Apr 202018
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 42, Ash-Shura or the Consultation, verses 30-43. These verses affirm that whatever afflictions befall a person are the result of his/her own misdeeds. True believers are those who establish prayers, give charity and defend themselves when oppressed.

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Apr 192018
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is the entirety of Surah 95, At-Tin or The Fig, verses 1-8. This Surah appeals to four sacred symbols to show that God created man in the best of molds but that man is capable of the utmost degradation unless he has Faith and leads a good life.

Tafseer concerns the four sacred symbols mentioned in verse 1-3.

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Apr 182018
 

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Summary

Today’s selection covers the entirety of Surah 73, Al-Muzzammil or the Enfolded One, verses 1-20. This surah talks about the significance of Prayer and humility in spiritual life and the fate of those who reject Faith and Revelation.

Tafseer for this Surah is a short explanation of why Al-Muzzammil was one of Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) nicknames.

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Apr 172018
 

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Summary

Today’s selection concludes Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 274-286. These verses discuss the reward for charity, as well dealing with usury, loans, debts and credit, witnesses for business transactions, and security deposits. It ends with a discussion of the true belief of Prophets and Muslims and a believers’ supplication to God.

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Apr 162018
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 261-273. These verses contain a parable about spending in charity, what makes charity worthless, charity vs just showing off, spending the best portion of one’s wealth, the advantage of giving in private and lastly, who is eligible for charity.

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Apr 152018
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 249-260. These verses continue the story of King Saul of the Israelites and how his people failed a test of their belief. Next the episode where David killed Goliath. Next we learn about the ranks of the Messengers of God, spending in charity, the famous Ayat al Kursi or the Verse of the Throne, that there is no compulsion in religion and lastly, a story of the confrontation of Prophet Abraham and King Nimrod, and a story about Prophet Ezra.

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Apr 142018
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 11, Hüd, verses 84-95. These verses talk of Prophet Shu’aib’s address to his people who were cheating in their business transactions and the consequences of their negative response.

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Apr 132018
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 11, Hüd, verses 69-83. These verses tell of the good news sent to Prophet Abraham of the coming births of a son, Isaac, and later, his grandson Jacob. Next the story of Prophet Lot and his mission and challenges with the peoples of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Tafseer for this selection concerns Lot’s daughters in verse 78 and a further explanation of the fates of Sodom and Gomorrah told in verse 83.

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Apr 122018
 

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Summary

Today’s selection concludes Surah 22, Al-Hajj or Pilgrimmage, verses 65-78. These verses drive home the omnipotence of God – to give you life and death, to cause you to come back to life for his Judgment. And it is only Allah who can create life, even a creature like a fly, and choose Messengers to spread his word.

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Apr 112018
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 22, Al-Hajj or Pilgrimmage, verses 49-64. These verses assert that those who accept the truth will be forgiven while others will be punished. On the Day of Judgment, God himself will be the Judge of all. And those who migrate for the sake of Allah will be generously rewarded.

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