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Today's Ayat for Thursday, 2018-06-07 / 23 Ramadan 1439

O YOU who have attained to faith! Remain conscious of God, and be among those who are true to their word!  

  -- at-Taubah 9:119 as rendered by Muhammad Asad

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ

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IslamAwakened has been asked to add commentary to our Today's Ayat
This is today's comment:

Standing by ourselves in a world of challenges is possible with our faith in our Creator,
but we will be strengthened when we keep the company of others with that faith.

This is an OPINION. 
We must always read the verse(s) for ourselves!

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Today's Ayat for Tuesday, 2018-05-29 / 14 Ramadan 1439

For, Believers are those who, when God is mentioned, feel a tremor in their hearts, and when they hear His signs rehearsed, find their faith strengthened, and put (all) their trust in their Lord;  

  -- al-Anfal 8:2 as rendered by Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938)

إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ الَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِرَ اللَّهُ وَجِلَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَإِذَا تُلِيَتْ عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتُهُ زَادَتْهُمْ إِيمَانًا وَعَلَىٰ رَبِّهِمْ يَتَوَكَّلُونَ

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Today's Ayat for Sunday, 2018-05-20 / 05 Ramadan 1439

Behold, your only helper shall be God, and His Apostle, and those who have attained to faith - those that are constant in prayer, and render the purifying dues, and bow down [before God]:  

for, all who ally themselves with God and His Apostle and those who have attained to faith - behold, it is they, the partisans of God, who shall be victorious!  

O you who have attained to faith! Do not take for your friends such as mock at your faith and make a jest of it-be they from among those who have been vouchsafed revelation before your time, or [from among] those who deny the truth [of revelation as such] -but remain conscious of God, if you are [truly] believers: 

  -- al-Ma`idah 5:55-5:57 as rendered by Muhammad Asad

إِنَّمَا وَلِيُّكُمُ اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا الَّذِينَ يُقِيمُونَ الصَّلَاةَ وَيُؤْتُونَ الزَّكَاةَ وَهُمْ رَاكِعُونَ

وَمَن يَتَوَلَّ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا فَإِنَّ حِزْبَ اللَّهِ هُمُ الْغَالِبُونَ

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا الَّذِينَ اتَّخَذُوا دِينَكُمْ هُزُوًا وَلَعِبًا مِّنَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ وَالْكُفَّارَ أَوْلِيَاءَ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ

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IslamAwakened has been asked to add commentary to our Today's Ayat
This is today's comment:

There are those (both non-Muslims and some so-called Muslim leaders) who say these ayat 
are telling us that we can't be friends with Christians or Jews or others not of Islam.
This is incorrect.
IF and WHEN those we know begin to mock Islam - THEN we move on;
until that line is crossed, the bonds of friendship, and our good works, 
remain our best dawah. 
Shaytan will trick others with false-flag "bad Islam"; we need to show others our real faith. 

This is an OPINION. 
We must always read the verse(s) for ourselves!

 

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Today's Ayat for Saturday, 2018-05-19 / 04 Ramadan 1439

Seek instead, by means of what God has granted thee, [the good of] the life to come, without forgetting, withal, thine own [rightful] share in this world; and do good [unto others] as God has done good unto thee; and seek not to spread corruption on earth: for, verily, God does not love the spreaders of corruption!”  

  -- al-Qasas 28:77 as rendered by Muhammad Asad

وَابْتَغِ فِيمَا آتَاكَ اللَّهُ الدَّارَ الْآخِرَةَ وَلَا تَنسَ نَصِيبَكَ مِنَ الدُّنْيَا وَأَحْسِن كَمَا أَحْسَنَ اللَّهُ إِلَيْكَ وَلَا تَبْغِ الْفَسَادَ فِي الْأَرْضِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُفْسِدِينَ

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IslamAwakened has been asked to add commentary to our Today's Ayat
This is today's comment:

It is right and proper to seek our share of eternity, but we have to remember today as well.
Seek also to succeed here in this world - with good and righteous efforts - then share the results.
Don't be tempted to let profit and the illusion of success pull towards corruption and greed.

This is an OPINION. 
We must always read the verse(s) for ourselves!

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Today's Ayat for Friday, 2018-05-18 / 03 Ramadan 1439

You who believe, fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may be mindful of God.  

  -- al-Baqarah 2:183 as rendered by Abdel Haleem

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

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2 183 ah

Now that we have passed all the possible starting days of Ramadan, based on the various methods, etc., etc., etc., it is safe to say Ramadan Mubarak! to all of our readers.

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IslamAwakened has been asked to add commentary to our Today's Ayat
This is today's (somewhat extendend) comment:

Here are the main verses about fasting found in the Qur'an

  • 2:183 fasting is prescribed, as it was... (see above)
  • 2:184 fixed no of days, unless on a journey
  • 2:185 fast month of Ramadan
  • 2:187 spousal relations are permitted at night; white thread / black thread

    Note the missing 2:186? We'll get back to that.
    First let's expand on "...as it was prescribed for those before you"
    What do we find when we examine the fasting-related teachings of those before us?

In Christianity, we find

  • Acts 13:3, 14:23 fast before important decisions
  • Luke 2:37, 5:33 fasting linked with prayer
  • 1 Corinth 7:1 - 7:5 giving up anything for God can be a fast
  • Matthew 6:16 - 6:18 dont be obvious about fasting
  • Isaiah 58 "the fast" is a long-term lifestyle
  • And the first fast in the Christian story is Jesus’ forty days in the desert, the basis for Lent

And in Judaism we see

  • Leviticus 23:26 - 23:32  the basis for Yom Kippur

Now, remember that missing 2:186?  In the middle of verses about fasting?
This is the verse wherein Allah says "if My servants ask you about Me, tell them I am near, I respond to those who call Me"
The common thread we see in all the books:  fasting is associated with prayer, with calling on our Creator.

Notice, too, that in earlier traditions, fasting is understood as "abstaining from something for the sake of Allah",
with that understanding, let's remember the very first fast:  not eating from that one tree.

We didn't do so well on that one, did we?

May all your fasts go well this year!

Remember, this is an opinion.
We must always read the verse(s) for ourselves!