions to attain a higher spiritual life. We should not mock the truth, ultimately it will succeed. The proud ones will be humiliated..
Sūrah Burūj: Those who mistreat the Believers will be severely punished as Allah (SWT) is watching them.
Sūrah Tāriq: Allah (SWT)s Revelation remain a guide throughout the darkest period in mans spiritual history like a bright shining star on the darkest night.
Sūrah Alā: Man has been made capable of progress by ordered steps. Allah (SWT)s revelation can lead him through these steps to higher to purification and perfection.
Sūrah Ghāshiya: We must pass on Allah (SWT)s message to others. If they reject it, Allah (SWT) will settle their affairs with them. Allah (SWT)s judgment is also based on as you sow, so you reap. Each person will get what they deserve and have done.
Glimpses of Quranic Recitation of the night of July 21, 2014(24th Taraweeh)
Sūrah Mujādila:Allah (SWT) is the All-Knower; therefore do not make secret consultations among yourselves to plan mischief, evil or falsehood. Such things are Satans work. Do not let all false claims or un-Islamic superstitions lower the position of women. Be orderly in public meetings make room for others and do not hang around after the meetings are over. Select your friends and acquaintees carefully, lest you fell into traps of Satan.
Sūrah Hashr: Allah (SWT)s will ultimately destroys the evil men and help succeed the believers. Enemies of Muslims and their hopes on their well-guarded positions will be useless.
Sūrah Mumtahinah: Deal justly with all. Follow Ibrāhīm (AS)s example. Believing women cannot be married to unbelievers, and marry female believers who and seek to marry you and are proven pious.
Sūrah Saff: To be truly successful we have to believe in Allah (SWT) and Prophet (SAS) and strive to the best of our abilities, and help from Allah (SWT) and victory (will be) near. All our actions, words and deeds together should clearly reflect our commitment and belief in Allah (SWT).
Sūrah Jumua: Allah (SWT) revelations and guidance if for all the people. This includes those who have were revealed scriptures and those who dont. The surah no one is chosen, every one will be judged by the same criterion. When the call is made to prayer on Friday, hasten to the Remembrance of Allah (SWT) and leave off business. The important lesson here is the need for mutual contact in the community for worship and understanding.
Sūrah Munāfiqūn: The munafiqun, the Hypocrites, are false. They cannot fool Allah (SWT) and the Prophet (SAS) with their sweet talk and good looks. They cannot see the Truth and that in itself is their punishment. They lack the power to obstruct the progress of Islam and do not realize that Allah (SWT) is the Master-mind behind it. Be aware that wealth and children are distractions from the remembrance of Allah (SWT).
Sūrah Taghābun: Allah (SWT) is the best judge of His creation. The final judgment will be made regarding the doers of good or evil on the Day of Reckoning. Remember Allah (SWT) and thank Him for his favors. Obey Allah (SWT)s teachings and regard your wealth and children as a trial for you; Bear misfortunes with patience. Do not lose hope. .
Sūrah Talāq: Be just in your relations with your wives. Make absolutely certain that you deal justly with the weaker gender and protect the interest of unborn or new-born lives. Try to bring about reconciliation, do not anger them and ) let the women live in the same manner as you
live, according to your means, Do not anger them. Yes, divorce is allowed as a last resort after the prescribed period of iddat (waiting period) is complete. These are Allah (SWT)s Laws that must be obeyed. If not, Allah (SWT) will punish you.
Sūrah Tahrīm: Harmony and confidence must be taught and practiced between a husband and wife. Repentance and pardon should be part of normal social life. A good man seeks good for himself and his family. Allah (SWT) will reward the virtuous even if they have to live unavoidably with wicked people, as was the case with the wife of Pharaoh and Maryam. The reverse applies in the case of the evil ones who live in the company of the good; e.g. the wife of Nūh (AS) and the wife of Lūt (AS). Thus, marriage is a complex relationship.
Glimpses of Quranic Recitation of the night of July 20, 2014 (23th Taraweeh)
Sūrah Tūr: Praise Allah (SWT) only. Certainly all the points raised by disbelievers are baseless. They have failed to understand Allah (SWT)s Message. Praise Allah (SWT) mainly in the stillness of the night and at the time of dawn as the stars begin fading out.
