an naml

S : Siapakah satu-satunya nama wanita yg disebut namanya dlm al-Quran?
J : Maryam binti Imran.

S : Siapakah satu-satunya nama Sahabat yg disebut namanya dlm al-Quran?
J : Zaid bin Haritsah. Rujuk dlm surah Al Ahzab ayat 37.

S : Apakah nama Surah yg tanpa Basmalah?
J : Surah at-Tawbah.

S : Apakah nama Surah yg memiliki dua Basmalah?
J : Surah al-Naml.

S : Apakah nama Surah yg bernilai seperempat al-Quran?
J : Surah al-Kafirun.

S : Apakah nama Surah yg bernilai sepertiga al-Quran?
J : Surah al-Ikhlas

S : Apakah nama Surah yg menyelamatkan dari siksa Qubur?
J : Surah al-Mulk

S : Apakah nama Surah yg apabila dibaca pada hari Jum'at akan menerangi sepanjang pekan?
J : Surah al-Khafi

S : Apakah ayat yg paling Agung dan dlm Surah apa?
J : Ayat Kursi, dlm Surah al-Baqarah ayat No.255

S : Apakah nama Surah yg paling Agung dan berapa jumlah ayatnya?
J : Surah al-Fatihah, tujuh ayat.

S : Apakah ayat yg paling bijak dan dlm surah apa?
J : Firman Allah Swt :“ Barang siapa yg melakukan kebaikan sebesar biji sawi ia akan lihat, Barang siapa melakukan kejahatan sebesar biji sawi ia akan lihat.. (Surah al-Zalzalah ayat 7-8)

S : Apakah nama Surah yg ada dua sajdahnya?
J : Surah al-Haj ayat 18 dan ayat 77.

S : Pada Kata apakah pertengahan al-Quran itu di Surah apa? ayat no Berapa?
J : وليتلطف Surah al-Kahfi ayat No. 19.

S : Ayat apakah bila dibaca setiap habis Shalat Fardhu dpt mengantarkannya masuk ke dalam surga?
J : Ayat Kursi.

S : Ayat apakah yg diulang-ulang sbyk 31 kali dlm satu Surah dan di Surah apa?
J : Ayat فبأي آلاء ربكما تكذبانِ ) pada Surah al-Rahman.

S : Ayat apakah yg diulang-ulang sbyk 10 kali dlm satu Surah dan di surah apa? Apakah ayat ini ada juga disebut dlm surah lainnya? Di Surah apa?
J : Ayat (ويل يومئذ للمكذبين) pada Surah al-Mursalat, juga ada dlm Surah al-Muthaffifiin ayat No. 10.

S : Apakah Ayat terpanjang dlm al-Quran? pada Surah apa? Ayat berapa?
J : Ayat No 282 Surah al-Baqarah… .

The Ant

I was listening to a lecture on the life of Sulaiman AS, when it mentioned that Sulaiman’s army of birds and jinn and man were coming onto a field in which there were ants. And Sulaiman AS was given a few miracles from Allah of which he understood the language of the birds and the ants. In the field there was a little ant who saw Sulaiman’s crew coming towards them and said “O ants! enter Your dwellings, lest Sulaiman (prophet Solomon) and his hosts crush you, while they perceive not." 

The point was this - even in a situation of life and death - where Sulaiman AS may kill the ants - this ant makes an excuse for Sulaiman AS. It says "they percieve not” remarking that Sulaiman AS might be unaware. 

And here we are - judging.

What if you were to actually make 70 excuses for your brother?

And I highly suggest listening to the tafseer of the Surah’s in the Quran. Hey, this ant has to be at least a little important in order to have an entire Surah called The Ant.

The Difference between Taubah and Istaghfar

Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyah (751H)

There are two types of Istaghfar;

Istaghfar that is mentioned alone.
Istaghfar that is mentioned with Taubah.
The Istaghfar that is mentioned alone is found in the words of Nuh (peace and blessings be upon him)

“I said (to them): ‘Ask forgiveness from your Lord; Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving; ‘He will send rain to you in abundance[ nuh 10-11] and in the words of Salih (peace and blessings be upon him)

Why seek you not the Forgiveness of Allah, that you may receive mercy?” [ an-naml 46]

Allah also said,:

“…and ask Allah for His Forgiveness. Truly, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most-Merciful.[ Al-Baqarah 199]

“And Allah would not punish them while you (Muhammad) are amongst them, nor will He punish them while they seek (Allah’s) Forgiveness[Al-Anfal 33]

Istaghfar mentioned with Taubah is found in the following verses from the Most Merciful’s speech.

