Living The Quran Through The Living Quran

Living The Quran Through The Living Quran

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This is Living The Quran Through The Living Quran - a journey through the Noble Quran to better understand the Word of God.
Help Yourself by Helping Others - Ramadhan Reflections 2019 [Day 21]
 The attribute of those who spend their wealth in the cause of Allah is like the attribute of a grain (of corn) which sprouts seven ears, each ear bearing a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies further for whomsoever He pleases, for Allah is Bountiful, All-Knowing. (2:261) Commentary NUMBER 100: Helping the less fortunate people of the society is something which the Quran has emphasized in many verses and is a hall-mark of the message of the Prophet ] from his earliest days in Mecca.  In this portion of Surah al-Baqara, it is not only one or two verses which speak about charity, and giving to others and other such related topics, but rather there are 24 verses back to back which introduce charity, financial assistance, economic equality and other such topics. The above verse which we are focusing on speaks about charity and Allah presents us with a  parable so that we may further appreciate, based on our very simplistic look at our relationship with Allah, that when we give in his way, we get many fold back from Him. Charity is one of the most important topics which Islam has laid emphasis on within the Quran and the statements of the Prophet and his family and we are constantly told that it is not enough to have a celestial connection, but we must also maintain our terrestrial connection and ensure that our family, family and even strangers – Muslims or not - who are in need, are looked after. In this passage, Allah teaches us by means of a parable and tells us that those who give of their wealth in the way of Allah, their comparison is like the planting of a seed in the ground from which sprouts seven ‘shoots’; from every ‘shoot’ there come one hundred seeds – totaling 700. However that is not the end of it as Allah clearly says that He increases (in the reward) of whomsoever He pleases – therefore, our rewards are not limited to a multiplier of 700 – they are endless and Allah is generous in giving and He knows all. If we pay attention to this parable, we will realize that Allah compared the person who gives in His way to be like the seed planted in the ground which gives back so much. However, He “should have” compared THEIR ACTIONS – not the person themselves! This is something to reflect upon and perhaps Allah worded it like this to get us to think about the depths of profundity about giving charity in His way that our actions stem from that which is deep within our souls and the more that our actions take on deeper role in our spiritual heart, in reality, the more we are growing – at a spiritual level. In other words, the Quran is showing us that there is a connection between a person’s actions and the actions themselves and they are ‘two sides of the same coin’. Therefore, it is not only a ‘monetary’ reward which we should be looking forward to, that 700x reward, but rather, a spiritual expanse of 700x of our inner-heart and core.  Point of Reflection When we “give” to others – let us never think that we are “doing them” a favour. Rather, we are doing ourselves a favour by fulfilling our religious obligations for which we ask Allah to not only give us rewards in the life to come, but more importantly, that we can spiritually grow in this world – right now.
05:21
May 26, 2019
Maintaining justice and fairness in our dealings - Ramadhan Reflections 2019 [Day 20]
 ‘(The case of the litigation is that,) this is my brother. He has ninety nine ewes (female sheep) while I have one ewe; still he says, “Make it over to me,” and he has been prevailing by his arguments upon me.’ (38:23) Commentary NUMBER 99: The story which is contained in this verse and which is actually found in verses 21 to 26 of this chapter speak about an important event in the life of Prophet Dāwūd.  Two brothers who had a dispute made their way into the house of Prophet Dāwūd - albeit through impermissible means by scaling the walls of his palace and barging in on him. They had an argument with one another and as Prophet Dāwūd was known to be fair in his rulings, they sought adjudication from him and asked him to provide them religious guidance. What were these two brothers fighting over? Just like many disputes which come up between people, it was about money. The plaintiff who was petitioning his case to Prophet Dāwūd told the judge that the defendant, his brother, had 99 female sheep while he had only one female sheep and his brother who had significantly more even wanted to take the one possession that his brother had! From this verse it seems that the defendant was able to over-power the plaintiff and take away that one female sheep and so now they were coming to Prophet Dāwūd seek arbitration and a fair judgement from him. Rather than waiting for the defendant to present his arguments and his side of the story, the Quran tells us that Dāwūd immediately passed judgement. Although he was correct in his verdict, however justice and fairness dictated that he listen to both sides and then offer the ruling.  He told the defendant that he had been unjust in his dealings with the plaintiff and that he had no right to ask for the one female sheep. He made an interesting point which even runs true today with business partners that: وَإِنَّ كَثِيرٗا مِّنَ ٱلۡخُلَطَآءِ لَيَبۡغِي بَعۡضُهُمۡ عَلَىٰ بَعۡضٍ إِلَّا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّٰلِحَٰتِ وَقَلِيلٞ مَّا هُمۡۗ  …And indeed, many associates oppress one another, except for those who believe and do righteous deeds - and few are they… (38:24) Prophet Dāwūd realized his quickness in passing judgement and the test he was under by Allah and so submitted to his Creator, asked for forgiveness and turned back to Him in repentance for this act – even though it was NOT a sin that he committed.  Allah forgave him, and confirmed that Dāwūd still has a closeness to Himself and that He ensured that Dāwūd would be given a great place in paradise with the blessings of that world.  Point of Reflection In our personal lives, whether at school, work, in the community or in our family setting, we must always ensure that when disputes arise, we listen to all of the sides and are not quick in making any conclusions on others and must remember that there is One who is the Best of Judges who will soon pass judgement on us.
04:57
May 25, 2019
Never judge a faith by its supposed followers - Ramadhan Reflections 2019 [Day 19]
Now Moses selected from his people seventy men (to take with him) to Our appointed place and time, but when the earthquake seized them he said, ‘My Lord! if You so willed You could have destroyed them as well as me before (this). But would You destroy us on account of that which the foolish among us have done? This (matter of the calf) is nothing but (an ordeal from You) that You may distinguish the good from the bad (of us). You adjudge, by such means, to be astray whomsoever You will and You guide whomsoever You will. You are our Patron, protect us therefore, and have mercy on us, for You are the Best of Protectors (against the consequence of our faults). (7:155)  Commentary NUMBER 70: There are many recollections in the Quran about Prophet Mūsā and the interaction with his companions; at times they were devoted to him and Allah and listened to what he ordered them to do; at other times, as in this verse, we are given a glimpse of their strange behavior with this great prophet – one who saved the Banī Isrāʾīl from the grips of the Pharaoh. Prophet Mūsā was set to “meet” Allah and on this special gathering, he chose, as this verse of the Quran clearly tells us, 70 people from amongst Banī Isrāʾīl – why 70 and not more or less – that is not known to the commentators of the Quran, however this number must have some significance to it.  Since his companions were not able to hear the words of Allah, something which Mūsā was obviously able to do, they requested or rather demanded that Allah SHOW Himself to them “in the flesh”.  Such a thing is impossible and so, although in this portion, Allah does not go into the details of what happened as He has done in other chapters, but we are told that a ‘temporary retribution’ took over Mūsā and his community which knocked everyone unconscious.  Prophet Mūsā appealed to His Creator asking Allah not to make the good people of the community face a humiliating defeat due to the foolish, irrational (أَلسُّفَهَاءُ مِنَّا) people from amongst them. It was not only this one thing which the Children of Isrāʾīl were guilty of – they had been saved from bondage and were given countless blessings by Allah including Him sending down a wide variety of food, however they resorted to idol worship and many other sins and then to top it off, they asked to “see” Allah!  Nonetheless, Prophet Mūsā prayed to Allah to forgive everyone and to have mercy upon him and his community and sincerely asked for the guidance of his nation. Point of Reflection In the world today,  there are many people who call themselves “Muslims”, however they are far from being a representation of the true faith. We must always ensure our non-Muslim acquaintances and the media do not label us as being the same and do not hold us to account because of the ‘foolish ones’ from amongst us.
