Aal-Imran · Juz 4 · Qur'an Tafseer

Surah Aal-Imran – A Recap

Alhumdulillah, we have reached the end of Surah Aal-Imran. All good is from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and all shortcomings are ours. May He guide us to the best way for serving His Deen and accept this service from us, ameen.

In our Introduction to Surah Aal-Imran post, we presented a comparison between Surah Al-Baqarah and Surah Aal-Imran. Here is a summary of some of the important lessons learned in this Surah.

  • Surah Aal-Imran begins with the introduction of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. None has the right to be worshiped but Him. If He is the Only One that has the right to be worshiped then we need to let go of all the false deities that we have allowed to enter our lives. How have we allowed the false deities? It is our love for other things or another human being that stops us from obeying Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. In our hearts, we know that we are in error and we must not do so but we are so afraid of losing or offending the other person that we continue to disobey Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Sometimes we value the opinion of our scholars or Shaikh so much that even if it contradicts with the authentic tafaseer [exegeses] and ahadeeth [Prophetic traditions] we refuse to acknowledge that our scholar or Shaikh could be wrong.

  • We learned that the Qur’an is the criterion. It means we must refer to the Qur’an when deciding a matter. We must have the knowledge of Islamic law and live our life according to the teachings of the Qur’an.

  • We studied the Supplication of the Knowledgeable Ones and learned that knowledge should bring humility in us not arrogance. After gaining knowledge, we should ask the Controller of our hearts to make us firm in His Deen and not allow us to deviate from the Straight Path.

  • One reason for deviation and disobeying Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is the love of this world – the love for wealth and children. We learn about the true value of this worldly life and how to enjoy the blessings without getting lost in them.

  • We learned about Tawheed and that the only religion in the Sight of Allah is Islam

  • We learned about that the importance of following the Sunnah and that it is the sign of one’s love for Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Do not neglect the Sunnah.

  • We studied the du’a of a mother and how she willingly dedicates her daughter for striving in the path of Allah. We learned that her uncle who was in-charge of her upbringing does not get jealous upon seeing the blessings that she had been favored with but turns to his Lord and asks Him directly for His favors.

  • We learned about the birth of Prophet ‘Eesa ‘alayhi salaam, his character traits, his miracles and the support of his disciples in the path of Allah

  • We studied the etiquette of discussing religion with people of other faiths. We learned the importance of talking about the similarities rather than the differences.

  • We were reminded of the importance of being conscious of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala in our day-to-day affairs and supporting one another in righteousness

  • We studied about Al-Birr [righteousness] and the etiquette of spending in the way of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Give in His way from your best wealth/possessions not your trash/discarded items. It also includes giving our best skills and time. Not treating worship as another chore on our to-do list but finding delight in it and looking forward to it with all our heart.

  • We learned that the Ka’abah is the first House of worship to be built on earth. It is obligatory on every able Muslim to visit the House for Hajj at least once in their lifetime. Whoever ignores this obligatory worship, then it does not matter whether they die as a believer or a disbeliever. Do not take the obligation of Hajj lightly.

  • We have been warned against imitating others, therefore, we need to be careful about the activities that we participate in. We can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Christmas and other events. A person dies the way he has lived. Be conscious of your affairs and do not die except as a Muslim.

  • We learn the importance of unity among the Muslims, standing up for righteousness and having the courage to speak up against the wrong

  • Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala tells us that we are the Best Nation. No one can harm us if we are living our lives according to the guidelines that our Creator gave us. Instead of complaining about our circumstances or other people, we should reflect on our own wrongdoings and fix whatever is wrong within us.

  • Qur’an acknowledges the righteous among the People of the Book. It shows that it is not a biased Book speaking ill about an entire nation because of the wrongdoings of some of its people.

  • We learned the lessons behind the defeat in the Battle of Uhud and how Rasoolullah salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was guided by Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to do islah and tarbiyah of the Companions radhiAllahu ‘anhum

  • We were again warned against the consumption of Ribait means no student loans, car loans, home mortgages or personal loans.

  • We learned a beautiful du’a for asking Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala for steadfastness in His path

  • We learned the virtue of not grieving over what has struck us and what we have missed from His favors. These are all plans of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Overthinking causes us to be sad which pleases Shaytan.

  • We are reminded of a great favor of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Rasoolullah salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was sent to us so that he could teach us the Qur’an, Sunnah and wisdom. His life is a role model for us. We should try to emulate his character.

  • We learn that this life is nothing but a deception so do not be deluded by its charms

  • A Surah that begins with du’as ends with many beautiful du’as. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala talks about the characteristics of the people of the understanding and their supplications. They are the people who reflect on the creation and recognize that this was not made in jest. Their life has a purpose and it is certainly more than eating, drinking and having children. They remember Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala in all situations and make beautiful supplications for this world and the next.

May we implement the lessons learned in our lives and spend our worldly life according to the guidelines given in the Qur’an. May we become of those who use their intellect and focus on the comforts of the next life more than the temporary pleasures of this world, ameen.

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