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It is made lawful for you to have sexual relations with your wives on
the night of As-Saum
(the fasts). They are Libâs
cover, or screen, or Sakan, (i.e. you enjoy the pleasure of living with them -
as in Verse 7:189) Tafsir At-Tabarî
], for you and you are the same for
them. Allâh knows that you used to deceive yourselves, so He turned to you
(accepted your repentance) and forgave you. So now have sexual relations with
them and seek that which Allâh has ordained for you (offspring), and eat and
drink until the white thread (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from the
black thread (darkness of night), then complete your Saum
(fast) till the
nightfall. And do not have sexual relations with them (your wives) while you are
(i.e. confining oneself in a mosque for prayers and
invocations leaving the worldly activities) in the mosques. These are the limits
(set) by Allâh, so approach them not. Thus does Allâh make clear His Ayât
evidence, lessons, signs, revelations, verses, laws, legal and illegal things,
Allâh’s set limits, orders) to mankind that they may become Al-Muttaqûn
pious - See V.2:2).
And eat up not one another’s property unjustly (in any illegal way
e.g. stealing, robbing, deceiving, etc.), nor give bribery to the rulers (judges
before presenting your cases) that you may knowingly eat up a part of the
property of others sinfully.
They ask you (O Muhammad صلى
وسلم) about the new moons. Say: These are signs to mark
fixed periods of time for mankind and for the pilgrimage. It is not Al-Birr
righteousness) that you enter the houses from the back but Al-Birr
the quality of the one) who fears Allâh. So enter houses through their proper
doors, and fear Allâh that you may be successful.
And fight in the Way of Allâh
those who fight you, but transgress not the limits. Truly, Allâh likes not the
transgressors. [This Verse is the first one that was revealed in connection with
, but it was supplemented by another (9:36)].
(V.2:190) Al-Jihâd (holy fighting) in Allâh’s Cause (with full force
of numbers and weaponry) is given the utmost importance in Islâm and is one of
its pillar (on which it stands). By Jihâd Islâm is established, Allâh’s
Word is made superior, (His Word being Lâ ilaha illallâh which means
none has the right to be worshipped but Allâh), and His Religion (Islâm) is
propagated. By abandoning Jihâd (may Allâh protect us from that) Islâm
is destroyed and the Muslims fall into an inferior position; their honour is
lost, their lands are stolen, their rule and authority vanish. Jihâd is
an obligatory duty in Islâm on every Muslim, and he who tries to escape from
this duty, or does not in his innermost heart wish to fulfil this duty, dies
with one of the qualities of a hypocrite.
Narrated ‘Abdullâh bin Mas‘ûd رضي
الله عنه: I asked Allâh’s Messenger
صلى الله عليه
وسلم "O Allâh’s Messenger! What is the best
deed?" He replied, "To offer the Salât (prayers) at their
early fixed stated times." I asked, "What is next in goodness?"
He replied, "To be good and dutiful to your parents." I further asked,
"What is next in goodness?" He replied, "To participate in Jihâd
in Allâh’s Cause." I did not ask Allâh’s Messenger
صلى الله عليه
وسلم anymore and if I had asked him more, he would have
told me more. (Sahih Al-Bukhâri, Vol.4, Hadîth No.41).