Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Commandments regarding devotions - Quran Chapter 2- 187d (Pt-2, Stg-1) (L-226) - درس قرآن

Quran Chapter 2- 187d (Pt-2, Stg-1) (L-226) - درس قرآن

Commandments regarding devotions

Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)

‘A-‘uu-zu  Billaahi minash-Shay-taanir- Rajiim. 
(I seek refuge in God from Satan the outcast.)


(In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful.)

وَلَا تُبَٰشِرُوهُنَّ وَأَنتُمْ عَٰكِفُونَ فِى ٱلْمَسَٰجِدِ (187  d) 

187d.  And touch them not, but be at your devotions in the mosques.
187d.  Wa  laa tubaashi-ruuhunna  wa  ‘an-tum  ‘aakifuuna, fil-masaajid.


Laa tubaashi-ruuhunna – (touch the wives not), here the word ‘to go in unto the wives’ has been used in the spacious meanings, that is to say, not only to stop committing a sexual intercourse but kissing and bugging is also forbidden during curbing one’s passion from religious motives continuing in the mosque (Staying in the mosque and thinking of God Almighty) particularly during the third ‘Ashrah of the month of Ramadan.

‘Aakifuuna – (to be at devotions), its literal meanings are “to keep oneself preventing from the use of anything or make something necessary over oneself. Technically it means ‘endowing oneself for worship, Restraining in the mosque’

Another command has been revealed regarding the fasting: Don’t go in unto your wives while you are being at your devotions in mosque. Some more necessary commandments regarding “’i’-tikaaf” (being at devotions in mosque) are stated below:

It is necessary for the people who have to be at devotions in the Mosque, that they should remain in the mosques every time during that period, also eat, drink, sleep and wake there. They may come out from the mosque only at the time of bodily and lawful needs. The minimum period for the devotions is one day and there is no limit for excessive period. It is declared from the word fil-masaajid that the Restraining should always be in the mosques. However, it can be observed by the women in any corner of the home instead of the mosques.  

Conversation is lawful during the Restraining on the condition that it should not be against the reverence of the mosque and the respect of the devotions.

It was the habit of the Messenger of God Almighty (peace be upon Him) that He used to be at His devotions in the Mosque whole days during the last ‘Ashrah of the month of Ramadan and broke His entire relation from the worldly matters. So Restraining in the mosque is reasonable practice of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him), which means that if anyone individual out of a ward observes this practice then other entire persons will not be liable.

Restraining has many advantages – there is no other method to become fresh for the purpose of belief and to achieve the spiritual strength, because during that period the mankind passes his time continuously in worship and obedience. He remains in solitude and loneliness.

We should follow this practice of the Messenger of God Almighty (Grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him), get the light of faith, achieve the vicinity of God Almighty, be entitled of pleasure of the Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon Him) and purify ourselves completely at the very least a few days, break the relation with worldly matters for some time and attend to the Real Worshiped.

Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif).