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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

PERFECTED ON FRIDAY

Forbidden to you (for food) are: Al-Maytatah (the dead animals - cattle-beast not slaughtered), blood, the flesh of swine (pork), and the meat of that which has been slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allah, or has been slaughtered for idols, etc., or on which Allahs Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering, and that which has been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by the goring of horns - and that which has been (partly) eaten by a wild animal - unless you are able to slaughter it (before its death) and that which is sacrificed (slaughtered) on AnNusub (stone altars). (Forbidden) also is to use arrows seeking luck or decision, (all) that is Fisqun (disobedience of Allah and sin). This day, those who disbelieved have given up all hope of your religion, so fear them not, but fear Me. This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. But as for him wh!
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forced by severe hunger, with no inclination to sin (such can eat these above-mentioned meats), then surely, Allah is OftForgiving, Most Merciful. (Al-Maidah 5:3)



(1) Narrated 'Umar bin Al-Khattab: Once a Jew said to me, "O the chief of believers! There is a verse in your Holy Book Which is read by all of you (Muslims), and had it been revealed to us, we would have taken that day (on which it was revealed as a day of celebration." 'Umar bin Al-Khattab asked, "Which is that verse?" The Jew replied, "This day I have perfected your religion For you, completed My favor upon you, And have chosen for you Islam as your religion." (5:3) 'Umar replied,"No doubt, we know when and where this verse was revealed to the Prophet. It was friday and the Prophet was standing at 'Arafat (i.e. the Day of Hajj)" (Book #2, Hadith #43) Bukhari



Subhanallah!! how can we ever understand the depths of this ayat? we can never, but still so beautiful, full of wisdom and guidance how Allah S.W.T. Makes clear to us what is haram for us to eat, and AnNusab/stone alter used for sacrifice in idol worship(refer to 5:90-92).. Also Al-Azlam/arrows for seeking luck a type of gambling and/or choice making... Then Allah S.W.T. informs us that he has perfected our faith and completed his favor on us and CHOSEN FOR US islam... then Allah displays his great mercy by making halal all that he just made haram in a situation of life or death without the desire to sin... not as an excuse to eat haram, but as a sign of mercy and understanding to those who may be in a situation of life and death in severe hunger but only have that which is forbidden available... such beauty in the greatest book of tawheed, Quran.... this verse was revealed on a mubbarik day of jummah.



may Allah give us the best this day has to offer us and open our hearts to ponder on his verses and seek ilm to better understand his words to help us love the character of Rasoul Allah S.A.W.. so that it increases us in taqwah, humbleness and gratefulness towards Allah S.W.T. insha Allah

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