May 192017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

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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Apr 232017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 222-235. These verses deal with various marital and marriage-related topics – sex during menstruation, conjugal relationships, re-marriage, laws related to divorce, a commandment to treat divorced women honorably and kindly, no restrictions on re-marriage for divorcees, re-marrying for widows and no restrictions on re-marriage for widows.

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Apr 082017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, Verses 127-147. These verses command us to establish justice for women, orphan girls and helpless children. Be humble and featful in your dealings with God. Stand firm for justice, believe wholeheartedly, and remember that the hypocrites have double standards.

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Mar 222017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection covers the entirety of Surah 65, At-Talãq or Divorce, verses 1-12. These verses discuss how to conduct oneself during ‘Iddat or the period before a divorce takes effect, so as to be equitable and charitable to both parties.

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Feb 182017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 33, Al-Ahzãb or the Confederates, verses 35-52. These verses teach that it is not befitting for believers to have an option in what has been decided by God and his Messenger. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is not a father to the men but a Messenger and Seal of the Prophethood and sent as a bearer of good news and a spreader of light. Lastly, information about divorce without a waiting period, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) marrying more than 4 wives and a restriction on this exception.

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Aug 012016
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection covers the entirety of Surah 58, Al-Mujãdalah or the Pleading, verses 1-22. In this Surah, all false pretenses and superstitions, especially those which degrade the position of women such as divorce through Zihar (or calling one’s wife as one’s mother), are condemned, – as well as secret consultations between men and intrigues with falsehood, mischief and sedition.

Tafseer for this Surah covers the background which led to the outlawing of the pagan practice of divorce through Zihar.

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