Sūrat al-Rūm, Chapter 30 Verses 1-6 presented on 10/18/15 – Session 1

Introduction to Sūrat al-Rūm. In this lecture:

  • Backdrop in ‘sīrah’ (the prophetic biography)
  • Abū Bakr’s (RA) bet
  • Muslim alignment with Christianity
  • The two interpretative sciences: of abstract dreams and of tangible events
  • Abū Bakr’s (RA) profound interpretative skills and depth of perception
  • Insights into the science and art of dream interpretation
  • ʿUmar’s (RA) genius at preempting Qurʾānic injunction
  • The productive effects of prophetic ‘suḥbah’ (companionship)

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Sūrat al-Rūm, Chapter 30 Verses 6-10 presented on 10/18/15 – Session 2

History bears witness that Muslim civilization and leadership attached importance to the ‘dunyā’ (worldly life) and the ‘ākhirah’ (hereafter) with a clear preference for the latter. In this lecture:

  • facilitating salvation
  • planning for the ‘dunyā’ (worldly life) and the ‘ākhirah
  • Ibrāhīm (AS) as a model visionary
  • true understanding as a product of outward observation and insight
  • the human as a complete cosmos within the self
  • the fate of those obsessed with the ‘dunyā
  • relevance to present-day Muslims preaching peace
  • the fate of those who mock revelation

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Sūrat al-Rūm, Chapter 30 Verses 11-21 presented on 11/1/15 – Session 3

Faith and good deeds are the ultimate discriminators in the Hereafter. In this lecture:

  • the unrighteous on the Day of reckoning
  • tasbīḥ’ (hymning the praises of Allah ﷻ) as a purification for the believer
  • the dynamism of Arabic in gleaning commands from news
  • the disinclination of the companions to analyze commands
  • Ṣalāh and the order of angels
  • human origination from dust as a sign for all humanity
  • compatibility for ‘sukūn’ (tranquility) in marriage
  • the many shades of ‘raḥmah’ (mercy) A Muslim’s perception of the truth transcends the confines of the first heaven.

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Sūrat al-Rūm, Chapter 30 Verses 21-27 presented on 11/8/15 – Session 4
  • Diversity in creation must lead the seeker to One Creator ﷻ. In this lecture:
  • mutual compassion makes a couple from individuals
  • diversity in creation as proof of Allah’s existence
  • tawḥīd’ (monotheism) as a monolithic creed and the sunnah as a monolithic way of life for a diverse humanity
  • an uncompromising yet inclusive lifestyle
  • universal acknowledgement of Arabic as central to worship, and the petty confusion of ranks with roles
  • sleep as a ‘niʿmah’ (bounty), a means of detaching from yourself
  • lightning as a sign for the dual sensations of fear and hope
  • submission as a cosmic order
  • Allah ﷻ, the Sovereign Creator.

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Sūrat al-Rūm, Chapter 30 Verses 28-33 presented on 11/15/15 – Session 5

God’s ﷻ system of laws is never-faltering, ever above that of human systems.

In this lecture:

  • an instance of Qurʾānic refutation by analogical reasoning (‘Qiyās’)
  • human accountability, and Allah’s ﷻ guidance or misguidance within the realm of cause and effect
  • ʿibādah’ (worship) and seclusion as conducive to attracting Divine attention/guidance
  • societal fiṭrah (disposition) and the effects of ‘suḥbah’ (companionship)
  • the intolerance toward difference in what is conclusive, i.e. a monolithic understanding of who God ﷻ is
  • the celebration of difference in what is inconclusive
  • maintaining order above all
  • the shirk in self-attribution and ingratitude
  • Allah’s ﷻ ‘faḍl’ (grace) as universal and constant

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Sūrat al-Rūm, Chapter 30 Verses 34-41 presented on 11/22/15 – Session 6

These verses lead to a discussion of the phenomena of cause and effect that Allah ﷻ has subjected the cosmos to.

In this lecture: 

  • the rules of cause and effect governing sustenance
  • seeing through the lens of ‘īmān’ (belief), or the lens of ‘kufr’ (disbelief)
  • relinquishing control
  • assisting or repelling the needy attracts or repels Allah’s ﷻ assistance
  • note to those rejecting refugees
  • greed as cause for poverty
  • the genius of the early ‘Fuqahāʾ’ (jurists)
  • neighborhood economics should come first
  • the many causes of human suffering

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Sūrat al-Rūm, Chapter 30 Verses 42-53 presented on 12/6/15 – Session 7

Īmān’ (belief) comes from Allah ﷻ; belief is the prerogative of Allah ﷻ and comes only by ‘tawfīq’ (divinely granted ability), and is the greatest ‘raḥmah’ (mercy) upon the human heart.

In this lecture:

  • the grave consequences of disbelief
  • the indiscriminate ‘raḥmah’ (mercy) of God ﷻ
  • seeking ‘faḍl’ (grace) and the higher levels of ‘raḥmah’
  • order pervades the dispensation of ‘raḥmah’
  • the similitude of knowledge and rain, and their life
  • giving qualities by virtue of Allah’s ﷻ ‘Raḥmah’
  • wind as a catalyst of ‘raḥmah’, or an accelerator of ‘ʿadhāb’ (divine punishment)
  • the weight of actions over words

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Sūrat al-Rūm, Chapter 30 Verses 54-60 presented on 12/13/15 – Session 8

God’s ﷻ creation is an expression of His ﷻ Knowledge.

In this lecture:

  • criminals on Judgment day, separated from the rest
  • time appreciated by those who believe in the end of it
  • Īmān’ (belief) as an active submission
  • the world of the graves
  • rejection and denial inhibits spiritual development
  • true knowledge accompanied by patience Imagination and creativity found in revelation must take the seeker from one state to a better state.

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Sūrat al-Rūm, Summary presented on 12/20/15 – Session 9

Shaykh Amin concludes the tTafsīr of Sūrat al-Rūm with a commentary on its relevance to present-day challenges faced by Muslims the world over. In this lecture:

In this lecture:

  • historical significance of Muslims seeking asylum in a Christian land
  • the need to recognize Christian nations that accommodate Islam and Muslims
  • a methodology to interpret world events
  • re-embracing the prophetic definition of Islam
  • positivity accompanying ‘Īmān’ (belief)
  • Abū Bakr (RA) as a role model in the affirmation of faith

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