Archive for May 16, 2012

Have you ever felt that you have not done enough in Ramadan? well the night prayer is a very good way to start making your next Ramadan even more fullfiling.

If you did grow closer to Allah (SWT) but you want an even better spiritual experience one of the keys to achieving this is through the Night prayers.

The Night prayer is a sign of sincerity and piety, patience and devotion. The Night prayer is a time of seclusion from everyone and everything around us so we can deeply reflect and Immerse our entire soul in worshipping Allah (SWT)

“Only those believe in Our ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) who, when they are reminded by them, fall down in prostration and exalt [Allah] with praise of their Lord, and they are not arrogant. Their sides forsake [their] beds; they supplicate their Lord in fear and aspiration, and from what We have provided them, they spend. And no soul knows what has been hidden for them of comfort for eyes as reward for what they used to do.” [32:15-17]

A productive Muslim will ensure that they at least make the effort and intention to wake up for the Night prayer, if only we knew the great rewards that come from sacraficing time from our comfortable beds.

The Prophet (SAW) encouraged us to pray the  Night prayer as he said: the best prayer after the obligatory one is the prayer at night. (Muslim)

The Night prayer is an opportunity to draw closer to Allah (SWT)

Another outstanding reason why the night prayer is a distinct mark of a strong believer is because of its lofty reward, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said “In Paradise there are apartments the outside of which can be seen from the inside and the inside of which can be seen from the outside.” A Bedouin stood up and said: “Those apartments are for whom O Messenger of Allah?” He (peace be upon him) said: “They are for those who speak good words, feed others, fast regularly and pray to Allah at night when people are sleeping.” (At-Tirmidhi) –

The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said that Jibreel said: “Remember that the believer’s honour is his praying at night, and his pride is his being independent of people.” (Al-Jaami’) –


1. Have sincere intentions, work hard and make lots of dua for an ultimate productive Ramadan!

2. Plan Your day each day of Ramadan, the night before. Choose 3 important tasks you want to achieve the next day and record it in your diary or our ultimate taskinator!

3. Never EVER miss Suhoor, wake up at least 1 hour before Fajr and have a filling balanced meal.

4. Start working on your most important tasks right after Fajr and get at least 1 or 2 done.

5. Try to get an afternoon nap, not more than 20 minutes either just before Dhuhur or after Dhuhur.
6. Plan your Ramadan days (and life!) around Salah times, not the other way round!

7. BLOCK at least one-hour for reciting Quran each day.

8. Break Your Fast with Dates and Milk or Dates and Water, go pray Maghreb, then come back for a light meal.

9. Give lots of ‘Physical Sadaqah’; get involved in organising community iftars, charity drives, helping orphans..etc, earn rewards working for others.

10. Don’t miss an opportunity for Dawah! When someone asks you why you’re not eating, give them a beautiful explanation of Ramadan and Islam

1) Praying the Sunnah Prayers before and/or after Prayer: I know it’s easier to just pray the obligatory prayers and rush out of the mosque, however, when we realise the rewards we’re missing from not praying these sunnah prayers, we won’t leave them. Over the years I learnt there’s only ONE way of getting yourself to pray these Sunnah prayers constantly: Get into the habit of praying them! Soon they’ll become part and parcel of your Salah.

2) Remembrance of Allah after Salah: Again, it’s easier to rush out of Salah to our busy lives, but honestly, how long does it take to recite the supplications after Salah? (answer: 5-7 minutes!). If you’re not sure what I’m referring to, you may find the supplications here. Nowadays you’ll find pocket notebooks/or phone applications with these supplications. Again, get into the habit of reciting them daily after each Salah and they’ll become part of your Salah experience.

3) Morning/Evening Remembrance of Allah: These are beautiful set of duas/remembrances from the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) which he used to say before sunrise and before sunset. They are true stress relievers, and energy boosters, and never fail to make my day/evening feel blessed.

4) Night Prayer: Alhamdulillah, during Ramadan we’ve the wonderful Taraweeh prayers to attend. These are of course part of the Night prayer or tahajjud of the Night. If you’re new to night prayer or don’t pray it constantly during the year, make sure you attend taraweeh prayers each and every night, and give yourself a ‘no-excuse’ policy. Continuing to pray them for the entire 30 days, will set you on better footing to continue with Night Prayer after Ramadan inshaAllah.

