26th Night Taraweeh Summary

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In Surah Naba (Surah Amma), Allaah says that the punishment of Jahannam has been prepared for those people who deny the truth of Islam. When the trumpet is sounded for the Day of Qiyaamah, the skies will be divided into many roads through which people will pass in droves towards the Plain of Resurrection. The deeds of every person will be disclosed and Allaah will decide what punishment or rewards every person will deserve.

Surah Naazi’aat follows Surah Naba with the message that people will regard their lives in this world to be a mere morning or evening when they face the torturously long Day of Qiyaamah. The severity of the Day of Qiyaamah will cause people’s heart to tremble. They will recall their deeds of this world and will regret whatever they did because Jahannam will be shown to them. 

In the subsequent Surahs Allaah tells Rasululllaah (sallAllaahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) that people with affluence and authority are beguiled by what they have and therefore have a diminished capacity for accepting good counsel. On the other hand, poor people tend to accept more readily. Therefore, devote more attention to those who have more fear for Allaah so that they may attain spiritual purity. 

When Qiyaamah will take place, none shall be of assistance to another; even though they may be brothers, parents, children or spouses. Every person will be too concerned about his own predicament to be worried about another. The faces of the Mu’mineen and the pious will be resplendent on that day while the faces of the kuffaar and sinners will be darkened. 

Allaah points out to people that they will have to tread the straight path to be saved from the anguish and suffering of the Day of Qiyaamah. On the Day of Qiyaamah the sky will be rent asunder, bodies will rise from their graves, the stars will plummet down and the oceans will be ablaze. Every person will be confronted by his deeds on the Plain of Resurrection when none will want to know another.

Hear Mufti A Hoosen Elias audio summary of the 26th night of Taraaweeh

In Surah Mutaffifeen Allaah condemns those who cheat when weighing and measuring, and warns them of a terrible punishment. Allaah cautions mankind to beware of the day when they will all rise from their graves and stand before Allaah to account for every deed. On that day it will be the Mu’mineen who will have a turn to laugh at the kuffaar who scoffed at them in this world. 

The sky will be cleaved open when the trumpet is sounded and corpses will be flung from their graves. Whereas the pious shall be quickly relieved of the formalities of the Day of Qiyaamah, the sinful ones will be flung into the fire of Jahannam. These were the very people who thought that they will never be returned to Allaah. 

Allaah says further that those who harass believing men and women without repenting afterwards shall suffer a terrible torment in the Hereafter. Allaah also mentions that the Qur’aan is a lofty book that is preserved in the Lawhul Mahfoodh. The Qur’aan distinguishes between right and wrong and those who still adamantly adhere to the wrong shall be only granted a little respite. 

Allaah commands Rasululllaah (sallAllaahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) to glorify His praises and assures him that he will never forget the Qur’aan. Allaah further instructs Rasululllaah (sallAllaahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) to continue propagating the Deen for Allaah shall open up avenues of ease for him. Allaah urges people to ponder over Allaah’s creation so that they may recognise Him. Allaah says, “Have they not looked how the camel is created? And how the sky has been elevated? And how the mountains have been rooted? And how the earth has been levelled?” [Surah Ghaashiya, verses 17 to 20]

All these signs are for people to take heed before they are taken to task on the Day of Qiyaamah. Allaah admonishes man for his excessive preoccupation in material wealth because it leads him to abuse inheritance and refuse help to the poor and orphans. However, Allaah has granted man the capacity to do good and refrain from evil. Therefore, whoever purifies his soul will be successful, while those who are negligent thereof will be at a permanent loss. 

Allaah advises people to spend their wealth only for His pleasure and for no other motives. None should be proud about being able to do good because only Allaah grants people the ability to lend a helping hand to the needy. Allaah assures Rasululllaah (sallAllaahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) that Allaah will soon confer on him a bounty that will please him and that he should never feel that Allaah has forsaken him because Allaah has always been there for him. Allaah has illuminated his heart, alleviated his worries and elevated his name. Allaah consoles Rasululllaah (sallAllaahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) [as well as all Muslims at large] that ease always follows hardship. Therefore, a person’s attention should always focus on Allaah.

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