The Taraweeh for tonight commences with Wa'lamu [Juz 10].
The Surahs to be covered this evening Insha'Allah are:
(1) The concluding half of Surah Al-An'fal (2) and two-thirds of Surah Al-Tawbah.
The vanguard of Faith think nothing of self-sacrifice. Their reward is Almighty Allah's Good Pleasure. Even those who do wrong but repent will obtain His Mercy: not so those who do persist in Unfaith, Hypocrisy, and Mischief. Almighty Allah's Grace is free and abounding for the righteous. Even if they waver or fail. He will turn to them in Mercy if only they repent and come back unto Him. To be true in word and deed is to hold our selfish desires at bay, and follow Almighty Allah's Call: in this is our fullest satisfaction and reward. But our striving should include study and teaching, for the Ummah's benefit for Almighty Allah's Message increases our Imaan and leads us to love Him and Trust Him - the Lord of the Throne of Glory Supreme.
Surah Al-Tawbah follows up the argument of the previous Surah. Surah Al-Tawbah is also the only Surah that begins without the prefixing of Bimillah. It was among the last Surahs to be revealed. Verses 1 to 29 show the State Policy of our Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam which came into effect during the month of Shawwal in the ninth year of the Hijrah.
Our Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam instructed Sayyidina Ali R.A. to announce it two months later during Hajj in order to give it the widest possible publicity. The remainder or Surah Al-Tawbah was revealed a little earlier during the month of Ramadan in the Ninth year after the Hijrah and also sums up the lessons of the Tabuk expedition which was undertaken during Summer of the same year.
The Surah also deals with an important question on what must be done if the enemy breaks a peace treaty and is guilty of wrong-doing. Do not indulge in wrong-doing like the hypocrites. No help should be sought from them neither should we aid them for aid should only go to the poor and needy. Strive hard against the unbelievers because they are bound to reach a stage where they will not be forgiven by Almighty Allah. Shun all evil as unclean because evil goes against Truth and mocks everything that is Good.
And Almighty Allah knows best
To be continued Insha'Allah.............
Abdul Hamid Lachporia