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"Allah! None has the right to be worshipped, but He." Surat Al-Baqarah: 255

Friday Inspiration

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Bismillah Ir-Rahmaan Ir-Raheem

While reading Surat Al-Khaf I really was struck by some of the passages - I'll let them speak for themselves.

Please reflect on these, there really is wisdom to be found there . . .

Think about how we live our wordly lives in context with this verse. What is the true purpose of our lives?:

إِنَّا جَعَلْنَا مَا عَلَى الْأَرْضِ زِينَةً لَّهَا لِنَبْلُوَهُمْ أَيُّهُمْ أَحْسَنُ عَمَلًا

"That which is on earth We have made but as a glittering show for it, in order that We may test them - as to which of them are best in conduct." (18:7)

Ponder the story of the people of the cave and the faith they exhibited . . .

وَرَبَطْنَا عَلَى قُلُوبِهِمْ إِذْ قَامُوا فَقَالُوا رَبُّنَا رَبُّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ لَن نَّدْعُوَ مِن دُونِهِ إِلَهًا لَقَدْ قُلْنَا إِذًا شَطَطًا

"We gave strength to their hearts. Behold, they stood up and said: 'Our Lord is the Lord of the heavens and of the earth: never shall we call upon any god other than Him: if we did, we should indeed have uttered an enormity!'"(18:14)

هَؤُلَاء قَوْمُنَا اتَّخَذُوا مِن دُونِهِ آلِهَةً لَّوْلَا يَأْتُونَ عَلَيْهِم بِسُلْطَانٍ بَيِّنٍ فَمَنْ أَظْلَمُ مِمَّنِ افْتَرَى عَلَى اللَّهِ كَذِبًا

"These our people have taken for worship gods other than Him: why do they not bring forward an authority clear (and convincing) for what they do? Who doth more wrong than such as invent a falsehood against Allah?"(18:15)

وَإِذِ اعْتَزَلْتُمُوهُمْ وَمَا يَعْبُدُونَ إِلَّا اللَّهَ فَأْوُوا إِلَى الْكَهْفِ يَنشُرْ لَكُمْ رَبُّكُم مِّن رَّحمته ويُهَيِّئْ لَكُم مِّنْ أَمْرِكُم مِّرْفَقًا

"When ye turn away from them and the things they worship other than Allah, betake yourselves to the cave: your Lord will shower His mercies on you and dispose of your affair towards comfort and ease." (18:16)

Think of the faith they had in order to just turn away and seclude themselves with only Allah to protect and provide for them.

How many of us would be willing to do that today? We often make many excuses (fear, money, time, etc.) about why we don't to the things we need to do to follow Allah's command - why can't we exhibit this type of faith? What do we need to change in our lives to start developing this type of faith in our hearts?

A reminder to say 'insha'Alah' whenever we promise anything:

وَلَا تَقُولَنَّ لِشَيْءٍ إِنِّي فَاعِلٌ ذَلِكَ غَدًا

إِلَّا أَن يَشَاء اللَّهُ وَاذْكُر رَّبَّكَ إِذَا نَسِيتَ وَقُلْ عَسَى أَن يَهْدِيَنِ رَبِّي لِأَقْرَبَ مِنْ هَذَا رَشَدًا

"Nor say of anything, 'I shall be sure to do so and so tomorrow' - except say 'If Alah so wills' and remember thy Lord when thou forgettest and say, 'I hope that my Lord will guide me ever closer (even) than this to the right course.'" (18:23-24)

What about this verse . . .

وَاتْلُ مَا أُوحِيَ إِلَيْكَ مِن كِتَابِ رَبِّكَ لَا مُبَدِّلَ لِكَلِمَاتِهِ وَلَن تَجِدَ مِن دُونِهِ مُلْتَحَدًا

"And recite (and teach) what has been revealed to thee of the book of thy Lord: none can change His Words, and none wilt thou find as a refuge other than Him." (18:27)

How many of us make excuses that we can't read Qur'an - we have no time, we're too busy. Yet, how many of us make the time to read the paper, chat on the internet, watch television? We CAN make time - we just have to want to. You will notice such a difference in the quality of your life even if you just set aside 15 minutes a day to read the Qur'an.

Also - what about the teaching part - how many of us have some useful knowledge that we don't share with others? Know Arabic? Teach someone else. Know how to read Qur'an? Teach someone who doesn't know how to read Arabic yet. Just imagine the blessings we would receive if we shared with others the knowledge that Allah has given us.

