Apr 222018
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 15, Al-Hijr or the Rocky Tract, verses 61-79. There verses talk of Prophet Lot and how the angels who appeared before him executed Allah’s decree of stoning to death his people.

Tafseer for this selection explains the Companions of the Wood, referenced in verse 78.

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Apr 192018
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is the entirety of Surah 95, At-Tin or The Fig, verses 1-8. This Surah appeals to four sacred symbols to show that God created man in the best of molds but that man is capable of the utmost degradation unless he has Faith and leads a good life.

Tafseer concerns the four sacred symbols mentioned in verse 1-3.

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Apr 182018
 

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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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Mar 312018
 

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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 302018
 

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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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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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Mar 232018
 

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Summary

Today’s selection consists of two short Surahs. The first is Surah 102, At-Takãthur or The Piling Up. This Surah gives a warning against piling up material wealth or power rather than pursuing the higher spiritual rewards in life. Tafseer for this Surah talks about the three kinds of yaqin (certainty of knowledge) in verse 5.

The second is Surah 103, Al-‘Asr or Time Through the Ages. This Surah reminds us that history shows that Evil comes to an evil end and time is always in favor of those who have Faith. Tafseer for this Surah concerns the meaning of the Surah’s name and its significance.

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Mar 222018
 

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Summary

Today’s selection concludes  Surah 72, Al-Jinn or the Spirits, verses 16-28. In these verses, it is asserted that mosques are built for the worship of Allah, so no one else should be invoked in them. Prophets do not have the power to harm or benefit anyone; they only convey God’s message. Only God knows the unseen and reveals it to those Prophets.

Tafseer for this selection concerns the deeper meaning behind the analogy of “rain” in verse 16.

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Mar 172018
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 18, Al-Kahf or the Cave, verses 71-82. This selection concludes the story of Prophet Moses and a man named Khizr, whom the Prophet had sought out so as to learn some wisdom which God had imparted upon Khizr.

Tafseer for this selection elaborates on two additional points we are to take from this story.

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Mar 142018
 

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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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