Friday, August 12, 2011

Quran and Verses Therein-Submissions Proposal

Assalamualaikum. insha' Allah everyone is having a wonderful Ramadan. I was leafing through a calendar, today. Not just any calendar, however. It's one of those "Verse of the Day" calendars, with, you guessed it, one verse from the Holy Quran every day.
That got me thinking...and I came up with an idea.

Why don't you submit a verse from the Quran that especially touches you or has some special significance or impact on you? Make sure to include a bit of commentary. Just comment with the verse and a sentence or two(or more) about it. It can be anything, like, "I love how the words sound rolling off my tongue" or "This verse touches upon a very valuable reminder," etc...feel free to submit multiple verses! The plan is to compile all the verses and reflections, and post it here, insha' Allah.

And here is one verse among so, so many that I would like to share:

"O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you swerve, and if you distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well acquainted with all that you do."
-Surah An-Nisaa 4:135

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Memorization Goal for this Ramadan

Often, many Muslims will make a goal to read the entire Quran by the end of Ramadan, or to read a good portion of the Tafsir...etc. Another idea is to memorize a Surah. It could be a few short Surahs, or a fairly large one. The important point is to use this blessed time to read and memorize Quran, to increase our treasure chest. I refer to the surahs we have memorized as treasure, and our memorizing mind as the chest.  It's a simple enough analogy.

At the masjid I went to this evening, a Quran Memorization Contest was announced. According to age level, for children under 7 years old the Surah was: Surat-ad-Duha, for kids 7-12: Surat-Al-Ghashiyah, and for teens 13-17: Surat-al-Jumaa. There was another Surah for adults over the age of 17 but I can't recall it. Anyway, insha' Allah I have decided to memorize Surat-al-Jumaa. Obviously, kids aged 7-12 who have already memorized Surat-ad-Duha(and there are so many kids I know who are well beyond that Surah) wouldn't just recite that Surah but move on to a higher level.

Just wanted to share one of my Ramadan commitments! I would love to hear about any of the goals you have set for yourself this Ramadan! Remember you can always comment anonymously if you would prefer to.

Happy Ramadan!

Happy Ramadan, Ramadan Mubarak

Assalamualaikum, and Ramadan Mubarak!
Just came back from Taraweeh @ the Masjid
@ the masjid, between the fourth and fifth rak'at, the Imam gave a short yet effective lecture on Ramadan. I'll summarize the points he made:
1. The Shayateen are restrained during Ramadan, but this refers to the Jinn, not the people. Meaning, there are still humans(including ourselves) there to encourage us to do wrong.
2.  During Ramadan, the musala is packed for Ishaa' prayer, but during the year it isn't. iA all masjids will be full for all prayers year-round. Ameen!
3. It's important to learn about the Prophet(S)'s live and tribulations so that we can, in essence, become closer to him. By studying the Prophet(peace be upon him)'s Seerah, we can learn from his exemplary character...his extraordinary perseverance, patience, and kindness, among other virtues. Alhamdulilah I have completed a course in Seerah but I look forward to learning even more about the Prophet(peace be upon him) this Ramadan, insha' Allah.

Pray Taraweeh, pray for all your brothers and sisters around the world, and sleep well and wake early for Suhur. Assalamualaikum! May Allah(SWT) Bless and Accept all of Our Good Deeds this Ramadan.

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