Mindmap of Suraah Al-Mu’minoon

Assalamualaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,

I found another useful mindmap online of Brother Nouman Ali Khan’s lecture on the tafseer of Suraah Al-Mukminoon. Hope it’s beneficial insha’Allah! You can find his whole lecture online too.

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Types of Friends mentioned in Qur’an

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I hope it’s not too late to wish all of you “Taqaballahu minna wa minkum. Eid Mubarak!” 🙂 One a week late but khayr.. insha’Allah everyone’s enjoying your Eid? Don’t forget to keep up with your ibadaah despite all the visitings ya? 🙂

I watched a video on ‘Types of Friends mentioned in Qur’an’ by Bro. Nouman Ali Khan recently and wanted to write a brief summary of the lecture. Instead, I found this picture which encapsulates all the points mentioned! Masha’Allah, really useful! I didn’t know Allah SWT speaks of types of friends in Qur’an. Anyway, if you have time, watch the lecture too!

Rainbow after every storm :)

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2:164

Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, and the ships which sail through the sea with that which is of use to mankind, and the water (rain) which Allah sends down from the sky and makes the earth alive therewith after its death, and the moving (living) creatures of all kinds that He has scattered therein, and in the veering of winds and clouds which are held between the sky and the earth, are indeed Ayat (proofs, evidences, signs, etc.) for people of understanding. [2:164]

This picture was taken a couple of months ago when I was living in Australia. It was right after it stopped raining and we happened to be standing near this lake when we noticed the rainbow. One of my favourite pictures! Allahu Akbar!

Gems from Al-Maghrib Seminar #2

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[Extracted from Valley of Seekers Seminar: Living with the Beautiful Names of Allah]

Al-Waliy: The Protecting Friend, The Nearby Guardian

(root: w-l-y: to be near, close, nearby, defend, guard). Al-Wali emphasizes the aspects of lordship, ownership and mastery of the One who is also friend and helper. Al-Wali also emphasizes the nearness and loving, protective, guarding and helping aspects of the One who is also the Lord and Master.

Did He not find you (O Muhammad (Peace be upon him)) an orphan and gave you a refuge? [93:6]

“My Lord! You have indeed bestowed on me of the sovereignty, and taught me the interpretation of dreams; The (only) Creator of the heavens and the earth! You are my Wali (Protector, Helper, Supporter, Guardian, etc.) in this world and in the Hereafter, cause me to die as a Muslim (the one submitting to Your Will), and join me with the righteous.” [12:101]

If Allah becomes your Waliy:

  • You shall have no fear nor grieve
  • He will enlighten your life
  • He will make you victorious

No doubt! Verily, the Auliya’ of Allah [i.e. those who believe in the Oneness of Allah and fear Allah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which he has forbidden), and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)], no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve [Yunus: 101]

Allah is the ally of those who believe. He brings them out from darknesses into the light. And those who disbelieve – their allies are Taghut. They take them out of the light into darknesses. Those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide eternally therein. [Al-Baqarah: 257]

  • A miracle is a proof of prophethood
  • A special gift (Karama) can happen to devout, righteous believers.
To earn the Walaya of Allah, one needs:
  • Firm belief in Allah
  • Adherence to the prayers
  • Voluntary prayers (An-Nawafel)
  • Helping the needy

Gems from Al-Maghrib Seminar #1

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[Extracted from the Valley of the Seekers Seminar]

Al-Jabbar: The Superb Comforter, The Restorer, The Irresistible 

Root: j-b-r/jabeera: the splint, which is used to set the broken bones: to restore something to sound). The One who irresistibly restores all of creation to soundness and sufficiency. The One who compels each and every thing according to divine will, yet is never compelled.

He is Allah than Whom there is La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He) the King, the Holy, the One Free from all defects, the Giver of security, the Watcher over His creatures, the All-Mighty, the Compeller, the Supreme. Glory be to Allah! (High is He) above all that they associate as partners with Him. [59:23]

This name has 3 meanings:

  1. The One Who solaces and comforts the oppressed
  2. The Superb Vanquisher (Al-Qahhar) to severely punish the tyrants and oppressive people.
  3. He is the Most High (Al-Ali)

And We had already forbidden (other) foster suckling mothers for him, until she (his sister came up and) said: “Shall I direct you to a household who will rear him for you, and sincerely they will look after him in a good manner?”

So did We restore him to his mother, that she might be delighted, and that she might not grieve, and that she might know that the Promise of Allah is true. But most of them know not. [28:12-13]

Imagine when you face the Compeller, the Superb Comforter on the Day of Judgement, where people are either oppressors or oppressed. Who will be more fearful?

  1. Supplicate Him to comfort and mend your heart
  2. If you have oppressed someone, ask them for forgiveness
  3. Mend someone’s heart today, Allah will mend yours on the Day of Judgement
  4. Spread the meaning of this beautiful name