quranic gems

What Hope Looks Like

Do you know what hope in Allāh looks like?

Do you know what hope that Allāh will give you the very best of His bounties which your heart pines for, even though realistically and rationally speaking the mere thought, let alone an actual possibility, is too far-fetched, looks like?

This:

Prophet Zakarīyā had reached old age and his wife was barren, yet this did not deter him from asking Allāh to enrich him from Allāh’s bounties in the form of a righteous child. He made a duʿāʾ of a person not asking out of protocol but asking with completely certainty that not only will it be heard but that it will be answered.

But wait there is more. He asked for a righteous child not for personal gains, not just because he knew a righteous child will bring coolness to his eyes and carry his lineage. But he asked for something that would eventually bring victory to Allāh’s religion. He asked for something that would be a means of closeness to Allāh for him.

[This is] a mention of the mercy of your Lord to His servant Zechariah.

When he called to his Lord a private supplication.

He said, “My Lord, indeed my bones have weakened, and my head has filled with white, and never have I been in my supplication to You, my Lord, unhappy.

And indeed, I fear the successors after me, and my wife has been barren, so give me from Yourself an heir

Who will inherit me and inherit from the family of Jacob. And make him, my Lord, pleasing [to You].” – Maryam:2-6

Many of us are attached to ideas, dreams and hopes, without ever considering these ideas, dreams and hopes in relation to our Greater Purpose. How will these ideas, dreams and hopes enable us to serve our religion better, how will they bring us closer to Allāh, closer to Jannah..?

#ShiftYoParadigm: When you plan and dream and ask — make sure you do so not just for your personal betterment but for the betterment of this dīn.

Our pious predecessors had lofty levels of īmān. Īmān was rooted in their heritage; īmān ran through their veins. It was this īmān that directed and guided their thought processes and decision making.

As a result, they would not carry out any task or approach any project except after ensuring what they were about to get involved in would pay back in benefits and khair towards Islām and the Muslims.

This mentality will help you detach from dreams that are fuelled by mere desires of your nafs which might not necessarily be good for you, to dreams with a much grander potential.

And remember: anything or anyone that does not bring you closer to Allāh or His Book is eventually leading you to your destruction.

Wait, there is still more.

Do you know what the epitome of loyalty looks like?

This: Prophet Zakarīyā stayed with his wife – he did not leave her nor replace her, even though she could not provide him with a child that he so wanted. (She eventually did of course, Allāh had decreed it so.)

Perhaps at the core of it all, this is what makes a relationship tick, and last: Sincere love fillāh, loving-supporting-honouring them even when they have nothing more to offer. Yā Allāh.

ربي إني متفائل بعطائك، فأعطني ما تمنيت

My Lord, I am [forever] optimistic in Your Giving, so give me what my heart yearns for.

Reflections from the Duʿāʾ of Prophet ʿĪsā

Towards the end of Sūrat al-Māʾidah, Allāh relates to us a a conversation between Prophet ʿĪsā and his disciples. The disciples demand that Prophet ʿĪsā ask Allāh to send down a table spread from the heavens,

[And remember] when the disciples said, “O Jesus, Son of Mary, can your Lord send down to us a table [spread with food] from the heaven? [Jesus] said,” Fear Allāh, if you should be believers.“

This demand stands in stark contrast to the request that ʿĪsā eventually makes to his Lord,

Said Jesus, the son of Mary, "O Allāh, our Lord, send down to us a table [spread with food] from the heaven to be for us a festival for the first of us and the last of us and a sign from You. And provide for us, and You are the best of providers.

Notice the humbleness in the request. The wording of the duʿāʾ shows the submissiveness and servitude of the one asking to his Master. ʿĪsā calls on to Allāh through Allāh’s Divinity and Lordship; Allāhuma Rabbanā.

And when he asks Allāh, he doesn’t simply put forward the request and be done with it. He tells Allāh why he asks for the table spread though Allāh is Most Knowledgeable.

And you’ll notice this with the supplication of other Prophets mentioned in the Qurʾān (of Mūsā when he asks for Prophethood for his brother Hārūn, of Zakarīyā when he asks for an heir to carry on the Message…), they rarely every limit their supplication to a mere request. They call on to Allāh, they ask, they explain, they beg, they exalt Him. They converse with Him. When was the last time you conversed with Allāh? When was the last time you explained WHY you want what you want?

This is a great lesson in tarbiya for us: talk to Allāh, tell him how your heart feels and what it wants even though He is Most Knowledgeable.

…to be for us a festival for the first of us and the last of us and a sign from You.

ʿĪsā made a duʿāʾ that wasn’t exclusively for a worldly benefit, nor was it exclusively for the Ākhira. He asked Allāh for a table spread that would benefit them in this world, and as it was a sign from Allāh it will build their yaqīn and īmān and thus benefit their dīn and Ākhira.

Something for us to integrate in our duʿāʾ: don’t shy away from asking Allāh for something to benefit you in this world but don’t concentrate on asking Allāh for things that would only benefit you here.

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Quranic Gems: Juz 24

By: Nouman Ali Khan

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#‎QuranicGems‬ Video 24: Allah is incredibly merciful, incredibly forgiving. He’s the One Who always envelops you in care and love, Who shows you mercy and kindness. So when will you repent?

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Juz 2 [Quranic Gems] - Nouman Ali Khan - Quran Weekly

High, Higher, Highest

[A revelation from He who created the earth and highest heavens;

Ar-Raḥmān who is above the Throne established] Tāhā:4-5

 

Do you notice something different in this āyah?

Normally the usage of heavens and earth is in a specific order where the mention of heavens precedes that of earth.

However in this āyah the mention of earth precedes the mention of heavens. Why is that?

One reason is because of the imagery that is being created: from the lowest (earth) to the highest (the heavens) and then the Most Highest; Ar-Raḥmān.

Ar-Raḥmān, who is the Most Highest, and He is in the Highest place; above the seven heavens, on His throne, established.

Another reason that could explain the mention of earth preceding the mention the heavens is so that the rhyme scheme of this sūrah is not disrupted. Notice the ending of the āyāt.

The next āyah resumes the usual style which sees the mention of heavens preceding that of earth

[To Him belongs what is in the heavens and what is on the earth and what is between them and what is under the soil.]

 

 

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Juz 29 [Quranic Gems] - Nouman Ali Khan - Quran Weekly

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Juz 5 [Quranic Gems] - Nouman Ali Khan - Quran Weekly

Would That They Knew

 

[And they will say, “Had we but listened or used our intelligence, we would not have been among the dwellers of the blazing Fire!”]Mulk:10

They use their ‘intelligence’ and ‘logic’ to refute the Qur`ān and its message. But only on the Day of Recompense will they learn the difference between sound intelligence and a flawed one.

Ibn ʿAbbās – raḍī Allāhu ʿanh – explains this āyah, “If we had only listened with the hearing of one who understands and thinks. Or if we had only understood with the intellect of one who differentiates and assesses – (between right and wrong).”  

A lesson that may be derived from this: even when doing some casual Islamic studying (i.e. moving from tab to tab, reading, watching, listening, skipping) don’t forget to think and digest what you learn, and let the Qur`ān and the Sunnah be your guides to a sound intellect. 

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Juz 18 [Quranic Gems] - Nouman Ali Khan - Quran Weekly