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

Reflection No. 86 on Q 17:82 – Cure for what is in the heart

وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاءٌ وَرَحْمَةٌ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ And We reveal of the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to the believers. Sura al-Israa, verse 82 The Holy Quran has been described in different ways by Allah. It is a reminder, a guidance, a distinguisher, an admonition, a mercy, and a cure … Read more

Reflection No. 85 on Q 2:186 –Supplicating to Allah

وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِي عَنِّي فَإِنِّي قَرِيبٌ ۖ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ And when My servants ask you concerning Me, then surely I am very near; I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he calls on Me, Sura al-Baqarah, verse 186 The human being is never alone. He is always very close to his … Read more

Reflection No. 84 on Q 4:69 – Good Company

الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِمْ مِنَ النَّبِيِّينَ وَالصِّدِّيقِينَ وَالشُّهَدَاءِ وَالصَّالِحِينَ ۚ وَحَسُنَ أُولَٰئِكَ رَفِيقًا Those upon whom Allah has bestowed favors from among the prophets and the truthful and the martyrs and the righteous, what good company are they! Sura an-Nisaa, verse 69 In this verse Allah describes a special group of people whom He has … Read more

Reflection No. 83 on Q 17:44 – Glorification of Allah

وَإِنْ مِنْ شَيْءٍ إِلَّا يُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِهِ وَلَٰكِنْ لَا تَفْقَهُونَ تَسْبِيحَهُمْ And there is not a single thing but glorifies Him with His praise, but you do not understand their glorification. Sura al-Israa, verse 44 Tasbeeh is a glorification of Allah. It proclaims that He is free of all faults, completely perfect. Believers recite Tasbeeh as … Read more

Reflection No. 82 on Q 26:87-89 – The Heart

يَوْمَ لَا يَنْفَعُ مَالٌ وَلَا بَنُونَ إِلَّا مَنْ أَتَى اللَّهَ بِقَلْبٍ سَلِيمٍ The day on which neither property nor children will avail, except he who comes to Allah with a sound heart. Sura Shuara, verses 87-89 Keeping the heart sound and healthy, free of diseases and flaws, is a difficult task. It is even harder … Read more

Reflection No. 81 on Q 13:21 – Family Relationships

وَالَّذِينَ يَصِلُونَ مَا أَمَرَ اللَّهُ بِهِ أَنْ يُوصَلَ And those who join that which Allah has commanded to be joined Sura ar-R’ad, verse 21 According to Tafsir, one of the things that Allah has commanded to join, or keep intact, is family relationships. The keeping of good relationships with family members is a religious duty. … Read more