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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله وحده

و الصلاة و السلام على من لا نبي بعده

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Always All Merciful.

All Praise is for Allah Alone.

And may the peace and blessings be upon him whom there is no prophet after.

Sitting in a halaqah–in a khutbah–in an AlMaghrib class, learning about the deen of Allah– the emanrush, your heart just flutters with tranquility. With satisfaction. With humility. With peace.

Why do we only feel this way in these gatherings?

Allah azza wa jal provides the answer:


He says in Surah Ra’d ayah 28:

الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُم بِذِكْرِ اللّهِ أَلاَ بِذِكْرِ اللّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوب
Those who have believed and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah. Unquestionably, it is the remembrance of Allah which provides tranquility to hearts.

The true believers are those who find peace in the remembrance of Allah. Their hearts find rest. Their hearts are still. Their hearts find satisfaction. When dhikr (the mention of Allah) is made in their presence, their hearts find assurance and security. Dhikr, in this verse, can be the Qur’an or any deed that includes the remembrance of Allah. The Qur’an is the most effective dhikr because it is a shifaa’, a cure, for any illness in our chests.

The believers in this verse are those who remember Allah, recognize His ayaat, and are conscious of their emaan. Their hearts are the ones that find peace and security in the remembrance of Allah.


Why do their hearts find rest?

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله وحده

و الصلاة و السلام على من لا نبي بعده

Allah azza wa jal says in the Qur’an,

 كِتَابٌ أَنزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ مُبَارَكٌ لِّيَدَّبَّرُوا آيَاتِهِ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُوْلُوا الْأَلْبَابِ

“(This is) a Book which We have sent down to you, full of blessings, so that they may ponder over its verses, and that men of understanding may remember.” [38:29] (linguistic explanation of the word yaddabaroo is in the comments)

It is the science of tafseer which is the fruit of ‘pondering over its verses’. Tafseer comes from the root letters fa seen ra, or fassara and means to explain, to discover, elucidate, to disclose (a hidden thing), and to interpret. In Uloom al-Qur’an (the sciences of the Qur’an), tafseer is defined to be, “the science by which the Qur’an is understood, its meanings explained, and its rulings derived.” It is the crux of Uloom al-Qur’an, even though Uloom al-Qur’an comprises many other branches.

Many Muslims assume that learning the science of tafseer is not part of learning the Qur’an, when in fact tafseer is crucial to properly understanding the Qur’an itself. Without knowledge of tafseer, we can easily misunderstand the Qur’an. The science of tafseer is meant to explain to mankind the Book that has been revealed to them from Allah.

Imam as-Suyooti rahimahullah gives three simple reasons on why tafseer is important:

1) Allah uses the most clear, eloquent and concise language, and in doing so the meaning is clear to those who are well-grounded in the Arabic language, but not so clear to those who are not.

2) The Qur’an does not always mention the events or references for which each verse was revealed, but these must be known for the verse to be fully understood.

3) Some words may have multiple meanings, and it is the job of the person who does tafseer to explain what is meant by the word.

Many scholars of the past shed light on the importance of tafseer as well. My favorite parable was given by Iyaas ibn Mu’aawiyah rahimahullah who said Read the rest of this entry »

Bismillah, Walhamdulillah, Was Salaatu Was Salaam Ala Rasool Allah

… يا اهل نورين

I just spoke to Shaykh Yasir Birjas, ustadhuna, our dear beloved teacher. He has issued a challenge to the qaba’il of Al-Maghrib. I am in fear, for our qabeelah has gone through many afflictions. Have we the courage to take up this task? Can we answer the call by our dear shaykh? Are we ready?

The challenge is to have 500 gems by the last Sunday of the Heavenly Hues seminar. That is the primary objective. The secondary task is to have 8,000 hits on our gem thread in the forums. Yes, eight thousand.

Will we stand? Will we fall? Time will tell…

No…we don’t have the option to wait around for good ‘ol father time…

Get up brothers and sisters, lets begin the March to 500!

 

 

 

 

 بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 

الحمد لله وحده

و صلاة و السلام على من لا نبي بعده

Humans go to great lengths to try and prevent negative future consequences; we fear the future because we have no idea what it holds for us, so we try to remedy the fear by taking precautions.  For example, a father will start a trust fund for his newborn son in an attempt to ensure that he will have enough money for college; a sick person will go to the doctor to receive medication and ensure his symptoms will not become worse; before any one of us drives, we put our seat belts on, and the list continues. These are the precautions we take in this dunya, but what about the precautions needed to prepare you for the akhirah?

The punishment of the grave is a torment of the akhirah and we need to take precautions now.  From the complete and ultimate Mercy of Allah azza wa jal, He has given us a way out of this torment, Alhamdulillah.  

عن أبي هريرة عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : ” إن  سورة من القرآن ثلاثون آية شفعت لرجل حتى غفر له وهي  سورة تبارك الذي بيده الملك ” .

 وابن ماجه والشيخ الألباني في ” صحيح ابن ماجه ” 3053

Abu Hurayah radi Allahu anhu narrated that the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: Verily, a Surah from the Qur’an consisting of thirty ayat (verses) interceded for a person until he was pardoned (by Allah), and that was Tabarakal-lathee Biyadihil Mulk (Surah Al-Mulk). (Ibn Maajah, graded authentic by Shaykh AlBaani in Saheeh ibn Maajah)

عن عبد الله بن مسعود قال : من قرأ تبارك الذي بيده الملك كل ليلة منعه الله بها من عذاب القبر ، وكنا في عهد رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم نسميها المانعة ، وإنها في كتاب الله  سورة من قرأ بها في كل ليلة فقد أكثر وأطاب

رواه النسائي ( 6 / 179 ) وحسنه الألباني في صحيح الترغيب والترهيب 1475

On the authority of Abdullah ibn Mas’ood, may Allah be pleased with him, who said, “Whoever recites “Blessed is He in Whose control is the entire dominion’…” (Tabaarakal-lathee biyadihil mulk- Surah 67 Al-Mulk) every night, Allah the Exalted and Majestic will protect him through it from the punishment of the grave. And in the time of the Messenger of Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam we (the Companions) used to call this surah, “The Preventer” (al-maani’ah). And furthermore, it is a surah from the Book of Allah, the Exalted and Majestic, that whoever recites it in a night will have accomplished much and will have done something very good. (Good-Narrated in Nasaa’i)

SubhanAllah, here is a precaution that is guaranteed to save whoever fulfills its conditions in the akhirah. Not only can one be saved from the torment of the grave, but Allah ta’ala will also accept the intercession of this surah until its companion enters Jannah! Furthermore, the one who reads this surah will also receive 10 rewards for each letter (30 ayaat, someone can do the math and post it in the comments inshaAllah)…how much easier do you want it?

Also we must remember that reading this surah, or the Qur’an in general involves three things:

1-read with proper tajweed

2-understand the verses

3-implement the verses

Allah ta’ala has indeed made this deen easy upon us, and has made the Qur’an an easy remembrance.

References

Al-Jibaly, Muhammad. Life in al-Barzakh. Lebanon: Al-Kitaab & as-Sunnah Publishing, 1999.

Shehata, Ali. The Trade Which Shall Never Fail. Houston: Hedaya Publications, 2007.