Assorted Qur’an Benefits #18

We continue our monthly series of “Assorted Qur’an Benefits”. What follows is a collection of various benefits originally posted on our Facebook page during January, February, and March of 2017:

♦ Act According to What You Know

In part of a brief advice directed to the students of the University of Madinah, sheikh ‘Abd al-‘Aziz bin Baaz mentioned:

قد جاء في بعض الآثار( من عمل بما علم أورثه الله علم ما لم يعلم ) وشاهد هذا في كتاب الله سبحانه قوله تعالى : وَالَّذِينَ اهْتَدَوْا زَادَهُمْ هُدًى وَآتَاهُمْ تَقْوَاهُمْ وقوله سبحانه : وَيَزِيدُ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ اهْتَدَوْا هُدًى

It has come in some statements of the salaf that “whoever acts according to what he knows, Allah will endow him with knowledge which he does not know”. And a supporting evidence for this in Allah’s Book is His statement:

 وَالَّذِينَ اهْتَدَوْا زَادَهُمْ هُدًى وَآتَاهُمْ تَقْوَاهُمْ

And those who are guided – He increases them in guidance and gives them their taqwaa. [47:17]

and His statement:

وَيَزِيدُ اللَّـهُ الَّذِينَ اهْتَدَوْا هُدًى

And Allah increases those who were guided in guidance. [19:76]

[Taken from the sheikh’s website here: https://binbaz.org.sa/article/136]


♦ Allah Gives Them Their Taqwa

Allah says in surah Muhammad:

وَالَّذِينَ اهْتَدَوْا زَادَهُمْ هُدًى وَآتَاهُمْ تَقْوَاهُمْ

And those who are guided – He increases them in guidance and gives them their taqwa [47:17]

Commenting on this in his tafsir, Imam al-Baghawi wrote:

ـ( وآتاهم تقواهم ) وفقهم للعمل بما أمرهم به ، وهو التقوى

And He gives them their taqwa” – meaning: He grants them the accord to act according to what He has commanded them to do, and that is al-taqwa.

[Tafsir al-Baghawi 7/284] Continue reading

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Assorted Qur’an Benefits #17

What follows is a collection of various benefits originally posted on our Facebook page during November and December of 2016:

♦ The People of the Hellfire Will Wish for Death

In surah al-Haqqah, Allah describes the situation of the disbelievers on the Day of Judgement, including that they would say:

 وَأَمَّا مَنْ أُوتِيَ كِتَابَهُ بِشِمَالِهِ فَيَقُولُ يَا لَيْتَنِي لَمْ أُوتَ كِتَابِيَهْ * وَلَمْ أَدْرِ مَا حِسَابِيَهْ * يَا لَيْتَهَا كَانَتِ الْقَاضِيَةَ

But as for the one who is given his record in his left hand, he will say, “Oh I wish I had not been given my record * And had not known what my account is * Oh, I wish that my death had been the end of it all.” (69:25-27)

The famous taabi’ee Qatadah explained this last ayah by saying:

 وقال قتادة : تمنى الموت ، ولم يكن شيء في الدنيا أكره إليه منه . ـ

He will wish for death, while in this worldly life there is nothing which he dislikes more than death.

[Tafsir ibn Kathir 8/216. Also found in Tafsir al-Tabari 28/588 and Tafsir al-Baghawi 8/213]


♦ The Importance of Safety and Security

Towards the end of surah Ibrahim, Allah informs us of a long supplication that Ibrahim made concerning his family members whom he had left in Mecca. Ibrahim began his supplication by saying:

رَبِّ اجْعَلْ هَـٰذَا الْبَلَدَ آمِنًا وَاجْنُبْنِي وَبَنِيَّ أَن نَّعْبُدَ الْأَصْنَامَ

My Lord, make this city secure and keep me and my sons away from worshipping idols (14:35)

Sheikh Muhammad al-Shawkaani commented on this by writing:

وقدم طلب الأمن على سائر المطالب المذكورة بعده ، لأنه إذا انتفى الأمن لم يفرغ الإنسان لشيء آخر من أمور الدين والدنيا

Ibrahim placed requesting safety and security before all the other requests that followed it because if safety and security are lost then people won’t be able to do anything else, neither religious matters nor worldly affairs.

