Assalamualaikum and hiii. It’s day 7 already… omg it has been a week of Ramadhan. How fast time flies.
Aite, so today’s sharing is from Juz 7 since it’s day 7 hehe. It’s from surah al-Maidah verse 100.
The literal translation of this verse is – “Not equal are things that are bad and things that are good, even though the abundance of the bad may please you; so fear Allah much O men of understanding in order that you may be successful.”
In this verse, Allah commands His Prophet to tell people that the filthy and the good and the pure are not equal. First thing first, rather than stating it in this verse, Allah asked the Prophet to tell this because the Prophet will be the representative of Allah in determining what’s good and what’s filthy, what’s acceptable and what’s not. So the Muslims have to understand that the standard will be the Prophet himself.
Nowadays, most of the time, society will decide what’s normal and what’s not, what’s acceptable and what’s not acceptable and the line keeps changing, right? So, every few years, what’s acceptable before might not anymore now and vice versa. A culture that once was being completely unacceptable 50 years ago but now it might be accepted. The standards change. So, how far do we take the standards? Where do we draw the line? So this verse says that, the Prophet has been authorized by Allah to draw that line. To tell us that the filthy & the good are not the same. And what makes this verse more AMAZING is, Allah says, “even if the abundance of the bad may please you.”
Meaning, filth will be plenty and it’s going to be everywhere and we might say, everybody is doing it, everybody talks like that. Especially in today’s society. People will be like, what’re you talking about? Chill out man, why do you have to be weird? Because weird is that which is rare, strange. Unacceptable is that which is uncommon and what’s common is acceptable. So Allah says, filth will become acceptable but no matter how acceptable it becomes & how common it becomes in society, we just can’t forget that filth and good will never be the same. What’s wrong will remain wrong even if everyone is doing it.
And the question now is, what kind of people would recognize this? What kind of people that are able to draw the line between the filthy & the good even tho in this kind of society? So Allah says in this verse, “ya ulilalbab” which means – “people of sound minds and clear thought”. People whose thoughts are not contaminated by culture and blind sheep mentality. People who don’t become a sheep. People of clear open deep thought, so that these people can attain success as what is said in this verse. And that’s the final thing.
Basically, Allah says that no matter how many people is doing it, no matter how much the society think it’s acceptable, we better watch out for Allah & use our own mind & stick to the good & pure if we’re the people that want to be successful. Anddddd, another thing that’s interesting in this verse is the usage of word “iflah” which means successful. Allah didn’t say “tafuzun” which means ‘success’ as well. Why? Ok, actually “iflah” is used when we farm , when we plant seeds, when we make the soil soft, when we work the entire year on this farm and we eventually see success. “Tuflihun” is used when we put a lot of effort into something. Allah is indicating that fighting against the filth & looking for the good & pure in a world that’s surrounded by filth & rarely do we find glimpse of good & pure is going to be a lot of hard work. And that success will come at a price. We’ve to put a lot of effort into it. Finding a good friend, a good entertainment, good things to read, a good career, source of income and even finding good food to eat. . All of these things are going to be a lot lot lot of effort but it’s worth it in the end. Because we’re cautious with Allah, we want to attain success and we never let our thoughts to be cluttered. We remain from people of clear and concise thought. Amin, insyaAllah 🙂
That’s all for today, bye!
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