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8
May

The Rights of the Quran and some tips on how to fulfill them – Part 5

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Here are Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4.]

5) To call to it

It’s not enough to just apply the Quran ourselves, rather we also need to invite others to apply the Quran as well.

After all, what was the main role of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)? He was sent to call the people to worship Allah alone. So his primary role was dawah (calling to Islam).

Sadly, in these times, we have become very lax in fulfilling this right.

How does one do dawah?

Well, I hope to discuss that in greater detail in a future post, insha-Allah. For now, the following points should suffice:

a) Start with tawheed (worshipping Allah alone).

And no, not everyone knows about tawheed. If they did, I wouldn’t have come across as many dropped jaws as I did.

Tawheed is the most important thing and everything else is based upon it. Only the people of tawheed will exit Hell and only the people of tawheed will enter Paradise.

b) Talk about what you know

This one sounds obvious but given the amount of people who talk about matters in which they have zero knowledge, I guess it’s not that obvious….

c) Talk with proof

[Yes, I know that this particular post does not have any proof. Forgive me, it’s midnight at the moment.]

“I said”, ” I think”, “My shaikh said”, “My parents said” and “I heard someone say” are not counted as proofs, I’m afraid.

Proof = Allah said, Allah’s Messenger (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) said and the Companions of Allah’s Messenger said. This is what Islam is based on.

d) Be nice.

I repeat: Be nice.

I repeat yet again: BE NICE.

The above might sound like simple steps but they do make a lot of difference.

6) To do the above all the time

This is the last right and it entails fulfilling all the rights of the entire Quran consistently.

Failure to fulfill these rights would mean that we have abandoned the Quran. So we need to make sure that we try our best to do as much as we can.

May Allah make us of those who fulfill the rights of the Quran.

22
Apr

The Rights of the Quran and some tips on how to fulfill them – Part 4

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Here are Parts 1, 2 and 3.]

[A very important note: I’ve mentioned my email address on this blog so that SISTERS can contact me. I’ve said this over and over again.

I do not want any emails from any brothers and I will not reply to anyone that does so. There are plenty of brothers around to ask questions to, so why email a woman for the answers??

Also, I would advise all the brothers to only comment on the blog when necessary in order to avoid any fitnah (trials).

I would advise the sisters to do the same when they read blogs run by brothers i.e. comment only when necessary.]

4) To act upon it

One of my former teachers told us something I’ll never forget. She said: “The Quran was not revealed except to be applied.”

Subhan Allah, the reason that it stayed with me was because she was my hifdh (Quran memorisation) teacher! Many times, we tend to forget the real purpose of the Quran and just focus on memorising.

Allah revealed the Quran to inform us how we need to worship Him and the rewards that one gets for doing that. He also mentioned the people of the past who worshipped Him and the good end that they got, despite all the hardships that they endured.

The last right that I discussed was understanding the Quran. Understanding should lead to pondering which should lead to action.

Action of what, you ask?

– Action of the heart

This includes love of Allah, hoping in Him, fearing Him, and putting one’s trust (tawakkul) in Him.

Action of the tongue

This include dhikr (remembrance) and good speech.

– Action of the limbs

This includes praying, giving charity, fasting, doing Hajj, showing good manners, keeping family ties, serving guests, etc.

Allah mentions two kinds of people in the Quran: the good ones and the bad ones. He also mentions the characteristics of each.

Why? So that we can work on attaining the good characteristics and avoiding the bad ones.

Allah didn’t just reveal the Quran for us, rather He sent us someone to teach the Quran and explain it to us in detail.

Indeed, the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) showed us how to act according to the Quran.

