Ramadan 2013 Posts

Sixteenth Night of Ramaḍān

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

Surat al Kahf– The Cave (018)

In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

32. Tell them the parable of two men: for one of them We made two gardens of grape vines, surrounded them with date palms, and put corn fields in between; 33. both gardens yielded fruit and did not fail in any way; We made a stream flow through them,

34. and so he had abundant fruit. One day, while talking to his friend, he said, 'I have more wealth and a larger following than you.'

35. He went into his garden and wronged himself by saying, 'I do not think this will ever perish,

36. or that the Last Hour will ever come– even if I were to be taken back to my Lord, I would certainly find something even better there.'

37. His companion retorted, 'Have you no faith in Him who created you from dust, from a small drop of fluid, then shaped you into a man?

38. But, for me, He is God, my Lord, and I will never set up any partner with Him. 39. If only, when you entered your garden, you had said, “This is God's will. There is no power not [given] by God.” Although you see I have less wealth and offspring than you,

40. my Lord may well give me something better than your garden, and send thunderbolts on your garden from the sky, so that it becomes a heap of barren dust;

41. or its water may sink so deep into the ground that you will never be able to reach it again.'

42. And so it was: his fruit was completely destroyed, and there he was, wringing his hands over what he had invested in it, as it drooped on its trellises, and saying, 'I wish I had not set up any partner to my Lord.'

43. He had no forces to help him other than God– he could not even help himself. 44. In that situation, the only protection is that of God, the True God: He gives the best rewards and the best outcome.

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

60. Moses said to his servant, 'I will not rest until I reach the place where the two seas meet, even if it takes me years!'

61. but when they reached the place where the two seas meet, they had forgotten all about their fish, which made its way into the sea and swam away.

62. They journeyed on, and then Moses said to his servant, 'Give us our lunch! This journey of ours is very tiring,'

63. and [the servant] said, 'Remember when we were resting by the rock? I forgot the fish– Satan made me forget to pay attention to it– and it [must have] made its way into the sea.' 'How strange!'

64. Moses said, 'Then that was the place we were looking for.' So the two turned back, retraced their footsteps,

65. and found one of Our servants– a man to whom We had granted Our mercy and whom We had given knowledge of Our own.

66. Moses said to him, 'May I follow you so that you can teach me some of the right guidance you have been taught?'

67. The man said, 'You will not be able to bear with me patiently.

68. How could you be patient in matters beyond your knowledge?'

69. Moses said, 'God willing, you will find me patient. I will not disobey you in any way.'

70. The man said, 'If you follow me then, do not query anything I do before I mention it to you myself.'

71. They travelled on. Later, when they got into a boat, and the man made a hole in it, Moses said, 'How could you make a hole in it? Do you want to drown its passengers? What a strange thing to do!'

72. He replied, 'Did I not tell you that you would never be able to bear with me patiently?'

73. Moses said, 'Forgive me for forgetting. Do not make it too hard for me to follow you.'

74. And so they travelled on. Then, when they met a young boy and the man killed him, Moses said, 'How could you kill an innocent person? He has not killed anyone! What a terrible thing to do!'

75. He replied, 'Did I not tell you that you would never be able to bear with me patiently?'

76. Moses said, 'From now on, if I query anything you do, banish me from your company– you have put up with enough from me.'

77. And so they travelled on. Then, when they came to a town and asked the inhabitants for food but were refused hospitality, they saw a wall there that was on the point of falling down and the man repaired it. Moses said, 'But if you had wished you could have taken payment for doing that.'

78. He said, 'This is where you and I part company. I will tell you the meaning of the things you could not bear with patiently:

79. the boat belonged to some needy people who made their living from the sea and I damaged it because I knew that coming after them was a king who was seizing every [serviceable] boat by force.

80. The young boy had parents who were people of faith, and so, fearing he would trouble them through wickedness and disbelief,

81. we wished that their Lord should give them another child– purer and more compassionate– in his place.

82. The wall belonged to two young orphans in the town and there was buried treasure beneath it belonging to them. Their father had been a righteous man, so your Lord intended them to reach maturity and then dig up their treasure as a mercy from your Lord. I did not do [these things] of my own accord: these are the explanations for those things you could not bear with patience.

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

103. Say [Prophet], 'Shall we tell you who has the most to lose by their actions, 104. whose efforts in this world are misguided, even when they think they are doing good work?

105. It is those who disbelieve in their Lord's messages and deny that they will meet Him.' Their deeds come to nothing: on the Day of Resurrection We shall give them no weight.

106. Their recompense for having disbelieved and made fun of My messages and My messengers will be Hell.

107. But those who believe and do good deeds will be given the Gardens of Paradise.

108. There they will remain, never wishing to leave.

109. Say [Prophet], 'If the whole ocean were ink for writing the words of my Lord, it would run dry before those words were exhausted'– even if We were to add another ocean to it.

110. Say, 'I am only a human being, like you, to whom it has been revealed that your God is One. Anyone who fears to meet his Lord should do good deeds and give no one a share in the worship due to his Lord.

