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Today's Reminder

January 31, 2023 | Rajab 9, 1444

Living The Quran

Al-Ahzab (The Confederates)
Chapter 33: Verse 43

From Darkness into Light
"It is He who bestows His blessings upon you, with His angels, so that He might take you out of the depths of darkness into the light."

People are reminded of God's grace and the care He takes of His creation and the favours He bestows on them. Yet He is in no need of them while they need His care and blessings.

All glory to God who bestows great favours and doubles them over and over again. Yet He also remembers His weak servants who have no real power of their own and whose life is only transitory. He remembers them, taking care of them and blessing them together with His angels. One can hardly imagine it, when one knows that the whole earth with all the creatures living on and in it is no more than a tiny particle in relation to the great galaxies of the universe.

God's light is one, comprehensive, continuous. What does not belong to it is darkness, which differs and has several depths. If people stray from God's light, they have only darkness to live in. Nothing can save them or bring them out of this darkness except God's light that enlightens hearts and minds, filling souls and guiding them to what suits their nature. The grace God bestows on them and the angels' blessings and prayers for them are what takes them out of the darkness into the light. This is what happens to them when their hearts open up to faith.

Compiled From:
"In The Shade Of The Quran" - Sayyid Qutb, Volume 14, pp. 92, 93

From Issue: 535 [Read original issue]

Understanding The Prophet's Life

Personal Interest

As part of sincere relations one should take a keen interest in the personal matters of one's brothers. One should enquire after their welfare and express a keen interest in them. This persuades them of one's sincerity and strengthens the bond of fraternity. While instructing his Companions, the Prophet (peace be upon him) told them:

"As you enter a social relationship, you should find out another's name and the names of his father and tribe. This will cement your relationship." [Tirmidhi]

Knowledge of another person's personal details promotes close relations. The above hadith both underscores and reinforces this rationale.

Compiled From:
"Inter Personal Relations" - Khurram Murad, p. 44

From Issue: 600 [Read original issue]

Blindspot!

Giving and Depriving

Whatever you are given is from God's bounties and He is protecting you, even from yourself. So, do not look only at what you are deprived of and wish to get something that might cause you to do wrong.

Feeling joyful is not denounced in Islam. A believer feels happy for the bounties that God bestows on him. However, feeling miserable for what is missed is not the right response. If you feel happy for worldly gains, know that this life will come to an end. There is an Arabic statement: If what you have had lasted with the person before you, it would not have reached you!

Thus, if you have less to be happy with, then there will be less to be sad about. It is out of God's bounty that He gives you just enough so that you will not be sad for missing things you do not need. If you have enough food, drink, and providence, this is a perfect blessing from God and you should thank God for that. God has a perfect wisdom in giving and depriving; He wants the best for you, be satisfied with that.

Compiled From:
"A Journey to God: Reflections on the Hikam of Ibn Ataillah" - Jasser Auda

From Issue: 1003 [Read original issue]