Here are some of my reflections of Surah Baqarah:
- Fortunately the first ayah I read in the class captured the essence of righteousness. We see people around us these days focusing on either of the two extremes; fulfilling the rights of Allah alone or fulfilling people’s rights only. Allah (swt) here clearly explains what righteousness truly is and gives us a clear path with priorities to follow if we want to become truthful and pious in the real sense. It made me realize how much cleansing we need to do of our hearts and make our intentions pure to actually do any kind of ‘birr’ in our lives, as performing acts as a ritual/habit has no true benefit. (ayah 177)
- One of the ayahs I feel we should print/write/post at a very visible place in our room is ayah 186. Each day we face numerous situations when we may be happy/sad/anxious/depressed etc. and in each of these situations, Allah is reminding us that IF we truly acknowledge ourselves as his slaves, then he is VERY NEAR to us. In our everyday routine we forget this very simple and true fact and rather than turning to Allah every step of the way we turn towards people and end up being miserable most of the times.
If we had a friend walking with us, side by side, all day, we would thank/converse with/ask for help/apologize right away if we did anything wrong etc. or in other words, we would be in constant contact and conversation with him/her. That’s the kind of relationship we need to work on to develop with Allah; every step of the way.
- Repeatedly I found myself reflecting on the ending phrases of many ayahs of Surah Baqarah where Allah (swt) says ‘if you truly understand’, ‘so that you may succeed’, ‘so that you develop taqwa’ etc. Reading these ending phrases, make me realize what Allah (swt) is really telling us again and again; He is blessing us with the knowledge of his likes, dislikes, the path to Jannat, and questioning us many times whether we really are the people who know what’s right for them, do we really want to succeed, or earn his forgiveness?
- Ayah 212 really felt very close to my life. While working in the corporate world, I faced many situations of mockery. At various interviews, top business executives questioned my abilities to work and perform just because I covered my head. Reading this ayah makes me confident of each little step I am trying to take in the right path and motivates me to keep going, no matter what people say! (inshaAllah)
- After reading Surah Baqarah, esp. in the month of Ramzan has really motivated me to become a “SPENDER” in the way of Allah. Be in spending time, money or knowledge, spending in the way of Allah has benefits beyond one’s imagination. Allah clearly promises a reward to believers if we spend in His way without ‘munn’, ‘aza’ and ‘riaa”, and he clearly states that we shall have NOTHING TO FEAR OR GRIEVE. What more can one ask for! SubhanAllah.
- Ayatul Kursi J. Ayatul Kursi is the ayah I read the most times each day but I had forgotten what I was ACTUALLY reciting as a habit after each farz namaz. After our discussion in class, that has all changed. Alhamdulillah. JazakAllah for the amazing explanation of this beautiful ayah!!
- Reading about the ahkaam about menstruation and divorce, make me realize how in detail Quran explains about the dealings with women. The sensitive approach to each situation is extraordinary Alhamdulillah. It really made me feel a lot closer to Allah as it showed me how well Our Creator knows us and how HE alone knows what is truly best for us.
- The last two ayahs of Surah Baqarah evoke a deep passion within me every time I read them. They not only include a declaration of Iman from each one of us but teaches us beautifully not only HOW to ask Allah (swt) but also WHAT to ask. As the Hadith states, we should really make it a point to recite it everyday with sincerity and understanding.