Reflection No. 56 on Q 2:21– The First Command in the Quran

O Mankind! Worship your Lord Who created you, and those before you, so that you may acquire Taqwa. (Holy Qur’an, al-Baqarah, 2:21)   The majority of Muslims believe that the present arrangement of the Holy Qur’an was done under the guidance of the Holy Prophet (s). The above verse is the first command in the … Read more

Reflection No. 55 on Q 13:17 – Truth and Falsehood

He sends down water from the clouds, then valleys flow (with water) according to their measure, and the torrent bears along the swelling foam, and from what they melt in the fire for making ornaments or apparatus arises a similar scum; thus does Allah compare truth and falsehood; then as for the scum, it passes … Read more

Reflection No. 54 on Q 28:83 – Glory in the Hereafter

And that the abode of the Hereafter, We shall assign it to those who have no desire to exalt themselves on the earth, nor to make mischief. And the good outcome is for the pious ones. – Surat al-Qasas, 28:83   This thought-provoking ayah of the Holy Qur’an holds the secret to a great truth. … Read more

Reflection No. 53 on Q 5:2 – Supporting in Virtue and Piety

O You who believe . . . help one another in piety and goodness and do not help one another in sin and aggression, and be careful of your duty to Allah, surely Allah is severe in requiting. – (Surah al-Ma’idah 5:2) In the days of Jahiliyya (i.e. pre-Islamic time in Arabia), people rushed to … Read more

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