Ramadan 2013 Posts

Twenty Eighth Night of Ramadan

Surah al-Mujadalah – The Dispute (058)

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

7. Do you not see [Prophet] that God knows everything in the heavens and earth? There is no secret conversation between three people where He is not the fourth, nor between five where He is not the sixth, nor between less or more than that without Him being with them, wherever they may be. On the Day of Resurrection, He will show them what they have done: God truly has full knowledge of everything.

8. Have you not seen how those who have been forbidden to hold secret conversations go back afterwards and hold them, and conspire with one another in what is sinful, hostile, and disobedient to the Messenger? When they come to you they greet you with words God has never used to greet you, and say inwardly, 'Why does God not punish us for what we say?' Hell will be punishment enough for them: they will burn there – an evil destination.

9. You who believe, when you converse in secret, do not do so in a way that is sinful, hostile, and disobedient to the Messenger, but in a way that is good and mindful [of God]. Be mindful of God, to whom you will all be gathered.

10. [Any other kind of] secret conversation is the work of Satan, designed to cause trouble to the believers, though it cannot harm them in the least unless God permits it. Let the believers put their trust in God.

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

18. On the Day God raises them all from the dead, they will swear before Him as they swear before you now, thinking that it will help them. What liars they are!

19. Satan has gained control over them and made them forget God. They are on Satan's side, and Satan's side will be the losers:

20. Those who oppose God and His Messenger will be among the most humiliated.

21. God has written, 'I shall most certainly win, I and My messengers.' God is powerful and almighty.

22. [Prophet], you will not find people who truly believe in God and the Last Day giving their loyalty to those who oppose God and His Messenger, even though they may be their fathers, sons, brothers, or other relations: these are the people in whose hearts God has inscribed faith, and whom He has strengthened with His spirit. He will let them enter Gardens graced with flowing streams, where they will stay: God is well pleased with them, and they with Him. They are on God's side, and God's side will be the one to prosper.

Surah al-Hashr – The Gathering (059)

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

16. Like Satan, who says to man, 'Do not believe!' but when man disbelieves, says, 'I disown you; I fear God, the Lord of the Worlds,'

17. Both will end up in the Fire, there to remain. That is the reward of evildoers.

18. You who believe! Be mindful of God, and let every soul consider carefully what it sends ahead for tomorrow; be mindful of God, for God is well aware of everything you do.

19. Do not be like those who forget God, so God causes them to forget their own souls: they are the rebellious ones–

20. There is no comparison between the inhabitants of the Fire and the inhabitants of Paradise– and the inhabitants of Paradise are the successful ones.

21. If We had sent this Qur'an down to a mountain, you [Prophet] would have seen it humbled and split apart in its awe of God: We offer people such illustrations so that they may reflect.

22. He is God: there is no god other than Him. It is He who knows what is hidden as well as what is in the open, He is the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy.

23. He is God: there is no god other than Him, the Controller, the Holy One, Source of Peace, Granter of Security, Guardian over all, the Almighty, the Compeller, the Truly Great; God is far above anything they consider to be His partner.

24. He is God: the Creator, the Originator, the Shaper. The best names belong to Him. Everything in the heavens and earth glorifies Him: He is the Almighty, the Wise.

Surah al-Mumtahinah – The Women Tested (060)

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

5. 'Lord, we have put our trust in You; we turn to You; You are our final destination. Lord, do not expose us to mistreatment [at the hands of] the disbelievers. Forgive us, Lord, for You are the Almighty, the All Wise.'

6. Truly, they are a good example for you [believers] to follow, a good example for those who fear God and the Last Day. If anyone turns away, [remember] God is self-sufficing and worthy of all praise.

7. God may still bring about affection between you and your present enemies– God is all powerful, God is most forgiving and merciful–

8. And He does not forbid you to deal kindly and justly with anyone who has not fought you for your faith or driven you out of your homes: God loves the just.

9. But God forbids you to take as allies those who have fought against you for your faith, driven you out of your homes, and helped others to drive you out: any of you who take them as allies will truly be wrongdoers.

Surah as-Saff – Solid Lines (061)

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

7. Who could be more wrong than someone who invents lies against God when called to submit to Him? God does not guide the wrongdoers:

8. They wish to put His light out with their mouths. But He will perfect His light, even though the disbelievers hate it;

9. It is He who sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth to show that it is above all [other] religions, even though the idolaters hate it.

10. You who believe, shall I show you a bargain that will save you from painful torment?

11. Have faith in God and His Messenger and struggle for His cause with your possessions and your persons – that is better for you, if only you knew–

12. And He will forgive your sins, admit you into Gardens graced with flowing streams, into pleasant dwellings in the Gardens of Eternity. That is the supreme triumph.

