Al-Maidah · Juz 6 · Qur'an Tafseer

LESSONS from Surah al-Ma’idah Ayah 6

– We learn about the emphasis of purity in our religion. Previously, we learned that even the food that we eat should be tayyab meaning good, clean and pure. The spouse too has to be muhsin i.e. chaste. When it comes to worship, the person must be clean.

A believer is clean in all his aspects, in his mind [i.e. clean thoughts], what he puts in his body [i.e. tayyab food] and he has to be physically clean.

The wudhu before Salah reminds us that purification or cleaning ourselves is constant. It is not a once and a lifetime procedure. We don’t have to clean our hearts once; we have to keep cleaning it from evil thoughts. We don’t clean our habits once, we have to keep reforming ourselves. Allah loves those people who repent to Him and loves those people who purify themselves. Repentance is cleaning oneself from sins. This indicates believer must be cleaning in all aspects of his life. The moment you realize you have done something wrong, fix yourself.

– Taharah is the qualification of emaan. To perfect your emaan clean yourself from impurity, evil thoughts and evil deeds.

– Emaan improves and increases with taharah. When you are conscious of the benefits of taharah, it’s going to strengthen your emaan [in sha Allah].

– Lack of purification is a lack of emaan. A person should try to keep himself clean because Shayateen love a place that’s filled with filth. If you don’t clean yourself Shayateen you will inviting the company of Shayateen and Jinn. They will do waswasa. So get up and clean yourself, take shower and wear clean clothes. Dust your house and get rid of filth.

– Taharah should be performed before any Salah whether that is Eid, Fardh Nafl or funeral prayer. If a person performs Salah without taharah that Salah is invalid. It’s just a physical movement devoid of any benefit. It is better to perform wudhu before everywhere, but it’s not mandatory. If you’re in a state of wudhu you can perform the Salah. But if we remember the reward for performing fresh wudhu each time, it’d be much much better.

– There’s absolutely no excuse from ever leaving Salah. There’s a command for ghusl, but if one cannot perform ghusl, then do tayyamum. One cannot leave it.

– Through this ayah we learn that wudhu is a pre-requisite for Salah not for any other act of worship. Yes, it would be mustahhab to perform wudhu before reciting Qur’an, but it’s not a pre-requisite.

– Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has provided us with relaxations according to different situations we may be. This indicates that His laws are logical and realistic. Shukr or gratitude to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is not just saying alhumdulillah but by acting on the commands that He has given.

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