Some highlights of the Wednesday Halaqa session of Shifa Student Society (1)
Wednesday, February 23, 2011.
Talk by Dr. Waqas Ahmad.
First of all, the new ad of djuice was discussed, which says “khamoshi se boycott”. He said loads of people must have looked at this sign but hardly any of them would have noticed the sign in the sign. Do you know what the sign in the sign is? (take a moment to think and then read on). It’s actually the sign of the end of time. What did our Nabi saw tell us to do? To talk a lot without thinking? (Nabi saw said “Do not speak excessively in other than the remembrance of Allah, for verily excessive speech in other than the remembrance of Allah hardens the heart, and the heart most distanced from Allah is the hard heart.”
Nabi saw said: “Whoever can guarantee (the chastity of) what is between his two jaw-bones and what is between his two legs (i.e. his tongue and his private parts), I guarantee Paradise for him.” (Al-Bukhari)
So, what are the teachings of Nabi saw and where are we going? This is why we need true Muslims in every field of life, if there were Muslims in these ad agencies etc, they would never have made such an ad.
It is basically the remembrance of akhira which can keep us on the right path. And Quran is the best reminder for this. Especially the last surahs.
Ayah 1: “About what are they asking one another?” A’mma. This word is made up of ‘an and ma. The Quraish used to asked general questions. The jews were kind of intelligent so they asked specific questions.
Ayah 2: “About the great news”- An-naba is news. But just simple news? Another word used in the Quran for news is khabar. So what then is the difference? Naba is basically big news that demands reaction. News that will show itself. And al’azeem with that means really big news.
Ayah 3: “That over which they are in disagreement.”
Ayah 4: “No! They are going to know.” Kallaa means stop, attention. Means stop, be attentive and listen carefully. They will know soon. Soon means two things: One, when they will die and see the angels and all the hidden things they’ll know it was the truth. Two when they will be raised again.
Ayah 5: “Then, no! They are going to know.” This is a very unique style of Quran. It is actually emphasizing on the point.
Ayah 6: “Have We not made the earth a resting place?”Then Allah SWT reminds us of His blessings. This earth on which we live, have we ever noticed what a blessing it is that it is flat? And we can walk and rest on it easily? What a difficult task it is to climb up and down a mountainous area.
Ayah 7: “And the mountains as stakes?” When we put up a tent, what is the important thing needed for it? Pegs. Otherwise the tent won’t stand upright. It would fall down immediately. So you can imagine the state of our earth without mountains as pegs.
Ayah 8: “And We created you in pairs”. Everything on this earth is in pairs. It is a blessing. And there is attraction between the pairs as in males and females. If there was none there would have been no progeny. Males and females would have been content without one another.
Ayah 9: “And made your sleep [a means for] rest”. Sabt means cut-off. So when you sleep you are cut-off from everyone, from your worries etc. Have you ever stayed awake for exams for like 36 hours or so? It is the most exhausting and difficult thing. The next morning you feel nauseated and get irritated by everyone and everything. People who go to sleep, within 3 minutes, as their head touches the pillow are blessed with something they should be extremely grateful for.
Why do people stay awake till late at night? They, specially, take it for granted to stay awake late at weekends. Why can’t the whole family get up at 05:30 in the morning and have fun and make snacks and all that?
Ayah 10: “And made the night as clothing”. So basically night is a cover. It’s meant for sleeping.