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 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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May 042017
 

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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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Apr 222017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

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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Apr 212017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection concludes Surah 37, As-Sãffãt or Those Ranged in Ranks, verses 167-182. These verses recount that Allah has promised to help His Messengers and His devotees.

Tafseer for this selection talks about those who complain that the message of Allah had not been sent to their ancestors.

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Apr 112017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection covers the entirety of Surah 73, Al-Muzzammil or the Enfolded One, verses 1-20. This surah talks about the significance of Prayer and humility in spiritual life and the fate of those who reject Faith and Revelation.

Tafseer for this Surah is a short explanation of why Al-Muzzammil was one of Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) nicknames.

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Apr 052017
 

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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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Apr 042017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 43, Az-Zukhruf or the Golden Adornments, verses 68-78. These verses describe a scene from Heaven and a separate scene from Hell.

Tafseer for this selection concerns the descriptions of the gardens of Heaven and its delights.

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Apr 012017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection concludes from Surah 70, Al-Ma‘ãrij or the Ways of Ascent, verses 36-44. These verses assert that Paradise is not for the disbelievers and that their eyes will be downcast and their countenances distorted with shame on the Day of Judgment.

Tafseer for this selection addresses the animal part of man in verse 39 and the tone of this set of verses.

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Mar 312017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 70, Al-Ma‘ãrij or the Ways of Ascent, verses 19-35. These verses describe the characteristics of the practicing believers as opposed to those who are impatient and lose hope easily.

Tafseer for this selection concerns the true nature of charity discussed in verse 25.

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