The More You Give, The More You Gain

9 02 2009


Qur’aan Tafsir of the ayat 267 of Surah Al Baqarah:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَنفِقُوا مِن طَيِّبَاتِ مَا كَسَبْتُمْ وَمِمَّا أَخْرَجْنَا لَكُم مِّنَ الْأَرْضِ ۖ وَلَا تَيَمَّمُوا الْخَبِيثَ مِنْهُ تُنفِقُونَ وَلَسْتُم بِآخِذِيهِ إِلَّا أَن تُغْمِضُوا فِيهِ ۚ وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ غَنِيٌّ حَمِيدٌ

O You who believe! spend of the good things which You have (legally) earned, and of that which we have produced from the earth for you, and do not aim at that which is bad to spend from it, (though) You would not Accept it save if You close Your eyes and tolerate therein. and know that Allâh is rich (Free of All wants), and Worthy of All praise.

Sayid Qutub says;

“By giving away what one dearly loves to retain, one in fact is earning; and the more one gives, the more one gains without any limitation, as Allah’s grace never runs out.”


Surat Al-Qari’ah

7 08 2008
By Muhammad Alshareef
We often say Yawm Al-Qiyaamah to refer to the Day of Resurrection. Al-Qari’ah is also a name for this horrific day. Qari’ah means to strike something with an intense pounding. For this reason, many translators have chosen to define Al-Qari’ah in English as ‘The Striking Day’.

The theme of this surah is only one – the end of the world as we know it. As we read this surah, Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala gives us a small peek at what horror awaits humanity on this day. When one sincerely recites this surah, the question that will repeat itself again and again shall be, how distracted have we let ourselves become?

Just look out the window and you will see oceans of people letting their life pass by, oblivious to the nearing apocalypse. If someone comes to our door and starts pounding aggressively on it, most likely we will be taken by surprise and jump out of our seats in preparation of what lies ahead. In fact, in Arabic qara’ al-baab means ‘he pounded on the door’; qara’ being from the same root as qari’ah. May Allah protect us from being taken by surprise with no deeds ready for this striking day.

In verse three of this surah, Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala says:

And what will make you know what the striking hour is (Al-Qari’ah 101/3)?

There is nothing, absolutely nothing, which will make us understand the horror we will taste on this day. The glance that we are getting in the following verses is simply a warning. Let us take heed, dear brothers and sisters, for the warning has been given.

It is a Day whereon mankind will be like moths scattered about / And the mountains will be like carded wool (Al-Qari’ah 101/4-5).

So, if one’s scale is heavy on the striking day, where will one end up – Heaven or Hell? Most people will answer that that person will be in Hell. It seems that we are programmed to just think about abstaining from bad deeds, but the message of striving to do good deeds is not as engrained within ourselves.

Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala says:

Then as for him whose balance will be heavy / He will live a pleasant life [in Paradise] (Al-Qari’ah 101/6-7).

Abu Hurayrah radi Allahu anhu narrated that the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said:

“[There are] two words which are dear to Ar-Rahmaan, easy upon the tongue to pronounce, and [which shall weigh] heavy on the scale. They are subhan Allah wa bihamdihi, subhan Allaahi al-adheem” (Bukhari).

Subhaan Allah wa bihamdihi means ‘exalted be Allah over all that is falsely ascribed to Him, and all thanks and praise belongs to Allah.’ Subhan Allaahi al-adheem means ‘exalted be Allah over all that is falsely ascribed to Him; (Allah) the Greatest.’

From today, let us make it a part of our daily habit to frequently say, subhan Allah wa bihamdihi, subhan Allaahi al-adheem. Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala loves it, it is easy to say, and because of it, perhaps on the striking day our scales will weigh down in our favor.

Surah al-Faatihah Comprises the Meaning of the Entire Qur`aan

27 12 2007

Abu Hurayrah (radiAllahu ‘anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (sallaAllahu aleyhi wasalam) said,

Allaah, the Glorious and Exalted said, “I have divided the prayer between Myself and my servant equally and My servant shall be granted what he asked for.” Therefore when the servant says, ‘all praises and thanks are due to Allaah, the Lord of the universe’, Allaah says, ‘My servant has praised Me.’ When he says, ‘the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful,’ Allaah says, ‘My servant has extolled Me.’ When he says, ‘Master of the Day of Judgement,’ Allaah says, ‘My servant has glorified Me.’ When he says, ‘You Alone we worship and Your aid Alone do we seek,’ Allaah says, ‘this is between Me and My servant and My servant shall have what he requested.’ When he says, ‘guide us to the Straight Path, the Path of those whom You have favoured, not of those who have incurred [Your] wrath, neither of those who have gone astray,’ Allaah says, ‘this is for My servant and My servant shall have what he asked for.’ [Saheeh Muslim [1/215 no. 775]]

Al-Faatihah is named the Mother of the Qur`aan because it succinctly summarises the whole of the Qur`aan. We are now in a position to analyse this statement further.

The Surah includes affirmation of Tawheed in all of its various categories,

  1. Tawheed ar-Rububiyyah, meaning unity of Allaah’s Lordship, contained in His saying, “Lord of the Universe.”
  2. Tawheed al-Uluhiyyah, meaning unity of Allaah’s worship in that all worship is to be done sincerely for His sake Alone, contained in His saying, “You Alone we worship and Your aid Alone we seek.”
  3. Tawheed al-Asmaa was Sifaat, meaning the unity of Allaah’s Names and Attributes in that they are perfect and unique to Him, contained in His saying, “all praise and thanks are due to Allaah.”

It teaches us to praise and glorify Allaah by mentioning His beautiful and perfect Names and Attributes.

It teaches us about His Mercy and His Justice.

It teaches us about the Day of Judgement and about the recompense of our deeds.

It teaches us that the recompense will be established upon perfect justice.

It encourages one to perform righteous actions and dissuades one from performing sins.

It teaches the servants of Allaah to ask of Him Alone, to humble themselves and worship Him Alone and to put their trust and reliance in Him Alone.

It teaches us to ask Allaah continuously for guidance to the Straight Path.

It points us towards the nations of the past and warns us against falling into the same acts of transgression and misguidance that they were guilty of.

It teaches us to aspire to the company of the sincerely truthful, the martyrs and the righteous.

It teaches that there is nothing in the Qur`aan that would give aid to or encourage innovation. Hence never will the innovator be able to find evidence for his misguidance in the Qur`aan.

Emotional Recitation of Surat Al-Faatihah:

Tasfeer of the Surat al Shifaa (Cure):