5) Duha Prayer: If you want a Muslim’s secret to a productive day, it’s these 2 rak’ahs, known as Duha prayer which you may pray at anytime between after sunrise all the way till before the sun reaches it’s zenith (around 30 minutes before Dhuhur). The reward of this prayer is similar to giving charity on behalf of every bone in your body, and the energy and buzz you feel during the day is amazing.

6) Supplications before you Sleep: You just had a long day, and you’re super tired. You climb into bed and you want to hit the sack… but wait! Before you do, can you give yourself just 10 more minutes to recite the supplications before sleep? That’s all. Try them and watch your yourself have the most beautiful sleep ever and waking up for Fajr easily inshaAllah

7) Reciting one hour of Quran each day: Notice: I said here recite one hour of Quran each day and not one juz’ or one surah. The amount of Quran you read here is not as important as the quality of your understanding. If you spend one hour reciting one verse but understand it fully, that’s more important and beneficial then reciting lots of Quran at break-neck speed and not understanding a word.






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How many of those who fast get nothing from it but hunger and thirst?

This saying should be taken as a warning.


Many Muslims are fasting without any benefit to themselves, neither experiencing any spiritual elevation nor being able to leave sin and draw closer to Allah.

Fasting becomes a matter of merely skipping meals, and at Iftar the missed food is ‘made up for in the form of a feast.
However, if you are practicing a truly Islamic fasting then it is a completely different experience.

Ramadan is the month in which the rewards for good actions have no limits, the month in which we discipline ourselves and thus increase our productivity!
Understanding Productivity Boosters and Productivity Drainers

1. What are your productivity boosters?

Sincere intentions, clear plans, a sense of purpose and responsibility, sustained focus, high motivation and a positive attitude help you achieve your goals.

2. What are your productivity drainers?

Productivity drainers include procrastination, emails and spam management, tedious office tasks, negativity, unclear aims, and interruptions.
If you analyse these elements you’ll realize that they have nothing to do with food intake or physical energy levels!

The purpose of this article, in part, is to enlist in detail the numerous health benefits of fasting, but we do want to emphasize that such a correlation between fasting and productivity exists.

Fasting may just be the perfect solution to overcome your productivity drainers.

Five Major Factors on How Fasting Enhances Your Productivity:

1. You become more conscious of your behaviour and thought patterns.
In the first three days in particular, you will realize how our minds are put on “automatic”, most of the time we don’t actually pay attention to everything we do. Reminding ourselves that we are fasting makes us more conscious of Allah, and aware of our actions and thoughts. This ‘consciousness’ we experience whilst fasting enables us to eliminate any unproductive behaviour you may want to engage in.

2. Breaking habits is facilitated.

Many Muslims give up smoking during this month, for example. Unproductive habits are nothing but actions done so often that they become part of our lives. When we refrain from such a basic and innate need such as eating and drinking, we realize we also have the ability to stop those nasty habits which we thought we ‘needed’. We truly witness the strength of the mind and heart during Ramadan and are reminded that we are capable and obligated to be doing more good and less bad. Which habits are you willing to take up and which do you decide to let go?

3. Fasting reduces common time wasters such as coffee, cigarettes or snack breaks.
If you think about it, we do spend a lot of time preparing snacks/meals, and then eating, and then washing up, so on and so forth. The simple fact that you are not interrupting your work will help you stay on track and finish sooner and give you more free time. On average it takes us 15 to 30 minutes to recapture the same level of concentration we had before the interruption and sometimes we feel we have just missed the necessary ‘mood’ to complete the activity.

4. Fasting improves concentration and focus.
One of the most beautiful effects that fasting has is the channelling of your energies into productive projects. We learn to say “No” to our impulses thus improving the control of the mind over the body. When we discipline ourselves, for a determined period, we are in fact reinstating control over our nafs and our limbs. We start breaking the mental barriers that held us off in the past.

5. Fasting allows your body to start the healing and regenerating process.
If you suffer from health problems, fasting is often required to put your body in the right environment to start healing. When you think back to a time when you were ill, you will also remember your lack of appetite. This is necessary so that your body takes advantage of every bit of energy for the curative process. Also, you will likely feel younger and healthier (yet another great productivity booster).




Asalaam, i had a Facebook conversation with another muslim brother, My cousin who resides in Perth Western Australia, the discussion was about women playing soccer, there was an article about FIFA banning the iranian women soccer team from playing soccer in Hijaab, many would agree or disagree, but i agreed that they should not be allowed to play due to islamic reasons, this is a very broad topic, but below are some things that were discussed and perhaps this would help other Muslim women and men who need more clarity on such situations.

