Surah Baqarah – The Introduction and Insight
Surah Baqarah is the most important surah of the Holy Quran. Each surah of the Quran has some remarkable and explicit features that differentiate it from other surahs. So, at whatever point one references the advantages or gifts of any surah does not mean the slightest bit that the surah is more significant than the others.
Instead, each surah reveals a unique situation and a specific issue and addresses the core of that particular matter. In this article, we will dive into the message of Surah Al Baqarah about Taqwa and discussion about Bani-Israel in the light of the affirmations (Sahih hadith) of the adored Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W).
Surah Baqarah is the 2nd chapter of the Holy Quran, with being longest Surah consisting of 286 verses. Surah Baqarah was revealed in Madina; on the heart of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W). So it is a Madni Surah. Before continuing, let’s have a look at the benefits and significance of Surah Baqarah.
Significance And Benefits Of Surah Baqarah:
There are uncountable advantages of Surah Baqarah; some of them are here beneath:
Ahadeth and ayahs:
For example, in the house where Surah Baqarah is read, Shaytan won’t enter.
Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (RA) narrates that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
“Don’t transform your homes into graves. Verily, Shaytan doesn’t go into the house where Surah Al-Baqarah is recounted”
Surah al Baqarah protects the individual who recites it for protection from the evil eye, black magic, and decharacterization. It likewise brings tremendous barakah and harmony into one’s life and time.
Surah Baqarah will lead to big awards on The Day of Judgment and adds blessings in this everyday life.
In hadith, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“The Quran, for on the Day of Resurrection it will come as a middle person for the individuals who recount It. Recite the two virtuous ones; al-Baqarah, and Surah Al ‘Imran. For on the Day of Resurrection they will come under two mists or two shades; or two runs of birds in positions; arguing for the individuals who recite them. Read Surah al-Baqarah; to take response to. It is a gift and for deniers it is a reason for sadness; and the unknowingly can’t stand up to it.”
The last sections of Surah al-Baqarah are some of the most significant verses of the Quran. And is so for a valid reason. In hadith, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“Whoever recounts the last two verses of Surah al-Baqarah around evening time that will do the virtues to him” (Bukhari)
Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W) said:
“For sure Allah wrote in a book 2,000 years before He made the sky and the earth; and He sent down two Ayahs (refrains) from it to end Surah al Baqarah with. If they are recited for three evenings in a home; no Shaitan (fallen angel) will draw close to it.”
Discussion in Surah Baqarah about Bani-Israel:
Notice here that before the arrival of our dearest Prophet (ﷺ),
Bani Israel were the chosen individuals of the Lord. They were the most cherished and regarded country among every one of the countries of the world. Allah Almighty sent down a few Prophets towards them occasionally to guide them.
But, being ungrateful, regardless of everything, they didn’t give a lot of consideration to the message of Allah and thus got removed from their high standing. In their place, the Ummah of the adored Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) was picked and most prioritized by the Lord. Surah Baqarah sets out the do’s and don’ts for us with the goal that we don’t step similarly as the Bani Israel did.
Taqwa – The Focal Point of Surah Baqarah:
The term ‘muttaqin,’ which implies ‘those of Taqwa,’ is referenced in the second verse of Surah Al-Baqrah. In this section, Allah SWT addresses the Holy Quran to the Muslims mentioned as ‘muttaqin.’ The term Taqwa in the Holy Quran means fear of God.
Piousness, and refraining from sins and are used in various types of discourse depending upon the context of the discussion. The significance of Taqwa is prominent; for example, in Islamic Friday messages on each Friday in which it is required for the khatib to call and remind the Muslim to be among the ‘muttaqin.’
Taqwa is a decree from Allah SWT; those Muslims who accomplish Taqwa have a higher place. Henceforth, Taqwa is considered as one of the significant, repeating, and prevailing components in the verses of Surah Baqrah.
“People! Worship your Lord (Creator and Sustainer) Who created you and those before you; so that you may guard against evil…”
Considering these, Taqwa stays as one of the essentials of Islamic teachings. Talking about the significance of Taqwa, it is necessary to learn what attributes Taqwa involves. Hence, the Muslims should have an understanding of what qualities should be adopted to accomplish Taqwa.
Three Parts of Taqwa:
The 10th-century Sufi scholar Al-Qushayri; in his book (Al-Risala al-Qushayriyyah); wrote about three parts of taqwa:
“Full trust in God with respect to what has not been granted to him;
Full satisfaction with what has been granted to him;
and full patience with respect to what has eluded him.”
Taqwa, the fear of Allah, is the only characteristic that can prevent man from evil and wickedness. The fear of Allah keeps a believer awake and enables him to distinguish between right & wrong.
Concluding the whole discussion, We are human, and we make mistakes; none of us is perfect. But, we need guidance and direction to remain on the right path. Quran is the light from Allah Almighty. And it enlights the ways of its followers, guides them to the right, and prevents them from going on the path that the prior ones followed, and the Lord punished them. So, make reading along with learning the lessons from the Surah’s a part of your life. May Allah bless us all.