Wednesday, January 04, 2017

How has Surah Maryam made me a better person?


 I just completed the tafseer of Surah Maryam, following the intensive series by Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda. I was motivated to start this when during my early weeks of pregnancy I kept hearing from people around me that Surah Maryam is a very good surah to recite during pregnancy. I researched a bit about the wisdom behind this, but could not find any concrete Hadith to support this notion, and whilst we know all of the Quraan is beneficial to us at any time, I wanted to know why this particular Surah was called out to be one to recite specifically during pregnancy. Well I was not satisfied with a seemingly unsupported claim, and so I decided that instead of only just reciting this surah, I wanted to delve a little deeper and understand the meaning of this surah, and what made it so remarkable and beneficial during pregnancy.

I came across this incredible tafseer series on the surah, and decided to dedicate the months of my pregnancy to completing the whole tafseer by Shaykh. I found it to be immensely captivating, blowing my mind at times when learning about the powerful message revealed to us by Allah, and marvelling at the absolute genius in the way the surah moves from one story to the next, lesson after lesson, covering many of the prominent prophets in Islam.

I have shared my many aha moments in blog posts over the past few months (as they were inspired to me, and now at the end of this amazing journey, I feel a little sad - this series made up a large part of my pregnant life - from the early weeks in London when I was challenged with food aversion and spent most time relaxing at home to keep up my energy, to later times when the tafseer kept me company as I prepared dinner in my new kitchen in Istanbul. No doubt my little one once born Insha Allah will recognise Shayk's voice for many years to come! May Allah bless Shaykh and accept all the efforts of himself and his team (Salaam Studios).

I really love the last point that Shaykh made when he concluded the tafseer - he reminds us that nothing we do in relation to the Quraan - be it reciting, memorising, studying it is the end game. It is all not of value unless it  enters our hearts, manifests in a practical way in our life and changes us. Whenever we listen to such talks, the question we should ask ourselves is not "How much do I now know?" but rather "How has this made me a better person?" Powerful.  We are accountable to practice upon all that we learn - a huge responsibility. It's also profound to realise that the way the surah ends is Allah talks about who are the people that can earn His Mercy - it's the ones that "believe and do good deeds" - so a very apt message to end on.

Praying I can implement all that I have learnt, and use this to inspire others,
Insha Allah

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Riding the Guidance Train

Listening to the tafseer of Surah Maryam by Shaykh Jangda on YouTube and I'm absolutely inspired by this ayah he spoke about from the Holy Quran:

"And those who are guided - He increases them in guidance and gives them their righteousness."

[Muhammad 47:17] 

The Shaykh explains that the more we follow the guidance that Allah sends us to us - the more guidance Allah will send to us! Such a simple formula, such powerful effects. This is the "guidance train" as Shaykh amusingly terms it.

So when we ask Allah for help and guidance, we shouldn't just stop there - the journey of seeking guidance isn't the end game - clearly what's important is taking on the guidance we are given. Sometimes it comes to us in ways we don't expect - like a maybe a turn of events forcing us to act in a certain way. Other times it can be some sort of inspiration we are given to take a course of action. Either way it speaks to us being conscious and aware so we can perceive this guidance- then act on it- and thereby receive even more guidance.

Hoping to ride the guidance train too Insha Allah,