Today's Reminder

May 25, 2024 | Dhuʻl-Qiʻdah 17, 1445

Living The Quran

Splendid Women
Al-Tahrim (Prohibition) Sura 66: Verses 11-12

God has also given examples of believers: Pharaoh's wife, who said: "My Lord! Build me a mansion in heaven near You, and save me from Pharaoh and his doings, and save me from the wrongdoing folk." And Mary, the daughter of Imran, who guarded her chastity; and We breathed of Our spirit into her. She accepted the truth of her Lord's words and His revealed books. She was truly devout.

Pharaoh's wife's prayer and her overall position is a shining example of rejecting all temptation that the life of this world can offer, even at its most splendid. Pharaoh was the most powerful king on earth, and his palace offered the best that a woman could desire. Yet his wife chose faith in preference to all this. She did not merely treat it with contempt; she considered it evil and sought refuge with God from yielding to it, praying to be saved from it and its consequences. Pharaoh's wife, on her own, resisted the pressures exerted by society, the palace, the throne, the courtiers and her own royal position, lifting her head to heaven seeking its light. She certainly provides a great example of submission to God, resisting all temptations and overcoming all impediments. Hence she deserved her special mention in God's book, the words of which are echoed throughout the universe as they are revealed from on high.

Mary, the daughter of Imran, provides another example of total dedication. Her distinctive quality mentioned here is her purity. Thus her innocence is made absolutely clear, refuting the vile accusations levelled at her. It was from the breathing of God's spirit into her that Jesus, her son, was born, as detailed in Surah Maryam. The present text highlights Mary's purity, complete faith and total obedience of God.

Both ladies are splendid examples of women who combined firm faith with purity of behaviour and total devotion. God sets these two examples before the believing men and women in all generations.

Compiled From:
"In The Shade Of The Quran" - Sayyid Qutb, Volume 17, pp. 120, 121

From Issue: 587 [Read original issue]

Understanding The Prophet's Life

Conquering Death

The Day of Judgement, though it is to be feared, must also inspire in us a desire and eagerness to meet Allah. Sayyida Aisha reported that the Prophet said:

"Whoever loves to meet Allah, Allah loves to meet with him; and whoever dislikes the meeting with Allah, Allah also dislikes the meeting with him."

Our eagerness and desire to meet Allah should therefore, be echoed in all our Prayers. The Prophet Muhammad used to supplicate repeatedly:

"O Allah, I ask you for a soothing life after death, and I ask you for the pleasure of looking upon Your Face and for the yearning to meet You, free from suffering distress or from trial that leads one astray. O Allah, adorn us with the ornament of faith and make us guides and rightly guided." (an-Nasai.)

This desire to meet Allah will calm our fear of death, which is only a natural instinct. Even the Prophet Musa, on whom be peace, out of fear ran away when he saw his staff turning into a serpent. Fear, though, can be conquered with dhikr, doing good and keeping ever before us, our meeting with the Lord and Master of the Day of Judgement.

Compiled From:
"In The Early Hours" - Khurram Murad, pp. 143-145

From Issue: 707 [Read original issue]


Tawhid - Benefits for Humanity

Allah, by declaring and repeatedly stressing His Own Oneness and Uniqueness in the Quran, confers a three-fold benefit on humanity:

1. Peace with Allah

Allah bestows upon human beings freedom and spiritual dignity by providing the conviction that all creation, including human life, is not the outcome of a play of blind forces, but rather has a definite meaning and a definite purpose. Thus, man attains peace with his own destiny and with Allah.

2. Peace with himself

Man is informed through the Oneness of Allah that there is no inherent contradiction between the physical and the spiritual aspects of his own life. Thus, he may achieve peace within himself.

3. Peace with his social environment and his fellow men

One person is superior to another, not by birth or social function, but by virtue alone. Efforts to achieve social justice should take guidance and inspiration from the absolute transcendental justice inherent in the unique wisdom of Allah. Hence our social life, as well as our individual life, must be subordinated to the principle of moderation and equity, a just balance between what is due and necessary to oneself and what is due to others.

Compiled From:
"Words That Moved the World" - Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad, pp. 58-59

From Issue: 558 [Read original issue]