05:07
May 25, 2019
Making the most of the Night of Qadr - Ramadhan Reflections 2019 [Day 18]
The Night of Majesty is better than a thousand months. (97:3) Commentary  NUMBER 1,000: From tonight, the 19th night of Ramaḍān, we enter into the phase in which the nights are known as the Layālī al-Qadr – The Nights of al-Qadr.  Not only are these nights very special, but it is also steeped in mystery and secrecy. The fact that no one knows what night it is and that even though the aḥādīth guide us to look for it in the Month of Ramaḍhān; and that too in the last 10 nights of the month; and that too in the odd numbered nights; with an extra emphasis being on the 23rd of Ramaḍhān, still we are always searching for when it is. The meaning of al-Qadr is also immersed in spiritual obscurity as it has many interpretations: it is the ‘night of Power’; it is a ‘night of Worth’; it is a ‘night of Grandeur’; it is a ‘night of Destiny’ – just as the technical meaning of this word conveys, and so in reality, we are exploring something so splendid that it cannot be described accurately, and we are seeking it it wherever we can in the last third of the blessed month. The Prophet of Islam and his 12 successors have emphasized that we should keep awake all night in prayer, asking forgiveness, turning back to Allah and spiritual self-building. However as we lead busy lives with school and work, it is not always practical to devote the last portion of the month exclusive to worship. Thus, when a person came to the Prophet ] and told him that his house was far from Medina and so he could not make it every night in Ramadān, the Prophet ] told him that he should make it a point to come to Medina on the 23rd of Ramadān. In addition there is a story which has been narrated in which we are told that there was a year in which Imam al-Ṣādiq was sick, however as it was the 23rd of Ramaḍhān, he asked those around him to help him go to the Masjid of the Prophet so that he may engage in worship. In addition, the Leader of the Women of Paradise, Fāṭima al-Zahrāʾ used to sprinkle water on the faces of her  young children so that they could stay awake to engage in worship on the 23rd of Ramaḍān! With regards to the importance of spending this night in worship, we refer to a lengthy tradition in which the Prophet of Islam ] quotes an event which took place between Allah and Prophet Mūsā in which Mūsā said to Allah: 1. “I want a station such that I am close to you.” To this, Allah replied: My closeness is attained by the one who stays awake on the night of al-Qadr. 2. “I desire Your Mercy.” To this, Allah replied: My mercy is for that person who shows mercy to the poor on the night of al-Qadr. 3. “I want to be able to cross over the ṣirāṭ.” To this, Allah replied: That is for the person who gives in charity on the night of al-Qadr. 4. “I desire paradise and its blessings.” To this, Allah replied: That is for the person who glorifies (me) on the night of al-Qadr. 5. “I want to be saved from the fire of hell.” To this, Allah replied: That is for the person who seeks forgiveness on the night of al-Qadr. 6. Finally, Prophet Mūsā asked: “I desire to have Your pleasure.” To this, Allah replied: My pleasure is gained by that person who prays (to me) with two rakʿat prayer on the night of al-Qadr. With so many blessings being handed out on such a night, no wonder we need to work hard at finding ‘when’ it is and that we spend the entire night awake in prayer - a night worth more than 1,000 months. Point of Reflection The worth of worship and the true rewards which come with it are such that the acts of obedience in Islam are not always “easy” – we have to work hard at them if we want to attain those other-worldly benefits – and just as the old saying goes, “No pain no gain.”
05:53
May 23, 2019
Never lose hope - Ramadhan Reflections 2019 [Day 17]
And we indeed sent Noah to his people and he stayed among them for (as long as) a thousand years short of fifty years (nine hundred and fifty years). While his people were steeped in wrongdoings they were caught in the Deluge. (29:14)   Commentary NUMBER 50: The chapter of the Spider (al-Ankabūt) starts off by Allah reminding all of humanity that they will NOT be left alone merely saying that, “we believe”, without being tested in our conviction and dedication to the faith. In fact, to further drive this point home, this relatively short chapter of the Quran speaks about Prophets: Nūḥ, Ibrāhīm, Lūṭ, Shuʿayb, Hūd, Ṣāliḥ, and Mūsā! We delve into some of the tests that their nations went through so that we can be better acquainted with the Quranic reality of examinations while on the path of the truth. Out of the 25 prophets mentioned by name in the Quran, and knowing that based on the Prophetic ḥadīth, there were 124,000 Prophets sent to humanity - the first being Ādam and the last being Muḥammad - only the length of time of messengership of Prophet Nūḥ is spoken about in an actual number.  Scholars of the Quran tell us that the period of the carrying of the message of this prophet, known as Shaykh al-Anbiyāʾ, from the time of the beginning of his prophetic mission until the major flood was 950 years – however we are not exactly sure of his life span, but it was longer than this. It should also be pointed out that from the five ūlū al-ʿazm – meaning those prophets of firm resolve, Nūḥ is the first of them – the other four being, Ibrāhīm @, Mūsā, ʿIsā, and Prophet Muḥammad.  When reading this verse, many have questioned as to “why” Allah X worded it as he did? If Prophet Nūḥ lived 950 years, rather than saying this, why did Allah X say, ‘One thousand years minus fifty’.  One response is that this was done to get us to contemplate on the sheer length of time that this prophet spent trying to deliver his message and the amount of patience he must have had to go on propagating for such a long time. Another reason why this may be worded in this form is that by Allah X saying 1,000 years, less 50, this ‘exception’ actually denotes an absolute realization. By this, the scholars mean to say that if one were to say, ‘A person lived for 100 years’, it may mean that he lived “around” or “approximately” 100 years – not actually 100 years as they may have lived 95, 96, 97, 98, or 99 years – however if a person were to say that the person lived for 2 years short of 100, then an exact amount of 98 years would be conveyed. Point of Reflection When it comes to training and teaching other people, we must always have patience and fortitude. Everyone learns and is guided at different levels – some may accept the message quicker while others may have various obstacles which prevent them from changing – but we must never give up.
05:16
May 22, 2019
Self building - the key to success - Ramadhan Reflections 2019 [Day 16]
 And We made an appointment with Moses for thirty nights (and days to pray in solitude) which We supplemented with another ten (to receive the Law) so that the period appointed by his Lord came to be full forty nights (and days). (When leaving) Moses said to his brother Aaron, ‘Act for me (taking my place) in my absence among my people and reform and manage (them) well and do not follow the way of those who create disorder.’ (7:142) Commentary NUMBER 40: Prophet Moses is one of the most talked about prophets in the Quran with his name coming up a total of 136 times – from Surah al-Baqarah (2) all the way to Surah al-Aʿlā (87). His name is mentioned alongside other Prophets, such as Ibrāhīm, ʿIsā, Hārūn and also alongside his arch nemesis, the Pharaoh (Firʿawn). In this particular verse, a “unique” thing is seen in which Allah first had an “appointment” with Mūsā for 30 nights had and then all of a sudden , He added 10 more nights to the event – making it 40 nights in total. In other verses, Allah mentions the 40 nights straight up, but here he makes us do some math – but WHY?  The opinion which our scholars mention and is found in the aḥādīth from the Ahlulbayt points to the fact that Allah had always decreed this sojourn of Mūsā to be for 40 days and nights however in order to test his community, the Children of Israʾīl, he was first invited for 30 days and then the stay period was prolonged by another 10 days being added to it – this was one way for the imposters and hypocrites among the tribes of Isrāʾīl to be differentiated from the true believers. Ultimately, faith does not come easy and it is by testing – whether it be Prophet Mūsā and his 40 days in the spiritual retreat in communion with Allah, Prophet Muḥammad ] and his proclamation on the 18th of Dhū al-Ḥijjah at the event of Ghadir al-Khumm, or the major occultation (ghaybah) of Imam al-Mahdi Q for the past 1,200 years. These are all ways that Allah tests the believers in their faith – and as we see in all accounts, there are winners and losers. The number “40” is unique in Islamic teachings and we see its repetition quite often in the Quran, aḥādīth and the supplications: 1. Prophet Nūḥ faced 40 days of rain as a test for the disbelievers; 2. Prophet Muḥammad announced his Prophethood at the age of 40; 3. Once a person reaches 40, they are at their ‘peak’ according to the Quran; …and the list goes on and on. In summary, this verse gives us many life lessons which if we study the time of Mūsā and what he went through, we will be able to find some parallels in our lives – albeit at a much smaller scale. Point of Reflection In order for us to be successful in our lives, in whatever we want to do, we must ensure that we have the prerequisites and that we are constantly working on spiritual self-building to prove to those around us and to Allah that we are ready to tackle the greatest of challenges – and whatever life may put in our paths.
05:03
May 21, 2019
Your mother ... Your mother ... Your mother - Ramadhan Reflections 2019 [Day 15]
And We have enjoined on a human being to do good to his parents. His mother bears him with trouble and pain and brings him forth with trouble and pain. The bearing of him and his weaning (takes) thirty months, till when he attains his full maturity and reaches (the age of) forty years he says to his Lord, ‘My Lord! rouse me up that I may give thanks for the favours you have bestowed on me and on my parents and that I may do such righteous deeds as may please You. And (my Lord!) establish righteousness among my progeny for me. To You indeed I turn penitently and I am surely of those who submit themselves (to You).’  (6:15) Commentary NUMBER 30: Being enjoined to act with goodness to our parents is a hallmark of the Quran and many times, after Allah speaks about His oneness and that we must not set up partners with Him, he reminds us to be good to our parents. This is not only an “Islamic” requirement, but rather, this is a human condition that everyone, regardless of their belief system, they are obligated to love, honour and respect their mother and father. In this verse, Allah speaks about ‘إحسان’ or ‘goodness’ to our parents – however this word has been mentioned in the indefinite form – meaning it is not limited to financial support, daily living assistance or ‘respect’, rather, it includes ANY and all types of things which, in a person’s society, would be classified as ‘goodness’ – and this could  evolve with time and place. Although both the mother and father are included in this verse, however it is interesting that Allah focuses on the mother – and rightfully so! It is the mother who goes through the 9 months of pregnancy, carrying her child inside of her; it is the mother who goes through the pains of labour; it is the mother who wakes up at night to feed and change the baby – in summary, the mother is the one who goes through the most physically taxing challenges of being a parent in the early years of the child. Allah speaks about such efforts in this verse of the Quran when He reminds us that our mother bears us with trouble and pain and brings us forth into this world in trouble and pain and that this initial stage of our conception until we are fully weaned is 30 months. It is interesting that from this young age, Allah fast-forwards to when this “child” turns 40 and make a supplication for his parents – what happened to the 38 years or so in between!? This is something for us to think about and also reflect on our own personal lives and what we did to our parents in that period and how we treated them – and how they treated us. Hopefully we did not break their heart or cause them grief and sorrow and if we did, we still have time to turn back to Allah in repentance and to ask our mother and father for forgiveness as it is not too late.  Point of Reflection Although we can never truly pay our parents back for all of their sleepless nights and difficulties they went through to ensure we had comfort and luxury in our younger days, the least we can do as to make supplication for them for Allah to bless them for all that they did for us.
