Surah Al-Baqara: Versus 2:140 – 2:161


2:140

Or say you that Ibrahim (Abraham), Isma’il (Ishmael), Ishaque (Isaac), Ya’qub (Jacob) and Al-Asbat [the twelve sons of Ya’qub (Jacob)] were Jews or Christians? Say, “Do you know better or does Allah. And who is more unjust than he who conceals the testimony he has from Allah? And Allah is not unaware of what you do.”

2:141

That was a nation who has passed away. They shall receive the reward of what they earned, and you of what you earn. And you will not be asked of what they used to do.

2:142

The fools among the people will say, “What has turned them from their Qiblah to which they were used to face in prayer.” Say, “To Allah belong both, east and the west. He guides whom He wills to a Straight Way.”

2:143

Thus We have made you, a Wasat (just) (and the best) nation, that you be witnesses over mankind and the Messenger be a witness over you. And We made the Qiblah which you used to face, only to test those who followed the Messenger from those who would turn on their heels. Indeed it was great (heavy) except for those whom Allah guided. And Allah would never make your faith (prayers) to be lost (i.e. your prayers offered towards Jerusalem). Truly, Allah is full of kindness, the Most Merciful towards mankind.

2:144

Verily! We have seen the turning of your face towards the heaven. Surely, We shall turn you to a Qiblah (prayer direction) that shall please you, so turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid- al-Haram (at Makkah). And wheresoever you people are, turn your faces (in prayer) in that direction. Certainly, the people who were given the Scriptures know well that, that (your turning towards the direction of the Ka’bah at Makkah in prayers) is the truth from their Lord. And Allah is not unaware of what they do.

2:145

And even if you were to bring to the people of the Scripture all the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), they would not follow your Qiblah (prayer direction), nor are you going to follow their Qiblah (prayer direction). And they will not follow each other’s Qiblah (prayer direction). Verily, if you follow their desires after that which you have received of knowledge (from Allah), then indeed you will be one of the Zalimun (polytheists, wrong-doers, etc.).

2:146

Those to whom We gave the Scripture recognise him as they recongise their sons. But verily, a party of them conceal the truth while they know it.

2:147

(This is) the truth from your Lord. So be you not one of those who doubt.

2:148

For every nation there is a direction to which they face (in their prayers). So hasten towards all that is good. Wheresoever you may be, Allah will bring you together (on the Day of Resurrection). Truly, Allah is Able to do all things.

2:149

 And from wheresoever you start forth (for prayers), turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah), that is indeed the truth from your Lord. And Allah is not unaware of what you do.

2:150

 And from wheresoever you start forth (for prayers), turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah), and wheresoever you are, turn your faces towards, it (when you pray) so that men may have no argument against you except those of them that are wrong-doers, so fear them not, but fear Me! – And so that I may complete My Blessings on you and that you may be guided.

2:151

Similarly (to complete My Blessings on you) We have sent among you a Messenger of your own, reciting to you Our Verses and sanctifying you, and teaching you the Book and the Hikmah, and teaching you that which you used not to know.

2:152

Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying, etc.). I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favours on you) and never be ungrateful to Me.

2:153

O you who believe! Seek help in patience and As-Salat (the prayer). Truly! Allah is with As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.).

2:154

And say not of those who are killed in the Way of Allah, “They are dead.” Nay, they are living, but you perceive (it) not.
2:155

And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.).
2:156

Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.”
2:157

They are those on whom are the Salawat (i.e. blessings, etc.) (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided-ones.

2:158

Verily! As-Safa and Al-Marwah (two mountains in Makkah) are of the Symbols of Allah. So it is not a sin on him who perform Hajj or ‘Umrah (pilgrimage) of the House (the Ka’bah at Makkah) to perform the going (Tawaf) between them (As-Safa and Al-Marwah). And whoever does good voluntarily, then verily, Allah is All-Recogniser, All-Knower.

2:159

Verily, those who conceal the clear proofs, evidences and the guidance, which We have sent down, after We have made it clear for the people in the Book, they are the ones cursed by Allah and cursed by the cursers.

2:160

Except those who repent and do righteous deeds, and openly declare (the truth which they concealed). These, I will accept their repentance. And I am the One Who accepts repentance, the Most Merciful.

2:161

Verily, those who disbelieve, and die while they are disbelievers, it is they on whom is the Curse of Allah and of the angels and of mankind, coombined.

