Reflection No. 96 on Q 21:94 – Working Hard for Good Deeds

 فَمَنْ يَعْمَلْ مِنَ الصَّالِحَاتِ وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَلَا كُفْرَانَ لِسَعْيِهِ وَإِنَّا لَهُ كَاتِبُونَ Famay-ya‘mal minas-swāliHāti wahuwa mu’minun falā kufrānaa lisa‘yihi wa-inna lahu kātibūn. Whoever shall do of good deeds and he is a believer, his endeavor shall not go unappreciated, and We will indeed write it down for him. (Sūratul Ambiyā, Āyat 94) The human being … Read more

Reflection No. 95 on Q 40:61 – Ingratitude to Allah

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَذُو فَضْلٍ عَلَى النَّاسِ وَلَٰكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَشْكُرُونَ Innallāha ladhū fadlin ‘alan-nāsi walākinna aktaharan-nāsi lā yashkurūn Allah is full of grace to mankind, but most people are not grateful. (Sūrat Ghāfir, No.40, Āyat 61) Ingratitude to Allah is a common quality among mankind. But that does not make it acceptable. It is … Read more

Reflection No. 94 on Q 49:12 – Suspicions and Negative Assumptions

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اجْتَنِبُوا كَثِيرًا مِنَ الظَّنِّ إِنَّ بَعْضَ الظَّنِّ إِثْمٌ Yā ayyuhal-ladhīna āmanū-jtanibū kathīram-minaz-zanni inna ba‘daz-zanni ithm O you who believe! Avoid much suspicion. Indeed some suspicions are sins. (Sūratul Hujurāt, No. 49, Āyat 12) Suspicions, or negative assumptions, are deadly in relationships. Assumptions, both positive and negative, make up a big part … Read more

Reflection No. 93 on Q 5:74 – Forgivness and Repentance

أَفَلَا يَتُوبُونَ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَيَسْتَغْفِرُونَهُ ۚ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَحِيمٌ Will they not then turn to Allah and ask His forgiveness? And Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. Sura Maidah, verse 74 The door of repentance and forgiveness that Allah has kept open for the believers is a sign of His great love for them. He has told … Read more

Reflection No. 92 on Q 5:83 – Remembering Allah with Emotion

تَرَىٰ أَعْيُنَهُمْ تَفِيضُ مِنَ الدَّمْعِ مِمَّا عَرَفُوا مِنَ الْحَقِّ you see their eyes overflowing with tears on account of the truth that they recognize Sura Maidah, verse 83 Tears are an authentic sign of emotional turbulence. When the heart is overwhelmed with emotion, it releases it through tears. That is why psychologists believe it is … Read more

Reflection No. 91 on Q 61:2 – Matching your Actions with your Words

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لِمَ تَقُولُونَ مَا لَا تَفْعَلُونَ O you who believe! why do you say that which you do not do? Sura Saff, verse 2 Many believers want to do good, and say they will, but they lack the determination to follow on what they say. This weakness is reproached in this verse, … Read more

Reflection No. 90 on Q 23:99-100 – Regret

رَبِّ ارْجِعُونِ لَعَلِّي أَعْمَلُ صَالِحًا فِيمَا تَرَكْتُ My Lord! Send me back, so that I may do good in that which I left. Sura Mu’minun, verse 99-100 Regret is a very difficult pill to swallow. It has been described as a negative emotion that creates a sorrowful feeling of loss. A frustration at a missed … Read more

Reflection No. 89 on Q 20:132 – Salaat and Family

وَأْمُرْ أَهْلَكَ بِالصَّلَاةِ وَاصْطَبِرْ عَلَيْهَا and enjoin prayer on your family, and be steadfast on it Sura Taha, verse 132 Salaat is the most important duty of a believer. If that is accepted, everything else is accepted and if that is rejected, everything else is rejected. The Holy Prophet (s) advised believers to let their … Read more

Reflection No. 88 on Q 41:33 – To call towards Allah

وَمَنْ أَحْسَنُ قَوْلًا مِمَّنْ دَعَا إِلَى اللَّهِ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا وَقَالَ إِنَّنِي مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ And who is better in speech than he who calls towards Allah, and does righteous deeds, and says: I am surely of those who submit? Sura Fussilat, verse 33 Submission, righteous deeds, and inviting towards Allah have been described in this verse … Read more

Reflection No. 87 on Q 09:13 – Fear of Allah

أَتَخْشَوْنَهُمْ ۚ فَاللَّهُ أَحَقُّ أَنْ تَخْشَوْهُ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ مُؤْمِنِينَ Do you fear them? But Allah is more deserving that you should fear Him, if you are believers. Sura Tawbah, verse 13 A huge chunk of our life is determined by what other people say and think. If not determined, it is at least influenced by … Read more