Reflection No. 52 on Q 39:42 – A Form of Death

God takes the souls at the time of their death, and those that do not die during their sleep; then He withholds those on whom He has passed the decree of death and sends the others back till an appointed term; most surely there are signs in this for a people who reflect. Sura az-Zumar, … Read more

Reflection No. 51 on Q 2:74 – A Hard Heart

 Then your hearts hardened after that, so that they were like rocks, rather worse in hardness; and surely there are some rocks from which streams burst forth, and there are some of them which split asunder so water issues out of them, and there are some of them which fall down for fear of Allah, … Read more

Reflection No. 50 on Q 26:87-89 – The Prayer of Ibrahim (A)

And disgrace me not on the day when they are raised, the day on which neither wealth nor children will avail, except one who comes to Allah with a sound heart. – (26:87-89)  Commentary  This prayer is part of series of prayers of Nabi Ibrahim (a). The Prophet asks Allah to save him from humiliation … Read more

Reflection No. 48 on Q 10:12 – The Human Being

When distress befalls man he supplicates to Us [lying] on his side, sitting, or standing; but when We remove his distress, he passes on as if he had never supplicated Us concerning the distress that had befallen him. Thus that which they do is made fair seeming to the extravagant ones. – (Sura Yunus, 10:12) … Read more

Reflection No. 46 on Q 16:92 – The Importance of Promises

Do not be like the one who unravels her yarn, disintegrating it into pieces after she has spun it strongly. You make your oaths to be means of deceit between yourselves, because one nation is more numerous than another nation; Allah only tests you thereby, He will surely make clear for you on the Day … Read more

Reflection No. 45 on Q 6:26 – Examples and their Importance

Indeed Allah is not ashamed to set forth a parable whether it is that of a gnat or anything above it. As for those who believe they know it is the truth from their Lord; and as for those who disbelieve they say, what does Allah mean by this example? Thereby He leads many astray, … Read more

Reflection No. 44 on Q 3:37 – The Path of God

So her Lord accepted her with a gracious acceptance, and made her grow in a worthy fashion, and He charged Zakaria with her care. Whenever Zakaria visited her in the sanctuary, he found provision with her. He said, ‘O Maryam, from where does this come for you?’ She said, ‘It comes from Allah. Allah provides … Read more

Reflection No. 43 – What happens after Ramadhan?

It is now over ten days since the passing of the holy month of Ramadhan and the day of Eid. Believers have slipped back into the normal routine of everyday life and the spirit and zeal of the holy month seem to be fading fast. It is a struggle to hold onto the same enthusiasm … Read more