Category Archives: Qur’aan

06 Oct

Hell

On the Day We will say to Hell, "Have you been filled?" and it will say, "Are there some more,"

[Qur’aan 50:30]

 

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "The Hell Fire will keep on saying: 'Are there anymore (people to come)?' Till the Lord of Power and Honor will put His Foot over it and then it will say, 'Qat! Qat! (sufficient! sufficient!) by Your Power and Honor. And its various sides will come close to each other (i.e., it will contract). "

[Sahih al-Bukhaari Hadith No. 6661]

 

27 Sep

Why do you say that which you do not do

O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do?

[Qur’aan 61:2]

 

There is a difference of opinion in regards to the reason why this Verse was revealed.

 

Some have said it was revealed regarding those who wanted to know what the best deed was, and when Allaah showed them what the best deed is and they recognized it, they failed to take up the deeds.

 

Before Jihaad was made obligatory they would say: We wish Allaah guides us to what is the best of all deeds so that we may act upon it. Allaah then told his Messenger that the best deed is to believe in Allaah (have Imaan in him) and to do Jihaad against the ones who indulge in disobedience and oppose Imaan and do not attest to it.

 

When the ruling for Jihaad was revealed, there were those from among the believers who disliked it, and it was very difficult for them to follow the command regarding it.

 

Thereupon Allaah said:


O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do?


Another group of scholars are of the opinion that this Verse was revealed to reprimand those Companions of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) who would boast about an act of good which he had never done.

 

Imaam al-Tabari says that Qataadah said it has reached me that this Verse was in regards to Jihaad. A man would say I fought and did such and such a thing while he had not done it so Allaah warned him in regards to that with a severe warning.
 

A third group of scholars says that the Verse was revealed in regards to the Munaafiquun who promised to help the believers but were lying.


Imaam al-Tabari holds that the first opinion is the most correct opinion. He says the Verse could not have been about the Munaafiquun because Allaah has addressed those who He is speaking to in the Verse by saying “O those who have believed (i.e. have Imaan).” He labeled them with Imaan. It cannot be the Munaafiquun.


He rejects the second opinion because that is akin to lying. To say that you did something when you haven't done it is lying. This was not a trait of the Companions (may Allaah be pleased with them). Hence, the second opinion is also not valid according to Imaam al-Tabari.


Tafsiir al-Tabari
Volume 23 Page 354

 

22 Sep

Can you make dua against your oppressor

Question

If someone has wronged me, would it be backbiting if I mentioned it to others?

 

Answer

It is best to forgive. If you forgive, Allaah will raise your status in this world. Do not take my word for it. Read the following authentic hadith:

Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying:

Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth and the servant who forgives, Allah adds to his respect, and the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people).

[Sahih Muslim]

Also keep the following Qur'aanic Verse in mind

"… Let them pardon and forgive. Do you not love that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."

[al-Noor, 24:22]

Having said that, we have the following Verse in the Qur'aan:

Allah does not like the public mention of evil except by one who has been wronged. And ever is Allah Hearing and Knowing.

[Qur’aan 4:148]

 

Imaam al-Tabari mentions several interpretations of the scholars for this Verse in his tafsiir

One is that if someone has been wronged, they are allowed to make dua against the person.

Another is that if someone has wronged a person he can inform of the wrong that was done to him.

My personal advice is that you forgive and reap the rewards in both worlds. If you are like me, and cannot forgive, then telling other people will not do you much good.

Make dua against the person. Remember that you are not to transgress in your dua.

 

20 Sep

We sent it/him down

Indeed, We sent it/him down during the Night of Decree.

[Qur’aan 97:1]


The pronoun "it/him" in this Verse refers to the Qur'aan.

al-'aluusi has related that there is an Ijmaa on this.

And he said that there is a weak opinion that it refers to Jibriil but this opinion is not to be considered.

 

Reference(s)
al-haawi fii tafsiir al-Qur'aan al-Kariim
Volume 16 Page 370

 

13 Sep

Is the dua of the kaafir answered?

They will say, "Did there not come to you your messengers with clear proofs?" They will say, "Yes." They will reply, "Then supplicate [yourselves], but the supplication (dua) of the disbelievers is not except in error."

[Qur’aan 40:50]


al-'aalusi said:

The truth is that this Verse is in regards to the dua of the kaafir on the Day of Judgment. In this world, when a kaafir makes dua for something or seeks it from Allaah, there is the effect of his dua as many Verses of the Qur'aan attest to that.

As for the question as to if this can be termed an answer to his dua or not, then that question has no benefit (i.e. it is useless).


Ibn al-Qayyim said:

Allaah is not pleased with every person whose dua He answers. Neither does He love every such person. Nor is He pleased with his actions. For indeed, Allaah answers the dua of the pious, evil, believer, and kaafir.


Ibn Taymiyyah said:

The entire creation makes dua to Allaah. This includes the believers and kaafirs among the creation. Allaah answers the dua of the kuffaar. Indeed, the kuffaar ask Allaah to feed them. So, He feeds them and gives them to drink. And when distress touches them in the ocean (when they travel in it), then the one who calls upon anyone but Him has gone astray. When He delivers them to the land (by answering their dua) they turn away. And humans are so ungrateful.

He also said:

As for answering those who ask, then that encompasses everyone. Allaah, indeed, answers the dua of the one who is in distress and the one who has been wronged even if he be a kaafir.

 

 

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