21st Night Taraweeh Summary

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Allaah makes it clear that He is the only One Who knows when Qiyaamah will take place. Allaah then speaks of man’s ingratitude when He says, “When We favour man, he is averse and turns away. But when hardship afflicts him, he becomes one of vast prayers.” [verse 51, Surah HaaMeem Sajdah]Those who doubt the advent of Qiyaamah should bear in mind that Allaah has the might to do as He pleases. Surah Shura begins after Surah HaaMeem Sajdah and Allaah tells the Mushrikeen that there is nothing astonishing about the fact that He teaches His book to the Ambiya (A.S) via revelation. Allaah adds that the sins of the Mushrikeen are so grave that it would be no wonder if the severity of these sins should cause the sky to come crashing down on them. They are also warned that their abode shall be Jahannam where there will be none to assist them.

Allaah instructs Rasululllaah (sallAllaahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) to tell the people, “Say, ‘I ask of you no recompense (for my preaching), save for the love between relatives.” [verse 23] This obligatory love demands that the kuffaar at least refrain from harming Rasululllaah (sallAllaahu-alayhi-wa-sallam). Allaah will ensure that people are rewarded in full for their good deeds. In verse 43 Allaah lauds the persevering people when He says, “Whoever will exercise patience and pardon, that will certainly be of the most resolute matters.”

Allaah says further that it is inappropriate that He speaks directly to any human being. Allaah says, “It is only appropriate for a human that Allaah speaks to him by means of inspiration, or from behind a veil, or that He sends a messenger who conveys the revelation by Allaah’s command, as He pleases. Verily Allaah is Exalted, the Wise.”[verse 51]

Surah Zukhruf begins after Surah Shura. Allaah tells the Mushrikeen that they should not fool themselves by thinking that revelation of the Qur’aan will cease because of their disobedience and sins. Allaah has never stopped sending Ambiya (A.S) or revelation on account of the kuffaar’s evil. On the contrary, Allaah kept sending Ambiya (A.S) with revelation, as a result of which the evil of the kuffaar was crushed.

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Allaah also stresses that He has no children and that none has the ability to intercede on behalf of those who have gone astray.

 Surah Dukhaan follows Surah Zukhruf as the 44th Surah of the Qur’aan. Allaah states, We have revealed it (the Qur’aan) on a blessed night. Verily We are the Warners. The decision of every matter of wisdom is passed on this night as a command proceeding from Us.” [verses 3, 4, 5]


Listening and reciting the Qur’aan draws Allaah’s mercy on condition that a person has perfect conviction. Everything is within Allaah’s kingdom and He alone gives life and death. When punishment overtakes people because of their sins, they cry out to Allaah saying, “O our Rabb! Remove this punishment from us and we will surely believe.” [verse 12] However, when Allaah removes the punishment they do not take heed but revert to their former ways of disbelief. However, the Hereafter shall certainly arrive when they will be cast into Jahannam where “the tree of Zaqqoom shall be food for the sinful.” [verse 43/4]

 Surah Dukhaan is followed by Surah Jaathiya where Allaah mentions many signs of His might. Amongst these are the creation of man, the creation of the animals, the alternation of night and day, the flourishing of dead ground after rains, the turning of the winds and the sailing of the ships. All these phenomena are for man’s benefit and will teach him about Allaah’s greatness if he takes the time to reflect.

 The last two verses of the Surah declare: “Allaah praise is for Allaah, the Rabb of the heavens and the earth; the Rabb of the universe. To Him belongs all majesty in the heavens and the earth; and He is the Mighty, the Wise.” [verses 36/7]


May Allaah grant us the ability to recognise His might and may He bless us with the wealth of conviction.

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