We continued with our Tafseer of surah Al Ma’oon this morning. As usual, after the session, we had a discussion based on the notes they are able to get from it. Before I get on to that, I just want to say that mashaAllah, the effort put in by the brothers and sisters towards Linguistic Miracle is amazing. May Allah reward them abundantly in this life and in the hereafter! AMeen.
Everyday (well, almost everyday) we listen to Ustadh Nouman’s Tafseer podcast for about 30 min max, the kids take notes, I use the notes on Linguistic Miracle, and then I ask them to share their notes. As they share, I would ask them what it means, how that would apply to our daily life or with people we encounter, or just go off tangent and do a whole other discussion. It’s all impromptu. I wish I can document or record these discussions because some of them are really good mashaAllah.
So I thought I’d document today’s discussion.
We were discussing the word da’a in Fazhaalikalazhee yadu’ul yateem (ayat 2).
This is part of the notes in Linguistic Miracle:
Da/’a – push someone far away, without expecting that they will push you back. Push someone afar.
to intimidate someone by ‘kicking them out’ of a gathering. I.e. “get out of here!” = da/’a.
Surah AL Ma’oon ayat 2
For that is the one who drives away the orphan
- He talks about rewards too
- He gives you warnings so you won’t go to hellfire
- He doesn’t want you to go to hellfire so He warns you
“So how can you explain that He is actually Merciful through His warnings?”
I asked them to explain it. Then I asked for examples.
“You need to know this. You have to give your explanation and then give examples. Explanation and examples are two different things, okay?”
N: Your mother tells you not to touch the hot pots on the stove because she doesn’t want you to burn yourself.
H: a person is running towards a cliff, and someone trips him. He is blind. He trips but is saved from falling off the cliff.