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Tafsir Surat Al-`Adiyat

In his Wednesday night class at MCA, Imam Suhaib Webb explains Surat Al-`Adiyat (Qur’an, 100).

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Suhaib Webb

Suhaib Webb is a contemporary American-Muslim educator, activist, and lecturer. His work bridges classical and contemporary Islamic thought, addressing issues of cultural, social and political relevance to Muslims in the West. After converting to Islam in 1992, Webb left his career in the music industry to pursue his passion in education. He earned a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and received intensive private training in the Islamic Sciences under a renowned Muslim Scholar of Senegalese descent. Webb was hired as the Imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, where he gave khutbas (sermons), taught religious classes, and provided counselling to families and young people; he also served as an Imam and resident scholar in communities across the U.S.

From 2004-2010, Suhaib Webb studied at the world’s preeminent Islamic institution of learning, Al-Azhar University, in the College of Shari`ah. During this time, after several years of studying the Arabic Language and the Islamic legal tradition, he also served as the head of the English Translation Department at Dar al-Ifta al-Misriyyah.

Outside of his studies at Al-Azhar, Suhaib Webb completed the memorization of the Quran in the city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He has been granted numerous traditional teaching licenses (ijazat), adhering to centuries-old Islamic scholarly practice of ensuring the highest standards of scholarship.

Webb was named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in 2010 and his website,, was voted the best “Blog of the Year” by the 2009 Brass Crescent awards.

Suhaib Webb has lectured extensively around the world including in the Middle East, East Asia, Europe, North Africa and North America. Upon returning from his studies in Egypt, Webb lived in the Bay Area, California, where he worked with the Muslim American Society from Fall 2010 to Winter 2011. He currently serves as the Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston’s Cultural Center (ISBCC).

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  • Assalamalikum waramatullah wabarakathu respected brother Suhaib

    firstly,Jazakum Allah khairan for posting the tafsir of the surahs.
    I live in xxx, where unfortunately, we do not have many scholars (more accurately, active scholars). so sadly we dont have the chance to attend such lectures live where we can increase our knowledge of deen. I know many sisters and brothers are thirsty to seek knowledge, so could I kindly request if you or one of your team members to post the tafsir of all the previous surahs you have explained ( I am aware there are some surahs) in a format that is easy to downlaod. My sincere apologies if it is not possible, but your would inshalalh greatly help our community.


  • Assalam Warahmatullah Bro Suhaib

    Many thanks for the tafsirs! I first heard you speak during one of your visits to London in 2006. Have been actively following your tafsirs only off late (late ’10). The tafsir videos are done really well and with attentive / frequent listening I am able to gain little knowledge. And when I recite the surah in salath it helps to maintain focus with knowledge of its meaning. 1 request – kindly post both videos and audio files of tafsir, if possible. Downloadable format would be most welcome since it helps sharing with family members who are not very net savvy.
    May Almighty bless with you best of Both Worlds! Ameen!


    THANK YOU FOR YOUR INSPIRATION. We are blessed to have your light and knowledge amongst our community. I can listen to your talk sitting in Copenhagen,DK and still get that sting that touches the heart and also laugh. MASHALLAH :=)

    May Almighty bless you with all the success in this world and the hereafter.Ameen

  • Assalamualaikum wrb,
    Alhamdulillah, I’m also able to listen, follow and share your beautiful tafseer fr far away in Vienna. Your noble effort to spread the knowledge of Quran is highly appreciated and may Allah reward and bless you and your team for the good work. Please keep on posting on this site as I’m sure there are many who r hungry for knowledge and eagerly waiting for more….Jazakallahukahiran.

  • that first line, if you’ve ever ridden a horse at speed, immediately evokes the memory, vivid and exhilarating. falling, and see your horse try hard to avoid landing on you. and feel that kinship and gratitude to another creature of Allah.

    many of the lines in the Qur’an only strikes you emotionally when you have experienced life, travel, activity, sea, countryside, underground, undersea, seen through microscope and telescope – far more than a desktop experience. yet many muslim cultures discourage the doing of novel things, of risky things, of experience beyond the norm, that this doing or trying or travelling is only for those ‘forced’ to by necessity, and not for those who don’t have to venture beyond the secured environment of offices. this makes us collectively have a very narrow perspective. you can read about seawalking for years, and not have the same perspective granted by 30 minutes being inside a pressurised diving helmet and *doing* it, especially willing those first few steps down into the water.

