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Juz’ 23 (The Hall of Faith)

Today’s Juz’ covers Ya Sin [36]:28 to Al-Zumar [39]:31.
The themes discussed in these ayat include (1) signs that affirm the existence of God; (2) the surety of the resurrection; (3) paradigms of faith; (4) the historical pattern of rejecting God’s messengers; (5) the devotion of God’s messengers; and (6) a call to genuine devotion.

 

Ramadan Mubarak.

The selected ayat for the day remind us of faithful messengers who will receive God’s eternal reward.

“Remember Our servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, all men of strength and vision. We caused them to be devoted to Us through their sincere remembrance of the Final Home: with Us they will be among the elect, the truly good. And remember Our servants Ishmael, Elisha and Dhu ’I-Kifl, each of them truly good. This is a lesson. The devout will have a good place to return to: Gardens of lasting bliss with gates wide open.” (Saad [38]:45-50)

 

The call to “remember” invites us to reflect on examples of people who exercised faith in God’s promises. Unlike the empirical senses through which humans touch, taste, see, smell and hear, faith is a spiritual sense through which humans comprehend that which cannot be experienced in the natural. This faith cannot be taught in the academy but depends on the guidance of God’s Spirit.

Indeed, it is through faith-filled hearts that the messengers of God earnestly called people to submit to His will as they constantly reminded them that this temporary world will soon give way to that “Final Home” characterized by “gardens of lasting bliss with gates wide open.” (Saad [38]:50) Believers’ temporary status on earth is also discussed in the Bible.

 

Listen:  

“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” (Hebrews 11:8-10)

 

Prayer: In the Name of God the Merciful the Compassionate, as I think about the news of war, famine, poverty and natural disasters, I thank You for Your Promise of a “Final Home” where Your Peace and Justice will reign forever. Please establish it soon. In Your Holy Name I pray. Amen.