‘Then will Allah send down upon you water from under the Throne known as the Water of Life. The heavens will rain on you for forty years until water rises above you some twelve arms lengths.’
Sometimes whilst reciting certain ayaat or listening to a recitation the ayaat acquire a specific, perhaps new, significance. They may acquire a greater proportion than we had hitherto realised.
The opening ayat of Surat Qaaf represent an impossible challenge to the unbelievers and the doubters. To be able to evaluate its huge impact, let us imagine that we are hearing these ayat for the first time.
“And among those around you of the wandering Arabs there are hypocrites, and among the townspeople of Al-Madinah, there are some who persist in hypocrisy whom you (O Muhammad) know not, We know them and We shall punish them twice, then they will be relegated to a painful doom”
Good deeds, good conduct and good behaviour are but a reflection of one’s Iman.
Every so often we need to remind ourselves of the fundamentals of our Deen so that we do not lose sight or waver, taint our beliefs or simply become relaxed in its application. Today let us remind ourselves of the meaning and significance of Al-Shahadah.
It is one of the numerous mercies of Allah that we, human beings, can and do forget; we forget unpleasant or painful situations or events just as we forget happy ones. The memory of the painful or sad events do not have the same degree of feeling of sadness as when the event occurred.
“When you have performed the act of worship, remember Allah, standing, sitting and reclining. And when you are in safety, observe proper worship. Worship (prayer) at fixed hours has been enjoined on the believers.”
If your Deen is safe, and by the Grace of Alláh, it is, you have nothing and no one to fear, no matter how physically or materially powerful. Place your trust in Alláh as did our father (Ibrahim) and his son (Ismail).
Celebrating our Eids is to uphold a Sunnah established some 1400 years ago when the foundations of the first Islamic State, the first and unique Islamic civilization were laid down. On this occasion we thank and praise Allah, Most High, for all His Mercies and Blessings over the Holy month of Ramadhan.