Archive for the ‘Qur’an’ category

Eastern Texts Meet Western Quills: The First English Translation of the Qur’an

By Lubaaba Amatullah When asking fellow Muslims about the first English Qur’an, the response is frequently a reference to the 1930 translation by Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall. Less frequently an excited voice speaks of the George Sale Qur’an of 1734. However, British Islamic – and Qur’anic – history extends long beyond that, in a rich account […]

Reflections on Friendship

Coming out of Ramadan, our souls are more raw and perceptive. That cuss word or the gossip that we freed our tongue and hearing of during Ramadan feels like ice on sensitive teeth. There is pain and irritation. And leaving Ramadan to the humdrum of daily life brings with it the very things we tried […]

“O Allah, Make us of Your ‘Few’ Servants!”

From Kitab al-Zuhd by Ahmad bin Hanbal | Translated by Jinan Bastaki I received this in a text message and thought it was beautiful, so I thought it would be nice to translate and share. It can be found in Kitab al-Zuhd by Ahmad bin Hanbal, and also in the Musannaf of Ibn Abi Shaybah. ((.مر سيدنا عمر […]

Worship of the Heart

Qur’an Reflections “Recite, [O Muhammad], what has been revealed to you of the Book and establish prayer. Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and the remembrance of Allah is greater. And Allah knows that which you do.” [Qur’an 29:45] Reciting this verse of Qur’an always makes me stop and reflect on my prayer.  Allah subhananhu wa […]

The End of Every Matter is Better

From Tareq Al-Suwaidan | Translated by Jinan Bastaki Tareq Al-Suwaidan shared the following: (قال الله تعالى (وللآخرة خير لك من الأولى !! إن أول ما يخطر على أذهاننا في تفسير الآية أن الدار الأخرة خير لنا من الدنيا . ..ولكن الآية تحمل معنى أوسع يقول : عاقبة كل أمر لك خير لك من أوله ولذلك فإن […]

How Can I Enjoy Listening to the Qur’an in Taraweeh When I Don’t Understand What is Being Recited?

The Qur’an Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX Originally posted in August 2012 During Ramadan, many of us attend taraweeh (night prayers) at the masjid. Some of us stay until the Imam leads us in witr (a final supplementary prayer). For many of us, this can amount to over […]

Is it Allowed for Women to Teach Mixed Gatherings?

Few scholars (and yet many “religious” Muslims) claim that women scholars should not teach mixed gatherings openly as men scholars do and that if she does she should do so behind a curtain. It is also suggested as evidence against this that women should generally stay at home and that her face as well as […]

What goes up must come down…?

There is something striking about the life of Yusuf `alyahi as-salaam (peace be upon him). Every time it seems something good is happening to him, it is taken away or something messes it up. Think about it. He tells his father about his amazing dream, and his father informs him that it is something good, […]

It Was a Great Day to be a Muslim: How I Found Nourishment for My Soul

  Yesterday. I sigh remembering it. What a blessing yesterday was.  I met up with an old friend who lived across the street from me when we were kids. Back then we used to hang out either on his driveway or in his house just jamming on our guitars. I played the six-string and he […]

Too Busy for Qur’an? Check These 3 Tips To Get Rolling

Most of us spend close to 8-10 hours of our entire day genuinely busy, be it at work, school, internships, volunteering, or some other day-consuming activity. That is usually supplemented with time to eat, which can add another 1-2 hours of busy time, spending time with the family, another couple of hours, entertainment, sleeping and […]

First Say Thanks, Then Gain Wisdom

Lecture by Suhaib Webb | Transcribed by Fuseina Mohamad Surat Luqman, Qur’an 31: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V The next part of the ayah (verse) continues with أَنِ اشْكُرْ‌ لِلَّـهِ .  The word أن (an that/to) is called أن تفسيرية (an tafsireeyyah). That means that there is something going on that is not stated in the […]

Hook Up with the Quran, Allah Will Hook You Up

Originally published in April 2010. Part I | Part II Veiled from sight, a young woman walked down the streets of Cairo, reciting Qur’an to herself and thinking about her goals. She loved the Qur’an and was passionate about studying and teaching it. She wanted to move to Saudi Arabia where she knew of Qur’anic […]

Every Muslim is a Caller

Lecture by Suhaib Webb | Transcribed by Fuseina Mohamad Surat Luqman, Qur’an 31: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Just a little background about Luqman before we begin. Most of the ’ulema (scholars) said that he was from the area of Sudan. Others said that he was from Nubia. They said that he lived in the time […]

Love is in Giving: Al-Wadud

Names of Allah Series:  Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part XVIII | Part XIX | Part XX | Part XXI | Part XXII | Part XXIII | Part XXIV | Part XXV | Part XXVI | Part XXVII | Part XXVIII | Part XXIX | Part XXX When was the last time you felt truly loved? Close your eyes and think about it. […]

A Student of All Creation

A few years ago, in a private school in my hometown, I used to be a Qur’an teacher. I did not have my own classroom; rather I had a cart with a projector on it that would hook up to my laptop, so that I could show the kids the nifty slides we made that […]

With Hardship Comes Ease: Embracing Discomfort

By Ismail Shaikh I cried after my first interview. It was June of 2011 and I had finally landed an interview after frantically sending out applications to prospective employers. Job-hunting had been a stressful experience as I began to feel increasingly desperate under both family and financial pressure. So when I received a call to […]

You Would See This Mountain Crumble

Lecture by Suhaib Webb | Transcribed by Fuseina Mohamad Surat Luqman, Qur’an 31: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Then Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (glorified is He) says, “If we had sent this Qur’an upon a mountain, you would see this mountain crumble and become weak from the fear of Allah,” (Qur’an 59:21). Imam Al Qurtubi said […]

So We Strengthened Them with a Third: Allah’s Name al-Azeez

Names of Allah Series:  Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part XVIII | Part XIX | Part XX | Part XXI | Part XXII | Part XXIII | Part XXIV | Part XXV | Part XXVI | Part XXVII  | Part XXVIII | Part XXIX | Part XXX Today’s Name is one that has been expressed over 95 times in the Qur’an. […]

Allah the Exalted Knows Best

By Basimah bint Arthur All praise and thanks belongs to Allah the Most High. He is the Sustainer, the Provider, the Most Wise, the Supreme in Might, the Magnificent, and the Especially Merciful. He is the One to whom all affairs are referred. Glory be to Allah and thanks as great as the number of […]

Knowledge on Steroids

Many of us live busy lives which we often have to compensate for by requiring things done instantly. Of course, the plus side of this is that ‘productivity’ increases, but it undoubtedly comes at a cost, often to our health and/or general lifestyles. Technology has played a significant role in facilitating this—take email as an […]