[Fath al-Qadeer pg. 751] Continue reading

Assorted Qur’an Benefits #16

What follows is a collection of various benefits originally posted on our Facebook page during the months of September and October of 2016:

♦ Sharing in Punishment

Allah informs us about the punishment of the disbelievers in surah al-Zukhruf when He says:

 وَلَن يَنفَعَكُمُ الْيَوْمَ إِذ ظَّلَمْتُمْ أَنَّكُمْ فِي الْعَذَابِ مُشْتَرِكُونَ

And it will not benefit you on that day when you have done wrong that you are sharing in the punishment [43:39]

Sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen commented on this by writing:

وهذا يدل على أن اشتراك الناس في العذاب يخفف عليهم ، لكن في يوم القيامة لا ينفع هؤلاء اشتراكهم في العذاب

This indicates that sharing in punishment usually makes the punishment seem lighter for the people experiencing it, however on the Day of Resurrection this shared experience of punishment of theirs will not benefit them.

[Sharh Usool fee al-Tafsir pg. 343]


♦ Those Whom Allah Will Allow to Speak

In surah al-Naba’a, Allah describes the Day of Judgement by saying:

 يَوْمَ يَقُومُ الرُّوحُ وَالْمَلَائِكَةُ صَفًّا ۖ لَّا يَتَكَلَّمُونَ إِلَّا مَنْ أَذِنَ لَهُ الرَّحْمَـٰنُ وَقَالَ صَوَابًا

The Day that Ar-Ruh and the angels will stand forth in rows, none shall speak except him whom the al-Rahman has allowed, and who spoke what is right. [78:38]

Sheikh Muhammad al-Shawkaani commented on this ayah in his tafsir by writing: Continue reading

Assorted Qur’an Benefits #15

What follows is a collection of benefits originally posted on our Facebook page during August and September of 2016, a period which coincided with the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah and the Hajj:

♦ Restraining Oneself from Base Desires

Allah says in surah al-Naazi’aat:

 وَأَمَّا مَنْ خَافَ مَقَامَ رَبِّهِ وَنَهَى النَّفْسَ عَنِ الْهَوَىٰ * فَإِنَّ الْجَنَّةَ هِيَ الْمَأْوَىٰ

But as for him who feared standing before his Lord, and restrained himself from desires. * Verily, Paradise will be his abode. [79:40-41]

Commenting on this in his tafsir, Imam al-Baghawi wrote:

عن المحارم التي تشتهيها ، قال مقاتل : هو الرجل يهم بالمعصية فيذكر مقامه للحساب فيتركها

He restrained himself from the forbidden matters which he desired.

Muqatil said: This is a man who was intending to perform an act of disobedience but then he remembered his appointment for the recompense of his deeds and so abandoned doing that act.”

[Tafsir al-Baghawi 8/331]


And If They Turn Away …

In surah al-Maa’idah, Allah instructs His Messenger: Continue reading

The Makki and Madani Surahs in Chronological Order: al-Suyooti

In part of his celebrated manual of the Qur’anic sciences, Imam Jalal al-Deen al-Suyooti dedicated one part of his chapter on the Makki and Madani revelation to presenting several narrations from the salaf listing which surahs are Makki or Madani and the chronological order of their revelation. As you will see, we have organized some of these narrations into charts in an effort to better present this information:

وقد ورد عن ابن عباس وغيره عد المكي والمدني . وأنا أسوق ما وقع لي من ذلك ، ثم أعقبه بتحرير ما اختلف فيه . ـ

Some material has been transmitted from ibn ‘Abbaas and others listing the Makki and Madani surahs. I will start with what I have come across on this topic and then follow that up with some comments where differences occurred[1].

