Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Those Who Pray, Beware!

English Rendering of Qur'aanic Verses 107:4 to 107:7:

4. And, woe to those who pray - 

5. Those who are neglectful of, and/or inattentive in, their Prayers,

6. Those who show off

7. And refuse to give even trifling things to others!

Extract from yet-to-be-published Qur'aanic Studies Manzil VII.
Mohammad Shafi

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Paradise Lost!

Qur'aanic Verse 103:3:


3. Illa allatheena amanoo waAAamiloo alssalihati watawasaw bialhaqqi watawasaw bialssabri


3. But not those among them who believe and do good deeds, and exhort one another to Truth, and exhort one another to patience.1

Study Note:

1. The fundamental truth laid down in Verses 2 and 3 here is preceded, for emphasis, by the divine oath taken on Time as in Verse 1 above. Time is of critical essence for mankind. They have been allotted a fixed time on this earth to prove themselves eligible for Paradise. And they have not been given the knowledge as to the quantum of the fixed time. They do not know when that fixed time will come to an end. So they cannot afford to waste any time at their disposal. And yet most people remain blissfully unaware of the precious time ticking away. For them is Paradise Lost! Paradise Gained is only for those few who satisfy all the four criteria mentioned in this 3rd Verse of the Chapter. It is not enough that one believes and does good deeds; one has also to spell out the truth even if it hurts one’s own self or one’s own kith and kin. One has necessarily therefore to exercise patience.

An extract from yet-to-be-published Qur'aanic Studies Manzil VII.