Archive for the ‘Qur’an’ category

The Arqam Effect: From Reading the Qur’an to Action

Those familiar with the biography of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace be upon him)  are versant with the story of a young man named Arqam. Arqam played an instrumental role in the unfolding of the history of the Arabian Peninsula. Despite his key role in history, he is noted in the books of Prophetic biography to […]

Watch as He Increases You

I was walking through the streets of a city that I have been blessed to visit—except it didn’t really feel like a blessing. Everywhere I looked people were yelling, people were fighting and worst of all they were invading my little bubble of privacy that had been unaltered all the years that I was in […]

Practice

The Qur’an Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX I was walking amidst worshippers on the third floor of Masjid al Haram. Deep in thought, I was suddenly interrupted by hearing someone’s incredible recitation of the irresistible Qur’an. I stood still, […]

How to Review What You’ve Memorized of the Qur’an

The Qur’an Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX “Shaykh Moheb, I can’t do this!” I vented to my Qur’an teacher. He had put me on a strict daily Qur’an schedule that included review, memorization and reading. I simply could not find the time to maintain […]

Streams and Palm Trees

One of the great women of our past has a story that many of us can relate to; A story of pain, fear, and confusion. In her story we can find comfort, we can find relief, and we can find hope for the future. This woman is none other than Mary the mother of Jesus. […]

Reasons of Revelation

Qur’anic Reflection Series: Part I | Part II | Part III We have been looking at the way the reasons of revelation can aid us in developing a sound understanding of the Qur’an. Here we look at this issue with much more depth. Imam ash-Shatibi radi allahu `anhu (may God be pleased with him) states in al-Muwafaqat: “Knowledge […]

The Winter of My Heart

By Iman Badawi The believer may also find hardness in the heart, but it is the hardness of ice, not rock.  The causes for this hardness are many and we must all be vigilant about their appearance. Among them are: Preferring this dunya (life) over the Hereafter and becoming deluded by worldly pursuits.  The love […]

Why We Plead “Guide Us To The Straight Path”

Muslims plead to be guided to the straight path at least seventeen times a day due to the obligation of reciting surat al-Fatiha (Qur’an 1) in salah (the 5 daily prayers). How many of us have reflected on the nature of this guidance and the path that we are supposed to be upon? ‘Guide us’ […]

Stairway to Heaven

By Farah Abduz-Zahir Rhythms primordial soothing, inspiring, connecting to some hidden electron’s orbit. In some inner recess synapses dance Listening. Smile plays on lips Heart alight chest heaves and inhales blessed blessed air made fragrant with the sounds of this recitation suspended in sound waves that permeate every alveolar crevice giving life suffuses into blood […]

Satan’s Seven Strategies

Lecture by Suhaib Webb | Transcribed by Fuseina Mohamad Surat Al-Fatiha 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   Last time we talked about the protection that Surat Al-Faatiha provides us from Shaytan (Satan). We also […]

The Transformative Power of Recitation

Qur’anic Reflection Series: Part I | Part II | Part III Reflection Upon The Power and Change Effected by Qur’anic Recital: Readings in the Muhammadan Revelation by Imam Muhammad Rashid Rida (r) (d. 1935) & Authority of the Qur’an by Dr. Taha Jabir al-Alwani (h) In Muhammadan Revelation, Shaikh Muhammad Rashid Rida speaks of the […]

Hajj in the Bible

A cursory analysis into the word “Hajj” as found in the Old Testament. When many Jews and Christians view Islam from the outside, they find parallels to their own faiths that usually inspire a great deal of curiosity. These parallels are often doctrinal, sometimes regarding the biographies of Prophets shared between the three Abrahamic faiths […]

Hijab: Fard (Obligation) or Fiction?

I am in a dilemma and need you to help me put things into perspective. It’s the age-old question of whether hijab is fard (mandatory) or not! I have been wearing hijab for many years now. I always believed that the ayah (verse) in Surat An-Nissa (Qur’an 4) is a personal choice that women make […]

Living the Bayyinah Dream

By Fuseina Mohamad Reflections of a student from the Bayyinah Dream Program “Ustadh Nouman, about this speech, how long should it be? Mine is four minutes.” Ustadh shook his head and leaned on the pool cue. “No. Three minutes, max.” “But…” “Three minutes, Fuseina. Three minutes. ” I’d been giving Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan grief […]

The Need for Allah

By Imam ibn-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah | Translated and abridged by Huda Shaka Excerpts from Tareeq al-Hijratayn wa Bab as-Sa`adatayn “O mankind, you are those in need of Allah, while Allah is the Self-Sufficient, Praiseworthy One.” (Qur’an 35:15) In this verse, the Exalted One shows that the slaves’ need for Him is intrinsic to the slaves—just as being […]

Enjoining Hope Before Fear

Qur’anic Reflection Series: Part I | Part II | Part III Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) tells us in the Qur’an: “Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you? They were touched by poverty […]

Before it’s too late

By Anonymous I had begun to think of this room as the ‘Yellow room’. Subconsciously we give things names. It had become a second home to us in a move nobody wanted to make. We would arrive early in the morning and find a vacant spot by the window seats and sit down, contemplating why […]

Do You Really Want to Memorize the Qur’an?

The Qur’an Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX Many of us make excuses for why we cannot memorize the Qur’an. Some of us are too busy. Some of us simply feel it’s too insurmountable a task. However, we make these excuses while having many blessings, countless of which […]

Cattle, Iron, & the Human Heart

Any time the creation deviates from the natural state God designed for it, it is bound for corruption. Any time we take on qualities reserved for other creations, we degenerate and descend in spiritual status. Like cattle, or iron even. Even though they glorify God, the cattle’s aims in life are to eat, drink, sleep […]

Raḩmah – Not Just ‘Mercy’

By Adnan Majid Bismilláhi r-Raḩmáni r-Raḩeem (In the Name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficent) As the Qur’an’s first verse, the Bismillah is our gateway to divine revelation and our companion when beginning any activity. Its first part defines a Muslim identity—to approach all matters “in the name of God.” And its ending, […]