Surah Al-Baqara versus 2:41 thru 2:59


And believe in what I have sent down, confirming that which is with you a small price, and free me and me alone.(2:41)

And mix not truth with falsehood, nor conceal the truth [i.e. Muhammad Peace be upon him is Allah’s Messenger and his qualities are written in your Scriptures, the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)] while you know (the truth).(2:42)
And perform As-Salat, and give Zakat, and Irka’ (i.e. bow down or submit yourselves with obedience to Allah) along with Ar-Raki’un. (2:43)
Enjoin you Al-Birr (piety and righteousness and each and every act of obedience to Allah) on the people and you forget (to practise it) yourselves, while you recite the Scripture! Have you then no sense? (2:44)
And seek help in patience and As-Salat (the prayer) and truly it is extremely heavy and hard except for Al-Khashi’un [i.e. the true believers in Allah – those who obey Allah with full submission, fear much from His Punishment, and believe in His Promise (Paradise, etc.) and in His Warnings (Hell, etc.)]. (2:45)
(They are those) who are certain that they are going to meet their Lord, and that unto Him they are going to return. (2:46)
O Children of Israel! Remember My Favour which I bestowed upon you and that I preferred you to the ‘Alamin (mankind and jinns) (of your time period, in the past). (2:47)
And fear a Day (of Judgement) when a person shall not avail another, nor will intercession be accepted from him nor will compensation be taken from him nor will they be helped. (2:48)
And (remember) when We delivered you from Fir’aun’s (Pharaoh) people, who were afflicting you with a horrible torment, killing your sons and sparing your women, and therein was a mighty trial from your Lord. (2:49)
And (remember) when We separated the sea for you and saved you and drowned Fir’aun’s (Pharaoh) people while you were looking (at them, when the sea-water covered them). (2:50)
And (remember) when We appointed for Musa (Moses) forty nights, and (in his absence) you took the calf, and you were Zalimun. (2:51)
Then after that We forgave you so that you might be grateful. (2:52)
And (remember) when We gave Musa (Moses) the Scripture [the Taurat (Torah)] and the criterion (of right and wrong) so that you may be guided aright. (2:53)
And (remember) when Musa (Moses) said to his people: “O my people! Verily, you have wronged yourselves by worshipping the calf. So turn in repentance to your Creator and kill yourselves (the innocent kill the wrongdoers among you), that will be better for you with your Lord.” Then He accepted your repentance. Truly, He is the One Who accepts repentance, the Most Merciful. (2:54)
And (remember) when you said: “O Musa (Moses)! We shall never believe in you till we see Allah plainly.” But you were seized with a thunderbolt (lightning) while you were looking. (2:55)
Then We raised you up after your death, so that you might be grateful. (2:56)
And We shaded you with clouds and sent down on you Al-Manna and the quails, (saying): “Eat of the good lawful things We have provided for you,” (but they rebelled). And they did not wrong Us but they wronged themselves. (2:57)
And (remember) when We said: “Enter this town (Jerusalem) and eat bountifully therein with pleasure and delight wherever you wish, and enter the gate in prostration (or bowing with humility) and say: ‘Forgive us,’ and We shall forgive you your sins and shall increase (reward) for the good-doers.” (2:58)
But those who did wrong changed the word from that which had been told to them for another, so We sent upon the wrong-doers Rijzan (a punishment) from the heaven because of their rebelling against Allah’s Obedience. (2:59)

