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Surah al-Naba – The Announcement (078)

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

38. On the Day when the Spirit and the angels stand in rows, they will not speak except for those to whom the Lord of Mercy gives permission, who will say only what is right.

39. That is the Day of Truth. So whoever wishes to do so should take the path that leads to his Lord.

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40. We have warned you of imminent torment, on the Day when every person will see what their own hands have sent ahead for them, when the disbeliever will say, ‘If only I were dust!’

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

Surah al-Nazi’aat – The Chargers (079)

27. Which is harder to create: you people or the sky that He built,

28. Raising it high and perfecting it,

29. Giving darkness to its night and bringing out its morning brightness,

30. And the earth, too, He spread out,

31. Bringing waters and pastures out of it,

32. And setting firm mountains [in it]

33. For you and your animals to enjoy?

34. When the great overwhelming event arrives

35. On the Day that man remembers what he has done

36. And Hell is there for all to see,

37. For anyone who has transgressed

38. And preferred the present life

39. Hell will be home;

40. For anyone who feared the meeting with his Lord and restrained himself from base desires,

41. Paradise will be home.

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

Surah Abasa – He Frowned (080)

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

1. He frowned and turned away

2. When the blind man came to him––

3. For all you know, he might have grown in spirit,

4. Or taken note of something useful to him.

5. For the self-satisfied one

6. You go out of your way––

7. Though you are not to be blamed for his lack of spiritual growth––

8. But from the one who has come to you full of eagerness

9. And awe

10. You allow yourself to be distracted.

11. No indeed! This [Quran] is a lesson

12. From which those who wish to be taught should learn,

13. [Written] on honored,

14. Exalted, pure pages,

15. By the hands of

16. Noble and virtuous scribes.

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

Surah at-Takwir – Shrouded in Darkness (081)

15. I swear by the planets

16. That recede, move, and hide,

17. By the night that descends,

18. By the dawn that softly breathes:

19. This is the speech of a noble messenger,

20. Who possesses great strength and is held in honor by the Lord of the Throne––

21. He is obeyed there and worthy of trust.

22. Your companion is not mad:

23. He did see him on the clear horizon.

24. He does not withhold what is revealed to him from beyond.

25. This is not the word of an outcast devil.

26. So where are you [people] going?

27. This is a message for all people;

28. For those who wish to take the straight path.

29. But you will only wish to do so by the will of God, the Lord of all people.

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

Surah al-Infitar – Torn Apart (082)

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

1. When the sky is torn apart,

2. When the stars are scattered,

3. When the seas burst forth,

4. When graves turn inside out:

5. Each soul will know what it has done and what it has left undone.

6. Mankind, what has lured you away from God,

7. Your generous Lord, who created you, shaped you, proportioned you,

8. In whatever form He chose?

9. Yet you still take the Judgement to be a lie!

10. Over you stand

11. Watchers, noble recorders

12. Who know what you do:

13. The good will live in bliss,

14. And the wicked will burn in the Fire.

15. They will enter it on the Day of Judgement

16. And they will find no escape.

17. What will explain to you what the Day of Judgement is?

18. Yes! What will explain to you what the Day of Judgement is?

19. The Day when no soul will be able to do anything for another; on that Day, command will belong to God.

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

Surah al-Mutaffifeen – Those who give Short Measure (083)

18. No indeed! The list of the truly good is in Illiyyin ––

19. What will explain to you what  ‘Illiyyin is?––

20. A clearly written list,

21. Witnessed by those brought near.

22. The truly good will live in bliss,

23. Seated on couches, gazing around.

24. You will recognize on their faces the radiance of bliss.

25. They will be served a sealed nectar,

26 Its seal [perfumed with] a fragrant herb ––let those who strive, strive for this––

27. Mixed with the water of Tasnim,

28. A spring from which those brought near will drink.

29. The wicked used to laugh at the believers––

30. They would wink at one another when the believers passed by them,

31. Joke about them when they got back to their own people,

32. And say, when they saw them, ‘These people are misguided,’

33. Though they were not sent to be their keepers–

34. So today the believers are laughing at the disbelievers

35. As they sit on couches, gazing around.

36. Have the disbelievers [not] been repaid for their deeds?

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

Surah al-Inshiqaq – Ripped Apart (084)

