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Guided or Misguided

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Last Updated on Saturday, 09 February 2013 09:17

يُضِلُّ بِهِ كَثِيرًا وَيَهْدِي بِهِ كَثِيرًا

“Allah Ta’ala causes many to be misguided by it and guides many by it”  (Surah Baqarah, v26)

Allah Ta’ala uses numerous examples in the Quraan for man’s guidance, but there are many who choose to object to them. Their rejection and objection then becomes a cause for them to go astray and to lead others astray as well.  The disbelievers increase their disbelief by rejecting the Quraanic verses.  However the believers find their imaan strengthening with the verses of the Quraan.

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The Yardstick of Imaan

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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 December 2012 15:40

آمِنُوا كَمَا آمَنَ النَّاسُ

“Believe, as the people (the Sahabah radiyallahu anhum) believed” (Surah Baqarah, v13)

The Imaan (faith) of the Sahabah (radiyallahu anhum) is actually the yardstick and the standard by which we can test as to whether our Imaan is correct or not. This verse is sufficient proof to the high rank and position the Sahabah (radiyallahu anhum) enjoy in the court of Allah Ta’ala. Till the day of judgement the Imaan of Sahabah (radiyallahu anhum) will serve as a gauge by which our Imaan may be judged.

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All Sealed

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 09:58

In Surah Baqarah, Allah Ta’ala says:

خَتَمَ اللَّـهُ عَلَى قُلُوبِهِمْ وَعَلَى سَمْعِهِمْ وَعَلَى أَبْصَارِهِمْ غِشَاوَةٌ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ ﴿٧﴾

"Allah Ta’ala has placed a seal upon their hearts (hence no good enters) and upon their hearing (thus they do not heed what they hear), while there is a veil over their eyes (therefore they do not see the truth).” (Surah Baqarah, v7) 

The disbelievers themselves are the cause for their inability to accept Islam because they destroy the capability that they were born with. Allah Ta’ala is only referred to as the one who seals their hearts because He has created man’s actions.

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See the Unseen

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 September 2012 14:59

In Surah Baqarah, Allah Ta’ala describes the people of taqwa (piety) and explains their qualities. Allah Ta’ala declares: 

الَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِالْغَيْبِ وَيُقِيمُونَ الصَّلَاةَ وَمِمَّا رَزَقْنَاهُمْ يُنفِقُونَ ﴿٣﴾ وَالَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكَ وَمَا أُنزِلَ مِن قَبْلِكَ وَبِالْآخِرَةِ هُمْ يُوقِنُونَ ﴿٤﴾

“They are those who have Imaan (conviction) in the unseen (that it is completely true) … and they are convinced about (the reality of) the Hereafter. (Surah Baqarah, v3&4)

Imaan is to have firm belief in the Unseen. The material world speaks on the policy of “Seeing is believing”. However, as Muslims we need to speak so much about the Unseen that it becomes like what is seen. Our real conviction should be in the Unseen – in the reality of the Hereafter. A calculated effort is being made by the disbelievers to remove the concept of the reality of the Hereafter from our minds. We are deceived and captivated by the imitation and temporary pleasure of this world, that there is no time to even think of the eternal reality of the Hereafter. We therefore need to increase the extent that we speak, listen and read about the Unseen – the life after death.

   

Another speciality of Ramadaan

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Last Updated on Monday, 10 September 2012 10:24

“The month of Ramadaan is the month in which the Quraan was revealed as guidance for mankind, and as clear signs that show the right way and distinguish between right and wrong.” (Surah Baqarah, v185)

Allah Ta’ala mentions another speciality of Ramadaan – the revelation of the Quraan Majeed. On the night of Qadr, the entire Quraan Majeed was revealed at once from the Lowhul Mahfooz (preserved tablet) to the sky above the earth.

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