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Poem For Those Who Are Striving To Memorize the Quran

Poem For Those Who Are Striving To Memorize the Quran

A Most Noble Task

 

O, servant who strives to memorize Allah’s (SWT) Words,

You have been chosen to perform a most noble task.

It is a task that will take you far in this life and the next;

In blessings upon blessings it will cause you to bask.

 

A Book that will intercede for the one who recites it,

A Book that can cause a mountain to tear apart.

A Book that will serve as a companion in the grave,

A Book that was originally in the Prophet’s (SAWS) heart.

 

That is the Book you have been chosen to memorize,

That is the Book your heart is destined to preserve.

For Allah (SWT) is the Most Generous and Most Kind,

And He bestows us with things we can never deserve.

 

This Qur’an is your guide, your intercessor.

May it give you light in your life and your grave.

May it always be with you and protect you like armor,

In the darkest of paths and the deepest of caves.

 

May it ease your hardships and struggles in life,

May it cheer you up when you’re feeling down.

May it be your friend, your source of light,

May it give your parents a dazzling crown.

 

Keep your tongue moist with the recitation of the Qur’an,

Keep your heart shining with its everlasting noor.

Never let go of this friend Allah (SWT) has given you.

Let it be your guide, your companion, your cure.

 

Keep the Qur’an close to you wherever you go,

Remember the guidance that lies within it.

Practice what it commands and avoid what it forbids,

And soon you’ll be a shining star from which noor emits.

 

By: Hafiza Bint Hanif Subhani

Hifz Teacher Nawal Academy

 

 

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The Month of Rabi-ul-Awwal

The Month of Rabi-ul-Awwal

Rabi-ul-Awwal is the third month of the Islamic calendar. Rabi-ul-Awwal literally means “the first month of spring.”
Rabi-ul-Awwal is a monumental month in Islamic history. Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Qur’an: “We have sent him (Muhammad SAWS) as a source of mercy for the ‘Aalameen (humans, jinns, and all else that exists)” (Surah al- Anbiya, Ayah 107).

Sun rising behind dark leafless winter treesIndeed, it is in this blessed month of Rabi-ul-Awwal that Allah (SWT) sent our Beloved Nabi (SAWS) into the world to wipe away the darkness of Ayyaam-ul-Jahiliyyah (the Days of Ignorance) and to fill the world with the eternal light of the Qur’an.

In addition to the birth of our Beloved Prophet (SAWS), there are several other significant events that took place in Rabi-ul-Awwal:

  • Rasulullah (SAWS) was bestowed with Nubuwwat (prophethood) in this blessed month.
  • According to several scholars, Mi’raaj occurred in Rabi-ul-Awwal as opposed to Rajab.
  • Rasulullah (SAWS) reached Madinah after Hijrah (migration) in Rabi-ul-Awwal.
  • Rasulullah (SAWS) departed from the world in this month, 63 years after his birth.

Hazrat Abu Qataadah (R) reports that Rasulullah (SAWS) was asked as to why he (SAWS) would fast on Mondays. He (SAWS) replied, “That is the day in which I was born” (Sahih Muslim).

This Hadith illustrates the fact that our commemoration of significant events consists of fasting or performing other acts of worship (such as on the 10th of Muharram). Our celebration of important events should not be similar to those of the Kuffaar (disbelievers). It is therefore unfortunate that many Muslims cross the boundaries of the Shari’ah in observing the birth of our Beloved Nabi (SAWS). For instance, several Muslims participate in the celebrations of Milaad-un-Nabi (“the birthday of the Prophet (SAWS)”), believing it to be a way of expressing their love for Rasulullah (SAWS).

If celebrating the Milaad was permissible then it would also have been performed at the time of Rasulullah (SAWS). Who can possibly have a deeper love for Rasulullah (SAWS) than the Sahabah (R)? However, there was no such practice present amongst Rasulullah (SAWS), the Sahabah (R), or the Tabi’een. The celebration of the Milaad is Bid’ah (an innovation) in Islam. Rasulullah (SAWS) said: “Whoever innovates something in this matter of ours (i.e., Islam), it will be rejected” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari). Therefore, participating in Milaad-un-Nabi is impermissible.

