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[Transcript] Jewels From The Quran | Part 23

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  • In surat ad-Dhariyatwhen Allah makes a very important announcement; “And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.”
    (51:56)
  • Allah subhanawata’ala says:
    “I do not want from them any provision, nor do I want them to feed Me.”
    (51:57),
    “Indeed, it is Allah who is the [continual] Provider, the firm possessor of strength.”
    (51:58)
  • Allah is telling us that He created us solely to worship Him. Does this mean we must stand in salah 24 hours a day? Does it mean we must fast on a daily basis? No, it means our whole life must be in accordance with the commands of Allah subhanawata’ala.
  • Every single action we engage in can be converted into an act of worship if we couple it with the correct intention and we are doing it for the pleasure of Allah subhanawata’ala.
  • Then in surat at-Tur Allah describes Jahannum very vividly and He describes also Jannah in great detail.
  • He also makes mention of the accusations that were leveled at Muhammad sallalahualayhiwasallam; they called him a poet, they called him a fortune teller, they called him a liar, they called him one who is seeking lots of wealth. They said that maybe this man is interested in attracting the most beautiful of our women; maybe he wants the power and wants to be our leader and so on. Allah subhanawata’ala gives good news to Muhammad sallalahualayhiwasallam and makes it very clear to everyone that RasulAllahsallalahualayhiwasallam solely came to us with a message and continual reminders;  “So remind [O Muhammad], for you are not, by the favour of your Lord, a soothsayer or a madman.”(52:29)
  • In suratan-Najm, Allah subhanawata’ala takes a qasem by the star that is falling or vanishing. ‘By the star when it descends’ (53:1)
  • Are we allowed to take a qasem on anything besides Allah subhanawata’ala? We say “wallahi” – if we want to take a qasim we say I swear ‘I swear by Allah’. Can I say that I swear by something other than Allah subhanawata’ala? The answer is no – only Allah subhanawata’ala has done that in the Qur’an in order to show us the greatness of some other creatures of His by comparing those creatures with man.
  • Then Allah speaks about RasulAllah sallalahualayhiwasallam and about how he only speaks the truth – even without the qasem he only uttered the truth.
  • “Your companion [Muhammad] has not strayed, nor has he erred nor does he speak from [his own] inclination.It is not but a revelation revealed, taught to him by one intense in strength” (53:2-5)
  • In surat al Qamr – the surah that is named after the moon. Allah commends it saying; “The final hour is very, very near and the moon has been split into two pieces” (54:1)
  • Then Allah subhanawata’ala describes the Day of Resurrection – listen to the description. Allah subhanawata’ala draws our attention to locusts and He says; “Their eyes humbled, they will emerge from the graves as if they were locusts spreading” (54:7)
  • “We have made this Qur’an very easy to memorise, is there anyone from amongst you who is going to attempt to memorise the Qur’an?” (54:17) Let us be determined to memorise a line a day, a verse a day, a small surah a week or even a surah in the year so at least we will be making some progress  inshaAllah
  • One of the most powerful verses we read is in surat al-Hadid in which Allah subhanawata’alaaddresses myself and yourselves; “Has the time not come for those who have believed that their hearts should become humbly submissive at the remembrance of Allah and what has come down of the truth?” (57:16)
  • Has that time not come for me to change, to come closer to Allah? Has the time not come for you to change, to come closer to Allah subhanawata’ala? We have heard the verses of the Qur’an, we have heard the signs of Allah subhanawata’ala, we have heard explanations of the verses of the Qur’an telling us ‘turn, turn!’ one reminder after another. Allah subhanawata’ala has given us those examples of how He has destroyed people – when are we going to change? What are we waiting for? This is the question Allah is asking us.
  • Or do we prefer to be like Firaun after who after he saw the angel of death said “I believe” and Allah said “no, it’s too late – you’ve already seen the angel”. The question I need to ask myself tonight is “when am I going to turn? What more do I need? What other signs do I want from Allah subhanawata’ala?
  • Then Allah opens a very beautiful surah wherein there is a lot of rhyme and I’m sure a lot of us heard it and enjoyed it – suratar-Rahman, in which He says, “So which of the favours of your Lord would you deny?” (55:13)
  • Is there anything you deny, of which you say “this is not from Allah this is from me”?
  • Ironically, we sometimes seem to enjoy the recitation of suratar-Rahman but we miss the whole message. The message is denying the gifts of Allah subhanawata’ala – turn to Allah. Allah subhanawata’ala says in suratar-Rahman; “The criminals will be known by their marks, and they will be seized by the forelocks and the feet.” (55:41)