Quran Al-Baqara Verses 2:31 thru 2:40


And He taught Adam all the names (of everything), then He showed them to the angels and said, “Tell Me the names of these if you are truthful.” (2:31)
They (angels) said: “Glory be to You, we have no knowledge except what you have taught us. Verily, it is You, the All-Knower, the All-Wise.” (2:32)
He said: “O Adam! Inform them of their names,” and when he had informed them of their names, He said: “Did I not tell you that I know the Ghaib (unseen) in the heavens and the earth, and I know what you reveal and what you have been concealing?” (2:33)
And (remember) when We said to the angels: “Prostrate yourselves before Adam.”. And they prostrated except Iblis (Satan), he refused and was proud and was one of the disbelievers (disobedient to Allah). (2:34)
And We said: “O Adam! Dwell you and your wife in the Paradise and eat both of you freely with pleasure and delight of things therein as wherever you will, but come not near this tree or you both will be of the Zalimun (wrong-doers).” (2:35)
Then the Shaitan (Satan) made them slip therefrom (the Paradise), and got them out from that in which they were. We said: “Get you down, all, with enmity between yourselves. On earth will be a dwelling place for you and an enjoyment for a time.” (2:36)
Then Adam received from his Lord Words. And his Lord pardoned him (accepted his repentance). Verily, He is the One Who forgives (accepts repentance), the Most Merciful. (2:37)
We said: “Get down all of you from this place (the Paradise), then whenever there comes to you Guidance from Me, and whoever follows My Guidance, there shall be no fear on them, nor shall they grieve. (2:38)
But those who disbelieve and believe Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) such are the dwellers of the Fire, they shall abide therein forever. (2:39)
O Children of Israel! Remember My Favour which I bestowed upon you, and fulfill (your obligations to) My Covenant (with you) so that I fulfill (My Obligations to) your covenant (with Me), and fear none but Me. (2;40)

Al-Baraqa ( The Cow) Verses 2:15 through 2:30


Allah mocks at them and gives them increase in their wrong-doings to wander blindly. (2:15)

These are they who have purchased error for guidance, so their commerce was profitless. And they were not guided. (2:16)
Their likeness is as the likeness of one who kindled a fire; then, when it lighted all around him, Allah took away their light and left them in darkness. (So) they could not see. (2:17)
They are deaf, dumb, and blind, so they return not (to the Right Path). (2:18)
Or like a rainstorm from the sky, wherein is darkness, thunder, and lightning. They thrust their fingers in their ears to keep out the stunning thunderclap for fear of death. But Allah ever encompasses the disbelievers (i.e. Allah will gather them all together). (2:19)
The lightning almost snatches away their sight, whenever it flashes for them, they walk therein, and when darkness covers them, they stand still. And if Allah willed, He could have taken away their hearing and their sight. Certainly, Allah has power over all things. (2:20)
O mankind! Worship your Lord (Allah), Who created you and those who were before you so that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious – see V. 2:2). (2:21)
Who has made the earth a resting place for you, and the sky as a canopy, and sent down water (rain) from the sky and brought forth therewith fruits as a provision for you. Then do not set up rivals unto Allah (in worship) while you know (that He Alone has the right to be worshipped). (2:22)
And if you (Arab pagans, Jews, and Christians) are in doubt concerning that which We have sent down (i.e. the Quran) to Our slave (Muhammad Peace be upon him), then produce a Surah (chapter) of the like thereof and call your witnesses (supporters and helpers) besides Allah, if you are truthful. (2:23)
But if you do it not, and you can never do it, then fear the Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones, prepared for the disbelievers. (2:24)
And give glad tidings to those who believe and do righteous good deeds, that for them will be Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise). Every time they will be provided with a fruit therefrom, they will say: “This is what we were provided with before,” and they will be given things in resemblance (i.e. in the same form but different in taste) and they shall have therein Azwajun Mutahharatun (purified mates or wives), (having no menses, stools, urine, etc.) and they will abide therein forever. (2:25)
Verily, Allah is not ashamed to set forth a parable even of a mosquito or so much more when it is bigger (or less when it is smaller) than it. And as for those who believe, they know that it is the Truth from their Lord, but as for those who disbelieve, they say: “What did Allah intend by this parable?” By it He misleads many, and many He guides thereby. And He misleads thereby only those who are Al-Fasiqun (the rebellious, disobedient to Allah). (2:26)
Those who break Allah’s Covenant after ratifying it, and sever what Allah has ordered to be joined (as regards Allah’s Religion of Islamic Monotheism, and to practise its legal laws on the earth and also as regards keeping good relations with kith and kin), and do mischief on earth, it is they who are the losers. (2:27)
How can you disbelieve in Allah? Seeing that you were dead and He gave you life. Then He will give you death, then again will bring you to life (on the Day of Resurrection) and then unto Him you will return. (2:28)
He it is Who created for you all that is on earth. Then He Istawa (rose over) towards the heaven and made them seven heavens and He is the All-Knower of everything. (2:29)
And (remember) when your Lord said to the angels: “Verily, I am going to place (mankind) generations after generations on earth.” They said: “Will You place therein those who will make mischief therein and shed blood, – while we glorify You with praises and thanks (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners) and sanctify You.” He (Allah) said: “I know that which you do not know.” (2:30)

