Sunday Tafsīr

 

Tafsīr Schedule

Sundays, 11am to 12pm CST

Sept 2 –  Labor Day Holiday
Sept 9 –  In Session
Sept 16 – In Session
Sept 22 – In Session
Sept 30 – In Session

 

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Sūrah Ṣād (38:1-11)

SESSION 1, DELIVERED ON 08/12/2018

The Qurʾān is revealed in a pristine Arabic. Although the Quraysh knew and understood it, they yet had an aversion to receiving its message and remembering Allah ﷻ.

In this lecture:
– the state of denial and disbelief
– studying past civilizations as a means of dhikr
– turning to Allah ﷻ as the primary source of help
– the Quraysh’s brutal rejection of the prophet’s ﷺ daʾwah
– the awe-inspiring Oneness and Omnipotence of Allah ﷻ, the Sustainer of all the worlds
– the strategy of the Quraysh to counter the message of Rasulullah ﷺ
– the endurance of Rasulullah ﷺ in his mission
– how Divine selection works
al- Wahhāb ﷻ (the Bestower)

Sūrah Ṣād (38:12-20)

SESSION 2, DELIVERED ON 08/19/2018

Allah ﷻ is not pleased with those who exploit the trust of Allah ﷻ for their personal gain. He ﷻ has placed individuals in the ummah (nation) of Muhammad ﷺ who collectively exhibit the attributes of those who belied previous messengers (AS).

In this lecture:
– the disbelief of the people of Nuh (AS)
– the military prowess of the ʿĀd
– the engineering feats of Firʿawn
– the people of the forest, and the power of their economy
– the code of messengers (AS)
fawāq (moment of cessation)
– the patience of RasulAllah ﷺ, and Dawūd (AS) as an example in patience
– the miracle of Dawūd’s voice (AS)
– power, and its forms

Sūrah Ṣād (38:21-26)

SESSION 3, DELIVERED ON 08/26/2018

Although it has many stories and references to historical accounts, the Qurʾān must not be read like a storybook or a book of history; rather it must read as a book of dhikr as mentioned at the beginning of this Sūrah.

In this lecture:
– the story of the two disputants
– the burden of judging between people
– identifying the test and common pitfalls in tafsīr
– the governance of the Khalīfah of Allah ﷻ
– the rapport of the prophets with nature
– the elevated stature of prophets (AS)

Sūrah Ṣād (38:27-30)

SESSION 4, DELIVERED ON 09/09/2018

The heavens and the earth are true, and the purpose of their existence is also true.

In this lecture:
– relating creation to Creator ﷻ, and being in harmony with nature
– the far-reaching individual and societal effects of disbelief
– the nature of barakah (blessings), and the perpetual blessings of the Qur’ān
tadabbur (the rules of thinking)
– Sulaymān (AS) as awwāb (oft-repenting)

Sūrah Ṣād (38:31-40)

SESSION 5, DELIVERED ON 09/16/2018

The minds of prophets (AS) are always engaged in the dhikr of Allah ﷻ. They follow Allah’s ﷻ lead in all affairs.

In this lecture:
– horses likened to the arwāḥ (souls)
– the awareness of Dawūd (AS) and Sulaymān (AS), and how they responded to their tests
– understanding ‘wahaba’ (granted giftedness)
– the kingdom and authority of Sulaymān (AS)
– Sulaymān (AS) as a role model for those engaged in and with the world – a higher ʿadab (etiquette)

Sūrah Ṣād (38:41-44)

SESSION 6, DELIVERED ON 09/23/2018

No matter what situation we are in, we must be in a state of dhikr, which is a sign of our service.

In this lecture:
– prophets (AS) as role models
– the affliction of Ayyūb (AS) and his example for the afflicted
– psychological barriers to recovery
– the salvational consequences of patience
– the mission of a prophet (AS)
– the people of understanding and the story of (AS) as a cure for our sick mindset

Sūrah Ṣād (38:45-54)

SESSION 7, DELIVERED ON 09/30/2018

The Qurān is a book that is above the intellect. It encompasses every phase of human existence.

In this lecture:
– the effect of waḥy (revelation) on a person
– the two branches of Ibrahīm’s descendants (AS)
– the language of the Qurān as the language of dhikr
– the continuum of life
– the gardens of everlasting bliss
rizq (sustenance)

Sūrah Ṣād (38:55-65)

SESSION 8, DELIVERED ON 10/07/2018

Allah (S) addresses the arrogant with a description of the sordid sustenance given to the dwellers of Jahannam that enables them to withstand the suffering there.

In this lecture:
– sin and punishment
– earning Jannah
– insights into revelation
– submission and rejection
– the words of indhār (warning) and the words of bashārah (bearing glad tidings)

Sūrah Ṣād (38:65-72)

SESSION 9, DELIVERED ON 10/14/2018

Being the Rabb means that Allah (S) organizes the system and the rules that govern the working of the seven heavens and the earth. In this lecture:
– Divine command, control and participation
– sins and the environment
– the higher council of angels
– the niẓām (modus operandi) of nubuwwah
– the perception of angels
– the creation of Ādam (AS)

Sūrah Ṣād (38:73-85)

SESSION 10, DELIVERED ON 10/21/2018

It is not always in the rejection of God that one becomes a kāfir. Kufr can also come about by the rejection of God’s command.

In this lecture:
– istikbār and kufr (disbelief)
– the hukm and its rationale
-the myopia of Iblīs
-rajm and rajīm
– the evil genius of Iblīs, his stratagems and his insinuations
– Al-nafs Al-Lawwāmah (the self-reproaching soul)
-the apparatus of dhikr
– the Haqq as the reason for every ‘why’

Sūrah Ṣād (38:86-88)

SESSION 11, DELIVERED ON 10/28/2018

It is not in the nature of prophets (AS) to expect something in return for what they do.

In this lecture:
– the mukhlaṣ (chosen)
– family ties
– the dhikr of the prophets (AS)
– the dhikr of the cosmos
– the path of nubuwwah
– measuring the success of the prophets (AS) and understanding the maqām al-mahmūd
– appreciating the role model that is Muhammad ﷺ
– the dhākirūn as benefactors of mankind

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