05:33
May 21, 2019
Live free ... or die trying - Ramadhan Reflections 2019 [Day 14]
O Prophet! urge the believers freq uently and strongly to (defensive) fighting. If there be of you twenty steadfast, they shall overcome two hundred and if there be a hundred of you they shall overcome a thousand of those who disbelieve, because these are a people devoid of understanding. (8:65) Commentary NUMBER 20: This verse, which speaks directly about war and the battles which must sometimes be fought in order to safeguard religion, looks at this “necessary evil” in a few interesting ways.  One of the first things which we see from this verse is that even if a country is equipped militarily, however there is still the need to encourage the troops towards the goals and objectives – and this is seen around the world when the leader of a country sends the troops to war that he/she encourages them and puts a sense of ‘hope’ within them about the need for them to go to war and that they have the full support of the country that they are fighting to protect.  In Islam, the true Commander in Chief is an infallible individual such as the Prophet or one of his legitimate successors (either the infallible Imam or one whom he appoints) who is leading the battle by Allah’s permission; they have strong faith and conviction in what they are doing and that it is something approved by the Almighty one; they are reminded of those who came before them, the shuhadāʾ - martyrs – people who sacrificed their lives for the sake of Allah; they are encouraged through the Quranic narratives which speak about the rewards of their actions and what awaits them in heaven, and they are also given insight into what follows their victory for themselves and their citizens back home. However we should not only limit this verse to the times of a physical war in which guns are in hand and bombs are being dropped, but rather this verse is also applicable in times of the ‘soft wars’ which even today we face by belligerent states and individuals against Islam and specifically  those who are working against the followers of the Ahlulbayt.  The verse makes it clear that we must always be ready to counter the enemies – no matter who they are or whatever they may be. However, we must have true faith and conviction in what we are standing up for, and we must pray that Allah grants us the patience and fortitude for with these factors in place, we will be successful.  Point of Reflection Islam has never been a ‘numbers game’ – regardless of how many are on the side of the Muslims, Allah is looking for the spiritual traits such as true faith and conviction, patience and steadfastness and even if outnumbered and outgunned, as Muslims, we will still be victorious … or at least we will die trying. 
04:40
May 19, 2019
The power of God - Ramadhan Reflections 2019 [Day 13]
Over it (the Hell-Fire) are appointed nineteen (wardens). (74:30)     Commentary NUMBER 19: When we analyze the verses of the Quran and the various topics which are covered within this Living Book, we see that out of the 6,000+ verses, almost 1/3 or over 2,000 of them speak about the Day of Judgement, and the eventual outcomes of Heaven and Hell. This should be a wakeup call for us to take our actions in this life more seriously as there will be a day of accountability. However, much of what we read in the Quran about that Day and Paradise and Hell seem abstract, and truly much of it is steeped in metaphorical language which Allah has ‘watered down’ for us to better understand – and many times drawing from parallels in our world and how it works. One such example is the verse in question from Surah al-Muddatthir in which Allah tells us that there are 19 wardens which are appointed to guard over the fire of Hell.  We believe that Allah is All-Powerful and that He can do anything, yet we see that some of His workings, He appoints certain angels do carry out the tasks. For revelation, He relies on Jibrāʾil; for taking the souls of humanity, He tasks ʿIsrāʾīl; when He destroys communities, like he did to the people of Prophet Lūṭ, the Quran says that He employed two angels to carry out this task - but WHY the need for 19 angels to guard Hell – why not 18 or 20 angels to oversee the punishments? From the commentaries of this verse, it seems that we have no related statements from the Prophet or Imams which explain WHY this specific number was chosen. Ayatullah Makarim Shirazi has given a possibility that it could be that the figure of 19 is made up of two numbers “1” and “9” – and “1” is the smallest number and “9” is the largest number – and from these (obviously apart from “0”) all other numbers are derived. Other scholars have stated that the sources of all negative ethical traits are 19, and since these adverse traits can lead to the punishment of Allah, thus the 19 levels of Hell are the same number and in each level, there is an angel or group of angels who are in charge of carrying out the punishments. Ultimately however, there are some things which are still ambiguous in regards to this number and why Allah chose it, however we must submit that there is a meaning and wisdom behind it – even if we still are not acquainted with it. Point of Reflection If one angel has the power to take the souls of all of humanity; and two angels can destroy an entire city and all of its inhabitants; then indeed nineteen angels (or groups of angels) can over-see the punishments of all of those destined for Hell – this is not something challenging for Allah!
04:10
May 19, 2019
The sacred signs of Islam - Ramadhan Reflections 2019 [Day 12]
Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year) according to the law of Allah since the day He created the heavens and the earth. Among these, four (months) are sacred (Muharram, Rajab, Dhul-Qa’dah and Dhul-Hijjah). That is the established law. Do not do injustice to yourselves (by waging wars) during these (sacred months). And fight the polytheists all together (in your defence) just as they fight you all together. And know that Allah is indeed with those who are God conscious. (9:36) Commentary NUMBER 12: At first glance, it may seem strange that Allah is just telling people that there are twelve months in the calendar year, however without a doubt, there is wisdom and a deeper meaning to this verse. Although Muslims tend to use numbers, perhaps hoping to attract benefit, such as having a phone number or a license plate with the number 786 in it, we do not believe in numerology and we do not attribute special powers to numbers. However, some numbers do occur more frequently in the Islamic teachings than others – such as 40 and 12. In fact, the Quran shows us that there are: 12 months in the year, the Tribes of Israel (Banī Isrāʾīl) were 12 in number; the number of springs which gushed out for them as mentioned in Sūrah al-Baqarah was 12; and the number of Imāms after Prophet Muḥammad are also 12. In any case, this verse shows us that the order of the world is such that 12 months exist, and for the Muslims, Allah has ordained that four of these are ‘sacred’ – ,– and initiating a war or fighting during these months is not permissible – except in matters of self-defence.  At one level, this shows us that Islam is not a religion of war, and in actually it puts in place OFFICIAL guidelines and times of a cease-fire which are religiously mandated, and must be upheld with the goal that in that off-time, negotiations and peace treaties can be enacted. A glance at the wars which have plagued history show us that in the 20th century alone, over 108 million people have been killed – and it continues today in countries like Central and South America, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and many other places. May Allah give us all the wisdom to realize and amend our foolish ways, and may He give the oppressors the will to cease and desist their aggressive nature, and if they cannot be persuaded to give up their evil ways, then may they be brought to justice in this world and in the world to come. Point of Reflection In Islam there are many ‘sacred’ signs. In this faith, there is a place of safety which is the city of Mecca; there is the inviolable house of Allah in Masjid al-Ḥarām; there are four sacred months; and even a sacred day – Friday – all of which and more must be respected. ----- Quran audio files courtesy of: http://everyayah.com  ----- SUPPORT out videos by pledging a monthly amount at https://www.patreon.com/TheIPH FACEBOOK: TheIPH TWITTER: The_IPH SHIATV: Islamic_Publishing_House WEB: www.iph.ca & www.al-mubin.org
05:08
May 17, 2019
God plans and we plan... - Ramadhan Reflections 2019 [Day 11]
On Day 11 of Ramadhan, we review the theme of God planning and we, human beings, also plan, but guess who prevails?? -----  (Remember the time) when Yusuf said to his father, ‘My dear father! I have seen (in a vision) eleven stars and the sun and the moon. I saw them falling down prostrate (before Allah) because of me.’  Commentary NUMBER 11: The story of Prophet Yūsuf, as the late ʿAllāmah Ṭabāʾṭabāʾī states in Tafsīr al-Mizān is a story that starts with his dream in which he was given the good news of a bright future, and this instilled hope within him such that through this, he was able to forge ahead on the path of Divine training with patience. Although for us, dreams do not impose any duty that we must fulfill – meaning that Allah does not instruct us through our dreams – however for the Prophets and the Awliyāʾ of Allah, the dreams are ONE WAY for them to be given guidance or instructions, and we see this numerous times in the Quran – for example: [Remember, O Muḥammad], when Allah showed them to you in your dream as few; and if He had shown them to you as many, you [believers] would have lost courage and would have disputed in the matter [about whether to fight], but Allah saved [you from that]. Indeed, He is Knowing of that which is within the chests. (7:43) In addition, the Quran tells us: And when he reached with him [the age of] exertion, he said, “O my son, indeed I have seen in a dream that I [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think.” He said, “O my father, do as you are commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, among the steadfast. (37:102) Although dreams which we see may actually come true in our lives, however we must be careful not to over interpret them, or run to just anyone and ask them to elucidate what we have seen. What Prophet Yūsuf saw in this vision of eleven stars, the sun and the moon entering into submission (sajdah) before him or because of him is something unique - since celestial bodies such as these do not engage in prayers and certainly can not go into a state of sajdah like we do; so commentators of the Quran state that this indicates their total humility and submission to the decree of Almighty became manifest.  In any case, the actual interpretation of the dream of Yūsuf became clear to him many years later when he took over the reins of Egypt and his brothers and family journeyed to Egypt to see him. As the Quran tells us: And he raised his parents upon the throne, and they bowed to him in prostration. And he said, “O my father, this is the explanation of my vision of before. My Lord has made it reality. And He was certainly good to me when He took me out of prison, and brought you [here] from the bedouin life after Shaytan had induced [estrangement] between me and my brothers. Indeed, my Lord is Subtle in what He wills. Indeed, it is He who is the Knowing, the Wise. (12:100) Point of Reflection Allah has a plan for everyone, and sometimes He makes that plan known to us in unique ways, however the aim in life should be to continuously work for His pleasure and do things which will get us closer to Him, and leave it up to Allah to do what is best for each and every one of us. -----  Quran audio files courtesy of: http://everyayah.com  -----  SUPPORT out videos by pledging a monthly amount at https://www.patreon.com/TheIPH  FACEBOOK: TheIPH  TWITTER: The_IPH  WEB: www.iph.ca & www.al-mubin.org