Al-Baqara ( The Cow ) Verse 2:1 thru 2:14


Alif-Lam-Mim. [These letters are one of the miracles of the Quran and none but Allah (Alone) knows their meanings]. (2:1)This is the Book (the Quran), whereof there is no doubt, a guidance to those who are Al-Muttaqun [the pious and righteous persons who fear Allah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which He has forbidden) and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)]. (2:2)

Who believe in the Ghaib and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), and spend out of what we have provided for them (2:3)

And who believe in (the Quran and the Sunnah) which has been sent down (revealed) to you (Muhammad Peace be upon him) and in [the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel), etc.] which were sent down before you and they believe with certainty in the Hereafter. (Resurrection, recompense of their good and bad deeds, Paradise and Hell, etc.). (2:4)

They are on (true) guidance from their Lord, and they are the successful. (2:5)

Verily, those who disbelieve, it is the same to them whether you warn them or do not warn them, they will not believe. (2:6)

Allah has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearings, and on their eyes there is a covering. Theirs will be a great torment. (2:7)

And of mankind, there are some (hypocrites) who say: “We believe in Allah and the Last Day” while in fact they believe not.(2:8)

They (think to) deceive Allah and those who believe, while they only deceive themselves, and perceive (it) not! (2:9)

In their hearts is a disease (of doubt and hypocrisy) and Allah has increased their disease. A painful torment is theirs because they used to tell lies. (2:10)

And when it is said to them: “Make not mischief on the earth,” they say: “We are only peacemakers.” (2:11)

Verily! They are the ones who make mischief, but they perceive not. (2:12)

And when it is said to them (hypocrites): “Believe as the people (followers of Muhammad Peace be upon him, Al-Ansar and Al-Muhajirun) have believed,” they say: “Shall we believe as the fools have believed?” Verily, they are the fools, but they know not.(2:13)

And when they meet those who believe, they say: “We believe,” but when they are alone with their Shayatin (devils – polytheists, hypocrites, etc.), they say: “Truly, we are with you; verily, we were but mocking.” (2:14)




This is not all of the chapter. There are a total of 286 verses… I will post more of these verses later..

Holy Quran ( The Opening )


The following is part of the beginning of the Quran. I hope you can all enjoy the words, reflect and or a bit of educational informations for those that have never read the book… 

Holy Quran Al-Faatiha ( “The Opening” )
In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. (1.1)
All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists). (1:2)
The Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. (1:3)
The Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Recompense (i.e. the Day of Resurrection) (1:4)
You (Alone) we worship, and you (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything). (1:5)
Guide us to the Straight Way (1:6)
 The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray. (1:7)
Today is the first day of fasting, per doctors orders I am not able to fast due to medication purposes. It doesn’t mean that I cannot at least do a spiritual fasting for myself and get all these negative energies away from me.

One of the “requirements” of fasting is that we read the Holy Quran through this month. There is a a Taraweeh Prayers that we go to mosque at night. Basically from my understanding the Imam (minister) reads from the Quran and we do a certain amount of prayers. This I have been told is as if you are reading the Quran yourself.

I’m sure there are different thoughts on this but to me I would like to do it, I did it two years ago and it felt great. Right now with this new medication’s I am not sure if I will able to do it. Of course I can still do the Taraweeh at home I just need to find the instructions.

So this month I might not be posting a lot but If I do it will probably be about Islam and Chapters of the Quran. 
Allah (SWT) If any information on here is wrong or mis-interperted please forgive me. I am trying to do is shine a light to a religion that many do not understand. Maybe with these post and my personal views it might help others understand one of your many beautiful religions. AMEEN

Quote from the Holy Quran, Al-Hujuraat (49:12)


يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اجْتَنِبُوا كَثِيرًا مِنَ الظَّنِّ إِنَّ بَعْضَ الظَّنِّ إِثْمٌ ۖ وَلَا تَجَسَّسُوا وَلَا يَغْتَبْ بَعْضُكُمْ بَعْضًا ۚ أَيُحِبُّ أَحَدُكُمْ أَنْ يَأْكُلَ لَحْمَ أَخِيهِ مَيْتًا فَكَرِهْتُمُوهُ ۚ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ تَوَّابٌ رَحِيمٌ

O you who believe! Avoid much suspicions, indeed some suspicions are sins. And spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is the One Who accepts repentance, Most Merciful.

