Assorted Qur’an Benefits #40

The following is a collection of brief benefits originally posted on our social media pages during January 2020:

♦ Flee to Allah

Allah says in surah al-Dhariyaat:

فَفِرُّوا إِلَى اللَّـهِ ۖ إِنِّي لَكُم مِّنْهُ نَذِيرٌ مُّبِينٌ

So flee to Allah. I am certainly a clear warner to you from Him. [51:50]

In his tafsir of this ayah, sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen said:

[الفرار إلى الله يكون بالقيام بطاعته واجتناب نواهيه لأنه لا ينقذك من عذاب الله إلا أن تقوم بطاعة الله.ـ]

Fleeing to Allah is done by being obedient to Him and avoiding what He has prohibited because nothing can rescue you from Allah’s punishment except for being obedient to Allah.

[Tafsir surah al-Dhariyaat pg. 216]


♦ Allah Guides His Heart

Allah says in surah al-Taghabun:

مَا أَصَابَ مِن مُّصِيبَةٍ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِ اللَّـهِ ۗ وَمَن يُؤْمِن بِاللَّـهِ يَهْدِ قَلْبَهُ ۚ وَاللَّـهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ

No affliction strikes except that it is by Allah’s permission. And whoever believes in Allah – He will guide his heart. And Allah is knowing of all things. [64:11]

al-Haafidh ibn Kathir comments on this ayah by writing:

[ومن أصابته مصيبة فعلم أنها بقضاء الله وقدره ، فصبر واحتسب ، واستسلم لقضاء الله ، هدى الله قلبه ، وعوضه عما فاته من الدنيا هدى في قلبه ، ويقينا صادقا ، وقد يخلف عليه ما كان أخذ منه ، أو خيرا منه . ـ]

Whoever is beset with an affliction and recognizes that this affliction is only by Allah’s decree and predetermination and therefore exercises patience, hopes for a reward and submits to Allah’s decree – Allah will guide his heart, recompense him for whatever worldly good he lost with guidance and absolute certainty in his heart, and He might even replace what was taken from him or grant him something better.

[Tafsir ibn Kathir 8/137]


♦ Continuing in Sin

Allah says in surah al-Qiyamah:

بَلْ يُرِيدُ الْإِنسَانُ لِيَفْجُرَ أَمَامَهُ

But man wants to continue in sin. [75:5]

In part of his explanation of this ayah, Imam al-Baghawi wrote:

[وقال سعيد بن جبير : ” ليفجر أمامه ” يقدم على الذنب ويؤخر التوبة ، فيقول : سوف أتوب ، سوف أعمل حتى يأتيه الموت على شر أحواله وأسوأ أعماله .ـ ]

Sa’eed ibn Jubayr said: “… to continue in sin” i.e. that he prefers to sin and put off repenting, so he says, “I will repent later, I will do good deeds later” until death comes to him while he is at his lowest point and his worst deeds.

[Tafsir al-Baghawi 8/282]


♦ Allah’s Power and Knowledge

Allah describes Himself near the beginning of surah al-Baqarah by saying:

هُوَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ لَكُم مَّا فِي الْأَرْضِ جَمِيعًا ثُمَّ اسْتَوَىٰ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ فَسَوَّاهُنَّ سَبْعَ سَمَاوَاتٍ ۚ وَهُوَ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ

He is the One who created all that is in the earth for you, then He turned to the sky and created seven heavens. And He is all-knowing of every thing. [2:29]

Sheikh ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sa’di mentioned the following point in the end of his tafsir of this ayah:

[وكثيرا ما يقرن بين خلقه للخلق وإثبات علمه كما في هذه الآية, وكما في قوله تعالى: { أَلَا يَعْلَمُ مَنْ خَلَقَ وَهُوَ اللَّطِيفُ الْخَبِيرُ } لأن خلقه للمخلوقات, أدل دليل على علمه, وحكمته, وقدرته.ـ]

Throughout the Qur’an, Allah frequently pairs 1) mentioning the fact that He created everything and 2) affirming His knowledge. That occurs in this ayah, as well as in His statement:

أَلَا يَعْلَمُ مَنْ خَلَقَ وَهُوَ اللَّطِيفُ الْخَبِيرُ

“Does He who created not know, while He is the Intimately Acquainted, the All-Aware?” [67:14]

That is because the fact that He created all created beings is the most effective proof of His knowledge, wisdom and power.

[Taysir al-Kareem al-Rahman pg. 53]


♦ The Forerunners

In surah al-Waqi’ah, Allah describes one of the categories of people on the Day of Judgement by saying:

وَالسَّابِقُونَ السَّابِقُونَ

The forerunners will be the forerunners [56:10]

al-Haafidh ibn Kathir commented on this by writing:

[فمن سابق إلى هذه الدنيا وسبق إلى الخير ، كان في الآخرة من السابقين إلى الكرامة ، فإن الجزاء من جنس العمل ، وكما تدين تدان ]

Whoever was a forerunner in this worldly life and hastened towards good, then in the hereafter he will be one of the forerunners towards honor. That is because the reward of a deed is similar to the deed itself, and one will be recompensed for what he did.

[Tafsir ibn Kathir 7/517]


♦ Reflecting on the Qur’an

Sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen once said:

[والعاقل إذا قرأ القرآن وتبصر، عرف قيمة الدنيا، وأنها ليست بشيء، وأنها مزرعة للآخرة، فانظر ماذا زرعت فيها لآخرتك؟ إن كنت زرعت خيراً: فأبشر بالحصاد الذي يرضيك، وإن كان الأمر بالعكس: فقد خسرت الدنيا والآخرة . ـ]

When the intelligent person reads the Qur’an with insight, he realizes the value of this worldly life, which is nothing, and that it is just a place to sow for the hereafter. So consider: what have you planted for your hereafter?

If you have planted good, then have glad tidings of a harvest that will please you. If not, then you have lost out on both this life and the next.

[Explanation of Riyadh al-Saliheen 3/358]


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

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