06:58
May 16, 2019
The miraculous nature of the Quran - Ramadhan Reflections 2019 [Day 10]
Do they say, ‘He has forged this (Quran)?’ Say (to them in reply), ‘If you are truthful (in your objection then) bring ten forged chapters like it, calling upon whom you can (for your help) apart from Allah.’ (5:89)  Commentary NUMBER 10: When Muslims say that the Quran is a miracle, is it not only from the point of view of the eloquence and beauty of its composition – this is only one aspect of the miraculous nature of this Book. In addition, because of the profundity of the teachings, the beauty in its admonitions, the logical and scientific proofs which it brings forth, the knowledge of ‘the unseen’ which it recounts to us, and the amazing usage of the rules of Arabic grammar, plus so much more - all make this Book truly stand out from anything else.  Since the beginning of its revelation to the heart of the Prophet ] - until today, although a few people have tried, they all failed miserably in creating  something “like” the Quran.  The Quran even challenges humanity and jinn to work with one another to bring something “like” it, but still 1,453 years have passed and this challenge has remained unanswered.  In some places in the Quran, the world of creation is challenged to bring the like of this Heavenly Book:  قُلْ لَئِنِ اجْتَمَعَتِ الْإِنْسُ وَالْجِنُّ عَلَى أَنْ يَأْتُوا بِمِثْلِ هَذَا الْقُرْآنِ لَا يَأْتُونَ بِمِثْلِهِ وَلَوْ كَانَ بَعْضُهُمْ لِبَعْضٍ ظَهِيرًا٨٨  Say, “If mankind and jinn gathered in order to produce the like of this Quran, they can not produce the like of it, even if they were to be each others’ assistants.” (17:88) The challenge is then reduced and we are asked to bring ten chapters like that which are in the Quran:  أَمْ يَقُولُونَ افْتَرَاهُ قُلْ فَأْتُوا بِعَشْرِ سُوَرٍ مِثْلِهِ مُفْتَرَيَاتٍ وَادْعُوا مَنِ اسْتَطَعْتُمْ مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ صَادِقِينَ١٣  Or do they say, “He invented it”? Say, “Then bring ten surahs like it that have been invented and call upon [for assistance] whomsoever you can besides Allah, if you should be truthful.” (11:13) Even this is further lessened and we are told to bring one chapter like the Quran: وَإِنْ كُنْتُمْ فِي رَيْبٍ مِمَّا نَزَّلْنَا عَلَى عَبْدِنَا فَأْتُوا بِسُورَةٍ مِنْ مِثْلِهِ وَادْعُوا شُهَدَاءَكُمْ مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ صَادِقِينَ٢٣  And if you are in doubt about what We have sent down upon Our Servant [Muḥammad], then produce a surah the like thereof, and call upon your witnesses other than Allah, if you are truthful. (2:23) Keeping in mind the shortest chapters of the Quran such as al-Kawthar or al-Naṣr have no more than 3 verses and only a handful or words, it should not be hard to take Allah up on His challenge, but until today, no one has managed to do this… Point of Reflection If this Quran was the work of a ‘regular human being’ and the Prophet “copied it” from previous scriptures, then why is it that for the past 1,453 years - NONE of the opponents of Islam have been able to produce even ONE chapter “like” the Quran to respond to its challenge?
05:41
May 16, 2019
Drowning in a sea of corruption - Ramadhan Reflections 2019 [Day 9]
And there were in the city, a gang of nine (persons) who had upset the stability and peace in the country and would not reform (themselves). (Quran, Sūrah al-Naḥl (27), Verse 48) Commentary NUMBER 9: This verse speaks about the event which transpired during the time of Prophet Ṣāliḥ with respect to his community and the plots of his people, including that of the plan of the disbelievers and hypocrites to assassinate him.  History tells us that in his city, Wādī al-Qurām, there were nine groups who were busy spreading corruption on the earth – destroying the balance of peace and societal order. Although they were a small group of people, each of them had their own corrupt ways and were working towards one goal – societal corruption. They sought to corrupt the beliefs and pollute the morality of the communities which they resided in. The fact that Allah uses the phrase ‘و لا يصلحون’ shows us that this is something that they were intentionally doing. Sometimes, a person may commit a sin or perform some act of mischief in the society, but they feel remorse and try to mend their ways; however those who actually sow the seeds of corruption never feel remorse for their actions and definitely do not want to reform themselves or humanity. In this verse, we also see that Allah uses the present tense verb by saying ‘يفسدون’ and this points to the fact that they were engaged in this wicked behaviour on a continuous basis. The story continues in the verses which follow, but to summarize, they ended up planning to carry out their nefarious deeds and even did so by taking the name of God! This is something that we see even today when the terrorists – whatever religion they profess – who carry out their evil actions, and use the name of God to justify their actions – but the fruit does not fall far from the tree!  Eventually they tried to assassinate Prophet Ṣāliḥ @, however Allah blocked their evil plans and rather than him and his family being killed in the darkness of the night, the tables were turned and the enemies of Allah ended up being crushed to death by large boulders. Allah says in the Quran in several places: “People plan and Allah too plans,” and as we know, “Allah’s plans are always the ones which reach to fruition because He is the BEST of planners!” Point of Reflection  We must realize that corruption is all around us and sometimes, those who spread the seeds of evil may claim to be within the fold of the teachings of a certain faith, however they NEVER reflect the truth of the message. Allah may give some people respite, but eventually their evil fate will catch up to them.
04:13
May 16, 2019
Thanking God for all He has given us - Ramadhan Reflections 2019 [Day 8]
Commentary NUMBER 8: This passage speaks about the multiple blessings which Allah has showered upon humanity, and although many of the points in this verse have been repeated elsewhere in the Quran, however repetition is needed and a good thing as it refreshes our memories and gets us to constantly think. Allah starts off by reminding us that He created us from a ‘single soul’ and that our spouse has been created from the same material so we have compatibility with one another.  He then changes the discussion to focus on the fact that He has given us animals – in this case, he speaks about 4 pairs of the male and female – and as some commentators of the ran opine, He is referring to the sheep, goat, cow and camel.  Why does He single out “4 pairs” and why do the commentators only speak about these ones - does this mean that there are no other animals that we are permitted to eat and make use of? No - however, perhaps these animals were best known to the people at that time of revelation so they were alluded to. In addition, these are the most commonly used animals in our daily lives – whether it be to ride upon, assist us in our manual labour, to consume, to use their hides for clothing, and also for other requirements. Allah then switches the discussion back to our creation and talks about our creation in the wombs of our mothers in the ‘three layers’ of darkness. Research has shown that the uterus or womb which is part of the female reproductive system in which a baby grows, is a hollow, muscular organ that is shaped like an inverted pear, and that it has 3 parts, and the thick wall of the uterus has 3 layers: the endometrium; the myometrium and the perimetrium. Allah was teaching us the human body structure well before science was able to discover this! This is definitely something to reflect upon and study. In closing, Allah reminds us that THIS is our Lord – the All-Powerful Creator to whom belongs the dominion! There is truly no god other than Him, so how then, with all of these miracles in plain sight, can the majority of humanity be deluded from Him?!  Point of Reflection If we take the time to reflect on our lives – where we came from, the blessings which we have been given in life, and everything that He has gifted us with, then we would truly begin to thank Allah for everything – and not only that is He our Creator, but He sustains us and continues to bless us always.
05:12
May 13, 2019
How to Help the Needy - Ramadhan Reflections 2019 [Day 7]
Seven Ears of Corn    مَثَلُ   الَّذِينَ يُنْفِقُونَ أَمْوَالَهُمْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ كَمَثَلِ حَبَّةٍ أَنْبَتَتْ   سَبْعَ سَنَابِلَ فِي كُلِّ سُنْبُلَةٍ مِائَةُ حَبَّةٍ وَاللَّهُ يُضَاعِفُ لِمَنْ   يَشَاءُ وَاللَّهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ٢٦١ The attribute of those who spend their wealth in the cause   (way) of Allah is like the attribute of a grain (of corn) which sprouts seven   ears, each ear bearing a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies further for whomsoever   He pleases, for Allah is Bountiful, All-Knowing.[1] Commentary NUMBER 7: Islam is a religion which is as concerned about our relationship with the Almighty, as it is with our relationships to one another – and so we have ṣalāt AND zakāt – and you can not have one without the other.  The Quran seeks to encourage us to do good deeds, as some people require inspiration and reassurance that what they are doing is worthwhile, and that it will “give them” something back – more than just a tax receipt from their Federal government!  In this beautiful verse – which in actuality is a part of a collection of verses spanning from verses 261 to 268, Allah offers one of the most poignant examples of the importance of charity in our lives, and lays down many requirements for this generous act of giving. Allah begins by giving us a parable of those who spend their property in the way of Allah as being like growing a seed in the earth which then sprouts a plant which has seven ears, and in each ear there are 100 grains – and by doing the math Allah promises us a 700x reward – however He does not stop there and goes on to confirm that He multiplies and gives even more to whom He pleases – therefore, in actuality the rewards are endless! In the passages which follow this verse, Allah lays down some strict conditions for charity, including the following: 1. A person must not humiliate or insult the ones that they have helped; 2. One must not give charity to show off or for any other ulterior motive; 3. Charity given must be done only to seek the pleasure of Allah and to confirm one’s belief in Him; 4. One must not focus on the quantity – rather, focus on the quality of the gift. 5. Give as much as possible – do not be miserly nor overly generous. If we follow these and other the traits of donors, then we can await our grand rewards from Allah!  Point of Reflection Charity does not only grant its contributor a reward in the world to come, but even in this world, they will gain benefits – AS LONG AS they have maintained the requirements of giving – and it is up to us to learn “how” to donate and then make it a habit of being generous to those who are in need around us.       [1] Quran, Sūrah al-Baqara (2), Verse 261.
