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Sittings In Ramadhaan With Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (.pdf book)

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The Wisdom Behind I’tikaaf, By Ibn Al-Qayyim

Posted in Ramadhaan with tags , , , , on June 1, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

“Its purpose and spirit is for the heart to turn fully and solely towards Allaah (swt), living in privacy with Him, ceasing to be involved with the created things, and getting involved with Him alone instead. With this, His remembrance, love and devotion replace the worries and thoughts of the heart, overtaking their place in it, and becoming its only concern.

Then the thoughts become busy with remembering Him and brings one closer to Him. One’s pleasure is then attained by His company rather than that of the creatures, thereby preparing himself for the day of solitude in the graves, when he will have no company or delight except Him. This is the greatest purpose of i’tikaaf.”

[Zaad Al-Ma’aad, 2/86-87]

Sittings In Ramadhaan With Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

Posted in Ramadhaan with tags , , , , , , on July 12, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Sittings in Ramadhaan with Ibn ‘Uthaymeen:

Day 1: The Merits of the Month of Ramadhan

Day 2: The Merits of Fasting

Day 3: From the Rulings of Fasting Ramadhan

Day 4: From the Rulings of Praying in Ramadhan

Day 5: From the Merits of Reciting Qur’an and its Types

Day 6: Categories of People in Fasting (Part 1 of 3)

Day 7: Categories of People in Fasting (Part 2 of 3)

Day 8: Categories of People in Fasting (Part 3 of 3)

Day 9: The Wisdoms of Fasting

Day 10: From the Mandatory Etiquettes of Fasting

Day 11: From the Encouraged Etiquettes of Fasting

Day 12: From the Second Type of Qur’an Recitation

Day 13: From The Etiquettes Of Reciting The Qur’an

Day 14: From the invalidators of the Fast

Day 15: The Conditions that will not make the Invalidators Invalidate the Fast

Day 16: From Zakah

Day 17: From the People of Zakah

Day 18: From the Battle of Badr

Day 19: From the Opening of Makkah

Day 20: Reasons for the Real Victory

Day 21: The Preference of the Last Ten Nights

Day 22: Striving in the Last Ten Days and Laylatul-Qadr

Day 23: From the Description of Paradise may Allah Make us from its Inhabitants

Day 24: From the Description of the People of Paradise

Day 25: From the Description of Hell-Fire

Day 26: Reasons for Entering Hell

Day 27: The Second Type from the Reason of Entering Hell

Day 28: From ZakatulFitr

Day 29: Repentance

Day 30: Concluding the Month

Innovations During The Last Ten Days Of Ramadaan

Posted in Biddah / Innovation, Ramadhaan with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

* Specifying the last Jum’ah of Ramadaan with a specific prayer.

Ash Shuqayree cites from ‘Kitaab Sharh al Mawaahib: “…and even worse is what some people practice in some countries by praying ‘Salaat al Khums’ in this [last] Jum’ah claiming that it makes up for the missed prayers during the whole year or a whole lifetime. This is not permissible for reasons that are clear.” [As Sunnan wal Mubtadi’aat P.39, al Manaathir –Shaykh Saalih aal ash Shaykh P. 44]

* Glorifying the last Thursday of Ramadaan.

Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul Wahhaab stated: “What takes place in Ramadaan concerning glorifying Thursdays, specifically the last Thursday of Ramadaan must be rebuked.” [Ad Durrah as Saniyyah 5/261]

* Anasheed bidding farewell to Ramadaan.

Shaykh Muhammad Jamaal ad Deen al Qaasimee stated concerning these Anasheed: “This distasteful custom that is practiced in most Masaajid, when there is only five or three nights remaining in Ramadaan, the Mu-adhins and other volunteers gather, when the Imaam finishes the Witr and gives Salaams, they leave off reading what was authentically reported such as Tasbeeh and take turns reading parts of a poem about the sorrow of the departure of Ramadaan. Whenever one of them finishes singing a part of it with a loud voice, his companions follow up with their part, exerting all their effort in singing and shouting it as loud as possible with a clamor that would make a person go deaf, rather a deaf person would be able to hear it. Their melody is willfully aided by the rest of those who come for the prayer.” [Islaah al Masaajid P.146, Tasheeh ad Du’aa P.510]

* The statement of the Khateeb in the last Jum’ah of Ramadaan: ‘Laa Awhash Allaah minka yaa Shahr Ramadaan’.