قال ابن سعد في الطبقات : أنبأنا الواقدي ، حدثني قدامة بن موسى ، عن أبي سلمة الحضرمي ، سمعت ابن عباس قال : سألت أبي بن كعب عما نزل من القرآن بالمدينة ؟ فقال : نزل بها سبع وعشرون سورة ، وسائرها بمكة . ـ

Ibn Sa’d mentioned in his al-Tabaqaat: … that Abu Salamah al-Hadhrami said: I heard ibn ‘Abbaas say: I asked Ubay ibn Ka’b about which surahs of the Qur’an were sent down in al-Madinah. He said, “Twenty-nine surahs were revealed there, and the rest were revealed in Mecca.”

وقال أبو جعفر النحاس في كتابه ” الناسخ والمنسوخ ” : حدثني يموت بن المزرع ، حدثنا أبو حاتم سهل بن محمد السجستاني ، أنبأنا أبو عبيدة معمر بن المثنى ، حدثنا يونس بن حبيب : سمعت أبا عمرو بن العلاء يقول : سألت مجاهدا عن تلخيص آي القرآن ، المدني من المكي ، فقال : سألت ابن عباس ، عن ذلك فقال : ـ [ ص: 57 ] سورة الأنعام : نزلت بمكة جملة واحدة ، فهي مكية إلا ثلاث آيات منها نزلن بالمدينة : قل تعالوا أتل [ 151 – 153 ] إلى تمام الآيات الثلاث ، وما تقدم من السور مدنيات . ـ ونزلت بمكة سورة الأعراف ويونس وهود ويوسف والرعد وإبراهيم والحجر والنحل . سوى ثلاث آيات من آخرها فإنهن نزلن بين مكة والمدينة ، في منصرفه من أحد . وسورة بني إسرائيل والكهف ومريم وطه والأنبياء والحج ، سوى ثلاث آيات هذان خصمان [ 19 – 21 ] إلى تمام الآيات الثلاث ، فإنهن نزلن بالمدينة . ـ وسورة المؤمنون والفرقان وسورة الشعراء ، سوى خمس آيات من آخرها نزلن بالمدينة : والشعراء يتبعهم الغاوون [ 224 ] إلى آخرها . ـ وسورة النمل والقصص والعنكبوت والروم ولقمان ، سوى ثلاث آيات منها نزلن بالمدينة : ولو أنما في الأرض من شجرة أقلام [ 27 – 29 ] إلى تمام الآيات . ـ وسورة السجدة ، سوى ثلاث آيات أفمن كان مؤمنا كمن كان فاسقا [ 18 – 20 ] إلى تمام الآيات الثلاث . ـ وسورة سبأ وفاطر ويس والصافات وص والزمر ، سوى ثلاث آيات نزلن بالمدينة في وحشي قاتل حمزة ياعبادي الذين أسرفوا [ 53 ] إلى تمام الثلاث آيات . ـ والحواميم السبع وق والذاريات والطور والنجم والقمر والرحمن والواقعة والصف والتغابن إلا آيات من آخرها نزلن بالمدينة . ـ والملك ون والحاقة وسأل وسورة نوح والجن والمزمل إلا آيتين إن ربك يعلم أنك تقوم [ 20 ] . ـ والمدثر إلى آخر القرآن إلا إذا زلزلت و إذا جاء نصر الله و قل هو الله أحد و قل أعوذ برب الفلق و قل أعوذ برب الناس فإنهن مدنيات . ـ ونزل بالمدينة سورة الأنفال وبراءة والنور والأحزاب وسورة محمد والفتح والحجرات والحديد وما بعدها إلى التحريم . ـ

In his book al-Naasikh wa’l-Mansookh, Abu Ja’far al-Nahhaas said: … that Abu ‘Amr ibn al-‘Alaa’[2] said: I asked Mujahid to give me a general outline of the Qur’an – which parts were Madani and which parts were Makki, so he replied: I asked ibn ‘Abbaas about that and he said:

○ Surah al-An’aam (06) was revealed all at once. It is Makki except for three ayaat which were revealed in al-Madinah:

قُلْ تَعَالَوْا أَتْلُ

Say: Come, I will recite … [6:151-153]

until the end of those three ayaat.

○ And the surahs which came before al-An’aam were madani surahs[3].

