Wednesday, June 20, 2012

-326- Tafseer Surah Ankabut (Part 5)

by Shaikh Abdullah Faisal
05.28.2012 (Evening Dars)

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وَعَادًا وَثَمُودَ وَقَدْ تَبَيَّنَ لَكُمْ مِنْ مَسَاكِنِهِمْ وَزَيَّنَ لَهُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ أَعْمَالَهُمْ فَصَدَّهُمْ عَنِ السَّبِيلِ وَكَانُوا مُسْتَبْصِرِينَ

And 'Ad and Thamûd (people)! And indeed (their destruction) is clearly apparent to you from their (ruined) dwellings. Shaitan (Satan) made their deeds fair-seeming to them, and turned them away from the (Right) Path, though they were intelligent. (Al-'Ankabut 29:38)
Allah said their ruined dwellings is apparent
- and it was the Shaytan that made their deeds fair seeming
- even though they were enlightened, but they still allowed Shaytan to lead them astray

How can a man be intelligent and yet worship idols?
- there are excellent Indian doctors at the peak of intelligence
- in spite of this they worship the stones instead of Allah

The people of Ad were in Yemen and existed 200 years before the people of Thamud
- their prophet Hud (AS) went to them, to take them away from idol worshipping
- but this was to no avail and so Allah destroyed them with heavy wind
- this wind was accompanied by pebbles and it took them high up the sky
- and then they fell down making them squashed up like vegetables

Why does a man who is so intelligent not worship Allah, but worship a piece of wood or stone?
- this is because he wants to escape hakimiyya
- a piece of wood or stone cannot tell you what to eat, drink or who to marry
- it cannot tell you what to wear, how to bank your money etc
- so a person chooses to be a pagan to escape Allah's haakimiya

Have you seen him who takes his own lust (vain desires) as his ilah (god), and Allah knowing (him as such), left him astray, and sealed his hearing and his heart, and put a cover on his sight. Who then will guide him after Allah? Will you not then remember? (Al-Jathiyah 45:23)

Allah spoke about these;
- Allah kept him away from hidaya (guidance)
- and this is the real blind man, the man whose heart is blind
- people blind in the eyes took Shahadah, like Abdullah ibn Umm Maktum

(The Prophet (Peace be upon him)) frowned and turned away, ('Abasa 80:1)

Because there came to him the blind man (i.e. 'Abdullah bin Umm-Maktûm, who came to the Prophet (Peace be upon him) while he was preaching to one or some of the Quraish chiefs). ('Abasa 80:2)

- but the men that could see like Utba, Shaybah died as kuffaar
- because they were blind in the heart

A man whose heart is blind will never embrace the hujjah
- he will say the ayah or hadith is not clear, even though Allah said the Qur'an is clear

The people of Thamud were in northern KSA and their prophet was Salih
- they challenged him to bring a camel from the rock
- but before he asked Allah for it, he asked them to take an oath
- after he performed the miracle some believed, but some disbelieved
- this is what the kuffaar do, like they did when the prophet (SAW) made the moon split
- they said he did magic on their eyes

The Hour has drawn near, and the moon has been cleft asunder (the people of Makkah requested Prophet Muhammad SAW to show them a miracle, so he showed them the splitting of the moon). (Al-Qamar 54:1)

And if they see a sign, they turn away, and say: "This is continuous magic." (Al-Qamar 54:2)

The she camel was a huge one and it could provide milk for the whole township
- but the people complained that it is drinking a lot of their water, so 9 men plotted to kill it
- when this news reached their prophet he warned them not to

Usama Ibn Zayd (RA) narrated the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “I have not left behind me any fitnah (temptation) more harmful to men than women.” [Reported by al-Bukhaari (5096) and Muslim (2740)]

- but a woman with a beautiful daughter promised to marry her daughter
- to the one who kills the camel, so they went forth and killed it
- and then plotted to kill prophet Salih, Allah said;

And thus We have set up in every town great ones of its wicked people to plot therein. But they plot not except against their ownselves, and they perceive (it) not. (Al-An'am 6:123)

Prophet Salih told them that they will be destroyed in 3 days

But the Messenger of Allah [Salih (Saleh)] said to them: "Be cautious! Fear the evil end. That is the she-camel of Allah! (Do not harm it) and bar it not from having its drink!" (Ash-Shams 91:13)

Then they denied him and they killed it. So their Lord destroyed them because of their sin, and made them equal in destruction (i.e. all grades of people, rich and poor, strong and weak, etc.)! (Ash-Shams 91:14)

- so natural disasters are a direct result of our sins


وَقَارُونَ وَفِرْعَوْنَ وَهَامَانَ وَلَقَدْ جَاءَهُمْ مُوسَى بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ فَاسْتَكْبَرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَمَا كَانُوا سَابِقِينَ