04:24
May 13, 2019
Thanking God for all He has given us - Ramadhan Reflections 2019 [Day 6]
Commentary NUMBER 6: This verse introduces Allah to us in a unique fashion and tells us that our Lord is Allah – the One who created the skies and the earth in six periods – however we must note that this does not mean that Allah could not create it instantaneously or in the ‘blink of an eye.’ From this point, Allah reminds us that He maintains and controls everything, and this is the meaning of ‘establishing Himself on the Throne of Authority.’ It is not that Allah creates and then forgets about us, and then things just run on their own like a machine – of course not! He is ever present in our lives and in the workings of the worlds; and that is why at the end of the verse He confirms that to Him belongs the khalq – meaning the creations - and also the amr – that is, the command or the continuous oversight of the workings of what He put together. The fact that the system has been running for thousands of years and continues to function in this way, and that these celestial bodies - the sun, the moon and the stars which we all benefit from every second of our lives have been made ‘subservient’ to us is also something for us to reflect upon – and not only reflect, but to thank and praise Allah for putting such a process in place for His creations. One of the outcomes of our study of astronomy and the order which we see in the celestial plains is not simply to be amazed by it, but rather, once we have witnessed His glory in creation, we must then thank Allah and praise Him for putting together such a world for us, and that this planet contains everything that we need to live a prosperous life. Point of Reflection The creator of the universe, Allah, is the same One who also manages everything – they are one and the same – He did not just create everything and then leave it alone. He is continuously showering us with His blessings and benedictions – but do we continuously praise and thank Him?!
04:18
May 11, 2019
Humility and Humbleness: Traits of the Righteous - Ramadhan Reflections 2019 [Day 5]
On Day 5 of Ramadhan, we review the theme of humility and humbleness - traits of the righteous people. ----- Commentary NUMBER 5: The story of the People of the Cave is perhaps one of the most mysterious and at the same time, fascinating ones in the Quran.  A relatively short narrative about a group of young men who fled from the corruption and sins of their society and sought refuge high in the mountains, they are presented as the archetype of what ends a person must go to in order to seek Allah and not be influenced by a deviant society.  Although they experienced a miracle by Allah in that they secluded themselves in a cave, and fell asleep for hundreds of years - to the extent that later on their clothes and currency gave away the fact that they were not from that generation, however we can still learn lessons from their story about how we should live in contemporary secular societies.  We understand when we read their narrative, that they were believers living in a non-believing country and environment. When they found that their faith was being threatened, they decided to leave their city and go into the caves to preserve their faith.  Allah put them to sleep and when they woke up hundreds of years later, they found that the people of their previous city had become believers, and although they may have wished to go back home, they knew that they could not, and so they ended up secluding themselves back in the cave, and according to some narrations they are still there and will awaken to be with Imam al-Mahdi. The significance of this story is that when a person puts their belief and trust in Allah and strives to please Him, then Allah will come to their assistance and help them in times of difficulty.  We see that in our era, our faith is put to test on a daily basis and although our responsibility is NOT to run away to some mountain, however we should always try and make a spiritual migration away from our sins – and remove ourselves from a bad situation that we find ourselves in – whether it be a gathering of impermissible music, mixing of the genders, consumption of alcohol, etc… we must not ever be in such places. Point of Reflection There are times when we should engage in debate, but there are times when we should just humble ourselves and recognize the fact that we do not know. Rather than trying to nitpick at certain things, it is sometimes better to look at the bigger picture and the greater good, and focus on that and move forward. -----  Quran audio files courtesy of: http://everyayah.com  -----  SUPPORT out videos by pledging a monthly amount at https://www.patreon.com/TheIPH  FACEBOOK: TheIPH  TWITTER: The_IPH  WEB: www.iph.ca & www.al-mubin.org
04:58
May 10, 2019
Knowledge: The Path to Human Completion - Ramadhan Reflections 2019 [Day 4]
Day 4 of Ramaḍān Animals who walk on Fours   وَاللَّهُ   خَلَقَ كُلَّ دَابَّةٍ مِنْ مَاءٍ فَمِنْهُمْ مَنْ يَمْشِي عَلَى بَطْنِهِ وَمِنْهُمْ   مَنْ يَمْشِي عَلَى رِجْلَيْنِ وَمِنْهُمْ مَنْ يَمْشِي عَلَى أَرْبَعٍ يَخْلُقُ   اللَّهُ مَا يَشَاءُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ٤٥ And Allah has created every animal from water. Some of them   move upon their bellies and some of them move upon two feet and some among them   move upon four. Allah creates what He pleases. Verily, Allah has Power   over all things.[1]  Commentary NUMBER 4: In this verse which speaks about the creations which Allah has put on the earth, another sign of His Oneness (tawḥīd), is pointed out - the life which He has given to various creations.  He begins by one of the scientific realities of creation and tells us that He has created everything from water. It is interesting that NASA’s motto in the hunt for extraterrestrial life has been “follow the water” – if there is water, there is a good chance that life exists. However from water - this one source of life - it is amazing how diverse the creations are that Allah has gifted us with.  In this verse, He shows us that some of His creations crawl on their bellies – creatures like the snake which have no arms or legs or appendages; then Allah tells us that some creatures have two feet like us human beings; and lastly the All-Knowing tells us that some animals move about on four feet.  It should be noted that there are many animals which are NOT mentioned here – there is no talk about the birds which fly; and nothing about the sea creatures, or insects with tens if not hundreds of ‘legs’ - so is this verse incomplete?  The point of such verses is not to give us a detailed explanation of the entire animal kingdom – for we could do that by going outside and exploring nature, but rather, as He says at the end of the verse, Allah creates whatever He wills – and He cannot be controlled or stopped in His workings. In summary, there is much more out there that He did not speak about … but then the Quran is not a book of zoology or an encyclopedia of what exists on Earth.  At the end of the verse Allah says that He has the power to do anything that He wants, so we must submit and accept the fact that there is much more out there that we have not discovered yet, or that He has not informed us about. Point of Reflection If we as human beings are not on the road of discovering Allah, treading the path of spiritual elevation or proximity to the Creator, and are not trying to become better humans, living up to our fullest potential, then we are no better than the animals which He creates.      [1] Quran, Sūrah al-Nūr (24), Verse 45.
04:21
May 9, 2019
Claiming Three Gods - Ramadhan Reflections 2019 [Day 3]
Commentary NUMBER 3: The Quran is quick to speak about deviations which the past communities went through – not to mock them, but to let the Muslims know that we are not immune from the same thing, and we must be vigilant to ensure that we do not allow our faith to become corrupt with inaccurate teachings.  The point which the Quran mentions in this verse is the erroneous belief of the majority of Christianity – then and even now - claiming THREE Gods – God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit – but somehow this math of 1+1+1 is still equal to ONE! In this verse, and this is repeated many times in the Quran, Allah shows us those who say that Allah is one of the three in the godhead (trinity in unity) are actually in a state of disbelief in God.  What is this doctrine – simply put, “The Christian doctrine of the Trinity (Latin: Trinitas, lit. ‘triad’, from Latin: trinus “threefold”) holds that God is one God, but three coeternal consubstantial persons or hypostases - the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit—as “one God in three Divine Persons”. The three Persons are distinct, yet are one “substance, essence or nature (homoousios).”  At the First Council of Constantinople (381), the Nicene Creed was expanded, known as Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed, by saying that the Holy Spirit is worshiped and glorified together with the Father and the Son (συμπροσκυνούμενον καὶ συνδοξαζόμενον), suggesting that he was also consubstantial with them: “We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds (æons), Light of Light, very God of the very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; (...) And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spake by the prophets (...).” The Quran, which came over 600 years after Prophet Jesus ascended into the heavenly realm, sought to eradicate this erroneous belief and educate the Christian nation that there is no god which you should worship other than the ONE God and that this notion of “three in one” is invalid.  In conclusion, Allah clearly tells those who believe in the trinity that if they do not desist in this belief – obviously after being educated and taught that this is not a correct understanding of God, then those who continue in disbelief will face a painful punishment in the world to come. Point of Reflection Islam, as the final religion, and the Quran as the final testament to humanity, speaks about the ideologies of other groups that came before it and comments and critiques them and is not afraid to call out the previous dispensations when they have deviated.