Additionally, there are many evils that can take place at a Mawlid (a gathering for celebrating Milaad-un-Nabi) such as music, wasting money, missing fardh (obligatory) prayers, and intermingling with members of the opposite gender. Furthermore, the Mawlid resembles the Christians’ celebrations of the birth of the Messiah (AS).

It should also be remembered that our love for Rasulullah (SAWS) and obedience of him is not just confined to the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal. Allah (SWT) sent Rasulullah (SAWS) and allowed him to live the perfect example of a complete way of life for all the believers to follow.

Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an: “Verily for you in the messenger of Allah there was a good example […]” (Al Ahzab, 21)

Also, Rasulullah (SAWS) said “None of you truly believes until I am more beloved to him than his father, his children, and mankind in its entirety” (Bukhari).

According to this Hadith, in order to have kaamil (complete) imaan, we must love Rasulullah (SAWS) more than all of mankind. This love should exist all the time and should not be confined to designated month or day. And the best way to express our love for Rasulullah (SAWS) is by obeying him and by following the beautiful example that Allah (SWT) has set for us through him.

May Allah (SWT) shower us with the blessings of Rabi-ul-Awwal, may He allow us to develop an intense love for our Beloved Nabi (SAWS), and may He allow us to become firm adherents to the Sunnah of Rasulullah (SAWS). Ameen.

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Bismihi Ta’ala Appa, Assalamu Alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu, I had a question that someone put forth to me and wanted me to ask on their behalf. There is this family who is considered very lower income family, so as with such people, the government supports them, meaning they get food coupons to buy items discounted or completely free. Now from my knowledge, they have to use up these coupons up (whether they like the food items or not) for it show that they truly have a use for these coupons and are not just lying to get free items in a sense. So for cereal, they get coupons for only one particular brand of cereal (which no one in their family likes). So in order to use up the coupon, they get the that brand of cereal anyways and give it to another higher income base family who likes that cereal. My question is, is it permissible for the higher income base family to accept the cereal from the lower income base family? Or would it be considered impermissible because the higher end family can afford to buy their own cereal. JazakumAllah Khayr

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

May Allah SWT bless you with piety (Taqwa) and purity, strong Imaan, forgiveness of sins, have mercy on you, elevate your status, and bless you with knowledge of Deen and generosity. Ameen!

Yes, it will be permissible for the higher income base family to accept the cereal from the lower income base family. This will be considered as a gift.

And Allah knows best.

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The Month of Safar

The Month of Safar

Safar is the second month of the Islamic calendar. Safar literally means “to turn yellow” or “to become vacant.” This is because the month was named in autumn, which is when the leaves turn yellow or when the Arabs vacated their homes to go to the battlefield.

Many people believe that the month of Safar is evil and that it brings misfortune. Such beliefs are absolutely incorrect. In fact, the month is also called Safar-ul-Muzaffar or Safar-ul-Khayr, which means successful, good fortune, and prosperous.

During Ayyaam-ul-Jahiliyyah (the Days of Ignorance), there were several ridiculously false beliefs amongst the Arabs regarding Safar. For instance, the Arabs believed that Safar was a snake that lived in people’s stomachs and bit them when it was hungry. Others said that the cause of what we now know as jaundice, an illness in which a person’s skin becomes yellow, was worms in the liver and ribs called Safar. This is the explanation they gave for the uneasiness caused by hunger pangs. Some believed that the month of Safar was full of tragedies and bad luck.

Alhamdulillah, Allah (SWT) sent our Beloved Nabi (SAWS) into the world to wipe away the dark beliefs of the Days of Ignorance through the radiant teachings of the Qur’an and Hadith.

Allah (SWT) says in the Glorious Qur’an: “No calamity befalls (one), but with the leave of Allah” (Surah at-Taghabun, ayah 11).

