Quranic Reflection No 670. Āyat 82: 10 – 12; Angels who record our deeds.

Bismillāh. 1 March 2024/20 Sha‘bān 1445 وَإِنَّ عَلَيكُم لَحافِظينَ, كِرامًا كاتِبينَ, يَعلَمونَ ما تَفعَلونَ Indeed, there are over you watchers, noble writers, who know whatever you do. (Sūrat Al-Infitār, No.82, Āyat 10-12) When human becomes engrossed in the mundane aspects of this world, his/her belief in the day of judgement becomes obscured. Time and again, … Read more

Quranic Reflection No 669. Āyat 7:156 – Allah’s all-encompassing Mercy

Bismillāh. 23 February 2024/13 Sha‘bān 1445 وَرَحْمَتِى وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَىْءٍۢ فَسَأَكْتُبُهَا لِلَّذِينَ يَتَّقُونَ وَيُؤْتُونَ ٱلزَّكَوٰةَ وَٱلَّذِينَ هُم بِـَٔايَـٰتِنَا يُؤْمِنُونَ My mercy encompasses everything. I will ordain mercy for those who are God Conscious, pay the zakāt and believe in Our signs. (Sūrat al-A‘rāf, No.7, Āyat 156) Mercy is the most important attribute of the Almighty. Such is … Read more

Quranic Reflection No 668. Āyat 12:24 – Those Purified from Sin

Bismillāh, 16 February 2024/6 Sha‘bān 1445 كَذَٰلِكَ لِنَصْرِفَ عَنْهُ السُّوءَ وَالْفَحْشَاءَ ۚ إِنَّهُ مِنْ عِبَادِنَا الْمُخْلَصِينَ Thus [it was], that We might turn away from him all evil and indecency. He was indeed one of Our purified servants.  (Sūrat Yūsuf, No. 12, Āyat 24) A key belief of the Shī’ī faith is that divinely appointed leaders, … Read more

Quranic Reflection No 667. Āyat 2:276 – Allah brings interest to naught

Bismillāh. يَمْحَقُ اللَّهُ الرِّبَا وَيُرْبِي الصَّدَقَاتِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ كُلَّ كَفَّارٍ أَثِيمٍ Allah does not bless usury but He makes charities flourish. Allah does not like any sinful ingrate.(Sūrat al-Baqarah, No. 2, Āyat 276) Aside from befriending the enemies of religion, there is no other sin that has been dealt with as harshly as … Read more

Quranic Reflection No 666. Āyat 29:49 – Preserving the Quran in the Hearts.

Bismillāh. بَلْ هُوَ ءَايَـٰتٌۢ بَيِّنَـٰتٌۭ فِى صُدُورِ ٱلَّذِينَ أُوتُوا۟ ٱلْعِلْمَ ۚ  Indeed, it (the Qur’an) is present as manifest signs in the chests of those who have been given knowledge.   (Sūrat Al-Ankabūt, Ayah 49) This verse is an important argument for the Divine nature of the Holy Quran. Most literary masterpieces are produced after years … Read more

Quranic Reflection No 665. Āyat 25:44 – Worse than animals

Bismillāh. أَمْ تَحْسَبُ أَنَّ أَكْثَرَهُمْ يَسْمَعُونَ أَوْ يَعْقِلُونَ ۚ إِنْ هُمْ إِلَّا كَالْأَنْعَامِ ۖ بَلْ هُمْ أَضَلُّ سَبِيلًا Do you suppose that most of them listen or exercise their reason? They are just like cattle; indeed, they are further astray from the way. (Sūrat al-Furqān, No.25, Āyat 44)  Human beings who go astray from the right path and follow their desires become like … Read more

Quranic Reflection No 664. Āyat 24:35 – The Parable of Light

Bismillāh,  اللَّهُ نُورُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۚ مَثَلُ نُورِهِ كَمِشْكَاةٍ فِيهَا مِصْبَاحٌ ۖ الْمِصْبَاحُ فِي زُجَاجَةٍ ۖ الزُّجَاجَةُ كَأَنَّهَا كَوْكَبٌ دُرِّيٌّ يُوقَدُ مِنْ شَجَرَةٍ مُبَارَكَةٍزَيْتُونَةٍ لَا شَرْقِيَّةٍ وَلَا غَرْبِيَّةٍ يَكَادُ زَيْتُهَا يُضِيءُ وَلَوْ لَمْ تَمْسَسْهُ نَارٌ ۚ نُورٌ عَلَىٰ نُورٍ ۗ يَهْدِي اللَّهُ لِنُورِهِ مَنْ يَشَاءُ ۚ وَيَضْرِبُ اللَّهُ الْأَمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ بِكُلِّشَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His Light is a niche wherein is a lamp—the lamp is in a glass, the glass as it were a glittering star—lit from a blessed olive tree, neither eastern nor western, whose oil almost lights up, though fire should not … Read more

Quranic Reflection No 663. Āyat 16:29 – The Abode of the Arrogant

Bismillāh. فَلَبِئْسَ مَثْوَى الْمُتَكَبِّرِينَ  Evil is the [final] abode of the arrogant  (Sūrat al-Nahl, No. 16, Āyat 29) One of the vices discussed in the books of ethics and noble character (akhlāq) is that of pride (takabbur). Pride is like self-conceit (‘ujb), but they differ in that pride is when a person sees themselves as being above … Read more

Quranic Reflection No 662. Āyat 2:179 – In Retaliation Lies Life

Bismillāh. 5 January 2024/22 Jumādā al-Ākhira 1445 وَلَكُمْ فِي الْقِصَاصِ حَيَاةٌ يَا أُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ There is life for you in retribution, O you who possess intellects! Maybe you will refrain! (Sūrat al-Baqarah No. 2, Āyat 179) Criminal law in the Islamic tradition differs substantially from that which is found in the Common Law or Civil … Read more

Quranic Reflection No 661. Āyat 29:2 – The Heat of Hardship

Bismillāh. أَحَسِبَ النَّاسُ أَن يُتْرَكُوا أَن يَقُولُوا آمَنَّا وَهُمْ لَا يُفْتَنُونَ Do people think that they will be left alone on saying: ‘We believe’, and that they will not be tested?  (Sūrat Al- ‘Ankabūt, No. 29, Āyat 2) At times in the Holy Quran, Allah ‘azza wajall asks us certain questions which act as a … Read more