The Madinan Society: A Tafsir of Surat al-Hujurat Part 10

The Madīnan Society: A Tafsīr of Sūrat al-Ḥujurāt Part 10/12
Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on Friday 7th October 2016 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester (UK)

After the Prophet ﷺ and his companions emigrated to Medina, Allah revealed laws with which Muslims must abide by so that they may live together peacefully. This Sūrat serves as a prime example of such intricate laws that detail not just how people should behave with one another, but how they should speak and think about each other.

This lesson begins by explaining the different rulings the pious Ulama would give based on strictness and concession, often practicing on the former and allowing others to act on the latter. This was because despite Allah granting concession in a ruling, they would act on its strictness in the hope of more reward. They would inform others to act on the concessions to make the religion easy for them to practice without hardship.

The lesson continues by discussing superiority in the Sight of Allah. Who is the noblest amongst us and do our different languages, colours and countries of origin have a bearing on this? The Sahabah asked the Prophet ﷺ about this and his answer was simple and beautiful.

NOTE: The audio in this talk was recorded at an incorrect level. Although post-processing has been done to minimise distortion, you may still hear clipping of the audio.

Below are some of the timecodes and topics relating to this talk:

2:59 – Foundations on which society should be built
9:23 – Concessions in Shari’ah
20:00 – Children in the Masjid
29:40 – Nationalist sentiments in Europe
39:00 – The only division Allah makes
49:53 – Who is the noblest of all people?
57:06 – What are the mines of the Arabs?
1:13:55 – The natural leaders from amongst the Sahabah
1:16:00 – What does Islam say regarding different races and family names
1:21:05 – The history of the Ummayah and the Abbasid dynasty.

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