05:20
May 9, 2019
Need for Two Witnesses - Ramadhan Reflections 2019 [Day 2]
يَا   أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا شَهَادَةُ بَيْنِكُمْ إِذَا حَضَرَ أَحَدَكُمُ الْمَوْتُ   حِينَ الْوَصِيَّةِ اثْنَانِ ذَوَا عَدْلٍ مِنْكُمْ أَوْ آخَرَانِ مِنْ غَيْرِكُمْ... ١٠٦ O you who believe! When death comes to one of you (and you wish   to make your will) let there be present among you, at the time of making the will,   two just persons from among you or two others from among the outsiders,   in case you are journeying in the country and the calamity of death overtakes   you… [1] Quran, Sūrah al-Māʾida (5), verse 106. Commentary NUMBER 2: Due to contemporary laws in many secular countries and the fights and arguments which can result after the death of a loved one, we are required to write a will and ensure that things are spelled out as clearly as possible to our inheritors.  Islam has made it well-defined by way of the Quran and the aḥādīth of the Ahlul Bayt on how to write a will, who gets what and how one’s estate must be divided.  One major benefit of writing a will is that we are able to personally direct 1/3 of our estate and indicate where we want it to be used - either to tie up loose ends in our life that we did not complete, such as missed prayers or fasts, which charity to donate to, and for other purposes which we feel most passionate about – with the goal of continuing to receive a reward long after we have passed away.  This verse makes it clear that even when we are about to die, we still have an opportunity to make our last will and testament and that death is a reality which we will all encounter. The verse also shows us to what precision Islam regards the laws that we need to have TWO witnesses to corroborate the will – but not two ordinary people, rather they must be JUST and FAIR.  The verse also shows us that to be fair and truthful are requirements that are necessary throughout our lives, and that even if wealth or family come in the way and try to get us to break the laws, people of integrity will never let others influence their decision making process.  The benefits of having a will go far beyond gifting others with property, in fact the traditions tell us that when we have a will, Allah will actually use this in our favour and we will be granted a longer life, and that if we are fair in the division of our estate, then we will get the reward as if we donated all of our wealth in charity while we were alive! With all of these benefits, it only makes sense to do the right thing and write our will. Point of Reflection Since death is a reality that we will all face, young or old – and a cursory glance at our community graveyards is a clear indicator that death knows no age, we must always be ready to meet our Creator AND ensure that we have fulfilled our responsibilities to our loved ones in the way of writing our last will and testament. 
04:17
May 7, 2019
Created From One Soul - Ramadhan Reflections 2019 [Day 1]
        يَا   أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُوا رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ مِنْ نَفْسٍ وَاحِدَةٍ   وَخَلَقَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا وَبَثَّ مِنْهُمَا رِجَالًا كَثِيرًا وَنِسَاءً وَاتَّقُوا   اللَّهَ الَّذِي تَسَاءَلُونَ بِهِ وَالْأَرْحَامَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ   رَقِيبًا١ O people! Take as a shield your Lord Who created you from one   being. The same stock from which He created the man He created his spouse, and   through them both He caused to spread a large number of men and women. O people!   Regard Allah with reverence in Whose name you appeal to one another, and (be regardful   to) the ties of relationship. Verily, Allah ever keeps watch over you. (Surah   al-Nisa (4), Verse 1) Commentary NUMBER 1: In the first verse of the chapter of The Women (al-Nisāʾ), a chapter which speaks about many of our societal rights and responsibilities, Allah addresses humanity with the phrase “يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ” – “O humanity!” as He wants to address everyone generally, to know that this topic transcends religion, colour, and all other differentiators, not just Muslims.  Allah begins by reminding us to have taqwā or an active consciousness and awareness of Him in our lives because through this, we will be in a better position to fulfill the societal obligations to those around us.  Allah then goes on to remind us that He is the One who created all of us – black, white, brown, yellow, etc. and that we all come from one source and so any thoughts of racial supremacy or discrimination make absolutely no sense, since we all come from ONE being.  Our father and mother are one – Adam and Eve, peace be upon them both. From these initial two, the verse goes on to show us that from them, all of humanity has endured until the present day and will continue until the end of time.  In order to drive home the point of our inter-connected lives and relationships, God once again repeats the order to have taqwā and reminds us that we must also have this God-consciousness in regards to our womb-relatives. This shows us the importance which the Quran places about maintaining family ties such that God takes an oath by the womb-relatives, after taking an oath upon His own self.  We also understand that our taqwā must extend to everyone – all of the children of Adam – as we are all from “one womb” – Eve – and that we must regard one another as being children of the same parents. In closing, the Almighty reminds us that He always keeps watch over us and all of our actions and intentions are constantly being witnessed by Him – and obviously, we will be evaluated on the Day of Judgement. Point of Reflection This chapter is entitled, The Women (al-Nisāʾ), and the first verse of it focuses on the important role of taqwā in our lives – meaning that the foundational pillar of the spousal and family relationship must be that of God consciousness which everyone must maintain.
04:32
May 6, 2019
Submit to God - Surah al-Najm - Part 1 of 1 - Verses 57-62
In this the final episode of the commentary of Surah al-Najm, we review  the concluding verses which speak of the power of God and conclude with the obligation to  prostrate to God upon reading the Arabic of the final verse of this  chapter. 
08:55
April 19, 2019
Previous Nations - Surah al-Najm - Part 1 of 1 - Verses 50-56
In this portion, we review verses 50 to 56 and review the outcome of some of the previous nations and the punishments which they faced due to their own negative actions.
06:36
April 17, 2019
Some of God's Powers - Surah al-Najm - Part 1 of 1 - Verses 45-49
In this session of the commentary of Surah al-Najm, verses 45-49, we review SOME of the powers and abilities which God has - such as His creation of the human being from 'nothing' to the creation of the stars in the galaxies...
07:37
April 15, 2019
The True Lord - Surah al-Najm - Part 1 of 1 - Verses 42 44
 In this section we review the theme of "The True Lord" - this is the  same God which has sent previous prophets like Abraham and Moses and He  is the same one who deputed the likes of Noah, Jesus and Muhammad -  prayers of God be upon them all. In this brief review we look at the  topic of God "controlling" or better yet, being the "source" of human  emotions and feelings... 
07:13
April 12, 2019
What You Deserve - Surah al-Najm - Part 2 of 2 - Verses 38 41
 In this, part two of the discussion, we complete the topic of "What You  Deserve" - in the meaning that we all get what we deserve and we are not  held accountable for the sins of others. If we strive and work hard, we  do so for ourselves and no one else and if we are lazy and lethargic,  well, we are doing so at our own detriment. 
06:40
April 8, 2019
What You Deserve - Surah al-Najm - Part 1 of 2 - Verses 38-41
In this discussion of two parts, we review the topic of "What You Deserve" - in the meaning that we all get what we deserve and we are not held accountable for the sins of others. If we strive and work hard, we do so for ourselves and no one else and if we are lazy and lethargic, well, we are doing so at our own detriment.
08:39
April 5, 2019
The Deniers - Surah al-Najm - Part 1 of 1 - Verses 33-37
In this review, we go over verses 33 to 37 of Surah al-Najm under the theme of The Deniers - those who deny God. We do a thorough review of the qualities and characters of Prophet Abraham (Ibrahim) and also mention is made of Moses (Musa). These are two Prophets of God mentioned in the Old Testament as Prophets of the Children of Israel and are also mentioned with a great frequency in the Noble Quran.
07:37
April 3, 2019
Vast Forgiveness - Surah al-Najm - Part 4 of 4 - Verse 32
In this, part 4 of a 4 part series, we conclude the topic of the vast forgiveness of God. We review the effects of sins and how to recompense for the sins we have performed in the past.
11:17
April 2, 2019
Vast Forgiveness - Surah al-Najm - Part 3 of 4 - Verse 32
In this, part 3 of a 4 part series, we try and tackle the  topic of the   vast forgiveness of God. We review a lengthy tradition which is a  comprehensive look at what the "major sins" are - by offering the  listener a full list of all of the major sins, it will help us to keep  aware from acts which cause massive blockages between ourselves and our  creator and which, if we do not make atonement for, can also lead to  severe repercussions in the world to come.
07:26
March 29, 2019
Vast Forgiveness - Surah al-Najm - Part 2 of 4 - Verse 32
In this, part 2 of a 4 part series, we try and tackle the  topic of the  vast forgiveness of God. We review a lengthy tradition which is a comprehensive look at what the "major sins" are - by offering the listener a full list of all of the major sins, it will help us to keep aware from acts which cause massive blockages between ourselves and our creator and which, if we do not make atonement for, can also lead to severe repercussions in the world to come.
07:44
March 27, 2019
Vast Forgiveness of God - Surah al-Najm - Part 1 of 4 - Verse 32
 In this, part 1 of a 4 part series, we try and tackle the topic of the  vast forgiveness of God. How great is His mercy, compassion and  forgiveness? Does He punish people? We try and answer these and other  questions. 
06:39
March 25, 2019
Infinite Justice - Surah al-Najm - Part 1 of 1 - Verse 31
In this episode, we briefly review the concept of the infinite justice of God - He refers to Himself in this and many other Quranic passages as being fair and just in meting out what we are deserving of, and one of his names is al-Adl - The Just - how does it play out in Surah al-Najm? Watch and find out more.
