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The Key to Victory

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 March 2021 16:05

وَلَا تَهِنُوا وَلَا تَحْزَنُوا وَأَنتُمُ الْأَعْلَوْنَ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ ﴿١٣٩﴾ إِن يَمْسَسْكُمْ قَرْحٌ فَقَدْ مَسَّ الْقَوْمَ قَرْحٌ مِّثْلُهُ ۚ وَتِلْكَ الْأَيَّامُ نُدَاوِلُهَا بَيْنَ النَّاسِ وَلِيَعْلَمَ اللَّـهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَيَتَّخِذَ مِنكُمْ شُهَدَاءَ ۗ وَاللَّـهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الظَّالِمِينَ ﴿١٤٠﴾

Do not lose heart and do not grieve, and you will be victorious if you are believers. If wounds have afflicted you, similar wounds had afflicted the people (the disbelievers previously). Such days (of victory) We alternate among the people, so that Allah Ta‘ala may know those who believe and take some of you as martyrs – and Allah Ta‘ala does not like the oppressors. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v139-140)

The Battle of Badr was the first major battle in Islam. In this battle, Allah Ta‘ala blessed the Muslims with decisive victory over the forces of falsehood, despite them being vastly outnumbered and facing an army that had superior weaponry and equipment.

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Returning to Remembrance

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 January 2021 15:27

وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا فَعَلُوا فَاحِشَةً أَوْ ظَلَمُوا أَنفُسَهُمْ ذَكَرُوا اللَّـهَ فَاسْتَغْفَرُوا لِذُنُوبِهِمْ وَمَن يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلَّا اللَّـهُ وَلَمْ يُصِرُّوا عَلَىٰ مَا فَعَلُوا وَهُمْ يَعْلَمُونَ ﴿١٣٥﴾ أُولَـٰئِكَ جَزَاؤُهُم مَّغْفِرَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِمْ وَجَنَّاتٌ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا ۚ وَنِعْمَ أَجْرُ الْعَامِلِينَ

(The people of taqwa are) those who, when they commit a shameful deed or wrong their souls, they bring Allah Ta‘ala to mind and then seek forgiveness for their sins. And who can forgive sins besides Allah? And they do not persist on what (sin) they did while they know. Those – their reward is forgiveness from their Rabb and gardens beneath which rivers flow and in which they will abide eternally. And how excellent is the reward of those who work (and strive for the Hereafter)! (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v135-136)

In the preceding verse, Allah Ta‘ala described three qualities of the pious – they spend in the path of Allah Ta‘ala in all conditions, suppress their anger, readily forgive others and show kindness to people (even those who wrong them).

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How to React when Angered

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2020 16:12

وَٱلْكَـٰظِمِينَ ٱلْغَيْظَ وَٱلْعَافِينَ عَنِ ٱلنَّاسِ ۗ وَٱللَّـهُ يُحِبُّ ٱلْمُحْسِنِينَ

(The people of taqwa are) those who restrain their anger and forgive people, and Allah Ta‘ala loves those who do good. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v134)

In this verse, Allah Ta‘ala mentions further qualities of the people of taqwa (one quality has already been discussed here).

To become angry is a natural human emotion. Hence, a person cannot, by his nature, choose to not become angry. However, what a person can choose is how to react and respond when his temper flares and his anger is ignited.

In the above verse, Allah Ta‘ala mentions that one salient quality of the people of taqwa is that when their temper flares, then they immediately suppress their anger.

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Spending in All Conditions

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Last Updated on Sunday, 20 September 2020 09:42

ٱلَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ فِى ٱلسَّرَّآءِ وَٱلضَّرَّآءِ

(The people of taqwa are) those who spend (in the path of Allah Ta‘ala) in prosperity and adversity. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v. 134)

In the above verse of the Quraan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala describes one of the salient qualities of the righteous – spending in the path of Allah Ta‘ala.

Generally, there are two conditions in which a person neglects to spend in Allah Ta‘ala’s path.

The first is prosperity, when one is enjoying abundant wealth. At this time, some people become intoxicated by the wealth due to which the thought of charity does not even cross their minds, or they develop such love for the wealth that they cannot bear to be parted from it. 

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Striving for Jannah and Forgiveness

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2020 15:09

وَسَارِعُوا إِلَىٰ مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا السَّمَاوَاتُ وَالْأَرْضُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ

And hasten to forgiveness from your Rabb and a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v. 133)

In this verse, Allah Ta‘ala encourages us to hasten towards forgiveness. The commentators have given different explanations as to what forgiveness refers to in this verse. Some have mentioned that it refers to taubah, others have mentioned fulfilling all the fardh obligations, while others have mentioned that it refers to Islam. Nevertheless, all these explanations can be summarised as referring to righteous actions, as righteous actions are the means through which one will acquire the forgiveness and mercy of Allah Ta‘ala.

Allah Ta‘ala then mentions Jannah and describes it by mentioning that its ‘ardh (width) alone can accommodate the heavens and the earth combined. When this is the vastness of its width, then how much vaster its length must be!  

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