Fadia Bint Ismail Jordan to raise hijab with Fifa – Soccer

Fadia Bint Ismail:  Should Muslim women be allowed to play football? can someone pls answer this, because are muslim women not suppose to be in the spotlight of other males. even if they played with their HIJAAB on.

Rhiyaad:  Not meant to be in the spotlight of other males? Where did you hear this?

Fadia Bint Ismail: Hey cuz…im wondering if it is permissable for them to play in fifa even if they are wearing hijaab, but other males and so forth will b watching them,. it will bring attention to themselves, it not? and even if they are wearing tracksuite pants and scarf, their figure will still b showing, and we no its not suppose to show,..and now so many non mahrams will b watching them…

Rhiyaad: I think perhaps you should first find a basis for the fact that women should not bring attention to themselves from the Quran and then the Sunnah. Not from an Imaam or an Imaam’s opinion.

Fadia Bint Ismail: Dont worry ill find it for you. there are certain ways women should conduct themselves in islam…will get back to u on this.

Rhiyaad: If Sitina Aisha (RAN) could lead men into war – and command men in battle – why could she not participate in a soccer game?   at

Fadia Bint Ismail: I never said women cant play soccer. im curious as to why they would not allow them to play. this is a broad topic. so all points will b fully accepted, to gain a better understanding.

Rhiyaad: that’s my point. why can a woman lead men, multiple men, into war… yet, she cannot play soccer in hijab to be seen by men, multiple men?

Fadia Bint Ismail: u cnt compare war with soccer. war is about right and wrong, life and death, watching women running after balls is a diff thing, thats entertainment. but this topin is to be continued for the moment, will pick it up after tomz when im done with exams.

Fadia Bint Ismail: Men and women are alike in need of sport and exercise, physical fitness is encouraged in Islam, but the physical restrictions on women participating in sport or physical activity is more than that of men,. It is important that no males should be watching and this is where modesty comes in because sports and exercise should be judged according to the levels of modesty. If the sport is done for innocent reasons, then it would be okay, playing sports in islam is permissable after considering the reasons for playing. the Nabi (SAW) permitted three types of playing 1) playing with ones wife, for example when Aisha (R.A) was on a journey with the prophet (SAW) she had a race with him an outpaced him. 2) Archery 3) Riding a horse. so to end it off, i think that if the physical training-as soccer is done for something that would involve Jihad, attack or retreat, or to ward off chronic illnesses then it will be permissable, but in this case i dont think it is permissable 1) its entertainment 2) even if they wearing hijaab males will still be watching them, and u should look at the modesty level of such a sport. so when Aisha(RA) lead men in war, that was done for a reason and not for entertainment.

Rhiyaad: The world cup is not for entertainment – it represents the height of the competitive spirit, skills and inspires people from all over the world. Its not mere entertainment. In addition, those sunnah sports listed are sunnahs for different reasons, not just literal. Research further into that.

Fadia Bint Ismail:  If u want more reasons i will give u. im not against sport or women playing it..but you need to realise this topic is very broad. but inshallah, we all need a bit more understanding, so in meantime il do my reading, and if you have anything do enlighten me.

Rhiyaad: I don’t think you’ve based your reasons on anything. I don’t see any rationale / logical reasons as why women should not participate in sport. Its silly to disallow it. Should we not therefore disallow men because women may ‘cop’ a perve at them? Why is a man’s sport not regarded as entertainment?

Fadia Bint Ismail: First of all lets talk about all sport in general. for men and women, for example men are not suppose to play feminine sports and vice versa, females are not suppose to play masculine sports. both males and females have an Awrah, which you are well aware of what it is but that said. In todays modern times, exposure of the body parts go against Shariah. The holy Prophet (SAW) said for every religion of the world their is a distinctive morality and the distinctive morality of Islam is Modesty. It is not said that sports is not alllowed, but there are distinctions between males and females. and yes a female may cop a perve, and vice versa but then thats her sin for not lowering her gaze. All sport is regarded as entertainement not just sports that males play. entertainment is allowed, even in the prophet(SAW) time, they would do things for amusement, but in moderation, you should not immerse yourself in things that will distract you from deen. And you have to admit also, people go crazy about sports, they no all the sport teams, players, celebs ect..but do they know about the life and the stories of the Sahabah. well Inshallah i hope they do hey. I personally love sport, in moderation, but there is a certain modest way to do it, according to shariah. there are other factors, but we wont get into detail with that. And no one is disallowing i said before physical fitness is encouraged in islam “but in the correct ways”

Abdul B: – women should not so much as stamp their feet to draw attention to themselves
also, u will find scholars speaking out against even men who play sports such as soccer and leave parts of their legs (above the knee) exposed
personally, i love playing sport – but like fadia said, there should always be moderation.

