An-Nisa · Juz 4 · Qur'an Tafseer

Tafseer Surah an-Nisa Ayah 23 [Part 2]

The Stepdaughter is Prohibited in Marriage Even if She was Not Under the Guardianship of Her Stepfather Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala said, وَرَبَائِبُكُمُ اللَّـتِى فِى حُجُورِكُمْ“...your stepdaughters under your guardianship,”  The majority of scholars state that the stepdaughter is prohibited in marriage for her stepfather (who consummated his marriage to her mother) whether she was… Continue reading Tafseer Surah an-Nisa Ayah 23 [Part 2]

An-Nisa · Juz 4 · Qur'an Tafseer

Tafseer Surah an-Nisa Ayah 23 [Part1]

Degrees of Women Never Eligible for One to Marry The present ayaat (22 – 24) are an extension of the description of evil practices common in jahiliyyah which have been taken up earlier. These ayaat give details of muharramat, that is, women with whom marriage is prohibited. Some of them are prohibited forever, never becoming… Continue reading Tafseer Surah an-Nisa Ayah 23 [Part1]

An-Nisa · Juz 4 · Qur'an Tafseer

Women Before Islam: Eradication of Injustices

(In the light of Surah an-Nisa Ayaat 19 - 21) Given in these three ayaat are steps taken to eliminate injustices to which women were commonly subjected. The most glaring of these was that men used to act as owners of the life and property of women. After her husband's death, a woman was passed… Continue reading Women Before Islam: Eradication of Injustices

An-Nisa · Juz 4 · Qur'an Tafseer

Tafseer of Surah an-Nisa Ayaat 20 – 21

The Prohibition of Taking Back the Dowry Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says in Ayah 20, وَإِنْ أَرَدْتُّمُ اسْتِبْدَالَ زَوْجٍ مَّكَانَ زَوْجٍ وَءَاتَيْتُمْ إِحْدَاهُنَّ قِنْطَاراً فَلاَ تَأْخُذُواْ مِنْهُ شَيْئاً أَتَأْخُذُونَهُ بُهْتَـناً وَإِثْماً مُّبِيناً “And if you intend replacing one wife with another and you have given one of them a heap of gold, then do not… Continue reading Tafseer of Surah an-Nisa Ayaat 20 – 21

An-Nisa · Juz 4 · Qur'an Tafseer

Tafseer of Surah an-Nisa Ayah 19 [Part 2]

Live with Women Honorably Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala said, وَعَاشِرُوهُنَّ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ “And live with them honorably”, by saying kind words to them, treating them kindly and making your appearance appealing for them, as much as you can, just as you like the same from them. Allah said in another Ayah [Surah al-Baqarah 228], وَلَهُنَّ مِثْلُ… Continue reading Tafseer of Surah an-Nisa Ayah 19 [Part 2]

An-Nisa · Juz 4 · Qur'an Tafseer

Tafseer of Surah an-Nisa Ayah 19 [Part 1]

Meaning of Inheriting Women By Force Repentance was mentioned in the previous ayaat in proportion to the related requirement of the text. Before this, there was a series of the commands pertaining to women. The present ayaat too carry some more imperatives against the excesses suffered by women at the hands of their husbands, even… Continue reading Tafseer of Surah an-Nisa Ayah 19 [Part 1]

An-Nisa · Juz 4 · Qur'an Tafseer

What is Repentance?

After the literal explanation of these two ayaat, it seems necessary to define Tawbah or repentance and determine its real nature and status. In his Ihya al-Ulum, Imam al-Ghazali has identified three different situations with regard to committing sins: The first state is that of total sin-free, that is, no sin has ever been committed.… Continue reading What is Repentance?

An-Nisa · Juz 4 · Qur'an Tafseer

Repentance from a Deliberate Sin

At this point, it should be noted that the Qur’an has used the words “in ignorance” which apparently gives an impression that the repentance may be accepted when a sin is committed unintentionally and unknowingly. But if it is committed deliberately, it will not be acceptable. However, according to the explanation of this ayah given… Continue reading Repentance from a Deliberate Sin

An-Nisa · Juz 4 · Qur'an Tafseer

Tafseer of Surah an-Nisa Ayaat 17 & 18

Repentance is Accepted Until One Faces Death Repentance was mentioned in the previous ayah. Now, given in the present two ayaat are conditions under which repentance is or is not accepted. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala states that He accepts repentance of the servant who commits an error in ignorance and then repents, even just before… Continue reading Tafseer of Surah an-Nisa Ayaat 17 & 18

An-Nisa · Juz 4 · Qur'an Tafseer

Homosexuality in the Light of Surah an-Nisa

The previous discussion was based on the assumptions that both ayaat 15 and 16 relate to the fornication or adultery committed between men and women. However, some commentators of the Qur’an are of the view that ayah 16 refers to homosexual act committed between two males. Ayah 16 is translated as follows, “And those two… Continue reading Homosexuality in the Light of Surah an-Nisa