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“And We will remove whatever malice is…

Today’s thought for the Day comes from: (Al Qura’an) “S7:A43”, In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful! “And We will remove whatever malice is within their breasts. Rivers flow beneath them. And they will say, “All the praise is for Allah, the One who guided us to this, and we would not have received guidance if Allah would not have guided us. Certainly, the Messengers of our Lord had come with the truth.” And they will be addressed, “This is Paradise, which you have been made to inherit for what you used to do.”

This refers to something of a fine and delicate character that will take place in Paradise. Out of His Mercy, Allah SWT, will first purge the righteous of their blemishes. This will be done before admitting them to Paradise. Thus they will enter Paradise in a state of untainted Purity.

In this world we may have lurking sense of injury at the back of our minds, which may spoil our enjoyment on account of past memory intruding in the midst of felicity. In such cases memory itself is pain. In perfect felicity for the righteous, Allah SWT will remove all such feelings. No “heartaches” and no memories of them, nor any sense of envy or shortcoming be possible in that perfect bliss of Jannah! 😊

Act for the Day is: To try to be as righteous as possible and look upon all the bounties which we receive as favours from God. Accordingly, we shall thank and praise Him out of gratitude. The more we are lavished with worldly favours, the more humble and generous we shall become. Moreover, we shall not suffer from the illusion that our righteousness will certainly earn us our salvation. We shall always be fearful of God’s reckoning lest our evil deeds are found to outweigh our good deeds. According to a tradition the Prophet (PBUH) said; ‘Know well that none will be able to enter Paradise by dint of his good deeds.’ When asked if that would apply to him as well, the Prophet (PBUH) replied; ‘Yes, in my case as well; unless God covers me with His mercy and favour.’ (Bukhari, Kitab al-Riqaq).

Let’s increase our desire for Jannah, and seek Allah’s Guidance, ‘to be among the righteous’, so that we can inherit the kingdom of heaven,انشاء الله . JazakAllah Khair.

“And whoever does righteous…

Today’s thought for the Day comes from: (Al Qura’an) “S4:A124”, In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful! “And whoever does righteous deeds, whether male or female and is a believer – those will enter Paradise and they will not be wronged, (even as much as) the speck on a date-seed.”

The point made clear in this ayah, is that reward is not dependent on gender. Men and women both are equal in the sight of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Their roles are different but both of them will be rewarded according to the good deeds they performed. It means a man or woman who does good deeds, subject to the condition that such deeds issue forth from true faith, shall certainly go to Paradise fully rewarded for all his or her deeds without being wronged in the least. (Naqîr=is the groove in the date stone, even the smallest deed as equal to Naqîr will be rewarded).

From the above (read S4:A123 & 124), we learn that wishful thinking doesn’t get one Jannah; what matters is righteous deeds and emaan. If one doesn’t have emaan but cares for humanity and does righteous deeds, he cannot expect to be successful on the Day of Judgment. Similarly, a Muslim who has emaan but chooses to remain deluded by Shaytan’s tricks and treachery must not give himself the false hope that he will enter Jannah.

Act for the Day is: To understand that Actions with emaan are critical. We learn that emaan is the basis of All righteous deeds. It’s like a seed from which a plant comes forth. If one has emaan, the seed will grow into a plant, it will have branches and it will become a strong tree. The emaan will allow the person to perform one good deed after another. However, if he doesn’t have emaan he will have more bad deeds.

We shall increase our desire for Jannah, for which we need to shun all evil, and be firm in righteousness and faith in Allah. JazakAllah Khair.

“Allah will say, “This is the Day when the truthful will…

Today’s thought for the Day comes from: (Al Qura’an) “S5:A119”, In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful! “Allah will say, “This is the Day when the truthful will profit from their truthfulness. For them are Gardens underneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever.” Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him. That is a great success.

After listening to what Prophet Isa A.S., [Jesus] has to say on his behalf, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala gives a reply. (Refer S5:A116-118).

