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Memorize Surah al-Mulk Ramadan 2021 | Verse 11

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Verse 11
فَٱعْتَرَبِذَنۢبِهِمْ فَسُحْقًا لِّأَصْحَٰبِ ٱلسَّعِيرِ   

So then they acknowledged their sins. Away with the people of the blaze!

This verse is a continuation from verse 6, wherein Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) describes the evil, awful destination that is the punishment for those who disbelieved in Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

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Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) describes that they will be cast into the Fire, hearing the Fire’s deafening and thundering roar. The Fire is so intense that it is boiling over and almost bursting apart from rage. And every time a group of people is cast into that fire, the keepers of that fire, the guardians of that fire ask — didn’t a warner come to you? They respond, yes, a warner did come to us, but we disbelieved. If only we believed, listened, and used our brains, we would not be from the people of this blazing inferno

And then we arrive at this verse here.

So then they acknowledged, confessed, admitted, owned up to their sins. Away with the people of the blaze!

These individuals of the Fire acknowledged their sins and wrongdoing when they were already in the Fire. They recognized that what they did was wrong, when it was already too late. If they had recognized their wrongdoing in this life,then perhaps they would not be in that same position of being inhabitants of the Fire. If they realized and recognized their sins while they still had time left in this world, they would have had the chance to turn back to Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), repent, rectify their lives, and protect themselves from such an outcome. But they didn’t
They realized — man, the way I lived my life was so wrong — they realized that when it was already too late.

This verse serves as a huge wake up call to all of us. We do not want to be among those people, on the Day of Judgement, in the Hereafter, who recognize our errors and faults when it is too late to do anything about it. On the Day of Judgement, in the Hereafter, is not the time when we want to be saying, regretfully, “I should have done better. If only I listened, if only I used my brain, I would not be here right now.”

If you are watching this video right now, alḥamdulillāh Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has blessed you with life. He has allowed you to live, breathe, and exist in this world. And as long as you are alive, this is the time to acknowledge our mistakes and rectify our airs. This is time, right now, to take a hard look at our actions and behaviors and ask ourselves: is this something that makes Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) happy or angry ? Is this something that will help me or harm me in the Hereafter? Is this something that will cause me delight or regret on the Day of Judgement?

Now is the time to recognize in what areas our lives need improvement. We have the time, we have the opportunity. So long as we are alive, we have the chance to protect ourselves from an awful outcome in the Hereafter. All we have to do is, firstly, take that time to think, ponder, reflect, assess our situation, and recognize the problem areas that need to be fixed

Then, once we acknowledge and realize the wrong that we may be engaged in, we must repent. We must turn back to Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), discontinue our wrongs, feel remorseful, and make a firm determination to never return to those sins again
Then, we must strive to rectify and fix our lives, live lives of repentance and dedication to the obedience of Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). Do it now when you have the chance.

Many of us have experienced guilt or remorse in this life, specifically for not taking advantage of our time. Whether we are parents regretting not having spent more time with our kids when they were small, whether we are in the workforce regretting not having spent more time studying in school, whether we are playing in a sports competition regretting not having spent more time practicing. We have all experienced regret when it comes to matters of this life. And we all know that regret, guilt, remorse is not a nice feeling. It feels icky, it is an emotion we all try to avoid.

But the regret of the Hereafter is like nothing that we can even begin to fully understand. The regret we feel in this life over not taking advantage of our time is relatively temporary. The 4 years of college, the first 10 years of a child’s life, the 6 months leading up to a competition. But imagine, regretting your entire life. Imagine being on the Day of Judgement, and thinking to yourself, and telling the angels around you, man, I really just wasted my entire life. The entire 70, 80, 90 years I had on this Earth, I just completely blew the whole thing.

May Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) protect us. We do not want to have that type of regret in the Hereafter.We do not want to be among those people that this verse is talking about, those people that recognize and realize their sins when it is already too late.

So take advantage of the time you have now. Reassess your actions and behavior, and reevaluate your priorities. If we do all of that now, while we are still blessed with time and life, we can do what we are able to, to earn Allāh’s subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) Mercy and secure a spot for ourselves in the highest levels of Jannah.

So again, our verse for today is:ِ
فَٱعْتَرَبِذَنۢبِهِمْ فَسُحْقًا لِّأَصْحَٰبِ ٱلسَّعِيرِ 

So then they acknowledged their sins. Away with the people of the blaze!

May Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) allow us to take advantage of our time in this life and use our lives to earn His Mercy, Forgiveness, and Paradise

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Shaykha Ayesha Syed Hussain started her journey as a student of knowledge when she started attending the University of California Irvine (UCI). She went to ḥalaqāt at UCI’s MSU, took a number of courses at CIU, and starting memorizing The Qurʾān, excelling in all three. She then enrolled into the 5 Years Masters & ʿĀlimiyyah Degree offered at IOK Seminary, again, being at the top of her class. She completed her bachelor’s degree at UCI in three years, and began teaching Qurʾān at IOK and ICOI (Islamic Center of Irvine). In her 4th year as an IOK Seminary Student, she completed the memorization of the entire Qurʾān, earned her bachelor’s degree from IOK, along with her Ijāzah to teach Jāmiʿ al-Tirmidhī. In her last year of IOK Seminary, she began attending Loyola Law School. She was granted her Master’s degree in Arabic, Islamic Law, and Tradition, receiving Ijāzah to teach Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim, and also receiving Ijāzah ʿĀmmah, spanning all books of Ḥadīth. She excelled in her studies of Fiqh, and Tafsīr as well, with her Master’s thesis focusing on al-Taḥrīr wa al-Tanwīr of Ibn ʿĀshūr (rḥA). At her completion and Ijāzah Ceremony of Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, she was given the honor of reading the last ḥadīth. That summer, she completed her legal clerkship and is continuing her JD at Loyola Law School. She is still at IOK, but now teaching Arabic in IOK’s Part-Time Seminary. Learn more about IOK Seminary at iokseminary.com.

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