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Introduction: Commentary on verses of the Quran series.

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I am planning to write a series of posts on the verses of the Quran. It will start from the very beginning and progress onwards. If Allah grants me success I may cover all the over 6,000 verses of the holy Quran.

 

 

How exalted is the creed of theism. For it elevates  that relatively insignificant and physically miniscule creature known as man to one so high that he is in direct communication with the Creator of the heavens and the earth of the one whom has created all that we can see, touch and imagine and that which beyond, which our minds cannot ever imagine or may have never ever concieved of. Man, that creature who pales in to insignificance in comparison to the mountains which are far bigger than him, that weak creature who spends but a brief time on this plane, in this world only to have an ending in which he enters the permanent stage of sickness called old age and then dies most often to tears. For theism says that the street cleaner, the beggar, the orphan are people whom have the ability to address the One who is higher and greater than the most powerful king, emperor, president, Sultan. For theism says he is a noble creature, much more than a mere combination of flesh, bones, nerves and other parts.

 

 

 

Old age, an inevitable part of human life after which we die.

 

 

So the theist, the believer in the existence of God, affirms that there is a God, a creator, but the religion of Al-Islam goes further and states that God has not merely created mankind and remained silent and left man in darkness as to the reality of his existence, as to why he was created, the beginning of humanity and the final end for humanity and how a person should live their lives. Islam says that God, Allah, has sent messengers to communicate his will to mankind, some of whom bought with them divinely revealed books such as the ‘Suhuf’ (scrolls) of Ibrahim (Abraham), Torah of Musa (Moses), Zaboor (psalms) of Dawud (David) and Injeel (gospel) of the son of the virgin Mary, the Messiah Isa bin Maryam (Jesus the son of Mary).

The last of these messengers came with the final, complete and ultimate book of revelation which is the holy Quran.

The Quran is in Arabic, a Semitic tongue related to the Semitic languages of the other peoples of the middle east, a sister language, such as Hebrew and Aramaic, the language which it is said that the Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary spoke in.

It addresses the fundamental questions of creation, reality, existence and the purpose of life and the ultimate end for mankind. It does not speak in detail about the life of the holy prophet Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم, it does not speak in much detail about the ancient Arabs, or about mundane things. Rather it has the qualities, the characteristics befitting of a book which is said to be the most important book in existence and a divine revelation to mankind.

  • The original man, Adam.
  • His downfall.
  • Man’s enemy, Iblis (satan).
  • The purpose of man’s existence in this world, to worship God.
  • How he should worship God.
  • Moral teachings including kindness to others, honesty, charity.
  • What will happen after a man’s death.
  • The ultimate ending for humanity, the day of judgement.
  • Heaven and hell.

It is in Arabic but now in the modern era translations of it are plenty and can be found in languages as diverse as Norwegian, the language of the Norse man of the far north of the world to Zulu in the south of Africa. The pale-skinned Norse man and brown-skinned Zulu both being sons of Adam and brothers in the brotherhood of man.

A blonde boy from Norway in the far north of the world.

 

A Zulu boy from the far south of Africa.

 

A message to humanity.

From the white to the black, from the Norse man in Scandinavia to the Zulu tribesmen of far southern Africa and all the diverse peoples in between, to peoples from the north to the west….

From the rich to the poor, to the high to the low, to the ones revered and respected to the ones reviled and ridiculed, from the old to the young, it is the holy Quran, the book which Muslims claim is the final message of God to humanity, addressed to all humanity about them, their world, their father Adam, their lord and creator Allah and why they are here.

It was revealed to the holy prophet Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم over a 23 year period, first in his native city of Mecca from where he was forced to flee after he was about to be killed after years of persecution, and then later in Medina where he established his government.

It contains 114 chapters (surahs).

For Muslims not only is it a book of guidance but it is also a book which by its mere recitation brings benediction and blessings including being able to ward off affliction, cure the sick, ensure that man or woman can get married, for it is a book which contains a myriad of divine blessings and succour to mankind including to the weak and the oppressed.

In this series of articles commenting on the holy Quran I will draw upon several of the major exegetes, commentators, of the Quran including:

  • Tabari
  • Ibn Katheer
  • Qurtubi

who were from Iran, Syria and Spain respectively.

Thank you for reading and may Allah bestow peace, blessings, happiness, joy, wealth – material, spiritual and emotional – upon you.

Until next time or as ‘Ilaa al liqaa’ as the Arabs say.

Peace – Salaam.

 

  • Faatih

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Remember Allah

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And be patient….

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Jumah Mubarak! End of January 2016

In the name of Allah the most merciful, the most beneficient

Jumah Mubarak, a blessed Friday to all my readers!

 

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  • Faatih

Durood upon the prophet 5

In the name of Allah the most beneficient, the most merciful

Today I have been thinking about the holy prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. Today I have been thinking about how he used to be a shepherd when he was a young boy.

He used to tend towards the sheep and this required many qualities.

Vigilance

A shepherd has to be vigilant and be aware of any possible impending danger to his flock.

Defending the weak

This required protecting the sheep from stronger predatory animals which sought to devour them.

Care and compassion

Tending towards the sheep if they had pain or were pregnant or were about to deliver a baby lamb.

Endurance & Forebearance

The prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم would have had to have been patient, enduring the weather including the possibly at times hot Arabian sun beating down upon his noble face. The weather, the being secluded from other people and thus social interaction that is the isolation, the being away from food (as he would have no access to food besides that which he had brought himself) and many other factors cultivated his ability to be patient and endure. This becomes particularly relevant when we remember that for around 3 years of his adult life during his prophethood he and his followers were ostracized by his tribe, boycotted under a formal agreement amongst his tribe, the Quraish, that his clan would be ostracized.

Dealing with solitude

When one is alone, one often does not have to respond to the practical requests, orders or conversation of others. Naturally it often causes someone to think of things beyond the mundane and everyday, perhaps to engage in introspection, perhaps to contemplate. Later on in his life, the prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم would go on retreats including in a cave in the mountain of Hira in his search and struggle for the truth.

 

How wonderful it would have been to have been with the holy prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم during those times when he was alone tending to sheep.

How wonderful it would have been to have been able to speak to him, to engage in conversation with him.

How wonderful it would have been to have been able to help him with any need or request of his.

May Allah bless this noble and kind man.

Here are some pictures of people caring for their sheep.

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Oh Allah please send peace and prayers upon our noble prophet.

 

All praise be to Allah the lord of the worlds and the master of existence. Peace and prayers be upon our noble prophet and upon his noble family and companions and his ummah (Islamic nation) and his brothers, the Anbiya (the prophets) and upon their followers. Peace be upon them all and may Allah make us all love our holy prophet and make us others love him. The one who does not love the prophet is not part of the ultimate love, the greatest love, the love of the Creator of the universe for the best of the creation, the beloved of Allah, Muhammad ibn Abdullah.

Peace be upon our noble prophet, the kind, soft, warm-hearted man inclined to mercy and forgiveness, the one who did not look at people’s forms and appearances, the one for whom the internal character of a person was much more important.

Peace be upon him and let us make durood for him day and night, every hour of the day and make others too love him and send peace and prayers upon him.

Ameen, thumma Ameen.

 

  • Faatih

Never forget Allah

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He knows what….

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Quran chapter 67, verse 13.


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