Ramadan Reflections- Summary Juz 1

*Theme of Juz One*

💡💡Importance of Obeying the Law

> 💡The first Juz of the Qur’an is basically the first half of Surah Al-Baqarah.

> 💡Surah Al-Baqarah is the longest Surah in the Qur’an and the core theme of this Surah are the Laws of Islam and the importance of obeying them.

> 💡This Surah was revealed in Madinah when the Islamic State was being formulated and the importance of the laws was crucial for the successful foundation of the state. If we wish to revive Islam today, the first step is to go back to treating the law of Allah as the priority in our lives.

> 💡Note that while most of the laws in this Surah are addressed to the

Believers, the very first commandment in the Qur’an is addressed to all

Of mankind, “Oh Mankind, worship your Lord,” (2:21)

Tawheed is the first and most emphasized command in the Qur’an, and every human need to acknowledge Tawheed before anything else.

> 💡In order to emphasize the importance of obeying the laws, the first Juz of the Qur’an is full of stories of those who disobeyed the laws of Allah.

> 💡The first story mentioned in the Qur’an is that of Adam and Satan, and Satan’s refusal to bow to Adam, which was the first act of disobedience against Allah.

> 💡The bulk of this Juz comprises of the stories of Bani Israel and how time after time in a variety of different ways, they violated the laws of Allah, as well as the consequences of them doing so.

> 💡 These stories are remarkably similar to the different ways in which many Muslims today violate the laws of Allah.

> 💡The Juz ends with a reminder to follow the example of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) and his descendants who were amazing examples.

  💡 *LESSONS:*

  🔸  Worship is solely and exclusively for Allah, and one must turn to Him Alone for help;

   🔸 Allah divides mankind into three categories: Believers, Disbelievers or Hypocrites and describes the characteristics of the hypocrites;

     🔸  The story of the heifer contains great lessons: beware of faltering when faced with Allah’s commands and do not procrastinate or ridicule them because to do so leads to hardness of the heart;

     🔸   Beware the danger of preventing Allah’s remembrance in the Mosques, or moving to destroy them.

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