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Juz’ 19 – Clean Hands, Pure Heart

Today’s Juz’ covers Al-Furqan [25]:21 to Al-Naml [27]:55.
The themes discussed in these ayat include (1) the profile of a righteous man; (2) the tendency of communities to reject God’s messengers (Moses, Abraham, Noah, Hud, Salih, Lot and Shu‘ayb); and (3) Solomon’s conversion of the Queen of Shebas.

 

 

Ramadan Mubarak.

The selected ayat for the day describe the behavior of those who have surrendered to God.

“The servants of the Lord of Mercy are those who walk humbly on the earth, and who, when aggressive people address them, reply, with words of peace; those who spend the night bowed down or standing, worshipping their Lord, who plead, ‘Our Lord, turn away from us the suffering of Hell: its suffering goes on and on. It is an evil home, a foul resting place!’ They are the ones who are neither wasteful or niggardly when they spend, but keep up a just balance; those who never invoke any other deity beside God, nor take a life, which God has made sacred, except in the pursuit of justice, nor commit adultery.” (Al-Furqan [25]:63-68)

 

Godly religion does not merely consist of an assent to a body of systematic doctrines but demands that believers adapt a way of life that reflects God’s will. Too many religious people are driven by humanly contrived ideologies that are antagonistic to the Divine ideal.

However, the “servants of the Lord of Mercy” operate under a different law. They are quick to show love to those who would do them harm and exude an attitude of humility. They are so committed to God that they consciously devote time for worship. They know that only in God’s presence can they be made righteous. This profile of righteousness is also provided in the Zabur.

 

Listen: 

“Who may ascend into the Hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His Holy Place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessings from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is… the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face.” (Psalm 24:3-6)

Prayer: In the Name of God the Merciful the Compassionate, I am Your servant, O Lord, and earnestly desire to be so full of Your Righteousness that others will know that I am a part of the generation of those who seek You. In Your Holy Name I pray. Amen.