And (We destroyed also) Qarûn (Korah), Fir'aun (Pharaoh), and Haman. And indeed Mûsa (Moses) came to them with clear Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), but they were arrogant in the land, yet they could not outstrip Us (escape Our punishment). (Al-'Ankabut 29:39)

- who was Qarun? he was a rich man who lived during the time of prophet Musa (AS)
- just like Abu Lahab who was rich during the time of the prophet Muhammad (SAW)
- so Qarun was the Abu Lahab of the era, he was the cousin of Musa
- and Abu Lahab was the uncle of the prophet Muhammad

Perish the two hands of Abû Lahab (an uncle of the Prophet), and perish he! (Al-Masad 111:1)

- so he was from the family of Musa, but he hated Musa so much
- just like Abu Lahab hated the prophet


Qarun was so rich it took 60 mules to carry the keys to his treasures
- and he used to show off with his wealth
- parading the streets with his servants, horses behind him
- so the people used to wish to be like him
- but the righteous men of the time told them not to wish so
- because the life of the dunya is short-lived

The muttaqun told him to fear Allah and share his wealth with the poor
- but he said he got all the wealth because he was intelligent
- and would not share with the poor, so he gained wealth to make the poor feel bad

This is called conspicuous consumption, to acquire goods to show off
- Qarun used to do this, he said the people are poor because they are fools

Some rich people give away a lot of their wealth
- because they realise they cannot use up all that wealth, even if they live for 1,000 years
- but they see kids starving in the world, so they spend it on them to save lives
- it is impossible for you to enjoy your wealth until you share it
- and these people realise they would not live that long, even with all their wealth
- so they share it to save lives

- Allah said the uphill road is the steep one
- sometimes people are starving and a rock star is wearing a million US dollar chain
- this is how Qarun was, so this is why I tell you the Qur'an is the greatest book of psychology

He said why are people following Musa and not him, he plotted to destroy Musa
- he accused him of committing zina with a woman, this slander is called ifk
- because the slander has to do with sex

So tabloids specialised in ifk sell out most
- they gossip about who is having an affair and with who

Qarun knew the quickest way to destroy prophet Musa was do ifk
- and he paid a woman a huge sum of money to slander his name, prophet Musa did not panic
- he prayed 2 raka'a of Salah and asked Allah for help
- because in these circumstances only Allah can help you

People believe bad news quicker than good news
- and people do not tell slanderers to fear Allah
- the prophet said;

Narrated By 'Abdullah bin 'Amr: The Prophet said, "A Muslim is the one who avoids harming Muslims with his tongue and hands. And a Muhajir (emigrant) is the one who gives up (abandons) all what Allah has forbidden." [Sahih Bukhari, Vol 1, Book 2, Hadith #009]

- there is no fun in slandering people
- because judgement day is near

When you are a da'e you need to have good akhlaaq
- this is why prophet Musa turned to Allah for help
- because no character equals no dawah
- Allah answered his dua and gave him command over the earth

Musa commanded the earth to swallow him up and also to swallow his mansion
- when the people saw this they stopped saying 'we wish to be like Qarun'
- they did not want to end the way his life ended

The Jews like to kill or slander the prophets
- the worst on judgement day will be;

Ibn Abbas (RA) narrated the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: "Verily the most painful punishment on the Day of Judgment are those who kill the prophets or people murdered by the prophet or kill one of his parents, and making statues and knowledgeable people who do not benefit from his knowledge." [related by Bayhaqi in 'Shu'ab al-Iman' (10/288) No. 7504]

- the MADkhalis slander the prophets as well, they will tell you
- ‘if I work for the king I am not doing any haram because prophet Yusuf did the same’
- they also said ‘it is not haram to join the UN because the prophet signed the treaty of hudaibiya’

Neither those who disbelieve among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) nor Al-Mushrikûn (the disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah, idolaters, polytheists, pagans, etc.) like that there should be sent down unto you any good from your Lord. But Allah chooses for His Mercy whom He wills. And Allah is the Owner of Great Bounty. (Al-Baqarah 2:105)

Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: "We believe," and will not be tested. (Al-'Ankabut 29:2)

And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allah will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, (although Allah knows all that before putting them to test). (Al-'Ankabut 29:3)

Allah spoke about many people in Surah 29
- the people of Lut, the homosexuals, Abraham, Salih, Shuiaib
- the people of Ad, Thamud, then Qarun

Some mufassireen (commentators of the Quran) said Qarun used to be very pious
- and he used to recite the Torah well and was called the noor
- but after he became wealthy he apostated
- so much so he paid a woman to accuse prophet Musa of committing zina
- from my research this man is still going deeper under the earth
- and will do so until judgment day

