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Recite the Qur’aan Much Before it is Taken Away

Bismillaah - Copy 3AbdAllaah ibn Mas3ood said:

“Recite the Qur’aan much before it is taken away”

They said, “These Mus-hafs will be taken away! What about that which is (memorized) in Men’s hearts?”

He said: “Something will come and take it one night, and in the morning they will wake up without it. They will forget the phrase laa ilaaha ill-Allaah’ and they will start to recite the sayings and poetry of the Jaahiliyyah. That is when the Word will be fulfilled against them.” (1)

In another narration, 3AbdAllaah ibn Mas3ood said:

“Something will come and take the Qur’aan one night and not one aayah will be left, either in the Mus-haf or in the heart of any person, but it will be taken away.” (2)

3Amr ibn Deenar (d. 126 A.H.)said:

“I have met the Companions of the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam and those that came after them for seventy years. All of them said: “Allaah is the Creator and everything besides Him is created, and the Qur’aan is the kalaam of Allaah, from Him it came, and to Him it will return.”” (3)

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Tabaraani narrated that Ibn Mas3ood radi-Allaahu 3Anhhu said: “This Qur’aan will most certainly be taken away from amongst you.”

He was asked: “O Abu 3Abd al-Rahmaan, how will it be taken away when it is so deeply rooted in our hearts and is written in our mus-hafs?”

He said: “Something will come to it at night, then there will be nothing left of it in people’s hearts or in the mus-haf, and the next morning the people will be like animals.”

Then he recited the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

“And if We willed, We could surely, take away that which We have revealed to you (i.e. this Qur’aan). Then you would find no protector for you against Us in that respect” [soorah Al-Israa’ , v:86] (4)

Imaam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

“At the end of time, something will come to it at night in the Mus-hafs and in people’s hearts,  then there will not be left one word of it in people’s hearts or one letter of it in the Mus-haf.” (5)

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Allaah revealed the Qur’aan as a guidance to mankind and He guaranteed to protect it. It is the eternal miracle of the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam and it will remain, and people of earlier and later generations will learn from it and be guided by it,

But at the end of time, just before the Hour comes, Allaah will take the souls of the believers, and there will be no one left on earth except the most evil of people. There will be no prayer, no fasting, no Hajj and no charity (zakaah). Then there will be no point in the Ka3bah being there or in the Qur’aan remaining among mankind, so Allaah will decree that the Ka3bah be destroyed at the hands of a kaafir from Ethiopia. (6)

 And Allaah will take the Qur’aan away from the earth, and not one aayah of it will be left in the mus-hafs or in people’s hearts.

Allaah will not permit His Book to remain on earth if it is not benefiting anyone and no one is acting in accordance with it. So this thing will come to pass.

Advice:

 This frightening event makes the sincere Muslim hasten to pay attention to the Book of Allaah, to learn it, memorize it, recite it and ponder its meanings, before the Book is taken away. (Build A Daily Relationship with Qur’aan)

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 This is one of the tribulations that will happen at the end of time, concerning which our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

Hasten to do good deeds before tribulations come like patches of dark night, when a man will wake up as a believer and by evening he will be a kaafir, or in the evening he will be a believer and by morning he will be a kaafir, selling his religion for some worldly gains.” (7)

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 Build A Daily Relationship with Qur’aan

“I Can’t seem to Read Qur’aan”

Then Cry For Yourself…

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References:

(1) Saheeh Al-Daarimee (Isnaad no. 3207)
(2)Al-Daarimee with a saheeh isnaad, no. 3209
(3) Ad-Darimee, ar- Radd, page 189.
(4) Tabaraani in al-Mu3jam al-Kabeer, no. 8698 /Classed as saheeh by shaykh al-Albaani
Ibn Hajar said in Fath al-Baari (13/16): its isnaad is saheeh but it is mawqoof. .
(5) Majmoo3 al-Fataawaa (3/198)
(6) Abu Hurayrah said:  the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “The Ka3bah will be destroyed by Dhu’l-Suwayqatayn from Ethiopia.” [Bukhaari # 1519]
(7) Muslim, no. 169

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“I Can’t seem to Read Qur’aan”

Bismillaah - Copy“If you find yourself unable to pray or make Sujood, or find yourself slacking in prayer and worship, realize that it’s your heart that has refused, because limbs only carry out the commands of the heart.”

A Beautiful naseehah (advice) by shaykh Shinqeeti, for all, specially those who have time but don’t read the Qur’aan.

Shaykh Mukhtaar Shinqeet was asked a questions: ” A number of days may pass & I do not get to read anything from the Qu’raan..” This was his reply.

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Then Cry For Yourself…

Build A Daily Relationship with Qur’aan

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3Abd-Allaah ibn Mas3ood said: The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Whoever reads a letter of the Book of Allaah will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a tenfold reward. I do not say that Alif-Laam-Meem is a letter, rather alif is a letter, laam is a letter and meem is a letter.” (1)

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Imaam al-Nawawee said: “Reciting Qur’aan is the most important of adhkar, which should be done regularly. No day or night should be without it and it may be attained by reciting a few verses.” (2)

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Salamah ibn Suhayl used to say: “The month of Sha3baan is the month of reciters (of the Qur’aan)”

Some Tips to build a Daily Relation with Qur’aan:

Set a time for your daily Qur’aan recitation.

✅ Better to make it after Fajr salaah & adhkar, or before Fajr or after 3Asr (depending on each person’s situation).

✅ Do not use this time (after Fajr) for net, emails, Facebook or whatsApp.

✅ Start off with 15-20 minutes to maximum 1/2 an hour (if you aren’t in the habit of reading regularly)

✅ Continue with this for 1 week (to get into the habit).