Seek the forgiveness of your Lord, and turn to Him in repentance, that He may grant you good enjoyment, for a term appointed, and bestow His abounding Grace to every owner of grace [ Hud 3]

Ask forgiveness of your Lord and then repent to Him, He will send you (from the sky) abundant rain.[Hud 52] .

Also Prophet Salih’s words to his people have Taubah and Istaghfar mentioned together

He brought you forth from the earth and settled you therein, then ask forgiveness of Him and turn to Him in repentance.[ Hud 61]

and Shuaib’s speech as well has these two actions joined together.

“And ask forgiveness of your Lord and turn unto Him in repentance. Verily, my Lord is Most Merciful, Most Loving.” [ Hud 90]

Al-Istaghfar is like Taubah and in reality it is. Contained in Istaghfar is the request of Allah’s forgiveness. Allah’s forgiveness is the removal of the sin, its affect and protection from the sin’s harm…

Al-Istaghfar contains At-Taubah and vice versa. Both of these actions are included in each other. Whenever both of these words are mentioned together Al-Istaghfar is protection from the consequence of any previous evil. At-Taubah on the other hand is to return to Allah obediently and the search of His protection from the sin’s effect in the future.

There are two sins. The sin that was committed. Hence a person does Al-Istaghfar- seeking protection from its harm and evil. And then there is the second sin which is the one that is feared to occur in the future.

At-Taubah is the resolution to avoid the sin and penitence to Allah. Penitence to Allah holds two things. The first is the act of returning to Allah in order to be protected from the result of previous sin and evil. The second thing held in At-Taubah is the search for protection against evil that might befall you in the future resulting from the evil of yourself and deeds.

The sinner is like a driver who takes a road that leads to his death. That road doesn’t take him where he intended to go. He is ordered to take alternative route and travel the road that leads to his safety. That alternative route takes him where he wanted to go and as a result he is successful.

Therefore in this instance there are two things that are necessary.;

Separation from something
Recourse to a different way
At-Taubah is the recourse and Al-Istaghfar is the separation. Whenever these words are mentioned separately one is included in the other. Allah knows best, but that’s why He said, ““And ask forgiveness of your Lord and turn unto Him in repentance “ [ Hud 90]

This is the recourse to the path of truth after separation from the path of falsehood.

In conclusion, Al-Istaghfar is from the chapter of the removal of harm. And At-Taubah is from the chapter of requesting a good outcome. Therefore Al-Maghfirah is protection against sin’s evil and At-Taubah is the obtainment of good after the protection is sought. Each one is included in the other when mentioned alone. Allah knows best

Taken from Madarajus Sallikeen

Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle

Doha, Qatar 1431

How to make Dua: Tip #1

The realisation that only Allah responds to dua

This is the essence of Tawhid, that only Allah can hear your dua and only Allah has the power to grant it.

“Is He [not best] who responds to the desperate one when he calls upon Him and removes evil and makes you inheritors of the earth? Is there a deity with Allah ? Little do you remember.” [The Qur'an: An-Naml 27:62]

This is why Dua is the greatest form of Worship and make Dua to anyone else is the greatest form of associating partners with Allah.

The Prophet (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Du'a (supplication) is worship.” [Abu Dawud: Book 17, Hadith 1465]

In Islam we know that worship directed towards anyone other than Allah constitutes as Shirk [i.e making partners with Allah] and is the biggest sin which a person can commit.

DAILY DUA

Dua from the Qur'an

رَبِّ أَوْزِعْنِي أَنْ أَشْكُرَ نِعْمَتَكَ الَّتِي أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيَّ وَعَلَى وَالِدَيَّ وَأَنْ أَعْمَلَ صَالِحًا تَرْضَاهُ وَأَدْخِلْنِي بِرَحْمَتِكَ فِي عِبَادِكَ الصَّالِحِينَ

Translation

“My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to do righteousness of which You approve. And admit me by Your mercy into [the ranks of] Your righteous servants.”


*Attributed to Sulaiman (Solomon)(may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)

Transliteration

rabbi awzi‛nee an ashkura ni‛matak-allatee an‛amta ‛alayya wa ‛alaa waalidayya wa an a‛mala ṣaaliḥan tarḍaahu wa adkhilnee bi raḥmatika fee ‛ibaadik-aṣ-ṣaaliḥeen

Sources: Surah Al-Naml(27:19)

“Dan kamu lihat gunung-gunung itu, kamu sangka dia tetap ditempatnya, padahal ia berjalan sebagaimana jalannya awan. (Begitulah) Perbuatan Allah yang membuat dengan kokoh tiap-tiap sesuatu; sesungguhnya Allah mengetahui apa yang kamu kerjakan.” (Qs An Naml: 88)