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

1. When the sky is ripped apart,

2. Obeying its Lord as it rightly must,

3. When the earth is levelled out,

4. Casts out its contents, and becomes empty,

5. Obeying its Lord as it rightly must,

6. You humans, toiling laboriously towards your Lord, will meet Him:

7. Whoever is given his record in his right hand

8. Will have an easy reckoning

9. And return to his people well pleased,

10. But whoever is given his record from behind his back

11. Will cry out for destruction––

12. He will burn in the blazing Fire.

13. He used to live among his people well pleased.

14. He thought he would never return [to his Lord]––

15. Indeed he will! His Lord was watching him.

16. I swear by the glow of sunset,

17. By the night and what it covers,

18. By the full moon,

19. You will progress from stage to stage.

20. So why do they not believe?

21. Why, when the Quran is read to them, do they not prostrate themselves [to God]?

22. No! The disbelievers reject the Quran––

23.God knows best what they keep hidden inside––

24. So give them news of a painful torment.

25. But those who believe and do good deeds will have a never-ending reward.

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

Surah al-Burooj – The Towering Constellations (085)

10. For those who persecute believing men and women, and do not repent afterwards, there will be the torment of Hell and burning.

11. But for those who believe and do good deeds there will be Gardens graced with flowing streams: that is the great triumph.

12. [Prophet], your Lord’s punishment is truly stern––

13. It is He who brings people to life, and will restore them to life again––

14. And He is the Most Forgiving, the Most Loving.

15. The Glorious Lord of the Throne,

16. He does whatever He will.

17. Have you [not] heard the stories of the forces

18. Of Pharaoh and Thamud?

19. Yet still the disbelievers persist in denial.

20. God surrounds them all.

21. This is truly a glorious Quran

22. [written] on a preserved Tablet.

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

Surah at-Tariq – The Night – Comer (086)

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

1. By the sky and the night-comer––

2. What will explain to you what the night-comer is?

3. The piercing star––

4. There is a watcher over every soul.

5. Man should reflect on what he was created from.

6. He is created from spurting fluid,

7. Then he emerges from between the backbone and breastbone:

8. God is certainly able to bring him back to life.

9. On the Day when secrets are laid bare

10. He will have no power and no one to help him.

11. By the sky and its recurring rain,

12. By the earth that cracks open!

13. This is truly a decisive statement;

14. It is not something to be taken lightly.

15. They plot and scheme,

16. But so do I:

17. [Prophet], let the disbelievers be, let them be for a while.

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

Surah al-A’laa – The Most High (087)

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

1. [Prophet], glorify the name of your Lord the Most High,

2. Who created [all things] in due proportion;

3. Who determined their destinies and guided them;

4. Who brought out the green pasture

5. Then made it dark debris.

6. [Prophet], We shall teach you [the Quran] and you will not forget––

7. Unless God wishes; He knows both what is open and what is hidden––

8. We shall show you the easy way.

9. So remind, if reminding will help.

10. Those who stand in awe of God will heed the reminder,

11. But it will be ignored by the most wicked,

12. Who will enter the Great Fire,

13. Where they will neither die nor live.

14. Prosperous are those who purify themselves,

15. Remember the name of their Lord, and pray.

16. Yet you [people] prefer the life of this world,

17. Even though the Hereafter is better and more lasting.

18. All this is in the earlier scriptures,

19. The scriptures of Abraham and Moses.

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

Surah al-Ghashiyah – The Overwhelming Event (088)