The irrationality of these beliefs is mentioned in the following Ahaadith as well:

“There is no superstitious owl, bird, no star-promising rain, no bad omen in the month of Safar” (Sahih Muslim).

“There is no bad omen in the month of Safar and no Ghouls (evil spirits)” (Sahih Muslim).

“There is no evil omen, no superstitious owl, bird and no bad omen in the month of Safar” (Sahih al-Bukhari).
Additionally, Hazrat Jabir (R) has said that, “I have heard Rasulullah (SAWS) saying, the descending of illness and evil superstition befalling in the month of Safar is untrue” (Sahih Muslim).

It is evident from these Ahaadith that any beliefs about Safar being a month of evil or misfortune are incorrect. However, it is quite unfortunate that there are still several false beliefs regarding this blessed month present in our ummah today. People still believe Safar to be plagued by misfortune and calamities. In fact, some people avoiding performing nikah in Safar thinking that if they do, their marriage will be unsuccessful. On the contrary, Hazrat Ali (R) married our Beloved Nabi’s (SAWS) daughter, Hazrat Fatima (R) in the latter days of Safar 2 A.H. How, then, can someone deem a marriage in this month to be unsuccessful?

Other modern incorrect beliefs about Safar include:

  • Starting anything important, such as a business, in this Safar will bring misfortune.
  • The first to thirteenth of Safar is evil and brings ill luck.
  • If one distributes money or food on the 13th of Safar, he will be saved from the month’s supposed misfortune.
  • People celebrate the last Wednesday of Safar, considering it a holiday.

Every believer should remember that a truly “misfortunate” person is the one who disobeys Allah (SWT). Rasulullah (SAWS) said: “Pray, O Allah! Cause not anyone of us to be a wretched destitute.” He then asked: “Do you know who is a wretched destitute?” Upon the request of the Sahabah (R) He replied, “A wretched destitute is he who neglects his salaat.”

Additionally, a true believer recognizes that any good or evil that befalls us is from Allah (SWT), as a result of our actions. Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an: “Whatever hardship befalls you is because of what your own hands have committed, while He overlooks many (of your faults)” (Surah ash-Shuraa, ayah 30).

May Allah (SWT) allow the ummah to eradicate these incorrect beliefs, may He open our eyes to the truth, and may He allow us to firmly adhere to all the principles of the Qur’an and Hadith. Ameen.

Further Reading:

http://jamiat.org.za/blog/the-month-of-safar/

http://www.islamiccentre.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=140:2nd-month-in-the-islamic-calendar–safar&catid=19:islamic-calendar&Itemid=42

 

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Muharram

Muharram

Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar.

Occurrence of Significance:

  1. Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) accepted the repentance of Sayyidina Adam (‘Alaihis-Salaam) after his exile from Paradise.
  2. Allah extinguished the fire in which Sayyidina Ibrahim (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was thrown by Nimrod.
  3. Allah granted deliverance to Sayyidina Moosa (Alayhis Salaam) and the Bani Israel from the tyranny of Fir’oun.
  4. After the floods, the ark of Sayyidina Nooh (Alayhis Salaam) settled on Mount Judi.
  5. Sayyidina Ayyub (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was restored to health (from leprosy)
  6. Sayyidina Yusuf (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was reunited with his father Ya’qub (‘Alaihis-Salaam)
  7. Sayyidina Yunus (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was taken out from the belly of the fish
  8. Ashura is also the day when Sayyidina Dawud (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was forgiven
  9. the kingdom of Sulaiman (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was restored
  10. Sayyidina Isa (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was raised to Jannah
  11. Sayyidina al-Husayn (Radiyallahu ‘anh) (the Holy Prophet’s, Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam, grandson) achieved the honor of Martyrdom.

These are mentioned as what scholars have determined as the specialties of that day

in Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq, Sayyidina Abdul Qadir al-Jilani.

Practices To Be Observed On The Day of Aashura.

