Ayaat 177 ~ Al-Baqarah (The Cow)

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

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177. It is not righteousness That ye turn your faces Towards East or West; But it is righteousness- To believe in Allah And the Last Day, And the Angels, And the Book, And the Messengers; To spend of your substance, Out of love for Him, For your kin, For orphans, For the needy, For the wayfarer, For those who ask, And for the ransom of slaves; To be steadfast in prayer, And give Zakat; To fulfil the contracts which ye have made; And to be firm and patient, In pain (or suffering) And adversity, And throughout All periods of panic. Such are the people Of truth, the Allah-fearing.

Sura 2. Al-Baqarah (The Cow)

Commentary ~ Patience and Lawful Sustenance

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

‘Ali bin Abi Talib (May Allah be satisfied with him) entered the mosque of Kufah one day, where he saw a man standing at the door of the mosque. He asked that man to hold his mount for him so he could enter. Upon his exit, ‘Ali had two Dirhams in his hand that he had intended to give to the man in return for his services. However, he found that the mule was still there, without its reigns. So he gave the two Dirhams to his servant Qanbar to purchase new reigns for his mule. At the marketplace, Ali’s servant found the exact reigns that the thief had sold for two Dirhams. So Ali said to him, “Indeed, the slave forbids himself from lawful sustenance by abstaining from patience.”

Gems and Jewels
Compiled by: Abdul-Malik Mujahid
Publisher: Maktaba Dar-us-Salam
ISBN: 9960-897-59-1
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Commentary ~ Sustenance

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Among the signs of Faith is that one does not look to please others and incur Allah’s anger in that process. One avoids praising others for the sustenance that they have received from Allah (the Exalted), and also refrains from blaming others for sustenance that he has not received from Allah (the Exalted). Allah’s distribution of provision is not increased for a recipient by the amount of greed or ambition that he shows, nor is it blocked by his hate or envy. Allah in His infinite justice grants provision and contentment for those with strength of Faith and satisfaction with what is divinely ordained. Likewise, misery and discontent are for those that live with doubt and anger. Let us be satisfied with His Will.

Gems and Jewels
Compiled by: Abdul-Malik Mujahid
Publisher: Maktaba Dar-us-Salam
ISBN: 9960-897-59-1
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