Spiritual Advancement by Doing Good Deeds

24:35 Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth. A likeness of His light is as a pillar on which is a lamp — the lamp is in a glass, the glass is as it were a brightly shining star — lit from a blessed olive-tree, neither eastern nor western, the oil whereof gives light, though fire touch it not — light upon light. Allah guides to His light whom He pleases. And Allah sets forth parables for men, and Allah is Knower of all things

In this Khutba Brother Talha looks at Verse 35 from Chapter 24 of The Holy Quran and in this short verse of the holy Qur’an, Allah has mentioned the important role of divine revelation working for the moral and spiritual advancement of human beings. Allah by taking oath of fig, olive, Mount Sinai and Makkah has provided undeniable historical evidence to vindicate its truth.

Judge Reads Complete Quran Before Giving Judgement

In order properly to analyse these speeches, it is necessary, to have a basic understanding of Islam, its terminology and its tropes. It is also important to have an understanding of the historical context of the Qur’an (the Revelation) and the Sunna (the practice of the Prophet Muhammad) and the contemporaneous circumstances in which the Revelations were made to Muhammad (in particular, the need for Muhammad and his followers to defend themselves against physical persecution at the time). The Court heard detailed evidence from experts on Islam and read extensive materials, including the entire Qur’an and the monograph “Milestones” by the 20th Century ideologue, Sayyid Qutb.

 

It is common ground that Islam is a religion of peace. The Qur’an is a book of peace. The words Islam, Muslim and Salaam all share the same Arabic triconsonantal root, s-l-m, which denotes “peace”. Islam forbids extremism, including extremism in religion. Islam forbids terrorism.

 

The Arabic word jihad or jihad means literally “struggling” or “striving”. It has a wide variety of religious meanings in Islam including ‘spiritual struggle’. Unfortunately, the word jihad has now become synonymous in everyday language with ‘armed jihad’ or ‘holy war’.

In the case of Shakeel Begg vs the BBC, the judge read the whole Quran before deciding the case and came away with the Lahore Ahmadiyya interpretation.