Qur’an Reflections: Day Two: Baqara [2.142-252] – Remembrance, Patience, Love, Thankfulness, Mindfulness, and Closeness

In this series, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Ustadh Tabraze Azam, SeekersHub Global Instructors, share a day by day overview of key themes of each section (juz’) of the Qur’an, over the month of Ramadan. This is covered nightly at IMO of Toronto, where SeekersHub Toronto ( is conducting its Ramadan 2013 programming.


Day Two: Juz’ Two: Surat al-Baqara [2.142-252]



This Part (juz’) of the Qur’an contains some of the central spiritual principles of our religion. Five key concepts that are highlighted are:


1. Remembrance of Allah out of Thankfulness


“…We have sent among you a Messenger of your own to recite Our revelations to you, purify you and teach you the Scripture, wisdom, and things you did not know.”
[Qur’an, 2.151]We are reminded of the tremendous gift of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), the gift of mercy:

Right after, we are called to remember Allah–the Bestower of Gifts–and to be thankful to Him:
“So remember Me; I will remember you. Be thankful to Me, and never ungrateful.” [Qur’an, 2.152]

2. Patience in Trials

Trials are a hidden blessing from Allah, as they are a means of responding right–through patience, contentment, and right action, in pursuit of Allah’s pleasure:


“Believers! Seek help through patience and prayer, for Allah is with the steadfast.” [Qur’an, 2.153]

What is patience? Patience (sabr) is to remain firm on what is pleasing to Allah. It is to leave complaint and objection; to embrace contentment, inwardly, and to respond to all situations in ways pleasing to Allah.

Patience isn’t being passive: patience is strength, light, and a means to closeness to Allah:

“We shall certainly test you with fear and hunger, and loss of property, lives, and crops. But give glad tidings to the patient.”
[Qur’an, 2.155]

3. Intense Love of Allah

Those who believe are more intense in their love of Allah. What is love? Love is constantly inclining towards the Beloved, with a heart overwhelmed with yearning, and limbs busy with acts of turning.

Love is desperate need for the Beloved.

Love is intense yearning expressed in one’s life, attitude, actions, and responses.

“There are some who choose to worship others besides Allah as rivals to Him, loving them with the love due to God, but the believers are more intense in their love for Allah.”
[Qur’an, 2.165]

Nurture this love in your actions. Make them declarations of love for Allah. And strive to make your actions and states beloved to Allah by striving to emulate the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk).

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4. Fasting Seeking Allah’s Closeness, Out of Mindfulness (taqwa) and Thankfulness (shukr)

The ultimate purpose of fasting is attaining closeness to Allah (qurb):

“If My servants ask you about Me, I am indeed Near.”
[Qur’an, 2.186]

The means to realizing this nearness (curb) of Allah are:

(1) mindfulness (taqwa), learned through living the lessons of restraint that fasting teaches:

“You who believe, fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may be mindful of God.”
[Qur’an, 2.183]

(2) thankfulness (shukr) for all of Allah’s blessings. This begins with appreciating the blessings of food, drink and our desires, but extends to all of Allah’s blessings–the blessings of life itself, of faith, guidance, and all good in one’s life:

“… to glorify Him for having guided you, so that you may be thankful.” [
Qur’an, 2.185]

Thankfulness is to recognize everything as being a blessing from Allah; to appreciate that blessing; and to express one’s appreciation in way befitting the blessing.

True thankfulness
is to direct every blessing Allah has blessed you with towards the best of what is was created for–in seeking and beholding Allah the Bestower through His blessings.

Thankfulness is the state of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him), who said, “Should I not be a truly thankful servant?”


5. Asking Allah with Conviction and Neediness

It is from Allah’s Mercy that He has promised that He answers are supplication and calling:

“If My servants ask you about Me, I am near. I respond to those who call Me, so let them respond to Me, and believe in Me, so that they may be truly guided.”
[Qur’an, 2.186]

Calling upon Allah
is both with one’s supplication (dua) and all one’s actions. Our actions are a response to Allah’s call–and, if done seeking Him sincerely, a means to realizing the realities of Allah’s closeness.


And Allah alone gives success.


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Qur’an Reflections: Day One: Fatiha and Baqara [2.1-141]

The Book of Certainty: Qur’anic Themes & Reflections

In this series, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Ustadh Tabraze Azam, SeekersHub Global Instructors, share a day by day overview of key themes of each section (juz’) of the Qur’an, over the month of Ramadan. This is covered nightly at IMO of Toronto, where SeekersHub Toronto ( is conducting its Ramadan 2013 programming.

Day One: Juz’ One: al-Fatiha & al-Baqara [2.1-141]

1. Surat al-Fatiha (The Opening)




The Fatiha summarizes the Qur’an’s message. It is a call to guidance, turning to Allah, and seeking eternal felicity.


