Ramadan 2013 Posts

Sixth Night of Ramaḍān

Allah, the Al-Mighty, says what can be interpreted to mean:

Surat al-Ma'idah – The Feast (005)

1. You who believe, fulfil your obligations. Livestock animals are lawful as food for you, with the exception of what is about to be announced to you. You are forbidden to kill game while you are on pilgrimage – God commands what He wills

2. So, you who believe, do not violate the sanctity of God's rites, the Sacred Month, the offerings, their garlands, nor those going to the Sacred House to seek the bounty and pleasure of their Lord – but when you have completed the rites of pilgrimage you may hunt. Do not let your hatred for the people who barred you from the Sacred Mosque induce you to break the law: help one another to do what is right and good; do not help one another towards sin and hostility. Be mindful of God, for His punishment is severe.

3. You are forbidden to eat carrion, blood, pig's meat, any animal over which any name other than God's has been invoked, any animal strangled, or victim of a violent blow or a fall, or gored or savaged by a beast of prey – unless you still slaughter it [in the correct manner]- or anything sacrificed on idolatrous altars. You are also forbidden to allot shares [of meat] by drawing marked arrows – a heinous practice – today the disbelievers have lost all hope that you will give up your religion. Do not fear them; fear Me. Today I have perfected your religion for you, completed My blessing upon you, and chosen as your religion Islam: [total devotion to God]; but if any of you is forced by hunger to eat forbidden food, with no intention of doing wrong, then God is most Forgiving and Merciful.

4. They ask you, Prophet, what is lawful for them. Say, 'All good things are lawful for you.' [This includes] what you have taught your birds and beasts of prey to catch, teaching them as God has taught you, so eat what they catch for you, but first pronounce God's name over it. Be mindful of God; He is swift to take account.

5. Today all good things have been made lawful for you. The food of the People of the Book is lawful for you as your food is lawful for them. So are chaste, believing, women as well as chaste women of the people who were given the Scripture before you, as long as you have given them their bride-gifts and married them, not taking them as lovers or secret mistresses. The deeds of anyone who rejects faith will come to nothing, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.

6. You who believe, when you are about to pray, wash your faces and your hands up to the elbows, wipe your heads, wash your feet up to the ankles and, if required, wash your whole body. If any of you is sick or on a journey, or has just relieved himself, or had intimate contact with a woman, and can find no water, then take some clean sand and wipe your face and hands with it. God does not wish to place any burden on you: He only wishes to cleanse you and perfect His blessing on you, so that you may be thankful.

7. Remember God's blessing on you and the pledge with which you were bound when you said, 'We hear and we obey.' Be mindful of God; God has full knowledge of the secrets of the heart.

8. You who believe, be steadfast in your devotion to God and bear witness impartially: do not let hatred of others lead you away from justice, but adhere to justice, for that is closer to awareness of God. Be mindful of God; God is well aware of all that you do. 9. God has promised forgiveness and a rich reward to those who have faith and do good works

10. Those who reject faith and deny Our revelations will inhabit the blazing Fire.

Further on Allah, the Al-Mighty, says what can be interpreted to mean:

27. [Prophet], tell them the truth about the story of Adam's two sons: each of them offered a sacrifice, and it was accepted from one and not the other. One said, 'I will kill you,' but the other said, 'God only accepts the sacrifice of those who are mindful of Him.

28. If you raise your hand to kill me, I will not raise mine to kill you. I fear God, the Lord of all worlds

29. And I would rather you were burdened with my sins as well as yours and became an inhabitant of the Fire: such is the evildoers' reward.'

30. But his soul prompted him to kill his brother; he killed him and became one of the losers.

31. God sent a raven to scratch up the ground and show him how to cover his brother's corpse and he said, 'Woe is me! Could I not have been like this raven and covered up my brother's body?' He became remorseful.

32. On account of [his deed], We decreed to the Children of Israel that if anyone kills a person –unless in retribution for murder or for spreading corruption in the land – it is as if he kills all mankind, while if any saves a life it is as if he saves the lives of all mankind. Our messengers came to them with clear signs, but many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.

Further on Allah, the Al-Mighty, says what can be interpreted to mean:

46. We sent Jesus, son of Mary, in their footsteps, to confirm the Torah that had been sent before him: We gave him the Gospel with guidance, light, and confirmation of the Torah already revealed– a guide and lesson for those who take heed of God.

47. So let the followers of the Gospel judge according to what God has sent down in it. Those who do not judge according to what God has revealed are lawbreakers.

48. We sent to you [Muhammad [pbuh]] the Scripture with the truth, confirming the Scriptures that came before it, and with final authority over them; so judge between them according to what God has sent down. Do not follow their whims, which deviate from the truth that has come to you. We have assigned a law and a path to each of you. If God had so willed, He would have made you one community, but He wanted to test you through that which He has given you, so race to do good; you will all return to God and He will make clear to you the matters you differed about.

49. So [Prophet] judge between them according to what God has sent down. Do not follow their whims, and take good care that they do not tempt you away from any of what God has sent down to you. If they turn away, remember that God intends to punish them for some of the sins they have committed: a great many people are lawbreakers.

50. Do they want judgement according to the time of pagan ignorance? Is there any better judge than God for those of firm faith?