  • A point of note; in suratar-Rahman Allah says; “Lord of the two easts and Lord of the two wests” (55:17), In winter, the rising point of the sun is different to that of summer. And in summer, the setting of the sun is different to that of winter. Not a slight difference, a huge difference. In early winter and early summer, study the precise rising point of the sun and the precise setting point of the sun and you will notice it is different from the early winter.
  • And Allah subhanawata’ala promises the one who fears the status of Allah – didn’t we speak moments ago about the status of Allah subhanawata’ala? “But for he who has feared the position of his Lord are two gardens”(55:46)
  • In the next surah Allah subhanawata’ala describes ‘Al Waqi’ah’ – the final hour and the Day of Judgment. In this surah Allah subhanawata’ala presents a solid message that on that day man will be divided into three groups; “And you become [of] three kinds: Then the companions of the right – what are the companions of the right? And the companions of the left – what are the companions of the left? And the forerunners, the forerunners – Those are the ones brought near [to Allah ]” (56:7-11)
  • Everyone who is given their books in their right hand –may Allah make us from amongst them- are known as ‘ashabil-yameen’, then there are ‘ashabish-shimal’, the people who are given their books in their left hand.
  • Then Allah describes a third category – those known as ‘as-sabiqoon, as sabiqoon’, those who came first before everyone, they started all the goodness. When everything was young, they were the ones who took the leading role e.g. the sahaba of the RasulAllah sallalahualayhiwasallam, those who took part in the battle of Badr, those who made hijrah first inshaAllah it will apply to those who start the Islamic activities because when you start up something it is very difficult and the people who did that are not equal to those who came in later when everything is flowing and they just jumped onto the rollercoaster. As-sabiqoon’.It is also said that this category includes those who grew up in the obedience of Allah subhanawata’ala
  • “There are seven whom Allah will shade in His shade on the Day when there is no shade except His shade: a just ruler; a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic; a man whose heart is attached to the mosques; two men who love each other for Allah’s sake, meeting for that and parting upon that; a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position (for illegal intercourse), but he says: “I fear Allah”; a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity; and a man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears.” (Al Bukhari and Muslim)
  • In the same surah, Allah subhanawata’ala questions us, asking us “who has created you?” the drop of semen being created into a perfect human being – who did that? Did you do it or did We do it? Allahuakbar, it’s Allah!
  • Then Allah subhanawata’ala asks us; “And have you seen that [seed] which you sow? Is it you who makes it grow, or are We the grower? If We willed, We could make it [dry] debris, and you would remain in wonder” (56:63-65)
  • And Allah subhanawata’ala asks us about rain; “And have you seen the water that you drink? Is it you who brought it down from the clouds, or is it We who bring it down? If We willed, We could make it bitter, so why are you not grateful?” (56:68-70)
  • “And have you seen the fire that you ignite? Is it you who produced its tree, or are We the producer?” (56:71-72)
  • Then Allah subhanawata’ala speaks about spending in His path in the next surah – surah al-Hadid, a surah named after steel/iron. Allah subhanawata’ala says;
  • “Not equal among you are those who spent before the conquest [of Makkah] and fought [and those who did so after it]. Those are greater in degree than they who spent afterwards and fought. But to all Allah has promised the best [reward]. And Allah, with what you do, is acquainted.”(57:10)
  • Then Allah subhanawata’ala makes a comparison of this dunya. Allah is saying “I would like you to know “ – you should know – what should I know?; “Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children – like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers; then it dries and you see it turned yellow; then it becomes [scattered] debris. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and forgiveness from Allah and approval. And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion.” (57:20)
  • Did you know that when we speak about doctors and plumbers, there’s no virtue of one over the other. Wallahi, the ones who are the most honoured amongst you are those who fear Allah subhanawata’ala.
  • “Like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers” (57:20) ~ This is the exact example of the human being. If it comes up and you don’t harvest it at the right time it becomes old and it starts bending and turns yellow and it starts withering and then it is useless. May Allah subhanawata’ala grant us understanding – everyone has to grow old. Don’t be afraid of old age instead ask yourselves –“have I prepared for the meeting with my Rabb?”

ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPT

Allah subhanawata’ala speaks about the purpose of His creation of mankind and Jinnkind in surat ad-Dhariyatwhen Allah makes a very important announcement;
“And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” (51:56)
Allah subhanawata’ala says:
“I do not want from them any provision, nor do I want them to feed Me.” (51:57)
Look at what Allah is saying;
“Indeed, it is Allah who is the [continual] Provider, the firm possessor of strength.”(51:58)

Allah is telling us that He created us solely to worship Him. Does this mean we must stand in salah 24 hours a day? Does it mean we must fast on a daily basis? No, it means our whole life must be in accordance with the commands of Allah subhanawata’ala. Do you know that if you sleep for the correct reasons it becomes an act of worship? If you eat with the correct intention, it becomes an act of worship. If you walk with the correct intention to the correct places, it becomes an act of worship. Every single action we engage in can be converted into an act of worship if we couple it with the correct intention and we are doing it for the pleasure of Allah subhanawata’ala within the framework of the Shari’a which Allah subhanawata’ala has revealed to us through Muhammad sallalahualayhiwasallam.

It is quite simple to understand that our whole lives must be lived in accordance to the commands of Allah subhanawata’ala. Allah speaks about it in surah adh-Dhariyat with a very powerful verse. Then in surat at-Tur Allah describes Jahannum very vividly and He describes also Jannah in great detail. He also makes mention of the accusations that were levelled at Muhammad sallalahualayhiwasallam; they called him a poet, they called him a fortune teller, they called him a liar, they called him one who is seeking lots of wealth. They said that maybe this man is interested in attracting the most beautiful of our women; maybe he wants the power and wants to be our leader and so on. Allah subhanawata’ala gives good news to Muhammad sallalahualayhiwasallam and makes it very clear to everyone that RasulAllahsallalahualayhiwasallam solely came to us with a message and continual reminders;

“So remind [O Muhammad], for you are not, by the favour of your Lord, a soothsayer or a madman.”(52:29)

Then, in the next surah, suratan-Najm, Allah subhanawata’ala takes a qasem by the star that is falling or vanishing.
‘By the star when it descends’ (53:1)

Are we allowed to take a qasem on anything besides Allah subhanawata’ala? We say “wallahi” – if we want to take a qasim we say I swear ‘I swear by Allah’. Can I say that I swear by something other than Allah subhanawata’ala? The answer is no – only Allah subhanawata’ala has done that in the Qur’an in order to show us the greatness of some other creatures of His by comparing those creatures with man. Also to show us that He is the sole creator and that no one else besides Him can create anything near that so Allah takes a qasemwadduha, wasshamsi, wallayli and so on. All these are qasems/oaths which are taken by Allah subhanawata’ala. We are not allowed to take the same oath – only Allah the Creator is allowed to do that. If I want to take an oath I have to take it by Allah, His names or His qualities. May Allah grant us the acceptance to be honest even when we don’t take a qasim – some people, even if they take 10 qasems, they still lie! And some people are known by their tongues that this person does not need to swear an oath on it – if they have said it, it means it’s the truth – they don’t lie.

Then Allah speaks about RasulAllahsallalahualayhiwasallam and about how he only speaks the truth – even without the qasem he only uttered the truth.

“Your companion [Muhammad] has not strayed, nor has he erred nor does he speak from [his own] inclination.It is not but a revelation revealed,taught to him by one intense in strength” (53:2-5)

RasulAllahsallalahualayhiwasallam was given the power of revelation and Allah speaks about those who follow their whims and fancies and those who follow doubt.  Nowadays when papers carry stories, it is very easy for them to allege that this person committed this crime – they say “it is alleged such and such a person did this and that”. Even when this person wants to take them to Court for defamation, they cannot do that – why? Because they will say “we didn’t say you did it, we just said it is alleged you did it” – they hide behind the word alleged. Allah said those are doubts and statements of that nature are unacceptable because they do not change the truth in any way.