✅ If you missed the daily Qur’aan sitting any day, take time out from your sleep time or any other activity & cover it up before the next day.

✅ After one week, increase the recitation time to 30 minutes to 45 minutes & continue it for next full week.

✅ Do not use this time for reading Tafseer or translation. If you want to read translation or tafseer, set a separate time for it.

✅ Observe all the manners of reading the Qur’aan.

✅ Have a daily self checklist and mark when you are done.

Download self-Checklist

Pre Ramadaan (Self-Checklist)

(based on lectures, notes by student).

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References:
(1) Al-Tirmidhee, 2910; hasan saheeh. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
(2) al-Adhkar

Tafseer:(All) Praise Be To Allaah,Lord of the worlds

“An excerpt from “Tafseer of Soorah Al-Fatihah 

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

[All] praise is [due] to Allaah , Lord of the worlds

[soorah Al-Fatihah, v:2]

الحمد

الحمد:  is translated as “All praise”.

we can praise anyone:

  1. When we want something
  2. Because of having awe of them
  3. Out of fear for them

In case of human, it is not called حمد, we don’t use it for human.

حمد  means praising & thanking Allaah with Love & ta3dheem (exaltation)

حب  = Love

تعظيم = to make it great/ to glorify/ exaltation/ to respect, elevate

we are praising Allaah with Love & gratitude.

There is another word used for praise in Arabic:

مدح = حمد = praise

Hamd ( حمد) has something in it that Madh (مدح ) doesn’t have. We don’t do exaltation when we praise the human.

Hamd ( حمد) is special, only used for Allaah.

Why we are praising Allaah (using Hamd)?  due to His complete perfection.

When we praise a human, it becomes a Madh (مدح ) without Love or ta3dheem. You can thank a human without having love for them. But for Allaah it is perfect. We thank Allaah praising Him for His mercy, Love, for being As-Samee3, Al-Mujeeb, Al-3Adheem, At-tawwaab, ArRahmaan, Ar-Razzaaq, Ar-Raheem …………

لله

لله =  for Allaah

رب

رب = Rabb (generally translated as Lord) but it has no equivalent in English

رب = Rabb (one who nurtures & rears , upbring & give tarbiyah, takes care)

Allaah has created the human & prepared for them all the tools that they can used, He takes cares of them. In Arabic a person taking care of the house or master of the house is called:

رب البيت  (Rabb-ul-bayt) or

ربة البيت (Rabbat-ul-bayt)

The word رب (Rabb) comes from the word tarbiyyah (رب–> تربيّة) which means nurturing, training, educating, bringing up, nourishing. Allaah being the Rabb; He gives tarbiyyah to His slaves, takes care of His creation.

There are two types of Tarbiyyah:

  1. General Tarbiyah
  2. Special/Exclusive Tarbiyyah

1). General Tarbiyyah:  for all of His creation without exception. He created them, provided them, gives everything to them (ears, eyesight, rain, crops etc)  whether they worship Him or not, guide them to things that are beneficial for them in duniya, to reach higher in duniya, everything for a better life.

Just like a mother who takes care of food, drink, good school, medical care,  provides for child, do everything for him etc.

2). Special/Exclusive Tarbiyyah: This is Only for His Awliyaa’ (special slaves) Close believers whom He loves.

Whats that Special Tarbiyyah?

He up-brings them, raises them on Eemaan. How?

He gives them the ability to achieve Eemaan, raises & nurtures them on Eemaan  & He increases the Eemaan &  completes it for them – by guiding them to causes that will help increase their Eemaan (e.g., classes, righteous kids, knowledge etc). He gives special attention. He will bring everything on his way which will bring him closer to Allaah. Out of His Mercy & love, He will remove any obstacles that come between the slaves & Him. Allaah protects them & brings good in their path even if they didn’t specifically ask Allaah. He will give them tawfeeq (توفيق ) to do everything good.

توفيق = ability to achieve/ ability to do

We need intention & ability to do any good deeds & it’s from Allaah’s tawfeeq. He will protect them from all harms. He takes special care of their deen. (e.g., a mother who gives tarbiayh to her son, gives him  good company, removes any harm that comes his way etc)

Allaah’s tarbiyyah is much more on scale. The slave is under special tarbiyyah of Allaah.

Shaykh As-Sa3dee said something very beautiful about it. He said: “perhaps this is the secret behind all the du3aa’ of Anbiyaa’ (prophets) start with Rabbi/Rabbanaa, due to it carrying this meaning, for all that they were asking & requesting & desired fell under His specific tarbiyyah.

They asked with so much khushoo, complete ifitqaar, humility, whatever they asked: to be protected from fitnah, knowledge, victory..,  they said rabbi. At the end of du3aa they used different names of Allaah, but the beginning of their du3aa’ , they used rabbi.

We are heedless of this word “رب”. It has a beautiful feeling. When you make du3aa’ feel that special closeness to Allaah. Say it with your tongue & heart:

(Ya rabbi, give me beneficial knowledge, give me righteous companions etc)

رب العالمين  

رب العالمين  = The Rabb of 3Aalameen (general tarbiyyah) giving bounties to the worlds

Shaykh Uthaymeen said; العالمين is everything beside Allaah

العالمين = Plural of عالم (derived from word علامة = a sign)

Everything in Allaah’s creation is pointing to; is a sign to a great creator who is Allaah.

Download as pdf: Tafseer

Notes taken by students
from online class “Tafseer of Soorah Al-Fatihah”.
Based on tafaseer of Shaykh 3Uthaymeen  & shaykh As-Sa3dee.
 

We are POOR

For all the college students out there, we know that being broke (without money; penniless) is normal. But I’m here to tell the rest of you that you are all broke too. Every. Last. One of you.

