Our first #GDRamadan Quran series from last year (2015) focused on bringing you a green, ecological verse from each juz/para every day. We have collated them below for you to have a refreshing read!
May Allah SWT make us of those who recognise, understand and appreciate all of His aayaah – in the Quran, within ourselves and in the universe around us. Aameen.
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Juz 1: Do not cause mischief on this earth… #greenverses #quran #GDRamadan #greenramadan
Juz 2: Signs for people of understanding…
Juz 3: Allah SWT draws a beautiful comparison between how much we spend in His way (i.e. on the poor and needy, on our relatives, on our friends, etc) and the reward we will receive in return, with how one single seed sown gives a multiplied produce of 700 times more seed. May Allah SWT accept all our acts of goodness we do and reward us many, more times over in return, Aameen.
Juz 4: A true #greendeen favourite! And inshaAllah appropriate to all who read our posts!
Juz 5: So, if we pollute all our waters and dirty the earth with our waste…how will we pray?
Juz 6: The first burial of our modern human species was taught to us by Allah SWT through a crow! The first murder was committed by Qabil – one of the sons of Adam (AS). Qabil (Cain) was upset that he’s other brother Habil (Abel) got to marry he’s prettier twin sister while he had to marry Habil’s less prettier twin. Angry and resentful, Qabil struck Habil and killed him. Afterwards, Qabil felt ashamed of having murdered his brother and did not know what to do with the body. Allah SWT sent down a pair of crows (medium sized black birds) who fought with each other. The one killed the other and scratched a hole in the earth in which he buried the dead bird and covered it was sand. Qabil followed this example and buried his brother. May Allah SWT never make us of those who kill unjustly, Aameen.
Juz 7: Allah SWT is the All Knowing, the All Aware…
Juz 8: Stern warning – do not abuse the aayaat of Allah SWT! Aayaat in our Quraan, aayaat within us, aayaat in the world around us!
Juz 9: May Allah SWT never make us of those who are abusers of our inheritance, that is, the earth and all that it contains. May our Sustainer never make us of those who spoil this inheritance that we will InshaAllah pass on to the following generations of mankind. And may our Creator never make us of those who are deaf to the beauty and power of His wonderous creations that surrounds us and continously gives joy to our hearts!
Juz 10: Allah SWT has chosen the best and final destination for us in the hereafter to be “gardens beneath which rivers flow”. SubhanAllah. Do we take the time out of our busy days to take a deep breath in the gardens of this earth? Are we rejuvenating ourselves by sitting and contemplating as we see rivers flow by to be better human beings in the service of our creator? Can we truly even begin to imagine our Jannah if we don’t appreciate and understand the creations of our Creator? May Allah SWT be pleased with our actions in the service of Him and His creations, and may He bless us all with a place in the gardens of paradise.
Juz 11: Signs that are all around us…
Juz 12: Allah SWT has taken it upon Himself to provide sustenance (rizq) to all creatures in the lands, skies and waters, with this rizq being more for some than for others…
Juz 13: Mountains, rivers and earth
Juz 14: Birds in the sky are a sign of Allah SWT!
Juz 15: We often forget that everything is in constant glorification of our Creator. The animate consciously glorifies Allah SWT. The inanimate glorifies Allah SWT by simply being the evidence of the true magnificence of Allah, the exalted. Sadly, we humans are “deaf” to this constant glorification of our Creator. The question we need to ask ourselves is…are we truly respecting our Creator by abusing that which glorifies Him? How would you feel if someone hurt the person who always said good things about you? Or how would you feel if someone threw dirt on the trophy that shows you were the best in academics or sports? May Allah SWT forgive us and give us the ability to “hear” and understand how the entire universe is in constant glorification of Him! Aameen.