1) When your Hijaab is see through

2)When its half on your head and half not

3)When its on, but your fringe is showing

4)When your covered, but your ears are showing

5)When your Hijaab is on, but your wearing Skin Tight clothes

6)When you think Hijaab is just the covering of the hair.



I am not yet convinced (of the necessity) of hijab. I am convinced about the Islamic dress code, but my mother prevents me from wearing it and if I disobey her, I will go to Hell. My position does not allow me to substitute my dress for Islamic dress. It is very hot in my country, and I can not stand it. How could I bear the heat if I wore the hijab? I am afraid that if I wear the hijab, I will take it off at some future time because I have seen so many others do this! If I wear the hijab then nobody will marry me, so I am going to leave it off until then. I do not wear hijab based on what Almighty Allah says, (And proclaim the grace of your Lord) (Ad-Duha 93:11), so how can I cover what Allah the Almighty has blessed me with? I know that hijab is obligatory (wajib), but I will wear it when Almighty Allah guides me to do so. It is not time for that yet. I am still too young to wear hijab. I will do it when I get older, and after I go on Hajj! I am afraid that if I wear Islamic clothing, I will be labeled as belonging to some group or another.

Alhaakumut Takaathur Hatta Zurtumul Maqabbir Kalla sawfa-ta-lamounThumma Kalla sawfa ta-lamoun Kalla a low ta-lamouna Ilma-yaqeen Latara-wunnal-jaheem Thumma Latara-wunnaha aynal-yaqeen Thumma la-tus-alunna yawma-idhin anin-na’eem

“The Mutual rivalry for piling up (the good things of this world) diverts you (from the more serious things) until you visit the graves, but no, you soon shall know (the reality).Again, you shall soon know, nay were you to know with certainty of mind (you would be aware).you shall certainly see hellfire. Again you shall see it with certainty of sight. Then shall you be questions that day about the joy (you indulged in)”

This Surah has a connection with Surah’s before it

Ayah 1:

Alhakumu attakathur– The Piling up of worldly things diverts you,

Alha – lahwan (past tense) – il-haa. Literally means Entertainment.

That which keeps you busy and distracts you from what you should really be doing. This is the essence of Lahw.

il-haa – To be distracted and pulled away from something. This word means that you are wasting your time on something which is less important, when you could be doing something a lot more important.

O you who believe, do not put [tulhikum] your wealth and children from the remembrance of Allah.

[al Munafiqun 69:3]

Our wealth and children should make us remember Allah and not be a source of distraction which distances us from Him. That lesson – we will learn in this surah.

Allah will tell us how to get the things which distract us of this worldly life, and think of them in a way which will bring us closer to Allah’s remembrance.


Alhakumu attakathur

The Piling up of worldly things diverts you, It deluded you.

What did? Al Takathur deluded you/distracted you.

Takathur – kathra – katheer = A lot / Plentifulness.



1 – The desire of having alot – distracts you.

“I want more money, a better car, a bigger house”.

2 – Competing with others in getting alot.

Competing in wanting to get a better job than someone else. Even in petty things like; Competing in wanting a better chair than another co-worker in the workplace.

Even in social issues; i.e. Weddings, “we need to have a more expensive wedding than theirs.” Even amongst children; “I want to have his toy.”

3 – Taking Pride in the Fact that you have more.

“I just got that brand new car for a special offer before anyone else found out about the offer.” “I’ve got that brand new house which everyone wanted.”

4 – You want more and more.

All of you have the same thing – not one of you wants less, you all want more and more. The one thing that unites humans is the fact that you all always want more.

Takathur [Tafa’ul] – Mufa’alla, Ta’adhun – competition. This attitude – it deluded you, it distracted you.

il-ha-distracted. But distracted you from What? The word following il-ha has to have the word ‘An after it.


