بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
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:
For tajweed rules, one may refer to the following websites:
[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:
To be continued…
Here’s a lecture to help get you excited about The Best Days of The Year:
I finally figured out the difference between Ramadan and Shawwal.
You know what it is?
It’s mostly our perspective.
“Mostly” because it is a bit easier to do things in Ramadan with the devils locked up and all. However, I don’t think that this is the main reason why we can get so much done in Ramadan.
The reason is very simply because we tell ourselves that we can do it and we aim to do it. And guess what? We do it.
People that think that it is Ramadan that makes them good. Perhaps it’s just that they decide to become good in Ramadan?
It’s as simple as that. In Ramadan, we stop making excuses. However in the other 11 months….
Don’t believe me? Okay then, try it. Try to give yourself a few days where you behave like you did in Ramadan. Tell yourself that you HAVE to do it.
Guess what? You’ll see that your level will come close to your Ramadan level, insha-Allah. Perhaps it may even exceed it.
What will that prove, you ask?
It will prove that you don’t need to be in Ramadan to be a righteous servant of Allah. You can be that way at any time of the year.
[And if you think about it, you’ll realise that’s the whole point of Ramadan anyway: to show us that we can be righteous.]
So, that’s all we need: a little change in perspective.
Here’s a short reminder about this issue:
Everlasting Ramadan by Yasir Qadhi
It seems people have started to prepare for Ramadan – with 15 more days to go.
Alright, here’s another lecture on how to prepare for Ramadan
Preparing for Ramadan by Yasir Qadhi (Download)
What I liked about the lecture: He made some points that I haven’t heard mentioned elsewhere.
What I did not like: He messed up on two points*. But that’s okay. I think he was jet lagged (he sounds tired in the lecture). And everyone has an off-day.
[* This is what I recall. If I made a mistake, please let me know.]
Point # 1: He states that Ramadan is one of the four sacred months.
No, it isn’t. Ramadan is the greatest month of the year (hey, that sounds like a great title for a website) but it is NOT one of the four sacred months. Proof? Here you go:
Narrated Abu Bakra: The Prophet said (salallahu alaihi wasallam): “The division of time has turned to its original form which was current when Allah created the Heavens and the Earths. The year is of twelve months, out of which four months are sacred: Three are in succession Dhul-Qa’ da, Dhul-Hijja and Muharram, and (the fourth is) Rajab of (the tribe of) Mudar which comes between Jumadi-ath-Thaniyah and Shaban.” [Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 4, Hadeeth No. 419]