2:3 Traits of Taqwa (1)

الَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِالْغَيْبِ وَيُقِيمُونَ الصَّلَاةَ وَمِمَّا رَزَقْنَاهُمْ يُنْفِقُونَ Allatheena yu'minoona bil ghaybi wayuqeemoona aSSalaata wamimmaa razaqnaahum yunfiqoon Who believe in the Unseen, and establish worship, and spend of that We have bestowed upon them; -Sura Al-Baqarah, Ayah 3 General This ayah continues from the previous ayah to explain the signs of those who have taqwa, …

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Al Baqarah: Topics and Interconnections

From Tafhimul Quran: Ayats 1-20. These introductory verses declare the Quran to be the Book of guidance: enunciate the articles of the faith (belief) in Allah, prophethood and life-after-death; divide mankind into three main groups with regard to its acceptance or rejection, believers, disbelievers and hypocrites. Ayats 21-29. Allah invites mankind to accept the guidance …

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1:7 The blessed path

صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا الضَّالِّينَ SiraaTa allatheena an'amta 'alayhim ghayri almaghDoobi' alayhim wala aDDaalleen The path of those whom Thou hast favoured; Not the (path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray. -Sura Al-Fatihah, Ayah 7 1. Favoured here doesn't mean favour in worldly definition. It …

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1:5 You alone we worship

... إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ Iyyaaka na'budu ... Thee (alone) we worship;... -Surah Al-Fatihah, Ayah 5 General After teaching His servant to praise Him and mentioning His superior attributes and roles, Allah continues with this phrase stating the specific relationship between Him and His servant. Iyyaaka Na'budu Iyyaaka means You alone. Na'budu is derived from the word …

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1:4 Master of the Day of Judgment

مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ Maaliki yawmi addeen, Master of the Day of Judgment, -Surah Al-Fatihah, Ayah 4 General This ayah continues the explanation on Allah after previous ayahs explain Allah as rabb and His Mercy. The Day of Judgment is one of His creations. Thus it is included in the meaning of 'aalamiin in ayah 2. …

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1:3 Merciful Lord

الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ ArraHmaani arraHeem The Beneficent, the Merciful. -Sura Al-Fatihah, Ayah 3 The meanings of Ar Rahman and Ar Raheem have been discussed in 1:1 here. Tawhid Asma wa Sifat The second dimension of Allah's singularity is Tawhid asma wa sifat meaning Allah's oneness in all His glorious names and attributes. E.g. anyone can be …

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1:2 Alhamdulillah

.. الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ AlHamdu lillaahi.. Praise be to Allah,.. -Surah Al-Fatihah, Ayah 2 General Together, this phrase is called hamdalah or tahmid. Hamdalah is the praise which Allah chooses for Himself to be recited by His servants. In hamdalah, Allah is the bestower of praise (because the Quran is from Him) and He is also …

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