بِسْــــــمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰــــنِ الرَّحِيــــمِ
Ramadan is here!!! Time to dive into the Quran once again and learn a few lessons from it! Like last year I shall do the 30 (?) day Ramadan challenge InshAllah! As I’m trying to finish the Quran this Ramadan InshAllah I plan to take a verse that may have struck me while reading my chapter and present it to you with a small commentary from me. If you plan to finish the Quran this Ramadan as well you can also send me the verse that struck you and maybe I’ll post it! Let’s start with the first chapter InshAllah!
“Righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes prayer and gives zakah; [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. Those are the ones who have been true, and it is those who are the righteous.” [Sahih International][2:177]
After reading some tafseer what I understood was that Allah (swt) commanded the qibla change, to the Kabaa. It was something difficult for people; then this aya came to clarify the wisdom behind it. Which lead to adhering to His commands and facing what ever He commands us to face. Because after all the essence of being Muslim is to hear and obey; aka the true meaning of submission. But it also explains that facing the qibla isn’t all that makes you pious and that there is more to it than just that.
And reading this aya got me thinking, truly islam is for any and all time, this came down during that hard time that Muslims went through but now it’s still very relevant. Being a Muslim is more than just one thing. It’s more than just praying, more than just wearing the Hijab, more than just reading the Quran…It’s so much more. Who you are and how you act is also what makes you a Muslim.
Let’s try to remember what being a muslim is all about and try to embed it into our daily lives, InshAllah.