Today Umm Zakiyyah shares a reflection from Juz 26. 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.
The reflection that I chose is Surah Al-Hujurat, Surah 49, verse 17.
They think that they lay you under an obligation by becoming Muslims. Say: Lay me not under obligation by your Islam: rather Allah lays you under an obligation by guiding you to the faith if you are truthful.
I chose this because today there’s a lot of stress going on with the Muslims and we start to feel ashamed of our religion because so many questions come at us and sometimes we begin to become frustrated and say, “Why do we have to do this and why do we have to do that?” And in this, we become ungrateful and we begin to think that being Muslim we’re doing a favor either to the Prophet (SAW), to the Muslims, or to Allah. And this is to remind us that our entire purpose in this world is to live for the sake of our souls in the hereafter. If Allah (SWT) has chosen you as a Muslim, know that this is a tremendous gift from Allah. It’s not to be taken for granted. And if you have faith in your heart, this is a mercy from Allah and a gift to you in you are indeed truthful when you say, “I believe.”