  • The tribes of Bani Salim raised a huge army to launch a surprise attack on Madina in order to kill the believers and arrest the Holy Prophet. The Holy Prophet, after receiving the information, sent one of his companions along with a party of Muslim warriors to prevent the planned attack, but in the first encounter he ran away from the battlefield, leaving a large number of his men dead. Another companion was sent. He also returned defeated. Then Umar volunteered to go with a promise that he would certainly disperse the enemy. He too failed. At last Ali was sent. He with his men, travelling in the night and resting in the daytime, reached the scene of battle, attacked the enemy in the early hours of dawn, and won a decisive victory. When he turned, the Holy Prophet received him outside the city and said:

    “O Ali, if there had not been the risk of people idolizing you as the Christians worship Isa, I would have made public such of your merits as would make people use the soil under your feet to cure their ailments.”

    These verses were revealed on this occasion. (Minhajus Sadiqin).

    These verses describe the glory of the event when the ever victorious commander of the faithfuls, Ali ibn Abi Talib, took action to save the faith and the faithfuls.

    Aqa Mahdi Puya says:

    Besides the reference to the expedition of “Zatus Salasal”, the first 5 verses may also refer to camels or horses used by the believers in war against the disbelievers, or for going to pilgrimage.

    The march of the charging cavalry sparked fire in the night by the striking of the hoofs on the rocky soil. As said above Ali attacked the enemy in the early hours of the dawn.

  • إِنَّا أَعْطَيْنَاكَ الْكَوْثَرَ {1}
    [Shakir 108:1] Surely We have given you Kausar,
    [Pooya/Ali Commentary 108:1]
    When the Holy Prophet’s son, Tahir, born to Khadijah al Kubra, died, Amr bin As and Hakam bin As taunted the Holy Prophet by calling him abtar-tail-less, whose progeny has been cut off. This surah was revealed to give glad tidings to the Holy Prophet that abundance of unbounded grace, wisdom and knowledge, mercy and goodness, spiritual power and insight, in highest degrees, and of progeny has been given to him.

    It is mentioned in Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hambal and other books of renowned Sunni scholars that the Holy Prophet said:

    “Kawthar is a stream of super excellence, exclusively belonging to me. Only the righteous believers (among my followers) will be allowed to drink from it. Ali shall distribute the water from it to them.

    On the day of judgement I will see some of my companions driven, like cattle, away from Kawthar. It will be announced that they are those who, after my departure from the world, deviated from the true religion and introduced innovations (based upon conjecture) to corrupt the faith.”

    From that day Ali was known and referred to by the companions as saqi al kawthar.

    Kawthar also means abundance of descendants. The countless descendants of the Imams of the Ah ul Bayt, in the progeny of Ali and Fatimah are known as sayyids. They are the descendants of the Holy Prophet.

    Aqa Mahdi Puya says:

    This chapter guarantees abundance in every type of growth and profit to the Holy Prophet.

    In gratitude of the grant of “abundance”, the Holy Prophet and his Ahl ul Bayt demonstrated highest standard of devotion in prayers and in giving everything they had in the cause of Allah. The sacrifice of Imam Husayn, his grandson, has been described as dhibin azim in verse 107 of Saffat (see commentary 3. For their salat see commentary of Baqarah: 3, 43, 45; Ta Ha: 132.

    In some degree or other, according to the grade of their submission, all the believing men and women receive some portion from the “abundance” given to the Holy Prophet, therefore they are commanded to pray salat regularly and sacrifice whatever they have in the cause of Allah whenever necessary.

    Aqa Mahdi Puya says:

    Nahr, in verse 2, means sacrifice. It may also mean “raising of hands” in prayer whenever Allahu akbar is said.

    In verse 3 it is said that the enemies of the Holy Prophet (and his Ahl ul Bayt as explained in the commentary of Baqarah: 2 to 5, page 51) will be lost in oblivion. It is a divine prophesy.

  • Salaam all. MashAllah fantastic tafsir as always by the brother. Such an amazing inspiration. How can I download this talk? Can anyone help?

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