Further on Allah, the Al-Mighty, says what can be interpreted to mean:

67. Messenger, proclaim everything that has been sent down to you from your Lord –if you do not, then you will not have communicated His message– and God will protect you from people. God does not guide those who defy Him.

68. Say, 'People of the Book, you have no true basis [for your religion] unless you uphold the Torah, the Gospel, and that which has been sent down to you from your Lord,' but what has been sent down to you [Prophet] from your Lord is sure to increase many of them in their insolence and defiance; do not worry about those who defy [God].

69.For the [Muslim] believers, the Jews, the Sabians, and the Christians– those who believe in God and the Last Day and do good deeds– there is no fear; they will not grieve.

70. We took a pledge from the Children of Israel, and sent messengers to them. Whenever a messenger brought them anything they did not like, they accused some of lying and put others to death

71. They thought no harm could come to them and so became blind and deaf [to God]. God turned to them in mercy but many of them again became blind and deaf; God is fully aware of their actions.

72.Those who say, 'God is the Messiah, son of Mary,' have defied God. The Messiah himself said, 'Children of Israel, worship God, my Lord and your Lord.' If anyone associates others with God, God will forbid him from the Garden, and Hell will be his home. No one will help such evildoers.

73. Those people who say that God is the third of three are defying [the truth]: there is only One God. If they persist in what they are saying, a painful punishment will afflict those of them who persist.

74. Why do they not turn to God and ask His forgiveness, when God is most Forgiving, most Merciful?

75. The Messiah, son of Mary, was only a messenger: other messengers had come and gone before him; his mother was a virtuous woman; both ate food [like other mortals]. See how clear We make these signs for them; see how deluded they are.

76. Say, 'How can you worship something other than God, which has no power to do you harm or good? God alone is the All Hearing and All Knowing.'

77. Say, 'People of the Book, do not overstep the bounds of truth in your religion and do not follow the whims of those who went astray before you– they led many others astray and themselves continue to stray from the even path.' 

Further on Allah, the Al-Mighty, says what can be interpreted to mean:

109. On the Day when God assembles all the messengers and asks, 'What response did you receive?' they will say, 'We do not have that knowledge; You alone know things that cannot be seen.'

110.Then God will say, 'Jesus, son of Mary! Remember My favour to you and to your mother: how I strengthened you with the holy spirit, so that you spoke to people in your infancy and as a grown man; how I taught you the Scripture and wisdom, the Torah and the Gospel; how, by My leave, you fashioned the shape of a bird out of clay, breathed into it, and it became, by My leave, a bird; how, by My leave, you healed the blind person and the leper; how, by My leave, you brought the dead back to life; how I restrained the Children of Israel from [harming] you when you brought them clear signs, and those of them who disbelieved said, “This is clearly nothing but sorcery”

111. And how I inspired the disciples to believe in Me and My messengers– they said, “We believe and bear witness that we devote ourselves [to God].”'

112. When the disciples said, 'Jesus, son of Mary, can your Lord send down a feast to us from heaven?' he said, 'Beware of God if you are true believers.'

113. They said, 'We wish to eat from it; to have our hearts reassured, to know that you have told us the truth, and to be witnesses of it.'

114. Jesus, son of Mary, said, 'Lord, send down to us a feast from heaven so that we can have a festival –the first and last of us– and a sign from You. Provide for us; You are the best Provider.'

115. God said, 'I will send it down to you, but anyone who disbelieves after this will be punished with a punishment that I will not inflict on anyone else in the world.'

116. When God says, 'Jesus, son of Mary, did you say to people, “Take me and my mother as two gods alongside God”?' he will say, 'May You be exalted! I would never say what I had no right to say– if I had said such a thing You would have known it; You know all that is within me, though I do not know what is within You, You alone have full knowledge of things unseen.

117. I told them only what You commanded me to: “Worship God, my Lord and your Lord.” I was a witness over them during my time among them. Ever since You took my soul, You alone have been the watcher over them; You are witness to all things

118. And if You punish them, they are Your servants; if You forgive them, You are the Almighty, the Wise.'

119. God will say, 'This is a Day when the truthful will benefit from their truthfulness. They will have Gardens graced with flowing streams, there to remain for ever. God is pleased with them and they with Him: that is the supreme triumph.'

120. Control of the heavens and earth and everything in them belongs to God: He has power over all things.

About The Author

Ustadh Yahya Ibrahim is Canadian by birth & education, Egyptian through a rich ancestry, Turkish via the blessing of marriage to Songul and Australian by Choice of residence and migration. Since his early teens, in the 90's, Ustadh Yahya has been talking about Islam to Muslims and non-Muslims. He was blessed with numerous opportunities to meet, translate, study and teach alongside some of the Islamic worlds top scholars. Ustadh Yahya is blessed now to be living in Perth, Western Australia with his wife and three wonderful children – Shireen, Omar and Adam. He is a regular lecturer to Muslim and non-Muslim audiences their and around the world. Recently, Ustadh Yahya was awarded by the West Australian State Government the "Individual Excellence in Community Service Award." Ustadh Yahya is a passionate educator with a decades experience in school leadership as an Asst. Principal & registered Teacher. He, also, serves the Muslim community at Curtin University and the University of Western Australia as the Islamic Chaplain and teaches Islamic Ethics & Theology,internationally, with al-Kauthar Institute www.alkauthar.org .

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