فَقُلْتُ يَا أُمَّ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَنْبِئِينِي عَنْ خُلُقِ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏.‏ قَالَتْ أَلَسْتَ تَقْرَأُ الْقُرْآنَ قُلْتُ بَلَى ‏.‏ قَالَتْ فَإِنَّ خُلُقَ نَبِيِّ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم كَانَ الْقُرْآنَ

“I (Saad ibn Hisham) said: Mother of the Believers, tell me about the character of the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). She said: Don’t you read the Quran? I said: Yes. Upon this she said: The character of the Messenger of Allah (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) was the Quran.” [Sahih Muslim, Hadeeth No. 1623]

[The above is part of a very long hadeeth.]

So, we need to know the sunnah and also read his seerah (biography) in order to be able to follow in his footsteps. This way, we’ll be applying the Quran.

Applying the Quran is not the impossible task that some people make it out to be. We might not be able to apply each and every aspect but we need to start and then proceed to improve step by step.

Let me give you two simple examples that illustrate how we tend to overlook the easy stuff:

Example No. 1:

Suppose one is reciting the Quran and  comes across this ayah (verse):

إِنَّ الْمُسْلِمِينَ وَالْمُسْلِمَاتِ وَالْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ وَالْقَانِتِينَ وَالْقَانِتَاتِ وَالصَّادِقِينَ وَالصَّادِقَاتِ وَالصَّابِرِ‌ينَ وَالصَّابِرَ‌اتِ وَالْخَاشِعِينَ وَالْخَاشِعَاتِ وَالْمُتَصَدِّقِينَ وَالْمُتَصَدِّقَاتِ وَالصَّائِمِينَ وَالصَّائِمَاتِ وَالْحَافِظِينَ فُرُ‌وجَهُمْ وَالْحَافِظَاتِ وَالذَّاكِرِ‌ينَ اللَّـهَ كَثِيرً‌ا وَالذَّاكِرَ‌اتِ أَعَدَّ اللَّـهُ لَهُم مَّغْفِرَ‌ةً وَأَجْرً‌ا عَظِيمًا

“Verily, the Muslim men and women, the believing men and women, the men and the women who are obedient, the men and women who are truthful, the men and the women who are patient, the men and the women who are humble (before their Lord Allah), the men and the women who give Sadaqaat (i.e. zakah, and alms, etc.), the men and the women who observe Saum (fast), the men and the women who guard their chastity (from illegal sexual acts) and the men and the women who remember Allah much, Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise).” [Surah Al-Ahzab (33) : 35]

Here, Allah mentions ten traits of the people of Paradise. So one should strive to achieve all these traits.

Now, what’s the FIRST thing that one should do in order to achieve these traits?

That would be dua (supplication).

[This would also cause one to get closer to applying one of the above traits: remembering Allah much.]

Amazingly, most people forget this step! Yet Allah says:

وَقَالَ رَ‌بُّكُمُ ادْعُونِي أَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ ۚ إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَكْبِرُ‌ونَ عَنْ عِبَادَتِي سَيَدْخُلُونَ جَهَنَّمَ دَاخِرِ‌ينَ

“And your Lord said: “Invoke Me, I will respond to your (invocation). Verily! Those who scorn My worship [i.e. do not invoke Me, and do not believe in My Oneness, (Islamic Monotheism)] they will surely enter Hell in humiliation!”” [Surah Ghafir (40) : 60]

So, by doing dua to Allah, we apply the above ayah and we also open the doors to applying the other ayaat (verses).

[Of course, many people, when they come across the above ayah, forget to do dua, so that’s another loss for them.]

Example No. 2:

Suppose one is reciting Surah Al-Furqan. Allah mentions some traits of His slaves:

وَعِبَادُ الرَّ‌حْمَـٰنِ الَّذِينَ يَمْشُونَ عَلَى الْأَرْ‌ضِ هَوْنًا وَإِذَا خَاطَبَهُمُ الْجَاهِلُونَ قَالُوا سَلَامًا

“And the slaves of the Most Beneficent (Allah) are those who walk on the earth in humility and sedateness, and when the foolish address them (with bad words) they reply back with mild words of gentleness.” [Surah Al-Furqan (25) : 63]

