- This is post #33 in our series on Tafseer of Juz ‘Amma (click the link to see all posts in this series). This is the first of two posts on the tafseer of Surah Balad. Allah says: لَا أُقْسِمُ بِهَذَا الْبَلَدِ Translation: I swear by this city (Makkah) … [Surah Balad, verse 1] “Laa uqsim” literally means, “I will not swear by.” in Arabic language, it means “this thing is so truthful, I almost don’t even have to swear by it.
- Fal-ya’buduw rabba haadha al-bayt. This is post #32 in our series on Tafseer of Juz ‘Amma (click the link to see all posts in this series). This post is chronologically out of order, since Surah Quraish was revealed before surah Qaari’ah; but insha’Allah khayr. Allah says: لِإِيلَافِ قُرَيْشٍ إِيلَافِهِمْ رِحْلَةَ الشِّتَاءِ وَالصَّيْفِ فَلْيَعْبُدُوا رَبَّ هَذَا الْبَيْتِ الَّذِي أَطْعَمَهُم مِّن جُوعٍ وَآمَنَهُم مِّنْ خَوْفٍ Translation: For the accustomed security of the Quraysh – Their accustomed security [in] the caravan of winter and summer – Let them worship the Lord of this House, Who has fed them, [saving them] from hunger and made them safe, [saving them] from fear.
- A faraash–a moth. This is post #31 in our series on Tafseer of Juz ‘Amma (click the link to see all posts in this series). As per the poll on our twitter account, there was consensus on their being a post on grammatical analysis of Surah Qaari’ah. So here you go insha’Allah. Standard Disclaimer: I am not an Arab (as in, fluent in Arabic) nor have I double-checked this in books of ‘ulama discussing grammar; there is sometimes difference of opinion in grammar, as well; so take it as such insha’Allah.
- This is post #30 in our series on Tafseer of Juz ‘Amma (click the link to see all posts in this series). Allah says, in Surah Qaari’ah: الْقَارِعَةُ مَا الْقَارِعَةُ وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا الْقَارِعَةُ Translation: The Striking Calamity – What is the Striking Calamity? And what can make you know what is the Striking Calamity? [Surah Qaariah, verses 1-3] As we mentioned, the phrase in verse three–“wa maa adaraaka maa …,” is a phrase that means that, you cannot understand this thing–Al-Qaari’ah, the striking calamity.
- This is post #29 in our series on Tafseer of Juz ‘Amma (click the link to see all posts in this series). Calligraphy of Arabic, or maybe Al-Qur’an, inscribed in metal! Continuing our discussion of Surah At-Teen, we’re going to insha’Allah dive into the Arabic analysis. It’s surprising how much subhanallah you can understand with only a partial learning/understanding; but didn’t Allah say that it’s a clear, easy to read book?
- This is post #28 in our series on Tafseer of Juz ‘Amma (click the link to see all posts in this series). Tiyn and Zaytoon–the fig and the olive. Allah says, in Surah At-Teen: وَالتِّينِ وَالزَّيْتُونِ وَطُورِ سِينِينَ وَهَذَا الْبَلَدِ الْأَمِينِ Translation: By the fig and the olive. And [by] Mount SinaiAnd [by] this secure city [Makkah], … [Surah At-Tin, verses 1-3] Allah is testifying. Allah, the Lord of the Universe, wants us to take something extra-extra-super-specially-important.
This is post #27 in our series on Tafseer of Juz ‘Amma (click the link to see all posts in this series).
Allah says, in Surah Al-Burooj:
وَالسَّمَاءِ ذَاتِ الْبُرُوجِ
قُتِلَ أَصْحَابُ الْأُخْدُودِ
Translation: By the sky containing great stars. And [by] the promised Day. And [by] the witness and what is witnessed. Cursed were the companions of the trench. [Surah Al-Buruj, verses 1-4]
The story of Ashaab-ul-Burooj, the People of the Ditch, is pretty well-known; in fact, we have an entire 15-part series on this surah. Check it out insha’Allah.
Allah opens this surahs with testifications. Then he testifies: qutila ashaabul-‘uqdood. ‘uqdood is another word for ditch. Qutila, literally, means “they were killed.” But Ibn Abbaas (radiallahu anhu) said, whenever you read qutila in the Qur’an, it means lu’ina–cursed.
Allah cursed the People of the Ditch. And Allah is not in need of cursing–He can do anything, to anybody, anytime, anywhere. Lu’ina means, they were destroyed.
And they _are_destroyed.
So what great sin did they perpetrate in order to deserve this immense reward–not only being cursed and destroyed, but being documented in the Qur’an, to be recited until the end of time?
- This is post #26 in our series on Tafseer of Juz ‘Amma (click the link to see all posts in this series). The noble she-camel, prized in the Arab society, was actually one of the signs Allah sent to a nation. What did they do with it? Surahs are usually named by something unique in their content. But the sun (ash-shams) is mentioned in several surahs; so why is this one called Surah Shams?
This is post #25 in our series on Tafseer of Juz ‘Amma (click the link to see all posts in this series).
Reason of Revelation
The Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) told the companions about a man of the previous nations; a man who lived and fought jihad for over 1000 months (roughly 83 years, 4 months). (In case you didn’t know, the previous nations lived longer than us–like Prophet Nuh (alayhi salaam), who did da’wah for nearly 1000 years.)
The companions were amazed, and they said: how can we compete with him?
And subhanallah, this is a gem. Look at the companions. They prioritized and competed for the akhirah. Subhanallah to the point that, they don’t just try to do “some good deeds before I die;” not enough. They competed with each other–but even that was not enough. Rather, they competed with all of the Muslims, ever, starting from the time of Prophet Adam, until the Day of Judgment.
We need to really look at ourselves and see, how much are we like them? Or are we just vying for bigger houses, better cars–more dunya?
- It’s not dunya status that matters. Allah teaches us this again in Surah Abasa–it’s the one with taqwa.
This is post #24 in our series on Tafseer of Juz ‘Amma (click the link to see all posts in this series).
How would you feel if someone you love corrected you, in public, in front of everyone else? Would you feel condemned, or criticized? Would you take it more seriously than someone you don’t like criticizing you?
And what if Allah, the Lord of the Universe, criticized you … in public?