18th Night Taraweeh Summary

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The 22nd para is recited in this Taraaweeh.
Referring to the time when Rasululllaah (sallAllaahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) was upset with his on some account, Allaah tells them, “Oh wives of the prophet! You are not like any other women (but higher in status).” [verse 32] Allaah instructs them never to make a display of themselves and to learn the Qur’aan and Sunnah from their homes, which they should teach to others.Allaah advises that His commands be carried out even though difficulties have to be borne in achieving the same. Allaah then states, “Muhammed (sallallaahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) is not the father of any man amongst you, but he is Allaah’s messenger and the seal of all prophets.” [verse 40] 

In honour of Rasululllaah (sallAllaahu-alayhi-wa-sallam), Allaah says in verse 56, “Verily Allaah and his angels shower their special mercies on the Prophet (sallallaahu-alayhi-wa-sallam). Oh you who believe! Convey mercies and salutations upon him.”

Thereafter, Allaah makes mention of numerous laws of marriage, divorce, iddah and hijaab. In verse 70, Allaah commands the Muslims to speak only what is good because this will afford them the capacity to carry out good deeds. Allaah makes it clear that the only road to success is in following the teachings of Allaah and Rasululllaah (sallAllaahu-alayhi-wa-sallam). In verse 72 Allaah says that the awesome trust of bearing the Shari’ah was offered to the heavens, the earth and the mountains but they all shrank from the task. It was only man who was able to bear the responsibility. Allaah curses the kuffaar and Munafiqeen in this Surah, whereafter the Surah closes with mention of Allaah’s mercy.

After Surah Ahzaab, Surah Saba begins with the dynamic statement that “All praise belongs to Allaah, to Whom belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth. All praise belongs to Him in the Hereafter as well. He is The Wise, the Informed.” Allaah dispels the foolish altercation of the kuffaar who say that they must be correct in their beliefs and deeds because Allaah has not yet annihilated them with His punishment. Allaah tells Rasululllaah (sallAllaahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) that he should warn these kuffaar that Allaah’s punishment can afflict them at any stage just as it struck the nations of the past. There are lessons to be learnt from these incidents for people with Imaan.

Relating the incidents of various Ambiya (A.S), Allaah begins with the narrative of Hadhrat Dawood (A.S). Allaah made iron soft for him, which he would mould as he pleased. Allaah also subjugated the birds and mountains for him, all of which would hymn Allaah’s Dhikr along with him. Allaah made a spring of copper gush forth for Hadhrat Sulaymaan (A.S) and also granted him control over the winds and the jinn.

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Allaah speaks about the people of Saba in this Surah, whom Allaah destroyed in a flood because they were ungrateful for the bounties that He bestowed on them.Surah Faatir follows Surah Saba as the 35th Surah of the Qur’aan. Herein Allaah states that He has created the heavens and the earth without any previous example. Thereafter, Allaah states that He “made the angels messengers, possessing two, three and four wings. Allaah increases in His creation as He pleases. Verily Allaah has power over all things. There is none to withhold the mercy Allaah opens to people, and there is none to release the mercy that He withholds. He is the Mighty, the Wise.” [verse 1 and 2]

Thereafter, Allaah warns man to beware of Shaytaan’s ploys because he beautifies the deeds of people for them so that sin appears to be virtuous to them. Shaytaan must be treated as the avowed enemy he is to man. Speaking about those who spend their wealth for Allaah’s pleasure, Allaah says that He will “grant them their reward in full and increase them from His grace. Verily He is Most Forgiving, Most Appreciative.” [verse 30]


Every being is dependent on Allaah, Who has power to do whatever He pleases. Allaah declares in verse 45, “If Allaah was to take man to task for whatever he does, Allaah would not leave a single living creature on the face of the earth (because His punishment would destroy them all). But Allaah defers them till an appointed term.”


Surah Yaaseen follows Surah Faatir. Allaah says that that He has revealed the Qur’aan to Rasululllaah (sallAllaahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) so that he may guide people. However, there are those kuffaar who have veils upon their hearts and will not respond. Regarding them Allaah says, “It the same to them whether you warn them or you do not warn them. They will never believe. You can only warn him who follows the advice and fears Rahmaan without seeing Him. Give him the glad tidings of forgiveness and a bountiful provision.” [verses 10 and 11]


The concluding verse of this Surah advises, “Follow those who do not ask any remuneration from you, and who are rightly guided.” [verse 21]

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