Links to other Surah’s


Surah al Munafiqun

O you who believe, do not put [tulhikum] your wealth and children from [‘an] the remembrance of Allah.[al Munafiqun 69:3]


Surah al Qari’ah

This distraction distracted you from Judgment Day: preparing for it.

Surah ‘Aadiyat

“Allah says in surah Aadiyat; “Indeed mankind, to his Lord, is ungrateful/unloyal. And indeed, he is to that a witness.And indeed he is, in love of wealth, intense”.[al Aadiyat 100: 6-8]


Surah Al Kahf

There were two farmers, one had a better garden:And he had fruit, so he said to his companion while he was conversing with him, “I am greater than you in wealth and mightier in [numbers of] men.”[al Kahf 18:34]


Surah Saba

And they said, “We are more [than the believers] in wealth and children, and we are not to be punished.”[Saba’ 34:35]

Some scholars said it distracted you from:

– The truth

– The One who sent the truth (Allah/God),Your worldly affairs kept you away from Allah.

– Looking into yourself: “What am I doing in life? What is my purpose?” You waste your life in worldly   pursuits, forgetting what your real purpose is.

– Paying Attention to this Message: It was supposed to give you guidance in this life

Your love for wealth is so intense – it distracts you. To show off and to be proud of it and say We have more, and others argue they have more, and they compete to get more and more.

Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children – like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers; then it dries and you see it turned yellow; then it becomes [scattered] debris. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and forgiveness from Allah and approval. And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion.

So both wealth and children – we want more and more for them / of them. Plentiness in terms of children does not necessarily mean having a lot of children. In fact, playing against Allah’s commands can bring about harm. The Chinese would restrict the people to having one child per family out of fear the country will fall into economic crisis. However, now they are in another crisis because they do not have enough children for the future generation to support their boosting economy system.

When Allah says; Takathur fil amwal wal awlad – competing in wealth and children [Hadeed 57:20] – it means my child should have better goodness than other people’s children.





Ayah 2:

Hatta zurtumu almaqabir “Until you visit the graves (i.e. till you die)”.

Zur – zaara – ziyaara – go to meet someone. In ancient Arabic it also means to hug someone too. A Temporary visit.

Zurtum – until you came to greet the graves.

When you meet someone – you are going to be temporarily with them. And this is why He says this word for graves and not for Paradise or Hell, which people will stay in forever. Graves however, are a temporary location for before the Day of Resurrection.

Surah Aadiyat:

“Doesn’t he know when everything in the graves will be upturned”[Aadiyat 100:9]

Quboor was used there for grave. Maqaabir is used now (because it is more closely related to ziyaara – a visit). This is the plural of maqbara – and a noun prefixed with a Ma prefix illustrates a Place (makaan [a location]) = the grave is a place, which you will visit [ziyaara].

So you visit (ziyaara) the Maqaabir – the graves. (Because you will die and temporarily remain there, and after that Judgment Day will begin).

Competing in Remembering Heroes by Visiting their Graves

Some commented that there were tribes who would compete with everything; we have more people than you, we have better weapons than you, and they would even say we have better dead people who are buried than your people. They would then point at the graves and say – “do you have someone like that person?”i.e. Like showing off about historical figures of their own.

Allah is telling us; you should go to the graves and remember where you are headed. So even the graves which remind you of death, you compete in them for worldly competition and pride! Don’t you remember your own death?!

Which is why al-ha (past tense) has been alluded to show that you are wasting your time in competing – when you should really be remembering death by remembering that these heroes have died, that you don’t even benefit from the dead as a reminder of your own end.

Ash-Shawkani: they would visit the graves and they would take heroic pride in the people buried in them.





Ayah 3 and 4:

Ayah 3:


Kalla sawfa taAAlamoon– Not at all! (But) eventually you will know.

Ayah 4:


Thumma Kalla sawfa taAAlamoon– Again, Not at all! (But) eventually you will know.

Kal-laa – for sure. (Literally: no! Not at all).

When you wake up on the Day of Ressurection – you will be saying; What have i done?

Some people – you try to help them and remind them of death, but they won’t listen to you. You think they’re hopeless.

So Allah is saying – kal-laa – No! They will soon come to know.This is after they have been buried.

SA – soon

Sawfa -very soon.

TaAAlamoon – You [all] will know.


Ali bin Abu Talib; “People are sleeping and when they die – they wake up. “Man will only realise how they wasted their life away.

Some scholars said;

Ayah 3 was about; when you enter the grave, you will find out the reality.