.Ash Shuqayree stated: “As for the statement of the Khutabaa on the Manaabir on the last Jum’ah of Ramadaan; ‘Laa Awhash Allaah minka yaa Shahr Ramadaan, Laa Awhash Allaah minka yaa Shahr al Qur-aan., O month of lanterns, O month of Taraweeh, O month of victory.’ There is no doubt that this is embarrassing ignorance, it is a strange thing from them and those who author books, that they speak out such utterly useless speech to people while they know that the people are in need of understanding just one Ayah and one Hadeeth from the speech of Allaah and His messenger – صلى الله عليه وسلم. [As Sunan wal Mubtadi’aat P. 143, Islaah al Masaajid P. 146, Tasheeh ad Du’aa P.510]

* The innovation of memorizing specific things in the last Jum’ah of Ramadaan.

They are papers that they call ‘Hafaa-idh’ in the last Jum’ah of Ramadaan, they call this Jum’ah ‘the orphaned Jum’ah’, included in what they write in these papers; ‘Laa Alaa ila Alaa-uk…

Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd stated: “The Du’aa in the last Jum’ah of Ramadaan while the Khateeb is upon the Minbar saying: ‘’Laa Alaa ila Alaa-uk…’ This is innovation and misguidance, this supplication is innovated, a false talisman, they call it ‘At Tahweetah’. [Tasheeh ad Du’aa P. 510, As Sunan wal Mubtada’aat P. 140]

* The Gatherings on Laylatul Qadr, the selling of sweets and the mixing that takes place.

Al Imaam at Tartooshee stated: “Amongst the innovations is the gathering of people in al Andalus (spain) and selling sweets on the twenty seventh night of Ramadaan…and the mixing of men and women in their outings to witness this.” [kitaab al Hawaadith wal Bida’ P.150]

* Specifying the night of ‘Eed with Qiyaam.

It was reported in an inauthentic Hadeeth: “Whoever stands in prayer on the night of the two ‘Eeds anticipating the reward from Allaah, his heart would stay alive on the day that hearts die.” [Declared as extremely weak by al Albaanee – as Silsilah ad Da’eefah 521]

Al Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal stated: “As for standing in prayer on the night of ‘Eed, then this is not pleasing to me, I have not heard of anybody doing so except ‘Abdur Rahmaan. I do not see it to be legislated because Ramadaan would have already past, and this night is not from it. I do not like to do it and nothing has reached us from our Salaf that they used to do it.” Abu ‘Abdullaah (Imaam Ahmad) used to pray the obligated prayer on the ‘Eed and leave, he never prayed it with him and used to dislike that it was prayed in Jamaa’ah. [Badaa’i al Fawaa-id 4/93, As Sunan wal Mubtada’aat P. 153]

* Constantly observing complete silence during ‘Itikaaf.

Shaykhul Islaam ibn Taymiyyah stated: “As for remaining silent unrestrictedly while fasting or practicing ‘Itikaaf or otherwise, then this is an innovation with the consensus of the scholars. [Majmoo’ al Fataawa 25/292]

Muwafaqud Deen ibn Qudaamah stated while mentioning ‘Itikaaf: “As for remaining silent then this is not from the legislation of Islaam.” [Al Kaafee 2/293, Al Majmoo’ 6/376]

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How Can She Make Use Of Her Time When She Is Cooking In Ramadhaan?

Posted in Ramadhaan, Sisters Base with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

Question:

I would like to know what actions are recommended during this blessed month in order to increase one’s reward, such as dhikrs, acts of worship, and mustahabb actions. I know about Taraweeh prayer, reciting Qur’aan a great deal, seeking forgiveness a great deal and praying at night. But I want to know some words I can repeat during my daily duties such as when I am cooking or doing housework, because I do not want to miss out on the reward.

Answer:

Praise be to Allaah.

May Allaah reward you with good for this concern and eagerness to do good and righteous deeds during this blessed month.

To the good deeds that you have mentioned may be added charity, feeding the poor, going for ‘Umrah and observing i’tikaaf for those who are able to do so.