You may be thinking: “I just graduated, I make an awesome salary, I just bought this brand new 09 car, and I’m doing very well!” Or, “I live my parents and they take care of me!”

Well my response to you is that you’re still broke. Very very poor.

Confused?

Read the words of your Rabb:

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ أَنْتُمُ الْفُقَرَاءُ إِلَى اللَّهِ ۖ وَاللَّهُ هُوَ الْغَنِيُّ الْحَمِيدُ

“O mankind! You are all Fuqaraa’ (who stand in need of Allaah, but Allaah is Rich (free of all wants and needs), Worthy of all praise!” (1)

Allaah ta3aalaa addresses all of us, every last one of us. Not just the believers, Not just the Prophet but Muslim, non-Muslim, white, black, woman, man…every last human on this earth.

 يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ O Mankind!

أَنْتُمُ الْفُقَرَاءُ  You are all Fuqaraa’ to Allaah. 

Al fuqaraa is plural of the word faqeer (فقير)which is from the root

fa-qaaf-ra (ف ق ر)

and faqr means poverty. Faqeer is one who has poverty and one who is poor. If we look at the root of this word, Faqrah is used for part of the spine and faaqirah is used for that which breaks the spine. So a faqeer is one who is suffering from back-breaking poverty, one who is extremely needy, so desperate for anything that could save them.

In the Qur’aan, there are two words used to describe a poor person: faqeer and miskeen.

What is the difference?

Faqeer is someone who has no wealth and no means of obtaining wealth. So they have no money in the bank and they don’t have a job. While a miskeen is one who is also poor, but they have the means, they just need a little extra to make it.

So Allaah ta3aalaa doesn’t call us masakeen (plural of miskeen) but He says: You are all Fuqaraa’you are all extremely poor. You do not own or possess a thing. And if wasn’t for Allaah ta3aalaa, you would have nothing. You are all in need of Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa, in the dunya and aakhirah. In every state of your existance: in the womb, as a baby, as a toddler, as a young person, as an old person, at the time of death, in the grave and in the hereafter.

So we are fuqaraa’. Who is Allaah?

Allaah is: الْغَنِي Al-Ghaniyy, the One who is Rich, the Independent.

Ghaniyy is from root:

ghayn-noon-ya (غ ن ي) and ghaniyy means richness. 

So Allaah is The One who is Very Rich, the One who is Self Sufficient, the One who is Free of All Wants and Needs. He needs nothing from us. Absolutely nothing. He has everything and we have nothing.

And He is: الْحَمِيد Al Hameed: The Most Praiseworthy.

Hameed is from ha-meem-daal (ح م د) and Hameed is the One who is deserving of praise, if one does hamd of Him or not. He doesn’t even need our hamd!

What lessons can we take from this ayah?

  1. Do not let the thought pass in your mind that you are benefiting Allaah 3azza wa jal in any way. Don’t be an arrogant broke person!
  2. Be humble to Allaah 3azza wa jal. Remember that Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa needs nothing from us. Why would He, Al-Ghaniyy, need something from a puny, weak, broke human like ourselves when He Possesses the Kingdom (mulk) of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them? We are nothing.
  3. Ask Allaah ta3aalaa, and He will give you. “…O My servants, all of you are hungry (needy) except for those whom I feed, therefore seek food from Me so that I may feed you. O My servants, all of you are naked (need clothes) except for those whom I provide garments, therefore seek clothing from Me so that I should clothe you. O My servants, you sin by night and by day and I am there to pardon your sins, therefore seek forgiveness from Me so that I should grant you pardon…” (2)
  4. Attribute all good to Allaah 3azza wa jal, and not to ourselves. You didn’t memorize the Qur’an yourself. You didn’t study the deen yourself. You didn’t graduate yourself. You didn’t get that job yourself. You didn’t, you didn’t, you didn’t. Allaah 3azza wa jal gave us all of these blessings, we did not will it for ourselves. Don’t take credit for something you didn’t do.
  5. Be grateful for what Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa has given you and thank Him. Do hamd of Al Hameed. How would we feel if we gave a load of cash to a homeless person who was in so much need of anything, yet they just took the money and didn’t even say thank you? We’d be angry, right? And for Allaah is the Highest Example! How can we, al fuqaraa’, receive blessing after blessing and not thank Allaah for it? He is not in need of our thanks and gratitude, Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa says in soorah Ibraheem:

  لَئِنْ شَكَرْتُمْ لَأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ ۖ وَلَئِنْ كَفَرْتُمْ إِنَّ عَذَابِي لَشَدِيدٌ

“Indeed if you are grateful and give thanks, surely I will definitely increase you, but if you are ungrateful (then know) My punishment is indeed most severe. (3)

What have we done to show Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa we are truly thankful? 

Remember: Shukr (gratitude) is by action! The Prophet salAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam would pray qiyaam until his feet would swell, and when asked by 3Aeyshah radi-Allaahu 3anha why he still prays even though his past and future sins are forgiven, he said the famous answer:

يَا عَائِشَةُ أَفَلَا أَكُونُ عَبْدًا شَكُورًا

“O 3Aa’ishah, should I not be a thankful slave?” (4)

So we should use these blessings that Allaah has given us to do good, and not use them to disobey Him. Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa says in soorah Saba:

وَقَلِيلٌ مِنْ عِبَادِيَ الشَّكُورُ,

“But FEW of My slaves are thankful” (5)

Will you be among those few?

Or will you be an arrogant, ungrateful broke person?

Alhamdulillaah. Hamadan, katheeran, tayyiban, mubaarakan feeh.

The most perfect praise is only for Allaah, a praise that is countless, good and blessed. 

اللَّهُمَّ أَعِنِّي عَلَى ذِكْرِكَ وَشُكْرِكَ وَحُسْنِ عِبَادَتِكَ

Allaahumma a3innee 3alaa dhikrika wa shukrika wa husni 3ebaadatik.

