Apr 052017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection concludes Surah 43, Az-Zukhruf or the Golden Adornments, verses 79-89. These verses are a refutation of the Christian belief that God has a son. If God did have a son, Prophet Muhammad would be the first to worship him.

Tafseer for this selection deals with the translation of verse 86.

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Oct 222016
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection concludes Surah 54, Al-Qamar or the Moon, verses 41-55. These verses repeat the theme of the previous two sections. This time, it was the people of the Pharaoh of Egypt who were punished for disbelieving in God’s warnings. Now the question is asked of us, will we not heed God’s admonitions?

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Sep 142016
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm, verses 42-55. These verses assert that prosperity in this world is not a reward but a respite. Messengers of God never claim that they know the unseen or that they are Angels. True belief is a favor bestowed by God, irrespective of one’s worldly status.

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Jun 222016
 

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 032016
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 172-180. These verses concern the character of believers during the Battle of Uhud, punishment for trading belief for unbelief, and punishments for those who are stingy.

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Feb 042016
 

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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Nov 042015
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection concludes Surah 54, Al-Qamar or the Moon, verses 41-55. These verses repeat the theme of the previous two sections. This time, it was the people of the Pharaoh of Egypt who were punished for disbelieving in God’s warnings. Now the question is asked of us, will we not heed God’s admonitions?

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