19th Night Taraweeh Summary

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This summary of the 2nd Taraweeh begins at the second quarter of the second para and concludes at the midway into the third para (verse 18) of Surah Aal Imraan.
The para begins with words that every person should actually ask himself, “Why should I not worship the One Who has created me, and to Whom you all shall return?” [verse 22]Allaah also declares, “What anguish about My bondsmen! They mock at every prophet that comes to them. Have they not seen (or have they forgotten) how many were the nations that We destroyed before them? They will certainly never return to them. They will all be present before Us collectively” [verses 30 to 32]Thereafter, Allaah mentions numerous phenomena that denote His great creative ability. Mention of Jahannam and Jannah follow, when Allaah says, “Verily the people of Jannah will be joyous in their occupation on this day (of Qiyaamah).” [verse 55] Allaah concludes this glorious Surah by saying, “Pure is that Being in Whose hand lies the reins of everything, and to Whom you will all be returned.” [verse 83]

Surah Saaffaat follows Surah Yaaseen. Allaah opens the Surah by taking several oaths and declaring that He is the only Master and Controller of the universe and that His system is free from the interference of the Shayaateen. On the Day of Qiyaamah, the Mushrikeen will become fuel for the fire of Jahannam along with their idols and gods.

Allaah then mentions how Hadhrat Ibraheem (A.S) and his son Hadhrat Isma’eel (A.S) were successful in the trial that Allaah put them through when He commanded Hadhrat Ibraheem (A.S) to slaughter Hadhrat Isma’eel (A.S). At the last moment Allaah replaced Hadhrat Isma’eel (A.S) with a ram from Jannah and the deed of sacrificing an animal was made a practice for all Hadhrat Ibraheem (A.S)’s progeny to emulate.

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After making brief mention of a few Ambiya (A.S), Allaah says, “Yunus was certainly from the messengers.” [verse 139] Thereafter, Allaah recounts the epic of Hadhrat Yunus (A.S) who grew weary of his people’s rejection and left the town without Allaah’s permission. When he undertook a journey by sea, a huge fish swallowed him whole. While in the fish’s stomach He repented to Allaah and Allaah forgave him. Allaah removed him from the fish’s belly and returned him to land.Surah Saad follows Surah Saaffaat. Allaah speaks of the obstinacy and pride of the Mushrikeen who did not want to accept the truth and refused to even listen to Rasululllaah (sallAllaahu-alayhi-wa-sallam). Allaah says that it is strange that “They are surprised that a warner has come from amongst them.” [verse 4]


Allaah then reminds man of the various nations of the past that He destroyed on account of their sins so that they do not follow in their footsteps. Allaah also exhorts Rasululllaah (sallAllaahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) to patiently bear the harassment of the kuffaar. The Surah then proceeds to recount an incident in the life of Hadhrat Dawood (A.S) when Allaah tested him by making him judge a dispute between two persons. When he realised that it was a test from Allaah, he fell down in prostration before Allaah and begged forgiveness.

The incident of Hadhrat Ayyoob (A.S) follows that of Hadhrat Dawood (A.S) and another of Hadhrat Sulaymaan (A.S). Allaah speaks about the severe illness that afflicted Hadhrat Ayyoob (A.S) which he endures with Herculean perseverance. Allaah then talks about certain other Ambiya (A.S), Allaah of whom Allaah says were “from the very best.” [verse 48]

Thereafter, Allaah mentions that He granted Iblees respite to live till the Day of Qiyaamah. Although he will mislead mankind, he will have no power to deviate those whom Allaah has specially selected.

Surah Zumar commences after Surah Saad and explains that Allaah will not guide people who lie and who refuse to believe. The Surah also emphasises that Allaah has not taken anyone as His son. Allaah is Alone, Omnipotent and does not require anything from the creation. Every person will have to account for his own doings when people are returned to Allaah on the Day of Qiyaamah.

Allaah says that the Qur’aan is a book of advice and guidance which contains subject matter that is clear and without crookedness. By taking heed to its teachings, deviated people may be rightly guided and may save themselves from a grievous punishment.

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