[At-Takwir 81:1] When The Sun [Kuwwirat]

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Ibn Umar narrated that Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said:
Whoever wishes to look at the Day of Resurrection as if he is seeing it with his own eye,
then let him recite:
‘When the sun Kuwwirat’ (At-Takwir 81:1)
and ‘When the heaven is cleft sunder’ (82:1)
and ‘When the heaven is split asunder’ (84:1)
[At-Tirmidhi | Graded Hasan]

How true are the statements of Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam. Hands down, one of the scariest scenes on the Day of Judgment has been told by Allah s.w.t. in Surah At-Takwir. The Surah begins with:

إِذَا الشَّمْسُ كُوِّرَتْ
When the sun is [Kuwwirat]
[At-Takwir 81:1]

This is what will happen to the sun on the Day of Judgement. The translation of this ayah is “When the sun is wound round and lost its light.” Our righteous predecessors said this ayah means:

The sun will be darkened,
The sun will go away,
Its light will go away,
The sun will sink in,
The sun will be thrown down.

Ibn Kathir rahimahullah wrote that At-Takwir means to gather one part of something with another part of it, like the folding of clothes together. Therefore the meaning of Allah’s statement [Kuwwirat] is that:

Part of the sun will be folded up into another part of it.
Then it will be rolled up.
Then it will be thrown away.
And when this is done, its light will go away.

Subhanallah, this short tafsir unnerved me so much. Taking straight from the wiki, the Sun is the star at the center of the Solar System, a nearly perfect sphere of hot plasma, with a diameter about 109 times that of Earth, and its mass is about 330,000 times that of Earth, accounting for about 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System.

So try to imagine that this great sun, greater than the earth, greater than you and me, will easily be folded up like clothes.
And then it will be easily rolled up.
And its light will easily be snuffed out.

It frightens the soul and truly, it humbles it. It reminds us of our insignificance, of our weakness, and it reminds us that if a great creation such as the sun can easily, EASILY, come to pass, then so will you and I.

So I remind my soul, and then yours, to remember who we really are. Do not let our status, our wealth, our looks, our intellect, our state of happiness / sadness make us forget of our responsibilities as slaves of Allah. Do not let the pleasures of life make us forget the Rabb who gave them to us in the first place. Do not allow these things make us look big in our eyes, when in reality, we might be so insignificantly small in the sight of our Rabb. Do not allow these things to make us forget of the Day when Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said:

“The sun and the moon will be rolled up on the Day of Judgement.”
[Sahih Bukhari]

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Reference:
Tafsir Ibn Kathir

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To Be Forgotten/Ignored By Your Rabb

And it will be said:
“This Day, We (Allah) will forget you as you forgot the Meeting of this Day of yours.
And your abode is the Fire, and there is none to help you.”
[Al-Jathiyah 45:34]

In Sahih Muslim, it is reported that Allah will ask some of His slaves on the Day of Resurrection:
“Have I not given you a spouse, honored you, and subjected the camels and horses to you?
Have I not allowed you to be a chief and a master?”
The slave will say in answer, “Yes, O Rabb!”
Allah will say, “Did you think that you would ever meet Me?”
He will say, “No.”
Allah the Exalted will say, “Then this Day, I will forget you as you forgot Me.

This because you took the revelations of Allah in mockery,
and the life of the world deceived you.
So this Day, they shall not be taken out from there (Jahannam),
nor shall they be returned to the worldly life (so that they repent to Allah).
[Al-Jathiyah 45:35]

Therefore o sons of Adam, be wise! Do not let the pleasure of this world fool you, for there will come a definite Day when no apology shall be accepted by the Rabb of all worlds. There will come a definite Day when Allah s.w.t. will forget you, as you have chosen to forget Him.
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Reference:
Tafsir Ibn Kathir

[Al-Kahf 18:49] A Striking Lesson

“And the Book (one’s Record) will be placed, and you will see the Mujrimun fearful of that which is (recorded) therein. They will say: ‘Woe to us! What sort of Book is this that leaves neither a small thing nor a big thing, but has recorded it with numbers!’ And they will find all that they did placed before them,
and your Rabb treats no one with injustice.”
[Al-Kahf 18:49]

Surah Al-Kahf has many powerful ayat, and one of them that really strikes the heart is this. After mentioning how the mujrimun were so frightened and so distressed on the Day of Judgment by the contents of their Record that lists absolutely every single thing that they did, Allah s.w.t. says:

“And your Rabb treats no one with injustice.”

