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Lessons from Surah Ibraheem (A Short Talk)

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In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

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(I attended a short talk by a dear friend which was missed by another dear one. She asked me if I could summarize what was shared in the talk. Sharing it here as well so it can benefit a greater audience, in sha Allah)

– When you’re depressed in life or feel isolated, recall the story of Ibraheem ‘alayhi salaam. He was rejected by his family and community at large, yet it did not deter his commitment to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.

When people rejected him, he said: Fine! I’ll migrate to my Allah.

He did not feel dejected or disappointed but held on to the Strongest Handhold.

[Prophet Ibraheem’s Migration to Makkah]

– When you’re tested in life, instead of crying before people turn your attention to Allah subhanahu wa taala. Cry before Him. Pour your heart out. Beg for the things that you want. Talk about the things that hurt you. And when you’re done crying have yaqeen [certainty] that He is Al-Sami, He is listening to you. He is Al-Baseer, He can see the condition you are in.

[Beg to Allah for the Things that You Want by Sr. Yasmin Mogahed]

When we are afflicted in life, we turn our attention to people. We make one phone call after another, one text message after another, hoping that someone will acknowledge our pain, listen to us and help us, but we don’t call upon Allah!

Stop going to people – go to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala first and He will guide you to the right course.

– We learn in the Qur’an (Surah Isra) the blessings of reciting the Qur’an in the early hours of the day.

إِنَّ قُرْآنَ الْفَجْرِ كَانَ مَشْهُودًا
“Indeed, the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed.” [Surah Isra/Bani Israel 17:78]

The recitation is heard by the angels. They gather, climbing over each other, hoping to listen to a little of what you recite. Try visualizing this. You’re reciting your Qur’an and the angels are surrounding you, praying for your forgiveness.

Sadly though, this is the time when we choose to go back to sleep, as if we only woke up for Fajr, or this is the time when we are whisking through trying to get ready for work or school.

How long would it take us if we decide to recite one ayah of the Qur’an and start our day on the right foot? Start with one ayah and gradually increase to one page, one rukuh and eventually one Juz, in sha Allah.

If you want barakah in life, give time to Allah first! Make Him the Most Important in your life and your sadness will go away.

[25 Tips for Getting Closer to Allah]

– Women are known to have topsy-turvy feelings. One moment they are on cloud nine and the next moment they are ready to explode.

When this happens to you, instead of exploding on your family, pick up your Mushaf and recite the Qur’an. Do not expect your family to fix that which is broken – go to the Mender of Hearts, Al-Jabbar. He knows why your heart is filled with sadness, He knows how to fix your problems, and He will fix them.

[Al-Jabbar Mending the Broken Heart]

How offended would we be if someone came to our house and said, “Your house is like a graveyard?”

Yet, the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wa sallam said, “Do not turn your houses into graveyards. Satan runs away from the house in which Surah Al-Baqarah is recited.” [Sahih Muslim]

How do homes turn into graveyards? Through the negligence of the Qur’an. We’ve so much time to do unnecessary things but we cannot take out five minutes from our routine to recite an ayah of the Qur’an?

We’re struck by one calamity after another – what is one tip to get us out of our afflictions? A relationship with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala through the regular recitation of the Qur’an.

[How to Improve Your Relationship with the Qur’an]

– When we were growing up, we saw our parents start and end their day with the recitation of the Qur’an. Then we grew up. We rushed to get ready for school and neglected the Qur’an. We read the Qur’an with Qari sb [Qur’an teacher] or when someone passed away but never tried to understand its meaning. Gradually, we started putting it behind us because we were too busy and the Qur’an was in Arabic, we could not understand Arabic. With time, the Qur’an left our lives as we occupied ourselves with other things. Watching a soap opera was more entertaining than studying and understanding the Book of Allah, listening to music was more pleasing to the ears than listening to the recitation of the Qur’an or Qur’an tafseer.

We have time for everything but why not for the Qur’an?

– If you’re really pressed for time or do not recite the Qur’an because it’s in Arabic, then start with one ayah a day. When you make this a habit, you’ll begin to notice a difference in your life and your emotional state. The words used to describe the Qur’an in the Qur’an are: Huda (guidance), shifa (cure) and bushra (glad tidings).

[The Qur’an is the Delight of the Heart]

Whether you understand it or not, Allah subhanahu wa taala still rewards you for reciting His Book. Each letter has ten rewards. How much in need we’re of good deeds? Let’s build a relationship with the Qur’an.

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