“And they have thereof no knowledge. They follow not except assumption, and indeed, assumption avails not against the truth at all.”(53:28)

When it comes to the truth we must know that doubts do not benefit nor do they change the truth in any way. So we must not fall prey to that which is doubtful. When there is yaqeen and there is solid knowledge, it cannot be changed by that which is doubtful – may Allah subhanawata’ala make us from amongst those who can believe the truth and stick by it and may He not make us of those who fall prey to false stories and rumours.

Then Allah subhanawata’ala, again, speaks of another one of the signs given to RasulAllahsallalahualayhiwasallam in surat al Qamr – the surah that is named after the moon. Allah commends it saying;

“The final hour is very, very near and the moon has been split into two pieces” (54:1)

When RasulAllahsallalahualayhiwasallam was asked for a sign, he showed them many signs but they said “no, we want the sign that we asked for not the sign that you are bringing to us – split the moon for us, let’s see it”. So RasulAllahsallalahualayhiwasallam by the power of Allah just pointed at it with his index finger and it split into two pieces and they still didn’t believe the sign. That is why Allah subhanawata’ala says that there are some people that, even if the angels were to come and stand in front of them and say “we are angels of Allah, please believe in the message”, will still say “no way, we are not interested – bring something bigger than you”. Allah says “are they waiting for Allah to come and address them?” This is why Allah says;

“But he turned away with his supporters and said,” A magician or a madman.” (51:39)

That crack is still supposed to be there on the moon. It split and was caused to come back by the power of Allah subhanawata’ala.

Then Allah subhanawata’ala describes the Day of Resurrection – listen to the description. Allah subhanawata’ala draws our attention to locusts and He says;

“Their eyes humbled, they will emerge from the graves as if they were locusts spreading” (54:7)

Imagine, locusts coming out of their little holes in the rainy season one after the other – they do not stop do they? At no time do we see the whole place covered with locusts. Allah describes our resurrection in the same way. Today we are sitting in this masjid mashaAllah we are plenty in number – if all the Muslims of Cape town had to gather it would take us a long time to bring them together and an even longer time to disperse thereafter. And if we were to gather the Muslims of the world right now it would require a very large space. Just imagine when you go to Makkah for Umrah or Hajj how many millions of people we see – definitely they look like locusts.But they are not the only creatures of Allah subhanawata’ala – what about the non-Muslims and those who died in the past? The billions and trillions of people who have been buried in the soil of this earth – what about when they are resurrected? Only Allah knows the exact number but He says He will resurrect all of them and that is why He says that one day of qiyaamah will be as long as 50,000 years from among the years that we count. And He will serve justice completely just in one day.

Allah subhanawata’ala in the same surah has made mention of a beautiful verse;

“Walaqadyassarnaalqur-analiththikrifahal min muddakir” (54:17)

This verse has two meanings, the first being; “We have made this Qur’an very easy to memorise, is there anyone from amongst you who is going to attempt to memorise the Qur’an?” I am sure all of us have at least memorised at least surat al Fatiha and some of the other short suwar. Let us be determined to memorise a line a day, a verse a day, a small surah a week or even a surah in the year so at least we will be making some progress inshaAllah. It is impossible to recite the words of any other book in the same manner that we recite the book of Allah subhanawata’ala. It is impossible – full stop, word for word, exclamation mark, the apostrophes and so on, absolutely everything and so many people around the globe have memorised this Qur’an and this is the miracle of Allah subhanawata’ala.

The second translation of the same verse; Allah says “We have made this Qur’an easy to understand so is there anyone from amongst you who is going to learn and take heed?’. Allahuakbar.

