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Taraweeh: 25th Night

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Taraweeh: 25th Night

The 26th Juz is recited in this Tarawîh. This Juz includes the entire Surahs Ahqâf, Muhammad, Fatah, Hujurât, Qâf and Dhâriyât.

This Juz commences with Sûrah Ahqâf, in which Allâh states that He has created the universe only for a stipulated period of time. The system of the universe functions according to Allâh's perfect plan, yet the Kuffâr still adamantly oppose the truth. Allâh commands man to treat his parents kindly, reminding him that his mother bore him with hardship and delivered him with hardship. When this man grows up to be righteous, he will express gratitude to Allâh, whereupon Allâh will accept his acts and forgive him for his shortcomings. However, Allâh will punish those Who oppose their parents and disobey them.

Thereafter, Allâh makes mention of the time when a group of the Jinn listened to Rasulullâh Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam reciting the Qur'ân and then conveyed the message of Islâm to their people.

Sûrah Muhammad follows Sûrah Ahqâf. Allâh says that the acts of people will be destroyed when, apart from adhering to kufr, they also enjoin others to do the same. Allâh will also forgive the sins of those who possess imân and practise the guidance given to them. In addition to this, Allâh will also correct their acts.

Allâh also commands the Muslims to wage Jihâd until the enemy surrenders. Those people who are averse to Jihâd after imân and guidance have come to them have definitely fallen prey to Shaytân because Shaytân makes evil acts seem appealing and makes people entertain hopes of long lives. Eventually, the acts of such people are destroyed. Allâh also tells people to ponder about the verses of the, Qur'ân because this will illuminate their hearts and their minds.

Sûrah Fatah follows Sûrah Muhammad. In this Sûrah, Allâh speaks about the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah which turned out to be a tremendous victory for the Muslims. Allâh says in verse 10, "Verity those who pledge allegiance to you (O Rasulullâh) have actually pledged allegiance to Allâh. Allâh's hand is above theirs."

Allâh adds that those who violate their pledge and turn away from Jihâd become deserving of a terrible punishment.

Allâh declares in the final verse of this Sûrah, "Muhammad Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam is Allâh's Nabî and those with him are hard on the disbelievers, yet compassionate towards each other." (verse 29)

Sûrah Hujurât, which follows Sûrah Fatah, contains teachings that are pertinent to good character. The Sûrah teaches Muslims the etiquette of social interaction and good manners. The Sûrah especially emphasises the refinement of manners te be displayed when in the presence of Rasulullâh Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam and near his rooms. In fact, failure to observe etiquette in Rasulullâh's Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam presence may lead to one's acts being rejected. The Sûrah highlights the importance of cordial and amicable behaviour towards each other and equates backbiting to eating the flesh of a brother's corpse.

The next Sûrah is Sûrah Qâf, in which man is told that Allâh is closer to him than his own jugular vein. Allâh also reminds man that two angels have been appointed to record the acts of every person. These records will be closely examined on the Day of Qiyâmah.

Sûrah Dhâriyât begins thereafter Allâh tells man that Qiyâmah is inevitable and that every person will receive the recompense due to him/her for every good and evil act committed. The evil ones will suffer punishment while the righteous Mu'minîn will enjoy the bounties of Jannah.

Allâh describes the people of imân as those who sleep very little, who awaken during the early hours of the morning to beseech Allâh for forgiveness, and who spend their wealth to assist those who ask of them as well as those who do not ask. The incidents of certain Ambiyâ are then mentioned briefly.

Pray Allâh bless us all with the realisation of what is to come in the Âkhirâh. Âmîn.