Juz 16: When Allah SWT draws our attention to Him in the Quraan, or when the Prophets (AS) of the past remind their people of Allah SWT, it is frequently through a description of Allah SWT as the originator, sustainer and controller of the universe and all that it contains. The guidance that Moosa AS is telling Firaun of in this verse is not the guidance we commonly associate with beings of intellect i.e. the guidance in humans and Jinn. Rather, it is more likely referring to the guidance that Allah SWT has given to non-intellectual beings to fulfil the purpose they were created for. The air, water and earth to support life, the fire as a source of energy, the bees to make honey, the animals to hunt and graze, etc. (Ma’ariful Qur’an)
Juz 17: Dawood AS – the prophet that glorified our Creator along with other creations… Prophet Dawood (David) was a just and righteous ruler who brought about peace and prosperity among his people. He was honoured by Allah SWT to be a Messenger and delivered Allah SWT’s messages to the people through the precious gift of his melodious voice. When he recited the Zaboor it was as if the rest of creation chanted with him! They messages that Dawood AS delivered are famous and well remembered. They are known in the Bible as the “Psalms or Songs of David”.
Juz 18: “The Verse of Light” contains a beautiful parable of the Light of Allah SWT. Its plain meaning is enough to mystify the reader, while its layers upon layers of spiritual meaning draws the deeper thinker into mysteries of delight. The physical light of this world is but a reflection of the true Light that is Allah SWT. We can only begin to comprehend Allah SWT by our limited senses, and the purest thing we can comprehend is light. Knowing this, we accept that the perfect Light of Allah SWT has none of the physical defections of the light that we see and has all the properties of “illumination” and “empowerment” far beyond the light that we see. A niche is a little recess that is found in the wall of a room (before we started using electricity) and in which lamps are placed. A niche is usually high up in the wall and thus allows the lamp, which gives of the light, to better shine down on the room and its contents below. The glass that makes up the outside of the lamp is transparent but glows white like star when the lamp is lit. The oil is the source of light, and olive oil is the best of oils. An olive tree that is neither of the East nor of the West could possibly mean that the tree is not limited to any single particular geographical location. It could also mean that the oil is the best of oils coming from a tree that receives full sunlight and not only receiving morning (eastern) nor only afternoon (western) sunlight. Allah SWT knows best. Allah SWT ends this verse by saying that He choses to guide with His Light who He wants to guide, and it is He who is all-knowing of everything. May Allah SWT make us of those who guided by His Light and of those who can have a taste of the beauty of this verse, Aameen.
Juz 19: A simple reminder. It is Allah SWT who causes the winds to blow that are responsible for the formation and movement of clouds. It is Allah SWT who causes the rain to fall from these clouds, thus bringing down water from the sky. And it is this water that purifies and sustains the lands, the creatures and us. Let us be grateful for this Mercy upon us and let us not be of those who waste and pollute this precious resource of water, Aameen. Note: Often in the Quraan, when speaking of Himself, Allah SWT makes use of the “Royal Plural” (e.g. “We”) as a means of stressing His all-encompassing nature among other things.
Juz 20: n the Noble Quraan, Allah SWT often draws our attention to the order, beauty and grandeur of the universe. Can we really think that there are multiple, conflicting gods or a weaker god besides the One True God? If we cannot even cause a tree to grow, how can we not recognise and not submit to the One True God?
Juz 21: ‘Fasād is translated as evil, corruption, plight and calamities. This includes and is not limited to famine, epidemic diseases, frequency of the incidents of fires, drowning, lack of Allah’s blessing in everything, and reduction in profits and increases in losses in businesses… [Ma’ariful Qur’an] We need to sit back and self-reflect. Wars, land degradation, air pollution, water shortages, waste issues, human and animal rights violations, famine, human induced climate change…are we collectively the cause of it? Are we so wrapped up in chasing our own interests in this world that be have forgotten our roles as being leaders and caretakers of this Earth and all its creations? Have we forgotten that in order to attain success in the Hereafter we need to be accountable for all aspects of our lives in this world? Be an earthkeeper…even if it means only saving the life of a single trapped ant today… May Allah SWT protect us and the other creations of this earth from Fasād, Aameen.
Juz 22: As custodians of this great Amānah we need to impress our Lord and fulfill the responsibility of caring for the world and its contents. This Amānah is so great that the heavens, earth and mountains declined to bear it for fear of failing! May Allah SWT makes us of those who are capable of upholding this Amānah that we have undertaken to bear, aameen.
Juz 23: Rain, sky , rivers, crops
Juz 24: The heavens and the earth includes all creations – from the distant galaxies to the tiny fleas on the stray cat that visits your backyard. We are but a tiny part of creation. Why are we so egocentric?