One of the most powerful verses we read tonight is in surat al-Hadidin which Allah subhanawata’alaaddresses myself and yourselves;

“Has the time not come for those who have believed that their hearts should become humbly submissive at the remembrance of Allah and what has come down of the truth?” (57:16)

Has that time not come for me to change, to come closer to Allah? Has the time not come for you to change, to come closer to Allah subhanawata’ala? We have heard the verses of the Qur’an, we have heard the signs of Allah subhanawata’ala, we have heard explanations of the verses of the Qur’an telling us ‘turn, turn!’ one reminder after another. Allah subhanawata’ala told us how he destroyed the previous nations. Allah subhanawata’ala showed us the examples of Ad and Thamud, the people of Salih, the people of Lut, the people of Shu’aib, the people of all the other messengers; the people of Firaun and so forth. Allah subhanawata’ala has given us those examples of how He has destroyed people – when are we going to change? What are we waiting for? This is the question Allah is asking us. Am I waiting for my health to disappear? When I become old, I might turn…but what if I don’t see that old age? If I have wealth, am I waiting for that wealth to go away before I turn to Allah – “ya Allah you usurped my wealth now help me” this is why the hadith says “remember Allah during times of ease and He will remember you during times of difficulty”(Ahmad).

Allah subhanawata’ala is asking this question in the last part of the Qur’an because now we have read all of the Qur’an, we are close to the end and now Allah is saying “come on, is your heart not softening? Aren’t you going to make that pledge, that promise to Allah subhanawata’ala?” “Ya Allah I have this bad way, this bad quality, I’m not reading my salah, I’m not doing this, I’m not dressing properly – ya Allah I promise you that today is the day I am turning. From this day on the 5 daily salah is in place, I’m going to dress appropriately and I’m going to cut everything that is haram in my life – ya Allah I have learnt the lesson”. We will see the doors of Allah subhanawata’ala’s mercy opening for us.

Or do we prefer to be like Firaun after who after he saw the angel of death said “I believe” and Allah said “no, it’s too late – you’ve already seen the angel”. We are waiting for the angel to come to us and say “you know what, you’re going in 10 minutes time – start engaging in tawbah” – that won’t happen! The question I need to ask myself tonight is “when am I going to turn? What more do I need? What other signs do I want from Allah subhanawata’ala? What am I waiting for? As it is, He has given me many blessings – am I waiting for each of them to disappear one by one?”

Then Allah opens a very beautiful surah wherein there is a lot of rhyme and I’m sure a lot of us heard it and enjoyed it – suratar-Rahman. Allah subhanawata’ala asks us again-“I’ve given you so much, I’ve given you everything you have – do you still deny the favours of your Lord?”
“So which of the favours of your Lord would you deny?” (55:13)
Is there anything you deny, of which you say “this is not from Allah this is from me”?If we take a careful view of our lives we can always improve because we have been taught by RasulAllah sallalahualayhiwasallam that those who transgress are denying the favours of Allah subhanawata’ala; they are denying the status that Allah subhanawata’ala should be given. Imagine if someone does good to you and you disobey that person – have you done justice to them? No. When people give us a car or a house or some money or a salary, we become faithful to them automatically – we won’t say a word against them even if they are wrong. Sometimes we become weak – we don’t want to say a word against them because we know exactly where our bread is buttered. May Allah subhanawata’ala protect us. We should be from amongst those who realise Allah comes first, before everything else is Allah Rabbulizzati al-jalal.

Ironically, we sometimes seem to enjoy the recitation of suratar-Rahman but we miss the whole message. The message is denying the gifts of Allah subhanawata’ala – turn to Allah. Allah subhanawata’ala says in suratar-Rahman;

“The criminals will be known by their marks, and they will be seized by the forelocks and the feet.” (55:41)

When you see prisoners they are usually dressed in very distinct clothing so that they cannot easily escape. On the day of qiyaamah, there will be criminals who will be very distinct and everybody will know that these people are for Jahannum. Allah speaks about that in suratar-Rahman and He speaks about His Power and the good news is that more than anything else Allah describes Jannah in suratar-Rahman. Everytime Allah mentions His punishment, He overtakes it with His mercy in every single way. So, Allah subhanawata’ala mentions the gifts that are prepared for the believers in Jannah – may Allah subhanawata’ala grant us Jannah.

