The Qur’an

The primary source of guidance revealed to mankind from Allah Ta’ala is the Qur’an. The Noble Qur’an in its entirety is a means of guidance for mankind at large. It (Noble Qur’an) comprises of incidents and events of the past nations, scenes of the hereafter, admonishments for the evil-doers and glad-tidings for the pious, etc. Similarly it also comprises of laws and injunctions of Shariah.

With regard to the verses of the Qur’an that explain stories and events of the past nations, scenes of the hereafter, etc., Allah Ta’ala declares:

Ayah_54_40And We have indeed made the Qur’an easy to understand and seek advice, then is there anyone to seek advice? (Surah Qamar 54/40)

As far as these verses are concerned (i.e. stories and events of the past nations), they are easily comprehendible to any person conversant in the Arabic language or even those who refer to the translations of the Holy Qur’an. As for those verses of the Qur’an which discuss shari’ee laws and injunctions, let alone those who are well conversant in the Arabic language, even the Sahabah (Radiyallahu Anhum) were unable to fathom the meanings of such verses or unravel their hidden secrets without the intermediary of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

The Object of man’s existence

The Object of man’s existence on earth is to recognize, worship and serve his creator, Allah Ta’ala. Everything else is secondary.

Worship of Allah Ta’ala is not restricted to the five pillars (Imaan, Salaah, Zakaah, Fasting and Haj). Instead it encompasses every facet of life from eating to answering the call of nature, from business to marriage and from being the head of the household to being the leader of the state.

In order to teach man how to worship Allah Ta’ala in every aspect of life, by performing every action in a manner that is pleasing to him, Allah Ta’ala sent messengers and revealed his books of guidance. The last and final messenger was Sayyidana Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and the last book that was revealed upon him was the Qur’an. Gaining salvation in this world and the next is now only possible by following the Qur’an and the noble Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).

Two Main Reasons for Forgiveness

Generally people are forgiven due to one of two reasons:

  1. Offering help and assistance to those in distress.
  2. Showing respect to the salient features or symbols of Deen or anything related to Deen.

It is reported, when the wife of Haroon Ar-Rasheed, Bibi Zubaida (Rahmatullahi Alayhima) learnt of the hardships and difficulties the people of Makkah as well as those coming for Hajj and Umrah were undergoing due to insufficient water provisions and sanitation. She immediately instructed that a huge canal be constructed covering the vase distance between Iraq and Makkah, thus providing water for the creation. This canal remained the main source of water for approximately one thousand years. We can well imagine the multitudes of people that drank from the canal of Zubaida.

After her demise, she was seen in a dream and questioned as to how it faired with her in the grave. She replied: “Al-Hamdulillah, Allah Ta’ala has forgiven me.” She was then asked whether the reason for her forgiveness was the canal she constructed. She replied: “Though I was instrumental in the construction of the canal. However, the public funds were used for accomplishing this great task.” She then related that once while I was seated for meals and about to place the morsel of food in my mouth when the Muazzin called out the Azaan. I realised that the front part of my hair was slightly revealed. So I immediately placed the morsel of food on the plate and out of respect for the Azaan covered my hair. It was on account of this action that Allah Ta’ala forgave me.

Allah Ta’ala says:


“Those who show respect to the symbols of Allah Ta’ala, this is indeed a sign of the piety of the hearts. (Surah Hajj 22/32)

Some Masaail Pertaining to Takbeer-e-Tashreeq

Q: What is the position of Takbeer-e-Tashreeq in Deen?
A: Takbeer-e-Tashreeq is waajib in Deen. [1]

Q: When should the Takbeer-e-Tashreeq be recited?
A: It should be recited after every fardh Salaah, whether the Salaah was performed individually or in congregation.[2]

Q: How many times should it be recited after every fardh Salaah?
A: It should “only” be recited once.[3]

Q: On whom is Takbeer-e-Tashreeq waajib?
A: It is waajib on both baaligh men and women. However, men should recite it audibly and women should recite it softly.[4]

Q: If one forgets to recite it after Salaah, then what should be done?
A: If the person remembers whilst seated on the musalla and has not yet spoken to anyone, then he should recite the Takbeer-e-Tashreeq. However, if he has spoken or engaged in any worldly activity, then the Takbeer-e-Tashreeq will fall off.[5]

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