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Ramadan 2008 (The Blessed Month)


Surah Quraish

Surah al-Quraish means : The Quraish Tribe. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W) belonged to the Quraish Tribe. The Quraish earned their living by trading with their neighbours. In the winter they sent trade caravans Southeast, to Yemen, to buy spices and other goods. In the summer they sold these goods to the people of the north, Shaam (Syria), from whom they bought many food products.

The Quraish became very respected and protected wherever they went as they were also in charge of the Holy Kaaba. The Quraish were also well recognised because they defeated Abraha, the Christian leader who tried to destroy the Kaaba.

The Quraish had become used to their comfortable position and never having to worry about their food and safety. In this Surah, Allah (S.W.T) tells that they should worship Him, the Lord of the Kaaba, rather than the idols which they have put in and around the Holy Kaaba. They should thank Allah (S.W.T) for providing for all their needs.

This Surah was revealed in Makkah Shareef. It has 4 Ayahs, 17 words and 73 letters.

Surah Lahab

This Surah is also called al-Masad (The Palm Leaf). Abu Lahab was the son of Hazrat Abdul Mutallib (R.A). Therefore, he was the Holy Prophet's (S.A.W) uncle, but he was an enemy of Islam. His original name was Abdul Uz'zaa, but he was called Abu Lahab because he was fair in complexion and handsome.

Abu Lahab and his wife did many terrible things to the Prophet (S.A.W) and his Companions throughout their lives. Abu Lahab's wife, Umme Jameel, used to get up very early in the morning to collect thorns to put in front of the Holy Prophet's (S.A.W) house. One day she was carrying a bundle of wood on her head. She was tired so she sat down on a rock to take a breath. Allah (S.W.T) commanded an Angel to pull the bundle of wood from behind her. The bundle of wood fell off her and the rope got caught around her neck, killing her.

In this Surah, Allah (S.W.T) says that Abu Lahab will be put into the Fire of Hell and his wife will have a rope of palm fibre around her neck.

This Surah teaches us that those who hate our Nabi (S.A.W) will be punished by Allah (S.W.T). Allah (S.W.T) does not tolerate the slightest hate against His most respected Prophet. Imaan means to have true love and respect for our Nabi Muhammad (S.A.W).

This Surah was revealed in Makkah Shareef. It has 5 Ayahs, 20 words and 77 letters.