Another reminder to be careful about the friends we choose - they can make such a great impact on our lives (our friends are a reflection of ourselves):

وَاصْبِرْ نَفْسَكَ مَعَ الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ رَبَّهُم بِالْغَدَاةِ وَالْعَشِيِّ يُرِيدُونَ وَجْهَهُ وَلَا تَعْدُ عَيْنَاكَ عَنْهُمْ تُرِيدُ زِينَةَ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَلَا تُطِعْ مَنْ أَغْفَلْنَا قَلْبَهُ عَن ذِكْرِنَا وَاتَّبَعَ هَوَاهُ وَكَانَ أَمْرُهُ فُرُطًا

"And keep yourself content with those who call on their Lord morning and evening, seeking His Face; and let not thine eyes pass beyond them, seeking the pomp and glitter of this life; nor obey any whose heart We have permitted to neglect the remembrance of Us, one who follows his own desires, and his affair has become all excess." (18:28)

Reflect on the parable of the two gardens . . .

كِلْتَا الْجَنَّتَيْنِ آتَتْ أُكُلَهَا وَلَمْ تَظْلِمْ مِنْهُ شَيْئًا وَفَجَّرْنَا خِلَالَهُمَا نَهَرًا

"Each of those gardens brought forth its produce, and failed not in the least therein. . ." (18:33)

One man was arrogant . . .

وَكَانَ لَهُ ثَمَرٌ فَقَالَ لِصَاحِبِهِ وَهُوَ يُحَاوِرُهُ أَنَا أَكْثَرُ مِنكَ مَالًا وَأَعَزُّ نَفَرًا
وَدَخَلَ جَنَّتَهُ وَهُوَ ظَالِمٌ لِّنَفْسِهِ قَالَ مَا أَظُنُّ أَن تَبِيدَ هَذِهِ أَبَدًا

"(Abundant) was the produce this man had: he said to his companion, in the course of a mutual argument, 'More wealth have I than you, and more honor and power in (my following of) men.' He went into his garden while he wronged himself: He said, 'I deem not that this will ever perish.'"(18:34-35)

We must realize that all blessings in this world are from Allah. Especially we must remember that all things that come to us, whether good or bad, are a test from Allah of our character and faith. Many people become blinded by wealth, status, etc.

We must realize that to Allah, these things are not important . . . On the Day that we will be gathered together, Allah will not ask us how much money we made, but how much money we gave to the poor and needy. How much money did we give to build the masjid and Muslim educational institutions? We will not be asked how much influence did we build in this life, but how many people did we assist by using our influence. How did we improve the Muslim society through that influence? Otherwise, although it may make people envy you and you SEEM important . . . it really is not only useless to you, but it will harm you in the end.

The other man realized that the fruits of this world come only from Allah:

قَالَ لَهُ صَاحِبُهُ وَهُوَ يُحَاوِرُهُ أَكَفَرْتَ بِالَّذِي خَلَقَكَ مِن تُرَابٍ ثُمَّ مِن نُّطْفَةٍ ثُمَّ سَوَّاكَ رَجُلًا
لَّكِنَّا هُوَ اللَّهُ رَبِّي وَلَا أُشْرِكُ بِرَبِّي أَحَدًا

"Dost thou deny Him Who created thee out of dust, then out of a sperm-drop, then fashioned thee into a man? But as for my part, Alah is my Lord, and none shall I Associate with my Lord."

وَلَوْلَا إِذْ دَخَلْتَ جَنَّتَكَ قُلْتَ مَا شَاء اللَّهُ لَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ إِن تُرَنِ أَنَا أَقَلَّ مِنكَ مَالًا وَوَلَدًا

He also said, "Why didst thou not, as thou wentest into thy garden, say:'Allah's Will (be done)! There is no power but from Allah!"

The arrogant man's garden was ruined . . .

وَأُحِيطَ بِثَمَرِهِ فَأَصْبَحَ يُقَلِّبُ كَفَّيْهِ عَلَى مَا أَنفَقَ فِيهَا وَهِيَ خَاوِيَةٌ عَلَى عُرُوشِهَا وَيَقُولُ يَا لَيْتَنِي لَمْ أُشْرِكْ بِرَبِّي أَحَدًا

"So his fruits were encompassed (with ruin) and he remained twisting and turning his hands over what he had spent on his property, which had (now) tumbled to pieces to its very foundations. . ."

Allah repeatedly tells us in the Qur'an that all pleasures will perish. The Qur'an is also full of stories about previous men and women and entire societies who rejoiced in their wealth, and status, yet they met disastrous ends. These stories are a means of warning and enlightenment, yet many of us do not contemplate their meaning.

The things of this life are but temporary - we should not be dazzled by their "seeming" importance. We instead must work toward our true goal - to live according to the Qur'an and Sunnah in word and deed in order to be accepted into Paradise.

Anyway, this is only part of the Surah, but I thought I would share with you some of the enlightening passages I have been reflecting over.

Insha'Allah, next week I will try to continue with the rest of the surah.

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For those of you who are not aware, it is a good practice to read
Surat Al-Kahf on Fridays. It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed al-Khduri that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on Friday, he will be illuminated with light between the two Fridays.” Narrated by al-Haakim; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 836.

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And Allah knows best.

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