As for the words that you can repeat whilst you are working, these include tasbeeh (saying Subhaan Allaah (Glory be to Allaah)), tahleel (saying Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah (There is no god but Allaah)), takbeer (saying Allaahu akbar (Allaah is most Great)), praying for forgiveness, making du’aa’ and responding to the muezzin. Keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allaah and seek a great reward with a few words which you can utter. For every tasbeehah you will have (the reward of) one charity, for every tahmeedah (saying Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allaah)) you will have (the reward of) one charity, for every takbeerah you will have (the reward of) one charity, and for every tahleelah you will have (the reward of) one charity.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Every person’s every joint must perform a charity every day the sun comes up, every tasbeehah is a charity, every tahmeedah is a charity, every tahleelah is a charity, every takbeerah is a charity, enjoining what is good is a charity, forbidding what is evil is a charity, and if you do two rak’ahs at duha time (the forenoon), that may be sufficient.” Narrated by Muslim, 720.

And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Two words which are light on the tongue and heavy in the Balance, and beloved to the Most Merciful: Subhaana Allaah wa bihamdih, subhaan Allaah il-‘Azeem (Glory and praise be to Allaah, glory be to Allaah the Almighty).” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6682; Muslim, 2694.

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A Summary of The Verses Being Recited On The 13th Night Of Taraawee

Posted in Ramadhaan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

A summary of the verses being recited.

13th of Ramadhaan (Juzz 13 [12:53 to 14:52])

To be recited Sunday Night (Aug 22)

Surah 12 – Yusuf – “Joseph”

Summary: The Surah follows the revelation of Surah 11 and is therefore Meccan. It was revealed in the period following the Year of Sorrow and the Prophet receiving the first and second pledges of loyalty at `Aqabah from the Ansar of Madinah. In this period the Prophet was enduring a time when he and his followers felt the strains of isolation and felt alienated from their social surroundings. This chapter revolves around the idea that Allah alone directs the affairs of man and that judgement rests with Him, it highlights the trials of the Prophet Joseph, the strain of isolation that he faced, the alienation of slavery in a foreign land, imprisonment and the final change of fortunes that resulted from his patience.

Verses Description
12:4-102 The Story of Joseph: a favourite child is lost; in Egypt and facing trial; from prison to palace; brothers reunion; a child’s dream come true
12:103-111 Most people do not believe, or commit shirk; the Way of the Prophet; Lessons in Qur’anic stories

Surah 13 – ar-Ra`d – “Thunder”

Summary: The Surah takes its name after the mention of thunder in verse 13. The theme of this Surah is Allah’s Oneness, faith, submission to Him, revelation and resurrection, and it is distinguished by its moving description of Allah’s power and knowledge.

Verses Description
13:1-7 Revelation of the Qur’an; Creation of the heavens and earth, blessings of the earth; Denial of resurrection
13:8-17 Allah knows all and sees all; Guardian angels; Signs in creation; futility of calling on false gods; Parable of truth and falsehood
13:18-27 Qualities of the believers, and reward; Qualities of disbelievers, and punishment
13:28-34 Remembrance of Allah; Call of the Prophet; Greatness of the Qur’an; Futility of polytheism;
13:35-43 A Picture of Paradise; People of the Book and the Qur’an; The Qur’an as judge; The Prophet consoled; The disbelievers scheme and Allah too schemes

Surah 14 – Ibrahim – “Abraham”

Summary: The Surah takes its name after the mention of Abraham in vv. 35 onwards, a blessed Prophet who was grateful, devout and tender-hearted, and this is the sense of the whole Surah. It continues from where the previous chapter leaves off which explains how Allah’s revelation gains ground despite man’s scheming against it. Unity of the divine message and Allah’s blessings are the focal themes of this chapter but, like other Meccan chapters, it also covers faith, revelation, Allah’s oneness, resurrection and judgment.

Verses Description
14:1-15 The Prophet guides to the light; Those who prefer this life to the Hereafter; Moses guided to the light; Messengers were sent to previous nations and how they were received
14:16-27 Punishment of Hell; Deeds of the disbelievers; Allah’s promise and Satan’s promise; Disavowal between disbelieving allies; Reward of Paradise; Parable of a good tree and a rotten tree
14:28-34 Bartering Allah’s blessings; Shirk; Allah is creator and giver of blessings; Allah’s blessings cannot be counted
14:35-52 A prayer for all time: Abraham’s passionate supplication against shirk, protection for those he left at Mecca, for his progeny and parents; Day of Judgment; Examples of previous nations; Universality of Islam

Compiled By Ustaadh Abu Rumaysah.