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

1. Have you heard tell [Prophet] about the Overwhelming Event?

2. On that Day, there will be downcast faces,

3. Toiling and weary,

4. As they enter the blazing Fire

5. And are forced to drink from a boiling spring,

6. With no food for them except bitter dry thorns

7. That neither nourish nor satisfy hunger.

8. On that Day there will also be faces radiant with bliss,

9. Well pleased with their labor,

10. In a lofty garden,

11. Where they will hear no idle talk,

12. With a flowing spring,

13. Raised couches,

14. Goblets placed before them,

15. Cushions set in rows,

16. And carpets spread.

17. Do the disbelievers not see how rain clouds are formed,

18. How the heavens are lifted,

19. How the mountains are raised high,

20. How the earth is spread out?

21. So [Prophet] warn them: your only task is to give warning,

22. You are not there to control them.

23. As for those who turn away and disbelieve, God will inflict the greatest torment upon them. It is to Us they will return,

24. And then it is for Us to call them to account.

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

Surah al-Fajr – Daybreak (089)

15. [The nature of] man is that, when his Lord tries him through honor and blessings, he says, ‘My Lord has honored me,’

16. But when He tries him through the restriction of his provision, he says, ‘My Lord has humiliated me.’

17. No indeed! You [people] do not honor orphans,

18. You do not urge one another to feed the poor,

19. You consume inheritance greedily,

20. And you love wealth with a passion.

21. No indeed! When the earth is pounded to dust, pounded and pounded,

22. When your Lord comes with the angels, rank upon rank,

23. When Hell is that Day brought near– on that Day man will take heed, but what good will that be to him then?

24. He will say, ‘Would that I had provided for this life to come!’

25. On that Day, no one will punish as He punishes,

26. And no one will bind as He binds.

27. ‘[But] you, soul at peace:

28. Return to your Lord well pleased and well pleasing;

29. Go in among My servants;

30. And into My Garden.’

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

Surah al-Balad – The City (090)

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

1. I swear by this city ––

2. And you [Prophet] are an inhabitant of this city––

3. [I swear] by parent and offspring,

4. That We have created man for toil and trial.

5. Does he think that no one will have power over him?

6. ‘I have squandered great wealth,’ he says.

7. Does he think no one observes him?

8. Did We not give him eyes,

9. A tongue, lips,

10. And point out to him the two clear ways [of good and evil]?

11. Yet he has not attempted the steep path.

12. What will explain to you what the steep path is?

13. It is to free a slave,

14. To feed at a time of hunger

15. An orphaned relative

16. Or a poor person in distress,

17. And to be one of those who believe and urge one another to steadfastness and compassion.

18. Those who do this will be on the right-hand side,

19. But those who disbelieve in Our revelations will be on the left-hand side,

20. And the Fire will close in on them.

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

Surah ash-Shams – The Sun (091)

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

1. By the sun in its morning brightness

2. And by the moon as it follows it,

3. By the day as it displays the sun’s glory

4. And by the night as it conceals it,

5. By the sky and how He built it

6. And by the earth and how He spread it,

7. By the soul and how He formed it

8. And inspired it [to know] its own rebellion and piety!

9. The one who purifies his soul succeeds

10. And the one who corrupts it fails.

11. In their arrogant cruelty, the people of Thamud called [their messenger] a liar,

12. When the most wicked man among them rose [against him].

13.The messenger of God said to them, ‘[Leave] God’s camel to drink,’

14. But they called him a liar and hamstrung her. Their Lord destroyed them for their crime and leveled them.

15. He did not hesitate to punish them.

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

Surah al-Layl – The Night (092)

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

1. By the enshrouding night,

2. By the radiant day,

3. By His creation of male and female!

4. The ways you take differ greatly.

5. There is the one who gives, who is mindful of God,

6. Who testifies to goodness––

7. We shall smooth his way towards ease.

8. There is the one who is miserly, who is self-satisfied,

9. Who denies goodness––

10. We shall smooth his way towards hardship

11. And his wealth will not help him as he falls.

12. Our part is to provide guidance––

13. This world and the next belong to Us––

14. So I warn you about the raging Fire,

15. In which none but the most wicked one will burn,

16. Who denied [the truth], and turned away.

17. The most pious one will be spared this––

18. Who gives his wealth away as self-purification,

19. Not to return a favor to anyone

20. But for the sake of his Lord the Most High ––

21. And he will be well pleased.

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

Surah ad-Duha – The Morning Brightness (093)

