In the name of Allah
The All Compassionate, the All Merciful
14th Jamadial-Awwal 1444 (9th December 2022)
Islamic Universal Association
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London, W11 4 PG
Jihad An-Nafs – Part 109
Purification of the heart-Part 51
According to the Holy Quran accounting of deeds on the Day of Judgement is imminent and necessary and that is why everyone will be presented with his scroll of deeds on that Day. Allah (s.w.t.) is fully aware of the deeds of man and everything is clear to Him even before the reckoning, yet the accounting of deeds on Judgment Day is a necessary matter. This is so because man forgets whatever good or bad he has done throughout his life. Moreover, he would not have any excuse for his actions and he would know that he has been dealt with justice. Relevant Ayahs are:
Ayah 8 and 9 of Surah Al-A’raaf: “The measuring of deeds will then be fair; so whosoever’s weight of good deeds is heavy shall be the successful one.
The souls of those whose measure is light will suffer for being unjust to Our signs.”
Ayahs 92 and 93 of Surah Al-Hijr: “So, by your Lord, We shall certainly question them
As to what they used to do.”
Ayahs 17 and 36 of Surah Bani Isra’il: “How many generations after Noah have We destroyed? And your Lord is sufficient with regard to the sins of His servants, Knowing and Seeing..
Do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge; verily the hearing, the sight, and the heart shall all be questioned about it.”
Ayahs 21 and 22 of Surah Fussilat: “And they will say to their skins, “Why do you bear witness against us?” They will say: “God Who makes everything speak, has caused us to speak. He it is Who created you the first time, and to Him you shall all be returned.
And you could not seek to hide yourselves, lest your ears, and your eyes, and skin should bear witness against you, but you thought that God does not know most of what you used to do.”
Ayah 8 of Surah Al-Jumuah: “Say:“Verily, the death from which you flee will surely meet you, then you will be returned to Knower of the unseen and the seen, and He will inform you about what you used to do.”
Ayahs 3 to 6 of Surah Mutaffifin: “But when they themselves measure to them they deceive.
Do they not think that they will be raisedFor a Mighty Day? On the Day when mankind stands before the Lord of the world.” To be continued
Life of Fatima (a.s.) – Part 1
Although the life of Fatima (a.s.) was short, it contained valuable lessons for the Islamic nation and in particular for Muslim women. Today I will discuss her impeccable life in the following order:
- Her birth and the period until the death of her mother, Khadija (a.s.).
- The period after the death of her mother until her migration to Medina (Hijrat).
- Her life in Medina until the death of her father, the Holy Prophet (s.a.).
- The final juncture of her life
Fatima (a.s.) was born on the 20th of Jamadial-Thani, five years after the initiation of the Islamic mission by her father, in Mecca. The house of the Holy Prophet (s.a.) and Khadija was illuminated by her birth and there are several traditions relating to this auspicious event. It has been reported in Bahjatul-Qalb Al-Mustafa P:142 that Imam Ali Ibne Al-Hussain (a.s.) has said she was born during a very important era of Islam and during exceptional circumstances.
Moreover, it has been reported by many scholars that Allah (s.w.t) had revealed to the Holy Prophet (s.a.) that he would be blessed in abundance through the birth of his daughter, Fatima (a.s.) and he was asked to prepare special food and prayer for her. According to a tradition, Gabriel revealed to the Holy Prophet (s.a.) that Surah Kauthar was especially granted to him for this divine occasion, which reads: “Verily, We have granted you (O Muhammad) Al-Kauthar (the abundance). So pray to your Lord and offer sacrifice. Verily your enemy shall be the one who is cut off (in his progeny).”
The reason for the revelation of this Surah is that one day one of the polytheists’ leaders, Asim ibne Wa’el, denounced the Holy Prophet (s.a.) and referred to him as an ’abtar’ (an animal whose tail is cut-off) in the presence of his followers, implying that he did not have a son or an heir. The Holy Prophet (s.a.)’s two sons, Qasim and Taher (Abdullah) through his wife, Khadija, had died and he was very upset by this remark. To console the Holy Prophet (s.a), this Surah was revealed with the glad tidings that the highest degree of the grace of Allah (s.w.t) would be bestowed upon him. His enemies, on the other hand, happily imagined that with the demise of the Holy Prophet (s.a.) his mission would cease to exist, as he had no son or an heir. Hence, the revelation of this Surah was in answer to them that Islam and the Holy Quran would continue forever.