Sunday Tafsir

Tafsīr Schedule

Sundays, 11am to 12pm CST

March 12 – In session
March 19 – In session
March 26 – No Session, Spring break
April 2 – In session
April 9 – In session
April 16 – In session
April 23 – In session
April 30 – In session

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Surah Saba’ (34:1-3)

Session 1, Delivered on 1/8/2017

An introduction to Surah al-Sabā.

Praise (ḥamd) for Allah ﷻ and His Rasūl ﷺ pervades Qurʾānic discourse and linguistics – both within the confines of time and space, and without.

  • Ṣabr and shukr arising out of ḥamd
  • an enduring and uncompromising optimism
  • weathering life in the light of Allah’s faḍl
  • the Muslim’s perception of good deeds
  • recognizing the Divine Niẓām

Surah Saba’ (34:3-7)

Session 2, Delivered on 1/15/2017

True belief entails believing in Allah’s ability to forgive you for your sins and Allah’s ability to provide for you. In this lecture:
– God in the opinion of his servant
– seeing the Nabi as a ni’mah, as more than ‘just a human being’
– the hijab of man’s arrogance
– belief in the aakhirah clears the way
– disbelief in accountability feeds into the adhaab of pessimism
– two stories in this surah

Surah Saba’ (34:9-11)

Session 3, Delivered on 1/22/2017

The mindset of one who sees Allah as praiseworthy inclines towards a state of inaabah. Shaykh Amin keeps the theme of hamd central as he describes the gifts of Dawud (AS).
– Allah’s innate praiseworthiness
– gleaning positivity from the Qadr of Allah
– insights into servanthood
– the abilities of Dawud (AS)
– the prophetic ability to harness power creatively to represent Allah (S)

Surah Saba’ (34:11-13)

Session 4, Delivered on 1/29/2017

If you want to serve Allah (S) then you have to also serve Him through the actions that you perform, done out of shukr. In this lecture:
– a correct niyyah
– service and hospitality with ihsan
– Dawud and Sulayman (AS) as examples of grateful servants

Surah Saba’ (34:14-15)

Session 5, Delivered on 2/5/2017

Allah gives knowledge to the extent He deems it sufficient. He withholds knowledge of the unseen for reasons He knows. Seeking knowledge from the ghayb is not from the sunnah. In this lecture:
– the bountiful land of Saba and its decline
– the components of good living
– insights into how Muslim psyche was shaped by these aayaat
– rububiyyah and the role of the rabb in human development

Surah Saba’ (34:16-21)

Session 6, Delivered on 2/12/2017

The people of Saba were punished owing to their ingratitude for Allah’s favors upon them. In this lecture:
– the kinds of dzulm, both open and subtle
– ease of travel for the people of Saba
– nourishment and security
– comparing current events
– if you care, you share
– Allah’s condemnation of Iblis
– expanding our purpose in life to reject the devil
– Al-Hafeedz

Surah Saba’ (34:22-26)

Session 7, Delivered on 2/19/2017

Allah (S) owns and controls everything He has created. Shaykh Amin expounds on the relative insignificance of human capacity before the Divine. In this lecture:
– the insinuations of the devil
– the need to speak up in the face of injustice
– the Day of Judgment and insights into intercession
– the purpose of religion
– the shukr of Dawud (AS)
– true rizq
– individual responsibility

Surah Saba’ (34:27-31)

Session 8, Delivered on 3/5/2017

Victory and success transcend this world. In this lecture:
– a prophet for all peoples in all times and places
– the hadith of shafa’a
– a dual responsibility for Muslims
– honest representation of both sides of the nabi: the bashir and the nadhir
– insights into ethics of warfare
– believing in the Ultimate Truth

Surah Saba’ (34:32-37)

Session 9, Delivered on 3/12/2017

The punishment for istikbaar (arrogance) is humiliation. In this lecture:
– implications of disbelief
– the primary targets of wahy
– the Quran as the source of truth
– maal versus rizq
– wealth and children
– attributing prosperity to the Mun’im
– an outlook of positivity and hamda

Surah Saba’ (34:38-42)

Session 10, Delivered on 3/19/2017

When Muslims become Allah’s servants in Ramadan, Allah reciprocates by expanding their rizq and gives them the best food. In this lecture:
– a formula to increase rizq
– infaaq versus israaf
– insights into tauheed and the theory of ownership and deputization
– the devil promises poverty

Surah Saba’ (34:42-47)

Session 11, Delivered on 4/2/2017

The arguments of those opposed to Islam in any time are akin to the arguments of the Quraish against the Prophet (S). In this lecture:
– the super-rational nature of truth
– standards in verifying the truth
– the mission of a Nabi
– the rights of Allah
– proof of nubuwwah

Surah Saba’ (34:48-53)

Session 12, Delivered on 4/9/2017

Allah (S) grants knowledge to the Anbiyaa that other human beings do not have access to. In this lecture:
– definitions of al-ghayb
– al-Haqq
– kalimah insights
– guidance and misguidance

Surah Saba’ (34:53-54)


The aakhirah is an extension of this world. What we do here is reflected in the next on a grander scale. In this lecture:
– Allah’s eternal knowledge of everything
– the parable of Saba
– a wahy-based civilization
– the resources accessible to Dawud (AS) and Sulaymaan (AS)
– Nur illuminates the structure of the cosmos
– balad cross-references

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