بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
Nahmaduhu wa nusalli ala rasoolihil kareem amma ‘baad, fa a’uzu billahi mina shaytwan nir rajeeem
Bismillah hirahman nirraheem
Assalam walikum wa rahmatulla hi wa barakatuhu dear sisters,
Allah commands us in surah Qaf, to ponder over his works and says,
“And the earth- we spread it out and cast therein firmly set mountains and made grow their in something of every beautiful kind, giving insight and a reminder for every servant who turns to Allah” [50: 7-8]
What is the first thing we realize?
Tauheed – oneness.
I looked around myself, the skies, the plants, the oceans, the mountains, the alterations of day and night and the process of child birth, all are created in a state of perfection. All of these signs gave me a great proof that Allah is the one and only, true God. You get to know Allah swt and his power by simply looking around you.
You are the living example.
Infact you are the living example of the ultimate power of Allah. There is no one but Allah ‘azza wajal able to create you.
When people feel anxious and stresses out, what do they do naturally? They go for a walk, they go outside. They get some fresh air.
However as Muslims, when someone comes to you complaining of low Iman, have you ever advised them ” to look at the sky and tress?” Allah tells in this ayah that nature gives insight and not only that, but it also is a reminder for every servant who turns to Allah.
That is the difference between people who just walk through nature and people who interact with nature like Allah swt told them to.
So how do you interact with nature? How do you get productive? And how do you spiritually benefit from reflecting on nature?
Look at the sky
Observe the flawless, fascinating creation. If Allah swt can make that, do you think he can’t solve your problems which are much smaller?
Observe the night and day
The transition of day and night reminds you that even the worst day is only of 24 hours. Just as the night alternates with the day, hardship will alternate with ease in your life.
Allah even mentions it in Surah Alam Nashra
“Fa’ inna maa’al usri yusra, inna maa’al usri yusra”
-verily with every hardship there is ease
Consider the Fertile and deserted lands.
In this life you will find people with hearts full of faith, engaged in good deeds and trying to please Allah azza wajal. Their hearts are like fertile lands. Then you have people with dead or hard hearts. Their hearts resemble deserted and dead lands. When you see fertile lands and greenery, think about your heart and make dua that Allah azza wajal makes your heart alive and beaming with faith in him.
Observe the Rain
Rain reminds us if the resurrection. On the day when the earth shall be cleft, Allah will send down rain from sky. From that rain the bodies of the creation will grow while they are in their graves, just as the seed grows in soil in the aftermath of rain. When the bodies grow to the full strength, Allah commands the angle Israfil A.S and he will blow the trumpet. The souls will be enclosed in a hole in the trumpet. When Israfil a.s blows in the trumpet, the souks will depart from it and will fly between the heavens and the earth.
Observer the tiny creature – the bee
Prophet s.a.w mentions in one of his hadeeth that “I swear by the one who has my life in his hand, the example of the believer is just like the example of the bee”
In simple words he says, if you want to be a moment then just be like Bee. Allah swt mentions about the bee in Suah Al-Nahl.
To be a momin just observe the tiny bee and inculcate the characteristics of it, that will suffice. Let me tell you two beautiful characteristics of bee,
 Bee eats well – it eats good and pure.
Relating to mankind Allah tells about the risk we pursue, be it job, business, money/ food he asks us to look for the pure and the best thing.
 Bee gives it recipient more than it takes from it – it surely sucks honey but it in turn gives pollen to flower that gives them life.
Relating to mankind Allah tells us that in every relationship rather than just demanding and expecting start giving it more than you expect.
Beyond anything the bees work towards something that more than them it benefits the mankind. Honey has a Cure and healing for humanity. Similarly, like the bees if we start benefiting each other we become healing for mankind.
This is the Hikmah, the Wisdom Alhamdulillah I received. Pondering and observing the nature taught me so much and gave me the hikmah to see things and situations beyond what they just appear. I believe Islam is something to be lived and not practiced. And by learning Quran have started practicing Islam. I don’t say I live Islam as I don’t think I have attained all the guidance, all the wisdom, and the patience one should have, but yes certainly I fell and see these little differences in me and in shaa allah with this journey that has just begun I hope one day I start living Islam.
Subhanallahi wa bihamdihi, subhanakallahumma wa bihamdika,
Ash’hadu Allah ilaha illa anta astaghfiruka wa ‘tubu ilayk.
‘Nahmaduhu Wa Nusalli Ala Rasoolilah Kareem, Amma ‘Baad,Fa’ Aouzobillahi Minash Shaitaannir Rajeem, ‘Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim’
Assalam Alaikum Wa Rehmath Ullahi Wa Barkatahu Dear sisters & mothers,
Alhumdulillah, I take immense pleasure to stand before you all & share my reflections of learning the tafseer of Quran.
First of all I would like to put a light on the 2 phases of my life.
Till the Ramadan of 2014, my entire life was focused on making sure that everyone liked me, that every was pleased with me. But, I hardly knew that it is Allah alone, I should please. My entire day was spent on expecting love & respect from the people on whom I showered my love & respect. But, I hardly knew that it was Allah alone who can love me more than anybody else, more than my own mother.
Now, after learning the Tafseer of the holy Quran, although with the lowest level of understanding, I am a person who believes that,
-if you want love, it should be from Allah,
-want anything in life, ask Allah,
-Want to cry your heart out, then do it before Allah,
-Have doubts o confusions, speak to Allah,
& the best way 2 communicate to Allah is through Namaz or reading Quran, because Quran is the kalaam of Allah. It has got everything what Allah wants to say to us. Through Quran I have grown to be a positive person.
When I compare what I was & what I am, I see two different personalities with two different perspectives of life. I am definitely not the person I used to be. I do not say that I have changed completely or I am the best version of what Allah expects me to be. However small, this transformation is a blessing from Allah.
Few changes I can count on are;
1. Wearing hijab whenever I am out of my home.
2. Gossips wit friends replaced by plans to learn Quran, memorize askaar, doing Hifz & learning hadees.
3.The most important change is hopelessness/na-ummeedi being replaced by hope/positiveness, because Allah says in Surah Ash-Sharh / Alam Nashrah, that “hardships are going to b replaced by ease and the only thing we need to do is worship Allah.” This surah, Alhamdulillah, is always in my mind and on my tongue and I would like to recite it now:
Bismillah . . .
Alam nashrah . . .
I will be honest to tell that, the only way to convince me on something is by giving scientific proofs or by common logic. When I started learning the tafseer of Quran, I saw that the majority of the ayahs in Quran is either science or logic. Eventually, I realized that no other book can speak to me, convince & manipulate my state of mind, better than Quran. Allahu Akbar!!!
No doubt Allah calls the holy Quran to be Al-Majeed, which means noble, special & unique, making its reader too noble, special & unique.
I conclude by making a dua to Allah that, May Allah have peace & mercy on our Prophet (sws) on whom Quran was brought. May Allah bless my teacher & reward her for every word she taught. May He guide all of us to right path, give us the understanding of deen, help us learn Quran in a much better way than we do today.
Subhana rabbika rabbil izatti ama yasifun wa ssalamu allalmursalin wa alhamdu la illhai rabbil alaamin”.
Asalaam a laikum.
By Saba Fatima
More to be added soon……