We are still in Surat At-Tawbah in this Juz. As we said before, in Surat at-Tawbah, Allah exposes the Munafiqin or hypocrites who hated going out with the Prophet () in Jihad and disliked giving from their wealth in the path of Allah.
Subhan Allah, one verse in this Juz that really amazed me is the ayah
أَلَمْ يَعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ هُوَ يَقْبَلُ التَّوْبَةَ عَنْ عِبَادِهِ وَيَأْخُذُ الصَّدَقَاتِ وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ هُوَ التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيمُ
Do they not know that it is Allah who accepts repentance from His servants and receives charities and that it is Allah who is the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful?
Allahu akbar how merciful and forgiving is Our Lord! Even after exposing them for who they are, Allah still calls these munafiqin to turn to Him and repent and that He would accept their repentance!
When I was first learning Surat At-Tawbah I used to wonder why is it known as the Surah of Tawbah(Repentance) when most of the Surah talks about Jihad and fighting and the hypocrites. But if you look closely it is clear. Turning to Allah is mentioned several times in this chapter and this Juz.
There were three companions who did not go out for the Battle of Tabuk and without any excuse. Allah also says about them towards the end of the surah,
ثم تاب عليهم ليتوبوا إن الله هو التواب الرحيم
Then He turned to them so they could repent. Indeed, Allah is the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful.
No matter how great your sin is, remember the mercy of Allah and His forgiveness is GREATER. Allah tells us He is AT-TAWWAB meaning that He is always accepting the repentance of those who repent and turning to those who turn to Him. He is AR-RAHEEM, The Exceptionally Merciful to the Believers.
Another beautiful ayah in this Juz is,
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ يَهْدِيهِمْ رَبُّهُم بِإِيمَانِهِمْ ۖ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهِمُ الْأَنْهَارُ فِي جَنَّاتِ النَّعِيمِ
Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – their Lord will guide them because of their faith. Beneath them rivers will flow in the Gardens of Pleasure.
Its really beautiful that Allah says Allah will guide the believers who did righteous deeds with their faith(eman). Our faith is light in the ocean of darkness, the darkness which consists of disbelief, corruption, deviancy and all evil. Your eman is what you should hold on to in times of difficulty and in times of fitnah.
It is not enough to be Muslim. Doing good deeds is a form of protection for the believer in his/her grave and on the Day of Judgement, it is will help you get over the Sirat!
May Allah make us successful!
Allah also says in this Juz in the end of Surat Yunus,
ألا إن أولياء الله لا خوفٌ عليهم ولا هم يحزنون الذين امنوا وكانوا يتقون
Unquestionably, [for] the allies of Allah there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.
Those who believed and were fearing Allah.
In this Surah, the attacks of the Mushrikin on the Prophet and his Da’wah is often mentioned. The main concept of this surah is Tawhid or Oneness of Allah and how the Quran is the final revelation of Allah and preserved.
So who are the allies of Allah? They are those who have Emaan(faith) and Taqwa(fulfill the commandments of Allah and avoid the muharramat ie disobedience of Allah).
The greatest allies of Allah are no doubt the Prophets and Messengers of Allah. They are the ones who carried the message of Tawhid on their shoulders from the moment of prophethood and until they breathed their last. They were the best humans to walk the earth. They were pure and goodhearted men.
They were the best humans before and after prophethood, so when the disbelievers would attack them once they saw the prophets calling to the truth, they found everything and anything to try and tarnish their message and reputations.
The Messenger of Allah was accused of being insane, he was called a madmand, a liar, a sorcerer. They then attacked the Quran.
Allah protects His awliyaa’ by granting them peace of mind in this Dunya and not protecting them from His punishment in the Hereafter.
May Allah make us from His awliyaa’.