May 162017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection covers the entirety of Surah 84, Al-Inshiqãq or the Rending Asunder, verses 1-25. The theme of this surah is the Resurrection and the Hereafter. On Doomsday, the heavens will split asunder and the earth will be spread out. The Books of everyone’s deeds will be brought forth; the righteous will be pleased while the disbelievers will wish for death. This Surah was revealed early within the history of Islam, during the days when the Prophet was still living in Makkah and so it concludes with a call to the people to believe in Allah while they still have time to repent.

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May 152017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 144-155. These verses assert that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is no more than a Messenger of God, but we not disobey the Messenger and follow the disbelievers for there is no escape from death.

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May 142017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 130-143. These verses deal with the prohibition against usury. Then they move on to Allah’s love of charitable people and how believers are promised to have the upper hand though not without encountering trials and tribulations.

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May 132017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection concludes Surah 39, Az-Zumar or the Crowds, verses 64-75. These verses implore the faithful to worship God and be among His thankful servants. On the Day of Judgment, the Book of Deeds will be laid open and justice will be done with all fairness. After the Judgment, the unbelievers will be driven to Hell and the righteous will enter Paradise.

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May 122017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 39, Az-Zumar or the Crowds, verses 53-63. These verses argue that those who have transgressed against their souls should not despair of God’s mercy; they should repent while they can.

Tafseer for this selection concerns the obligation to follow God’s course in verse 55.

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May 112017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection concludes Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, Verses 163-176. These verses assert that the Qur’an carries the same message as was sent to Prophets Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. Humans should believe in this revelation if they want to attain felicity but there is no Trinity in Islam as there is in modern Christianity. In Islam, Jesus was a Prophet and worshiper of God. Lastly, there is a legal decision relating to the inheritance of childless persons.

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May 102017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, Verses 148-162. These verses instruct us not to utter evil words or to draw a line between God and his Messengers in terms of obedience. In it, most Jews (of past times) were habitual sinners and violators of God’s commandments. It is further asserted that Prophet Jesus was neither killed nor crucified. Those Jews would be punished for their iniquities and their only salvation was to become Muslims.

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May 092017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba or Repentance, verses 100-110. These verses talk of the categories of hypocrites, then the commandment for the collection of Zakat (Charity) and then tell of the time the hypocrites build a mosque but with mischievous motives.

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May 072017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba or Repentance, verses 90-99. These verses talk of genuine exemptions from staying away from battle and those hypocrites who make excuses to avoid serving in armed struggle.

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May 062017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is the entirety of Surah 100, Al-‘Ãdiyãt or Those that Run, verses 1-11. This Surah talks about the irresistible nature of spiritual power and knowledge, contrasted with man’s ingratitude, pettiness, helplessness and ignorance.

Tafseer for this selection concerns the metaphors and symbols enforcing this Surah in verses 1-5.

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