An Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Tahreem

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An Explanation of Verses of Surah Tahreem

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا قُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ وَأَهْلِيكُمْ نَارًا وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ عَلَيْهَا مَلَائِكَةٌ غِلَاظٌ شِدَادٌ لَّا يَعْصُونَ اللَّهَ مَا أَمَرَهُمْ وَيَفْعَلُونَ مَا يُؤْمَرُونَ
O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones, over which are [appointed] angels, harsh and severe; they do not disobey Allah in what He commands them but do what they are commanded.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَا تَعْتَذِرُوا الْيَوْمَ ۖ إِنَّمَا تُجْزَوْنَ مَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ
O you who have disbelieved, make no excuses that Day. You will only be recompensed for what you used to do.
~ Surah Tahreem 66:6/7

‘ O you who have Imaan! Save yourselves and your families from the Fire, the fuel of which is people and stones. Stern and strong angels are appointed over it, who never disobey what ALLAH commands them and who carry out exactly what they are instructed.’

~ In Surah Tahreem ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala warns the Believer that it is incumbent upon him to protect himself AND his family from Jahanam. This implies that a proper upbringing and Deeni taleem is essential. Food that is consumed must also be halaal because it has a direct effect on the body. The Sahaabiyaat (RA) used to tell their husbands to go out and seek halaal, as their bodies could endure hunger but Never the Fire of Jahanam.

~ Nowadays it is commonplace that emphasis is placed on Secular rather than Deeni Education. The basic taleem on Quran Sharief, Masaa’il of Deen and Sharaiah  is regarded as unimportant. Consequently our youth mature into adults with very little or no Deeni knowledge, the home is no longer a deeni environment, children in such households have weak Imaan and serious problems abound in society. This is just the consequence in the fleeting Dunya … What then of the Eternal Aakhirah?

~ ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala warns that the blazing fire is extremely severe and the uncompromising, stern angels guarding  the inhabitants of Jahanam NEVER disobey ALLAH. The disbelievers are warned that NO excuses will be accepted on THAT Day for they received clear warnings but remained haughty and obstinate, preferring to disobey the commands of ALLAH

Taubatun Nasooha ~ Sincere Repentance :

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا تُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ تَوْبَةً نَّصُوحًا عَسَىٰ رَبُّكُمْ أَن يُكَفِّرَ عَنكُمْ سَيِّئَاتِكُمْ وَيُدْخِلَكُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ يَوْمَ لَا يُخْزِي اللَّهُ النَّبِيَّ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مَعَهُ ۖ نُورُهُمْ يَسْعَىٰ بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَبِأَيْمَانِهِمْ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا أَتْمِمْ لَنَا نُورَنَا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا ۖ إِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ
O you who have believed, repent to Allah with sincere repentance. Perhaps your Lord will remove from you your misdeeds and admit you into gardens beneath which rivers flow [on] the Day when Allah will not disgrace the Prophet and those who believed with him. Their light will proceed before them and on their right; they will say, “Our Lord, perfect for us our light and forgive us. Indeed, You are over all things competent.”
~ Surah Tahreem 66:8

~ Immediately thereafter, the Believers are addressed and advised to make ‘sincere repentance’ (Taubatun Nasooha). Just as mending holes in a torn garment, holes in our A’maal are mended with sincere taubah.

Hazrat Muaaz ibn Jabal (RA) has been quoted to have said that in the same manner in which milk drawn from the udder of a cow cannot be returned to the udder, in the same way, one who makes sincere taubah does not return to the sin.

Yes, if one accidentally slips and commits the sin again despite a firm reslove not to return to it, ‘sincere taubah’ must be made again. ALLAH is Ar-Rahmaan and forgives ALL SINS right up until the pangs of death (sakraat) and until the sun rises from the West before Qiyaamah. Under these two circumstances, taubah is no longer accepted.

~ For the believer who makes sincere taubah, ALLAH will wipe out ALL sins and enter him into ‘Gardens beneath which rivers flow’ (Jannah).

ALLAH will never disgrace his Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam and the Believers. On that Day of Darkness, ALLAH will fortify them with Light ahead off and alongside them to guide them over “pul-siraat”.

~ For the Munafiqeen there will be no light and a barrier will be placed between the Munafiqeen and the Believers with Azaab on the side of the former and Rahmah on the side of the latter. When the munafiqeen question the believers claiming to have been with them, ALLAH will expose that the Munafiqeen had false hopes and selfish desires and always willed harm upon the believers …