May 262017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

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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May 252017
 

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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May 242017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection concludes Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 151-165. These verses assert that in Islam, forbidden things are based on fundamental moral principles, detailed in the Qur’an so that there may be no excuse about the true Word of God. Those who divide religion into sects are not Muslims. Lastly, we declare that all prayers, devotion, life and death are for Allah.

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May 232017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 141-150. These verses instruct us to give a gift (zakat) of agriculture on harvest day, clarifies the proper prohibitions on livestock and concludes by explaining the mushrikeen’s excuse for being mushrikeen.

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May 222017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection concludes Surah 10, Yûnus or Jonah, verses 104-109. These verses assert that no one other than Allah can harm or benefit you and ends with a declaration that with the guidance of Allah having arrived, it is your choice to follow or not to follow.

Tafseer for this selection focuses on individual vs group faith in verse 104 and the criterion of right and wrong in verse 108.

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May 212017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 10, Yûnus or Jonah, verses 83-103. These verses rehearse the story of Prophet Moses and the Pharaoh of Egypt and how the Children of Israel were delivered from bondage and provided the good things in life. Lastly, we are reminded that forcing someone to convert to Islam is strictly prohibited.

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May 202017
 

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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May 192017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 236-248. These verses give commandments relating to dowry in case of divorce, guarding one’s Prayers, executing a last will and testament, fighting in the path of Allah without the fear of death and lastly, the beginning of a story about the Israelites and their king Talüt (Saul).

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May 182017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is the entirety of Surah 86, At-Tãriq or the Night Star, verses 1-17. This short Surah discusses the protection afforded to every soul in the darkest period of its spiritual history. The physical nature of humankind may be insignificant, but the soul given by Allah must win a glorious future in the end.

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May 172017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection contains the entirety of Surah 85, Al-Burüj or the Constellations, verses 1-22. This Surah talks of the persecution of Allah’s votaries or devoted followers. God watches over His own and will deal with the enemies of Truth as He dealt with them in the past.

Tafseer for this Surah concerns the Zodiac signs or constellations mentioned in verse 1 and makers of the pit of fire in verse 4.

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