“This is a Day on which the truthful will profit…” Ibn Abbas radhiAllahu anhu said, “This is the Day when Tawheed will benefit those who believed in it.” Saddiqeen are those who have sidq in their words, actions and beliefs i.e. their belief is in accordance to reality; they are true and not false.
And there is no contradiction between their words and actions. If we are not truthful in dunya, how can we be truthful in the Hereafter?These people will forever live in Jannah and they will never be removed from it. Allah will be pleased with them, and they will be pleased with Him. This is the greatest blessing that anybody can have. When is a person pleased with a slave? When a servant is truthful. When he is a believer.

Act for the Day is: To learn the importance of ‘Sidq’ – speaking and living by the truth because it is what is going to benefit us in the Hereafter. Righteousness leads to Jannah.

The real success is being pleased with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and not wealth or status. It doesn’t matter how much wealth a person accumulates if Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is not pleased with him, he cannot succeed. May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala give us the tawfeeq to be of the sadiqeen and to be pleased with Him and His qadr [decree] so that He is pleased with us, Aameen. JazakAllah Khair.

“Say, “Shall I inform you of something better than…

Today’s thought for the Day comes from: (Al Qura’an) “S3:A15”, In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful! “Say, “Shall I inform you of something better than that. For those who fear Allah, with their Lord, will be Gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever, and they will have pure spouses and approval from Allah. And Allah is All-Seer of (His) slaves.”

‘This is the declaration of the reward for the Obedient slaves of Allah SWT.’ The fruits from the Gardens of Paradise will not be so exotic in appearance as to be unfamiliar to people. They will resemble the fruits to which human beings are accustomed in this world, though infinitely excelling them in delicacy of taste. In appearance they may resemble, say mangoes, pomegranates and oranges, and the people of Paradise will be able to identify them as such. In taste, however, there will be no comparison between the terrestrial and heavenly fruits.

The Qur’anic text has the Arabic word ‘azwaj’ which means ‘spouses’ or ‘couples’, and embraces both husband and wife. The husband is the zawj of his wife, and vice versa. In the Next World, however, this relationship of spouses will be qualified by purity. If a man has been virtuous in this world while his wife has not, their relationship in the Next World will be sundered and the man will receive another spouse who will be pure and virtuous. On the other hand, if a virtuous woman has had an evil husband she will be tied in companionship with a virtuous man. Where husband and wife have both been virtuous their relationship will become everlasting.

Act for the Day is: To understand that God neither showers His favours on people arbitrarily nor makes casual and superficial judgements. He knows full well the deeds and intentions of people. He also knows who merits His rewards of heavens and, who does not.

We shall have virtuous life in our relationship with our spouse in this life, in order to deserve the life of purity in the world of Hereafter and become everlasting companions in the heavens as promised by the Almighty.

And let’s take a break from our routine life and visualise and imagine the state of heavens, and strive towards it.
What can be more delightful than a Garden where we observe from a picturesque height a beautiful landscape around us – rivers flowing with crystal water, and fruits trees of which the choicest fruit is before us. JazakAllah Khair.

“Do the people think that they will be left because they say,…

Today’s thought for the Day comes from: (Al Qura’an) “S29:A2”, In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful! “Do the people think that they will be left because they say, ‘We believe’ and they will not be tested”?

Mere lip service of Faith is not enough. It must be tried and tested in the real turmoil of life. The test will be applied in all kinds of circumstances, in individual life and In relation to the environment around us, to see whether we can strive constantly and put Allah above self.

This thing has been said at every such place in the Qur’an where the Muslims have been found placed in hardships and difficulties and obsessed by fear and consternation. In the initial stage of life at Madinah, after the migration, when the Muslims were in great trouble on account of economic hardships, external dangers and internal villainy of the Jews and the hypocrites, Allah said: “Do you think that you will enter Paradise without undergoing such trials as were experienced by the believers before you? They met with adversity and affliction and were so shaken by trials that the Prophet of the time and his followers cried out, `when will Allah’s help come?’ (Then only they were comforted with the good tidings). “Yes, Allah’s help is near!” (S2:A214). Likewise, when after the Battle of Uhud, the Muslims again confronted a period of afflictions, it was said: “Do you think that you will enter Paradise without undergoing any trial? whereas Allah has not yet tried you to see who among you are ready to lay down their lives in His way and who will show fortitude for His sake.” (S3:A142). Almost the same thing has been said in S3:A179, S9:A16 and S47:A31.