A Summary of The Verses Being Recited On The 12th Night Of Taraawee

Posted in Ramadhaan with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

A summary of the verses being recited.

12th of Ramadhaan (Juzz 12 [11:8 to 12:52])

To be recited Saturday Night (Aug 21)

Surah 11 – Hud – “Hud”

Summary: The Surah is named after the story of the Prophet Hud mentioned in verses 50-60. It was revealed after Surah 10 which was revealed after Surah 17, during the Year of Sorrow, a very difficult year for the Prophet (SAW); his beloved wife, Khadijah, passed away, as did his uncle Abu Talib, who had hitherto protected him. As a result, life became very difficult and hostility to him and his message increased. This chapter consoles the Messenger and his followers and reassures them by recounting the struggles of the Prophets and their followers in the past, highlighting how they dealt with ridicule, hostility and persecution. It also vindicates the truth of revelation in a way that complements the previous chapter; the previous chapter highlights Allah’s mercy with creation, this chapter highlights Allah’s justice with creation.

Verses Description
11:1-7 Nature of the Qur’an, revelation; Call of the Prophet; Allah knows all and provides for all; Creation; Resurrection – The Message is spelled out.
11:8-11 Man in the face of blessing and adversity
11:12-24 Miracle of the Qur’an; Lying against Allah; Believers reward
11:25-49 The Call of Noah, the rejection of his people; the Flood; Noah’s son was not of his family
11:50-60 The Call of Hud, the rejection of his people, his disavowal of their gods; Destruction of Ad
11:61-68 The Call of Salih, the rejection of his people; the Camel; Destruction of Thamud
11:69-83 The Story of Abraham and his guests; Lot and his guests, the people of Lot; Destruction of Lots’ people
11:84-95 The Call of Shu’ayb, the arguments of his people; Destruction of Thamud
11:96-99 The Call of Moses, Pharaoh’s transgressions and response
11:100-123 The wisdom of recounting stories of the past; the Last Day, Paradise and Hell; The fallacy of paganism; Keeping firm on the Way of Allah; Worship Allah and put trust in Him

Surah 12 – Yusuf – “Joseph”

Summary: The Surah follows the revelation of Surah 11 and is therefore Meccan. It was revealed in the period following the Year of Sorrow and the Prophet receiving the first and second pledges of loyalty at `Aqabah from the Ansar of Madinah. In this period the Prophet was enduring a time when he and his followers felt the strains of isolation and felt alienated from their social surroundings. This chapter revolves around the idea that Allah alone directs the affairs of man, and that judgement rests with Him, it highlights the trials of the Prophet Joseph, the strain of isolation that he faced, the alienation of slavery in a foreign land, imprisonment and the final change of fortunes that resulted from his patience. The Surah is unique in that it relates the story of Joseph in full, whereas we find that other chapters relate various episodes from the lives of certain Prophets.

Verses Description
12:1-3 The Qualities of the Qur’an
12:4-102 The Story of Joseph: a favourite child is lost; in Egypt and facing trial; from prison to palace; brothers reunion; a child’s dream come true

Compiled by Ustaadh Abu Rumaysah.

A Summary of The Verses Being Recited On The 11th Night Of Taraawee

Posted in Ramadhaan with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

A summary of the verses being recited.

11th of Ramadhaan (Juzz 11 [9:93 to 11:7])

To be recited Friday Night (Aug 20)

Surah 9 – at-Tawbah – “Repentance”

Summary: Widely regarded to be a continuation of the previous chapter, this Surah takes its name from verse 104. It is also called al-Bara’a (Disavowal) taken from the first verse, and is the only Surah that does not commence with the basmAllah because of its stern commandments against the polytheists. It was revealed in the 9th year of Hijra and proclaimed the end of idolatry in Arabia. The Christian Byzantine Empire had made moves against the rising power in Arabia and so the chapter contains instructions towards the impending war; therefore, the expedition of Tabuk is discussed as well as the plots of the hypocrites to undermine Muslim society.