Juz 25: If one looks at the creatures and creations of the whole universe, big and small, in the skies, on the land, in the water, they all bear witness not only to the existence of Allah Ta’ālā, but also to His Knowledge, His all-encompassing authority, and to His being One and unique. If one looks even nearer, at one’s own self, at each organ and limb, at the fine and fragile mechanisms and systems functioning within oneself, it simply leaves one in awe of Allah Ta’ālā.
Juz 26: Subhanallah! The Gardens of Paradise…a true #GreenDeen dream! Unpolluted rivers of water…milk that never spoils…wine that is sweet to taste and does not intoxicate…honey that does not have to be cleaned and processed…and fruits of all kinds! May Allah SWT make us all of those who are fortunate to live in the Gardens of Paradise in the Hereafter, Aameen.
Juz 27: The word “najm” may collectively refer to stars or to herbs (which are non-woody plants e.g. grass, dandelions, spinach, etc.) while “shajar” refers to woody plants with stems (trees, shrubs, etc.). The Sajdah (prostration) made by these elements differs from the sajdah made by those that have free will. We (humans, jinn) have the choice to submit or not. The submission of other elements, like the air, water, animals, plants, clouds, stars, black holes etc., is inherent in their nature. They fulfil their duties to their Creator in playing their roles in the universe without defecting. Subhanallah.
Juz 28: Only once in his lifetime, whether in war or in peace, did the Prophet Muhammad SAW ever damage trees or any other part of nature without a direct need to use them. This verse [59:5] from the Quraan speaks of this exception. After the Battle of Uhud (3AH, 625AD), a matter arose where a companion of the Prophet Muhammad SAW mistakenly killed two men (after witnessing 70 fellow Muslims being murdered) and blood money had to be paid to the neighbouring tribe to which the two men had belonged to. The Prophet Muhammad SAW started to collect the money from both Muslims and non-Muslim residents of Madinah. This was according to the clauses of the Madinah Charter (one of the first written unilateral treaties) signed by the different parties of the city. Sadly the Jewish tribe of Banu Nadeer, after signing the treaty two years prior to this incident, and subsequently promising to pay their share of the blood money in this incident, attempted to assassinate the Prophet Muhammad SAW. Following this treachery, the Prophet Muhammad SAW offered them the option of evacuating the city. They refused and the only means of coaxing them to leave their well-stocked, heavily-fortified fortresses was to start burning their orchards. This situation was so exceptional that revelation was sent down to make clear mention of it and that the Muslims were granted special permission in this serious case. Never again would the Prophet Muhammad SAW harm the creation and he would repeatedly speak to his companions not to harm or ill-treat any creation.
Juz 29: As humans, we have been given the ability and the permission to use the earth and its resources to seek our provision beyond that which other creatures are able to do. In this verse, Allah SWT warns us that even though we have been given this ability and permission, we must not be neglectful of death and the life-after-death. This world is a temporary abode. We will return to our Creator and be held accountable for all the good and evil that we did. We are often warned in the Quraan not to get caught up in chasing the worldly adornments of this life. It’s precisely this transgression that has resulted in a disconnect from each other and from our environment. It is this consumerism attitude that is largely responsible for the continued violation of social, economical and environmental rights across the globe. Seek your provision, but remember your return is to your Rabb.
Juz 30: Despite there being many #greenverses in the last juz of the Quraan, it is simply befitting to end on a surah familiar to all of us – Surah Al-Falaq, The Break of Dawn. This surah, alongside the last Surah of the Quraan (Surah An-Nas), was revealed after the Prophet Muhammad SAW fell ill from being a victim of witchcraft. Surah Al-Falaq in particular tells us to seek Divine protection against worldy calamities, while Surah An-Nas tells us to seek Divine protection against calamities in the hereafter. Surah Al-Falaq is rich with the symbolism of daybreak and darkness. It is Allah SWT that causes the sun to rise, breaking the night, and thus vanquishing the evils and difficulties that are usually associated with darkness. It is Allah, Rabb (Lord) of the Daybreak, with whom we seek refuge from the “sharr” (evil) that He has created – whether this evil comes directly from mankind, or is a result of calamities from other creatures and creations in our world and universe.