وَلَقَدْ جَاءَهُمْ مُوسَى بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ فَاسْتَكْبَرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَمَا كَانُوا سَابِقِينَ

…And indeed Mûsa (Moses) came to them with clear Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), but they were arrogant in the land, yet they could not outstrip Us (escape Our punishment). (Al-'Ankabut 29:39)

The worst kaafir to walk the face of the earth was the pharaoh
- he made a claim not even iblees had the audacity to make that claim
- this is how evil he was

Then he gathered his people and cried aloud, (An-Nazi'at 79:23)

Saying: "I am your lord, most high", (An-Nazi'at 79:24)

Why did you, the pharaoh wait until you were in the sea to take your Shahadah?
- the answer to this is that kaafirs are opportunist
- Allah gave Musa 9 signs

Ibn ‘Abbas, Mujahid, ‘Ikrimah, Ash-Sha’bi and Qatadah said: "They are his hand, his staff, the years of famine, the failure of the crops, the flood, the locusts, the lice, the frogs and the blood.'' [Tafseer Ibn Katheer (5/124)]


"And throw down your stick!" But when he saw it moving as if it were a snake, he turned in flight, and did not look back. (It was said): "O Musa (Moses)! Fear not, verily! The Messengers fear not in front of Me. (An-Naml 27:10)

- this made the other magicians take Shahadah
- but he killed them claiming he did not give them permission to do so
- he wanted them to die as kaafirs like him
- this is what the kuffaars of Europe and America are doing today
- Allah said;

They had nothing against them, except that they believed in Allah, the All-Mighty, Worthy of all Praise! (Al-Buruj 85:8)

- you cannot have the aqeedah of Usama bin Laden, Anwar Awlaki, Ayman al Zawahiri and Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi etc
- if you do they will close your masjid, they will only allow masjid dirar

A 2007 report by the Rand Corp., a U.S. think tank, advised Western governments to "harness" Sufism, saying its adherents were "natural allies of the West." Read more:,8599,1912091,00.html#ixzz1mTAmJNmQ

- this is what RAND foundation planned, they want to turn Muslims into Soofis
- they said this is their only hope into defeating Islam

- it shined like a lamp

"And put your hand into your bosom, it will come forth white without hurt. (These are) among the nine signs (you will take) to Fir'aun (Pharaoh) and his people, they are a people who are the Fasiqun (rebellious, disobedient to Allah). (An-Naml 27:12)



And indeed We punished the people of Fir'aun (Pharaoh) with years of drought and shortness of fruits (crops, etc.), that they might remember (take heed). (Al-A'raf 7:130)






So We sent on them: the flood, the locusts, the lice, the frogs, and the blood: (as a succession of) manifest signs, yet they remained arrogant, and they were of those people who were Mujrimun (criminals, polytheists, sinners, etc.). (Al-A'raf 7:133)

Why are you, the pharaoh; such an opportunist?
- after September 11, they used the opportunity to take away from people their civil liberties
- because the kaafir is a control freak
- and if you do not dance to his tune they use against you the unpatriotic act
- Allah said;

And they belied them (those Ayat) wrongfully and arrogantly, though their ownselves were convinced thereof [i.e. those (Ayat) are from Allah, and Musa (Moses) is the Messenger of Allah in truth, but they disliked to obey Musa (Moses), and hated to believe in his Message of Monotheism]. So see what was the end of the Mufsidun (disbelievers, disobedient to Allah, evil-doers, liars.). (An-Naml 27:14)

- he believed in his heart that Musa brought the truth
- but he refused to believe out of pride and haughtiness
- he preferred to die as a kaafir than admit to his people he was wrong
- in the love of power he refused to believe, he was the biggest hypocrite and an actor
- a munafiq is an actor

When Allah said we destroyed the Firaun, He also meant his army
- because he was a taghoot and those who fought and died for him were also destroyed
- so for you to say the army of the taghoot leaders are believers means you are jaahil

"A scholar who abandons what has learnt from the Quran and the Sunnah and follows a ruler who does not rule in accordance with the teaching of Allah and His Messenger is an apostate and a disbeliever who deserves punishment in this world and in the hereafter " [Fatawa Ibn Taymiyyah, Volume 35/373]

- according to Tawheed, the people that fight for the taghoot and pass his laws for him are all kaafirs
- whenever a leader becomes a taghoot, the army is an apostate army
- and the scholars that help him have apostated too

How can you make takfir on the leader and not on the wicked scholars supporting him?
- Allah told us the story of Qarun because history repeats itself

Allah spoke about Hamaan
- he was the advisor of the pharaoh
- he is also taghoot and in the hellfire as well


