Prayer · Q & A

How to Pray with the Presence of Mind and Khushoo’

Q.How can a Muslim pray with proper presence of mind and humble focus (khushoo‘), without being distracted by things outside of the prayer? Answer: Praise be to Allah The Muslim should present himself properly before Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala when praying, bearing in mind the greatness of Allah and what he is expected to do… Continue reading How to Pray with the Presence of Mind and Khushoo’

Al-Anaam · Islamic Months · Juz Summaries · Pearls of Peace · Qur'an Tafseer · Ramadan

Pearls of Peace from Juz 7

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 As we are seated in our houses in comfort and peace, there are fellow Muslims across the globe suffering for various reasons. Some of them are being tested by famine. Some of them are showered with bombs. Some of them are gripped by civil war. We might… Continue reading Pearls of Peace from Juz 7

Al Asma Al Husna - Names of Allah

Al-Khaafidh [the Abaser], Ar-Raafi’ [the Exalter]

Al-Khaafidh (the Abaser) comes from the root kh-f-dh. It was used to refer to the camel when he lowers his head. When referring to Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala, Ibn Atheer said, “It is He who lowers the oppressors and humiliates them.” Al-Khaafid is the one who brings down tyrants and humiliates the arrogant Pharaohs. He humiliates… Continue reading Al-Khaafidh [the Abaser], Ar-Raafi’ [the Exalter]

Al-Baqarah · Juz 1 · Qur'an Tafseer

[Reflections] Surah al-Baqarah Ayah 45

An often quoted Ayah on Sabr is Surah al-Baqarah's Ayah 45, وَاسْتَعِينُواْ بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلَوةِ  "And seek help through patience and prayer..." Meaning when you are being tested by something do sabr. First "you" have to do sabr. Then if you fail to observe patience then seek help through prayer. Make du`a in your prayer that… Continue reading [Reflections] Surah al-Baqarah Ayah 45

Al-Anaam · Juz 7 · Qur'an Tafseer

Tafseer Surah al-Anaam Ayaat 44 and 45

Don’t Be Deceived By Blessings In the previous ayaat, we studied the wisdom behind calamities that it is a mercy of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala that He gives us a jolt before the Final Hour. In ayah 44, He talks about what happens when people ignore His Signs or wake-up calls. He says, When people… Continue reading Tafseer Surah al-Anaam Ayaat 44 and 45

Al-Anaam · Juz 7 · Qur'an Tafseer

Tafseer Surah al-Anaam Ayat 43

Shaytan Makes Things Attractive In the previous ayat, we studied that Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala sends minor calamities on people in order to admonish and give them a wakeup call. Reminders make people turn back to their Creator and not live a heedless life. This is nothing but a mercy of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala.… Continue reading Tafseer Surah al-Anaam Ayat 43

Chasing Jannah · Q & A

The Wisdom Behind Calamities

Q. What is the wisdom behind the calamities that befall people? A. Praise be to Allah. Yes, there is great wisdom behind calamities, including the following: 1. Attaining True Submission and Servitude (‘Uboodiyyah) to Allah  Many people are slaves to their whims and desires and are not true slaves of Allah. They say that they are slaves… Continue reading The Wisdom Behind Calamities

Al-Anaam · Juz 7 · Qur'an Tafseer

Tafseer Surah al-Anaam Ayat 42

Calamity Leads to Humility In the previous ayaat, we studied a refutation of shirk [associating partners with Allah] and kufr [disbelief] and an affirmation of tawheed [Oneness of Allah]. The idolators were asked who they would call upon if they were afflicted by a trial. Through past incidents it has been ascertained that when the… Continue reading Tafseer Surah al-Anaam Ayat 42

Al-Maidah · Juz 7 · Qur'an Tafseer

Tafseer Surah al-Ma’idah Ayah 116

Eesa [aalyhi salaam] Rejects Shirk and Affirms Tawheed In this ayah Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala tells us of a conversation that He will have with Eesa aalyhi salaam on the Judgment Day in the presence of those who worshipped him and his mother as god besides Allah. He says, وَإِذْ قَالَ اللَّهُ يعِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ… Continue reading Tafseer Surah al-Ma’idah Ayah 116

Al-Maidah · Juz 7 · Qur'an Tafseer

Tafseer Surah al-Ma’idah Ayah 84

Continuing from the previous ayah, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala shares how the Christians justify their submission and humility towards the words of the Allah, وَمَا لَنَا لاَ نُؤْمِنُ بِاللَّهِ وَمَا جَآءَنَا مِنَ الْحَقِّ وَنَطْمَعُ أَن يُدْخِلَنَا رَبُّنَا مَعَ الْقَوْمِ الصَّـلِحِينَ “And why should we not believe in Allah and in that which has come to… Continue reading Tafseer Surah al-Ma’idah Ayah 84