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Ramadan 2008 (The Blessed Month)


Surah Theen

Surah Theen (The Fig) begins with an oath on the Fig, the Olive,
Mount Sinai and on the City of Makkah. Allah (S.W.T) says that He created humans in the best of forms, and then reduced him to the lowest of the low - except those who believe and do good.

Allah (S.W.T) had honoured Hazrat Adam (A.S) and his children above all creatures, giving humans the possibility of reaching a height above the Angels, through obedience. The people who believe and act righteous are entitled to the highest credit from Allah (S.W.T). They will receive unlimited rewards. On the other hand, people who ignore their higher nature can come down to a level of behaviour much worse than the most savage animals.

The Surah ends by asking: What could make people deny the final Judgement? People who do the worst crimes are never caught, and many people who do the best throughout their lives are never rewarded. It is Allah (S.W.T) who will hand out the true and exact Justice to His creatures in the end.

This Surah was revealed in Makkah Shareef. It has 8 Ayahs, 34 words and 105 letters.

Surah Qadr

1. Undoubtedly, We sent it down in the blessed and valuable Night.
2. And what do you know, what the blessed night is?
3. The blessed and valuable night is better than a thousand months.
4. Therein descend Angels and Jibraeel (the Spirit) by the command of their Lord for every affair.
5. That is all peace till the rising of the dawn.

Surah Qadr (The Power) tells us about Laylatul-Qadr or the Night of Power. It is during this night that the Holy Quran was sent down from the Preserved Tablet to the lowest Heaven. It is also the night that Hazrat Jibra'eel (A.S) appeared to Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (S.A.W) in the cave with the first revelation of the Holy Quran.

Laylatul-Qadr falls on one of the odd-numbered nights of the last ten days of the month of Ramadaan (i.e., the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th). During these last ten days, Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (S.A.W) and his Companions used to spend all their time in the mosque in seclusion (I'tikaf), praying and reading the Holy Quran, and waiting for this special night on which the Angels come down to earth with Allah (S.W.T) commands. It is said that if a person is awake on this night and asks Allah (S.W.T) for something, He will give it to him.

This Surah was revealed in Makkah Shareef. It has 5 Ayahs, 30 words and 112 letter.