"Do you know who is bankrupt? people around him answered "It's the one who has no money and no property" So he said "The bankrupt is the one who comes on the day of judgment having prayed, fasted, and paid zakah (elms) but has also cursed that person, slandered this other person, stole from the money of that person, killed another person and hit another. So each one of those whom he have wronged will be given from his good deeds until all his good deeds are wiped out but he has not yet paid off the wrong he's done. So God takes from his victims' bad deeds and add them to his and hell is his abode"
God says at the end of the second chapter that He does not burden a soul beyond its capacity.
Holy Quran 2:286------------------لَا يُكَلِّفُ ٱللَّهُ نَفْسًا إِلَّا وُسْعَهَا ۚ
Which to me says that I can handle whatever it is I'm going through because if I couldn't, God wouldn't have put me through it in the first place. This is not to say that I can't struggle with it, feel overwhelmed by it or tired from it. Rather it's to say "there is a light at the end of the tunnel" and although the journey may be difficult or uncomfortable, I know that at the end I'll get through it.
Then in the same verse, He continues to say that each soul earns what it has of good or bad
Holy Quran 2:286------------------ لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتْ وَعَلَيْهَا مَا ٱكْتَسَبَتْ ۗ
Reminding me that at the end of the day I am going to face the consequences of the choices I make and will be held accountable for them on the day of judgement.
This latter concept becomes clearer in the following chapter, verse 30 where God says that each soul, on the day of judgement, will find whatever good it has done before it and whatever bad it has done, would wish that there was a great vast distance.
Holy Quran 3:30------------------
يَوْمَ تَجِدُ كُلُّ نَفْسٍ مَّا عَمِلَتْ مِنْ خَيْرٍ مُّحْضَرًا وَمَا عَمِلَتْ مِن سُوٓءٍ تَوَدُّ لَوْ أَنَّ بَيْنَهَا وَبَيْنَهُۥٓ أَمَدًۢا بَعِيدًا ۗ
The above two verses then put the following Hadith (statement/saying of prophet Mohamed) in perspective :
Prophet Mohammed asked his companions "do you know who is bankrupt?" And they replied "a bankrupt is the one who has no wealth and no property" to which he replied "bankrupt is the one who, on the day of judgement, has come with prayers, fast and zakah (alms) but has also come having cursed this person, slandered that person, took from the money of this person, spilled the blood of that person and hit that other person. So each one of his victims is given from the good deeds of the one who transgressed against them until all his good deeds are gone but he has not yet paid his debt to them. So God takes from their bad deeds and adds to his and hellfire is his abode"
يقول عليه الصلاة والسلام((أتَدْرُونَ ما المُفْلِسُ؟ فقالوا: المفْلسُ فينا من لا درهم له, ولا متاع, فقال: إن المفْلسَ مَنْ يأتي يوم القيامة؛ بصلاة, وصيام, وزكاة، ويأتي قد شَتَمَ هذا، وقذفَ هذا، وأكل مال هذا، وسفك دم هذا، وضرب هذا، فيُعطَى هذا من حسناته، وهذا من حسناته، فإن فَنيَتْ حَسَناتُهُ أُخِذَ من خطاياهم؛ فطُرِحَتْ عليه، ثم يُطْرَحُ في النار))[أخرجه مسلم والترمذي Prayer, fast, zakah and meeting one's obligations of faith would amount to nothing if those acts of worship are stained with immorality, transgression and dishonesty. A Muslim is one who uses the foundation of faith to build a strong beautiful structure of character.
Today marks the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. A month long boot camp for the soul during which one is to review and reflect on his/her deeds, improve upon the good and get rid of the bad.
The verse below describes the month but what is most peculiar, to me at least, is that God follows that verse with one where he clearly declares His nearness to us and in a most beautiful way. He didn't say "tell them oh Mohamed that I am near" but rather simply took out the middle man and directly answers our questions by declaring "indeed I am near"
I would like to wish a blessed month to all my friends and family. May we better see the divine light that shines in our lives and use it to see our shortcomings and see the hope that rests in the One who is illuminating it.
Ramadan Mubarak to all
Holy Quran 2:185
شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ ٱلَّذِىٓ أُنزِلَ فِيهِ ٱلْقُرْءَانُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَٰتٍ مِّنَ ٱلْهُدَىٰ وَٱلْفُرْقَانِ ۚ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ ٱلشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ ۖ وَمَن كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ ۗ يُرِيدُ ٱللَّهُ بِكُمُ ٱلْيُسْرَ وَلَا يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ ٱلْعُسْرَ وَلِتُكْمِلُوا۟ ٱلْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَىٰكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ
The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey - then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.
Holy Quran 2:186
وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِى عَنِّى فَإِنِّى قَرِيبٌ ۖ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ ٱلدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ ۖ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا۟ لِى وَلْيُؤْمِنُوا۟ بِى لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَ
And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me - indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.
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