A point of note; in suratar-Rahman Allah says;
“Lord of the two easts and Lord of the two wests” (55:17)

We may ask – where are the two easts and where are the two wests? We only know of one; East and West. But Allah subhanawata’ala is showing that He knows His creatures better than us. In winter, the rising point of the sun is different to that of summer. And in summer, the setting of the sun is different to that of winter. Not a slight difference, a huge difference. In early winter and early summer, study the precise rising point of the sun and the precise setting point of the sun and you will notice it is different from the early winter.

And Allah subhanawata’ala promises the one who fears the status of Allah – didn’t we speak moments ago about the status of Allah subhanawata’ala?
“But for he who has feared the position of his Lord are two gardens”(55:46)
Allahuakbar – have as many gardens as you want! Once you enter Jannah, whatever the soul desires, it shall have. Allahuakbar, you can start drawing up your list from now. Alhamdulilah. May Allah subhanawata’ala give us all Jannah.

In the next surah Allah subhanawata’ala describes ‘Al Waqi’ah’ – the final hour and the day of judgment. In this surah Allah subhanawata’ala presents a solid message that on that day man will be divided into three groups;

“And you become [of] three kinds: Then the companions of the right – what are the companions of the right? And the companions of the left – what are the companions of the left? And the forerunners, the forerunners – Those are the ones brought near [to Allah ]” (56:7-11)

Allah speaks of two categories of people who will enter Jannah and one category who will enter Jahannum (didn’t we say the Mercy of Allah overtakes His Punishment?) Allah subhanawata’ala says on the day of judgment everyone will be given their books, their accounts and everyone who is given their books in their right hand –may Allah make us from amongst them- are known as ‘ashabil-yameen’. Then there are ‘ashabish-shimal’, the people who are given their books in their left hand. They must know automatically as they get their books on the left side –may Allah protect us all – that they have failed. Then Allah describes a third category – those known as ‘as-sabiqoon, as sabiqoon’, those who came first before everyone, they started all the goodness. When everything was young, they were the ones who took the leading role e.g. the sahaba of the RasulAllah sallalahualayhiwasallam, those who took part in the battle of Badr, those who made hijrah first inshaAllah it will apply to those who start the Islamic activities because when you start up something it is very difficult and the people who did that are not equal to those who came in later when everything is flowing and they just jumped onto the rollercoaster.They also have a reward but the ones who started it – the fathers of that goodness – they are known as ‘as-sabiqoon, as-sabiqoon’.It is also said that this category includes those who grew up in the obedience of Allahsubhanawata’ala. Allah subhanawata’ala speaks about them through the tongue of RasulAllah sallalahualayhiwasallam in a hadith which says;

“There are seven whom Allah will shade in His shade on the Day when there is no shade except His shade: a just ruler; a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic; a man whose heart is attached to the mosques; two men who love each other for Allah’s sake, meeting for that and parting upon that; a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position (for illegal intercourse), but he says: “I fear Allah”; a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity; and a man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears.”
(Al Bukhari and Muslim)

In the same surah, Allah subhanawata’ala questions us, asking us “who has created you?” the drop of semen being created into a perfect human being – who did that? Did you do it or did We do it? Allahuakbar, it’s Allah! And Allah subhanawata’ala makes mention of the fact that He causes death and still people who die feel that they were the creators – yet they are dead!Firaun – what did he say to the people? “I am the highest Rabb that you have”. When his leg is hurting, he can’t do anything about it and still he is saying “I am the Rabb of the whole world”. Look at how man is – may Allah subhanawata’ala grant us all understanding.

Then Allah subhanawata’ala asks us;

“And have you seen that [seed] which you sow? Is it you who makes it grow, or are We the grower?If We willed, We could make it [dry] debris, and you would remain in wonder” (56:63-65)

And Allah subhanawata’ala asks us about rain;

“And have you seen the water that you drink?Is it you who brought it down from the clouds, or is it We who bring it down?If We willed, We could make it bitter, so why are you not grateful?” (56:68-70)

Take a look at some water, it has so much salt in it that people can’t drink it and they need to use these desalination plants in order to purify the water before they can drink it. Allah subhanawata’ala says that is a gift from Allah – who made that water come down?