Abu Qatada (Radiyallahu ‘anh) relates that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) said that the fast on the 10th of Muharram atones for the sins of the preceding year. [Sahih Muslim]

  1. 1.     To fast on the 9th and 10th or the 10th and 11th of Muharram. [Sahih Bukhari and Muslim]
    1. This is a nafl fast.
    2. The act of fasting is sunnah.
    3. To spend freely on one’s family.

Rasoolullah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “He who will be generous on his family on the day of Aashura, Allah Ta’ala will be generous on him for the entire year. [Tabrani, Baihaqi].

Rewards For Fasting On The Day Of Aashura.

Abu Qatada (Radiyallahu ‘anh) relates that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) said that the fast on the 10th of Muharram atones for the sins of the preceding year. [Sahih Muslim]

All minor sins of the past year will be forgiven. The major sins are forgiven only when sincere Tawbah is made.

 

To Refrain From The Following In Muharram And The Day Of Aashura:

  1. To incur debts so as to spend on one’s family.
  2. To be wasteful and extravagant in one’s spending.
  3. To make Taziah. (Religious processions).
  4. To read Mirthiya and Shahadat Nama (obituary on the martyrdom of Husain (radhiyallahu anhu). Or to cry, tear one’s clothes etc.
  5. To make sweet drinks with the belief that it would quench the thirst of those martyred in Karbala.
  6. To prepare khitchra (food cooked with lentils) with erroneous beliefs.
  7. To light fireworks.
  8. To believe that a child born in the month of Muharram is prone to misfortune and likewise to believe a marriage in this month will bring ill-fortune is not in accordance with Islamic beliefs.

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Online Alim Course

Online Alim Course

Islamic knowlwedge is becoming more popular, and people around the world are seeking to learn more about it. More and more people are having a deeper zeal to seek more about its sciences. Fortunately, there are now options available, and one of the most popular modern options is taking an online Alim course.

Learning Arabic

Arabic was the world’s most important language for hundreds of years, and knowing how to read Arabic was crucial for those curious in science, medicine, mathematics or philosophy. While Latin and English are now considered the dominant languages, knowing Arabic opens doors to a broad selection of reading material. More importantly for those learning about Islam, Arabic is the language of the Quran and almost all other Islamic texts. Those who are interested in learning about Islam should view Arabic as a requirement for furthering their learning. An online Alim course will help prepare students for their journeys.

Understanding the Quran

Much of the Quran is easy to understand in modern times, but some of its content requires context to truly know what is being said. In addition, much of the content is easier to understand knowing the history surrounding specific events. When studying the deep sciences behind these passsages, students will be able to understand these passages. Reading the Quran is an enriching experience, but understanding the details of it will provide a much fuller education.

Memorizing the Quran

A key element of Islam is not just reading the Quran but memorizing it, and dedicated Muslims will spend the time necessary to memorize the Quran and understand its meaning. An Alim course provides a number of different options for students to consider, and the memorization techniques developed are based on centuries of theory.

Islam is one of the world’s richest religions, and learning about it is a rewarding experience. Whether one is looking to get in touch with their Islamic past or simply curious about the religion, an online Alim course is a great tool.

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The Month of Dhul-Hijjah

Dhul Hijjah is the final month of the Islamic calendar. Hazrat Abu Sa’eed Khudri (RA) relates that Rasool Allah (SAW) said: “The month of all the months is Ramadan and the month with the most honors is Dhul-Hijjah.
The month gets its name from the fact that the blessed pilgrimage of Hajj occurs in this month and because the Hijjah (Islamic word for year) ends with this month as well. The fifth pillar of Islam, Hajj, is performed in this sacred month.

