بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين
It has been on my mind for several weeks to do a series on the Surah most misunderstood: Surat at-Tawbah. It is the Surah which I passionately have fallen in love with and my heart soars with the love of Allah SWT as the ayaat unfold in front of me. I’m still learning about it. Indeed it is a Surah of His Rahmah. I have even written some posts in my learning moments of excitement but I haven’t published them yet. Deliberation in this context is necessary for I wanted to first expend all my limited means of knowledge in order to properly present the Surah’s gems. That definitely takes time. Also, it is a long Surah and before I delve into that big of a challenge, I would like to put myself to the test of sharing what I am learning regarding another Surah which I wish to study properly and that is Surat’l Hujraat.
I came across this Surah as I was looking for resources on Islamic mannerisms. I stumbled upon two fantastic videos by Sh. Moutassem al Hameedi; the videos piqued my curiosity immensely. I had heard about the popular book by Dr. Bilal Phillips and I wanted to get hold of it somehow. Circumstances were such that for a long time, I just couldn’t. For some odd reason, not many bookstores stock them in North America. However, upon my return back to England, one beautiful day, my husband took me to Regent’s Mosque and there in one of the bookshelves of its bookstore lay, to my utter surprise, this very book. Alhamdolilah.
There are no books specifically on this very important Surah except Dr. Bilal Phillips and so whatever I learn, I’m going to share it with the masses in the hope that the readers too will be inspired to study Surahs beyond what the people generally end up being familiar with.
I also want to use the blog as my notebook to refer back to it in future so that I can see what lessons I learned and hopefully apply what I had learned. Furthermore, I will only go through Dr. Bilal Phillips’ book first (referencing Tafseer ibn Katheer and Sayyid Qutb when I have to in addition to that) and then later on if possible, go through Sh. ‘Abdul Nasir Jangda’s tafseer videos on youtube and add on more information to the posts. That’s a tall wish for now wa billahi tawfeeq. Perhaps by then, Ustadh Nouman may have uploaded his version on Bayyinah TV as well inshaa’Allah…Allah SWT knows best.
Inshaa’Allah this time around I will try my best to keep up with my blogging commitments. If I have fallen short in any way (like the women’s blog as well as responding to comments/emails of the readers and visitors), please please forgive me. Life just happens.
And Allah SWT knows best.