thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE
Weekly Hadith – Remember Allah;
Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala) says in His Perfect Word, “The believers are only those who, when Allāh is mentioned, their hearts become fearful, and when His verses are recited to them, it increases them in faith; and upon their Lord they rely.”
[Sūrah al-Anfāl, 8:2]
Our beloved Prophet (SAW) said, “Allāh will give shade, to seven, on the Day when there will be no shade but His...” One of the seven mentioned is “...a person who remembers Allāh in seclusion and his eyes are then flooded with tears.”
Fearing Allāh in open and secret is one of the greatest signs demonstrating need and total deprivation before Him. Whoever realises His greatness and omnipotence, His unconquerable authority, and reveres Him in a manner befitting, will truly fear Him. One whose condition is such will have possessed a vigilant heart that shakes out of trepidation and is always in intimately conversant with its Lord. The heart will seek refuge in Him and plead for recourse.
Pearls of Wisdom – Real Fear;
‘(Real) fear means to fear Allāh to the extent that your fear prevents your disobedience – that is fear”.
[Sa‘īd Ibn Jubayr (rahimAllah)]
Q. Is it permissible to read the Qur'aan without understanding its meanings?
Praise be to Allaah.
In the Name of Allah, the most Merciful and Compassionate,
Yes, it is permissible for believing men and women to read the Qur'an even if they do not understand the meaning, but it is prescribed to ponder and think so that one may understand, and to refer to books of tafseer (commentaries) if one has enough knowledge to understand them, and to refer to books of tafseer and Arabic language in order to benefit from that, and he can ask scholars about anything he does not understand.
What is meant is that he should ponder the meanings, because Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“(This is) a Book (the Qur’aan) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings, that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember”
The believer should ponder the meanings, i.e., he should pay attention to reading and think about what it means; he should understand the meanings and thus he will benefit from it. If he does not understand the meaning perfectly, he will still understand many meanings. So let him read carefully and ponder and understand. This also applies to women.
The reader should benefit from the words of his or her Lord and understand the meaning so that he may act upon it. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Do they not then think deeply in the Qur’an, or are their hearts locked up (from understanding it)?” [Muhammad 47:24]
Our Lord, may He be glorified and exalted, urges and encourages us to think and ponder His words. When the believer -- man or woman -- reads the Book of Allah, it is prescribed for them to ponder and think and pay attention to what is read, so that they may benefit from the words of Allah and so that they may understand the words of Allah and so that they may act upon what they learn from the words of Allah.
They may seek help in doing so from books of tafseer that have been written by scholars such as those by Ibn Katheer, Ibn Jareer, al-Baghawi, al-Shawkaani and others. They may also make use of books of Arabic language and ask scholars who are known for their knowledge and virtue about anything they do not understand.
And Allaah (SWT) knows best.
Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Thank Others Correctly;
It was narrated that Usaamah ibn Zayd (RadiAllahu anhuma) said: The Messenger of Allaah said: “Whoever has a favour done for him and says to the one who did it, ‘Jazak Allaahu khayran,’ has done enough to thank him.”
Jazak Allahu khayran translates as ‘May Allah reward you for the good’. Hence by using the correct Islamic words of thanks, we do not only express our gratitude, but we simultaneously give dua to the intended recipient
Dua of the Week;
Supplication for Forgiveness and Righteousness:
رَبَّنَا فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوْبَنَا وَكَفِّرْ عَنَّا سَيِّاٰتِنَا وَتَوَفَّنَا مَعَ الْاَبْرَارِۚ
‘Rabbana faghfir lana thunubana wakaffar 'anna sayyi aatina watavaffana ma'al abrar'
‘Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and efface our bad deeds and take our souls in the company of the righteous’ [3:193]