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Surat Al-lnfitar (The Cleaving)

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The major theme of this surah is the Day of Resurrection and the Judgment. Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) is reported to have said, “He who desires to see the Day of Resurrection as though he is seeing it with his own eyes should recite surot at-Takweer, surot al-lnfitaar, and surot ol-lnshiqooq.” (at-Tirmidhee) In other words, these surahs offer a graphic, accurate and a realistic view of what that dreadful day will be like!

This surah was revealed in Makkah and consists of nineteen verses. It may be divided into four parts:

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Sujod at-Tilaawah – Prostration for Recitation (Part 2)

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There are fifteen verses (aayaat: sing, aayah) in the Quran which require us to perform a prostration when we read or hear them. In them it is mentioned that Allah’s servants and creation prostrate before their Lord. They are:

Surah Verse Surah Verse Surah Verse
7
13
16
17
19
206
15
49-59
109
58
22
22
25
27
32
18
77
60
25-26
15
38
41
53
84
96
24
38
62
20-21
19

When one of these verses is read (for example 32: 15 or 25: 60), readers and listeners alike perform sujood, either directly from the sitting position, if one is sitting, or from the standing position if, for example, the passage is recited during the prayer. The prayer is then resumed in the normal order.

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Zakat (The Purifying Dues) – Part 3

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Those Entitled to Receive the Zakat?

According to the Quran, eight categories of people are entitled to receive the Zakat.

“Zakat expenditures are only for the poor and for the needy and for those employed to collect [zakat] and for bringing hearts together [for Islam] and for freeing captives [or slaves] and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah and for the [stranded] traveler – an obligation [imposed] by Allah. And Allah is Knowing and Wise.”

(Quran, 9: 60).

  1. Fuqaraa: the poor

The fuqaraa’ are those who do have some money but not sufficient to meet their basic needs. They cannot make both ends meet; yet they do not ask for help due to modesty and self-respect. They live in great hardship and difficulties.

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Zakat (The Purifying Dues) – Part 2

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Zakat Year

The passage of one lunar (according to Hijraln calendar) is required before Zakat can be imposed on certain wealth. Assets that remain with their owners for one full lunar year are zakatable. Rich Muslims, therefore, must establish their Zakat year. Many Muslims calculate Zakat during Ramadan for the added reward of worshipping during this blessed month. So, an example of the Zakat year may be from the 11th Ramadan 1427 to the 10th Ramadan 1428 (one full Hijraln lunar calendar year). Once the Zakat year is set, the same date range should be used for future Zakat years.

Conditions of Zakat : Wealth Subject to Zakat

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Zakat (The Purifying Dues) – Part 1

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Zakat is the Third Pillar of Islam

Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. Some people wrongly think that the place of Zakat comes after siyaam (fasting), or even Hajj (the pilgrimage). Zakat is actually the third pillar of Islam that comes immediately after salah. Among the pillars of Islam, Zakat ranks very close to salah. They are often mentioned together in the Quran, as in the following verses:

“Establish regular prayer and give Zakat”

(Quran, 73: 20)

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Salah (The Prayer) – Part 2

Salah (The Prayer)

Dhikr

Dhikr, or remembrance of Allah, is equivalent to awareness of His Presence. We are commanded in the above-mentioned famous Inadeetln of the Prophet (pbuh) to pray as if we are actually seeing Allah before us: ‘for, though you see Him not, yet He sees you.’ Awareness of Allah’s Presence and of being seen at every moment of our lives is, in fact, a contemplative virtue. Islam requires us to be active as well as contemplative!

The First Pillar of Islam

The importance of the prayer cannot be over-stressed in Islam. In fact, it is the first pillar of Islam that the Prophet (pbuh) mentioned after mentioning the testimony of faith, by which one becomes a Muslim. It was made obligatory on all the prophets and on all the peoples.

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Salah (The Prayer) – Part 1

Salah (The Prayer)

The Term ‘Salah’

Salah is an Arabic word which lexically means dua, or supplication. Its legal meaning refers to, among other things, the set of recitations and movements such as standing, bowing and prostrating in a certain manner in response to Allah’s command to perform it and seeking to get closer to Him.

The Importance of the Prayer

The prayer is the first deed about which one will be questioned on the Day of Judgment. If one’s prayer is sound and acceptable, then one will certainly achieve eternal success and eternal happiness. However, if one’s prayer is incorrect, incomplete or corrupt in some way, one will not be successful on that day.

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Surat al-lnshiqaaq – The Sundering

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This surah was revealed in Makkah and consists of twenty-five verses. In fact, its was revealed after surot ol-lnfitoor [surah eighty-two). The main theme of this surah is the Day of Resurrection.

This surah may be divided into four sections.

  1. It begins with a graphic description of the coming of the Last Hour (verses 1 -5).
  2. People are reminded of their own condition on the Day of Judgment. They will either be given their records of deeds in their right hands and thus will be happy, or in their left hands behind their backs and will be doomed.

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Belief in the Divine Decree (al-Qadar)

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It is an essential part of eemaan to believe in al-qadar.

The word ‘al-Qadar’

Al-qadar is an Arabic word which originally means ‘measure or amount whether of quantities or qualities’. The verb form of this word means, among other things, ‘to measure or decide the quality, quantity, or position of something before one actually makes it.’

It is obligatory upon every Muslim to believe in al-qadar. Once ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab swore by Allah and said, “If anyone who does not believe in the Divine Decree had with him gold equal to the bulk of [Mount] Uhud of gold and then he should spend it [in the way of Allah], Allah would not accept that from him unless he affirms his faith in the Divine Decree.” {Saheeh Muslim, English Translation, Vol. 1, p. 2)

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