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Pearls of Peace – Juz 23

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We love to listen to the melodious recitation of Surah Ya-Seen, however it is not the recitation that we should take pleasure in but “read and understand” what Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is telling us in these Ayaat.

Surah Ya-Seen

On the Day of Judgment, our mouths will be sealed while our hands and legs will bear witness against us as Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says,

“That Day, We will seal over their mouths, and their hands will speak to Us, and their feet will testify about what they used to earn.”
[Ya-Seen 36: 65]

At another place in the Qur’an, we learn that the skin will bear witness against us. Let our deeds be such that our limbs and skin do not bear witness against us but “for” us. Let us train our limbs such that on the Day of Judgment, our hands says, “Every day I was placed down in Sajdah for You, O Allah.” Let us train our legs such that they say, “I carried this person to the Masjid every day for the obligatory prayers for You, O Allah.”

We need to be conscious of how we use these blessings. Whenever someone touches something that they are not supposed to such as a bottle of alcohol or shaking hands with a non-mahram, the hands are yelling at us. They are fearful of Allah’s punishment but we are not?

Similarly, when the women go out without covering their heads, the hair is cursing them.

Let us seek forgiveness from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala for the times we have misused our limbs. The times when we used to commit injustice against ourselves or others. O Allah! Please forgive us. We are sorry.

Surah As-Saaffat

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala tells us how He has beautified the sky with the stars,

“Indeed, We have adorned the nearest heaven with an adornment of stars.” [Saaffat 37: 6]

Go outside and notice the stars. How far away they are? For how long they have been there?

It teaches us to reflect on Allah’s creation and feel a sense of peace. People go to far off places for retreat, you can step outside your home and just look at the green grass, the trees and the stars. When you look at the nature, remember and praise Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala – tell yourself He is my Creator who made everything so beautiful and perfect.

Surah Saad

Sometimes people say hurtful words that upset us. Imagine hurtful words said to the Best of the Creation ﷺ and how much they must have agonized him? During such times, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala advised His Beloved ﷺ to read the stories of the previous messengers and gain peace and comfort.

“Be patient over what they say and remember Our servant, Daw’oud, the possessor of strength; indeed, he was one who repeatedly turned back [to Allah ].” [Saad 38: 17]

When we are going through trials in our life, we should pick up a Seerah book and study the life of Rasoolullah ﷺ. Read the stories of previous messengers. They were the chosen people of Allah yet their lives are filled with tests and tribulations. We are nowhere near them but when someone upsets us we feel as if our honor has been crushed. 

[Seerah Series]

The above Ayah describes a beautiful trait of Daw’oud ‘alayhi salaam – Awaab, the one who often returns to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.

Sometimes when people bring their arguments to us, we may hear only one side of the story and give a wrong opinion. A similar mistake was committed by Daw’oud ‘alayhi salaam.

“[Daw’oud] said, ‘He has certainly wronged you in demanding your ewe [in addition] to his ewes. And indeed, many associates oppress one another, except for those who believe and do righteous deeds – and few are they’ And Daw’oud became certain that We had tried him, and he asked forgiveness of his Lord and fell down bowing [in prostration] and turned in repentance [to Allah].” [Saad 38: 24]

Partnership though permissible, is not the ideal form of business. If for some reason you do enter a partnership make sure that every detail is written down.

*Mufti Menk discourages in extreme words regarding partnership.

We are not qualified to judge a matter unless we are unbiased. Sometimes we give our judgments without even being asked to judge. In arbitration, be just.

We know that the Qur’an was revealed for our guidance, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala tells us,

“[This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that they might reflect upon its ayaat and that those of understanding would be reminded.” [Saad 38: 29]

The first thing is that its ayaat should be pondered. How many of us do that? Only a handful. Pondering is not limited to reading the translation but deep reflection and understanding of the words. Why Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala chose certain words? What was the background of the ayaat?

We will be asked if we “studied” the Book of Allah. Sometimes we utter statements such as Allah is prohibited this and that, without even consulting the Qur’an. How can we utter such statements without pondering the Qur’an?

The Qur’an was revealed to an unlettered man yet he was known as the walking Qur’an – he was so immersed in the knowledge of the Book of Allah. We have spent years and years pursuing worldly degrees and titles, now we are gradually nearing our death yet we do not know the Qur’an?

[Pondering Over the Qur’an]

Surah Az-Zumar

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala tells us about the worshippers that He likes,

“But those who have avoided Taghoot, lest they worship it, and turned back to Allah – for them are good tidings. So give good tidings to My servants. Who listen to speech and follow the best of it. Those are the ones Allah has guided, and those are people of understanding.”
[Az-Zumar 39: 17-18]

Here is a lesson for us, with social media and traditional media surrounding us we should only take that which is beneficial for us for this world and the next. Let us not waste our time and energies on something that is of no benefit. Celebrity gossips, rumors, lies, fake news, etc. Let us listen to and follow the best speech.

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala tells us that the Qur’an is the best speech,

“Allah has sent down the best statement: a consistent Book wherein is reiteration. The skins shiver therefrom of those who fear their Lord; then their skins and their hearts relax at the remembrance of Allah . That is the guidance of Allah by which He guides whom He wills. And one whom Allah leaves astray – for him there is no guide.”
[Az-Zumar 39:23]

The best speech is often repeated and when those who believe and have fear of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala hear this speech they get goose bumps. When the recitation is over, and they reflect on the ayaat recited, they are at ease. Their hearts have softened and they find inspiration and peace from it. Alhumdulillah!

May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala make us of those who get goose bumps when they hear the Qur’an recitation. They recognize that it is for “their” guidance. May He make us from those whose hearts are softened by the Qur’an, ameen.

(Adapted from Mufti Ismail Menk’s Peace of Pearl Series, Cape Town, Ramadan 2013.)

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