Act for the Day is: To remember that Faith must be tested in the conflicts of real life, but good can never be submerged. On the contrary, Allah will wash off all stains from those Who Strive, and admit them to the Fellowship of the righteous. Much pain, sorrow, and self-sacrifice may be necessary, not because they are good in themselves, but because they will purify us, like fire applied to a goldsmith’s crucible to burn out the Dross.

I remind myself and you that; ‘This world’s life is contrasted with the real life of the Hereafter’. JazakAllah Khair.

“Say, ‘O my slaves who believe! Fear your Lord. For those who…

Today’s thought for the Day comes from: (Al Qur’an) “S39:A10”, In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful! “Say, ‘O my slaves who believe! Fear your Lord. For those who do good in this world is good, and the earth of Allah is spacious. Only the patient ones will be paid back in full their reward without account”.

The ‘fear of Allah’, (Taqwa) is akin to love, for it means that we are afraid to displease Him.
(refer S2:A2 & S23:A60)

“Bi-Ghairi Hisaab”, Reward unlimited and without count is only for those who brave all kinds of hardships and persecutions in following the way of God with worship and piety, but do not abandon the way of the Truth. This also includes those people who emigrate to other countries and experience hardships in the foreign land for the sake of religion and faith.

Act for the Day is: To always do good/right with Faith and patience. We cannot plead that the circumstances in which we find ourselves force our hands, that is; ‘Do not rest content with belief but follow it up with piety and fear of God’. Act according to what Allah has enjoined and avoid what He has forbidden and live in the world fearing His accountability.

If our home conditions do not allow us to act according to the Faith that is in us, we must be prepared to suffer ostracism (exclude from a society or group) or even exile. Verily those who persevere shall be granted their reward beyond all reckoning. JazakAllah Khair!

“(This is) A blessed Book which, We have revealed to you,…

Today’s thought for the Day comes from: (Al Qur’an) “S38:A29”, In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful! “(This is) A blessed Book which, We have revealed to you, that they may ponder over its Verses, and those of understanding may be reminded”.

Revelation is not a mere chance or haphazard thing. It is a real blessing among the greatest that Allah has bestowed on man. By meditation on it in an earnest spirit man may learn of himself, and his relationship to nature around him and to Allah – The Author of all.
We (men of Understanding) may, by its help, resolve all genuine doubts that there may be in our minds, and learn the true lessons of spiritual life.

Act for the Day is: To understand that Our relationship with Al Qur’an is Direct, Personal, Planned & Relevant (DPPR). Every time we Read it, we shall do Tadabbur & Tazakkur. The conditions for it are 4: We need to Focus/Concentrate, Understand, Imagine & Feel, and only then we get admonition.

1) Focus: When we Read or Listen to Qur’an, we should have complete focus.
Focus on our eyes – Don’t look here and there.
Focus on Ears – Don’t Listen anything else.
Focus on our Body – Don’t play around.
Focus on our brain – Don’t think anything else.
Connect to only Allah SWT.
2) Understand: Without understanding we cannot ponder. We shall try to catch whatever we can when we recite or listen to Qur’an. Such as Prophets names, heaven, hell, signs, and think._
3) Imagine: Then, as we start to understand, we shall try to explode our imagination and feel that Word and Show our reaction within ourself. We shall allow our Heart to respond, let it bring our tears out & let our body shiver in joy and fear.
4) Feel: Let’s not recite Qur’an like a news-reader. We shall recite it from our heart. Have Hope when we read of Mercy of Allah and Fear on verses of Punishment. https://youtu.be/BZVOHKOultQ

Then comes Tazakkur: This is to relate it with our day to day life. The simple approach to this is that we shall try to extract a Dua from an Ayah! Each Ayah has a message on which we have to act. And that act can start with Dua. Finally, we shall Practice to Ask, Evaluate, Plan & Propagate. Let’s remind ourselves that, If we don’t Plan, that means we are planning to fail! Isn’t it? May Allah SWT help us to fulfill the rights of Al Qur’an. Ameen. (For better understanding, Visit http://www.understandquran.com) JazakAllah Khair.