○ Surah al-A’raaf (07), Yunus (10), Hud (11), Yusuf (12), al-Ra’d (13), Ibrahim (14), al-Hijr (15), and al-Nahl (16) were all revealed in Mecca, except for the last three ayaat of surah al-Nahl [16:126-128] which were revealed between Mecca and al-Madinah as the Prophet was departing from the Battle of al-Uhud. Continue reading

Assorted Qur’an Benefits #14

What follows is a collection of benefits originally posted on our Facebook page during July 2016:

The Reminder Benefits the Believers

In part of his tafsir of surah al-Ghaashiyah, sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen mentioned the following admonition:

ونقول إذا رأيت قلبك لا يتذكر بذكرى فاتهمه ؛ لأن الله يقول : {فَإِنَّ الذِّكْرَىٰ تَنفَعُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ} [الذاريات ٥٥] ، فإذا ذُكرت ولم تجد من قلبك تأثرا وانتفاعا فاتمم نفسك ، واعلم أن فيك نقص إيمان ؛ لأن لو كان إيمانك كاملا لانتفعت بالذكرى ؛ لأن الذكرى لابد أن تنفع المؤمنين . ـ

And we say: if you observe that your heart is not reminded by a reminder then be concerned, for Allah says,

فَإِنَّ الذِّكْرَىٰ تَنفَعُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ

indeed, the reminder benefits the believers [51:55]

So if it is reminded and you do not find your heart being affected or benefiting, then be concerned for yourself and know that you have some deficiency of eemaan. For if your eemaan were complete then you would have benefited from the reminder, because a reminder will certainly benefit the believers.”

[al-Tafseer al-Thameen l’il-‘Alaamah al-‘Uthaymeen 14/470]


Your Lord is Almighty, Merciful

Sheikh ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sa’di made the following incisive point in his work on the principles of Tafsir: Continue reading

Assorted Qur’an Benefits #13

What follows is a collection of benefits originally posted on our Facebook page during June 2016:

♦ If Allah were to Expand their Provision …

Allah says in surah al-Shooraa:

وَلَوْ بَسَطَ اللَّـهُ الرِّزْقَ لِعِبَادِهِ لَبَغَوْا فِي الْأَرْضِ

And if Allah were to expand the provision for His slaves, they would surely commit wrongdoing in the earth [42:27]

Sheikh Muhammad al-Shawkaani offered the following explanation for this in his tafsir:

أي : لو وسع الله لهم رزقهم لبغوا في الأرض ، لعصوا فيها وبطروا النعمة وتكبروا وطلبوا ما ليس لهم طلبه

Meaning: had Allah enlarged their sustenance for them, then they would have committed wrongdoing and disobedience on the earth, and they would have been arrogant and ungrateful for Allah’s blessings, and they would have chased after things which they ought not to seek.

[Fath al-Qadeer pg. 1329]


♦ A Proof for the Obligation of Khushoo’ During the Prayers

In surah al-Nisaa’, Allah commanded the believers:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَقْرَبُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَأَنتُمْ سُكَارَىٰ حَتَّىٰ تَعْلَمُوا مَا تَقُولُونَ

O you who have believed, do not approach prayer while you are intoxicated until you know what you are saying [4:43]

Commenting on this ayah, Sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen said: Continue reading

Assorted Qur’an Benefits #12

What follows is a collection of benefits originally posted on our Facebook page during May 2016:

♦ A Distinction of the Tafsir of the Sahabah

Sheikh Saalih Aal al-Sheikh mentioned:

الصحابة -رضي الله عنهم- كان كلامهم في التفسير قليلاً كثير الفائدة، ولم يكونوا يكثرون من الكلام خشية أن يقال في القرآن ما ليس بحق.ـ

The speech of the Sahabah regarding tafsir was little, but it was abundant in benefit. They did not use to engage in a lot of speech out of fear that they might say something about the Qur’an which was not true.