فَكُلًّا أَخَذْنَا بِذَنْبِهِ فَمِنْهُمْ مَنْ أَرْسَلْنَا عَلَيْهِ حَاصِبًا وَمِنْهُمْ مَنْ أَخَذَتْهُ الصَّيْحَةُ وَمِنْهُمْ مَنْ خَسَفْنَا بِهِ الْأَرْضَ وَمِنْهُمْ مَنْ أَغْرَقْنَا وَمَا كَانَ اللَّهُ لِيَظْلِمَهُمْ وَلَكِنْ كَانُوا أَنْفُسَهُمْ يَظْلِمُونَ

So We punished each (of them) for his sins, of them were some on whom We sent Hasiban (a violent wind with shower of stones) [as the people of Lout (Lot)], and of them were some who were overtaken by As­Saihah [torment ­ awful cry, etc. (as Thamûd or Shu'aib's people)], and of them were some whom We caused the earth to swallow [as Qarûn (Korah)], and of them were some whom We drowned [as the people of Nûh (Noah), or Fir'aun (Pharaoh) and his people]. It was not Allah Who wronged them, but they wronged themselves. (Al-'Ankabut 29:40)
Allah destroyed the people with wind, earthquakes and floods
- Allah said; when good comes it is from Allah, but when bad comes it is from your own doing

Whatever of good reaches you, is from Allah, but whatever of evil befalls you, is from yourself. And We have sent you (O Muhammad SAW) as a Messenger to mankind, and Allah is Sufficient as a Witness. (An-Nisa 4:79)

Allah said some we destroyed with the earth, the sea, thunderclap etc
- Allah said We did not wrong them, but they wronged themselves


مَثَلُ الَّذِينَ اتَّخَذُوا مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ أَوْلِيَاءَ كَمَثَلِ الْعَنْكَبُوتِ اتَّخَذَتْ بَيْتًا وَإِنَّ أَوْهَنَ الْبُيُوتِ لَبَيْتُ الْعَنْكَبُوتِ لَوْ كَانُوا يَعْلَمُونَ

The likeness of those who take Auliya' (protectors and helpers) other than Allah is as the likeness of a spider, who builds (for itself) a house, but verily, the frailest (weakest) of houses is the spider's house; if they but knew. (Al-'Ankabut 29:41)
- when your creed is shirk, your creed is weak, your foundation is not strong
- you need a strong foundation when you building a sky scraper
- if not it will tumble down, Allah said if not, your house will be like the house of the spider
- but the foundation of the believer is strong
- and because of this Allah said :

There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in Taghût and believes in Allah, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower. (Al-Baqarah 2:256)

- Allah said;

And say: "Truth (i.e. Islamic Monotheism or this Qur'an or Jihad against polytheists) has come and Batil (falsehood, i.e. Satan or polytheism, etc.) has vanished. Surely! Batil is ever bound to vanish." (Al-Isra 17:81)

- Allah is telling you the foundation of the baatil is like the house of the spider
- this is why the Roman Empire was smashed, communism failed
- the Persian Empire is in the dustbin of history
- if you are a kaafir your situation is pitiful, appalling and pathetic
- because even a toddler can destroy your house
- every empire upon shirk, kufr will fail because it is weak
- Allah said;

And every nation has its appointed term; when their term is reached, neither can they delay it nor can they advance it an hour (or a moment). (Al-A'raf 7:34)

- He also said the tyrants cannot inherit the mantle of leadership
- it is only for the just, if you are a tyrant you will crumble and fall

He (Allah) said (to him), "Verily, I am going to make you a leader (Prophet) of mankind." [Ibrahim (Abraham)] said, "And of my offspring (to make leaders)." (Allah) said, "My Covenant (Prophethood, etc.) includes not Zalimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers)." (Al-Baqarah 2:124)


إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَعْلَمُ مَا يَدْعُونَ مِنْ دُونِهِ مِنْ شَيْءٍ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ

Verily, Allah knows what things they invoke instead of Him. He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. (Al-'Ankabut 29:42)


وَتِلْكَ الْأَمْثَالُ نَضْرِبُهَا لِلنَّاسِ وَمَا يَعْقِلُهَا إِلَّا الْعَالِمُونَ

And these similitudes We put forward for mankind, but none will understand them except those who have knowledge (of Allah and His Signs, etc.). (Al-'Ankabut 29:43)

- Allah is telling you that all these stories put forward of the different people
- only people with knowledge and God-fearing will learn from these signs
- if you are not God-fearing, you will take them as bedtime stories


خَلَقَ اللَّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ بِالْحَقِّ إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكَ لَآيَةً لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ

(Allah says to His Prophet Muhammad SAW): "Allah (Alone) created the heavens and the earth with truth (and none shared Him in their creation)." Verily! Therein is surely a sign for those who believe. (Al-'Ankabut 29:44)
- Allah did not share His creation with anyone and so He will not share in His Haakimiyya