2:7 Sealed Hearts

2:7 ​Allah has set a seal upon their hearts, and upon their hearing, and on their eyes there is a covering. And for them is a great punishment. Khatama means sealing something so that the sealed can't be reached and nothing can enter  upon it. Other words to describe heart (qalb): sadr and fu'ad. Sealed hearts and …

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2:5 Success for the Guided

2:5 ​Those are on guidance from their Lord. And those, they are the successful. Those who fulfilled the criteria mentioned in the two ayah previously are those who have taqwa. They are those who shall obtain guidance through Qur'an (ayah 2). The muttaqin receives guidance from their Lord. This again shows that Allah has the …

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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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2:1 Alif Laam Miim

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ الم Alif-lam-meem Alif. Laam. Miim. -Sura Al-Baqarah, Ayah 1 This is an example of mutashabihat (unclear/ allegorical) verses. Some scholars interpreted them, some didn't. One of the wisdom of Allah using these types of phrases is to attract Arabic listeners. It is uncommon to construct an ayah only with disconnected letters. …

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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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1:6 Guide us God

اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ Ihdina aSSiraaTa almustaqeem Guide us the straight path, -Sura Al-Fatihah, Ayah 6 Ihdi comes from hada. It means to guide, to show and to lead. Ihdina is in the plural imperative tense meaning we are asking for guidance. Guidance is what we really need from Allah and He answers our plea later …

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1:5 We are always in need of You, our Creator

وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ... ... wa-iyyaaka nasta'een ... Thee (alone) we ask for help. -Sura Al-Fatihah, Ayah 5 Nasta'in comes from word isti'aanah which means seeking help to complete tasks. Nouman explains that this shows that we must start exercising Allah's commands no matter how bad our situation is. And to complete them, seek help and leave …

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