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Juz’ 28 – God’s Helpers

Today’s Juz’ covers Al-Mujadala [58]:1 to Al-Tahrim [66]:12.
The themes discussed in these ayat include (1) God’s omniscience; (2) hostile People of the Book; (3) guidelines for accepting female converts; (4) the need to stay faithful to God’s warning message; (5) instructions for Friday prayer; (6) response to hypocrites; (7) guidelines for divorce; and (8) some domestic issues regarding the Prophet and his wives.

 

 

Ramadan Mubarak.

The selected aya for the day issues a call for Godly ministers.

“You who believe, be God’s helpers. As Jesus, son of Mary, said to the disciples, ‘Who will be my helpers in God’s cause?’ The disciples said, ‘We shall be God’s helpers.’ Some of the Children of Israel believed and some disbelieved: We supported the believers against their enemy and they were the ones who came out on top.” (Al-Saff [61]:14)

 

God has appointed special people to serve as his messengers. Among those listed in the Qur’an are Moses, John the Baptist, David, Abraham, Lot and Noah. These men were called for a distinct purpose and form an elite group of spiritual warriors whose name is preserved in sacred Scripture.

However, as esteemed as these Messengers are, they are not the only ones whom God called to be conduits of his Divine will. Every person who professes to be a believer should automatically embrace a ministerial responsibility. None should turn away from the call to discipleship.

The ministerial task is not easy, and history has demonstrated that those for whom the message is intended will often malign and ignore the messenger. Nonetheless, as long as people wander without direction, there is a need for spiritual mentors to guide them to the path of righteousness. Jesus addresses this when he commissioned his disciples.

 

 

Listen:

“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers into His Harvest.”” (Matthew 9:35-38)

 

Prayer:

In the name of God the Merciful and Compassionate, I hear Your Call to be a willing witness for Your Cause and I humbly accept. Fill me with Your Grace and may my life of service to my fellow attract them to Your Mercy. In your Holy Name I pray. Amen.