Sūrah Najm: The Prophet (SAW) is neither astray nor being misled, nor speak out of his desires. It is an inspiration sent down to him by Allah (SWT), the All-Knower. He is the everlasting, the all-forgiving. We are asked to spend whole-heartedly in Allah (SWT)s way for our benefit in the Hereafter where each soul must bear its own responsibility. For all the final goal is Allah (SWT), just as He is the source of everything, for everybody. Therefore, serve Him obediently.
Sūrah Qamar: Is there any that will receive warning? occurs six times in it. It contains an appeal to the simplicity of the Qurān. Listen to Allah (SWT)s Truth and do good. Those who reject Allah (SWT)s message must realize that the Day of Judgment is drawing closer every passing day. On that Day they will suffer a severe penalty if they do not accept Allah (SWT)s Truth. Take heed from examples of Nūh (AS), the Ad, the Thamūd, the people of Lūt (AS) and the people of Firoun and be on your guard against evil.
Sūrah Ar-Rahmān: It is very poetical and mystical surah, and the question Then which of the favors of your Lord will you deny? occurs 31 times, almost 50% of the ayehs. Here the favors of Allah (SWT) and the Hereafter are explained. The graciousness of Allah (SWT), is described, who has revealed the Truth in the Qurān and has given man intelligence to see Him in the Creation around him. The universe is ruled by laws of balance and justice. He has created man from mere clay; but man can still understand Allah (SWT), the Lord of the East and the West, He sustains all His creatures, He gives the jewels of life andfFaith, who will live forever while everything else will die, Whose eternity is the hope of mans future. Good will find its reward in Paradise where beautiful sights and sounds, delicious fruits to nourish the soul, and pure companionship to give us life, will be found.
Sūrah Ar-Rahmān: It is very poetical and mystical surah, and the question Then which of the favors of your Lord will you deny? occurs 31 times, almost 50% of the ayehs. Here the favors of Allah (SWT) and the Hereafter are explained. The graciousness of Allah (SWT), is described, who has revealed the Truth in the Qurān and has given man intelligence to see Him in the Creation around him. The universe is ruled by laws of balance and justice. He has created man from mere clay; but man can still understand Allah (SWT), the Lord of the East and the West, He sustains all His creatures, He gives the jewels of life and faith, who will live forever while everything else will die, Whose eternity is the hope of mans future. Good will find its reward in Paradise where beautiful sights and sounds, delicious fruits to nourish the soul, and pure companionship to give us life, will be found.
Sūrah Wāqia: It warns about the coming of the Day of Judgment when the earth will be shaken to its depths and people will be sorted out into three classes. First class will be nearest to Allah (SWT) in the garden of bliss. Next, class will be the companions of the right hand, who will enjoy great pleasures. Finally, the last class will comprise of the companions of the left hand, who will suffer untold misery. Before that day we are asked understand yourselves, the rest of creation, and Allah (SWT)s message. Praise Allah (SWT), the most beneficent, the most just, and the most merciful.
Sūrah Hadīd: Believe in Allah (SWT) and His Prophet, and give charity out of the wealth Allah (SWT) has given you. You are merely giving from things which Allah (SWT) has given to you; strictly speaking they are not yours. Those who give in charity they will get a liberal reward and it is considered as a loan to Allah (SWT). Always be humble before Allah (SWT) and remember Him at all times. The life of this world is but play and amusement compared to the life of the Hereafter and you can enjoy it to some extent. You dont have to serve Allah (SWT) like a hermit who shuts out this world altogether. But keep in mind, as Muslims, we are to use the resources of this world to serve Allah (SWT) and His creation which in itself constitutes worship.
Glimpses of Quranic Recitation of the night of July 19, 2014 (22rd Taraweeh)
Sūrah Ahqāf:: It is reconfirmed that the Quran is a book revealed by Allah (SWT). Those who reject its message are being warned of dire consequences as faced by the nations (Aad, Thamud) that have passed before them. These nations were very prosperous as seen by the remnants of their civilizations but they were destroyed as they disobeyed Allah (SWT). It is said that the Prophet (SAS) is not delivering a new message and other creation of Allah (SWT) such as the Jinn accepted the message willingly. Be kind to parents for their sacrifices for you, especially the mother who undergoes lots of troubles in the development, delivery and bringing up of a child. Pray for parents well-being as they approach old age.
