Saturday, September 10, 2016

Tazkirah pagi jumaat
Today the imam read the beautiful surah sajadah in the fajr prayer at msj al-islah. 
I will like to gain some rewards here by sharing some gems in one of the ayat from this surah. May Allah swt gives me the strength to practice what I said

تَتَجَافَىٰ جُنُوبُهُمْ عَنِ الْمَضَاجِعِ يَدْعُونَ رَبَّهُمْ خَوْفًا وَطَمَعًا وَمِمَّا رَزَقْنَاهُمْ يُنفِقُونَ
Their sides draw away from (their) beds, they call upon their Lord in fear and in hope, and they spend (benevolently) out of what We have given them.
To understand this ayah, we need to read the ayah that precede it, which is
إِنَّمَا يُؤْمِنُ بِآيَاتِنَا الَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِّرُوا بِهَا خَرُّوا سُجَّدًا وَسَبَّحُوا بِحَمْدِ رَبِّهِمْ وَهُمْ لَا يَسْتَكْبِرُونَ
Only they believe in Our communications who, when they are reminded of them, fall down in prostration and celebrate the praise of their Lord, and they are not proud.
 Allah swt describes the characteristics of the believer in this ayah, ie making sujud when hearing his words/signs/proofs and making hamd (praises and syukr) to their Lord and they r not proud.
And then He further describes the believers's characteristics: 'Their sides draw away from (their) beds, they call upon their Lord in fear and in hope, and they spend (benevolently) out of what We have given them'
In tafsir Qurtubi, the meaning of leaving or drawing away from their beds is to make prayer, the mufassirin from the companions and tabiin clarified that it means (1) qiyamullail - tahajjud; (2) solat isha; (3) nafilah prayer between maghrib and isha; (4) solat isha and fajr with jamaah/ congregation.
Gems from this ayah
1) from the characteristics of the believers, they guard and take care of these prayers (we combine all the clarification from the mufassirin)- ie qiyamullail, sunnah prayers between mahhrib and isha and solat isha and fajr with jamaah fil masjid. These are the signs of believers which are recognised by the Maker.
2) another characteristic mentioned in this ayah is- they make doa / prayer/ call to Allah swt with two main characteristics:- khaufan / fear and tomaaan / hope.
This is the characteristics of a believer having fear and hope at the same time. Fear w/o hope will results in despair while hope w/o will result in overconfidence and trangression. Iman is having hope and fear at the same time.
Another beauty of the word used here is also the word طمع
Which always translated as hope. However, this word also means greed or the want to have more and more. (Btw bahasa melayu copied this word into their vocab😁) It signify that it is just not a normal hope or want, but the feeling if wanting badly, in which in this ayah it means really badly wants His mercy, forgiveness and His rewards!
Hence when we r making doa, we need really to ask for it badly and no only wanting a little but request for more and more of His nikmah, mercy and forgiveness greedily. If asking for jannah dont ask for any jannah but the highest of the jannah- jannah al firdaus!
3) spending the money in His path
Wallahualam bissowab

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