Verses Description
9:100-118 Allah’s good pleasure is with the righteous; Repentance and forgiveness; Zakat purifies; Working good deeds; Masjid Dirar; Believers surrender to Allah sincerely; The 3 who remained behind at Tabuk
9:119-129 Believers associate with the righteous; Virtue of Jihad; Some should go to war, some should remain behind to teach; Every Surah increases the faith of believers; The gentle nature of the Prophet; Trust in Allah;

Surah 10 – Yunus – “Jonah”

Summary: The Surah takes its name from verse 98. The Surah was revealed in Mecca and stresses Allah’s power, the authenticity of the Qur’an and the fate of the evildoers. Also discussed are Tawhid, how Allah reveals Himself to man, how the Prophets were rejected and the workings of Allah’s divine grace.

Verses Description
10:1-6 Revelation; Allah and His Signs
10:7-20 The allures of the world; Man in adversity; Destruction of previous nations; Prophet can only convey, he cannot alter; Fallacy of polytheism; Causes of dissension
10:21-40 Polytheists in adversity; Parable of the world; The Last Day; Proofs of Allah’s Oneness and power; Authenticity of the Qur’an
10:41-70 Disbelievers are deaf and blind; Everything has its appointed time; Admonition from Allah; Acknowledging Allah’s bounties; Friends of Allah; All belongs to Allah; Lying against Allah
10:71-93 Story of Noah, Moses, Children of Israel
10:94-109 Proof of revelation; Jonah’s people believing; Allah is with the believers; the reality of Tawhid and core of Islam;  Decree; Follow and be patient.

Compiled by Ustaadh Abu Rumaysah

A Summary of The Verses Being Recited On The 10th Night Of Taraawee

Posted in Ramadhaan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

A summary of the verses being recited.

10th of Ramadhaan (Juzz 10 [8:42 to 9:92])

To be recited Thursday Night (Aug 19)

Surah 8 – al-Anfal – “The Spoils of War”

Summary: The Surah takes its name from the first verse which talks about the spoils of war. The majority of the chapter was revealed in the month following the Battle of Badr, in the 2nd year of Hijra. The lessons learned from the battle are enforced: the virtues necessary for fighting in the Path of Allah, victory against odds, clemency and consideration of others.

Verses Description
8:65-75 Huge odds against the believer do not count if they remain true to Allah; Prisoners of war; Clemency and consideration at victory; Virtue of those who fight; Importance of protecting each other

Surah 9 – at-Tawbah – “Repentance”

Summary: Widely regarded to be a continuation of the previous chapter, this Surah takes its name from verse 104. It is also called al-Bara’a (Disavowal) taken from the first verse, and is the only Surah that does not commence with the basmAllah because of its stern commandments against the polytheists. It was revealed in the 9th year of Hijra and proclaimed the end of idolatry in Arabia. The Christian Byzantine Empire had made moves against the rising power in Arabia and so the chapter contains instructions towards the impending war, therefore, the expedition of Tabuk is discussed as well as the plots of the hypocrites to undermine Muslim society.

Verses Description
9:1-24 Treaties with polytheists who have broken terms are void; Keeping to covenants; Asylum; Conditions of brotherhood; Who should maintain Masjids?; Reward of those who migrate and fight;
9:25-29 Battle of Hunayn; Polytheists no longer allowed in the Sacred Masjid; Disbelief is to be fought;
9:30-42 The People of the Book believing Allah has a son; They take rabbis and monks as lords; Truth will prevail; Hoarding wealth; If we do not uphold Allah’s banner, He will replace us with a people who will; Allah helping His Prophet
9:43-72 Hypocrites, their plots and treachery, their lies and punishment; Hypocrites cling to this world; Being content with Allah; Believers befriend believers, qualities of; Reward of the righteous
9:73-99 Striving against evil; Those who lagged behind from Tabuk; Those excused from fighting

Compiled by Ustaadh Abu Rumaysah.

A Summary of The Verses Being Recited On The 9th Night Of Taraawee

Posted in Ramadhaan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

A summary of the verses being recited.

9th of Ramadhaan (Juzz 9 [7:88 to 8:41])

To be recited Wednesday Night (Aug 18)

Surah 7 – al-A`raf – “The Heights”

Summary: The Surah takes it’s name from verse 46 which mentions the Heights, a barrier dividing the righteous from the damned on the Day of Judgment. It was revealed at much the same time as Surah 6, i.e. the year before Hijra. Its subject matter deals with the enemies of Allah, from Satan onwards, the need for Prophetic guidance, it narrates stories of a line of Prophets from Adam on, and recounts numerous incidents dealing with the fates of the disbelievers; therefore it follows on nicely from the previous chapter.

