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Day Fifty Nine (A Journey with Quran)

Surah Al Maidah: Ayats 31–40

Then Allah sent a raven, scratching on the ground, to show him a way to hide the body of his brother. “I’m ruined!” he cried out. “Couldn’t I (at least have been) like that raven over there and buried my brother’sbody?” Then sorrowful regret began to well up within him. [31]

It was for the sake (of that crime) that We made it a principle for the Children of Israel that if anyone took a life, unless it be (to punish) a murder or to prevent the spread of chaos in the land, that it would be as if he had murdered the whole of humanity. Conversely, if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he had saved the life of the whole of humanity. However, even though Our messengers came to them with clear evidence (of the truth) – even after that many of them continued to commit abuses in the land. [32]

The punishment for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and who strive hard to cause chaos and murder throughout the land, is execution or crucifixion or the cutting off of their hands and feet from opposite sides or (at the very least) exile from the land. That’s the humiliation that they’ll receive in this world, but an even more painful punishment awaits them in the next, [33] except for those who repent before they fall into your power, for in that case know that Allah is forgiving and merciful. [34]

All you who believe! Be mindful of Allah. Aspire to get closer to Him, and exert your utmost in His cause so you can be successful. [35]

As for those who cover over (their inner knowledge of the truth), even if they had everything in the whole wide world, and even double that, and offered it as a ransom on the Day of Assembly, no offers to avoid punishment will be accepted – and their punishment will be painful! [36]

Their only wish will be to get out of the Fire, but they’ll never be able to escape from it, for their punishment will endure. [37]

As for the thief, male or female, cut off the hand of both by way of payback, for this is a fitting (example of poetic justice) from Allah as a consequence for (the sin) they earned, and Allah is powerful and wise. [38]

Though, if (the thief) repents after his crime and reforms himself, then Allah will turn to him (in forgiveness), for Allah is forgiving and merciful. [39]

Don’t you know that the control of the heavens and the earth belongs to Allah? He punishes whomever He wants, and He forgives whomever He wants, for Allah has power over all things. [40]

Translation: Yahiya Emerick

A Cup of Water

What wakes me up?

The fear of God and the Day of Reckoning when we will be standing before Him, and know what will be our eternal abode — heaven or hell?

I hurry to do my wadu, and say my Fajr (morning) prayer.

I have answered this prompt (worded this time differently) at least three times, so I won’t repeat.

Before my (late) husband got sick, I was taking a class with a religious teacher on Quran and Islam. Later on when my husband got progressively more sick, I had to leave.

The teacher guided us towards many books by well known Islamic scholars. This story is from one of the books.

There was once a man who was very pious. He used to pray when he would find time from his worldly pursuits. A day came when he decided to leave everything— his wealth, his wife and his children. He retired to a rocky island where no one dwelt. He spent his whole time in praying to God and meditation.

Those were the days when an average human life was a thousand years or less. This man lived six hundred and fifty years. He had supplicated God that when he dies he should die in prostration. God granted his wish. In death his head touched the ground.

After death he came before God. God told the angels to take him to heaven. The man was irked and disappointed that God didn’t acknowledge his years of praying. He thought that his praises would be sung. Nothing like that happened. He felt slighted.

God being God knew what he was thinking. Instead of heaven the man suddenly found himself in a desert. He was in agony, parched with thirst.

He asked for a cup of water. A hand appeared from the unseen holding a cup of water, “This cup of water for your years of praying?”

The man said yes. His years of praying were worth only a cup of water.

We forget that whatever good we do, we do it for our own souls. God doesn’t need us but we mortals need Him for our own salvation.
Daily Prompt: Forward Drive

What is the one thing that drives you to wake up in the morning and do whatever it is you do? Is it writing, family, friends, or something else entirely?