وَالَّذِينَ يَبِيتُونَ لِرَ‌بِّهِمْ سُجَّدًا وَقِيَامًا

“And those who spend the night before their Lord, prostrate and standing.” [Surah Al-Furqan (25) : 64]

وَالَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَ‌بَّنَا اصْرِ‌فْ عَنَّا عَذَابَ جَهَنَّمَ ۖ إِنَّ عَذَابَهَا كَانَ غَرَ‌امًا

إِنَّهَا سَاءَتْ مُسْتَقَرًّ‌ا وَمُقَامًا

“And those who say: “Our Lord! Avert from us the torment of Hell. Verily! Its torment is ever an inseparable, permanent punishment. Evil indeed it (Hell) is as an abode and as a place to dwell.”” [Surah Al-Furqan (25) : 65-66]

وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا أَنفَقُوا لَمْ يُسْرِ‌فُوا وَلَمْ يَقْتُرُ‌وا وَكَانَ بَيْنَ ذَٰلِكَ قَوَامًا

“And those, who, when they spend, are neither extravagant nor niggardly, but hold a medium (way) between those (extremes).” [Surah Al-Furqan (25) : 67]

وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَدْعُونَ مَعَ اللَّـهِ إِلَـٰهًا آخَرَ‌ وَلَا يَقْتُلُونَ النَّفْسَ الَّتِي حَرَّ‌مَ اللَّـهُ إِلَّا بِالْحَقِّ وَلَا يَزْنُونَ ۚ وَمَن يَفْعَلْ ذَٰلِكَ يَلْقَ أَثَامًا

“And those who invoke not any other ilaah (god) along with Allah, nor kill such life as Allah has forbidden, except for just cause, nor commit illegal sexual intercourse and whoever does this shall receive the punishment.” [Surah Al-Furqan (25) : 68]

وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَشْهَدُونَ الزُّورَ‌ وَإِذَا مَرُّ‌وا بِاللَّغْوِ مَرُّ‌وا كِرَ‌امًا

“And those who do not witness falsehood, and if they pass by some evil play or evil talk, they pass by it with dignity.” [Surah Al-Furqan (25) : 72]

وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِّرُ‌وا بِآيَاتِ رَ‌بِّهِمْ لَمْ يَخِرُّ‌وا عَلَيْهَا صُمًّا وَعُمْيَانًا

“And those who, when they are reminded of the Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of their Lord, fall not deaf and blind thereat.” [Surah Al-Furqan (25) : 73]

وَالَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَ‌بَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّ‌يَّاتِنَا قُرَّ‌ةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَامًا

“And those who say: “Our Lord! Bestow on us from our wives and our offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and make us leaders for the Muttaqoon (pious).”” [Surah Al-Furqan (25) : 74]

Now, obviously, we would start with dua (supplication) i.e. that we become of His slaves mentioned in this Surah. This trait is also mentioned in the above ayaat (that they don’t invoke anyone except Allah).

What next? What else can one apply RIGHT NOW?

What about the the two ayaat in red? Both of them are supplications that these slaves say, so what’s stopping us from reciting these two duas (in Arabic obviously) so that we can at least start to attain two of the traits mentioned??

Now, someone might say “Hey, what if a childless 90 year old widow is reciting the last ayah? What’s the point? She’s too old to have a husband or kids!”

The ultimate point of reciting this dua (or any other dua for that matter) is not to get the husband and kids.  The point is to worship Allah.

So, we should recite these duas no matter what our circumstances are.

Interestingly enough, one of the traits mentioned is those who when they are reminded of Allah’s ayaat, are not deaf. If one takes the above steps, one will avoid being deaf to the ayaat but if one just recites without paying attention to what they are reading, haven’t they acted contrary to this trait?

So, we should remember to interact with the Quran and try to apply whatever we can.

And we definitely shouldn’t forget the easy stuff.

To be continued…

8
Jul

Ramadan: The Month of… – Part 1

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

I thought that it would be a good idea to remind ourselves of the virtues of Ramadan from the Quran and the Sunnah.