[a] Turning to Allah


The Fatiha opens with three ways of turning to Allah, before the plea for guidance:


[i] praising Allah [Qur’an, 1.1]

[ii] recognition of Divine Beauty and Gentleness [Qur’an, 1.2]

[iii] recognition of Divine Majesty and Lordship. [Qur’an, 1.3-4]


[b] Asking Allah for the Greatest Human Need: Guidance


The greatest human need–for guidance (hidaya) is expressed in Surat al-Fatiha: “Guide us to the Straight Path.” [Qur’an, 1.5]


The Straight Path is the path to Allah–the path to closeness, love, and Allah’s eternal pleasure.


The Straight Path is the light embodied by the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him and his folk).


2. Surat al-Baqara (The Cow) [2.1-141]

There are three key themes in this section:


[a] Mindfulness (taqwa) is the Key to Benefiting from the Qur’an


The Qur’an is a Book of Guidance. But who benefits from its guidance? The mindful (muttaqin):


“Alif Lam Mim. That is the Book, wherein is no doubt. It is guidance for those mindful.” [Qur’an, 2.1-5]


Mindfulness (taqwa) is an inward restraint that enables one to avoid that which displeases or distances from Allah–and to embrace all that pleases and draws close to Allah. It is a state of the heart, manifest in one’s attitude and actions–in one’s character and conduct.


[b] True Faith, and the Types of People


Right away, Allah Most High differentiates between different types of people:


[i] the mindful, sincere believers;

[ii] those who reject belief; and

[iii] the hypocrites.


The Qur’an’s call is to acquire the qualities and characteristics of true believers–and avoid the qualities and characteristics of those who turn away from Allah’s Call to Mercy and His Gift of Guidance.


“As for those who reject belief, alike it is to them whether you hast warned them or hast not warned them, they do not believe. God has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearing, and on their eyes is a covering, and there awaits them a mighty chastisement. And some there are who say, ‘We believe in God and the Last Day;’ but they are not true believers.” [Qur’an, 2.6-8]


The lesson? Be a true believer: open your heart to guidance. Listen; follow; be true to Allah and the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him)–become of the mindful (muttaqin), of those beloved to Allah Most High.


[c] Taking Heed from Examples of Past Peoples


The stories of the Qur’an are:


[i] lessons and reminders of guidance–and that submission is an expression of gratitude (shukr) to God;

[ii] manifest examples of what it means to embrace or turn away from faith.


“Children of Israel, remember My blessing wherewith I blessed you, and that I have preferred you above all beings.” [Qur’an, 2.47]


And then moving to Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him), an exemplar: “When his Lord said to him, ‘Surrender,’ he said, ‘I have surrendered me to the Lord of all Being.’” [Qur’an, 2.131]


And Allah alone gives success.


Faraz Rabbani and Tabraze Azam 


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Ramadan Reminders: Out of this World – Imam Zaid Shakir

Ramadan Reminders: Out of this World – Imam Zaid Shakir

This exclusive message for Ramadan by Imam Zaid Shakir is packed with energy…which is exactly what is needed in these long summer days of fasting as we seek a reward from “Out of this World”.

Eid Mubarak: May Allah Makes These Days of True Rejoicing – Eid Message, Reminder, and Free Gift from SeekersGuidance – mp3 of an amazing night of nasheed


In the Name of Allah, the Benevolent, the Merciful
May Allah make these days of true rejoicing
Dear SeekersGuidance students, supporters, and friends,
Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,
I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits. The teachers, managers, and SeekersGuidance team would like to wish you Eid Mubarak. We ask Allah Most High to make these days of rejoicing in the blessings of Allah, worldly and spiritual, and days of returning to Allah through recognition of these blessings.
May this be a true Eid for us, insha’Allah. The Early Muslims (salaf) would say: “True Eid isn’t for those rely wearing new clothes. Rather, true Eid belongs to those whose obedience increases.”
The root meaning of Eid is, “that which returns, time and again; and rejoicing.”
The Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “They are days of eating, drinking, and remembrance of God.” [Bukhari]
Making Eid a True Rejoicing & Return
Make these days of rejoicing and reconnecting with family and friends. Repair strained relationships. Visit and contact friends and family whom you have fallen out of touch with. Do this as a spiritual action, seeking the pleasure of Allah, for the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) mentioned that from the best of faith is mending relations.
And make these days of rejoicing and reconnecting with Allah Most High. Turn to Him in thankfulness. Turn to Him in love. Turn to Him with a sense of awe and awareness of both His Beauty and Majesty. Look at where you are in yourrelationship with Allah, and do three things: [1] resolve to leave those specific actions you do that are most odious to Allah–of the forbidden actions; [2] resolve to begin doing (or becoming more consistent in) those actions that you are most remiss in–of the obligatory actions; and [3] make a general repentance from all that is displeasing to Allah, and make a general commitment to turn to Allah in life, and to seek His pleasure through making good your submitting to Him, in accordance with the radiant, life-giving example of His Beloved Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him).


And Allah alone gives success.
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Faraz Rabbani
Executive Director, SeekersGuidance
on behalf of the teachers, managers, and team at SeekersGuidance



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