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A verse that can really make us think… Why is it that even though we know its wrong we still gossip and talk behind other peoples back. Here is a verse from the Holy Quran, in Allah’s words to not do this. Still most (yes I will include myself) of us do this, some more then others.

When it is done by family it hurts worst. See people think that you don’t understand them or realize the person they are when they gossip to you. Yes I have had plenty of people that gossip to me not with me.

In them doing that I realize that when my back is turn most likely they are doing it to me. When others ask me my opinion of others or to express my opinion of others decision I try my best to watch my wording. I have never intentionally talked about a person without the person that is being talked about knows how I feel about them.

Yes that is the type of person I am. If I feel something about a person, they know it because I have already expressed it. If I express those same feelings or words to someone else I truly feel that I am not gossiping or backbiting.

Reading this verse makes me realize that even if the person knows how I feel I still do not have the right to tell someone else unless they are present.

Lets take this verse and reflect truly weigh our thoughts when talking to others..

Until Next Time,
LK

Quote from the Holy Quran, Al-A’raaf (7:58)


وَالْبَلَدُ الطَّيِّبُ يَخْرُجُ نَبَاتُهُ بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِ ۖ وَالَّذِي خَبُثَ لَا يَخْرُجُ إِلَّا نَكِدًا ۚ كَذَٰلِكَ نُصَرِّفُ الْآيَاتِ لِقَوْمٍ يَشْكُرُون

Waalbaladu alttayyibu yakhruju nabatuhu biithni rabbihi waallathee khabutha la yakhruju illa nakidan kathalika nusarrifu alayati liqawmin yashkuroona

The vegetation of a good land comes forth (easily) by the Permission of its Lord, and that which is bad, brings forth nothing but a little with difficulty. Thus do We explain variously the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) for a people who give thanks.

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Until Next Time,

LK

A Gift from Above..


When the darkness came I was a child
I had hope and was strong willed,
but I didn’t have a chance
Wrapping me in its black abyss I felt cold yet
oddly calm

Then the darkness took over my emotions
it willed them to stop working
Blackening them, it showed me the hatered
Seeing the red of rage I drank greedily
hoping that it would stop this pain
Darkness got me lost
it kept me astray

Until one day Allah’s (SWT) gift came
A soft glowing light
A ray of hope
becoming and forming into a blinding light
that slowly penetrated and conquered this black abyss

A light of hope
A light of Love
A light of Inspiration

This light, the gift from Allah (SWT)
helped me break free from the darkness grasp
My emotions came flowing
as a raging river
Breaking and swallowing this darkness

Now I drink from the flowing river
I let the light warm my body
I can still see from afar that the darkness lingers

Never again as long as I believe
Will the darkness engulf me
In its chains of despair again

Until Next Time,
LK

Religion and Science, can they co-exist


This is a question I have always had and finally it has been answered.. Not directly from a person but of what I have read through out the years and people that I met.

When I was a child I use to follow the Catholic religion. Well in the “community” where I practice this religion they didn’t believe that science was not in any way related to faith or a religion. For many years I truly believed that because that is what my church followed and believed in.

I lost my faith and religion ( I truly believe faith in God and religion is two different things but that is for another post) as a teenager. For awhile it didn’t matter that I still had that question that all my life I have been told that we didn’t believe science and religion went in some way together.

I finally found my faith again and slowly I started to research different types of religion’s. I tried Christianity, spirituality type of religion’s and yes I even went with some Wicca to see if any clicked. None did.

Finally I found a religion that “spoke” to me and my faith seemed to crave to study that religion and practice it. Of course that religion was Islam, the more I study the Quran and asked questions it seemed to fill that empty hole I had.

All of the studying and questions that I asked I finally received an answer. Islam believes that science can explain the miracles that God gives us all. In the Quran it talks about evolution, astronomy and yes even about giving birth. In Islam science doesn’t state that God is not true, it actually explains in terms that we can understand as to how these beautiful miracles can happen.

Having some friends that are in the “science” field and relatives also I can see how science and religion do exist and can “co-habitat” if you will with each other. Some of these scientist actually it seems to me that have a deeper understanding and have a more profound acceptance of their faith and religion.

What do you think? Do you believe that science and religion can co-exist? Have you even had a question similar to this and have you ever voiced it out loud? What was everyone else’s response?

Until Next TIme
LK