O Allaah, help us to remember You, to thank You, and to worship You in the best way.

Notes by Amatullaah (from bayyinah Tafseer)
Taken from Tayyibaat with slight modifications

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Reference:
(1) soorah Fatir, v:15
(2) Hadeeth Qudsee, Saheeh Muslim
(3) soorah Ibraheem, v:7
(4) Bukhaaree (4557) and Muslim (2820).
(5) soorah Saba, v:13

A must watch 4 Every Student of Knowledge

A very Heart Softening, beautiful short video.

A truly golden piece of advice by Shaykh Muhammad Mukhtaar al-Shinqeetee,  one that every student of knowledge should remind himself of daily.

A Must Watch for Every Student of Knowledge.

A must watch for those who feel laziness & Idleness in seeking knowledge.

Download the Du3aa made by Shaykh Shinqeetee at the end of the video

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Du3aa’ (in English & Arabic)

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Online Tafseer Classes

Imaam Ibn Qayyim (rahimahu-Allaahu) mentioned various types of ‘abandonment’ of the Qur’aan & one of it is to abandon pondering over it, and understanding it, and seeking the explanation of it. (click to read the other types)

An opportunity to learn about the book of Allaah. Ustaadh Fahad has started a Tafseer class on Friday mornings. The class was started  last Friday and this Friday it will be the 2nd class.

Summarized Tafseer (تَيْسِيرُ اللَّطِيفِ المَنَّانِ خُلاصةَ تَفسيرِ القُرآن)

Days  : Fridays

Time  : 4:00 AM [Qatar, Kuwait, Riyadh time] [4:00 AM (GMT+03:00)]

About The Class: (Ustaadh’s Note)

This series of Classes shall be in the translation of the Concise Book of Al Imam As’ Sa3dee (may Allaah have mercy on him) which he has summarized from his well known book (تيسير الكريم الرحمن).

In this concise Book he says – explaining the reason behind writing the book, “I have written a book in the interpretation of the Qur’aan long and thorough, which prevents the readers from continuing reading it so some of the knowledgeable and advising people pointed out to me that I should write a Book not long and containing the summary of that interpretation, and that we should be sufficed with talking only on some of the verses we choose and pick from all subjects and meanings of the Qur’aan, so I sought the aid of Allaah in this Blessed work.”

Why this Book?: (Ustaadh’s note)

I wanted to start teaching this book for many reasons:

  •  I was asked several times for classes in tafseer
  • when I gave some classes in this Book the dear brothers and sisters demanded that we go through it all.
  • I was asked to give classes in the “Names of Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aala and this contained it and more
  • The key of happiness being in carefully clarifying the Great meanings of this Book (The Qur’aan).

May Allaah give us all Happiness in this Dunya and in the Hereafter, and Guide us to All that Pleases Him. Ameen.

How to Join Live Classes (click)

Important Rules for the Class (click)

Access to the previous Recordings:

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wassalaamu 3Alaykum

Have we abandoned the Qur’aan?

وَقَالَ الرَّسُولُ يَارَبِّ إِنَّ قَوْمِي اتَّخَذُوا هَذَا الْقُرْآنَ مَهْجُورًا

“And the Messenger (Muhammad sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam) will say: “O my Lord! Verily, my people deserted this Qur’aan (neither listened to it, nor acted on its laws and orders”. [soorah Al-Furqaan, v:30]

Imaam Ibn Qayyim (rahimahu-Allaahu) said: “There are various types of ‘abandonment’ of the Qur’aan:

1) To abandon listening to it and believing in it.

2) To abandon acting upon it, and ignoring its lawful and prohibited ordinances (Halaal and haraam), even if one believes in it and recites it.

3) To abandon judging by it, and resorting to it as a judge when there are differences in the essence of the religion or other matters.

4) To abandon pondering over it, and understanding it, and seeking the explanation of it.

5) To abandon using it as a cure in all types of diseases of the heart, and instead to seek to cure these diseases by other means.” (1)

How many of these types of abandonments are we guilty of?

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Reference:
(1) ”An Introduction To The Sciences Of The Qur’aan” By Yasir Qadhi, p. 394, quoting from: Ibn Al-Qayyim, p. 113]

Soften Your Heart

An advice to those who want to soften their hearts.

A beautiful worth watching short clip by shaykh Salih Al Maghamsi.

Shaykh Salih Al Maghamsi is the Imaam of Masjid Al-Quba in Madeenah, Saudi Arabia. He is one of the most well known scholars of tafseer.

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Beautiful Recitation

The Forgotten Promise


الم ذَلِكَ الْكِتَابُ لاَ رَيْبَ فِيهِ هُدًى لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ

Alif Laaam Meeeem..Dhalik-al-Kitaabu Laa rayeba feeh….

And the Imaam starts off reciting the Soorah in his awesome voice, causing your heart to turn over at the sweetness. You make a promise to yourself that after this Ramadaan you will recite the Qur’aan more often.

Ramadaan passes, Shawwaal comes and goes, then Dhul Qa3dah and then Dhul Hijjah…Safar…and you haven’t touched the Qur’aan since Ramadaan. This is the fourth time this occurred, you remember making the same promise to yourself the year before…and the year before…and the year before…only to end up being distracted each time and leaving the Qur’aan on top of the shelf to collect dust.

Why is it that we can find ourselves spending so much time doing other things, reading other books, studying secular studies, and surfing the internet yet it’s hard for us to find time for the Qur’aan?

