“And never think that Allaah is unaware of what the wrongdoers do…”

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;

“And never think that Allaah is unaware of what the wrongdoers do. He only delays them for a Day when eyes will stare in horror. (They will be) hastening forward with necks outstretched, their heads raised up (towards the sky), their gaze returning not towards them and their hearts empty (from thinking because of extreme fear ). “[14:42,43]

Sheikh ‘Abdur Rahman ibn Naasir as-Si’dee, may Allaah have mercy upon him, says in his explanation of this verse:

“This is a severe threat and chastisement towards the oppressors as well as a relief and consolation for the oppressed. Therefore, He gives these individuals respite, provides them with vast provisions and allows them to travel throughout the land safely. However this doesn’t establish that their affair is good or correct. Verily, Allaah delays the oppressors’ punishment in order for him to increase in sin and transgression. So when Allaah (the All-Mighty) siezes him, he won’t let him go. He says:

“Such is the Seizure of your Lord when He seizes the (population of) towns while they are doing wrong. Verily, His Seizure is painful, and severe.”[11:102]

And this oppression includes both, between the individual and Allaah likewise his oppression upon the slaves of Allaah.

“He only delays them for a Day when eyes will stare in horror.”[14:42]

Meaning they will not be busied with looking about, left or right, from the horrid spectacle of that which they will see from terrors and dismay.

“Hastening forward…”[14:43]

Responding to the Caller when he calls them to gather before Allaah for judgement. There will be no opposition (in that) nor refuge.

“(They will be) hastening forward with necks outstretched, their heads raised up (towards the sky)…”[14:43]

Their hands will be fastened to their necks causing their heads to raise.

“their gaze returning not towards them and their hearts empty (from thinking because of extreme fear).”[14:43]

Their hearts will be empty. They will have traveled up to their throats and will be filled with grief, sadness, worry and anguish, i.e. the dhaalimoon (wrongdoers, polytheists, oppressors, etc.)”

Source: Tayseer al-Kareem ar-Rahman fi tafsir kalaam al-Mannaan [Soorah 14:42,43]

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Explanation of Sooratul-Maa’oon (The Small Kindnesses)

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;

[This is a pdf that was published by our brothers at troid.ca, may Allaah reward them, about a year ago. I’m resposting it here on the site in hopes that we can gain benefit from it by Allaah’s permission. May Allaah accept from us our deeds.]

Presented to you is the explanation of Sooratul-Maa’oon (The Small Kindnesses), the 107th chapter of the Qur’aan, by illustrious scholar of our era, Shaykh ibn ‘Uthaymeen.  Found within this explanation is the discussion of riyaa’, showing off in ibaadah, and Allaah’s threat to those that delay their prayers.

“These individuals perform actions to be seen by the people. The origin of the worship is for Allaah however they intend with that the praise of the people. They draw close to the people by that which draws them close to Allaah. These people are indeed Muraa’oon, those who do actions to be seen. As for a person who prays for the people meaning that he prays to a king for example or other than him and he submits himself before him (like you would to Allaah) by bowing or prostrating, then this is a Mushrik Kaafir, Allaah has made Paradise forbidden for him and his abode is the Hell-fire (if he dies upon that).”

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“And what is the Dunyah except play and amusement”

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficient, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, companions and all those who follow them in goodness until the day of Return. As for what follows;

Allaah, The Most High, says what is translated to mean:

And the life of this world is nothing but play and amusement. But far better is the house in the Hereafter for those who are Al-Muttaqoon (the Pious). Will you not then understand?”[6:32]

The great interpreter of the Quraan, Sheikh ‘Abdur Rahman ibn Naasir as-Si’dee, may Allaah have mercy upon him, mentions in his explanation of this verse:

This is the reality of the worldly-life and the hereafter. As for the worldly-life: It is nothing more than play and amusement. Playing around with the bodies and amusement of the hearts. They, i.e. the hearts, are infatuated by it, the souls are passionately in love with it and all the concerns and worries are connected to it. One being busied with it resembles the playing of a young child.

As for the hereafter: Then it is ((better for those who possess taqwah)) in its essence and description, its longevity and eternal existence, therein is all that which the souls yearn for and what delights the eye from pleasures of the hearts and souls, abundant joys and total paradise.

However it is not for everyone. It is only for the Muttaqoon, those who carry out the commandments of Allaah and forsake His prohibitions and reprimandings.

((Will you not then understand?)) Meaning: Will you not ponder and contemplate over which of the two abodes are more deserving of being sought after?!”

