Apr 132018
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

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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Mar 252018
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 160-175. These verses talk of the message of Prophet Lot and the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Tafseer for this selection connects the Muslim telling of Prophet Lot to the Biblical narrative in the Book of Genesis.

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Feb 232018
 

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Today’s selection is from Surah 54, Al-Qamar or the Moon, verses 23-40. These verses recount the stories of the people of Thamud and the people of Prophet Lot. Both groups of people called their Prophets liars despite the clarity of God’s warnings and were visited with a terrible scourge as a result.

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Feb 072018
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection concludes Surah 29, Al-‘Ankabüt or the Spider, verses 31-44. These verses tell of how the people of Prophet Lot and the nations of ‘Ad, Thamüd and Madyan as well as the Pharaoh of Egypt and his people rejected the Messengers of God and were destroyed as a result. Also told is the parable of those who take protectors other than God.

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Jan 252018
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 21, Al-Anbiyã’ or the Prophets, verses 51-75. These verses tell the story of how Prophet Abraham questioned the idol-worshiping of his father and his people. Abraham broke all their idols to show them that their so-called gods couldn’t defend themselves and would be of no help to the people. Abraham’s people decided to burn him alive but God made the fire feel cool and comfortable to him. God then blessed Prophet Abraham with Isaac and Jacob, both of whom became Prophets.

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Dec 172017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 71-90. These verses establish that believers are commanded to submit to God’s will, to establish Prayer and to fear God. Prophet Abraham learned faith through studying nature. The mushrikïn’s arguments against Prophet Abraham and the existence of Allah are laid out. Lastly, the descendants of Prophet Abraham, including Moses, Jesus and Muhammad were not mushrikïn, or those who associate others with God.

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Dec 122017
 

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Today’s selection is from Surah 27, An-Naml or the Ants, verses 45-58. These verses tell the story of the people of Thamud and the secret plot against the Prophet Salih whose teaching they thought brought them bad luck. Their plot was foiled and the whole community, which was involved in evil, was destroyed.

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Nov 082017
 

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Today’s selection is from Surah 15, Al-Hijr or the Rocky Tract, verses 45-60. These verses assert that the righteous will be awarded paradise and then tells of the good news of a son given to Prophet Abraham by two angels.

Tafseer for this selection focuses on the benefits of sincere devotion to Allah mentioned in verse 47.

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Oct 172017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is Surah 38, Sâd, verses 1-26. Overall this Surah talks about how spiritual strength is superior to physical strength. The verses selected talk of the arrogance of the unbelievers in rejecting the message of the Prophets sent to them by God. It tells the story of Prophet Daûd, or David, and the two men who came to him asking for his guidance in a dispute.

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Sep 042017
 

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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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