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلنَّاسُ قَدۡ جَآءَتۡكُم مَّوۡعِظَةٌ۬ مِّن رَّبِّڪُمۡ وَشِفَآءٌ۬ لِّمَا فِى ٱلصُّدُورِ وَهُدً۬ى وَرَحۡمَةٌ۬ لِّلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ

“O mankind! There has come to you a good advice from your Lord (this Qur’aan), and a healing for that in your breasts, – a Guidance and a Mercy for the believers.” (1)

Little do we realize what this Qur’aan is and how little time do we spend reciting it!

How little time do we spend memorizing it, contemplating it, and pondering over it! If only we knew the high status of those who become companions of the Qur’aan, then surely we would attach ourselves to it and never detach ourselves from it. Our tongues would dry with constant recitation.

So the intention here is to remind ourselves by highlighting some of ahaadeeth that pertain to the Qur’aan and the glad tidings they give to the People of the Qur’aan, and to mention some statements of our Salaf, to incite ourselves to spend more time with it. For indeed Allaah has chosen this Ummah to receive the Qur’aan, the one miracle that will remain until the Day of Judgment, The Book about which Allaah says:

لَوۡ أَنزَلۡنَا هَـٰذَا ٱلۡقُرۡءَانَ عَلَىٰ جَبَلٍ۬ لَّرَأَيۡتَهُ ۥ خَـٰشِعً۬ا مُّتَصَدِّعً۬ا مِّنۡ خَشۡيَةِ ٱللَّهِ‌ۚ وَتِلۡكَ ٱلۡأَمۡثَـٰلُ نَضۡرِبُہَا لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمۡ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ

“Had We sent down this Qur’aan on a mountain, you would surely have seen it humbling itself and rending asunder by the fear of Allaah.” (2)

This is the Ummah of the Qur’aan, and we are of this Ummah, will we not then seize this?

أَلَمۡ يَأۡنِ لِلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓاْ أَن تَخۡشَعَ قُلُوبُہُمۡ لِذِڪۡرِ ٱللَّهِ

“Has not the time come for the hearts of those who believe to be affected by Allaah’s Reminder?” (3)

The Qur’aan and the Hearts


Allaah’s Messenger sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam has said: “The people of Qur’aan, they are the people of Allaah and His specialties.” (4)

So who are the “People of the Qur’aan”? What does it take to become one of them?

And how can we strive to join their ranks? What sets them apart from the rest of the people?

It is high time for us to return to the Qur’aan, for our state in the world today is only because of ourselves, because we have abandoned the Qur’aan. We have severed our relationship with the Book, and have taken ourselves to other petty matters, turning to the Qur’aan only when we are in need, and sometimes, not even then.

When it comes to finding peace, we find our youth turning to music instead of the recitation of the Qur’aan, we find our brothers and sisters turning to novels instead of the recitation of the Qur’aan.

This is not finger pointing, but the aim here is merely to incite ourselves to examine our life to check whether we have habits, and to check whether we do things that are non essential and non beneficial and leave them and turn that time to the Qur’aan because without the Qur’aan, what life do our hearts have? We have forgotten the role the Qur’aan should have in our lives, will we not then give that role back to the Qur’aan?

What set our Salaf apart from the rest of the following generations? It was nothing except their attachment to the Qur’aan. Their lives was the Qur’aan. In the day they would recite Qur’aan, and during night prayers, they contemplated over it. And history is a witness to where it led them.

Ibn Khaldoon said in Al-Muqaddimah “Then the cities of Islaam grew, and illiteracy disappeared from amongst the Arabs because of their constant occupation with the Qur’aan.“

Like our body needs food to survive, our soul also need its nurishment as well. Our hearts need ‘food’ to remain alive.

So what is the ‘Food’ of our hearts?

Ibn Al Qayyim said: “The keys to the life of the heart lie in reflecting upon the Qur‘aan , being humble before Allaah in secret, and leaving sins.” (6)

And if one thinks about this, he finds that they are dependent upon one another. The Qur’aan and evil cannot coexist in the same heart, so one needs to leave off sins in order to be able to recite and reflect on the Qur’aan for it to have any effect on him, and only when one reflects on the Qur’aan can he feel the power of its Words, and only then can he humble himself  before Allaah in secret for it is easier to commit a sin in secret then in the open.

Ibn Masood said “These hearts are vessels. Fill them up with Qur’aan and occupy them with nothing else.”

and he also said “The love of the Qur’aan and the love of music cannot combine in the heart of a believer.”

Allaah says, telling of the characteristics of the believers, when they recite or hear the Qur’aan:

“…The skins of those who fear their Lord shiver from it (when they recite it or hear it). Then their skin and their heart soften to the remembrance of Allaah. That is the guidance of Allaah. He Guides therewith whom He pleases and whomever Allaah sends astray, for him there is no guide.” (7)

Ibn Katheer says regarding this verse:

“This is the description of the righteous, when they hear the Words of the Compeller, the Protector, the Almighty, the Oft-Forgiving, because they understand the promises and warnings contained therein. The frightening words and threats make their skin shiver from fear.
[…]
When they hear the Aayat of Allaah, they are not too busy to pay attention to them; they listen to them and understand their meanings. So they act upon them and prostrate when they hear them, out of understanding, not out of ignorance and blind following of others. Third they adhere to the correct etiquette when they listen to them. As the Companions, may Allaah be pleased with them, used to do when they listened to the words of Allaah recited by the Messenger of Allaah. Their skin would shiver, and their hearts would soften to the remembrance of Allaah. They did not shout or do other actions that are not natural; on the contrary, they would sit quietly with the proper attitude of fear, in an unparalleled fashion. they attained the victory of praise from their Lord in this world and the Hereafter.
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Qatadah said: “This is the characteristic of the friends of Allaah; Allaah has described them in this manner, saying that their skin shivers, their eyes weep and their hearts find rest to the remembrance of Allaah. He did not say that they lose their minds and swoon; that is the characteristic of the followers of innovation, and that comes from the Shaytan.”