The prophet who is undergoing lots of personal persecution is being told to be patient and continue to preach people to become righteous.
Sūrah Muhammad:: This Sūrah was revealed around the first year after Hijra when the possibility existed that the Pagans might wipe out the Muslims. It deals with external and internal relations when the Ummah is formed. Those who reject Allah (SWT) and obstruct (men) from the path of Allah (SWT) will not benefit from their good deeds and they will be destroyed .But those who believe and do good... Allah (SWT) will remove their ills from them and improve their condition. The hypocrites are fainthearted and pay lip-service to Islam. Such are the men whom Allah (SWT) has cursed. Allah (SWT) will punish them because they do not want to serve Islam sincerely. Such will be replaced by another people who will be unlike them.
Sūrah Fatah:: This Sūrah was revealed after the Treaty of Hudaibiya which was signed in 6 A.H. between the Muslims and the Pagans. Hudaibiya is a plain, a short days march to the north of Mecca. Prophet Muhammad (SAW), together with about 1500 Muslims, wanted to perform the Umra (lesser pilgrimage). The treaty that followed was a great moral, social and political victory for Islam.
Victory comes from calmness of mind, faith, devotion, bravery and patience, as shown at Hudaibiya. Greed or faint-heartedness can never bring victory. The rewards for service cannot always be measured by immediate results, but show themselves in many ways if we are patient. Fight Evil strongly, but be kind and gentle among yourselves. Such an act will cause Allah (SWT) to love you.
Sūrah Hujurāt: After hijrah many deputations visited Medīna to show their loyalty. Muslims are being taught etiquette and mannerism -- respect leader(s), do not talk loudly with them or in front of them, particularly the prophet (SAS). Dont show arrogance by raising voices. Do not accept rumors without verification. Make peace between two disagreeing parties among believers with justice. Remember that the believers are a single brotherhood. Do not laugh, speak ill, or call each other by offensive nicknames. Avoid suspicion, do not spy on each other, nor speak ill of each other behind backs. All men are descendants from one male and female. Certainly the most honored of you in the sight of Allah (SWT) is the most righteous of you. Honor does not depend on race. Being a believer does not mean paying lip-service. Believers accept Allah (SWT)s will and strive in His cause..
Sūrah Qāf: The next several Sūrahs deal with Allah (SWT)s revelation through nature, history and mouths of the Prophets, and pointing to the Hereafter. The disbelievers do not want to comprehend or accept that they will be raised up again after they have become dust. But by looking around the creation with an open mind they can realize that Allah (SWT) is capable of doing anything. He gives life to barren land that is dead so does He bring about our resurrection. We are encouraged to learn from the history, and those who passed before us. Rejecters will be destroyed. Every deed, word and thought is being recorded by two angel and will be in front of us to see on the Day of Judgment. The fruit of good deeds will be Paradise, while the fruit of evil will be Hell.
Sūrah At-Thāriyāt: Look at the signs around, truth is successful at all times, even against heavy odds. Allah (SWT)s purpose remains one. On the Day of Judgment everything will become clear. Those who believe find profit in their lives. If you do not heed Allah (SWT)s signs, the loss is your own.
Glimpses of Quranic Recitation of the night of July 18, 2014 (21st Taraweeh)
Sūrah Jāthiya:: Allah (SWT) starts by stating of sure this book was revealed by your Lord who is exalted in power. Quran contains guidance, and neither transgression nor any rejection will be tolerated or go unpunished. Allah (SWT) has created the Heavens and the earth with truth, and that every soul will be repaid what it has earned and it will not be wronged. No one can guide whom Allah (SWT) has not guided. The Pagans were enjoying the worldly pleasures and rejected the resurrection and challenged the Prophet (SAS) by demanding to bring their forefathers to life, if it is possible. Allah (SWT) has a defined plan, He gives life for a fixed term, then causes you to die, then gathers you on the Day of Judgment. In spite of Allah (SWT)s Signs of His goodness all around us, men reject His guidance. Only Allah (SWT) is the best judge. People who make schisms and sects, or follow their desires are obviously doing wrong. On the Day of Judgment all will bend the knee (Jathiya) and submit to Allah [SWT]. All praise belongs to Allah (SWT), the Supreme Lord, the Cherisher, the All-Powerful and the All-Wise.
