- This is post #38 in our series on Tafseer of Juz ‘Amma (click the link to see all posts in this series). Allah (‘azza wa jal) says in Surah Al-Ghaashiyah: هَلْ أَتَاكَ حَدِيثُ الْغَاشِيَةِ Translation: Has there reached you the report of the Overwhelming [event]? [Surah Ghashiya, verse 1] The surah starts with a question, to make you think. The companions would say: Allahu wa rasuluhu a’lam (know better), out of humbleness, even know they had an answer in mind.
- Umar (RA) passed by a garbage dump and stopped there, and it was as if his companions were bothered by it (the smell). He said [… full story at the end…] What would you think of someone who goes for umra on a 1 week trip. He goes there, buys a car, clothes, house, grocery, ….. He even takes dollars with him and doesn’t exchange them into local currency! We would think that something is wrong with that person.
Note: This is post #17 in our series on Tafseer of Juz ‘Amma (click the link to see all posts in this series).Competition in [worldly] increase diverts you, until you visit the graves …
Allah says, in Surah At-Takaathur:
حَتَّى زُرْتُمُ الْمَقَابِرَ
Translation: Competition in [worldly] increase diverts you, until you visit the graveyards. [Surah At-Takaathur, verses 1-2]
Subhanallah, even though these verses were revealed over 1400 years ago, we still see the exact same situation today. Al-Haakum means, it makes you compete with each other. At-Takaathur is rivalry, competition, in accumulating material things; thinking that life is about toys, and the one with the most (or most expensive) toys wins.
What is Takaathur?