Remember that the Qur’aan can either be a proof for us or a proof against us, let us make sure that it will become a proof for us on the Day of Judgment.

It is narrated on the authority of 3Umar radi Allaahu 3Anhu that the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Verily, Allaah will raise elevate some people by this Book and He will degrade others with it”. (8)

In another narration the Messenger sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever puts (the Qur’aan) ahead of him, it will lead him to Paradise; and whoever throws it behind him, it will drag him into Hell.” (9)

We ask Allaah to make us of those who recite this Book, follow it, understand it, and then teach it to others seeking nothing except His reward.

The Reward

So let us turn to our first source, the ahadeeth and take a look at a few narrations about the Qur’aan and the reward of the one who recites it & memorizes it and let us ask Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3alaa to make us of the Companions of the Qur’aan.

The Messenger sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam has informed us of the great reward of those that take the Qur’aan as their companion, and hold fast to it, stick to it and never abandon it for anything else. They are with the Qur’aan in the day, and they recite it at night in prayer.

Virtues of Reading & memorizing the Qur’aan:

عن عبد الله بن مسعود قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : ” مَن قرأ حرفاً من كتاب الله فله به حسنة ، والحسنة بعشر أمثالها ، لا أقول { الم } حرف ، ولكن ألِف حرف ، ولام حرف ، وميم حرف . رواه الترمذي ( 2910 ) وقال : حسن صحيح . وصححه الألباني في صحيح الترمذي .

3Abd-Allaah ibn Mas3ood said: The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Whoever reads a letter of the Book of Allaah will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a tenfold reward. I do not say that Alif-Laam-Meem is a letter, rather alif is a letter, laam is a letter and meem is a letter.” (10)

That’s 30 hasanaat for reciting only 3 letters! Imagine if one were to recite soorah Al-Fatihah how much hasanaat they will receive, imagine if one recites soorah Al-Baqarah!

Imagine for a second, the ones who set out to memorize this Book, reciting its verses over and over hunderds of times to engrave it in their memories, how much is their total recitation? How much is their reward?

مثل الذي يقرأ القرآن وهو حافظ له مع السفرة الكرام البررة ، ومثل الذي يقرأ وهو يتعاهده ، وهو عليه شديد فله أجران . البخاري ومسلم

And another narration, it was narrated from 3Aa’ishah that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

“The one who is proficient in the recitation of the Qur’aan will be with the honourable and obedient scribes (angels) and he who recites the Qur’aan and finds it difficult to recite, doing his best to recite it in the best way possible, will have a double reward.” (11)

Commentary: Proficient here means one who reads the Qur’aan in accordance with the rules of “3Ilm At-Tajweed” (the science of the recitation of the Qur’aan) as is evidenced from the words of Imam Bukhaaree’s narration and the title given to the chapter.

This Hadeeth also highlights the merit of the reader of the Qur’aan who does not know `3Ilm At-Tajweed, and for that reason cannot read it fluently. But in spite of this, he reads it with great effort. He will be given double reward, one for the difficulty encountered in reciting it, and another for reading it. Safratun translated in the Hadeeth as scribes (angels) mean the angels that convey the Wahy (Revelation) to the Messenger of Allaah.


عن أبي هريرة عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : ” يجيء القرآن يوم القيامة فيقول : يا رب حلِّه ، فيلبس تاج الكرامة ثم يقول : يا رب زِدْه ، فيلبس حلة الكرامة ، ثم يقول : يا رب ارض عنه فيرضى عنه ، فيقال له : اقرأ وارق وتزاد بكل آية حسنة ” . رواه الترمذي ( 2915 ) وقال : هذا حديث حسن صحيح ، وقال الألباني في ” صحيح الترمذي ” برقم ( 2328 ) : حسن

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet sallAlalahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said:

Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “The Qur’aan will come on the Day of Resurrection and will say, ‘O Lord, adorn him.’ So he will be given a crown of honour to wear. Then it will say, ‘O Lord, give him more.’ So he will be given a garment of honour.’ Then it will say, ‘O Lord, be pleased with him.’ So Allaah will be pleased with him. Then it will be said to him, ‘Recite and advance in status, and for each verse you will gain one more hasanah (reward for good deed).” (12)

SubhaanAllaah, if this was the only Hadeeth describing the reward, then it would suffice! The Qur’aan itself will come on the Day of Judgement and intercede for its companions, and Allaah will give him a crown of honor, a garment of honor, Allaah will be pleased with him.

What else is needed to persuade us to recite the Qur’aan?

Yet here is another:

عن عبد الله بن عمرو عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : ” يقال لصاحب القرآن : اقرأ وارتق ورتل كما كنت ترتل في الدنيا فإن منزلتك عند آخر آية تقرأ بها “. رواه الترمذي ( 2914 ) وقال : هذا حديث حسن صحيح ، وقال الألباني في ” صحيح الترمذي ” برقم ( 2329 ) : حسن صحيح ، وأبو داود ( 1464 ) .

3Abd-Allaah ibn 3Amr that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “It will be said to the companion of the Qur’aan (i.e., the one who memorized and studied it): ‘Read, advance in status and recite as you used to do in the world, for your status will be commensurate with the last aayah that you recite.’” (13)

(What is meant by reciting here is memorizing)

SubhaanAllaah, aren’t these three narrations enough to make us pick up the Qur’aan and read it and try to understand it?

The rewards are not limited to the on who becomes a companion of the Qur’aan himself, but by the Mercy of Allaah, it goes further and it goes to his parents as the hadeeth states:

ويُكسى والداه حلَّتين لا تقوم لهما الدنيا وما فيها ، فيقولان : يا رب أنى لنا هذا ؟ فيقال لهما : بتعليم ولدكما القرآن ” . رواه الطبراني في ” الأوسط .. .