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Significance of First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah
Allah Ta’ala says in the Holy Quran: Wal Fajar. Wa Layaalin ‘ashr. Suratul Fajr, Verses 1 and 2 translation: By the dawn; By the ten nights (i.e. the first ten days of the month of Dhul-Hîjjah).
Hazrat Abu Huraira (RA) narrates that Rasoolullah (sallahu alayhi wassalaam) said:
“On no days is the worship of Allah desired more than in the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. The fast of each of these days is equal to the fast of a whole year, and the Ibaadat of each of these nights is equal to the Ibaadat of Laylatul Qadr.”(Tirmidhi and Ibn-e- Maajah)

Day of Arafat (9th Day of Dhul Hijjah)
Sayyiduna Qatada (radhiyallahu anhu) reports from Rasoolullah (sallallahu alayhi wassalaam):
“A person that fasts on the Day of Arafat, Rasoolullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) says he has great hope that this would be a compensation for the person’s past and future sins.” (Muslim)
By past and future sins are meant minor sins. Therefore, it is extremely important that one fast on this day.
Rasoolullah (sallahu alayhi wasallam) has said: “The most acceptable dua is that which is made on the day of Arafat, and the best dua which the Prophets before me and I have said is:
لا الہ الا اللہ وحدہ لا شریک لہ لہ الملک و لہ الحمد و ہو علی کل شئی قدیر

Increase the Rememberance (Zikr) of Allah (SWT) During First 10 days of Dhul Hijjah
Sayyidina Ibn Abbas (radhiyallahu anhu) relates fromRasoolullah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam):
There are no greater days of Ibaadat and actions besides the 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah according to Allah Ta’ala. Therefore engage yourself during these days with remembering Allah by doing
tasbeeh, tahleel, takbeer and tahmeed.
So increase the recitation of these 4 things:
Tasbeeh: سبحان اللہ Tahleel: لا إله إلا الله Takbeer: الله أكبر Tahmeed: الحمد لله
The Days of Tashreek

9th of Dhul Hijjah (Fajr time) until 13th of Dhul Hijjah (Asr time)
اللھ اکبراللھ اکبر لا الھ الا اللھ و اللھ اکبر اللھ اکبر و للھ الحمد
The above takbeer is known as Takbiraat of Tashreek.
It is waajib for every adult Muslim (male and female) to recite the Takbiraaat of Tashreek after every fardh salaah during this period. Males should recite it loudly and females should recite it softly.

Sunnats of Eid-ul-Adha
• Wake up earlier than usual
• Brush the teeth with miswaak
• Have a Ghusal (bath)
• Be well dressed in an Islamic manner
• Dress in one’s best clothes, not necessarily new
• Use Itr
• Avoid eating before Eid Salaat — it is best on Eid ul Adha that the first thing eaten should be the animal that that person has slaughtered. However, if slaughtering is not being done at home, then one should just wait until after the Eid Salaah to eat anything in order to get the reward of the Sunnah Insha Allah.
• Perform Eid Salaat at the Eidgaah (men)
• Go to the place of Salaat early
• Walk to the place of Eid salaat (if possible)
• Recite the Takbeeraat (of Tashreeq) aloud on the way to the place of Eid Salaat
• Use different routes to and from the place of Eid Salaat

~*~*~ On a side note we would like to add that once the moon is sighted for the month of Dhul Hijjah until the sacrifice is done of the animal (whether that be on the 10th, 11th or 12th) it is MAKROOH for the one on whom it is obligatory to sacrifice an animal to either cut nails or hair — by any means. So girls this means manicures, pedicures, waxing, shaving, plucking etc. And for the men it includes cutting nails, shaving etc. It comes in a Hadith of Saheeh Muslim narrated by Umme Salmah (RA) that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) has said: “When the 1st – 10th days of Dhul Hijjah start, one who intends to offer a sacrifice (of an animal) should not have his/ her hair/ nails trimmed until he/ she has offered his/ her sacrifice”…

And Allah knows best! ~*~*~

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Come Brush Up On Your Tajweed

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Nawal Academy is now offering evening Nazirah Class for males. Class days are from Sunday to Thursday,timings are from 7:15=8:15 p.m. (Chicago Central Timing) The class instructor will be Moulana Asad Patel Damat Barkatuhum. Please contact the adminstration for further details.

 

What Is Tajweed?