[Yes, many of us might know these but we all need reminders now and then.]

The Month of Fasting

“O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious).” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 183]

“[Observing Saum (fasts)] for a fixed number of days, but if any of you is ill or on a journey, the same number (should be made up) from other days. And as for those who can fast with difficulty, (e.g. an old man, etc.), they have (a choice either to fast or) to feed a Miskeen (poor person) (for every day). But whoever does good of his own accord, it is better for him. And that you fast, it is better for you if only you know.” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 184]

The Month of the Quran, Guidance, Gratitude and Generosity

“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Saum (fasts) that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Saum (fasts) must be made up] from other days. Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allah [i.e. to say Takbir (Allahu-Akbar; Allah is the Most Great) on seeing the crescent of the months of Ramadan and Shawwal] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him.” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 185]

كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أجود الناس ، وكان أجود ما يكون في رمضان حين يلقاه جبريل ، وكان يلقاه في كل ليلة من رمضان فيدارسه القرآن ، فلرسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أجود بالخير من الريح المرسلة

Narrated Ibn Abbas (radiallahu anhu): Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) was the most generous of all the people, and he used to reach the peak in generosity in the month of Ramadan when Jibreel* met him. Jibreel used to meet him every night of Ramadan to teach him the Quran. Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) was the most generous person, even more generous than the strong uncontrollable wind (in readiness and haste to do charitable deeds). [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 1, Hadeeth No. 5]

[*For those new to Islam, Jibreel = Gabriel (the angel).]

The Month of Tawheed (worshipping Allah alone) and Dua (supplication)

“And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright.” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 186]

To be continued…

27
Jun

Countdown to Ramadan: Changing one habit a week – Habit No. 3

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Okay, I have a question: How many of you are trying to follow these habits?]

Now, you might be thinking “Hey, she didn’t say ‘Choosing the third habit'”.

True, I didn’t because I chose it based upon the first two polls. This habit came in second both times.

And I mentioned it in yesterday’s post.

So what is the third habit?

Reciting at least one page of the Quran daily with the translation (for those who don’t understand Arabic).

Okay, let’s take this step by step:

1) Why is this not a habit in the lives of many Muslims?

If one reads the lives of the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) and his Companions (radiallahu anhum), we would find that they were attached to the Quran.

And this is something that most Muslims know so why don’t they attempt to be like this?

Well, if I had to guess, the following reasons might be amongst those that keep us away from the Quran:

a) The Shaytaan

You know, the devil is not dumb. He knows the powerful affect that the Quran has on a person so he tries his utmost to keep us away from it.

b) The lack of understanding leads to boredom.

Sad but true.

Most people don’t understand what they read which is why they really don’t want to read any further.

c) Difficulty in reciting the Quran.

Surprisingly this might be one of the main reasons why many eager beavers, who want to recite the Quran, don’t recite much – because they have great difficulty in doing so.

Spending 1 hour in trying to recite a few ayaat (verses) can be exhausting. However, remember that it is also highly rewarding.

d) Looking for inspiration in the wrong places.

What do I mean by that?

Well, I’ve noticed that many people tend to seek out blog posts and inspirational lectures when they are depressed.

Just a question: Why is it that they don’t turn to the Quran? Is there anything more inspiring than the words of the Lord of the Worlds?

Also, listen to this short lecture that I linked to earlier.

e) Seeking advanced knowledge whilst leaving the basics.

I remember one of my teachers pointing out that the Quran was the foundation so we should make more of an effort to keep in touch with it.

I’ve seen many students who regularly attend Islamic classes but have not memorised more than Juz Amma.

Why is that? Why aren’t we focusing on the Quran, on it memorisation and on its explanation?

f) Not understanding one’s priorities.

It doesn’t matter how much work you have, you are still required to keep in touch with the Quran.

If one doesn’t regularly recite the Quran, one is considered to have deserted it.

