An-Nisa · Juz 4 · Qur'an Tafseer

Giving the Dowry is Obligatory

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful  Tafseer Surah An-Nisa Ayah 4 In the previous ayah, the objective was to remove the injustice done to women through the multiplicity of marriages. This ayah takes up a particular right of women and aims to remove the injustice practiced in this matter. This… Continue reading Giving the Dowry is Obligatory

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An-Nisa · Juz 4 · Qur'an Tafseer

Polygamy in Islam – The Marriages of Prophet Muhammad

Our beloved Prophet salAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam is often criticized for having more than one wife. A man having excellent virtues as himself was not sent to the world for any other purpose than spreading Islam, purifying the people and teaching the Qur’an. He, by his word and deed, made the teachings of Islam radiate all over… Continue reading Polygamy in Islam – The Marriages of Prophet Muhammad

An-Nisa · Juz 4 · Qur'an Tafseer

Marry Only One If You Know You Won’t Be Fair

Tafseer Surah An-Nisa Ayah 3 Some people love throwing out statements such as, “In Islam, you can marry four women.” While it is permissible, very few people know that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has provided us guidelines and etiquette of such marriages. Mufti Muhammad Shafi Usmani comments in ayah 2, guardians were warned against pilferage… Continue reading Marry Only One If You Know You Won’t Be Fair

An-Nisa · Juz 4 · Qur'an Tafseer

Protecting the Property of the Orphans

Tafseer Surah An-Nisa Ayah 2 In the previous ayah, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala talked about the creation of man and reminded us that we are all from one soul. Therefore, as children of the same man, we should treat one another with respect and mercy. No one is superior to another because of their skin… Continue reading Protecting the Property of the Orphans

An-Nisa · Juz 4 · Qur'an Tafseer

The Command to Have Taqwa; A Reminder of Creation and Being Kind to Relatives

Tafseer Surah An-Nisa Ayah 1   Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala begins Surah an-Nisa by commanding His servants to have Taqwa of Him. He reminds us of His might, for He created many human beings from one soul – Prophet Adam ‘alayhi salaam. Mufti Muhammad Shafi Usmani explains the word ittaqu [اتَّقُوا] translated here as fear means “to have… Continue reading The Command to Have Taqwa; A Reminder of Creation and Being Kind to Relatives

An-Nisa · Juz 4 · Qur'an Tafseer

Introduction to Surah an-Nisa

Order of Revelation: 92 Place of Revelation: Madinah Relationship between Surah an-Nisa and Surah Aal-Imran Surah Aal-Imran concluded with an exhortation to Taqwa, “O you who have believed, persevere and endure and remain stationed and fear Allah that you may be successful.”  [Qur’an 3:200] [Tafseer Surah Aal-Imran Ayah 200] Surah an-Nisa now begins with Taqwa in the mode… Continue reading Introduction to Surah an-Nisa

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