06:36
March 22, 2019
The Paths - Surah al-Najm - Part 2 of 2 - Verse 29 to 30
 In this, the second of a two part review, we explore and conclude the  topic of "the paths" - that is to say, the paths in life which we tread  on a spiritual front.
10:28
March 20, 2019
The Paths - Surah al-Najm - Part 1 of 2 - Verse 29 to 30
In this, the first of a two part review, we explore the topic of "the paths" - that is to say, the paths in life which we tread on a spiritual front.
05:38
March 18, 2019
No Substitutes - Surah al-Najm - Part 1 of 1 - Verse 27 to 28
In this installment, we review the theme of no substitutes and the need for humanity to ensure that they follow that which they have certain knowledge of - that they do not let assumptions or guesswork to guide their lives.
07:14
March 15, 2019
The Authority - Surah al-Najm - Part 3 of 3 - Verse 24 to 26
In this, part 3 of 3 of Surah al-Najm, we continue to review verses 24 to 26 in which we discuss the theme of 'The Authority'. Is God the only one in charge or can / do the angels, and others 'interfere' in the workings of the world? Check out this episode as we initiate the discussion.
10:18
March 13, 2019
The Authority - Surah al-Najm - Part 2 of 3 - Verse 24 to 26
In this, part 2 of 3 of Surah al-Najm, we review verses 24 to 26 in  which we discuss the theme of 'The Authority'. Is God the only one in  charge or can / do the angels, and others 'interfere' in the workings of  the world?  Check out this episode as we initiate the discussion. 
09:16
March 11, 2019
The Authority - Surah al-Najm - Part 1 of 3 - Verse 24 to 26
In this, part 1 of 3 of Surah al-Najm, we review verses 24 to 26 in  which we discuss the theme of 'The Authority'. Is God the only one in  charge or can / do the angels, and others 'interfere' in the workings of  the world?  Check out this episode as we initiate the discussion. 
06:41
March 8, 2019
Falsehood - Surah al-Najm - Part 1 of 1 - Verse 23
In the review of verse 23, under the theme of Falsehood, we look at the fact that the Angels which the polytheists and even others today worship are nothing other than falsehood - "fake gods".
07:44
March 6, 2019
The Idols: Surah al-Najm - Part 1 of 1 - Verses 19 to 22
In this portion of verses 19 to 22 of Surah al-Najm, we review the topic of "The Idols" - the false gods which the Arabs at the time of the Prophet used to worship - statues of wood and stone - and that these are nothing more than strange concoctions of their imagination.
08:18
March 4, 2019
The Major Signs: Surah al-Najm - Part 1 of 1 - Verses 16 to 18
In this part, we review verses 16 to 18 of Surah al-Najm and we look at some of the major signs which were shown to the Prophet on his night journey - the me'raj - from Mecca to Jerusalem and then into the celestial realms.
07:13
March 1, 2019
Will You Dispute : Surah al-Najm - Part 1 of 1 - Verses 12 to 15
In this section we review verses 12 to 15 and answer the question about the Meraj and the objections and disputes which people have gotten into in regards to this miraculous event. Who are we to deny the Prophet and his journey to the heavens?
09:29
February 27, 2019
The Prophet: Surah al-Najm - Part 2 of 2 - Verses 5 to 11
In this discussion, we conclude our review of verses 5 to 11  of Surah al-Najm covering  the topic of 'The  Prophet'.
09:01
February 25, 2019
The Prophet: Surah al-Najm - Part 1 of 2 - Verses 5 to 11
In this discussion, we begin our review of verses 5 to 11 of Surah  al-Najm covering  the topic of 'The  Prophet' - we begin our review of the night ascension of the Prophet - the me'raj - and many other issues in regards to the character and status of the Prophet in Islam.
07:42
February 22, 2019
The Great Oath - Surah al-Najm - Part 2 of 2 - Verses 1 to 4
In this discussion, we continue and conclude the first portion of Surah  al-Najm covering verses 1 to 4 and the  topic of 'The Great Oath' -  promises and warnings which God takes in  the introductory portion of  Surah al-Najm. 
07:19
February 20, 2019
The Great Oath - Surah al-Najm - Part 1 of 2 - Verses 1 to 4
In this discussion, we review the first portion of Surah al-Najm covering verses 1 to 4 and the  topic of 'The Great Oath' - promises and warnings which God takes in  the introductory portion of Surah al-Najm. 
08:02
February 18, 2019
01 - Introduction to Surah al-Najm
In this, part one of the commentary of Surah al-Najm, we explore the 62nd chapter of the Quran. This chapter was revealed in Mecca and contains 62 verses and it takes its name from the first verse of the chapter by God taking an oath by the star.
09:39
February 15, 2019
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 88 to 96 - Part 2 of 2
In this section of verses 88 to 96, we conclude the review the theme of a  summary of the three groups of people. In this section, God concludes  the chapter and summarizes the three groups which He introduced at the  beginning of this chapter.
09:26
February 1, 2019
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 88 to 96 - Part 1 of 2
In this section of verses 88 to 96, we review the theme of a summary of the three groups of people. In this section, God concludes the chapter and summarizes the three groups which He introduced at the beginning of this chapter.
10:24
January 30, 2019
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 83 to 87 - Part 1 of 1
In this section of verses 83 to 87, we review the theme of the reality of death and our incapacity to prevent it. Do we have the ability to avert death and live "for ever" - if so, why don't we do it? Is there some other "force" which controls our life and death??
09:46
January 28, 2019
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 81 to 82 - Part 1 of 1
In this portion of the commentary of Surah al-Waqiyah in  which we review  verses 81 to 82, God speaks to us and asks us that with all that is in existence, how can humanity still deny Him? Why do people deny the existence of God?
06:17
January 25, 2019
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 77 to 80 - Part 2 of 2
In this portion of the commentary of Surah al-Waqiyah in which we continue and conclude our review of verses 77 to 80, God speaks about the Noble Quran. This  is a book which was revealed to the Prophet over the course of 23 years  and is a guidance for all of humanity. It is free from corruption and is  the only covenant which God has given to humanity which He promised  that He would protect from being distorted. This session will review  some of the beauties of the Quran.
07:26
January 23, 2019
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 77 to 80 - Part 1 of 2
In this portion of the commentary of Surah al-Waqiyah in which we review verses 77 to 80, God speaks about the Noble Quran. This is a book which was revealed to the Prophet over the course of 23 years and is a guidance for all of humanity. It is free from corruption and is the only covenant which God has given to humanity which He promised that He would protect from being distorted. This session will review some of the beauties of the Quran.
07:04
January 22, 2019
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 75 to 76 - Part 1 of 1
In this portion of the commentary of Surah al-Waqiyah in  which we review verses 75 to 76, God takes some oaths, something which He need not do given who He is, however He does so for specific reasons in the Quran. 
04:45
January 22, 2019
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 71 to 74 - Part 1 of 1
In this portion of the commentary of Surah al-Waqiyah in which we review verses 71 to 74, God poses the rhetorical question to humanity  about the fire which we kindle and the trees from which we are able to make a fire. Do we have  the power to create these trees out of 'nothing', or does God give us, out of His grace, trees - one of the uses is to make a fire. For those who go camping, they know that to cook over an open flame - whether it be to make their cup of tea or coffee or to cook the fish they caught, they need to kindle a fire, but do we think about WHERE this tree has come from? 
08:13
January 16, 2019
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 68 to 70 - Part 1 of 1
In this portion of the commentary of Surah al-Waqiyah in  which we review 68 to 70, God poses the rhetorical question to humanity  about the water which we drink and make use of for life - do we have the power to control its descent or is God the true one who allows us to benefit from water??
07:44
January 14, 2019
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 63 to 67 - Part 1 of 1
In this portion of the commentary of Surah al-Waqiyah in which we review  63 to 67, God poses the rhetorical question to humanity about the seeds  which we sow - do we have the power to control its growth or  destruction or is God the true one who allows us to plant seeds and grow  our food?  
07:43
January 11, 2019
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 61 to 62 - Part 1 of 1
In this episode, we review verses 61 to 62 and review some of the take away messages which we can reflect upon from this portion of Surah al-Waqiyah as we look at the topic of 'being brought back' - a fact which many people outright deny - that how can God bring us back to life after death when our bodies have turned to dust and perhaps they are spread around the world - in the oceans or even having been blasted into outer space!
07:43
January 9, 2019
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 57 to 60 - Part 1 of 1
In this episode, we review verses 57 to 60 and review some of the take away messages which we can reflect upon from this portion of Surah al-Waqiyah as we look at some of the proofs for the existence of God and the Day of Resurrection.
07:29
January 7, 2019
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 51 to 56 - Part 1 of 1
In this episode, we review verses 51 to 56 and review some of the take away messages which we can reflect upon from this portion of Surah al-Waqiyah as we look at some of the unbearable punishments in the deep abyss known as hell.
07:39
January 4, 2019
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 49 to 50 - Part 1 of 1
In this episode, we review verses 49 to 50 and review the theme of "Everyone Will Be Brought Back to God" and go over the take away messages which we can reflect upon from this portion of Surah al-Waqiyah.
