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STUDIES OF SURAH AL-MU’MINUN: Chain 2

8. They meet their obligations of trusts and contracts.

9. And preserve their Salah.

10. These are the inheritors.

11. Who shall inherit Firdaus. They shall reside in it forever.

12. We certainly did create the human from a component of clay.

13. Thereafter, We made him as a nutfah [1], lodged in a firm place.

14. We made the nutfah into thick coagulated blood, which We later made into a small lump of flesh. The small lump of flesh We made into bones. We clothed the bones with flesh. Subsequently, We brought this forth as another creation. So Blessed and Exalted is Allah, the Best of creative designers.

Allah continues to list some of the qualities of the believer:

e- Trustworthy and values own word, the believer finds no need for lies.

f- Constant with Salah, the believer is conscious of the words uttered in Prayers.

Prayer is not an absent-minded affair.

Prayer does not comprise glances to the left or right.

Prayer is a series of prescribed words and authorized actions to earn immense rewards.

They fulfil their trusts and contracts. The believer is not just another people’s person whose popularity is founded on deception.

The believer stands out in a crowd.

Others promote falsehood – saying different lies to various persons – to make self the hero.

The believer is cautious of own utterances, maintains the truth and stands on own word.

Others make promises or sign agreements they do not intend to fulfil, or with the intention of harming people.

The believer understands truth rests in facts and not in telling people what one wants them to hear.

Others abuse their powers on the grounds “that is the way things have always been”.

The believer protects the interests of those who do not want abuse as a norm.

Others place conditions of acts of goodness on ethnic origin, locality or the provision of bedroom services.

The believer saves own goodness for any who needs it.

These are the inheritors. The rewards available to the believer includes victory in this life and in the Hereafter, with Firdaus, the highest level of Jannah, the ultimate reward.

Allah is not in need of humanity. He, however, rewards all acts of obedience done solely for Him.

We certainly did create the human. From the behaviours of the believer, Allah assures the presence of humanity is not an accident or coincidence.

Allah recounts the different forms of creation:

i) From clay – typically the first male human, Adam. The first female, Hawwa, was created from Adam’s rib.

ii) From human nuptial relations, and illustrates the stages of human creation:

-> Union of sperm cell and ovum, lodged in a secure place, i.e. the uterus
-> Congealed blood
-> Foetal lump
-> Bones
-> Bones and flesh
-> Human

Allah created humanity and made the law, Sharee’ah, humanity must obey.

Sections of humanity modify and narrow such laws to own ethnicity or for exploitation.

Ramadhan is not immune from such exploitations, for in some cultures Ramadhan is precisely the month to be a nuisance.

The reason is easy to comprehend:

The one offended is fasting and is expected to endure the mischief.

Rather, Ramadhan is not a time to deliberately exceed one’s limit and demand the person put up with it.

The purposeful annoyance of others once Ramadhan commences is an accepted practice only in the culture of human shayateen.

A culture of exploitations!

The fasting person who is the target of provocation must remain original and sincere to self and must distinguish enduring fitnah from encouraging fitnah.

If the fasting person did not tolerate such provocation outside of Ramadhan, there is no reason to do so during Ramadhan.

Interestingly, the one who assumes religiosity only during Ramadhan is the same who exploits Ramadhan to cause fitnah to another person.

A culture of contradictions!

The shayateen among humanity do cause annoyance, but they must be stripped of any capacity to have a free-run at it.

Should one not behave as expected, the offender and supporters hit frustration.

To them, annoyance is good for the believer but not for the offender.

Please reciprocate that gesture and watch a societal crisis ensue.

One receives everything from insults to threats of having one’s Niqab removed.

The cultural rule is one must harm others but must not receive same, or murder occurs.

A culture of domination!

So much overt negativity exists in many places because people cooperate with it.

Do not be cowed by threats of violence. Be sure and reciprocate the annoyance to the offender.

The rewards of fasting belong to Allah and not to bullies.

[1] Nutfah: A union of male and female reproductive fluids

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