Sūrah Shūrā: Shūrā means mutual consultation. Guidance is given to use consultation through patience to resolve conflicts. Whenever there is any difference of opinion, we must trust and turn to Allah (SWT). Our religion is the same as was given to Nooh, Ibrahim, Moosa and Isa (AS). Hence we must be steadfast and remain firm in religion and not allow divisions in it because this is a sign of selfishness and jealousy. True inspiration comes from the All-Wise Allah (SWT) in the form of guidance and mercy. So when disputes arise, we should remain focused on our ultimate goals, and should use Allah (SWT)s guidance to resolve them. Even though everything in the heavens and on earth is under His control, some worship false gods. Allah (SWT)s mercy and care for us can clearly be seen in His creation. Misfortunes befall us because of our own wrong-doings, and for many (of them) He grants forgiveness. Allah (SWT)s Plan will always be carried out. The pleasures and achievements of this life are temporary, but that which is with Allah (SWT) is better and more lasting. So do good and shun wrong.
Sūrah Zukhruf: The difference between the real glory of Allah (SWT) and the false glitter of that people like to believe and worship is being stated. The revelation makes His Truth clear. Those who mock the message are only inviting Allah (SWT)s punishment on them. Allah (SWT)s creation points to His wisdom and kindness, yet some people cannot comprehend it and associate other gods with Him. These are the people who feel that their forefathers were wiser than Allah (SWT). Hence, they worship that their forefathers worshipped. Allah (SWT) challenges that if the Arabs prefer to follow in their forefathers footsteps, why do they not accept the Faith of Ibrāhīm (AS). He was a true Believer and exposed the falsehood of worshipping idols. Like the glitter of gold adornments, the worshipping of idols may also seem a bright ideal to ignorant people. Gold adornments are but things of this life, they have no place and value in the Hereafter. Only Allah (SWT)s plan cannot be blocked. Hence we should our prophet who speaks the truth. Allah (SWT)s Truth has come and Allah (SWT) knows how everyone has received it. His Truth will last forever, denying it cannot help.
Sūrah Dukhān: The title means smoke or mist. Allah (SWT) says the purpose of His creation was a very serious plan. Hence, He did not leave mankind in dark, i.e. He appointed messengers and revealed books for guidance. The daily corrupt life of the Quraish had to be modified per the message delivered by our prophet (SAS). They strongly opposed it and ridiculed him. Allah (SWT) sent a 7-yr famine as punishment. The Quraish realized their deities were helpless as the famine got worst with time. So they started worshipping the true God. But no sooner the famine was gone, they went back to their deities. Allah (SWT) has punished Firoun and his chiefs ( and others) when they disobeyed Him and refused to listen to the Truth. He is warning the Quraish of similar consequences. For others, Allah SWT) granted gifts and favors and they became proud and were also punished. The proud Quraish are being warned in these verses of a similar fate and consequence because Allah (SWT) is all just. On the Day of Judgement, Evil and Good will be sorted out. Each will get what he deserves. The prophet (SAS) is being told that if the Quraish will continue to refuse the truth, soon a smoke will be coming from the Heavens, one of the signs of the Day of Judgment.
Summary of July 17, 2014 (night, Taraweeh # 20):
Sūrah Zumar: There is one Lord, the real sustainer. If we are observant every sign of creation points to Him. Therefore we should be His true servant, worship Him, care about Akhira, place our hopes in His mercy and do the right things only and only to please Him. How can a person who believes in Allah (SWT) be like a person who rejects the Truth? The believer follow Allah (SWT)s beautiful message, remains humble and praises Allah (SWT). The disbeliever can have none to guide him - his end will be horrible. He that receives guidance benefits his own soul: But he that strays injures his own soul. Allah (SWT) takes away a persons soul at the time of death. Those whose souls are returned wake up from sleep. This should make a person think how close he comes to death whenever he sleeps. It is wrong to call on any helper besides Allah (SWT). Nothing can prevent Allah (SWT)s Punishment from reaching us. So we should be thankful to Allah (SWT) at all times and ask for His forgiveness before time for penalty comes. However, we should not despair of Allah (SWT)s Mercy. A series of next seven Sūrahs begin with the abbreviated letters Hā Mīm revealed one after the other in the later Makkan period. All these Sūras discuss the difference between Faith and Unfaith, revelation and rejection, Good and evil, truth and Falsehood. The first in each of these pairs is the real friend, helper and protector while the second is an enemy.