Source: Tafseer as-Sa’dee

SIMPLE MATH: Obedience + Patience = Reward

In the name of Allah, all praise is to him, The One. I send peace and blessings upon His messenger, Al-Mustafa, upon his family, companions and those who followed him in goodness until The Day of Judgement (Youm Al-Qiyaamah). To proceed:

Prophet Yusuf (‘alayhis-Salam) said to his brothers when they came to Egypt and realized who he was, “Verily, he who fears Allah with obedience to Him, and is patient, then surely Allah makes not the reward of the Muhsinoon (good-doers) to be lost.”[1]

‘Fear Allah’ in fulfilling the [religious] obligations and staying away from disobedience ‘and is patient’ upon what Allah (mighty and majestic) prohibited us from. Ibn Abbas said, “‘Fears Allah’ from Zina (fornication/adultery) ‘and is patient‘ in bachelorhood.” Mujahid said, “‘Fears Allah‘ from disobedience (evil deeds) ‘and is patient‘ in imprisonment.””

— Tafsir Al-Baghawi [2]

‘He who fears Allah with obedience to Him and is patient’, meaning: upon difficulties and disobedience. ‘Then surely, Allah makes not the reward of the Muhsinoon to be lost’, meaning: patient upon the trials and upholding obedience.”

— Tafsir Al-Qurtubi [3]

In this ayah from Surah Yusuf, Allah (subhaanahu wa ta’ala — glory be to he) mentions obedience with patience together, both being conditions to receive His reward. This tells us, that if one variable of this equation is void then the product, and how much of it you will receive, is undefined. Therefore, it is not sufficient for us to obey Allah without being patient with the trials and tribulations that come alone with that obedience, as well as it is not sufficient for us to be patient while engaged in the disobedience of Allah. We, as Muslim, have to make our hearts wholeheartedly content with the decree of Allah and obey him in that which he legislated; in doing such, we will receive the reward he has promised us. May Allah make us all from those when they hear they obey and when they obey are patient upon anything that comes their way, Ameen!

 

With that I close. Glory and praise be to Allah, I bare witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except He, I seek His forgiveness, and turn to him in repentance.

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[1] Surah Yusuf 12 : 90

[2] http://bit.ly/pJ38jo

[3] http://bit.ly/pY8UHl

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Written by:

Abdul-Malik Merchant

Umm al-Qura University

Washington DC, USA

Sha’ban 6, 1432 — July 7, 2011

“Verily, those who believe and work deeds of righteousness…”

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what proceeds;

“Verily, those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, the Most Beneficent, will bestow love for them (in the hearts of His slaves).”[19:96]

By: Sheikh ‘Abdur Razzaaq ibn ‘Abdul Muhsin al ‘Abbaad al-Badr may Allaah preserve them both. Teacher in the Prophets Mosque and the Islaamic University of Medinah.

Excerpt:

“If Allaah loves a slave, He calls out to Jibreel saying: “Verily I love so and so, so love him.” Therefore Jibreel will love him, and then Jibreel will announce to the residents of the heavens; “Verily Allaah loves so and so, so love him.” So the residents of the heavens will all love him. Then acceptance will be placed down in the earth for him.”

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May Allaah make us from those who truly believe and works deeds of righteousness soley for His sake.

“And as for the blessings of your Lord then speak about them.”

In the name of Allaah, the Most Kind, All-Knower. May prayers, peace and blessings be upon the messenger Muhmmad, his family, companions and all those who follow them in goodness until the day of Resurrection. As for what follows;

Question: Allaah, the Most High, says: “And as for the blessings of your Lord then speak about them.”[94:11]
Thus if a person lives in ease and comfort does this verse apply to him? And what does this verse actually mean?

Sheikh Bin Baaz, may Allaah have mercy upon him, says: “This verse means: That Allaah ordered His Prophet [and other than him] peace be upon him, to speak about the blessings of Allaah. He thanks Allaah and shows his gratitude to Him by statements and actions. Speaking about the blessings of Allaah can occur by a person saying:

“We are good all praise due to Allaah.”

“We possess a lot of good things.”

“We have many blessings and we thank Allaah for this.”

He shouldn’t say “we are weak…” “we don’t have anything…” No, rather he must thank Allaah, speak about His favors and acknowledge the good that Allaah has given him. He shouldn’t speak miserably about his affair for example he says: “We don’t have any money or clothing, etc…”

However upon him is to menton the favors of Allaah and show his gratitude. And when Allaah bestows a favor upon His slave He loves to see the traces of it upon him in his clothing, food and drink. He shouldn’t have the appearance of the poor whilst Allaah has bestowed upon him an abundant amount of wealth. His clothing and food shouldn’t be as if he is from the poor and needy. Rather he should display the blessings of Allaah in all his affairs.

However it should not be understood from this that he should be excessive and wasteful.”

Source: http://www.binbaz.org.sa/mat/32

Translator:

Abu Fouzaan Qaasim

Islaamic University of Medinah

Al-Medinah An-Nabawiyyah

Dhul-Hijjah 12,1432-November 8,2011