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Parables of the Qur’an

08 Aug

Parables of the Qur’an

Episode One

Amr Khaled

Introduction

In the Name of Allah[1], The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful.  All praises be to Allah, the God of the worlds[2].  All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon His Messenger (SAWS[3]).

Happy Ramadan to you all! May Allah accept our fast and qiyam[4] and may He save the nation from Hell and grant us paradise!  Let this Ramadan be a great blessing to all Muslims worldwide.

Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) narrated in a hadith[5] that on the Day of Judgment, cushions of light will be positioned around Allah’s Throne.  On these cushions, righteous people glowing with light will perch.  These people will not be prophets or martyrs but will be the envy of all mankind, for their sole aim and purpose in life was to love and obey Allah (SWT)[6].  As we come together at the start of Ramadan, we should aspire to these noble intentions and goals.

I have so many happy memories of our blessed gatherings on previous Ramadan shows.  In the past, the show has broadcasted from Egypt, Madinah, Makkah, and Lebanon but this Ramadan the programme comes from amongst the Muslim community in Europe.

This year, our show is titled, “Al-Qassas al-Qur’ani” or ‘Parables of the Qur’an’ and in today’s episode, we will attempt to introduce the subject.

Preparing for Ramadan

Before we move on to this topic, I would like to stress that we must all strive to start Ramadan with the best of intentions.  Allah (SWT) made fasting obligatory during daylight hours and qiyam voluntary at night.  In Ramadan, a single good deed carries the same reward as that of an obligatory duty.  Moreover, the reward for one obligatory duty, such as prayer, is equal to that of seventy duties.  Therefore, in Ramadan, if one were to pray the five daily prayers in a large group, their reward would greatly multiply.

Ramadan is the month of patience and patience leads to jannah.  Whoever helps a believer to break his fast in Ramadan, even if it is just by offering a sip of water or milk is forgiven of their sins, released from hellfire, and rewarded in the same way as the believer.  Ramadan is full of blessings for the believer, not just in a material sense but also in spiritual terms.  For example, in this noble month a Muslim can be blessed with strong feelings of being close to Allah.

In another hadith, the Prophet (SAWS) narrated that at the beginning of Ramadan, the gates of jannah are opened whilst the gates of hell are shut with the devils in chains.  At the start of Ramadan, the heavens invite those who want to perform good deeds to come forward and orders those who desire evil to stay away.

When a Muslim adheres to all the conditions of fasting, Allah (SWT) informs His angels that He has forgiven him.  At the start of Ramadan, jannah asks Allah (SWT) to grant it inhabitants from amongst the believers.  Muslims who protect themselves from evil deeds in Ramadan will be granted a palace of gold and silver in jannah.  Moreover, only Muslims who observe fasting will be called from the gate of ar-Raiyan in jannah.  The Prophet (SAWS) also stated that the sins of a Muslim, who fasts and observes qiyam sincerely, will be forgiven on the Night of Determination (Laylat al-Qadr),

The Rewards of Ramadan

The Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) narrated that Allah (SWT) selects people every night in Ramadan to be saved from hellfire.  Who is ready to become one of these people?  The unhappy is the one who is deprived from Allah’s Mercy in Ramadan.  At sunset, when a believer breaks his fast, he has the right to supplicate to Allah (SWT) and be answered by Him.  Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “And when My bondmen ask you concerning Me, then, surely I am near; I answer the invocation of the invoker when he invokes Me; so let them respond (to) Me, and let them believe in Me, so that possibly they would respond right-mindedly.” (TMQ[7], 2:186).

What is the secret behind the enormous value of Ramadan?  Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “The month of Ramadan (is the month) in which the Qur’an All-Supreme Reading) was sent down…” (TMQ, 2:185). The Qur’an is a remedy, a light that appears on the faces of those who recite it and a spirit that strengthens and guides human souls.  You can reform your lives through the Qur’an.  Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “Surely this Qur’an guides to (the way) that is more upright, and gives good tidings to the believers who do deeds of righteousness that they will have a great reward,” (TMQ, 17:9).

Many of the Prophet’s (SAWS) companions and followers used to recite the Qur’an excessively, thus, a Muslim must strive to recite the Qur’an as much as possible.  The Prophet (SAWS) stressed the significance of

reciting the Qur’an by stating that, every single letter in the Noble Qur’an  is equal to ten hasant[8].

The Motto of Ramadan: “We will live by the Qur’an”

The major theme of this year’s programme is the Qur’anic parables, and our motto will be, “We Will Live by the Qur’an.”  Qur’anic parables teach us four things: the first being to love and understand the Qur’an.  Youth today find it difficult to understand the Qur’an and subsequently withdraw from it.  This Ramadan we will aim to read and re-read the Qur’an for it is imperative that we learn and understand the Qur’an in every detail.

Many chapters of the Qur’an carry the name of a specific parable such as surat al-Kahf (The Cave) and surat Maryam (Mary).  Each Qur’anic parable has its own unique significance and demonstrates Allah’s Wisdom behind the chapter.

Secondly, Muslims can learn how to reform their lives through the Qur’an.  The Qur’an is full of stories about ordinary people such as ‘ahl al-Kahf (People of the Cave)’.  Their parables are very relevant today for they tell the stories about the human condition irrespective of time or place.  When a believer is confused and cannot define good from evil, the parables of the Noble Qur’an can guide a Muslim onto the right path and reinforce high standards of values.

Thirdly, the Qur’anic parables closely attach you to the most beautiful Names of Allah.  For example, the story of Maryam (AS) is a prototype of love and submissiveness to Allah.

Finally, Qur’anic parables will teach us to find a way to revive our Ummah (Muslim nation).  The Qur’an relates how Thul-Qarnayn (the two-horned king) traveled east and west to reform Earth.

Every aspect of our lives, from the way a husband should treat his wife to the relationship between father and son is presented in the parables of the Qur’an.  We will take the parables of the Qur’an and examine their relevance and importance in our daily lives.  So, let us not forget our motto this Ramadan to “live by the Qur’an!’

Finally, I ask Allah to protect us from hellfire, for Allah is The Generous and those who are saved will never go astray.

[1] The word Allah is the Arabic term for God. Although the use of the word “Allah” is most often associated with Islam, it is not used exclusively by Muslims; Arab Christians and Arabic-speaking Jews also use it to refer to the One God. The Arabic word expresses the unique characteristics of the One God more precisely than the English term. Whereas the word “Allah” has no plural form in Arabic, the English form does. Allah is the God worshipped by all Prophets, from Adam to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad.

[2] Mankind, jinn and all creation

[3] Salla Allah alayhe Wa Salam [All Prayers and Peace of Allah be upon him]

[4] Voluntary Night Prayer

[5]The Prophet’s actual sayings or actions as narrated by his companions

[6]SWT = Subhanahu wa Ta’ala [Glorified and Exalted Be He].

[7] TMQ=Translation of the Meaning of the Qur’an.  This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur’an.  Reading the translated meaning of the Qur’an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.

[8] The reward, from Allah, recorded for performing a good deed, and accounted for on the Day of Judgment.

Translated by: The English Convoy – Dar al-Tarjama

Source : http://amrkhaled.net/articles/articles3242.html

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