Sūrah Mumin: The title The Believer recounts the story of a person among Firouns people, who accepted Allah (SWT)s message. This Sūrah is also called Ghāfir (He who forgives). In Sūrah Muminūn the subject of faith and goodness was discussed from a collective point of view; here it takes an individualistic perspective. People who strive for Allah (SWT)s cause will find His favors and help. We should not argue and dispute about His Signs, instead should learn from them. We should not act proud but be humble and know from the story of the Ad and Thamūd that science and skills will never help us, if we do not believe in Allah (SWT). Wshould not follow blindly any one and be aware of Akhira.
Sūrah Hā Mīm Sajda: This Sūrah points out that faith and revelation is Allah (SWT)s power and goodness. This belief will be beneficial to us. Ayehs of the Quran explain things in detail and give good news to the doers of good and warns those who might do evil. The good and evil are not equal. Repel evil with good. Whosoever does good the reward is to its soul. People must believe in Allah (SWT) before it is too late. On the Day of Judgment even their eyes, ears or skins will bear witness against them. A true believer calls others to share the beauty of his faith and declare I am of those who bow in Islam. He does good deeds and bows down before Allah (SWT)s Will. His final destination will be paradise. He will not fear or grieve and will constantly exercise patience and self-restraint in this life. Faith and unfaith can never be the same, just as good and evil can never be equal. True knowledge belongs to Allah (SWT), but falsehood deprives people of hope and makes them proud, hypocritical and unreasonable. Therefore, we should follow Truth
Summary of July 16, 2014 (night; Taraweeh # 19):
This part of the Quran is considered to be the "Heart of the Quran" and mainly deals with revelations sent to the Prophet Mohammad (SAS). It is documented that previous folks who were arrogant, and carefree about the Messengers and their Messages met dreadful end. Hence we are reminded not to fall in their footsteps. Allah (SWT) warns us that even our hands and feet will bear witness against our wrongdoings. Allah (SWT) asks us to look at the signs around us and ponder upon them.
Allah (SWT) refreshes our memories about the struggles made and hardships endured by some of the holy Prophets for example Nooh, Ibrahim, Mossa, Ilyas and Lut (AS). In general, the severe opposition and the arrogance of their people ended in destruction of the evil and its doers. Example is given of blessed people such as the followers of Yunis (AS) who took the guidance and followed their prophet. Throughout the Quran depicts those who refuse the Commandments of Allah (SWT) are suffering from self-exaltation and arrogance.
Several Prophets including Ayyub, Ibrahim, Ishaq, Yakhoob (AS) are mentionedwho choose the favors of Allah (SWT) in the Akhira and remained steadfast and firm in their righteous belief. Contrary to them the people of Aad, Thamood, Al-Alka, Lut, and Firoun rejected faith and met destruction and suffering. We are reminded to be on guard that Shaitan is our eternal enemy and entices us by allurements and deceitful invitations. On the Day of Judgment all Allah-fearing believers will be on high favors of their Lord while the arrogant and rebellious who followed Shaitan will be in Hell.
Summary of July 15, 2014 (night; Taraweeh # 18):
Certain part of this Surah was recited yesterday. As mentioned before Medinansurahs emphasize community life of the Muslims. Following the reversal of a definite win in the battle of Uhad, because the Muslims overlooked simple order of the Prophet (SAS), the Kuffar wanted to totally take out the Muslims thinking they were weak. So within months they reorganized themselves so as to wipe out the Muslims. As if to learn Islam their three clans requested the Prophet (SAS) to send some Muslims teachers, unfortunately they were killed through this deception. The Prophet (SAS) was very sad. Then came the news that the other camp was preparing for an attack, again. The Prophet (SAS) consulted with all the Muslims for suggestions to face a formidable enemy about 10-12,000 strong and he accepted a new idea presented by Salman Al-Farsi, who had run this system of defense in Iran. Six days before the Battle of Khandak started trenches were dug by the Muslims on both sides of Medina, while the third side was protected by mountains. A 3,000 strong Muslim army awaited the kuffar. The enemy was totally shocked because this was a new concept for Arab warriors. Even they were not prepared for a siege, they were forced into one during a harsh winter. In the 25 days of the siege they ran out of all their provisions. Apart from the trench some of the war moves guided by Prophet (SAS) were disheartening to them. Finally, a storm uprooted their tents one night. The actual battle lasted one day from dawn till dusk, the Muslims fought with their hearts and disappointed the enemy. br>
Even though a trying period, the Muslim community was being establishment and the rules to govern it were revealed. Directions for social life such as banning of alcohol and gambling; women behavior- complacent conversation should be avoided, hijab encouraged; laws of marriage, divorce, and adoption were revealed. Muslims are instructed not to enter homes without seeking permission of the inhabitants, and not stay until meal time, unless invited.