وعن بريدة رضي الله عنه قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : ” من قرأ القرآن وتعلَّم وعمل به أُلبس والداه يوم القيامة تاجاً من نور ضوؤه مثل ضوء الشمس ، ويكسى والداه حلتين لا تقوم لهما الدنيا فيقولان : بم كسينا هذا ؟ فيقال : بأخذ ولدكما القرآن ” . رواه الحاكم

“….his parents will be clothed with garments which far surpass everything to be found in this world. They will say, “O Lord, how did we earn this.” It will be said to them, “Because you taught your child the Qur’aan.”’” (14)

It was narrated that Buraydah said: “The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: ‘Whoever reads the Qur’aan, learns it and acts in accordance with it, on the Day of Resurrection his parents will be given a crown to wear whose light will be like the light of the sun, and his parents will be given garments which far surpass everything to be found in this world. They will say, “Why have we been given this to wear?” It will be said, “Because your child learned the Qur’aan.”’” (15)

These two hadeeth support one another. (16)

The Warning


وَقَالَ الرَّسُولُ يَارَبِّ إِنَّ قَوْمِي اتَّخَذُوا هَذَا الْقُرْآنَ مَهْجُورًا

“And the Messenger (Muhammad sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam) will say: “O my Lord! Verily, my people deserted this Qur’aan (neither listened to it, nor acted on its laws and orders”. (17)

In our times, rarely does the Qur’aan come down from that top shelf in our bookshelves where it’s sitting collecting dust, it comes down only when someone dies. SubhaanAllaah, this Qur’aan was revealed for the living, not the dead! In fact, it is so bad in some places, that if the Qur’aan is heard being recited loudly, people will come to you and say “Ina lillaahi wa inna ilayhi Raaji3oon, who has died?”

That is what the Qur’aan has become! An ornament, which is decorated and then placed on the top most shelf and left only to be picked up when someone passes away. This shows a preference of symbolism over substance. When Ibn 3Abbas saw a copy of the Qur’aan decorated with silver, he said: “In so doing, you will be seducing the thief, while its true ornament and decoration are within it.“

We have become people who honor only the letters of the Qur’aan, leaving behind its guidance. We rarely recite it, and we do not understand it nor do we follow much of its commandments. We respect the outside of the Qur’aan, yet leave off respecting the inside. Shaykh Shuraym of Masjid Al Haram in Makkah, said in one of the Du3aa’ that he would say: “Oh Allaah make us from those that stand up for the Hudood (laws) of the Qur’aan, and do not make us from those who stand up and respect the letters and loose the Hudood of Yours.”

Then there are amongst us those who only take the Qur’aan for barakah and only for that. Some just restrict themselves to Soorah Yaa-Seen never going beyond that, and you’ll find these small pocket-sized mass printed. What happened to the rest of the Qur’aan? What happened to the rest of the Soorah? Allaah has revealed the entire Qur’aan and made the entire book blessed not just one soorah!

From the long Hadeeth regarding what happens to the soul and the questioning, it is narrated:

“…So his soul is returned to his body and there come to him two angels who make him sit up and they say to him, ‘Who is your Lord?’ He says, ‘Allaah.’ They say, ‘What is your religion?’ He says, ‘My religion is Islam.’ They say, ‘Who is this man who was sent among you?’ He says, ‘He is the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam.’ They say, ‘What did you do?’ He says,I read the Book of Allaah and I believed in it.’…” (18)

Re-read the underlined portion brothers and sisters!

Imaam Ibn Qayyim (rahimahu-Allaahu) said: “There are various types of ‘abandonment’ of the Qur’aan:

1) To abandon listening to it and believing in it.

2) To abandon acting upon it, and ignoring its lawful and prohibited ordinances (Halaal and haraam), even if one believes in it and recites it.

3) To abandon judging by it, and resorting to it as a judge when there are differences in the essence of the religion or other matters.

4) To abandon pondering over it, and understanding it, and seeking the explanation of it.

5) To abandon using it as a cure in all types of diseases of the heart, and instead to seek to cure these diseases by other means. (19)

How many of these types of abandonments are we guilty of?

So brothers and sisters let us take a step back, examine our lives and see if we are guilty of abandoning the Qur’aan in any of these categories and strive to make up wherever we are lacking. I remind foremost myself, and then you to pick up the Qur’aan and recite a portion of it daily, listen to it, and try to understand it..

The Salaf & The Qur’aan

The Salaf were the best of this Ummah as stated by the Messenger sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam in an authentic narration. There is not much to say about these narrations, they speak for themselves.

Jubayr bin Mut3im said:“I heard the Messenger of Allah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam recite “at-Toor” in the Maghrib prayer, and when he got to the verses “Were they created by nothing, or were they themselves the creators? Or did they create the heavens and the earth? No, but they have no firm Belief. Or are with them the treasures of your Lord? Or are they the tyrants with the authority to do as they like?” my heart wanted to fly from my body out of awe.” (20)

3Uthmaan bin 3Affaan said: “If our hearts were truly pure, we would never get enough of the Words of our Lord, and I hate that one day passes with me not looking in the Mushaf.” (21)

Ibn Abi Mulaykah narrated: “3Ikrimah bin Abi Jahl used to press the Mus-haf to his face and cry, saying: “The Book of my Lord! The Words of my Lord!”” (22)

Bishr bin as-Sirri said: “Verily, each verse is like a date: the more you chew it, the more of its sweetness is released.” Abu Sulayman heard this and commented: “True. It is the case with one of you that if he begins one chapter of it, he wants to read it to the end.” (23)

Abu az-Zahiriyyah narrated: “I went to Tarsus, so I entered upon Abu Mu3awiyah al-Aswad after he had become blind. In his house, I saw a Mus-haf hanging from the wall, so said to him: “May Allaah have Mercy upon you! A Mus-haf while you cannot even see?”

