Tonight's Taraweeh was consists of the whole Rubama (JUZ 14).
The Surahs that were recited that evening covers Surah Al Hijr
and Surah Al-Nahl in its entirety.
The special subject matter of this Surah is the protection of Almighty Allah's Revelation and His Truth. Evil arose from Pride and warping of man's will, but Almighty Allah's Mercy is the antidote, as was proven in the case of Nabee Ebrahim Alayhis Salaam and Nabee Lut Alayhis Salaam, and might have been proved by the people of the Aykah and Hijr if they had only attended to Allah's "Signs".
The Qur'an, beginning with the "Seven Oft Repeated Verses" is the precious vehicle for the Praises of Almighty Allah. Allah's Truth makes all things clear, and He will guard it. But His Signs are not for those who mock. Who fails to see the Majesty, the Beauty, the Order, and the harmony blazoned in His Creation, and His Goodness to all His creatures, in the heavens and on earth. With Him are the sources of all things, and He doth freely give His gifts in due measure. He holds the Keys of Life and Death, and He will remain when all else passes away.
Chronologically this Surah, like the six that preceded it, belongs to the late Makkan period except perhaps verse 110 and some of the verses that follow. But the chronology has no significance. In subject matter it sums up, from a new point of view, the arguments on the great questions of Almighty Allah's dealings with man. He revealed His revelation to man, and how the Messengers and the Message are writ large in every phrase of Allah's creation and the life of man.
The new point of view is that Nature points to Nature's Creator. Everything in Creation proclaims the Glory of Allah. To man is given dominion over Nature, that man may recognize Allah's Unity and Allah's Truth. Man should never lose sight of his goal, which is the good, or dispute with the great Teachers who are sent to all peoples, to bring about Unity; all creatures serve Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala’meen.
Almighty Allah's favours and man's ingratitude recounted, His Signs in the rain bearing clouds, the cattle that give milk, the bee that produces honey, the wonderful relations of family and social life, and the refinements and comforts of civilisation. The Messengers of Truth will bear witness against those who reject the Truth. Allah will judge us according to our faith and deeds. The Qur'an is true: it guides and gives glad tidings. Believe, and make the most of life in all things good and lawful. Follow the example of Nabee Ebrahim Alayhis Salaam: be true in Faith and righteousness and do good.
Allah's Prophets, if rejected, will be witnesses against those who reject Allah's Truth! And all false gods will disappear. A life of justice and righteousness is enjoined by Allah, and the strictest fidelity, in intent and action. For Allah will judge us by our faith and deeds, and no evil shall have power over those who believe and put their trust in Allah their Rabb. Allah's Truth may come in stages, but it gives strength, guidance, and glad tidings, and should be held fast when once received. Be not like those who get puffed up with pride in worldly good, and scorn the Truth. Enjoy the good things in life, but render thanks to Allah and obey His Law. Be true in faith, and proclaim His Word with gentle, patient wisdom: for Allah is with those who live in self-restraint a pure, good, and righteous Life.
And Almighty Allah knows best
To be continued Insha'Allah.............
Abdul Hamid Lachporia