Quranic Reflections

The Lifetime of a Hardship

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Featured, Quranic Reflections, Reflections, Yasmin's Online Journal | 5 comments

The Lifetime of a Hardship

Allah tell us in the Quran that for all things He has created an “appointed term’. This includes our hardships and struggles. They all have a birth and a death. They all have an appointed term. Every situation in our life has an appointed term, after which they come to an end and/or change. There have been a few periods of my life when this particular ayah has comforted me so much. It is ‘simple’, but so profound: “And be patient for the decision of your Lord, for indeed you are in Our eyes.” (52:48) So many powerful lessons: 1. Allah has your situation...

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A Reflection on Victory and Defeat

Posted by on Aug 26, 2012 in Featured, Journal, Overcoming Hardships, Quotes, Qur'an, Quranic Reflections, Spirituality, Yasmin's Online Journal | 8 comments

A Reflection on Victory and Defeat

Reflect on this: When did the victory come? When they admit defeat. Not to the creation. To God. Then victory came. Not from the creation. From God. [See Quran (54: 10-15), (21: 87-88), (7:23), (21: 83-84) and duaa of Muhammad (SAW) after Taif]

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The Seeker and What is Sought are Both Weak

Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 in Quranic Reflections, Reflections, Yasmin's Online Journal | 4 comments

“People, here is an illustration, so listen carefully: those you call on beside God could not, even if they combined all their forces, create a fly, and if a fly took something away from them, they would not be able to retrieve it. How feeble are the petitioners and how feeble are those they petition!” (22:73) The message of this ayah (verse) is deeply profound. Every time you run after, seek, or petition something weak or feeble (which, by definition, is everything other than Allah), you too become weak or feeble. Even if you do reach that which you seek, it will never be enough. You...

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AIDS: A Reflection on Provision

Posted by on Feb 15, 2012 in Quranic Reflections, Reflections, Yasmin's Online Journal | 2 comments

67:21 to top Sahih International “Or who is it that could provide for you if He withheld His provision? But they have persisted in insolence and aversion.” Reflection: When I first studied this surah, I was taking Biology. We were learning about how the immune system works. If you study how AIDS works, it is such a sign. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Reflect on this. The most deadly disease is simply a withholding of God’s provision (our immune system). That’s it. All He has to do is withhold one single type of immune cell (t-4...

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Giving Life to the Dead Hearts

Posted by on Feb 15, 2012 in Quranic Reflections, Reflections, Yasmin's Online Journal | 2 comments

57:16 to top Sahih International Has the time not come for those who have believed that their hearts should become humbly submissive at the remembrance of Allah and what has come down of the truth? And let them not be like those who were given the Scripture before, and a long period passed over them, so their hearts hardened; and many of them are defiantly disobedient. 57:17 to top Sahih International Know that Allah gives life to the earth after its lifelessness. We have made clear to you the signs; perhaps you will understand. Reflection: Allah warns us from becoming like those...

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