2) What are the difficulties people face in reciting the Quran daily?

I mentioned two of the reasons above: lack of understanding and difficulty in recitation.

Another reason might be not dedicating a fixed time to reciting it. It doesn’t have to be an hour. You could start with 5-10 minutes and then work your way up from there.

3) What can one do in order to make this a habit?

Right, here are some tips:

a) Decide when and how much you’re going to recite and stick with it.

Do you want to do it after Fajr? Or before sleeping? Or after lunch?

[Note: It’s much easier to recite on an empty stomach.]

How much will you recite? Try to make it at least a page. If that’s too much, then at least half a page.

b) If you don’t understand Arabic, get a nice translation.

You could try to get a word to work translation as well.

Of course, this is just a temporary measure until you understand Arabic.

[Oh and you can also use a Quran journal whilst you read so that you can record your questions, thoughts, etc.]

c) If you can’t recite properly, get some tapes of a good reciter.

Or as I said yesterday, you could use http://tanzil.net as then there’s no need to buy any tapes or translation.

d) Do dua and stick to the rountine until it becomes a habit.

Try and try until you get there.

Let’s try this for two weeks, insha-Allah.

Do any of you have any tips? Feel free to share, insha-Allah.

PS. Has everyone gone for away for the summer holidays? Certainly looks like it…


26
Jun

The Rights of the Quran and some tips on how to fulfill them – Part 2

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Here’s Part 1.]

An important point regarding reciting the Quran:

I’ve noticed that many people do not recite the Quran daily and they do not recite it in order.

What do I mean by “in order”? Well, one is supposed to recite the Quran from Al-Fatihah, then move on to Al-Baqarah and so on until one reaches Surah An-Naas (the last Surah).

After that, one returns to Al-Fatihah and starts all over again.

That’s what the Sahaabah (the Companions of the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam)) did. Some of them recited the whole Quran in a month, others completed it in a week and still others finished it in three days.

[Yes, that may sound impossible but it’s not.]

I asked a couple of sisters about how they recited the Quran and they said they just picked up the mushaf and recited the parts that they liked. Well, okay that’s fine but one should also attempt to recite from start to finish, even if that takes a year.

Also, it seems that some people have gotten confused about the fact that the Sahaabah used to study ten ayaat (verses) of the Quran at a time. Yes, they did but this was apart from their daily recitation.

Apart from reciting the Quran in order, one should sure to recite some of it daily even if you can only manage to recite a few verses. Don’t sleep without doing that, no matter how tired you are.

Just think about this: What if you were in bed and you realised that the gas stove was switched on or that you had left your car keys in your car (some people do that!)? Would you still go to sleep?

No! You’d jump out of bed and solve the problem.

So, if you’re in bed and you realise that you haven’t recited your daily portion of the Quran, then get up and do it. This way, you’ll make sure that it becomes a habit.

Oh and please remember to recite with tajweed. The whole point of learning how to recite properly is to….well, recite properly.

3) To understand it

In order to understand the Quran, one needs to understand Arabic.

I’ve put some tips up on my series on learning Arabic (here’s Part 5).

I should point out a few things here:

a) Even if you don’t understand Arabic, you can still understand the Quran to some degree by using a translation.

Try to use more than one so that you end up getting a more complete picture of the portion that you are reciting. The two most accurate translations are the Muhsin Khan one and the Saheeh international one. You could also use a word to word translation of the Quran.

[Yesterday, I heard of a story of an agnostic Jew who read 4 translations side by side and also used an Arabic dictionary along with it!]

For those of you who are struggling to recite and understand the Quran, you could use the following site:

http://tanzil.net – It has both audio and translation. You could play each ayah, then recite after it and then read the translation.

b) Translations are not enough.

You know, I’m in the process of listening to a rather wonderful lecture series by one of my teachers entitled “How can you understand the Quran?”

The sad news (for those that don’t understand Arabic) is that this series is in Arabic. [For those of you who can understand Arabic, you can download it here.]

