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NASFAT FRIDAY WEEKLY SERMON FOR SAFAR 26 1441(OCTOBER 25TH 2019)

TOPIC: ALLAH’S FAVOUR ON THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. (A BRIEF EXEGESIS OF Q45:16-18)

 A’udhu billahi minash shaytanir rajeem bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem.In the name of Allah, the Beneficent the Merciful. May His benedictions and salutations be ever showered upon our noble prophet Muhammad (SAW), his companions and members of his family.
The Children of Israel has been mentioned in the Qur’an in so many places with a view to informing and educating Muslims of who they are and the bounties Allah (swt) has showered on them.
In Q45:16-18, Allah mentions six different forms of favour He gave them and it is from these we intend to draw lessons for our sermon this week.
The favour Allah gave them are:
1. The book
2. The power of command
3. Prophethood
4. Sustenance from things that are good and pure
5. Favour above nations
6. Clear signs in affairs of religion
The ultimate objective of the choice of this topic for this sermon is for us to reflect upon this six mentioned above. A brief comment on some of them is done here for our guidance.
The book referred to here is the Bible and of the six articles of faith is the belief in the revealed books which the bible is one of them. The Quran, according to chapter 5:46 says there is guidance and light in it. However, its content should be taken with caution because aside the fact that we now have the Qur’an which is all comprehensive the Bible has been adulterated. The quran in chapter Q45:17-18 informs us that the children of Israel fell into schisms because the last prophet was not raised amongst them but rather from the Arabs.
As regards favour above other nations, the following may be relevant: Allah addressed the Jews who were contemporaries of the Prophet (saw) with the words ‘O Children of Israel, recall my blessings upon you and that I [once] favoured you above all other beings.’ (2:47) What some masters of Qurʾānic exegesis, such as Abū al-Suʿūd, Maḥmūd al-Alūsī, Burhan al-Dīn al-Biqāʿī and others said regarding this verse is that although Allah was speaking to the contemporaries of the Prophet (saw) here, and the people who actually received these blessings were their ancestors. Consequently the people who were preferred over all others were those who lived in time of the prophet Moses (asw). The proof of this is in the very next verse when Allah said to them, ‘And [recall] when we spectacularly rescued you from the forces of Pharaoh…’ (2:48). Those who were rescued were the followers of the prophet Moses, not the people being addressed by the verse.
This brings us to the question ‘who was preferred over all others?’ What was deduced from the above proof was that it was the followers of the prophet Moses (asw) who had been given this rank – but it only extended to everyone before their time until them. At that time they were the Muslims who believed in Allah and His Messengers; they had been blessed with two tremendous prophets; and they were given the great Torah, which – as Allah put it – contained tremendous guidance and great light. However, they lost this rank when time after time they rebelled against Allah, and the messengers who were sent to them. We know from sura Āli ʿImrān that our umma – from the companions and after – is the best umma because we not only believe, but we also perform the functions of the previous prophets: ‘You have always been the best nation who were produced for the service of mankind: [because] you command that good be done, prohibit the bad and believe in Allah.’ (3:110).
The remaining forms of favour Allah gave the Children can be looked at in this manner but it is important to conclude that we should reflect upon the bounties of Allah given to us and ask ourselves how we have used them. We should caution ourselves as not to be ingrates like the Children of Israel.
May Allah continue to guide us and ease our affairs.  

TOPIC: ALLAH’S FAVOUR ON THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. (A BRIEF EXEGESIS OF Q45:16-18)
 A’udhu billahi minash shaytanir rajeem bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem.In the name of Allah, the Beneficent the Merciful. May His benedictions and salutations be ever showered upon our noble prophet Muhammad (SAW), his companions and members of his family.
The Children of Israel has been mentioned in the Qur’an in so many places with a view to informing and educating Muslims of who they are and the bounties Allah (swt) has showered on them.
In Q45:16-18, Allah mentions six different forms of favour He gave them and it is from these we intend to draw lessons for our sermon this week.
The favour Allah gave them are:
1. The book
2. The power of command
3. Prophethood
4. Sustenance from things that are good and pure
5. Favour above nations
6. Clear signs in affairs of religion
The ultimate objective of the choice of this topic for this sermon is for us to reflect upon this six mentioned above. A brief comment on some of them is done here for our guidance.
The book referred to here is the Bible and of the six articles of faith is the belief in the revealed books which the bible is one of them. The Quran, according to chapter 5:46 says there is guidance and light in it. However, its content should be taken with caution because aside the fact that we now have the Qur’an which is all comprehensive the Bible has been adulterated. The quran in chapter Q45:17-18 informs us that the children of Israel fell into schisms because the last prophet was not raised amongst them but rather from the Arabs.
As regards favour above other nations, the following may be relevant: Allah addressed the Jews who were contemporaries of the Prophet (saw) with the words ‘O Children of Israel, recall my blessings upon you and that I [once] favoured you above all other beings.’ (2:47) What some masters of Qurʾānic exegesis, such as Abū al-Suʿūd, Maḥmūd al-Alūsī, Burhan al-Dīn al-Biqāʿī and others said regarding this verse is that although Allah was speaking to the contemporaries of the Prophet (saw) here, and the people who actually received these blessings were their ancestors. Consequently the people who were preferred over all others were those who lived in time of the prophet Moses (asw). The proof of this is in the very next verse when Allah said to them, ‘And [recall] when we spectacularly rescued you from the forces of Pharaoh…’ (2:48). Those who were rescued were the followers of the prophet Moses, not the people being addressed by the verse.
This brings us to the question ‘who was preferred over all others?’ What was deduced from the above proof was that it was the followers of the prophet Moses (asw) who had been given this rank – but it only extended to everyone before their time until them. At that time they were the Muslims who believed in Allah and His Messengers; they had been blessed with two tremendous prophets; and they were given the great Torah, which – as Allah put it – contained tremendous guidance and great light. However, they lost this rank when time after time they rebelled against Allah, and the messengers who were sent to them. We know from sura Āli ʿImrān that our umma – from the companions and after – is the best umma because we not only believe, but we also perform the functions of the previous prophets: ‘You have always been the best nation who were produced for the service of mankind: [because] you command that good be done, prohibit the bad and believe in Allah.’ (3:110).
The remaining forms of favour Allah gave the Children can be looked at in this manner but it is important to conclude that we should reflect upon the bounties of Allah given to us and ask ourselves how we have used them. We should caution ourselves as not to be ingrates like the Children of Israel.
May Allah continue to guide us and ease our affairs.  

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