Date: 1st June 2018; 15th or 16th Ramadan 1439;
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QURAN GEM – STANDING, SITTING, LYING DOWN; Source: The person doesn’t want to be named
Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding. Those who remember Allah standing and sitting and lying down on their sides, and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying): “Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose, glory to You! (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners). Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire. (Qur’an 3:190-191)
When you have finished As-Salat (the prayer – congregational), remember Allah standing, sitting down, and lying down on your sides, but when you are free from danger, perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as- Salat). Verily, the prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours. (Qur’an 4:103)
And when harm touches man, he invokes Us, lying down on his side, or sitting or standing. But when We have removed his harm from him, he passes on his way as if he had never invoked Us for a harm that touched him! Thus it seems fair to the Musrifun (Transgressors) that which they used to do. (Qur’an 10:12)
(Qur’an 3:191), (Qur’an 4:103) is about righteous people and they remember Allah while standing and sitting and [lying] on their sides
(Qur’an 10:12) is a transgressor who only calls Allah whether lying on his side or sitting or standing
The righteous people are expected to remember Allah in all three cases. And standing is mentioned first because that is the stage they strive for the most (via Prayer) and if they can’t due to sickness they will remember Allah via sitting and then via lying on their sides. There are also other ways they remember such as the Dhikrs done sitting, after Prayer. Remember the hadith where our Prophet (SAW) went to Ali and Fatima while they had already lied in their bed and told them not to get up and say the three different Dhikrs? That is why the word ‘wa’ = ‘and’ is used by Allah. It is used to indicate that all situations are aimed for.
For the transgressor who only calls Allah when a calamity occurs; he will call Allah on whatever situation; whether he is standing (eg he is witnessing a tsunami in front of him); whether he is sitting (eg in a plane and it is about to crash); whether he is lying on his side (eg informed by a doctor that he is about to die). No matter the situation he calls Allah; if he is saved in that situation he will not go on remembering Allah in other situations and that is why the word ‘au’ = ‘or’ is used by Allah. The fact that the lying on his side is mentioned first indicates that they really have to be in a very tight spot to start calling Allah.
Note: We have noticed in Surah Yunus that there are many references urging one to believe as soon as possible.
Eg 1: In (Qur’an 10:50-52) and (Qur’an 10:90-91): We have an example of people (including Fir’aun) who try to become Believers / Muslims after seeing Allah’s Punishment and Allah’s response is, “Now?”. This is an example of what will happen if you don’t believe quickly. This is also can be seen in (Qur’an 10:96-97), (Qur’an 40:84-85)
Eg 2: In (Qur’an 10:9); Allah says he will guide those who believe and done righteous deeds because of their faith (imaan). Allah also informs us in (Qur’an 10:98) that the people of Yunus benefited because of their faith, this is perfect example of a people in a city who later on believed and obeyed their Messenger. Is it because they benefited by their faith and the Surah is about benefiting from faith the reason why the tenth surah is called suratul Yunus? Allah knows Best. Please also see (Qur’an 7:96)
We also want to highlight that the righteous people are shown to remember Allah (i.e dhikr of Allah) which obviously leads to Prayer and other good deeds (eg taubah, charity etc). While the transgressors only call on Allah which indicates that they remember Allah very little which is a characteristic of the hypocrites and disbelievers. Though it should also be noted that Allah responds to the call of the caller when he calls on Allah as seen in (Qur’an 2:186).
The remembrance of Allah is so great that Satan tries to avert you from it first before Salah as seen in (Qur’an 5:91). Remembrance of Allah gives the hearts assurance/peace as seen in (Qur’an 13:28). Remembrance of Allah is a characteristic of the believers as seen in (Qur’an 33:41). If you are blinded from the remembrance of Allah you will have a devil as your companion as seen in (Qur’an 43:36). See also (Qur’an 2:200) and (Qur’an 29:45).