07:30
January 2, 2019
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 41 to 48 - Part 2 of 2
In this episode, we continue and conclude our review of verses 41 to 48 under the theme of "The Wretched People" and see SOME of the painful and dreadful punishments which they will receive, as mentioned in Surah al-Waqiyah.
08:14
December 31, 2018
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 41 to 48 - Part 1 of 2
In this episode, we review verses 41 to 48 under the theme of "The Wretched People" and see SOME of the painful and dreadful punishments which they will receive, as mentioned in Surah al-Waqiyah.
08:43
December 28, 2018
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 27 to 40 - Part 2 of 2
In this episode, we continue and conclude our review of verses 27 to 40 under the theme of 'Those in Bliss' and review some of the blessings which the fortunate ones in Paradise can expect as mentioned in this portion of Surah al-Waqiyah.
09:18
December 26, 2018
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 27 to 40 - Part 1 of 2
In this episode, we review verses 27 to 40 under the theme of 'Those in Bliss' and review some of the blessings which the fortunate ones in Paradise can expect as mentioned in this portion of Surah al-Waqiyah.
09:32
December 24, 2018
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 25 to 26 - Part 2 of 2
In this episode, we continue and conclude our review of verses 17 to 24 and review some of the take away messages which we can reflect upon from this portion of Surah al-Waqiyah as we look at some of the barriers and impediments which exist.
07:44
December 21, 2018
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 25 to 26 - Part 1 of 2
In this episode, we review verses 25 to 26 under the theme of 'Barriers and Impediments' of Surah al-Waqiyah.
06:38
December 19, 2018
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 17 to 24 - Part 1 of 1
In this episode, we review verses 17 to 24 and review some of the take away messages which we can reflect upon from this portion of Surah al-Waqiyah as we look at some of the pleasures of paradise.
10:18
December 17, 2018
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 7 to 16 - Part 3 of 3
In this episode, we conclude our three-part discussion on the review of verses 7 to 16 and review some of the take away messages which we can reflect upon from this portion of Surah al-Waqiyah.
07:24
December 14, 2018
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 7 to 16 - Part 2 of 3
In this episode, we continue our three-part discussion on the review of verses 7 to 16 and see some of the bounties and blessings those going to paradise will gain post Judgement day.
08:36
December 12, 2018
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 7 to 16 - Part 1 of 3
In this episode, we begin our three-part discussion on the review of verses 7 to 16 and review the three distinct groups which God separates humanity into. From there, we will also see what some of the bounties and blessings - and pains and punishments are - which each group will receive after their accounts have been taken on Judgement day.
08:05
December 10, 2018
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 1 to 6 - Part 2 of 2
In this episode, we continue our review of verses 1 to 6 and conclude with a scene of the 'Great Event' - the Day of Judgement in which the earth and all that is within it will be obliterated. We will also mention some of the take away messages to learn from this section.
09:31
December 8, 2018
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Verses 1 to 6 - Part 1 of 2
In this episode, we begin our review of verses 1 to 6 and set the pace for the what is to come in later verses of the chapter of the 'Great Event' - the Day of Judgement in which humanity will be categorized into one of three groups which this chapter speaks about.
09:25
December 5, 2018
LTQ - Surah al-Waqiyah - Introduction to the Chapter
In this episode, we introduce Surah al-Waqiyah, Chapter 56 of the Noble Quran. This chapter, that of the 'Great Event' or the 'Inevitable Event' focuses on the end of this world and all of creation, heralding in the Day of Judgement in which humanity will be categorized into one of three groups which this chapter speaks about. During the course of the review of this chapter, we will also learn about some of the blessings of heaven and the tribulations of hell as well as much more!
05:17
December 4, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 81-83
In this episode, we review verses 81-83 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
12:24
September 10, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verse 81
In this episode, we review verse 81 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
07:38
September 8, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 77-80
In this episode, we review verses 77-80 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
09:39
September 6, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 74-76
In this episode, we review verses 74-76 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
08:00
September 4, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 72-73
In this episode, we review verses 72-73 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
08:12
September 2, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verse 71
In this episode, we review verse 71 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
06:39
August 31, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verse 70
In this episode, we review verse 70 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
12:17
August 30, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Vers 69
In this episode, we review verse 69 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
11:33
August 30, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 68
In this episode, we review verse 68 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
09:16
August 30, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 66-67
In this episode, we review verses 66-67 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
07:15
August 21, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 63-64
In this episode, we review verses 63-64 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
05:02
August 21, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verse 65
In this episode, we review verses 65 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
06:45
August 21, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 59-62
In this episode, we review verses 59-62 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
11:46
August 19, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 55-58
In this episode, we review verses 55-58 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
10:50
August 17, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verse 54
In this episode, we review verse 54 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
05:52
August 15, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 51-53
In this episode, we review verses 51-53 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
09:13
August 13, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 51-53
In this episode, we review verses 51-53 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
09:13
August 11, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 48-50
In this episode, we review verses 48-50 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
07:19
August 9, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verse 47
In this episode, we review verse 47 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
07:29
August 7, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verse 47
In this episode, we review verse 47 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
07:13
August 5, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 45-46
In this episode, we review verses 45-46 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
07:18
August 3, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 41-44
In this episode, we review verses 41-44 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
10:46
August 1, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 37-40
In this episode, we review verses 37-40 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
10:46
July 30, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verse 36
In this episode, we review verse 36 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
08:50
July 28, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 34-35
In this episode, we review verses 34-35 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
08:35
July 26, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verse 33
In this episode, we review verse 33 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
07:04
July 25, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 31-32
In this episode, we review verses 31-32 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
07:29
July 23, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verse 30
In this episode, we review verse 30 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
07:10
July 20, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 28-29
In this episode, we review verses 28-29 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
06:57
July 18, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 22-27
In this episode, we review verses 22 to 27 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
08:36
July 16, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 20-21
In this episode, we review verses 20 and 21 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
07:51
July 15, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 18-19
In this episode, we review verses 18 and 19 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
09:12
July 12, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verse 14-17
In this episode, we review verses 14 through to 17 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
09:03
July 10, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verse 13
In this episode, we review verse 13 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
07:22
July 8, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verse 12
In this episode, we review verse 12 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
09:30
July 6, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verse 11
In this episode, we review verse 11 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
07:15
July 4, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verse 10
In this episode, we review verse 10 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
06:34
July 2, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verse 9
In this episode, we review verse 9 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
08:35
June 30, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 7 and 8
In this episode, we review verses 7 and 8 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
09:28
June 28, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 5 and 6
In this episode, we review verses 5 and 6 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
06:10
June 26, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 3 and 4
In this episode, we review verses 3 and 4 of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran. English Translation of the verses we will review: 3. (That) you are indeed one of the Messengers, 4. (Standing) on the right and straight path.
06:56
June 24, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Commentary on Verses 1 and 2
In this episode, we review the first two verses of Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran. English Translation of the verses we will review: 1. Yā Sīn - O perfect man (Muhammad)! 2. I call to witness the perfect Quran full of (convincing proofs and) wisdom.
05:43
June 24, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Introduction - Part 2
In this second episode, we continue in our exploration of the introduction to Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
08:47
June 24, 2018
LTQ - Surah Yaseen - Introduction - Part 1
In this introductory episode, we explore the introduction to Surah Yaseen, Chapter 36 of the Noble Quran - also known as the Heart of the Quran.
07:24
June 24, 2018
Master of the Day of Judgement- Surah al-Fatiha - Verse 4
A glimpse into the fourth verse of Surah al-Fatiha (Surah 1 of the Quran) - in which we address God as Him being the master, owner and sovereign of the Day of Judgement.
06:03
June 24, 2018
The Straight Path - no deviation - Surah al-Fatiha - Verse 7
The seventh and final verse of Surah al-Fatiha (Surah 1 of the Quran) - in which we are given and give the description of what the Straight Path which we are seeking to be guided upon and to remain on - a path which God has showered His blessings upon - and not a path upon which His anger has been leveled, nor a path of those who have gone astray.
07:10
June 24, 2018
Determining the Straight Path - Surah al-Fatiha - Verse 6
A glimpse into the sixth verse of Surah al-Fatiha (Surah 1 of the Quran) - in which we one again directly address God and ask Him to guide us and keep us on the straight path.
10:54
June 24, 2018
Focused and directed worship to God alone - Surah al-Fatiha - Verse 5
A glimpse into the fifth verse of Surah al-Fatiha (Surah 1 of the Quran) - in which we directly address God and confirm that it is He alone that we worship and that it is to Him alone that we ask for help.
06:52
June 24, 2018
Two traits of God - Merciful and Compassionate - Surah al-Fatiha - Verse 3
A glimpse into the third verse of Surah al-Fatiha (Surah 1 of the Quran) - in which we reconfirm that God is: Al-Rahman - the All-Merciful and Al-Raheem - the All-Compassionate.
07:18
June 24, 2018
All praise belongs to God alone - Surah al-Fatiha - Verse 2
A glimpse into the second of Surah al-Fatiha (Surah 1 of the Quran) - in which we attest to the fact that all of the praise and glory belongs to God alone.
07:03
June 24, 2018
Begin everything in the name of God - Surah al-Fatiha - Verse 1
A glimpse into the introductory verse of Surah al-Fatiha (Surah 1 of the Quran) - in which we begin in the name of God, the One who possesses two unique traits - Al-Rahman - the All-Merciful and Al-Raheem - the All-Compassionate.
08:22
June 24, 2018
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