Our Twin Enemies

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My Quran Reflections Journal – 6
Gems from Taleem ul-Quran 2015

Day 11 Reflection
Surah Al Baqarah (verses 48-59)

Mental enslavement signifies that one is a slave of a particular mindset: your thinking reflects your slavery and is manifested in your actions as well.

Let’s pause and ponder: are we mentally and physically enslaved as well? Just like Bani Israel had the wrong focus, which resulted in wrong choices, are we falling in the trap of enslavement to our twin enemies – Shaitan and our Nafs? Do we consider ourselves free individuals, because we follow the prompting of our Nafs and Shaitan? We are in fact victims of self-delusion!

Time for some serious retrospection! Let’s change our focus in life and find refuge in patience and prayer, Insha’Allah.

Day 12 Reflection
Surah Al Baqarah (verses 60-62)

Obligation, Not an Option!

We cannot be selective in our obedience and love of Allah (swt), if we are truly the guided ones. When truth reaches us through authentic sources – the Quran and the Sunnah – there’s no room for complacency, arrogance and disobedience. Action, implementation and application of Allah’s (swt) commandments are an obligation on a believer, and not a mere option!

A believing heart is the one, which listens and obeys, understands and implements, applies and exemplifies through excellent conduct that is taught by our Mahboob (the Most Loved), Maqsood (the One Sought) and Matloob (the One Desired) that is Allah (swt) in the Quran and by His Messenger in his Sunnah.

One also has to be clear that Allah (swt) is the ultimate and exclusive source of help for us. Any confusion, hesitation or clarification should be directed towards Allah (swt) alone, and we must have faith that He will help us, Insha’Allah.

“Oh Allah, You alone we worship and You alone we ask for help.” (Al-Fatihah 1:5) Ameen.

Allah – Our 24/7 Helpline

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Gems from Taleem ul-Quran 2015

Day 9 Reflection
Surah Al-Baqarah (verse 28)

“How can you disbelieve in Allah? Seeing that you were dead and He gave you life. Then He will give you death, and then again will bring you to life (on the Day of Resurrection) and then unto Him you will return.” (Al-Baqarah 2:28)

In the aforementioned Ayah, the fact established is that we came into existence from nothingness; we were given life when we were lifeless; from a drop of sperm to a cluster of flesh and bones, and from the dependant embryo to an independent, free-willed adult!

Also, our final destination is He. All of us will return to Him for sure!

Shouldn’t then we make the gist of these verses the motto of our lives? Why not consider Allah (swt) our helpline, and turn to Him also in this Dunya through Salah, Dua, Dhikr, Quran and other forms of worship, which may include maintaining cordial ties with family and friends and doing righteous deeds? Let us all make our Creator as our ultimate and exclusive helpline, rather than depending, relying and expecting from His creation, which is prone to making mistakes! Let’s be among those, who create strong bonds and maintain sincere ties with Allah (swt) first and consequently – His creation.

Oh Allah (swt) make us among those who make You their Matloob (the One, Who is wanted), Maqsood (the One, attaining Whose pleasure, is their goal in life) and Mahboob (the One loved dearly). Ameen.

Day 10 Reflection
Surah Al-Baqarah (verses 30-39)

The Highway

Today’s lesson got me thinking that we could actually understand the crux of these verses that we studied metaphorically as well. Consider your lives on a highway, where one route takes you towards guidance, while the opposite one leads you astray. Also, imagine that you are rushing on this highway to reach your short term destination. One must consider that irrespective of which side of the road you are driving on, there will be exits coming your way. If you are driving on the guidance side, consider encountering the exits of complacency, pride, arrogance, backbiting and hypocrisy, because Shaitan will continuously try to steer your car in that direction. Also, consider that when you are on the opposite road, exits of repentance, Astaghfar and turning towards Allah (swt) will come your way, because Allah (swt) will continue to send reminders to you. Now, before you determine, which exit to take, remember two facts:

  1. No matter what your short term destination is, your final return is to your Rabb (swt).
  2. You are not always alone on the vehicle. So, whichever route you take, you will probably be driving your family and close friends on that route with you.

Now make your choice wisely!

May Allah (swt) enable us all to make the wisest of choices, which will lead us to His pleasure. May He guide us and keep us steadfast upon such a path. Ameen.