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We will be discussing Juz 16 of the Qur’an, which includes verses from Surah al-Kahf, Surah Maryam and Surah TaHa. The verses we will discuss today are 124, 125 and 126 from Surah TaHa that talk about the connection between the heart, remembrance of Allah (SWT), and this concept of blindness that Allah (SWT) discusses in the Qur’an many times. Allah says:
And whoever turns away from My remembrance, then indeed, for him (is) a life straitened and We will gather him (on the) Day (of) the Resurrection blind.
He will say, “My Lord! Why You raised me blind while [verily] I had sight.
He will say, “Thus came to you Our Signs, but you forgot them, and thus today you will be forgotten.
So Allah (SWT) here in these verses discusses many important concepts within our life. The first concept that Allah (SWT) discusses is a person that turns away from His remembrance. And the concept of remembrance in the Qur’an, as my grandfather always taught us, is the idea of the Qur’an, salah, and remembering Allah, remembering His names, remembering His attributes, and showing gratitude. So the idea of the Qur’an being the remembrance of Allah is the utmost rewarding method of remembering Allah. The reason for that is the prophet (SAW) teaches us that every letter from the Qur’an that you recite is 10 rewards for a person. And so through this month of Ramadan it is highly encouraged for all of us to recite the Qur’an, to reflect upon the Qur’an, and for every little bit of the Qur’an that we recite, Allah will reward us.
Allah also says in Surah TaHa to establish your prayer, and so praying is a form of remembering Allah (SWT) in all of the chaos of the day. And the final form is to remember Allah through our tongues through reciting and supplicating His names. And so Allah (SWT) is saying a person who turns away from any of these forms of remembrance will live a life of wretchedness, a life of constriction, an uncomfortable life, and on the Day of Judgment will be resurrected blind. This person will ask Allah (SWT), why did you resurrect me blind and I was able to see in the world? And Allah (SWT) will tell him, because I sent you My signs, I sent you My miracles, and I sent you My verses and you forgot them. And so on this day, you will be forgotten.
It’s always crucial to understand that the heart is the cornerstone of the human being. And the food for the heart is remembering Allah (SWT). If we don’t nourish the heart, it will grow weak and it will die. The prophet (SAW) says the difference between a person who is alive and a person who is dead is the difference between a person who remembers Allah and who does not.
In this month of Ramadan, we should rejuvenate this connection with the book of Allah (SWT) and rejuvenate the connection between salah and Allah (SWT).
I wish you and all of the families around the world a blessed Ramadan, and I ask Allah (SWT) to accept from us.