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Taraweeh Reflections - Juz 26

Juz Twenty Six

Sūrah al-Ḥujurāt

Sūrah al-Ḥujurāt contains essential teachings  for  our collective life and along with sūrah Noor must be part of the core Qur’ānic syllabus for everyone. Here are just some of the highlights from this sūrah.

News Reports

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِن جَاءَكُمْ فَاسِقٌ بِنَبَإٍ فَتَبَيَّنُوا أَن تُصِيبُوا قَوْمًا بِجَهَالَةٍ فَتُصْبِحُوا عَلَىٰ مَا فَعَلْتُمْ نَادِمِينَ
O you who believe, if a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest you harm people unwittingly.  (Al-Ḥujurāt, 49:6)

We are required to check the sources before jumping on a news report. If the source is not trustworthy then we must investigate the report itself before spreading it or acting on it. The āyah says that we should not accept a report from a fāsiq. The word can be translated as wicked, ungodly, and iniquitous.

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Taraweeh Reflections - Juz 26

Juz Twenty Six

Sūrah al-Ḥujurāt

Sūrah al-Ḥujurāt contains essential teachings  for  our collective life and along with sūrah Noor must be part of the core Qur’ānic syllabus for everyone. Here are just some of the highlights from this sūrah.

News Reports

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِن جَاءَكُمْ فَاسِقٌ بِنَبَإٍ فَتَبَيَّنُوا أَن تُصِيبُوا قَوْمًا بِجَهَالَةٍ فَتُصْبِحُوا عَلَىٰ مَا فَعَلْتُمْ نَادِمِينَ
O you who believe, if a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest you harm people unwittingly.  (Al-Ḥujurāt, 49:6)

We are required to check the sources before jumping on a news report. If the source is not trustworthy then we must investigate the report itself before spreading it or acting on it. The āyah says that we should not accept a report from a fāsiq. The word can be translated as wicked, ungodly, and iniquitous.

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Taraweeh Reflections - Juz 25

Juz Twenty Five

The Purpose behind Economic Scarcity

وَلَوْ بَسَطَ اللَّهُ الرِّزْقَ لِعِبَادِهِ لَبَغَوْا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَٰكِن يُنَزِّلُ بِقَدَرٍ مَّا يَشَاءُ ۚ إِنَّهُ بِعِبَادِهِ خَبِيرٌ بَصِيرٌ
For if Allāh were to grant (in this world) abundant sustenance to (all of) His servants, they would behave on earth with wanton insolence: but as it is, He bestows (His grace) from on high in due measure, as He wills: for, verily, He is fully aware of (the needs of) His creatures, and sees them all. (Ash-Shūrā 42:27)

Economics is the science that deals with the issue of scarcity. However it cannot see the Divine plan behind this scarcity and therefore leads to the same wanton insolence that is meant to be avoided through it. Scarcity of provisions leads to interdependence and makes the working of the human society possible. It also makes us realize our limits and keeps us from being haughty.

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Taraweeh Reflections - Juz 22

Juz Twenty Two

Sūrah al-Aḥzāb: Reflections on Hijab

 

In this sūrah, which was revealed at the time of the battle of the trench (also known as the battle of Aḥzāb), hijab was introduced as a formal requirement for Muslim women. This was a revolutionary change. The Arab society of the time was a stranger to the idea of segregation and hijab as mentioned in āyah 33 below. This era was declared as a dark era of ignorance (al-Jāhiliyyah al-Ūlā, or the earlier Jāhiliyyah) and the new Muslim community  was asked to move away from its cultural and social practices. The qualifier Ūlā (earlier) implies the prophesy of a later Jāhiliyyah, and what we are witnessing today in the modern world fits the bill.

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Taraweeh Reflections - Juz 21

Sūrah ar-Rūm

This sūrah begins with two predictions. One was for the victory of Romans over the Persians after they had been nearly vanquished by the latter. Simultaneously, it was predicted, Muslims would gain victory over the Quraysh. Both would take place in less than a decade. Both looked impossible at the time. Both came to pass as predicted. In this alone there is ample proof for open minded people that the Qur’ān is the Word of Allāh.

Limits of Scientific Knowledge

يَعْلَمُونَ ظَاهِرًا مِّنَ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَهُمْ عَنِ الْآخِرَةِ هُمْ غَافِلُونَ
They know but the outer surface of this world’s life, whereas of the ultimate things they are utterly unaware. (Ar-Rūm, 30:7)

This is a general comment on the limits of human knowledge acquired through sense perception and logical reasoning—in other words, scientific knowledge. This knowledge is based only on the observable phenomenon, whether observed with the help of instruments or without. But there is much more to life than the observable spectrum. The victory of Romans over the Persians within a decade, was beyond all human calculations.

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