Surat Maryum– Mary (019)

In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

1. Kaf Ha Ya _Ayn Sad

2. This is an account of your Lord's grace towards His servant, Zachariah,

3. when he called to his Lord secretly, saying,

4. 'Lord, my bones have weakened and my hair is ashen grey, but never, Lord, have I ever prayed to You in vain:

5. I fear [what] my kinsmen [will do] when I am gone, for my wife is barren, so grant me a successor––a gift from You––

6. to be my heir and the heir of the family of Jacob. Lord, make him well pleasing [to You].'

7. 'Zachariah, We bring you good news of a son whose name will be John––We have chosen this name for no one before him.'

8. He said, 'Lord, how can I have a son when my wife is barren, and I am old and frail?'

9. He said, 'This is what your Lord has said: “It is easy for Me: I created you, though you were nothing before.” '

10. He said, 'Give me a sign, Lord.' He said, 'Your sign is that you will not [be able to] speak to anyone for three full [days and] nights.'

11. He went out of the sanctuary to his people and signalled to them to praise God morning and evening.

12. [We said], 'John, hold on to the Scripture firmly.' While he was still a boy, We granted him wisdom,

13. tenderness from Us, and purity. He was devout,

14. kind to his parents, not domineering or rebellious.

15. Peace was on him the day he was born, the day he died, and it will be on him the day he is raised to life again.

16. Mention in the Qurʾān the story of Mary. She withdrew from her family to a place to the east

17. and secluded herself away; We sent Our Spirit to appear before her in the form of a perfected man.

18. She said, 'I seek the Lord of Mercy's protection against you: if you have any fear of Him [do not approach]!'

19. but he said, 'I am but a Messenger from your Lord, [come] to announce to you the gift of a pure son.'

20. She said, 'How can I have a son when no man has touched me? I have not been unchaste,'

21. and he said, 'This is what your Lord said: “It is easy for Me– We shall make him a sign to all people, a blessing from Us.”'

22. And so it was ordained: she conceived him. She withdrew to a distant place 23. and, when the pains of childbirth drove her to [cling to] the trunk of a palm tree, she exclaimed, 'I wish I had been dead and forgotten long before all this!'

24. but a voice cried to her from below, 'Do not worry: your Lord has provided a stream at your feet

25. and, if you shake the trunk of the palm tree towards you, it will deliver fresh ripe dates for you,

26. so eat, drink, be glad, and say to anyone you may see: “I have vowed to the Lord of Mercy to abstain from conversation, and I will not talk to anyone today.”'

27. She went back to her people carrying the child, and they said, 'Mary! You have done something terrible!

28. Sister of Aaron! Your father was not an evil man; your mother was not unchaste!'

29. She pointed at him. They said, 'How can we converse with an infant?'

30. [But] he said: 'I am a servant of God. He has granted me the Scripture; made me a prophet;

31. made me blessed wherever I may be. He commanded me to pray, to give alms as long as I live,

32. to cherish my mother. He did not make me domineering or graceless.

33. Peace was on me the day I was born, and will be on me the day I die and the day I am raised to life again.'

34. Such was Jesus, son of Mary. [This is] a statement of the Truth about which they are in doubt:

35. it would not befit God to have a child. He is far above that: when He decrees something, He says only, 'Be,' and it is.

36. 'God is my Lord and your Lord, so serve Him: that is a straight path.'

37. But factions have differed among themselves. What suffering will come to those who obscure the truth when a dreadful Day arrives!

38. How sharp of hearing, how sharp of sight they will be when they come to Us, although now they are clearly off course! Warn them [Muhammad] of the Day of Remorse when the matter will be decided,

39. for they are heedless and do not believe.

40. It is We who will inherit the earth and all who are on it: they will all be returned to Us.  

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

77. Have you considered the man who rejects Our revelation, who says, 'I will certainly be given wealth and children'?

78. Has he penetrated the unknown or received a pledge to that effect from the Lord of Mercy?

79. No! We shall certainly record what he says and prolong his punishment:

80. We shall inherit from him all that he speaks of and he will come to Us all alone.

81. They have taken other gods beside God to give them strength,

82. but these gods will reject their worship and will even turn against them.

83. Have you [Prophet] not seen how We send devils to incite the disbelievers to sin?

84. There is no need for you to be impatient concerning them: We are counting down their [allotted] time.

85. On the Day We gather the righteous as an honoured company before the Lord of Mercy

86. and drive the sinful like a thirsty herd into Hell,

87. no one will have power to intercede except for those who have permission from the Lord of Mercy.

88. The disbelievers say, 'The Lord of Mercy has offspring.'

89. How terrible is this thing you assert:

90. it almost causes the heavens to be torn apart, the earth to split asunder, the mountains to crumble to pieces,

91. that they attribute offspring to the Lord of Mercy.

92. It does not befit the Lord of Mercy [to have offspring]:

93. there is no one in the heavens or earth who will not come to the Lord of Mercy as a servant–

94. He has counted them all: He has numbered them exactly–

95. and they will each return to Him on the Day of Resurrection all alone.

96. But the Lord of Mercy will give love to those who believe and do righteous deeds:

97. We have made it easy, in your own language [Prophet], so that you may bring glad news to the righteous and warnings to a stubborn people.

98. How many generations We have destroyed before them! Do you perceive a single one of them now, or hear as much as a whisper?

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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