Please note that you cannot attain perfect remembrance of Allah if you do not pray; even Musa who spoke with Allah and heard Allah was told to establish prayer for the remembrance of Allah as seen in (Qur’an 20:14). If even Musa who heard Allah and had a better chance of remembering Allah was told this what about you and me? Even Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was told to establish the prayer to remember Allah multiple times in the Qur’an despite the Night Journey. No matter how high your faith is; you have to strive to establish the prayer because even Ibrahim in his very old age after being granted Ismail and Ishaaq (Isaac) still prayed to Allah to make him an establisher of prayer as seen in (Qur’an 14:40). That is why in (Qur’an 3:191) it just mentions remembering Allah despite being in the prayer or out of the prayer while in (Qur’an 4:103) it necessarily shows that only after praying will you have a better chance of remembering Allah.
Therefore always remember that remembrance of Allah leads to prayer and prayer leads to remembrance of prayer and without sincere remembrance of Allah the prayer becomes almost worthless if not completely worthless. Cause even the hypocrites can come to the prayer though they will be in the lowest depths of Hell.
Indeed, the hypocrites [think to] deceive Allah, but He is deceiving them. And when they stand for prayer, they stand lazily, showing [themselves to] the people and not remembering Allah except a little, (Qur’an 4:142)
And nothing prevents their contributions from being accepted from them except that they disbelieved in Allah and in His Messenger (Muhammad ); and that they came not to As-Salat (the prayer) except in a lazy state ; and that they offer not contributions but unwillingly. (Qur’an 9:54)
So woe unto those performers of Salat (prayers) (hypocrites), who delay their Salat (prayer) from their stated fixed times, those who do good deeds only to be seen (of men), and refuse Al-Ma’un (small kindnesses e.g. salt, sugar, water, etc.). (Qur’an 107:4-7).
QURAN GEM – DIFFERENT VIEW TRANSITIONS IN THE QUR’AN Source: Nouman Ali Khan
O you who believe! Remember Allah’s Favour to you, when there came against you hosts, and We sent against them a wind and forces that you saw not [i.e. troops of angels during the battle of Al-Ahzab (the Confederates)]. And Allah is Ever All-Seer of what you do. (Qur’an 33:9)
[Remember] When they came upon you from above you and from below you, and when the eyes shifted [in fear], and the hearts reached to the throats, and you assumed about Allah [various] assumptions. (Qur’an 33:10)
These different view transitions can be seen in a certain Ayah of the Qur’an. One favourite example of this kind of motion imagery in the Qur’an is in Surah Al-Ahzab. See what Allah says in (Qur’an 33:10); one Ayah, look at the different angles.
The Muslims are surrounded in the Battle of the Trench, the enemies are coming from two sides. North and South. Allah says they came at you from above you and below you. Now the problem with saying that is if you are on the northern border, you can only see the army coming from there. If you are on the southern border, you can only see the army coming from there. You cannot see both ends of the army coming at the same time. The only view that can give you both approaching at the same time is what kind of view? It is an aerial view (or bird view). Allah provides the aerial view first. The armies are coming from both sides.
But then that camera moves in. It moves in so close that He, says, “..and when the eyes shifted [in fear],…” .When the eyes were petrified. You wouldn’t even blink. You saw the armies coming and you were like…How close is the camera? That’s pretty close! That’s all the way to the face! Allah can tell that you are not even blinking.
Then He says, now look at where the camera is going to go: “…and the hearts reached the throats,…” And your hearts were jumping up to your throats. The camera went even closer, huh? What is going on inside of you? ‘Heart beat!’ ‘Heart beat!’ ‘Heart beat!’!
The camera goes deep inside your soul. “…and you assumed about Allah [various] assumptions.” And you were making all kinds of assumptions about Allah. You were having all kinds of thoughts about Allah. Allah even recorded your thoughts.
The sequence of this Ayah is a view of what? An aerial view of two armies; it went to the face; it went to the heart; it went to all kinds of thoughts being had. And you know what is beautiful? In the Ayah right before, Allah says, “And Allah is Ever All-Seer of what you do.” Allah was watching with full view what you were doing; and in the next Ayah, He shows us a piece of what His Full view is like.
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