UM Special: Truth v Falsehood – Quran Tafsir

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 “Customarily, God, be He blessed and exalted, causes falsehood to appear before the Truth. Once falsehood appears the Truth then apprehends it such that no trace of it remains. ‘The Truth has come and falsehood has vanished-falsehood is ever vanishing.’ (17:81) Falsehood, whenever it does seem to be around, isn’t actually there, so, when the Truth appears falsehood continues to be- as if it didn’t exist, in the first place.”

(Shaikh Ibrāhīm Niās, may God be pleased with him, Fī Riyādh al-Tafsīr, Vol. 4, pp. 114)

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UM Special: Efficient Being – a thought from Imam Abdul Latif

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1) Deficient creatures seek benefit for themselves. Seeking benefit, then, is the objective of human action. Efficient beings do not seek benefit for themselves as they are free from deficiency. Likewise seeking benefit for themselves is not the objective of the actions of efficient beings.

2) God is the only efficient Being and thus it follows that whatever He does is not for His own benefit, as He is not in need of it, but rather it is for the advantage of the deficient creatures who seek benefit from His efficiency.

3) As God also knows where the benefit lies for each of His dependents, His acts regarding us are both generous and wise, even if we fail to recognize how or to what extent.

This seems logically sound but is only realized through faith.

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Dec 2015

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UM Special: Certainty – a quote by Imam Abdul Latif

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“May Allah put certainty into our hearts regarding Him during such apparently uncertain times regarding His creation.

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– Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif

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UM Special: How we are here – a Thought from Imam Abdul Latif

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The Prophet, peace be upon him, had given dawa to 26 tribes before going to Medina. Why did he not give up after the first few rejections? Why not after being beaten in Ta-if? He kept going because He knew Allah would never abandon Him. This attitude is from the inward sunnahs of the Prophet, peace be upon him. It is so essential that had it not been there we would not be here.

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Dec 2015

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UM Special: Your Opinion of People – Quran & Hadith

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“O you who believe, avoid most suspicion. Indeed some suspicion is a crime. And do not spy and do not backbite one another. Would any of you like to eat his brother’s dead flesh? No, you would hate it. And fear Allah.” (49: 12)

“ُThere are two characteristics that have no superior good : a good opinion of Allah and a good opinion of the slaves of Allah. There are two characteristics that have no superior evil : a bad opinion of Allah and a bad opinion of the slaves of Allah.” -Hadith

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UM Special: God is Greater – a thought from Imam Abdul Latif

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When Musa, upon whom be peace, met with Pharaoh’s sorcerers, 72 in number, he had them cast their ropes down first. Musa, upon whom be peace, knew they were dealing with magic, yet he had them go first. A wisdom here is that had he gone first, and the snake appeared, it would have merely scared everyone but they wouldn’t have seen the ropes and staffs of the magicians for what they are. With them going ahead of him their own falsehood was a means to reveal the truth for all to see. Thus, have a good opinion of Allah for at times you will have to see the sorcerers cast their ropes first so that you can see God is Greater in the end.

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Dec 2015

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UM Special: Surah Ad-Duha – Quran

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  1. By the forenoon (after sun-rise);

  2. And by the night when it is still (or darkens);

  3. Your Lord (O Muhammad ()) has neither forsaken you nor hated you.

  4. 4. And indeed the Hereafter is better for you than the present (life of this world).

  5. And verily, your Lord will give you (all i.e. good) so that you shall be well-pleased.

  6. Did He not find you (O Muhammad ()) an orphan and gave you a refuge?

  7. And He found you unaware (of the Qur’an, its legal laws, and Prophethood, etc.) and guided you?

  8. And He found you poor, and made you rich (selfsufficient with selfcontentment, etc.)?

  9. Therefore, treat not the orphan with oppression,

  10. And repulse not the beggar;

  11. And proclaim the Grace of your Lord (i.e. the Prophethood and all other Graces).

 – Surah Ad-Duha

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