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Juz’ 21 – Judgment and Salvation

Today’s Juz’ covers Al-‘Ankabut [29]:46 to Al-Ahzab [33]:30.
The themes discussed in these ayat include (1) the evidence for God’s protection; (2) God’s many signs; (3) the wisdom of Luqman; (4) taking advantage of the time before judgment; (5) fair treatment of wives and adopted sons; and (6) memoirs from a battle that occurred in Medina.

 

 

Ramadan Mubarak.

The next ten days comprise the third stage (ashrah) of Ramadan. The emphasis in the first and second ashrahs were “mercy” (rahmat) and “forgiveness” (maghfirat). This ashrah focuses on “salvation” (nijāt).

 

The selected ayat for the day highlight the reality of judgment.

“My believing servants! My earth is vast, so worship Me and Me alone. Every soul will taste death, then it is to Us that you will be returned. We shall lodge those who believed and did good deeds in lofty dwellings, in the Garden graced with flowing streams, there to remain. How excellent is the reward of those who labor, those who are steadfast, those who put their trust in their Lord!” (Al-‘Ankabut [29]:56-59)

 

There are several things that are certain in life, one of which is: every person will one day taste death. It does not matter where one lives or how much wealth he or she may have, death is a fact of life.

However, revelation teaches us that death is not the final event that humans experience. The day is coming when the dead will be resurrected and called before a Holy God to give an account for the choices made in life. Only those who have placed their trust in Him will be rewarded with eternal life “in the Garden graced with flowing streams.” Sulayman (Solomon) challenges us to always keep this reality in mind.

 

 

Listen: 

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep his commandments for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12;13-14)

 

 

Prayer:

In the Name of God the Merciful the Compassionate, I recognize that one day I will have to give an account for the way in which I have conducted the life You have given to me. May my works reflect Your Love and on the Day of Resurrection may I be invited to live with You in Paradise forever. In Your Holy Name I pray. Amen.