Challenges/Quran/Reflections

Posted: October 19, 2008 in Progress, Quran, The 4 Imams, Torch Bearers

Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah. The other day I was listening to the lecture on Imam Shafaee r.a and in the lecture it was mentioned how challenges in our lives make us stronger. It is when we’re faced with adversity and things come about that we truly become people of strength, and more importantly it is when surround ourselves with people who push us to excel in every facet of our lives. Subhana’Allah. Imam Shafee r.a was a student of Imam Malik, and they learned from one another and at a young age Imam Shafee r.a was already challenging the ways of Imam Malik r.a An example is that of the time a man came to Imam Malik r.a and said that “i stated that if my wife isn’t more beautiful then the moon than she is divorced”, and so he asked Imam Malik r.a if his wife was divorced. Imam Malik r.a replied “yes, its considered one talaq-for there was nothing more beautiful then the moon”. Soon, Imam Shafee r.a was asked about this and he stated otherwise that the man was not in wrong but rather that his wife was more beautiful then the moon. The man asked if Imam Shafee r.a had seen his wife, and Imam Shafee r.a replied “No” but used the evidence from the ayah in the Quran where Allah speaks of the creation and says that “He has made the human being in perfect condition/best form” Subhan’Allah, and that was the state Imam Shafee r.a was at during his early years…

Alhamdulilah, I am at the end of Saba, and thus the need to write this post. I absolutely enjoyed memorizing Saba, what a beautiful Surah. I was thinking while studying Torch today of how the scholars we’re so focused and determined to know the book of Allah by heart. Truely amazing. While memorizing I looked at my english translation, which she is something I use to do often and an act that makes the memorization process meaningful and beautiful at the same time. Some ayahs stood at time, and made me reflect on them.

The two ayahs below are back to back-(two key points: dailogue between Istakbaroo (arrogant) and istut3ifoo (weak) ) and the word choice-Allah uses in the way they speak to each other. I am amazed by these two ayahs, First the arrogant are mentioned in the ayah, then in the next ayah the weak speak and Allah starts with them. Of the arrogant they ask the weak ones (despised ones) “why did you go astray and follow us”, the weak ones say something along the lines of “calling to them day and night and go astray and forgetting the remembrance of Allah”. Subhana’Allah, this characteristic is amazing…imagine that of the arrogant once calling for the disobedience of Allah day and night to the weak ones…almost like an attack. Sound familiar…this is the characteristics of somethings found in the dunya..i.e tv., internet, and sometimes even in the shape of people. All basically calling to the disobedience and negligence of Allah/His deen.

Qala allatheena istakbaroo lillatheena istudAAifoo anahnu sadadnakum AAani alhuda baAAda ith jaakum bal kuntum mujrimeena

34:32 The arrogant ones will say to those who had been despised: “Was it we who kept you back from Guidance after it reached you? Nay, rather, it was ye who transgressed.

Waqala allatheena istudAAifoo lillatheena istakbaroo bal makru allayli waalnnahari ith tamuroonana an nakfura biAllahi wanajAAala lahu andadan waasarroo alnnadamata lamma raawoo alAAathaba wajaAAalna alaghlala fee aAAnaqi allatheena kafaroo hal yujzawna illa ma kanoo yaAAmaloona

34:33 Those who had been despised will say to the arrogant ones: “Nay! it was a plot (of yours) by day and by night: Behold! Ye (constantly) ordered us to be ungrateful to Allah and to attribute equals to Him!” They will declare (their) repentance when they see the Penalty: We shall put yokes on the necks of the Unbelievers: It would only be a requital for their (ill) Deeds.

And of those who are warned: Some their weakness lies in their families (children) and wealth. These kept them away from the rememberance of Allah in that they considered themselves not needing anything else.

Waqaloo nahnu aktharu amwalan waawladan wama nahnu bimuAAaththabeena

34:35 They said: “We have more in wealth and in sons, and we cannot be punished.”

Lastly, I was moved by the ayah where Allah says “….Whatsoever you spend of anything (in Allah’s cause), He will replace it. And He is the Best of providers.” Its super amazing this statement, and one we don’t usually think about, that anything we do in the way of Allah, i.e giving money, time, etc. Allah will give it all back to us in this dunya or even better in the hereafter. Imagine that!

Qul inna rabbee yabsutu alrrizqa liman yashao min AAibadihi wayaqdiru lahu wama anfaqtum min shayin fahuwa yukhlifuhu wahuwa khayru alrraziqeena

34:39 Say: “Verily my Lord enlarges and restricts the Sustenance to such of his servants as He pleases: and nothing do ye spend in the least (in His cause) but He replaces it: for He is the Best of those who grant Sustenance.


Peace out ya’All. What a day, Alhamdulilah.

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