Ayah 4 was; the second time you come out of the graves on Judgment Day.

The word Thumma [Again!] adds takhfeem (heaviness) to the first ayah.

Az-Zamakhshari: this is a warning, a benefit so the people wake up from their distraction.

When a repeat occurs – the warning is stronger and emphasises urgency in the situation. (i.e. “stop! Stop!)

The Qur’an is in the form of a Book, but the Qur’an was being revealed in speech – the Qur’an has more of an effect when you listen to it, even more than when you read it. Words are closer to the heart.

This is why the companions said;

sami’na wa atta’na (an-Noor 24:51) – we Hear and obey.


Ayah 5:


Kalla law taAAlamoona AAilma alyaqeen– No! If you only knew with knowledge of certainty…

Kal-la – no not at all.

Laww – expresses regret. IF you only knew.

‘Ilm al yaqeen – knowledge of certainty.

And indeed, it is the truth of certainty. [Surah al Haqqah 69:51]

Yaqeen – yaqeen is a kind of knowledge more than just ‘knowing’.yaqeen = Solid conviction. Absolutely convinced. Even stronger than Emaan. Yaqeen is something you are so convinced of – that you are fully sure of it. As sure as yesterday. It is no doubt. You don’t think about it again out of uncertainty. (sukoon an-nafs – completely internally satisified).Yaqeen – a certainty – used in the Qur’an for Death (mawt.) And worship your Lord until there comes to you the certainty [yaqeen] (death). [Hijr 15:99]

Death is something both the believer and disbeliever have yaqeen/certainty in.

In the Qur’an – we know that people can understand the concept of Judgment Day, but they don’t want to internalise it.

“And when it was said that the promise of Allah was true, and that the Hour- there was no doubt about it (coming), you used to say, ‘We know not what is the hour: we only think it is an idea, and we have no firm assurance.'”[al Jathiyah 45:32]

There are 3 types of Yaqeen [Certainty]:

 –Ilm al yaqeen – certainty based on knowledge. I.e. seeing smoke signifies a fire (even if we don’t see a fire). Or wet grass is most likely due to rain.

Ayn al yaqeen – certainty based on seeing. I.e. seeing the fire.

Haq al yaqeen – Certainty Feeling the fire and it warms you or burns you = haq al yaqeen.

Allah gives us the two Yaqeen’s in this life (ilm [knowledge] and haq [certainty] al yaqeen).

The Qur’an is ‘Ilm al Yaqeen [Certain Knowledge]: This perfect Book which is not similar to any human Book – is an ‘ilm al yaqeen [knowledge of certainty].

And indeed, it is the truth of certainty. [Surah al Haqqah 69:51]

The disbelievers did not want Ilm al yaqeen, they wanted Ayn al yaqeen [Certainty of Vision].

An animal can be convinced with Ayn al Yaqeen [knowledge of Vision], but you were created of a higher level – you should be convinced by Ilm al yaqeen [Certainty of Knowledge] because of the high Intellect (‘aql) Allah has given you.

Ayah 5:

Kalla law taAAlamoona AAilma alyaqeen– No! If you only knew with knowledge of certainty…

‘Ilm al Yaqeen refers to; Qatadah – knowledge of death. I.e. Your soul would want an answer to see what happens after death.

Even philosophers and intellectuals wish their name lives on; i.e. they name buildings and organisations and monuments in their name – the human wants to live forever, even if it’s just by name. The people want to live forever, through any means possible. They have this feeling because Allah has really made humans so they will live forever. [either in Paradise or Hell]. Allah placed this feeling in the human of wanting to live forever in the human fitrah (natural disposition).

Allah answered to it by making a next life.


Ayah 6:


La ta Rawunn a aljaheem– Surely, You [all] shall see the blazing Fire (Hell)!

Jaheem – Juhm – The stare of a lion when he is about to pounce on his prey. The stare makes the animal petrified/horrified – so it can’t move. You will see – the stare of the hunting hell.

La – used to respond to an oath. It is a qasam – for certainty. Surely, you will surely surely see the blazing fire.

The ayah could be like this;

La tarawwu al jaheem – surely you will see hellfire staring at you as if it is going to pounce at you.

But this is how the Allah has said the ayah;

La tarawuNNa al jaheem – surely you will see hellfire staring at you as if it is going to pounce at you.

There is not one of you but will pass over it (Hell); this is with your Lord; a Decree which must be accomplished.