Now, the purpose of me mentioning that was not to rub it in your faces, rather it was to make you ponder.

Why would ARABS need to know how to understand the Quran? Don’t they know Arabic?

Yes, they can understand the words but that does not necessitate that they understand the intended meaning of the ayaat (verses).

Unfortunately, many people think that they can study the Quran on their own by just understanding the meaning of the words. This is not correct.

Why not? Because when Allah revealed the Quran, He also sent a Prophet to explain His Book, so we need to refer back to him (salallahu alaihi wasallam) and his Companions (radiallahu anhum) in order to understand the meaning of the ayaat and the context in which they were revealed.

So, one needs a tafsir (explanation) to fully understand the Quran. And one is not enough. If you are able to read ten, then you should read ten. If you can read a hundred, then you should read a hundred. The Quran is a treasure. Reading just one tafsir is not going to give you the whole treasure.

Apart from the tafsir, one should also try to study the sciences of the Quran. These deal with the language of the Quran, the reasons for revelation of various ayaat, etc.

Insha-Allah, in the next part, I’ll mention some word-to-word websites and books, various tafsir books as well as some courses and books on the sciences of the Quran.

[And yes, I will only mention English resources…]

c) Don’t forget the whole point of learning all this stuff.

We’re not in a race to see who will read the most books. However, we are in a race to see who will have the highest iman and who will have the most amount of good deeds.

So, the point is not to finish as many tafsirs as possible. What is the point of studying the Quran then? The point of studying the Quran and its sciences is to ponder over its message.

The message? It’s tawheed (worshipping Allah alone). The whole Quran is just about that one topic. It introduces us to Allah, His Power, His Mercy, His Majesty and His other attributes* and it tells us what we need to do in order to get closer to Him. It also talks about what awaits those who follow His orders and what awaits those who don’t.

[*Remember that the Quran is the Speech of Allah and hence is one of His attributes as well.]

Unfortunately, many people today will talk about the Quran and discuss everything except tawheed. It’s sad but true.

So, we should not be like them. Rather, we should strive to remember the purpose of reciting the Quran whilst doing so.

To be continued…

11
Jun

A great reminder for all of us…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

I just came across this translation of a segment of a lecture (about 5 minutes). It was quite an eye-opener to say the least:

[There’s an annoying nasheed going on in the background, but alhamdulillah, it does not have any musical instruments, just some guy going “Aaaaaaaaah”.]

Note: The majority of people chose “controlling our tongues” as the second habit. Keeping that in mind, I’d advise everyone to pay even more attention to what the shaikh says.

Advice to those that want to soften their hearts by Shaikh Salim Al-Maghamsi

2
Jun

The Rights of the Quran and some tips on how to fulfill them – Part 1

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Last year, I put up a lecture on the rights of the Quran.

Here is a summary of its rights:

1) To believe in it

2) To recite it

3) To understand it

4) To act upon it

5) To call to it

[6) To do the above all the time]

Now, how can we can actually fulfill these rights especially with the month of the Quran almost here?

Here are some tips that might be useful, insha-Allah.

1) To believe in it

Well, here is the main obstacle that this ummah (nation) faces today when trying to keep in touch with the Quran: many Muslims secretly have doubts about the Quran.

They don’t directly say it of course but one can easily understand that they do when they say things like “Polygamy is not correct” or “Capital punishment is cruel” or “Times are different now.”

These are the same people who call for “reinterpreting the Quran”. They also reject many authentic hadeeth. Why? Well, because it goes against their beliefs.

There’s a problem here, of course. Being a Muslim means we take our beliefs from the Quran and the Sunnah. It does not mean that we come in with a bunch of pre-conceived notions then try to interpret Islam in a way that suits our desires. That is not called submission.

Submission is letting Allah and His Messenger dictate what we should and should not do.

So, how can we fulfill this right of the Quran?

Well, we need to take everything that it tells us as the truth. We need to judge everything else according to it and not the other way around.

