RAMADAN: Read, Recite, Reflect, Understand, Practice the QUR'AN! JUZ 12 (Part 1) – AMAZING GEMS from Surah HUD <3 Surah Hud Ayahs 6 to 123 *[11:6] Allah KNOWS every creature's rizq (provision) and place of rest even though there are millions of creatures in the universe. *[11:7] He created the seven heavens seven earths and the Arsh and all of us...why? TO TEST US! All khair and shar comes to us to test us....to see which one of us is BEST in deeds. *[11:9] Don't despair and don't be ungrateful when you face a problem. It's just a test from Allah so be a true believer and show patience while continuing to do good deeds as this will cleanse your soul and bring out great reward. إِلَّا الَّذِينَ صَبَرُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ أُولَٰئِكَ لَهُمْ مَغْفِرَةٌ وَأَجْرٌ كَبِيرٌ Except for those who are patient and do righteous deeds; those will have forgiveness and great reward. ( ayah 11) Only place in the Quran where Allah accompanies وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَات with صَبَرُوا instead of ءامنو showing us that at the times of tests and trials, be it of ease or difficulty....no doubt sabr is important but accompanying that sabr with continuous good A'mal is necessary too. That's the real purpose of the test...to make us *learn to continue* with good deeds with sabr *inspite of the burden of the test we are facing.* That's where the mercy and ajr of Allah comes and raises us in degrees of righteousness! :') *[11:10] When you get out of trouble or solve a problem, never fall into the trap of saying “Because I did this and this everything was ok”. Remember, it was only Allah who took you out of that situation. Instead of boasting, say Alhamdulillah. *[11:13-14] Are you not convinced when you read the Quran that it is the truth? We know the Quran and everything in it is the truth, but do we follow the instructions in it as well? *[11:15-16] Whoever does a good deed only to gain some benefit in the life of this world and doesn't have any intention of pleasing Allah nor preparing for the meeting with Him, will have nothing but the Fire in the Akhirah. Allah will give them what they have desired. *[11:23] Be humble. If you want to go to jannah, you have to adopt humility along with having eeman and doing good deeds. *[11:24] The one who accepts the Truth and the one who denies the Truth can never be equal. *[11:27] When you hear something good don't judge the person, listen and value his wise words. *[11:29] Whoever has spread the message of Truth, he has purified himself from the worldly desires. Working for Deen is a noble act,it is a blessing. When you are appointed by Allah then you must not worry about the world. *[11:38] Whenever you do something for the sake of Allah and people laugh at you, don’t get embarrassed or discouraged. Just think of Nuh alayhi sallam when he was constructing the Ark; his reward is with Allah. The mockers will be ridiculed on the Day of Judgement and you will be laughing inshaaAllah! *[11:41] Saying bismillah before any significant deed is one of the most powerful habits you can teach yourself and your children! It's a source of barakah which brings about abundant goodness. ▪️Barakah means increase, abundance of something, to receive continually, to remain steadfast. *[11:43] Prophet Nuh عليه السلام served the Deen for such a long time, he was a pious man. But when his son didn't accept the Truth even he was not spared and faced the punishment. *We must not be proud of our caste or the pious forefathers in our families as they will not be able to save us from the consequences of our shortcomings. *[11:45] Name, caste, lineage, righteous parents will never help to save us from Allah's punishment. Only our righteous deeds will help us and save us. *[11:47] Even after doing so many good deeds, even after calling his people to Allah for 950 years, even being a prophet, Nuh ('alayhissalam) feared Allah would be angry at him, for questioning about the fate of his son! What about us? Do we dare to question Allah for His decisions for us? Let's learn from Prophet Nuh and memorize his dua: رَبِّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ أَنْ أَسْأَلَكَ مَا لَيْسَ لِي بِهِ عِلْمٌ ۖ وَإِلَّا تَغْفِرْ لِي وَتَرْحَمْنِي أَكُنْ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ "My Lord, I seek refuge in You from asking that of which I have no knowledge. And unless You forgive me and have mercy upon me, I will be among the losers." *[11:49] We must be patient and always be hopeful. If you see someone committing a major sin, don't think that he/she may never be guided. We must not stop امر بالمعروف و نهي عن المنكر *[11:50] The crime of the people of Aad was that they followed the evil chiefs and elite of their clan and rejected Allah and His Messenger. Do we see a similar behaviour in our communities? *[11:52] Seeking forgiveness of Allah and repenting to Him brings about provisions and strength! Nabi (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) taught this dua to a man: "اللهم اغفر لي، وارحمني، واهدني، وعافني، وارزقني" "O Allah! Forgive me, have mercy on me, protect me and provide me with sustenance.'' He (sallAllahu 'alayhi wasallam) said: 'Surely, this supplication is better for you in this life and in the Hereafter.' (Riyad as Saliheen, Book of Du'a Book 17, Hadith 1469) Let's memorize it. A du'a for khair in both worlds! *[11:56] Everything and every matter of our lives is in Allah's control. *[11:60&68] Here the punishment of the people are told so we can take heed and do not lose this only chance of pleasing Allah سبحانه و تعالىٰ . *[11:72-73] When good and wonderful things come to the slave – and they will come often insha’Allah – do not be so caught up in amazement and stunned thought. Your Lord is able to do anything. The Command and Decree of Allah is not a surprise for the slave who knows the Power and Capability of Allah. This is why the angels exclaimed back, ‘Do you wonder at the Decree of Allah? May the mercy of Allah be upon you…’ See, at the point when you recognize a great ni’mah (blessing) of Allah, there is a blessed moment in which your initial reaction is recorded with heaviness on the scale. What is required of you at that point is immediate gratitude, and for you to praise Allah, and exalt Him without delay. This is just one of the reasons why the verse ends with ‘Indeed, He is Praiseworthy and Honorable’ – Allah is reminding us (through the words of his angels) about our actions at such a moment. He is effectively teaching us how to deal with Him and His Blessings. It’s easy for us to get caught up in the excitement of good news, but just as our immediate reaction to calamities should be patience and words of forbearance, likewise our immediate reaction to good news should be words of praise and gratitude. Don’t stand there in wonder when the gates of khayr open up, but hasten to words of praise and remembrance because that is what Allah wants to hear from us at that point. O Allah, grant us all news which delights us and causes us to praise You more and helps us remain in gratitude to You, ameen. [excerpt from reflections of Fajr Blog] *[11:74] A believer is caring at heart. He not only worries about himself but for all his brothers and sisters in Deen. Prophet Ibrahim was given the good news in his old age of a son...his duaa was finally accepted...he was happy for himself but then worried about the coming punishment on the people of Lut. The sincerity of the Prophets is such a beautiful thing to read about. These were legends; great men who desired nothing more than that Allah be worshipped in the land. They wanted nothing but guidance for their people. They didn't desire wealth, or fame, or social ranking... just that people turned to their Creator, and were saved