Verses Description
7:100-157 The Story of Moses; His preparation; His struggle against Pharaoh; His struggle with his own rebellious people; Prophecy concerning Muhammad (SAW)
7:158-171 The people of Moses frequently lapsed; They broke Allah’s covenant
7:172-178 Man’s innate nature accepts Allah, yet many of Adam’s children disbelieve; The parable of the disbelievers and their fate; The wiles of Satan
7:179-206 Invoke Allah by His Beautiful Names; Allah knows all and only He knows when the Last Day will be; Allah’s final message; The role of Muhammad (SAW); The righteous obey Allah and serve Him humbly.

Surah 8 – al-Anfal – “The Spoils of War”

Summary: The Surah takes its name from the first verse which talks about the spoils of war. The majority of the chapter was revealed in the month following the Battle of Badr, in the 2nd year of Hijra. The lessons learned from the battle are enforced: the virtues necessary for fighting in the Path of Allah, victory against odds, clemency and consideration of others.

Verses Description
8:1-19 Booty is really at the disposal of Allah and His Messenger; Qualities of the believers; Believers accept Allah’s injunctions without reluctance; Victory and the prize of victory comes from Allah; Description of the Battle of Badr
8:20-37 Obedience, discipline, faith and gratitude to Allah are the components of success and protection against evil; Evil will be destroyed; Reward of keeping duty to Allah; The worship of the pagans condemned
8:38-64 The Battle of Badr described further; Virtue and valour can conquer odds; Patience and reward of; Faith and courage; Satan’s lures; Hypocrites break treaties; His help is sufficient for all.

Compiled by Ustaadh Abu Rumaysah

A Summary of The Verses Being Recited On The 7th Night Of Taraawee

Posted in Ramadhaan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

A summary of the verses being recited.

7th of Ramadhaan (Juzz 7 [5:83 to 6:108])

To be recited Monday Night (Aug 16)

Surah 5 – al-Ma’idah – “The Table Spread”

Summary: The Surah takes its name after the story recounted in it where Jesus’s disciples asked that a table spread might be sent down from Heaven, and their prayer was granted. This chapter serves as a conclusion to the previous chapters and completes many threads of discussion started earlier on. Its main subject matter is injunctions, and Christian beliefs are dealt with in more detail than previously. Earlier followers of the Prophets had breached their covenant with Allah, Muslims are enjoined to keep it.

Verses Description
5:87-100 Enjoy all that is good and lawful with gratitude; Guard against excess; Prohibition of deliberate oaths; Prohibition of intoxication and gambling, evil of; Game and hunting; Violation of the Sacred Masjid
5:101-102 Prohibition from asking too many questions lest life become difficult
5:103-108 Superstitious beliefs refuted; Turning to Allah for judgment; Giving testimony
5:109-120 The Afterlife; The miracles of Jesus; The story of the table-spread; Jesus denies ever claiming divinity

Surah 6 – al-An`am – “Cattle”

Summary: The Surah takes its name from the word cattle mentioned in verses 137, 139, 140 in connection to superstitious practices condemned in Islam. The majority of the Surah was revealed in the year just before the Hijra. The main subject matter is Tawhid, or Divine Unity which aptly follows on from the topics of the previous chapters, and completes them; it also deals with man’s relationship with his Lord and the practical manifestation of this. The Surah is in fact a many sided argument against mankind’s tendency to associate partners with Allah, be it directly or indirectly.

Verses Description
6:1-31 Descriptions of Allah; Revelation, polytheist rejection of, consequences of rejection; To Allah belongs everything, the believer takes Him is an ally and protector; The weakness of Paganism
6:32-58 Reality of this world; Comforting the Prophet at rejection; Only Allah is to be invoked and worshipped
6:59-73 Allah knows all, the open and secret; He has power over everything; Allah delivers from affliction; Falsity of invoking others besides Allah
6:74-88 Story of Abraham and his father, Azar; Abraham’s dispute with his people and his call; Abraham’s descendants
6:89-94 People fail to measure Allah as He should be
6:95-99 Examples of Allah’s amazing creation
6:100-110 Ascribing partners with Allah is absurd; Proofs have been given to man; Follow the revelation; Do not revile the polytheists lest they revile Allah