Ramadan Reflections: Juz 4 with Tariq Toure

Tariq Toure Juz 4 Ramadan Reflection

Today, Tariq Toure reflects on important concepts from Surah An-Nisa in Juz 4. Subscribe to the series to receive the video of this reflection along with the other daily reflections each morning. 

Insha Allah Muslims all around the world will be participating in a mandatory fast so that we can reflect on some of the blessings and gifts that Allah has bestowed on us throughout our lifetime and especially throughout the last year. We want to give a warm welcome to everybody who is participating in this Ramadan.

In Juz 4 of the Qur’an in Surah An-Nisa, we reflect on verses 35-37 where Allah gives us three crucial concepts that I believe we can carry into this Ramadan. Make sure that we are conscious of what Allah is trying to tell us.

وَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ شِقَاقَ بَيْنِهِمَا فَابْعَثُوا حَكَمًا مِّنْ أَهْلِهِ وَحَكَمًا مِّنْ أَهْلِهَا إِن يُرِيدَا إِصْلَاحًا يُوَفِّقِ اللَّهُ بَيْنَهُمَا إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلِيمًا خَبِيرًا

And if you fear a breach between the two, then appoint judge from his people and a judge from her people; if they both desire agreement, Allah will effect harmony between them, surely Allah is Knowing, Aware.

In verse 35, Allah reminds us that all the relationships in our life, whether they be small, whether they be intimate, or whether they be people that we meet just walking down the street that you may not even know — might be a gardener, might be a guy at the gas station, it may be just somebody that you meet in passing, or it may be a relative that you know very, very deeply — all of these relationships deserve our nurturing and our good faith and our good deeds. So that we can strengthen our bonds just in society period. And Allah reminds us that to do that we have to let go of our arrogance and our haughtiness as he explains.

وَاعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ وَلَا تُشْرِكُوا بِهِ شَيْئًا وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا وَبِذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَالْيَتَامَىٰ وَالْمَسَاكِينِ وَالْجَارِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَالْجَارِ الْجُنُبِ وَالصَّاحِبِ بِالْجَنبِ وَابْنِ السَّبِيلِ وَمَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ مَن كَانَ مُخْتَالًا فَخُورًا

And serve Allah and do not associate any thing with Him and be good to the parents and to the near of kin and the orphans and the needy and the neighbor of (your) kin and the alien neighbor, and the companion in a journey and the wayfarer and those whom your right hands possess; surely Allah does not love him who is proud, boastful;

In verse 36, Allah reminds us of being miserly and how hoarding wealth and hoarding the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon us can be detrimental to our akhirah, our afterlife. Allah has given us these blessings so that we are able to help others out. That is what Islamic Relief USA stands for, helping others out, period.

الَّذِينَ يَبْخَلُونَ وَيَأْمُرُونَ النَّاسَ بِالْبُخْلِ وَيَكْتُمُونَ مَا آتَاهُمُ اللَّهُ مِن فَضْلِهِ وَأَعْتَدْنَا لِلْكَافِرِينَ عَذَابًا مُّهِينًا

Those who are niggardly and bid people to be niggardly and hide what Allah has given them out of His grace; and We have prepared for the unbelievers a disgraceful chastisement.

The last concept in verse 37 is that we give a portion of the wealth Allah has given us to charity and to make sure that the portion sometimes is done in secret so that we can purify our intentions. You’ll see Muslims all over this month giving in public, doing in public, and serving all types of people. But we must remember that it’s the deeds done under the cover of night, it’s the good deeds done when people are not watching that mean the most to Allah (SWT). So we hope that everybody can continue to make it through Ramadan and that you come out on the other end better for your life.

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