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

1. By the morning brightness

2. And by the night when it grows still,

3. Your Lord has not forsaken you [Prophet], nor does He hate you,

4. And the future will be better for you than the past;

5. Your Lord is sure to give you so much that you will be well satisfied.

6. Did He not find you an orphan and shelter you?

7. Did He not find you lost and guide you? 8 Did He not find you in need and make you self-sufficient?

9. So do not be harsh with the orphan

10. And do not chide the one who asks for help;

11. Talk about the blessings of your Lord.

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

Surah al-Sharh – The Morning Brightness (094)

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

1. Did We not relieve your heart for you [Prophet],

2. And remove the burden

3. That weighed so heavily on your back,

4. And raise your reputation high?

5. So truly where there is hardship there is also ease;

6. Truly where there is hardship there is also ease.

7. The moment you are freed [of one task] work on, 8 and turn to your Lord for everything.

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

Surah al-Tin – The Fig (095)

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

1. By the fig, by the olive,

2. By Mount Sinai,

3. By this safe town,

4. We create man in the finest state

5. Then reduce him to the lowest of the low,

6. Except those who believe and do good deeds––

7. They will have an unfailing reward. After this, what makes you [man] deny the

Judgement?

8. Is God not the most decisive of judges?

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

Surah al-‘Alaq – The Clinging Form (096)

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

1. Read! In the name of your Lord who created:

2. He created man from a clinging form.

3. Read! Your Lord is the Most Bountiful One

4. Who taught by [means of] the pen,

5. Who taught man what he did not know.

6. But man exceeds all bounds

7. When he thinks he is self-sufficient:

8. [Prophet], all will return to your Lord.

9. Have you seen the man who forbids

10. [Our] servant to pray?

11. Have you seen whether he is rightly guided,

12. Or encourages true piety?

13. Have you seen whether he denies the truth and turns away from it?

14. Does he not realize that God sees all?

15. No! If he does not stop, We shall drag him by his forehead ––

16. His lying, sinful forehead.

17. Let him summon his comrades;

18. We shall summon the guards of Hell.

19. No! Do not obey him [Prophet]: bow down in worship and draw close.

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

Surah al-Qadr – The Night of Glory (097)

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

1. We sent it down on the Night of Glory.

2. What will explain to you what that Night of Glory is?

3. The Night of Glory is better than a thousand months;

4. On that night the angels and the Spirit descend again and again with their Lord’s permission on every task;

5. [there is] peace that night until the break of dawn.

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

Surah al-Bayina – The Clear Evidence (098)

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

1. Those who disbelieve among the People of the Book and the idolaters were not about to change their ways until they were sent clear evidence,

2. A messenger from God, reading out pages [blessed with] purity,

3. Containing true scriptures.

4. [Yet] those who were given the Scripture became divided only after they were sent [such] clear evidence

5. Though all they are ordered to do is worship God alone, sincerely devoting their religion to Him as people of true faith, keep up the prayer, and pay the prescribed alms, for that is the true religion.

6. Those who disbelieve among the People of the Book and the idolaters will have the Fire of Hell, there to remain. They are the worst of creation.

7. Those who believe and do good deeds are the best of creation.

8. Their reward with their Lord is everlasting Gardens graced with flowing streams, where they will stay forever. God is well pleased with them and they with Him. All this is for those who stand in awe of their Lord.

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

Surah al-Zalzalah – The Earthquake (099)

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

1. When the earth is shaken violently in its [last] quaking,

2. When the earth throws out its burdens,

3. When man cries, ‘What is happening to it?’;

4. On that Day, it will tell all

5. Because your Lord will inspire it [to do so].

6. On that Day, people will come forward in separate groups to be shown their deeds: 7. Whoever has done an atom’s-weight of good will see it, 8but whoever has done an atom’s-weight of evil will see that.

