Jun 222017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is the entirety of Surah 88, Al-Ghãshiyah or the Overwhelming Event, verses 1-26. This Surah deals with two major themes – the condition of the disbelievers on the Day of Judgment and the wonders of nature, admonition and accountability.

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Jun 212017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection concludes Surah 9, At-Tauba or Repentance, verses 119-129. These verses declare that Believers are those who prefer the life of the Messenger of God over their own. Qur’anic verses increase the faith of the believers. Lastly, there is a prayer taught by Allah.

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Jun 202017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba or Repentance, verses 111-118. These verses assert that God has purchased the persons and wealth of the Believers and in return has promised them paradise. It is not proper to ask for forgiveness from the mushrikeen for Allah forgives those may lag behind but are sincere in their faith.

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Jun 192017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is Surah 108, Al-Kawthar or The Abundance.

Tafseer for this Surah is a short meditation on sacrifice and thankfulness.

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Jun 182017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection consists of three short Surahs. The first is Surah 105, Al-Fil or the Elephant. This Surah briefly recounts the what happened to the Abyssinian govern Abrahah Ashram when he tried to destroy the Kabah in the same year that the Prophet was born. Tafseer for this Surah is a further historical background.

The second is Surah 106, Quraysh which was the Prophet’s tribe. This Surah admonishes Prophet Muhammad’s tribe to be grateful to Allah for the profit, position and security they enjoyed from living in Makkah. Tafseer for this Surah concerns the historical prestige of the Quraysh.

The third is Surah 107 Al-Mã‘ün or the Small Kindnesses. This Surah concerns true worship, the helping and love of those in need and true sincerity in devotion and charity. Tafseer for this Surah concerns helping the indigent and our neighbors.

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Jun 172017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection consists of two short Surahs. The first is Surah 102, At-Takãthur or The Piling Up. This Surah gives a warning against piling up material wealth or power rather than pursuing the higher spiritual rewards in life. Tafseer for this Surah talks about the three kinds of yaqin (certainty of knowledge) in verse 5.

The second is Surah 103, Al-‘Asr or Time Through the Ages. This Surah reminds us that history shows that Evil comes to an evil end and time is always in favor of those who have Faith. Tafseer for this Surah concerns the meaning of the Surah’s name and its significance.

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Jun 162017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

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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Jun 152017
 

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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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Jun 142017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 22, Al-Hajj or Pilgrimmage, verses 39-48. These verses grant permission to the believers to fight in self-defense and for the cause of Allah. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was not the only Prophet who wasn’t believed. All the others were as well. And finally, a day of Allah’s is equal to 1,000 years of human calculation.

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Jun 132017
 

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Summary:

Today’s selection is the entirety of Surah 96, Al-‘Alaq or the Clinging Clot, verses 1-19. The first part consists of the very first revelation ever sent down to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The second part comes from the priod when the Prophet began to perform Salat (or Prayer) in the vicinity of the Ka’bah and Abu Jahl, a Quraysh chief, tried to prevent him by making threats.

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