It is not Allah who is being unjust to men.
But it is men themselves who are being unjust to their own souls.
Because it is our own fault when we choose not to pray.
It’s our own fault when we choose to cheat and lie.
It’s our own fault for watching those filthy stuff.
It’s our own fault for backbiting, slandering, and gossiping.

It’s not our job’s / boss’ fault that caused us to abandon our prayers. It’s not the fault of the situation that made us cheat others. It’s not our computer’s fault that started our addiction. It’s not our friends’ / parents’ / celebrities’ / politicians’ faults that made us backbite and slander them.

Even Shaitan will deny his grasp over us on that Day:

And Shaitan will say when the matter has been decided:
“Verily, Allah promised you a promise of truth.
And I too promised you, but I betrayed you.
I had no authority over you except that I called you, so you responded to me.
So blame me not, but blame yourselves.
I cannot help you, nor can you help me.
I deny your former act in associating me as a partner with Allah (by obeying me in the life of the world).
Verily, there is a painful torment for the Zalimun.”
[Ibrahim 14:22]

There will be no one to blame but our own selves.
We will be held accountable for every single sin that we do.
And we will face the consequences alone.

So Muslims, fortify your hearts. Stop being unjust to your soul.
Come back to Ar-Rahman who is willing to forgive all of our sins, as long as we choose to repent, and choose to abandon our bad habits and traits. Sow the seed of taqwa and piety in everything we do.
Know that your Rabb loves you, and He will not abandon you.
But it is upon each individual to make that decision.
– make that choice before it’s too late.

[Al-Kahf 18:105] Al-Kahf Challenge (15/20)

“If anyone learns by heart the first 10 Ayat of Surah Al-Kahf,
he will be protected from the Dajjal.”  [Sahih Muslim]
Al-Kahf Challenge is to make the memorization & understanding of the first 10 & the last 10 Ayat of Surah Al-Kahf easy, insya Allah. To catch up on the previous posts of this series, click here📌

To read in chronological order, please click the links below:
Pg 1 | Pg 2 | Pg 3 | Pg 4 | Pg 5 | Pg 6 | Pg 7 | Pg 8 | Pg 9 | Pg 10
Pg 11Pg 12Pg 13 | Pg 14Pg 15 | Pg 16 | Pg 17 | Pg 18 Pg 19Pg 20  | Pg 21
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“They are those who deny the Ayat (proofs, evidences, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of their Rabb and the Meeting with Him (in the Hereafter). So their works [a’mal] are in vain, and on the Day of Resurrection, We shall assign not weight for them.”
[Al-Kahf 18:105]

In the last ayah, we discussed about one of the characteristics of those who will be the greatest losers in the Hereafter: They lost or wasted their deeds.

In this Ayah, Allah s.w.t. gives us another characteristic:

The greatest losers deny the signs of their Rabb,
and they deny the truth of His Messengers,
and they deny the Hereafter.

Just like how the previous characteristic corresponds with the attribute mentioned in Surah Al-Asr (i.e. the people who are in loss are those whom have lost their righteous deeds), these denials also correspond with the two attributes mentioned in Surah Al-Asr:

(1) They do not have the correct belief (إِلَّا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ) and
(2) They do not believe in the Truth (وَتَوَاصَوۡاْ بِٱلۡحَقِّ )

Their denial of Allah’s Signs and the Day of Judgment constitute false belief, and are in fact untruthful, because Allah s.w.t. has clearly shown to us His Signs. If only these people reflect deeply!

