Omar Suleiman – Ramadan 2016 – Quran 30 for 30 – Day 1

Quran 30 for 30. Al Fatiha and Al Baqara summary.

June 6, 2016

Ramadan is the month of Quran.
Al Fatiha and Al Baqarah
Fatiha (Umm Al Kitaab) –
Opening of Quran is a supplication for guidance. Prophet (saw) “Dua is essence of worship”
Asking Allah for guidance
Baqarah –
Ain Surah Fatiha we asked for guidance and then in this surah Allah responds that this book has guidance.
Allah gives us reasons why we should believe in him in surah Baqarah – stories of how to seek guidance, what guidance is, how to be sincere, reasons we fall from guidance. Always be sincere Allah will be with you.
The Quran is a book wherein there is NO DOUBT. Always seek refuge from Allah.
Allah speaks about 3 people:
Those who believe in Allah and accept guidance
Those who purposely turn away from guidance and their hearts eyes and ears are sealed
Those who are hypocrites who use guidance for their own good (material/worldly benefit).
Story of Adams (as) – fell from guidance (due to simple desire) and was guided again – (Repentance). Follow Allah’s guidance and there will be no fear upon you nor shall you grieve.
Iblis guided Jinn – lost guidance (pride) much harder to return to Allah.
Firawn – a man who insists upon pride and put it before everything including divine guidance.
Bani Israel – Insist on desire, some may turn to Allah again others insist upon their desire until it hardens the heart much like firawn
Sulaiman (as) – had access to desires and a great kingdom! He (as) remained close to Allah, a beacon of guidance.
Ibrahim (as) – Abrahamic way is unique from all the children of Adam. The way of Deen. Representing everything a person would want to achieve in becoming close to Allah. “Oh Allah send from amongst them a messenger that would recite upon them its verses……”
Guidance – Quran
Implementation of that Guidance – Rasul (saw)
Allah places purification before knowledge – purification first from desires
Qiblah is switched to the Kaaba.
Allah has prescribed upon you fasting as it was prescribed upon those before you so that you may attain taqwa.
Fasting is supposed to bring guidance into your life.
Guidance comes in Ramadaan – by gaining piety, glorifying Allah and being grateful. Thank Allah for guidance.
“When my servant asks of me I am near to him, I answer the call of the caller when he calls upon me…..”
Rushd – guidance in your actions (Rashidoon – guided)
Enter into Islam (submission) entirely – do not follow the footsteps of Shaytan and Firawn. Rather follow Ibrahim, Moosa, Rasul (saw)
Allah does not burden you beyond your scope. Every soul will have what is within its scope.
Fatihah starts with dua for guidance
Baqarah ends with dua to be kept firm upon that guidance