Feb 192018
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection concludes Surah 27, An-Naml or the Ants, verses 83-93. These verses depict a scene from the Doomsday and assert that those who accept guidance do so to their own good whereas those who go astray do so at their own peril.

Tafseer for this selection concerns the night and day mentioned in verse 86 and accepting Islam and soul’s fate in verse 92.

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Feb 122018
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection concludes Surah 44, Adh-Dukhân or the Smoke, with verses 43-59. These verses lays out the food and drink which will be given to the sinners in Hell and the food and entertainment for the righteous who will go to Heaven.

The Tafseer for this selection is an explanation of the Tree of Zaqqûm in verse 43 and the besetting sin discussed in this Surah.

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Feb 112018
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 44, Adh-Dukhân or the Smoke, verses 30-42. These verses tell of the deliverance of the Children of Israel by God and how they were chosen above the nations of the world in spite of their weaknesses.

This is a very short series of verses so I also included some tafseer about the people of Tubba’ who are mentioned in verse 37 as well as an explanation of the “Day of Sorting Out” in verse 40.

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Feb 062018
 

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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Jan 262018
 

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Summary:

Today’s selection is the entirety of Surah 91, Ash-Shams or the Sun. This Surah asserts that success depends on keeping the soul pure and failure depends on corrupting the soul; case in point, the corrupted people of Thamüd who were leveled to the ground.

Tafseer for this Surah considers the pairs in nature discussed in verses 1-6 and the soul of man in verses 7-10.

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Jan 222018
 

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Summary

Today’s 17 Verses episode is from Surah 90, Al-Fajr or the Dawn, verses 1-14. This is a very short Surah, only 30 verses total, but we’ll still break it into two pieces so as not to get ahead of ourselves in terms of average verses recited per day, essentially our pace of recitation. Remember that reading the Qur’an and understanding Islam is a marathon, not a sprint.

Tafseer for this 14 verses deals with the mystic symbols which call our attention to God and contrasts them with examples of ancient nations and people who defied the will of God and thus were visited with terrible punishments.

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Jan 202018
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 102-109. These verses counsel the faithful to live Islam, die as a Muslim and not to be divided amongst ourselves for there is punishment for those who divide Muslims into sects.

Tafseer for this selection concerns the “fear” of God in verse 102 and the characteristics of a Muslim community in verse 104.

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Jan 192018
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is the entirety of Surah 92, Al-Lail or the Night, verses 1-21. This Surah identifies two different ways of life and explains the contrast between their ultimate ends and results. It is stated that these two modes of action, cannot be alike in respect of their results.

Tafseer for this selection concerns the complementarity of the sexes.

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Jan 142018
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 177-182. These verses give an Islamic definition of righteousness, laws of equality and the commandment of Allah to execute a last will and testament.

Tafseer for this selection expounds upon using the word equality rather than retribution or retaliation in verse 178 as well as the use of the word “brother” to represent an aggrieved party.

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Jan 112018
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 70, Al-Ma‘ãrij or the Ways of Ascent, verses 1-18. This selection discusses the length of the Day of Judgment and how the sinners will so wish they could save themselves that they would sell out their own kin, to no avail.

Tafseer for this selection concerns the analysis of Sin in verses 17-18.

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