Then We will save those who feared Allah and leave the wrongdoers within it, on their knees.[Surah Maryam 19: 71-72]

Even the believers who will not go to hell – will see it – to be grateful to Allah that He has saved them from that.You will all see it.

Some say it is is specifically talking about those who were distracted in this worldly life (mentioned in ayah 1).They will see it for sure.


Ayah 7:


Thumma la taRawunnahaa ‘ayna al Yaqeen-Then you shall most certainly see it with certainty of sight

Thumma – not just after that. But also means Moreover. You will be convinced because of Ayn al Yaqeen [certainty of Vision].So if you will only believe it through seeing it – then you will see it, and when you see it – that’s when you will go into it.


Ayah 8:


Thumma latus-alunna yawma-idhin AAaniannaAAeem– Then certainly you will be asked – on that Day – you will be interrogated thoroughly about the comforts.

tus’aloona – you will be asked for sure.

la tus’aloona – you will certainly be asked.

Definitely – Allah is angry, that is why He has emphasised 3 times that you will be interrogated thoroughly [tus’aloon].

Allah’s Messenger said;

laysa yuhasib yawm al qiyamah il-la halak -There is none who is questioned/taken to account on Ressurection Day except [he] is destroyed.

na’eem ni’mah (ni’am / an’um – plural).

Na’eem – has a Ya in it which means ‘extra continuous comforts’:

You will be asked because you were in a state of continuous blessing. What did you do with them luxuries?

The Prophet was starving with no food, and Abu Bakr and Umar were also starving. So they went to another wealthy Companions/sahabi’s house. So they gave Salaam twice, and then they said it last third time. The door opened. The wife in the house told that they wanted to recieve Salaam from Allah’s Messenger three times. So this companion gave them some food and water. And Allah’sMessenger told the companion that he would be asked about this food [i.e. us humans will be asked about our luxuries.] Imagine ourselves in comparison to them. We have alot more blessings (na’eem than the companions of Allah’s Messenger).

The less we have – the less we will be asked. The more you have – the more you will be asked on Judgment Day.

And us Muslims have sadly started to compete with each other for blessings (na’eem). If we have more, we might say alhamdulillah [the praise is for Allah], but we should fear that we will be asked about the more we have too.

The Beginning of the Surah and it’s Relation to its End: ash-Shawkani: the surah began with the worldly possessions (takathur) distracted you, and if we remember the blessings will be a form of questioning – these blessings will be a means by which we can get closer to Allah.

The na’eem were given to us – so they are Allah’s. They will be taken away – we will visit the maqaabir/graves [in death].

The na’eem [comfort] is also the; Qur’an and the Sunnah [ways] of the Messengers’. We will also be asked about what we did with that knowledge we recieved from the Messengers’.

Qatadah – Allah will question the people about every blessing Allah has given us.

Ibn Abi Hatim: the urge of plentifulness deluded us from the obedience of Allah until we met the graves, and no – we will soon find out. If only you had found out, had you known when you will come out of your graves and come on Ressurection Day, and you will see hell before your eyes; if you are a righteous Muslim – you will be pulled away from it, but if you are a disbeliever – you will fall into it. Then you will be asked about your blessings; the food, drink, the balance of your creation (left, right etc.) even the sleeps (nawm) that you take.

Ibn-Al Qayyim Al Jawziyyah (Rahimualaah) Said:

Level 5- The one who is negligent and wrongs his soul. He is the one who falls short of doing ablution properly, not performing prayer on time and within specified limits

Level 4- The one who gaurds his prayer upon their proper times and within the limits performs essential pillars and performs ablution with care (however his striving in achieving this is wasted-due to whispering in his prayer so he is taken away by thoughts and ideas)

Level 3- The one who gaurds his prayer within the specified times, essential pillars and performs ablution and strives to repel the whispering thoughts and ideas, he is busy struggling against his enemy shaytaan.

Level 2- The one who stands for prayer, completes and perfects its due rights and essential pillars, performs it within the specified time and his heart is engrossed in safe gaurding its rights and specified limits so that nothing is wasted from it, his concern is directed towards the establishment, its completion and its perfection as it should be, his heart is immersed in prayer and in enslavement to his lord exalted.

Level 1- Everything perfected.

Level 5- will be punished

Level 4- will be held account

Level 3- will have his sins and shortcomings expiated

Level 2- will be rewarded

Level 1- the best

Now think about which level you are on?

The minimum level you should be on is level 3

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