Today Dawood Hawa shares a reflection from Juz 24. Subscribe to the series to receive the video of this reflection along with the other daily reflections each morning. Join Islamic Relief USA in exploring the Qur’an this month.
Today we will be focusing on Juz 24. Juz 24 comprises of three surahs. All of them focus on the same theme of Allah’s mercy and forgiveness. In verse 53, Surah Az-Zumar, Allah (SWT) says:
Say: “O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of God: for God forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
This here, brothers and sisters, is something that we have to take advantage of in these last 10 days of Ramadan: to seek Allah’s forgiveness. We should not procrastinate. We should not be arrogant. We should not boast. We should not assume that we will live to a point that we can seek Allah’s forgiveness at a later time. Take advantage of it right now, right when reading this. Ask Allah to forgive you for your sins. When going through the last surah of this juz, Allah (SWT) says, “Say, O Prophet, I am but a human being like you. It is revealed to me that your God is One God, therefore take the right way towards Him and implore His forgiveness. Woe to those who associate others with God. Those who do not pay zakat and deny the hereafter.”
Dear brothers and sisters, why do I want to bring this to our attention? Allah talks here about the mushrikeen, those who associate partners with Allah. We know that this is a sin that does not get forgiven. It is the only sin that Allah will not forgive. Yet Allah is coupling it with not paying zakat. So it shows the importance of zakat. Some of us look at zakat and don’t focus on it as much as our other worship that we are doing this month like fasting and praying. But with an obligation like zakat sometimes we don’t look at it as a main focus.
So I implore that you pay your zakat this month and especially in this month of Ramadan in these last 10 days. Because we know that insha’Allah if we hit it on Laylat al-Qadr, that is more blessed than a thousand months.