in this life and the Next. Let's learn from the prophets! *(11:77-83) The actions of the people of Lut ('alayhissalam) were forbidden by Allah, declared a major sin. Allah sends His curse and punishment on people who do this. Homosexuality is haraam! And we know from the verses of the Qur'an that those who support it (wife of Prophet Lut) will be with those who will be punished for doing this haraam act! Beware! *[11:84-85] Never cheat when selling or even buying things, never alter weight , deceive people by certain types of marketing etc. Because of this act the people of Shuaib عليه السلام faced punishment. *[11:88] When you advise people to good, explain with wisdom and kindness. Don’t argue with them but explain that you only wish good for them and wish to be together with them in Jannah. *[11:90] Another beautiful name of Allah: الودود. Extremely affectionate -- He even loves the ones who do wrong and wants them to come back to the straight path. *[11:97-98] Fir'awn was a leader to evil and oppressive actions in Dunya so he will be a leader on the Day of Qiyamah as well - a leader leading his followers to the Hell Fire. *[11:102] A Hadeeth of our beloved Prophet (sallallahu alyhi wasallam) which gives me goose bumps every time I read it.. “Allah will let the wrongdoer continue until when He begins to punish him, He will never him go.” Then He [sallallahu alyhi wasallam] recited (this ayah of Surah Hud), ” Such is the Seizure of your Lord when He seizes the (population of) the towns while they are doing wrong. Verily, His Seizure is painful, (and) severe.” [Surah Hud 102] [Narrated by Muslim] May Allah Taála guide us and help us act on His guidance, before it gets too late. *[11:106-108] Race to good deeds and to Jannah! The blessed ones with scales heavy with good deeds with have a pleasant eternal life in Jannah while those who were busy in doing evil deeds will end up eternally in Hell Fire. *[11:114] Good deeds wipe out bad deeds by the grace of Allah! If you feel guilty after sinning, do a good deed even if it is as simple as saying la ilaha illAllah... *[11:119] Allah will fill Hell with jinn and men all together, pray you are not one of them! *[11:120] When you feel down or weak in emaan, read stories of the Prophets and ask Allah to make firm your heart thereby! Allah has written numerous stories and examples in the Qur'an to console the Prophet (sallAllahu 'alayhi wasallam) and his followers' hearts. All stories comfort us and make us learn sabr and tawakkal! Please share your own #reflections and points from #SurahHud in the comments. Jazakumullah Khair. Share the Khair! Click here for the points of previous Juz: https://questforparadise.wordpress.com/quran-tafseer-summarized-points/ May Allah guide us to reflect and act on these points. Aameen!
我三天沒看日劇，每天下班都手刀衝回家，只為了把《漢娜的遺言》（13 REASONS WHY）看完。 各位觀眾，這是我今年看到最好看的美劇，也是我近幾年看過最厲害的YA劇。 青少年需要看，但青少年的家長和教育人士更要看。拜託，跪求，整個世代裡只要有多一個人看，就有機會多一個支離破碎的生命獲得救贖。拜託，跪求，青少年需要看，但青少年的家長和教育人士更要看。 《漢娜的遺言》改編自同名小說，女高中生漢娜自殺了，她留下幾卷錄音帶，在當中細數每一個迫使她做出死亡選擇的校內人物，與那些掀起蝴蝶效應導致最終悲劇發生的日常事件。 本劇以非常細緻、完全貼近年輕世代的視角，去看待霸凌、同儕壓力、與性迫害。每個角色都是心智尚未完全成熟的高中生，他們帶著衝動與孤傲面對自己或他人的死亡。 我認為這部戲最珍貴的部份，在於它毫不掩飾地呈現出青春煩惱的瑣碎與不穩定，太多狗屁倒灶的事每天在發生，但這世上的大人只會告訴我們這些事情是多麼微不足道，於是我們看見每個劇中的年輕人，都必須不斷地透過壓抑、說謊、無視，甚至迫害自己，來成全所謂的「跨越」、「成長」、「抗壓」等世俗社會希望他們選擇的未來。 不論在歐美或是亞洲，學校基礎教育中，鮮少注重情緒教育這塊。導致青少年在面對流動的情感時，通常會遇上各式各樣的遭難與障礙。在這樣的時刻，任何一絲同儕的言語或行為碎片，都足以成為撼動生命的第三次世界大戰。在這樣的時刻，周遭人士應該做出的反應，從來就不會是過度的打氣勸說而是最最基本穩定的理解。在這樣的時刻，與其教育他們不應該說謊，應該用更柔軟的姿態告訴他們，若選擇說謊後，你還是得自己承擔更多的傷痕、壓抑更多的痛苦，那麼我希望你不要這麼做。 人類多半的日子是活在壓力之中，但遇到受困於壓力的人時我們卻總是先提起抗壓，而非理解，並且共同痛其所痛。 《漢娜的遺言》顛覆了我所想像的YA戲劇，這個故事徹底是要拍給大人看的，太痛太無助，就像每個人的平凡生命一樣，我們都必須帶著那份無解，直到喘息的最後一秒。 青少年需要看，但青少年的家長和教育人士更要看。拜託，跪求，整個世代裡只要有多一個人看，就有機會多一個支離破碎的生命獲得救贖。拜託，跪求，青少年需要看，但青少年的家長和教育人士更要看。 「When you mess with one part of a person's life, you're not messing with just that part. When you mess with one part of a person's life, you're messing with their entire life.」