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

Surah al-‘Adiyaat – The Charging Steeds (100)

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

1. By the charging steeds that pant

2. And strike sparks with their hooves,

3. Who make dawn raids,

4. Raising a cloud of dust,

5. And plunging into the midst of the enemy,

6. Man is ungrateful to his Lord––

7. And He is witness to this ––

8. He is truly excessive in his love of wealth.

9. Does he not know that when the contents of graves burst forth,

10. When the secrets of hearts are uncovered, on that Day,

11. Their Lord will be fully aware of them all?

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

Surah al-Qaria – The Crashing Blow (101)

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

1. The Crashing Blow!

2. What is the Crashing Blow?

3. What will explain to you what the Crashing Blow is?

4. On a Day when people will be like scattered moths

5. And the mountains like tufts of wool,

6. The one whose good deeds are heavy on the scales

7. Will have a pleasant life,

8. But the one whose good deeds are light

9. Will have the Bottomless Pit for his home ––

10. What will explain to you what that is?––

11. A blazing fire.

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

Surah al-Takathur – Striving for More (102)

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

1. Striving for more distracts you

2. Until you go into your graves.

3. No indeed! You will come to know.

4. No indeed! In the end you will come to know.

5. No indeed! If only you knew for certain.

6. You will most definitely see Hellfire,

7. You will see it with the eye of certainty.

8. On that Day, you will be asked about your pleasures.

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

Surah al-Asr – Declining Day (103)

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

1. By the declining day,

2. Man is [deep] in loss,

3. Except for those who believe, do good deeds, urge one another to the truth, and urge one another to steadfastness.

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

Surah al-Humaza – The Backbiter (104)

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

1. Woe to every fault-finding backbiter

2. Who amasses riches, counting them over,

3. Thinking they will make him live for ever.

4. No indeed! He will be thrust into the Crusher!

5. What will explain to you what the Crusher is?

6. It is God’s Fire, made to blaze,

7. Which rises over people’s hearts.

8. It closes in on them

9. In towering columns.

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

Surah al-Fil – The Elephant (105)

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

1. Do you [Prophet] not see how your Lord dealt with the army of the elephant?

2.  Did He not utterly confound their plans?

3. He sent ranks of birds against them,

4. Pelting them with pellets of hard-baked clay:

5. He made them [like] cropped stubble.

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

Surah Quraysh (106)

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

1. [He did this] to make the Quraysh feel secure,

2. Secure in their winter and summer journeys.

3. So let them worship the Lord of this House:

4. Who provides them with food to ward off hunger, safety to ward off fear.

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

Surah al-Maun – Common Kindness (107)

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

1. [Prophet], have you considered the person who denies the Judgement?

2. It is he who pushes aside the orphan

3. And does not urge others to feed the needy.

4. So woe to those who pray

5. But are heedless of their prayer;

6. Those who are all show

7. And forbid common kindnesses.

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

Surah al-Kauthar – Abundance (108)

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

1. We have truly given abundance to you [Prophet]––

2. So pray to your Lord and make your sacrifice to Him alone––

3. It is the one who hates you who has been cut off.

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

Surah al-Kafiroon – The Disbelievers (109)

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

1. Say [Prophet], ‘Disbelievers:

2. I do not worship what you worship,

3. You do not worship what I worship,

4. I will never worship what you worship,

5. You will never worship what I worship:

6. You have your religion and I have mine.’

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

Surah al-Nasr – Help (110)

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

1. When God’s help comes and He opens up your way [Prophet],

2. When you see people embracing God’s faith in crowds,

3. Celebrate the praise of your Lord and ask His forgiveness: He is always ready

to accept repentance.