For example, suppose someone mentions a scientific “fact” that goes against the Quran. We need to accept what the Quran says and reject this scientific “fact”.

Another way would be to learn aqeedah (creed). This is one way of increasing oneself in certainty and iman (faith).

Also, there’s a nice book, called “How to Approach and Understand the Quran” by Jamal Zarabozo, that talks about the proper way to approach the Book of Allah. [No, I don’t think that it’s online.]

2) To recite it

The proper way to recite the Quran is explained in a science known as “tajweed”.

It is mandatory for a person to read the Quran with tajweed (i.e. following the rules of recitation). Why? Well, if one recites the words incorrectly, it could lead to changing the meaning.

So, how can you recite the Quran with tajweed?

1) Get a teacher ASAP. You cannot do this alone as someone has to be there to spot your mistakes.

2) Practice, practice, practice and after that, practice some more.

What if you have no teachers in your area? Well, try to get one of those online teachers. [Warning: Some of them these online Quran teachers are cheats. A relative of mine had a bad experience with one of them.]

Also, you could try to keep listening to the ayaat (verses) over and over again.

The following websites would be helpful:

http://tanzil.net/

http://www.houseofquran.com/

For tajweed rules, one may refer to the following websites:

http://www.abouttajweed.com/

http://www.tajweedinenglish.com/

http://www.readwithtajweed.com/

[Oh and I have some useful stuff on my Haafidh blog as well.]

For those who have no way of getting a teacher, the following two series may help:

Correct your recitation by Muhammad Salah

The Noble Emissaries by Yasir Qadhi

To be continued…

24
Jan

Six months to go…

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, Ramadan is a little over six months away.

So, we need to ask ourselves two main questions:

1) How much progress have we made since the end of Ramadan 2010?

2) What are our goals for the end of Ramadan 2011 and how much progress do we need to make before we reach them?

Some of the questions that we could ask ourselves before we make a list of goals for the next Ramadan are:

a) Tawheed (worshipping Allah alone)

Has our knowledge and application of tawheed increased?

What else do we need to do to strengthen our aqeedah (creed)?

b) Salah (prayers)

How is the quality of our prayers?

Have we started doing any new prayers (e.g. Dhuha  or Tahajjud) on a regular basis?

c) Arabic

Has our Arabic improved?

Will we be able to understand the Taraweeh prayers come Ramadan?

d) The Quran

Has our relationship with the Book of Allah improved?

Do we recite it daily? And with tajweed (rules of recitation)?

How much can we understand without the use of a translation?

Have we memorised any new surahs? How much do we plan on memorising before next Ramadan?

Have we read the tafsir?

How much of the Quran do we apply?

e) Charity

Do we spend more on charity now?

Do we help the needy on a regular basis?

f) Adhkar (remembrance)

Have we increased in the remembrance of Allah?

Have we memorised any new adhkar?

g) Fasting

Have we made up our missed fasts from previous Ramadans?

Do we do any of the optional fasts?

h) Seeking knowledge and doing dawah (calling to Islam)

Do we regularly attend Islamic lectures/classes?

Do we read beneficial books?

Do we spread this knowledge to others?

i) Akhlaq (Character)

Has our character improved?

Are our tongues more restrained?

j) Health

Has our health improved?

Are we better equipped to handle the long qiyam al-layl prayers next Ramadan?

 

We don’t need to wait for Ramadan to make a change, nor should we wait for it. Rather, we should always be eager to improve no matter what time of year it is.

24
Nov

Seriously Short Reminder No. 2 – Don’t sleep until you…

Assalamu Alaikum.

….read the Quran.

Yes, we need to make the Quran a daily (not weekly, monthly or yearly) part of our lives.

So, no matter how tired you are or how late it is, make sure you DO NOT sleep until you have read at least a few ayaat (verses) from the Quran.

[And if you can’t understand Arabic, then please do read the translation of those ayaat as well.]