He replied: “My brother, will you keep a secret for me until the day I die?”

I said: “Yes.” Then, he said to me: “Verily, when I want to read from the Qur’aan, my eyesight comes back to me.” (24)

So keeping in mind what has proceeded, let us try to spend more time with the Qur’aan and let us have sincerity in this because the Messenger sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam has informed us in an authentic narration that of the first of the people to be thrown into Hell will be a person who memorized the Qur’aan in order to show off to the people and receive their praise. May Allaah protect us from that. Know that we cannot achieve success in becoming the People of the Qur’aan without making Du3aa’ for it.

اللهم جعلنا من اهل القراّن

Allahumma-Ja3lnaa min Ahl-il-Qur’aan

Oh Allaah make us of the People of the Qur’aan

Let us try to pick up the Mus-haf more often, and try to recite the Qur’aan daily.

Let us get a Tafseer of the many widely available today and sit down and try to understand what the verses mean.

Let us memorize the Qur’aan be it only a verse per day.

And let us teach others what we have learned because the Messenger sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said “The best among you are those who learn the Qur’aan and teach it.” (25)

Action Tipss:

Some quick tips/guide to start with:

Some more:

(taken from islamic ink with modification & addition)
 

Coming soon

Manners of reciting the Qur’aan
How to attain the sweetness of reciting the Qur’aan

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References:
(1). soorah younus, v:57
(2) soorah Al-Hashr, v:21.
(3) soorah Al-Hadeed, v:16
(4) Ahmad, Nisaa’ee, Ibn Maajah
(6) Haadiyyul-’Arwaah ilaa Bilaadil-Afraah (p. 45)
(7) soorah Az-Zumar, v:23
(8) Saheeh Muslim
(9) At-Tabaraani & Al-Bayhiqee
(10) Narrated by al-Tirmidhee, 2910; hasan saheeh. Also classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
(11) Saheeh Bukharee & Saheeh Muslim
(12) Narrated by al-Tirmidhee, 2915. He said, this is a saheeh hasan hadeeth. Al-Albaani said in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 2328, this is hasan
(13) Narrated by al-Tirmidhee, 2914; he said this is a saheeh hasan hadeeth. Al-Albaani said in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, no. 2329, it is hasan saheeh. Also narrated by Abu Dawood, 1464
(14) Narrated by al-Tabaraanee in al-Awsat, 6/51
(15)  Narrated by al-Haakim, 1/756
(16) See al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 2829. http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/14035
(17) soorah Al-Furqaan, v:30
(18) Narrated by Abu Dawood, 4753; Ahmad, 18063 – this version was narrated by him. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 1676.
(19) “An Introduction To The Sciences Of The Qur’aan” By Yasir Qadhi, p. 394, quoting from: Ibn Al-Qayyim, p. 113]
(20) (soorah At-Toor, v:37) ‘Tafsir Ibn Katheer’; 4/309
(21) Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah; 7/215
(22) Reported by 3Abdullah bin al-Mubarak # 56
(23) Al-Hadith fi ‘Ulum al-Qur’an’; p. 70
(24) Imam Ibn Al Jawzi’s Sifaat us-Safwah
(25) Bukhaaree
 
 

A nice story you must read it…

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A nice story you must read it…

Since last night my young son has been unwell. When I got back from work this evening I decided to take him to hospital despite my exhaustion. There were many waiting; perhaps we will be delayed by more than an hour. I took my number and sat down in the waiting room. There were many faces, young and old, but all silent. Some brothers! made use of the many booklets available in the waiting room. Some of those waiting had their eyes closed, while others were looking around. Most were bored. Once in a while the long silence was broken by a nurse calling out a number. Happiness appears on the one whose turn it is, and he gets up quickly; then silence returns.

A young man grabbed my attention. He was reading a pocket-sized Qur’aan continuously; not raising his head even once. At first I did not think much about him. However, after one hour of waiting my casual glances turned into a deep reflection about his lifestyle and how he utilizes his time. One hour of life wasted! Instead of making benefit of that hour, it was just a boring wait.

Then the call for prayer was made. We went to prayerin the hospital’s mosque. I tried to pray close to the man who was reading the Qur’aan earlier in the waiting room. After the prayer I walked with him.

I informed him of how impressed I was of him and how he tries to benefit from his time.

He told me that most of our time is wasted without any benefit. These are days that go from our lives without being conscious of them or regretting their waste. He said that he started carrying the pocket-sized Qur’aan around when a friend encouraged him to make full use of his time. He told me that in the time other people waste he gets to read much more of the Qur’aan than he gets to read either at home or in the mosque. Moreover, besides the reward of reading the Qur’aan, this habit saves him from boredom and stress.

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He added that he has now been waiting for one and a half hours. Then he asked, when will you find one and a half hours to read the Qur’aan?

I reflected; How much time do we waste? How many moments of our lives pass by, and yet we do not account for how they passed by?

Indeed, how many months pass by and we do not read the Qur’aan?

I came to respect my companion, and I discovered that I am to stand for account and that time is not in my hand; so what am I waiting for? My thoughts were interrupted by the nurse calling out my number; I went to the doctor. But I want to achieve something now. After I left the hospital I quickly went to the bookshop and bought a pocket-sized Qur’aan. I decided to be mindful of how I spend the time.

If this information is beneficial to you, then please do forward it to your friends and relatives.

Our Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi Wa Sallam said:

Whoever guides or directs to good, then he gets the same amount of blessing (reward) as the one who does it”

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