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

Surah al-Masad – The Palm Fibre (111)

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

1. May the hands of Abu Lahab be ruined! May he be ruined too!

2. Neither his wealth nor his gains will help him:

3. He will burn in the Flaming Fire––  

4. And so will his wife, the firewood-carrier,

5. With a palm-fibre rope around her neck.

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

Surah al-Ikhlas – Purity of Faith (112)

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

1. Say, ‘He is God the One,

2. God the eternal.

3. He begot no one nor was He begotten.

4. No one is comparable to Him.’

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

Surah al-Falaq – (113)

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

1. Say [Prophet], ‘I seek refuge with the Lord of daybreak

2. Against the harm in what He has created,

3. The harm in the night when darkness gathers,

4. The harm in witches when they blow on knots,

5. The harm in the envier when he envies.’ 

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

Surah al-Naas – People (114)

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

1. Say, ‘I seek refuge with the Lord of people,

2. The Controller of people,

3. The God of people,

4. Against the harm of the slinking whisperer––

5. Who whispers into the hearts of people––

6. Whether they be jinn or people.’

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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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30 Khawaatir in 30 Days- A Parent’s Guide | Day 9: A Good Word

Now that we have learnt about the life of this world, let’s talk about a good word.

I want you all to close your eyes and think of a beautiful tree. 

Question: Who can tell me what their tree looks like? Is the tree big and strong? Does it have lots of branches and leaves? Does it have fruit?

Now, I want you to think of a time when someone said something really nice to you.

Question:  What are some of the nice statements you remember people telling you?

Question: How did those statements make you feel?

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Yes, they fill us up with a warm feeling. We may have felt proud of ourselves and we may have felt loved. Do you know that Allah [wt] describes a good word to a good tree? 

In Surah Ibrahim, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) says:

أَلَمْ تَرَ كَيْفَ ضَرَبَ اللَّهُ مَثَلًا كَلِمَةً طَيِّبَةً كَشَجَرَةٍ طَيِّبَةٍ أَصْلُهَا ثَابِتٌ وَفَرْعُهَا فِي السَّمَاءِ 

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تُؤْتِي أُكُلَهَا كُلَّ حِينٍ بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهَا ۗ وَيَضْرِبُ اللَّهُ الْأَمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَذَكَّرُونَ 

Have you not considered how Allah presents an example, [making] a good word like a good tree, whose root is firmly fixed and its branches [high] in the sky? [Surah Ibrahim; 24]

It produces its fruit all the time, by permission of its Lord. And Allah presents examples for the people that perhaps they will be reminded. [Surah Ibrahim; 25]

Question: Now, I want you to think of a time when someone said something mean to you. How did that make you feel?

It’s not fun to remember the mean stuff right? Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) continues in Surah Ibrahim and says:

وَمَثَلُ كَلِمَةٍ خَبِيثَةٍ كَشَجَرَةٍ خَبِيثَةٍ اجْتُثَّتْ مِن فَوْقِ الْأَرْضِ مَا لَهَا مِن قَرَارٍ

And the example of a bad word is like a bad tree, uprooted from the surface of the earth, not having any stability. [Surah Ibrahim; 26] 

Question: What do you think are good words we can use to build strong, firmly rooted trees?

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30 Khawaatir in 30 Days- A Parent’s Guide | Day 8: The Life of This World

Now that we have learnt about qalbun saleem, let’s talk about the life of this world.

Question: Do you know that there is an ayah in the Qur’an that takes us through all the stages of life and tells us what we find to be the most important aspect based on our age?

This ayah is found in the chapter named Al-Hadeed. 

Question: Does anyone know what Hadeed means? 

Yes! It means iron! The verse in Surah al-Hadeed starts by saying:

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اعْلَمُوا أَنَّمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا لَعِبٌ وَلَهْوٌ 

“Know that the life of this world is play and amusement.”

Question: When you were really, really young, what was something that was important to you?

Yes, playing! You would use your imagination, play with your toys, and build legos. That is what  لَعِبٌ la’bun means. Then you got a bit older and you wanted to hear stories and be entertained. 

