The Trust Undertaken by Human Beings

إِنَّا عَرَضْنَا الْأَمَانَةَ عَلَى السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَالْجِبَالِ فَأَبَيْنَ أَنْ يَحْمِلْنَهَا وَأَشْفَقْنَ مِنْهَا وَحَمَلَهَا الْإِنْسَانُ إِنَّهُ كَانَ ظَلُومًا جَهُولًا Innā ‘aradnal-amānata ‘alas-samāwāti wa-‘aal ardi wal-jibāli fa-abayna an yahmilnahā wa ahsfaqna minhā wa hamalahal-insānu, innahu kāna zalūman jahūlā. Indeed We presented the Trust to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, but they refused to undertake … Read more

Quranic Reflection No. 542. Ayat 11:87 – Nabī Shu‘ayb’s dialogue with his people

قَالُوا يَا شُعَيْبُ أَصَلَاتُكَ تَأْمُرُكَ أَنْ نَتْرُكَ مَا يَعْبُدُ آبَاؤُنَا أَوْ أَنْ نَفْعَلَ فِي أَمْوَالِنَا مَا نَشَاءُ إِنَّكَ لَأَنْتَ الْحَلِيمُ الرَّشِيدُ  Qālū yā shu‘aybu asalātuka ta’muruka an natruka mā ya‘budu ābā’unā aw naf‘ala fī amwālinā mā nashā’u innaka la-antal-halīmur-rashīd. They said, ‘O Shu‘ayb, does your prayer enjoin you that we abandon what our fathers have been worshiping, … Read more

Quranic Reflection No. 541. Ayat 23:106 – The Excuse of the Misfortune in Life

قَالُوا رَبَّنَا غَلَبَتْ عَلَيْنَا شِقْوَتُنَا وَكُنَّا قَوْمًا ضَالِّينَ Qālū rabbanā ghalabat ‘alaynā shiqwatunā wakunna qawman dāllīn They will say, ‘Our Lord! Our wretchedness overcame us, and we were an astray lot. (Sūrat al-Mu’minūn, No 23, Āyat 106) On the Day of Judgment, people will give many excuses for the wrong they did in this world. … Read more

Quranic Reflection No. 541. Ayat 23:106 – The Excuse of the Misfortune in Life

قَالُوا رَبَّنَا غَلَبَتْ عَلَيْنَا شِقْوَتُنَا وَكُنَّا قَوْمًا ضَالِّينَ Qālū rabbanā ghalabat ‘alaynā shiqwatunā wakunna qawman dāllīn They will say, ‘Our Lord! Our wretchedness overcame us, and we were an astray lot. (Sūrat al-Mu’minūn, No 23, Āyat 106) On the Day of Judgment, people will give many excuses for the wrong they did in this world. … Read more

Quranic Reflection No. 540. Ayat 28:4 – Strategies of the Oppressors

إِنَّ فِرْعَوْنَ عَلَا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَجَعَلَ أَهْلَهَا شِيَعًا يَسْتَضْعِفُ طَائِفَةً مِنْهُمْ يُذَبِّحُ أَبْنَاءَهُمْ وَيَسْتَحْيِي نِسَاءَهُمْ ۚ إِنَّهُ كَانَ مِنَ الْمُفْسِدِينَ Inna fir‘awna ‘alā fil-ardhi waja‘ala ahlahā shiya‘an yastad‘ifu tā’ifatan minhum yudhabbihu abnā’ahum wayatahyī nisā’ahum; innahu kanā minal mufsidīn. Surely Fir’awn exalted himself in the land and made its people into parties, weakening one party from … Read more

Quranic Reflection No. 539. Ayat 3:110 – The Best Nation

كُنْتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنْكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ Kunntum khayra ummatin ukhrijat linnāsi ta’murūna bilma‘rūfi wa tanhawna ‘anil-munkari wa tu’minūn   You are the best nation (ever) brought up for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah (Sūrat Āl-‘Imrān, No. 3, Āyat 110)  In the … Read more

Quranic Reflection No. 538. Ayat 7:196 – Divine Guardianship for the Righteous

إِنَّ وَلِيِّيَ اللَّهُ الَّذِي نَزَّلَ الْكِتَابَ ۖ وَهُوَ يَتَوَلَّى الصَّالِحِينَ Inna waliyyallāhul-ladhī nazzalal-kitāba wahuwa yatawallas-sālhīn My guardian is indeed Allah who sent down the Book, and He takes care of the righteous. (Sūrat al-A‘rāf, No 7, Āyat 196) One of the hopes of a believer is to be righteous and be counted from among respected … Read more

Quranic Reflection No. 537. Ayat 18:51 – Helpers who misguide

وَمَا كُنتُ مُتَّخِذَ الْمُضِلِّينَ عَضُدًا Wamā kuntu muttakhidhal-mudhillīna ‘adudā And I do not take those who mislead others as assistants. (Sūrat al-Kahf, No 18, Āyat 51) Verses 50 and 51 of Sūrat al-Kahf condemns those who take Shaytān and his people as guardians rather than Allah. They have no role to play in the act … Read more

Quranic Reflection No. 536. Ayat 4:63 – Effective Advice

فَأَعْرِضْ عَنْهُمْ وَعِظْهُمْ وَقُل لَّهُمْ فِي أَنفُسِهِمْ قَوْلًا بَلِيغًا Fa-a‘rid ‘anhum wa‘izhum waqul lahum fī anfusihim qawlan balīghā So let them alone, and advise them, and speak to them effective words concerning themselves. (Sūrat al-Nisāʾ, No 4, Āyat 63) This verse tells the Prophet sallal-lāhu ‘alayhi wa-ālihi wasallam how to deal with the hypocrites – those who … Read more

Quranic Reflection No. 535. Ayat 48:10 – Allegiance to Allah ‘azza wajall

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُبَايِعُونَكَ إِنَّمَا يُبَايِعُونَ اللَّهَ يَدُ اللَّهِ فَوْقَ أَيْدِيهِمْ Innalladhīna yubāyi‘ūnaka innamā yubāyi‘ūnallāha yadullāhi fawqa aydīhim Indeed, those who pledge allegiance to you, [O Muhammad] – they are actually pledging allegiance to Allah. The hand of Allah is over their hands (Surat Al-Fath, No. 48, Āyat 10) To give allegiance is to willingly pledge … Read more