Tuesday, 14 April 2015

GEMS: Journey of Faith (Part 14)

GEMS: Journey of Faith (Part 14)

◆ Surah Al Fatihah is a dua. You are having a beautiful dialog with Allah SWT when you recite Al Fatihah. So don't rush into it. Savour the moment.

◆ As long as your dua is not a sin, it will be answered. Allah is All Hearing.

◆ Surah An Noor talks about modesty and chastity but in the middle of the surah, Allah SWT said that "He is The Light of the sky". Theme of surah is how to gain the light of Allah SWT. One of the ways is attained through modesty and guarding your chastity.
Surah An-Noor, Verse 35:

اللَّهُ نُورُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ مَثَلُ نُورِهِ كَمِشْكَاةٍ فِيهَا مِصْبَاحٌ الْمِصْبَاحُ فِي زُجَاجَةٍ الزُّجَاجَةُ كَأَنَّهَا كَوْكَبٌ دُرِّيٌّ يُوقَدُ مِن شَجَرَةٍ مُّبَارَكَةٍ زَيْتُونَةٍ لَّا شَرْقِيَّةٍ وَلَا غَرْبِيَّةٍ يَكَادُ زَيْتُهَا يُضِيءُ وَلَوْ لَمْ تَمْسَسْهُ نَارٌ نُّورٌ عَلَىٰ نُورٍ يَهْدِي اللَّهُ لِنُورِهِ مَن يَشَاءُ وَيَضْرِبُ اللَّهُ الْأَمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِ وَاللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ

Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His Light is as (if there were) a niche and within it a lamp, the lamp is in glass, the glass as it were a brilliant star, lit from a blessed tree, an olive, neither of the east (i.e. neither it gets sun-rays only in the morning) nor of the west (i.e. nor it gets sun-rays only in the afternoon, but it is exposed to the sun all day long), whose oil would almost glow forth (of itself), though no fire touched it. Light upon Light! Allah guides to His Light whom He wills. And Allah sets forth parables for mankind, and Allah is All-Knower of everything.
(English - Mohsin Khan)

◆ Only in Surah As Saffaat that Allah doesn't mention the west after mentioning the east. That's because Allah SWT is talking about the unstoppable rise of Islam. Thus only the side where the sun rises is mentioned.
Surah As-Saaffat, Verse 5:

رَّبُّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا وَرَبُّ الْمَشَارِقِ

Lord of the heavens and of the earth, and all that is between them, and Lord of every point of the sun's risings. (None has the right to be worshipped but Allah).
(English - Mohsin Khan)

◆ Wisdom is to put things at the right time and the right place, using the right method.

◆ The life and character of Rasulullah SAW itself is enough proof that he is indeed the Messenger of Allah.

◆ One of the challenges faced by children and youth is hearing about good manners but not seeing it. We must demonstrate Islam by putting it into practice!

◆ The first stage of Hereafter is in the grave, after you die.

◆ Some signs of the Last Day are apearing right before our eyes. Fear Allah!

◆ Sleep is the minor death and should make us reflect on death. The dream that we have is different from one another and the emotion in it is physical. The effect of it is also physical. Just like how whatever we will experience in lying in the grave is physical.

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