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Question: Can you tell me in what other ways you’re entertained? (Examples can include watching TV, reading books, etc)

Yes! This is what is meant by  لَهْوٌ l(ahwun). Then we get a bit older and our goals change. The ayah continues by saying, وَزِينَةٌ وَتَفَاخُرٌ بَيْنَكُمْ (wa zeenatun wa tafakhirun baynakum). All of a sudden, you become a tween and a teenager, and you really care about your looks. You want to dress in the nicest clothing and look beautiful. This is zeena

Then you get even older and you enter college. You compete with your classmates and show off your knowledge and skills to impress future employees. This is tafaakhirun baynakum , i.e. boasting with one another. 

Then what usually happens after college? Work, marriage, and children! The ayah continues by saying, وَتَكَاثُرٌ فِي الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَوْلَادِ (wa takathur fil amwaali wal-awlaad), i.e. and competition in increasing wealth and children.

As parents, we try to give you the best life and education, and we work hard to provide for you. But, we always have to remember that it won’t be permanent, right? 

Question: We will be so happy, like farmers watching our seeds grow into beautiful plants, but what happens in the fall when it’s no longer sunny and becomes windy and cold? 

Yes, the plants turn yellow. Remember that toy you used to love playing with as a really little kid? Is it as interesting to you anymore? Remember that TV show you could not stop watching? You even memorized all the lines in it. Do you remember the title? Are you interested in something else now?

This is the example of our whole life. Once we get something we once were so excited to have, we realize that after some time has passed, that it has “turned yellow” to us. 

Question: What do you think that means?

Yes! It’s not as interesting as it once was. So knowing that this is going to happen, how can we make sure to not get distracted by the bright and shiny and stay focused on Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)?

We’re in luck, because Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) gives us the answer! Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) says:

 “سَابِقُوا إِلَىٰ مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ 

Race toward forgiveness from your Lord and Jannah! 

Question: How do you think we can race towards Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)?

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30 Khawaatir in 30 Days- A Parent’s Guide | Day 7: Qalbun Saleem (A Sound Heart)

Now that we have learnt about controlling our anger, let’s talk about qalbun saleem (a sound heart).

Today our reflection will include a story of a very special man. The Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was sitting with a group of the companions in the masjid and he said: 

“A man will now enter (who is) from the people of Paradise.” 

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The man walked in. Later it happened again, and then a third time. One of the companions wanted to find out what was so special about this individual, so he asked the man if he could stay over at his house for three days, making an excuse to stay. The man allowed him to do so. 

Observing him carefully in his home, the companion noticed that the man didn’t do anything out of the ordinary. 

He didn’t fast all the time, he slept some of the night, and prayed some of the night, and so on. 

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So after the three days, the companion told him the real reason why he requested to stay with him, and he asked him what it was that could be the reason why he was from the people of Jannah. 

His host couldn’t think of anything, but after some time, he said, “Every night, before I go to sleep, I forgive whoever has wronged me. I remove any bad feelings towards anyone from my heart.” 

Question: Do you think that is an easy thing to do?

Our Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) reminds us in this hadith: 

إِنَّ فِي الْجَسَدِ مُضْغَةً إِذَا صَلَحَتْ صَلَحَ الْجَسَدُ كُلُّهُ، وَإِذَا فَسَدَتْ فَسَدَ الْجَسَدُ كُلُّهُ‏.‏ أَلاَ وَهِيَ الْقَلْبُ.” ‏”

“There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good, the whole body becomes good, but if it gets spoiled, the whole body gets spoiled, and that is the heart.”

Part of having a qalbun saleem, is to try to forgive others when they hurt your feelings.

Question: What do you think that’s important?

We know that we will make lots of mistakes in our lives, but don’t we also want Allah’s subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) forgiveness? Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) tells us in Surat an-Nur:

وَلْيَعْفُوا وَلْيَصْفَحُوا ۗ أَلَا تُحِبُّونَ أَن يَغْفِرَ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ ۗ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ …

“…and let them pardon and overlook. Would you not like that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful,” [Surah an-Nur; 22]

In this special month, we are asking Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) for His Mercy and His Forgiveness.

Question: Can we try our best to forgive others quickly so Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) can be quick to forgive us? 

 

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