Today's Reminder

June 25, 2021 | Dhuʻl-Qiʻdah 15, 1442

Living The Quran

Challenging Intellect
Al-Rum (The Romans) - Chapter 30: Verses 23-24

"And among His signs is your sleep at night and in the daytime, and your seeking of His bounty; surely in that are signs for people who listen. And among His signs is that He shows you the lightning that bears fear and hope, and that He sends down water from the sky, giving life thereby to the earth after it had been lifeless; surely in that are signs for people who use their minds."

The succession of sleep and wakefulness followed by activity in earning one's living shows a biological and intellectual ability for the human being to live in harmony with the cosmic design of day and night in general, with the exception of those whose work is at night and thus they must sleep during the day, but such people are substantially fewer in their numbers.

The same natural features, such as the lightning that accompanies thunder, can have benefit and/or harmful effects on different people, and thus can raise hope, with its ensuing rain as well as fear of possible damage to homes or lives, in the human being, who is challenged to find protection from the harm through the human intellect. As a result of the challenge to the human intellect to find protection from lightning, the lightning rod was invented in the eighteenth century. Through such contrasting messages, the human being ought to think deeply about the creation and the Creator, about this life with all its pleasures and insecurities as well as the eternal pleasures of the life to come. Nature in its various phenomena represents an open and comprehensive exposition of knowledge throughout the world for all those who may perceive and contemplate.

Compiled From:
"Concepts of The Quran" - Fathi Osman, pp. 40, 41

From Issue: 764 [Read original issue]

Understanding The Prophet's Life

Diffusion of Sunna

1. Establishment of Schools

'Schools' were established by the Prophet (peace be upon him) in Madina very soon after his arrival. His general policy was to send teachers and preachers to different areas outside of Madina. For examples, delegates were sent to Adhal and Qara in 3 A.H., to Bir Mauna in 4 A.H., to Najran and to Yemen and Hadramaut in 9 A.H.

2. The Prophet's Directions about Diffusion of Knowledge

The Prophet says: "Pass on knowledge from me even if it is only one verse" [Bukhari]. The same emphasis is noticeable in his oration at the farewell Hajj where the Prophet said: "Those who are present (here) should convey the message to those who are absent." [Bukhari]. It was, therefore, a common practice among Companions to tell absentees about the Prophet's deeds and sayings.

3. Creation of incentive for teachers and students

The Prophet not only gave directions to educate the people but also mentioned great rewards for teachers and students. He stated that learning and the pursuit of knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim [Ibn Majah] and one who conceals knowledge is liable to go to Hell [Musnad].

Compiled From:
"Studies in Hadith Methodology and Literature" - Mustafa Azami, pp. 10, 11

From Issue: 985 [Read original issue]


Origin of Love

If you read the Quran, you will find confirmation of the place from which pure, noble love originates. You will find it discussed in:

1. The context of da'wah, the purpose of which is to rekindle and arouse human hearts: Say, if you want to love God, then follow me and God will love you. (3:31).

2. The description of believers: Those who have attained to faith in God, are most strong in their love of God (2:165).

3. The description of the relationship between the believers and their Lord and Sustainer: He Loves them and they love Him (5:54).

4. The discussion of good and evil: Indeed God loves those who do good (2:195), and He does not love the aggressors (2:190).

Compiled From:
"Islam: The Way of Revival Vol 1" - Watering the Seeds of Love: Said Ramadan, pp. 261, 262

From Issue: 752 [Read original issue]