The word Tajweed literally means “to do something well”. When related to Arabic text, it means to recite every letter correctly from its makhaarij (place of pronunciation) with all its sifaat (qualities). It comes from the same root letters as the word jayyid in Arabic, which means “good” and the root letters of which are jeem, waaw, and daal (جود). When applied to the Qur’an, it means giving every letter of the Qur’an its rights, observing the rules that apply to those letters in different situations.

 

The Qur’an was revealed with Tajweed rules applied to it. In other words, when the angel Jibreel (alayhis salaam) recited the words of Allah (SWT) to the Prophet Muhammad (sallllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), he recited them in a certain way and showed the Prophet (sallllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) the ways in which it is permissible to recite the Qur’an. So it is upon us to observe those rules so that we can recite it in the way the Qur’an was revealed.

 

At the time of the Prophet (sallllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) there was no need for people to study Tajweed because they talked with what is now known as Tajweed, so it was natural for them. As Islam spread, the Arabs started mixing with the non-Arabs and mistakes in Qur’an recitation started appearing, so the scholars had to record the rules. Now, because the everyday Arabic that Arabs speak has changed so much from the classical Arabic in which the Qur’an was revealed, even Arabs have to study Tajweed.

 

The Purpose of Tajweed

The Qur’an is the word of Allah (SWT), and its every syllable is from Allah (SWT). Its recitation must be taken very seriously. The purpose of the science of Tajweed is to make the reciting person skilled in reciting the Qur’an, observing the correct pronunciation of every letter with the rulings and characteristics which apply to each letter, without any exaggeration or deficiency. And so by this, the reciting person can recite the Qur’an the way it was recited by the Prophet (sallllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), who received the Qur’an from Jibreel (alayhis salaam), who received it from Allah (SWT) in the classical Arabic dialect that it came down in.

Arabic letters each have a makhraj—an exit or pronunciation point—in the mouth or throat from which they originate and they also each have sifaat—attributes or qualities—particular to them. Knowing the makhaarij and sifaat of each letter is an important part of Tajweed. Sometimes two letters have very similar exits which makes mixing them up so easy. So if a person does not know the qualities of each letter, there is a danger that he will change the meaning of the words in the Qur’an recitation. Observing the rules of Tajweed in reciting protects the recite from making mistakes in reciting the Qur’an.

 

The importance of Tajweed cannot be exaggerated. In salaah, the recitation of the Qur’an is compulsory. Often the salaah is affected because of not reciting the Qur’an with Tajweed. It is therefore necessary to learn Tajweed so that the Qur’an may be recited correctly.

 

Arabic is a very delicate language. A slight mispronunciation can completely change the meaning. The word qalb (قلب) means heart. If the qaaf in qalb is not pronounced correctly and is instead pronounced as a kaaf, the meaning changes to “dog”! In Surah al-Kausar, the word wan har (والنحر) means sacrifice. If the haa is not pronounced correctly, the meaning changes to “scold”! it is thus obvious that the rules of Tajweed must be applied in the recitation of the Qur’an.

 

The Rules of Reading with Tajweed

The majority of scholars agree that applying the Tajweed rules of Qur’an such that the clear/major mistakes are avoided is an individual responsibility (fardh ‘ayn) upon every Muslim. This is because the Qur’an was revealed with the Tajweed rules applied to it and the Prophet (sallllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) recited it back to Jibreel (alayhis salaam) that way, and the Companions of the Prophet (sallllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) read it that way, so it is an established sunnah.

Benefits of Reading the Holy Qur’an

1)     Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) said, “The Qur’an is a proof for you or against you.” [Muslim] So one of two things will occur with this proof, the Book of Allah (SWT). It will either be in your favor, a proof for you on the Day when you will need every single good deed, or it will be something standing against you. The very Speech of your Creator, a proof against you! Who could be saved from the terrors of that Day if Allah’s (SWT) own Speech is against him?

