Taraweeh Salaah – Night 9
By Sheikh Abdul Hamid Lachporia – Canada
In the Name of Almighty Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful
The Tarawee for tonight commences from Yah’tha diroona Ilaykoom(Juz 11) up to and including a quarter of Wa ma min Dhab’bateen(Juz 12). The Surahs to be covered this evening Insha’Allah are: (1) The concluding quarter of Surah Al-Tawbah, Surah Yunus in its entirety and a quarter of Surah Hud.
The vanguard of Faith think nothing of self-sacrifice. Their reward is Almighty Allah’s Good Pleasure. Even those who do wrong but repent will obtain His Mercy: not so those who do persist in Unfaith, Hypocrisy, and Mischief. Allah’s Grace is free and abounding for the righteous. Even if they waver or fail. He will turn to them in Mercy if only they repent and come back unto Him. To be true in word and deed is to hold our selfish desires at bay, and follow Allah’s Call: in this is our fullest satisfaction and reward. But our striving should include study and teaching, for the Ummah’s benefit for Allah’s Message increases our Imaan and leads us to love Him and Trust Him – the Lord of the Throne of Glory Supreme.
This Surah and the five that follow i.e. Surahs 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 are closely connected, and were revealed in the late Makkan period, as the great event of the Hijrah was gradually approaching. Surahs 8 and 9 were mainly concerned with the first questions that arose on the formation of the new and organised Community of Islam, in its conflict with those who wished to suppress or destroy it or use force to prevent its growth and the consolidation of its ideals. How does revelation work? What is the meaning of Divine Grace and its withdrawal? How do the Messengers of Allah (Alayhim Salaam) deliver their Message? How should we receive it?
The wonderful working of the Spirit through man by revelation seems like magic to men; yet they could find Signs and Messages from Him in the sun and the moon and the constantly varying yet regular phenomena of nature, from which men should take a lesson of constancy and Faith. All the goodness or beauty that man meets in the life around him proceeds from Almighty Allah, yet man is blind and will not understand. As all beings proceed from Allah, so will they return to Him, and He is ever true. Why then does man make untrue phantoms for himself instead of rejoicing in the good news which He sends? Allah revealed Himself through Hazrat Nuh (Noah) Alayhis Salaam but his people rejected him and perished. He spoke through Nabee Moosa Alayhis Salaam to Fir’aun (Pharaoh), but Fir’aun was stiff-necked and arrogant, and when he repented at all, it was too late. Everywhere want of faith causes people to perish. But the people of Nabee Yunus Alayhis Salaam repented, and Allah saved them by His wonderful Grace. So Allah will deliver the Believers. When the Truth comes from Allah, follow it and be patient, for Allah is the most Righteous of Judges.
We discussed Allah’s Mercy in the last Surah. Emphasis is laid on His punishment for sin to show that true justice includes both Justice and Mercy for Almighty Allah is Most Merciful and Patient while man is ungrateful, loves falsehood and is dishonest. Nabee Nuh (Noah) Alayhis Salaam walked righteously and humbly as in the Sight of Allah. With unselfish love for his people he warned them and taught them. But they did flout and reject his message with scorn and insults. Allah gave him directions to build an ark against the impending Flood which was to purify the world from sin and unrighteousness. In it were saved Nabee Nuh Alayhis Salaam and those who believed. So were promised salvation and Allah’s Peace, and Blessings to the righteous evermore.