“And have you seen the fire that you ignite? Is it you who produced its tree, or are We the producer?” (56:71-72)

May Allah subhanawata’ala give us the ability to comprehend His Status and understand that He is in absolute control.

Allah then speaks about those three categories again at the end of the surah and makes mention of what He has prepared for each of them. Then Allah subhanawata’ala speaks about spending in His path in the next surah – surah al-Hadid, a surah named after steel/iron. Allah subhanawata’ala says;

“Not equal among you are those who spent before the conquest [of Makkah] and fought [and those who did so after it]. Those are greater in degree than they who spent afterwards and fought. But to all Allah has promised the best [reward]. And Allah, with what you do, is acquainted.”(57:10)

Didn’t we mention that moments ago -that when we initiate something it’s often difficult. Allah will reward abundantly the initiators of goodness because they struggled and strived and those people who came in after will also have a reward. Allah says that for both groups He has kept in store for them goodness and He gives them glad tidings but the group who initiated the good acts are far more virtuous than those who came later. Here Allah is mentioning the virtue of those who made hijrah to RasulAllah sallalahualayhiwasallam and those who accepted Islam before the victory of Makkah.

Then Allah subhanawata’ala makes a comparison of this dunya and I will end with this but it is a very beautiful comparison. Allah is saying “I would like you to know “ – you should know – what should I know?;

“Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children – like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers; then it dries and you see it turned yellow; then it becomes [scattered] debris. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and forgiveness from Allah and approval. And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion.” (57:20)

Allah is describing the dunya– it is play and amusement. Then it is beauty/adornment. Then it is competition between you –in what? In wealth and in children. Let’s go slightly deeper into it; when a child is born, what happens? Do they start with the toys that are more complicated or with the simple toys? They start with something simple like a rattle that makes a little noise. It’s known as “La’iboon”– to play. ‘Lahu’ is more complicated play – as you grow older you’re not interested in the rattle anymore. The child grows to 7 years of age and he wants a remote control car. Allah speaks of la’ib first then you get to lahu – this is the example of the dunya. You get to the lahu and these are the computer games and so on. Then you become a teenager – when you come to the teenage years, what are you interested in? Adornment.You become conscious of yourself – male and female. You are conscious of how you look and what you wear and you want to impress everybody. Now you’ve started working – what do you do?‘Takathur’.Takathur means you now start boasting to one another “oh I’ve got more than him” – more than him in what? In wealth; “oh I’ve got so much, my father’s given me so much and I’ve earned so much” and now what happens? You start boasting and bragging about what type of cars you drive and about this one and that one you have and after a while you get married. When you get married, what happens? You start to become old and what happens when you start to become old and you start wilting and withering? Allah says you still brag and boast -about what? About your children. “I’ve got ten children and they’re all doctors or they’re all plumbers!”

Did you know that when we speak about doctors and plumbers, there’s no virtue of one over the other. Wallahi, the ones who are the most honoured amongst you are those who fear Allah subhanawata’ala. Even if it happens to be the bin man who collects the rubbish from your house.

So here Allah subhanawata’ala makes mention of this dunya and how then people become boastful about their children. Why their children? Because now you can’t boast about wealth – when you die your children will take it over anyway. So Allah subhanawata’ala gives the beautiful example in surat al Hadid. As we have said in the past, when an example is given in the Qur’an, it fits 100% and this is why Allah subhanawata’ala says – and He gives the similitudes later on;

“Like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers” (57:20)

This is the exact example of the human being.If it comes up and you don’t harvest it at the right time it becomes old and it starts bending and turns yellow and it starts withering and then is it useless. May Allah subhanawata’ala grant us understanding – everyone has to grow old. Don’t be afraid of old age instead ask yourselves -“have I prepared for the meeting with my Rabb?”

Transcribed by Danielle Garvey 
Edited and Drafted by Noorain Fathima  ♦ To Read more about the Editor and Drafter CLICK HERE

Prophet Muhammad - "Convey (knowledge) from me even if it is just one ayah" [Bukhari 3461]

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