Assorted Qur’an Benefits #24

What follows are  brief benefits originally posted on our Facebook and Telegram pages in the end of February and March 2018:

♦ Good Thoughts or Bad Thoughts About Your Lord

Allah says in surah al-Haqqah:

فَأَمَّا مَنْ أُوتِيَ كِتَابَهُ بِيَمِينِهِ فَيَقُولُ هَاؤُمُ اقْرَءُوا كِتَابِيَهْ * إِنِّي ظَنَنتُ أَنِّي مُلَاقٍ حِسَابِيَهْ

As for he who is given his record of deeds in his right hand, he will say: come, read my record! * I certainly thought that I would meet my account! [69:19-20]

In his tafsir of these ayaat, Imam al-Qurtubi mentioned:

وقال الحسن في هذه الآية : إن المؤمن أحسن الظن بربه فأحسن العمل وإن المنافق أساء الظن بربه فأساء العمل . ـ

al-Hasan al-Basri commented on this ayah by saying, “The believer thinks well of his Lord, so he does well with his deeds. But the munaafiq thinks ill of his Lord, so he does ill deeds.”

[Jaami’ Li-Ahkam al-Qur’an 18/249]


♦ Taking Time to Contemplate the Qur’an

Imam Maalik ibn Anas recorded the following narration in his Muwatta:

وحدثني عن مالك عن يحيى بن سعيد أنه قال كنت أنا ومحمد بن يحيى بن حبان جالسين فدعا محمد رجلا فقال أخبرني بالذي سمعت من أبيك فقال الرجل أخبرني أبي أنه أتى زيد بن ثابت فقال له كيف ترى في قراءة القرآن في سبع فقال زيد حسن ولأن أقرأه في نصف أو عشر أحب إلي وسلني لم ذاك قال فإني أسألك قال زيد لكي أتدبره وأقف عليه

… a man came to Zayd ibn Thaabit and said, “What is your opinion about reciting the entire Qur’an in seven days?”

Zayd replied, “That is good, but I prefer to recite it in half a month or ten days. Now, ask me why that is.”

The man said, “OK, I’m asking you.”

Zayd said, “That is so that I can contemplate it and pause to reflect on it.”

[Muwatta #476, also reported by ibn Abi Shaybah #8584]


A Reward From Allah

In the end of surah Aal ‘Imraan, Allah describes the reward of the believers by saying:

ثَوَابًا مِّنْ عِندِ اللَّـهِ

A reward from Allah [3:195]

In his famous tafsir, al-haafidh Ismaa’eel ibn Kathir commented on this ayah by writing:

وقوله : ( ثوابا من عند الله ) أضافه إليه ونسبه إليه ليدل على أنه عظيم ، لأن العظيم الكريم لا يعطي إلا جزيلا كثيرا

Allah linked and attributed the reward to Himself in order to indicate that it is a magnificent reward, for the Magnificent and Most Generous One would not give anything other than an abundant and plentiful reward.

[Tafsir ibn Kathir 2/191]


Allah’s Great Mercy

Allah devotes part of surah al-Nisaa’ to explaining the guidelines of inheritance. In part of his tafsir of these ayaat, al-haafidh ibn Kathir mentioned:

وقد استنبط بعض الأذكياء من قوله تعالى : ( يوصيكم الله في أولادكم للذكر مثل حظ الأنثيين ) أنه تعالى أرحم بخلقه من الوالد بولده ، حيث أوصى الوالدين بأولادهم ، فعلم أنه أرحم بهم منهم ، كما جاء في الحديث الصحيح . وقد رأى امرأة من السبي تدور على ولدها ، فلما وجدته أخذته فألصقته بصدرها وأرضعته . فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم لأصحابه : ” أترون هذه طارحة ولدها في النار وهي تقدر على ذلك ؟ ” قالوا : لا يا رسول الله : قال : ” فوالله لله أرحم بعباده من هذه بولدها ” ـ

One of the great intellects derived a point of benefit from Allah’s statement:

يُوصِيكُمُ اللَّـهُ فِي أَوْلَادِكُمْ ۖ لِلذَّكَرِ مِثْلُ حَظِّ الْأُنثَيَيْنِ

Allah instructs you regarding your children: for the male, what is equal to two shares of the female … [4:11]

is that Allah is more merciful to His creation than a parent is to his child, for Allah is instructing and exhorting the parents as it relates to their children, so therefore we know that Allah is more merciful to the children than the parents are.

This is just as comes in an authentic hadith, that there was a women who was a prisoner of war who was searching for her child. Then when she found him, she clutched him, drew him to her breast and suckled him. So the Prophet said, “Do you think this women would ever throw her child into the fire?” The Companions said, “No, O Messenger of Allah.” He said, “I swear by Allah, Allah is more merciful to His slaves than this woman is to her child.”

[Tafsir ibn Kathir 2/225-226]


♦ Love for the Prophet

In surah al-Nisaa, Allah commands the believers by saying:

وَلَا تَنكِحُوا مَا نَكَحَ آبَاؤُكُم مِّنَ النِّسَاءِ

And do not marry those women whom your fathers had previously married … [4:22]

While explaining this ayah, al-haafidh ibn Kathir mentioned:

ولهذا حرمت أمهات المؤمنين على الأمة; لأنهن أمهات ، لكونهن زوجات النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم ، وهو كالأب [ للأمة ] بل حقه أعظم من حق الآباء بالإجماع ، بل حبه مقدم على حب النفوس صلوات الله وسلامه عليه . ـ

So, because of this, it is not permissible for anyone in this ummah to marry the Mothers of the Believers. This is because they are our mothers, as a result of their being the wives of the Prophet. And the Prophet is like a father to this ummah. In fact, he has more right over us than our fathers, as the scholars have unanimously stated. In fact, one’s love for him take precedence over love for one’s own self – may Allah’s blessings and salutations be upon him.”

[Tafsir ibn Kathir 2/246]


Learn more about these and other mufassiroon (those who explained the Qur’an) with our Mufassir Profiles

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