Monthly Archives: December 2007

Tafsir Tidbit – Grammatical Error in Quran?

Ok guys, calm down. I only put that subject there to make you come here. Now read.

O you who believe! obey Allah and His Messenger and do not turn away from Him while you hear. (8:20)

Let’s look at that verse again:

O you who believe! obey Allah and His Messenger and do not turn away from Him while you hear. (8:20)

What is gramatically “incorrect” (astaghfirullah) about this ayah? Let us compare it to the following sentence:

“Abdul Sattar and Sharif were sitting, and he stood up.”

The clear question that would come into the mind of the reader/listener…is who is “he” referring to? Sharif or Abdul? There is no way we could know!

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Anger is Not A Proof

“When a person [without much knowledge] has only one daleel, and the other person says back in reply, ‘Well, how do you know that’s a daleel?’, and its a true opinion what the person is saying but they have no other proofs,

you know what proof number two is? Anger…and then it turns into a fight. They put one proof and anger after that….Anger is not a proof.”

-Muhammad al-Shariff from “21 Teaching Techniques of the Prophet (saw)”

Eid Reflections

Assalamu Alaikum and Eid Mubarak.As I sat in the masjid today, listening to a khutbah which reminded us of God, family, and raising our children properly, I noticed that the khateeb ended with one phrase: “Those of you who are present, convey this message to those who are not.”

Those words were first spoken by a most beautiful man, with a most gentle heart, upon the most eloquent of tongues. In fact, it was spoken on this momentous occasion, the last days of Dhul Hijjah, upon a blessed mountain. They were the words of the Prophet Muhammad (saw), on his first and only Hajj, standing on the mountain of ‘Arafah, addressing his nation. If we realize the implications of the order he gave, we realize he was speaking..to me and you. And it is a result of his Prophethood and of the striving of those were present, that we are able to hear those words today.

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