[As found on the Sheikh’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts]

See also: Five Distinguishing Features of the Tafsir of the Companions: Sheikh Saalih Aal al-Sheikh


♦ A Trait of the People of Understanding

In part of surah al-Ra’d, Allah describes the People of Understanding with a number of praiseworthy characteristics, including:

وَالَّذِينَ يَصِلُونَ مَا أَمَرَ‌ اللَّـهُ بِهِ أَن يُوصَلَ وَيَخْشَوْنَ رَ‌بَّهُمْ وَيَخَافُونَ سُوءَ الْحِسَابِ

And those who join that which Allah has ordered to be joined and fear their Lord and dread an adverse reckoning [13:21]

Commenting on this in his book of tafsir, al-haafidh Abu’l-Fidaa’ ibn Kathir wrote: Continue reading

Assorted Qur’an Benefits #11

What follows is a collection of various benefits originally posted on our Facebook page during March and April 2016:

♦ Entering into Islam Completely

Allah commands the believers in surah al-Baqarah with the following instruction:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ادْخُلُوا فِي السِّلْمِ كَافَّةً وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ ۚ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ

O you who have believed, enter into Islam completely and do not follow the footsteps of the shaytaan. Indeed, he is a clear enemy to you. [2:208]

Before discussing the various statements of the sahabah, tabi’een and scholars of the salaf regarding this ayah, Ibn Kathir began with the following quick explanation and summary of this important ayah:

[يقول تعالى آمرا عباده المؤمنين به المصدقين برسوله : أن يأخذوا بجميع عرى الإسلام وشرائعه ، والعمل بجميع أوامره ، وترك جميع زواجره ما استطاعوا من ذلك .ـ]

Allah commands those slaves of His who believe in Him and who affirm His Messenger to take up all of the bonds and legislations of Islam, and to act according to all of His commands, and to abandon all of His prohibitions as much as they are able.

[Tafsir ibn Kathir 1/566]


♦ The Elevated Status of the Knowledgeable Believer

In surah al-Mujaadilah, Allah informs the believers that:

يَرْ‌فَعِ اللَّـهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْعِلْمَ دَرَ‌جَاتٍ

Allah raises in degrees those among you who have believed and those who were given knowledge [58:11] Continue reading

Assorted Qur’an Benefits #10

What follows is a collection of benefits that were originally posted on our Facebook page in December 2015, and January and February of 2016:

♦ Fearing Allah is a Part of Eeemaan

Allah says to the believers in surah Aal ‘Imraan:

 إِنَّمَا ذَٰلِكُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ يُخَوِّفُ أَوْلِيَاءَهُ فَلَا تَخَافُوهُمْ وَخَافُونِ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ

It is only the Shaytan that suggests to you to fear his allies; so fear them not, but fear Me, if you are indeed believers. (3:175)

In part of his commentary on this ayah, Sheikh ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sa’di wrote:

وفي هذه الآية وجوب الخوف من الله وحده، وأنه من لوازم الإيمان، فعلى قدر إيمان العبد يكون خوفه من الله، والخوف المحمود: ما حجز العبد عن محارم الله

This ayah shows the obligation of fearing of Allah alone and that this is a necessary part of al-eemaan. For a slave’s fear of Allah is in accordance with his eemaan. And the praiseworthy type of fear is that which restrains the slave from what Allah had made forbidden.

[Taysir al-Kareem al-Rahman pg. 168]


♦ The Great Value of al-Hamdulillaah

Abu’l-Fidaa’ Ismaa’eel ibn Kathir wrote the following in his tafsir of surah al-Fatihah:

وقال القرطبي في تفسيره ، وفي نوادر الأصول عن أنس عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : لو أن الدنيا بحذافيرها في يد رجل من أمتي ثم قال : الحمد لله ، لكان الحمد لله أفضل من ذلك . قال القرطبي وغيره : أي لكان إلهامه الحمد لله أكبر نعمة عليه من نعم الدنيا ؛ لأن ثواب الحمد لا يفنى ونعيم الدنيا لا يبقى ، قال الله تعالى : المال والبنون زينة الحياة الدنيا والباقيات الصالحات خير عند ربك ثوابا وخير أملا [ الكهف : 46 ] .ـ

al-Qurtubi said in his tafsir: In the book Nawaadir al-Usool, it is reported that Anas narrated that the Prophet said, “If the entire dunya were to be in the hands of a man from among my ummah and then he were to say, ‘alhamdulillaah‘, that alhamdulillaah would be better for him than all of that.” Continue reading