 

2)     The Prophet (SAWS) said: “Read the Qur’an, for verily it will come on the Day of Standing as an intercessor for its companions.” [Muslim]

 

3)     The Prophet (SAWS) said: “The best of you are the ones who learn the Qur’an and teach it to others.” [Al-Bukhari]

 

4)     The Prophet (SAWS) said: “Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah (SWT), he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that ‘Alif, Laam, Meem’ is a letter; rather, I am saying that ‘Alif’ is a letter, ‘Laam’ is a letter, and ‘Meem’ is a letter.” So increase your recitation of the Qur’an to gain these merits.

 

5)     The Prophet (SAWS) said: “Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

 

6)     Abdullah ibn-e-Umar (R) narrated: “The Prophet (SAWS) said, “The hearts get rusted as does iron with water. When someone asked, “What could cleanse the hearts again?”

 

The Prophet (SAWS) said, “Frequent remembrance of death and the recitation of the Qur’an.”

 

7)     Prophet (SAWS) said, “One who is well-versed in the Qur’an will be in the company of those angels who are scribes, noble and righteous; and one who falters in reading the Qur’an and as to exert hard for learning, gets double the reward.”

 

8)     The Prophet (SAWS said, “Whosoever reads the Qur’an and acts upon what is contained in it, his parents will be made to wear a crown on the Day of Judgment, the brilliance of which will excel that of the sun, if the same were within your worldly houses. So what do think about the person who himself acts upon it?”

 

9)     The Prophet (SAWS) said, “Never do a people collect in one of the houses of Allah (SWT) (mosque) reciting the Qur’an and reading it out to one another, but sakinah (tranquility) descends upon them, rahmat (mercy) enshrouds them, the angels throng around them, and Almighty Allah mentions them in the assembly of angels.”

 

10)  The Prophet (SAWS) said, “You cannot turn to Allah and gain nearness to Him with anything superior to that which directly proceeded from Him i.e. the Holy Qur’an.”

 

11)  The Prophet (SAWS) said, “O, Abu Zar, if you go in the morning and learn one ayah from the Book of Allah, it will be better for you than your offering one hundred rak’aat of nafl salaah.”

 

 

 

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Gain a Deeper Understanding of the Quran with an Alim Course

Gain a Deeper Understanding of the Quran with an Alim Course

In order to gain an in-depth understanding of any religious text, it’s important to be able to relate to the text in its original language. Part of the reason comes from meanings that get lost in translation and ignorance of the cultural significance of idioms and everyday language. Having a broad understanding is especially true for the Quran, because the daily practice of Islam involves reciting from the Book in Arabic and memorization of prayers and supplication called Duas, also in Arabic. The Tarteel, which dictates the rhythm and tempo used to recite the Quran is vital to having a respectful practice of Islam, so taking an Alim course is the best way to feel more connected to the text than ever.

The course doesn’t just center around the text of the Quran, it gives students a comprehensive view of the theology and Islamic law (fiqh), knowing that the two things combined can answer many of the questions about Islam’s role in society today. If you’ve been thinking about taking your study of Islam one step further and grounding yourself in true Islam, committing to an Alim course will help you gain faith (iman), practice, and excellence (ihsan.) But, more than that, you’ll learn the origins or these ideas and be able to, one day, pass this knowledge on to a new generation.

The Structure Of An Alim Course

  • The basic outline of an effective Alim course begins with an introduction to Arabic grammar, writing, and pronunciation. Some institutes reinforce speaking by providing a phonetic breakdown of the language to make speaking more accessible.
  • Students are now ready to learn the basic beliefs of Islam and the life (seerah) of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم
  • Students are then familiarized with the Hadith and Fiqh, a set of do’s and don’ts for every follower of Islam. The science of Hadith is extremely important when bridging the gap for everyday practice.
  • To be able to defend and explain their beliefs, students also take courses in expository writing and persuasive speech, both of which serves to strengthen their knowledge of the religion and reinforce their faith.

Taking that final step to enroll in a course is something that would give any student of Islam a source of pride. And, completing it is the best way to make sure your knowledge is as strong as your faith. Register today to join our Alim course.

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