Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Tafsan 

 

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TOPIC: ISLAM AND THE FAVOURS OF ALLAH

Alhamdu lil laahi Rabbil aalameen. Was salatu was salamu ala rasuluhee al kareem. At the commencement of Rajab, Muslims all over the world prayed to Allah that He should bless the month and sha’ban and make us witness Ramadan. However, it is not all of us that are here today to witness the month. We thank Allah for making us one of those that are witnessing it. May His peace and salutations be showered on the Prophet, Muhammad (SAW). 

Ramadan is a month in which we have to increase our spirituality and one of those things that help in achieving this is being grateful to Allah for His favours. Denying the favours of Allah is a great sin and that is why Allah in Chapter 55 of the Qur’an repeatedly asked a rhetorical question: Which of the favours of Allah Will you deny?

There are many forms of favour Allah bestows on His creatures and a reminder of some of them will suffice. In Qur’an, chapter 54:33, Allah talks about protection from harm as a favour: The folk of Lot rejected warnings. Lo! We sent a storm of stones upon them (all) save the family of Lot, whom We rescued in the last watch of the night, As a favour from Us. Thus We reward him who giveth thanks.

 

 

 

But wait thou for thy Lord´s decree, and be not like him of the fish, who cried out in despair. Had it not been that favour from his Lord had reached him he surely had been cast into the wilderness while he was reprobate. But his Lord chose him and placed him among the righteous.

Prophet Yunus was also favoured by Allah through being protected from harm as we can see in the above quoted portion of the Qur’an. 

 

 

Another form of favour from Allah to human beings is iman, faith. This is infact the greatest form of favour man can ever receive from his creator. Chapter 32:18-20 explains this:

Is he who is a believer like unto him who is an evil-liver? They are not alike. But as for those who believe and do good works, for them are the Gardens of Retreat - a welcome (in reward) for what they used to do. And as for those who do evil, their retreat is the Fire. Whenever they desire to issue forth from thence, they are brought back thither. Unto them it is said: Taste the torment of the Fire which ye used to deny.

 

 

 

 

The fact that security and peace are other forms of Allah’s favour cannot be disputed. The Qur’an,Chapter 106:3-4 are relevant here. 

So let them worship the Lord of this House, Who hath fed them against hunger and hath made them safe from fear.

 

 

Other forms of favour include health and the children Allah has blessed us with. As regards the favour of children, the mere fact that we have a couple of Allah’s prophet fervently supplicating to Allah for the fruit of the womb shows the importance of this form of Allah’s favour. 

We will like to conclude this sermon with the following:

We should always remember the favours of Allah. (Q14:6,33:9)

We can never be able to count the favours of Allah. (Q16:18)

Repentance and acknowledging the favours of Allah are among things that reform the hearts and purify deeds. (Q35:3,5:11)

We are in a month of reformation and acknowledging Allah’s favour is surely a means of reforming ourselves. Which of the Favours of Allah will we deny? (Q55:13)