The people of Saba were successful traders who lived in a happy and wealthy territory at the time, currently known as Yemen around 1100 BC. They used to worship Sun and Stars until their Queen, Sheba, accepted Islam following an invitation of Prophet Sulaiman (AS). However, around 650 BC, idolism took over and their decline started. A storm destroyed their prosperous agriculture in 450 AD, it was invaded by other kings and its people enslaved. Through this story the Quraish are being shown the consequences of ungratefulness and rebelliousness. The Prophet (SAS) is being advised to announce that he is only a messenger of Allah (SAT), and he is not asking any rewards from there services. His services will be given by Allah (SWT). While the door of Mercy is still open the Muslims should repent. Arrogance, stubbornness, and rebelliousness will guarantee the blazing fire of Hell.
This surah deals with the mystery of Creation and how it is kept going. If we look around at the nature we can see all creation praises Allah (SWT). Satan is an enemy, so we should be aware of him and guard ourselves from his temptations. Good and evil can never be alike, as the seeing and the blind are not alike. We are in need of Allah (SWT) but He is free of all wants. As with men and other creatures there are shades of colors, so are grades in spiritual aspects. The Good will find a happy end while the Evil ones will find no helper. It is to our advantage to learn lessons from the past stories of those people who have passed before us.
Summary of July 14, 2014 (night; Taraweeh # 17):
This surah was revealed in the sixth or seventh year before the Hijrah when the Persian Empire had the upper hand over the Romans. The Romans had lost Jerusalem to the Persians and Christianity had suffered a big setback. Allah (SWT) always helps good causes so that all his creatures benefit. Ultimately, Good will always win while Evil will be destroyed irrespective of outward events. Allah (SWT)s creation always points to His unity. Our creation from dust is in itself a masterly act in itself. Then our social lives, based on His creation of mates for us. Even though we are people of different color and creed and languages Allah (SWT) wants us to be united as a Muslim ummah. He is one and His religion is one claims Allah (SWT). He commands we not spread mischief and evil and through it split the ummah.
The ultimate end of things is discussed from another point of view. The Quran is a Guide and Mercy to the doers of good and for the evil ones it reserves humiliating pain. Our nature will guide us to Islam and its wisdom. There are several words of Wisdom in the instructions of Luqman to his son like the following: Show your thankfulness to Allah (SWT) for the good of your own soul; Do not join in worship others with Allah (SWT); Be good to your parents (for the love and care they had when you were young) and follow everything they say unless they ask you to join partners in worship with Allah (SWT); Follow the way of those who turn to Allah (SWT); Only Allah (SWT) understands the finest mysteries; Pray regularly and command what is right and forbid what is wrong; Be patient when a misfortune comes upon you; In short follow the Golden Mean, rather the extremes. True wisdom is that which sees Allah (SWT)s purpose in his creation.
This surah closes the series of four Alif Lam Mimsurahs. It discusses the mysteries of creation and time as seen through the revelations of the Quran. However, the unbelievers can never realize the mystery of revelation because they believe it is forged. That aside, Good and Evil will be sorted out on the Day of Judgment because they two cannot be equal. If there are unbelievers left, it will be too late.
This Surah was revealed after the Battle of the Trench. The Muslim women took an active role in social work while teaching, rendering community service, and nursing the wounded. We are asked to be called by proper names of people The prophet (SAS) is closer to the believers than their own selves, and his wives are their mothers.This battle showed without Allah (SWT)s help the Muslims would have faced a tragedy, the hypocrites are afraid to fight for Allah (SWT)s cause and Muslims indeed have in the Prophet (SAS) a beautiful pattern to follow.
Summary of July 13, 2014 (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.
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.