Because of their denial, all of their [a’mal] / works are in vain. The word [a’mal] is typically used for good deeds, so these people may had done acts of goodness when they were alive – they may had started a charity project, they may had come out with an invention that has helped millions around the world, or they may even had worshiped their God to the best of their capability – however for these people, Allah s.w.t. says their deeds will have absolutely no worth whatsoever.  Why? Because they don’t believe in Allah, and they refuse to accept the Truth. Allah s.w.t. says:

And We shall turn to whatever deeds they did,
and We shall make such deeds as scattered floating particles of dust.
[Al-Furqan 25:23]

We ask Allah s.w.t. to keep us steadfast on this Deen, and we ask Allah s.w.t. to soften the hearts of those who have yet to believe.

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Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raji’oon

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Do we really understand when we say ‘Inna Lillahi wa inna Ilayhi raji’oon’ (Verily to Allah we belong, and verily to Him we shall return)?

Al-Hassan Al-Basri (rahimahullah) once said:

“Do you know its explanation? Inna Lillah (Verily to Allah we belong), means I am a worshiper / slave who belongs to Allah, wa inna Ilayhi raji’oon (and verily to Him we shall return), means I am returning back to Him. So if you know that you are worshiper / slave who belongs to Allah and that you are returning back to Him, then know that He will question you, and if you know that He will be questioning you, then prepare answers for the questions.”

On that Day, each one of us will be held accountable, no one can save us, and no excuses will be accepted – it’s far too late to appeal:
“Oh Rabb, I wanted to pray, but I was busy with my work!”
“I wanted to wear hijab, but I planned to do that after I got married.”
“I did want to give up that sin when I’m ready, but You took my life before I could do so.”

If you know you will die, then be assured you will be buried.
If you know you will be buried, then be assured you will be resurrected.
If you know you will be resurrected, then be prepared for the Questions.

[Al-Ma’aarij 70:10-11] Be Careful In Our Dealings With Others

A scary reminder:

“And no friend will ask a friend (about his condition), though they shall be made to see one another…” [Al-Ma’aarij 70:10-11] Meaning, no relative will ask about another relative, even if he can see him. Even if he is carrying a heavy burden. Even if he was the dearest of people to him in this world. He will not care about him or take even the slightest part of his burden from him. Allah says in another Ayah:

“That Day shall a man flee from his brother. And from his mother and his father. And from his wife and his children.” [‘Abasa 80:34-36]

Ibn Mas’ud said, “On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will gather the first and the last, then a voice will call out: ‘Whoever is owed something by another, let him come forth and take it.’ And a man will REJOICE if he is owed something or had been mistreated by his father or child or wife, even if it is little.”

The above is from Tafseer Ibn Kathir. This reminded me one of my ustadh’s advice. Most of us have these ‘fond’ nicknames, like “Shorty” or “Fatty”, that we use around our intimate circle of friends, to which our friends would usually laugh or silently shrug it off. But deep down inside, these name-callings might actually hurt them. And come the Day of Judgement – where everyone is desperate to save their own selves – those people whom we made fun of, or mocked at, will claim for every single little mistreatment or injustice that we inflicted upon them in this Dunya.

So please, please be careful on how we treat others. Be vigilant on how we interact in reality and what we post on the social media. This is a reminder for myself foremost and then to others.

The Light For The Believers: Grey Hair

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The Light for the Believers: Growing grey hair in Islam (and not plucking them)

Rasulallah s.a.w. said:
❝Do not pluck out grey hair. If any believer grows a grey hair in Islam, he will have light on the Day of Resurrection.❞ With another chain it is: ❝Allah will record on his behalf a good deed for it, and will blot out a sin for it.❞ [Sunan Abu Dawood]

It is also reported that Rasulallah s.a.w. forbade plucking out white hairs and said: ❝It is the light of the believer.❞ [Sunan Ibn Maajah] In Sunan al-Tirmidhee, the wordings are: ❝It is the light of the Muslim.❞

But one should dye the hair while avoiding the black color. On the day of the conquest of Makkah, Abu Quhaafah (the father of Abu Bakr r.a.) was brought (in the presence of Rasulallah s.a.w.) while his head and beard were white. The Prophet s.a.w. said: ❝Change it with something but avoid black.❞ [Sahih Muslim]

Alhamdulillah for growing grey hair in Islam 🙂