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All to No Avail​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2019 15:29

إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ لَن تُغْنِىَ عَنْهُمْ أَمْوَٰلُهُمْ وَلَآ أَوْلَـٰدُهُم مِّنَ ٱللَّـهِ شَيْـًٔا ۖ وَأُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ أَصْحَـٰبُ ٱلنَّارِ ۚ هُمْ فِيهَا خَـٰلِدُونَ ﴿١١٦﴾ مَثَلُ مَا يُنفِقُونَ فِى هَـٰذِهِ ٱلْحَيَوٰةِ ٱلدُّنْيَا كَمَثَلِ رِيحٍ فِيهَا صِرٌّ أَصَابَتْ حَرْثَ قَوْمٍ ظَلَمُوٓا۟ أَنفُسَهُمْ فَأَهْلَكَتْهُ ۚ وَمَا ظَلَمَهُمُ ٱللَّـهُ وَلَـٰكِنْ أَنفُسَهُمْ يَظْلِمُونَ ﴿١١٧﴾

Indeed, those who disbelieve, neither their wealth nor their progeny will avail them in the least against Allah Ta‘ala, they are the people of the fire, they will remain therein eternally. The example of that which they spend in this worldly life is like that of a wind, which had a chill (frost) within it, and struck the crops of those who wronged themselves, destroying it. Allah Ta‘ala did not wrong them, rather they would wrong themselves (through their disbelief and sins). (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v. 116-117)

In this world, there are many disbelievers who enjoy lives of ‘kings’. They have financial resources, good health, political contacts and every other worldly aspect which people generally envy. As such, they often feel that they are ‘untouchable’. If they experience any problem, they wave a little money at it, or call a contact, and the problem rapidly ‘disappears’.

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Prophetic Prescription for Peace​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:13

قَالَ مُوسَىٰ لِقَوْمِهِ ٱسْتَعِينُوا۟ بِٱللَّـهِ وَٱصْبِرُوٓا۟ ۖ إِنَّ ٱلْأَرْضَ لِلَّـهِ يُورِثُهَا مَن يَشَآءُ مِنْ عِبَادِهِۦ ۖ وَٱلْعَـٰقِبَةُ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ

Nabi Moosa (‘alaihis salaam) said to his people, “Turn to Allah Ta‘ala for help and persevere. Indeed the earth belongs to Allah Ta‘ala. He causes to inherit it whom He wills from His servants, and the best outcome is for the righteous. (Surah Aa’raaf v128)

It was on the occasion of ‘Aashura that Allah Ta‘ala delivered Nabi Moosa (‘alaihis salaam) and his people, the Banu Israaeel, to safety and destroyed the tyrant Fir‘aun and his army.

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The Best Ummah​

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:08

كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّـهِ​

You are the best Ummah ever raised for mankind; you enjoin what is right, forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v110)

From every Ummah that set foot on earth, it is the Ummah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) that is the best. There are numerous reasons due to which our Ummah is the best Ummah, and these have been mentioned in various verses of the Quraan Majeed.

In this verse, Allah Ta‘ala mentions one very important reason for our Ummah being the best – the reason of our Ummah being raised for mankind. In other words, one special quality of our Ummah, due to which they are distinguished, is that they always try to be of benefit and assistance to others.

Thereafter, it is not just any effort of benefit and assistance that brings us distinction, rather it is the greatest effort of benefiting people – the effort of bringing people closer to Deen.

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Transforming Society​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 15:20

وَلْتَكُن مِّنكُمْ أُمَّةٌ يَدْعُونَ إِلَى ٱلْخَيْرِ وَيَأْمُرُونَ بِٱلْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ ٱلْمُنكَرِ ۚ وَأُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ هُمُ ٱلْمُفْلِحُونَ

There has to be a group of people from among you who invite towards goodness, enjoin righteousness and forbid from evil. They are the ones who are successful. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v104)

In the previous verses, Allah Ta‘ala commanded the Ummah to inculcate taqwa and hold firmly to the rope of Allah Ta‘ala (hold firmly to Deen). These two injunctions relate mainly to a person’s personal self. However, together with being concerned about our own Deeni progress, it is necessary for us to also be concerned for the Deeni progress of others and society at large.

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Unity​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 09:37

وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّـهِ جَمِيعًا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا​

And hold firmly to the rope of Allah Ta‘ala all together, and do not become divided. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v103)

In the above verse of the Quraan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala instructs us to hold firmly to His rope all together. A rope is something that is used to join between things. In this regard, there are two messages in this verse.

The first is that we should connect to Allah Ta‘ala via His rope. The rope of Allah Ta‘ala refers to Deen. Hence, we should hold firmly to Deen, by fulfilling every command of Allah Ta‘ala and abstaining from every prohibition. It is only through holding firmly to Deen that one can connect with Allah Ta‘ala.

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