Citizenship of Jannah

rural-crossroads1My Quran Reflections Journal – 4

Gems from Taleem ul-Quran 2015

Day 7 Reflection

(Al-Baqarah 2:21-25)

Citizenship of Jannah

Today’s lesson was about the first glimpse of Jannah in the Quran. Subhan’Allah, the mere glimpse of it makes one wish to work towards pleasing Allah (swt) to earn it. A beautiful reflection was shared by one of my classmates today, after we completed the lesson. She actually gave words to what I was thinking. She said that this is the beginning of the year (2015), and the beginning of our course (today was just the 7th day) and the beginning of the Quran. Subhan’Allah, Allah (swt) sets forth this description of Jannah in the second chapter among the first few Ayahs, so this is nothing but His mercy. If you come to think about it, we can set a goal from now onwards to reach that destination (Jannah).

I would like to elaborate further that through continuous worship of our Lord (not just in our prayers but also in our daily lives) we can hope to attain our citizenship of Jannah. We must remember that worship is an entire way of living. It encompasses concrete obligatory acts, which come under this category, such as Salah, Zakah, Hajj, etc. as well as abstract qualities, such as honesty, sincerity, empathy and care.

Indeed our Rabb is the Entirely Merciful, The Especially Merciful, and He sends signs, reminders and admonitions from all ends.

Oh Allah (swt), make us from the dwellers of Jannah and save us from the Hellfire. Aameen!

Day 8 Reflection
(Al-Baqarah 2:26)

Wisdom or Illiteracy?

Today’s lesson was about the example of a mosquito, which Allah (swt) presents to explain the abstract viewpoint of how certain disbelievers challenge Allah’s (swt) words, only because in all the Hikmah (Wisdom) best known to Him, He chose to use this example.

Have we ever wondered that in the Quran there are examples of the heavenly rivers and provisions, as well as the gigantic universe and whatever it contains – even a mosquito as it also is a part of this universe! Why do we have such big egos that we deny the truth or question Allah’s (swt) wisdom of presenting an example of such a small creature as a mosquito, when we readily get awestruck by the magnanimous and humangous creations of Allah (swt)? Is the Message and Who is giving that message important, or does the importance of the message diminishes, because the example used here is that of a creature we consider almost negligible? Is it wise for us to question His Hikmah or are we being illiterate by doing so?

Oh Allah (swt), make us understand the logic of the Quran, rather than the logic of using a trivial creature as an example. Open our minds, so we can see the bigger picture and learn the lesson, which You intend for us to understand, rather than try to negate the divine message because of the petty nature of the example used to explain an abstract concept. Oh Allah (swt), give us the mind that can understand the significance of Your insightful message and the heart that can act upon it. Aameen!  

Top 5 Challenges to Learning Quran & Arabic

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CHALLENGE #1: I don’t have enough time.

We all claim to be too busy to achieve every one of our goals. But how much of our time could be used for something more productive? A LOT! We have to train ourselves to be more disciplined with our time.

CHALLENGE #2: I’m too old / too young.

No matter the age, in today’s world there are innovative ways for every one of us to learn…anything! That includes Quran and Arabic.

CHALLENGE #3: I’ve taken classes before, but no results.

There are courses which have provided results for tens of thousands of students around the world.

CHALLENGE #4: I’m bad at languages.

Allah (swt) has made the Quran and the Arabic language easy to learn and understand…you just need to do your part by putting in sincere time and effort to learn. You will be shocked at how simple it can be.

CHALLENGE #5: I’m not religious enough.

Don’t ever underestimate yourself, or let someone else tell you what it means to be “religious”. No matter your level of spirituality, you should be trying to improve yourself all the time. What better way to do so than by getting closer to Allah and His Book?

Adapted (with permission) from an inspiring email sent by Bayyinah Institute