13 And He will give you something else that will really please you: His help and an imminent breakthrough. [Prophet], give the faithful the good news.

Surah al-Jumaa – Day of Congregation (062)

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

9. Believers! When the call to prayer is made on the day of congregation, hurry towards the reminder of God and leave off your trading – that is better for you, if only you knew–

10. Then when the prayer has ended, disperse in the land and seek out God's bounty. Remember God often so that you may prosper.

11. Yet they scatter towards trade or entertainment whenever they observe it, and leave you [Prophet] standing there.  Say, 'God's gift is better than any entertainment or trade: God is the best provider.'

Surah al-Munafiqoon – The Hypocrites (063) 

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

1. When the hypocrites come to you [Prophet], they say, 'We bear witness that you are the Messenger of God.' God knows that you truly are His Messenger and He bears witness that the hypocrites are liars–

2. They use their oaths as a cover and so bar others from God's way: what they have been doing is truly evil–

3. Because they professed faith and then rejected it, so their hearts have been sealed and they do not understand.

4. When you see them [Prophet], their outward appearance pleases you; when they speak, you listen to what they say. But they are like propped-up timbers –they think every cry they hear is against them– and they are the enemy. Beware of them. May God confound them! How devious they are!

5. They turn their heads away in disdain when they are told, 'Come, so that the Messenger of God may ask forgiveness for you,' and you see them walking away arrogantly.

6. It makes no difference whether you ask forgiveness for them or not, God will not forgive them: God does not guide such treacherous people.

7. They are the ones who say, 'Give nothing to those who follow God's Messenger, until they abandon him', but to God belong the treasures of the heavens and earth, though the hypocrites do not understand this.

Surah al-Taghabun – Mutual Neglect (064)

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

11. Misfortunes can only happen with God's permission –He will guide the heart of anyone who believes in Him: God knows all things–

12. So obey God and the Messenger. If you turn away, remember that Our Messenger's duty is only to make plain his message.

13. God! There is no god but Him, so let the faithful put their trust in Him.

14. Believers, even among your spouses and your children you have some enemies– beware of them– but if you overlook their offences, forgive them, pardon them, then God is all forgiving, all merciful.

15. Your wealth and your children are only a test for you. There is great reward with God:

16. Be mindful of God as much as you can; hear and obey; be charitable– it is for your own good. Those who are saved from their own meanness will be the prosperous ones:

17. If you make a generous loan to God He will multiply it for you and forgive you. God is ever thankful and forbearing;

18. He knows the unseen, as well as the seen; He is the Almighty, the Wise.

Surah al-Talaq – Divorce (065)

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

1. Prophet, when any of you intend to divorce women, do so at a time when their prescribed waiting period can properly start, and calculate the period carefully: be mindful of God, your Lord. Do not drive them out of their homes–nor should they themselves leave–unless they commit a flagrant indecency. These are the limits set by God–whoever oversteps God's limits wrongs his own soul–for you cannot know what new situation God may perhaps bring about.

2. When they have completed their appointed term, either keep them honorably, or part with them honorably. Call two just witnesses from your people and establish witness for the sake of God. Anyone who believes in God and the Last Day should heed this: God will find a way out for those who are mindful of Him,

3. And will provide for them from an unexpected source; God will be enough for those who put their trust in Him. God achieves His purpose; God has set a due measure for everything.

4. If you are in doubt, the period of waiting will be three months for those women who have ceased menstruating and for those who have not [yet] menstruated; the waiting period of those who are pregnant will be until they deliver their burden: God makes things easy for those who are mindful of Him.

5. This is God's command, which He has sent down to you. God will wipe out the sinful deeds and increase the rewards of anyone who is mindful of Him.

6. House the wives you are divorcing according to your means, wherever you house yourselves, and do not harass them so as to make their lives difficult. If they are pregnant, maintain them until they are delivered of their burdens; if they suckle your infants, pay them for it. Consult together in a good way– if you make difficulties for one another, another woman may suckle the child for the father

7. And let the wealthy man spend according to his wealth. But let him whose provision is restricted spend according to what God has given him: God does not burden any soul with more than He has given it– after hardship, God will bring ease.

Surah at-Tahreem – Prohibition (066)

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

6. Believers, guard yourselves and your families against a Fire fuelled by people and stones, over which stand angels, stern and strong; angels who never disobey God's commands to them, but do as they are ordered:

7. 'You who disbelieve, make no excuses today: you are only being repaid for what you used to do.'

8. Believers, turn to God in sincere repentance. Your Lord may well cancel your bad deeds for you and admit you into Gardens graced with flowing streams, on a Day when God will not disgrace the Prophet or those who have believed with him. With their lights streaming out ahead of them and to their right, they will say, 'Lord, perfect our lights for us and forgive us: You have power over everything.'

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