The Message of the Quran 

Indeed, I believe there is not a single passage in the Quran which doesn’t have a personal message for you, only you have to have the insight to look for it. Every attribute of God asks you to build a corresponding relationship with Him, every description of the Life beyond death asks you to prepare for it, or aspire for its reward or seek protection from it evils, every dialogue involves you in it and every character presents a model you should either emulate or avoid following. Every legal injunction, even if it is apparently inapplicable in your present situation, has some message for you. Very general statements always have a specific meaning for you; very specific statements, events and situations can always lead to general propositions to apply to your lives.
-Khurram Murad, Way to the Quran pg. 90-91

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Tajweed Thoughts

We all have been stuck in that awkward moment when we need to write something down, but can’t find a pencil or piece of paper. So, we find ourselves scribbling with crayons on the back of an envelope, or a random flyer. Sometimes, Tajweed notes suffer the same fate. They are written on a random piece of paper (with the intention of them being transferred later), or on a notes app on a smartphone.

Although the crisis is averted in the moment, unfortunately, it doesn’t facilitate mastery of the Tajweed Rules. One of the first things my Sheikh told me was that I was required to have a notebook dedicated to the rules he would cover in class. I still have this notebook, and till this day, I write down any new Tajweed rules I learn in the same notebook.

Organizing Your Tajweed Notebook

You can buy a simple spiral notebook, or a journal. Some students even use loose leaf paper that is filed in a binder. You can take notes in the order that you learn them in class, or you can create sections, and write your new notes in the appropriate section. Here is a suggested list of sections you might need:

-Makharij

-Sifaat

-Ghunnan

-Mudood

-Extra

You can use tabs to separate the various sections, or just fold the first page before a new section begins. You can also buy a multi subject notebook. Make sure to keep this notebook with your mushaf and have it with you at every class.

Benefits of a Tajweed Notebook

Having a notebook dedicated to Tajweed notes helps to know which rules you have covered and which you still need to learn. Also, it serves as a quick reference point for when you are trying to remember a specific rule. Lastly but most importantly, it allows you to easily review the rules you have learned in your previous lesson.

Remembering Tajweed Rules

In all the years that I have been teaching Tajweed, I have had only two students who always answer my questions about Tajweed rules correctly. Both of these students use the same study technique. Just as they set time aside to practice the recitation lesson for the next class, they also set aside dedicated time to memorize whatever rules were covered in the previous session. Overtime, they have memorized all the rules I have ever covered with them. Also, while preparing their recitation lesson, they identify examples of the rules we have already covered. This helps to solidify their understanding of the material, but also makes it easier for them to answer the teacher’s questions.

Your Tajweed Notebook is an essential part of your journey. For students who hope to get ijazah, it is indispensable, as mastery of the rules is just as much a requirement for ijazah as mastery in recitation.

I pray this post helps all of us to get our Tajweed Notebooks organized :).


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Late Night Thoughts

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Wassalatu Wassalamu ala Rasulillah,

I was just recently thinking about owning my own house. I imagined how I was going to decorate it, make my own gym, have a garden in the summer, host parties and all the other fun stuffs that comes with owning a house . Then I remembered my real home, the one my rabb(my master) has promised me. The one which he has promised me so many times in the Quran.The one he describes as

“Is the description of Paradise, which the righteous are promised, wherein are rivers of water unaltered, rivers of milk the taste of which never changes, rivers of wine delicious to those who drink, and rivers of purified honey, in which they will have from all [kinds of] fruits and forgiveness from their Lord” (Surah 47:15)

The only requirement for this home is to be from the muttaqeen(those who are conscious/mindful of Allah)I don’t need to worry about mortgages, paying any bills, maintenance and all the other things that come with owning a house. All I need to do is move into my house.

I ask that Allah makes us all from the people who are conscious of him and of those who inherit the highest level of his paradise.

Ameen

TQS

 

Attention Quran Students

Knowledge isn’t sought when you’re free and have nothing else to do; knowledge is sought by freeing yourself for it and giving it a high priority every single day of your life.

Memorization of the Qurān does not happen in a day; you go through the 4 steps every single day of your life once you embark on this journey:



Quran and the Night prayer

Bismillah

I was speaking to friend recently and we were talking about the night prayer (Tahajjud). She mentioned how someone mentioned to her that tahajjud revolutionizes everything in your life.

Today i was just finishing up my memorization of Surat Aţ-Ţūr (The Mount) and in the last ayaat, Allah says:

وَمِنَ اللَّيْلِ فَسَبِّحْهُ وَإِدْبَارَ النُّجُومِ

Glorify Him at night and at the fading of the stars [52:49]

I didn’t know what “at the fading of the stars” meant, So i decided to look up the tafsir of that verse.Below is an explanation of the ayaah.

(and at the fading of the stars.) is in reference to the two voluntary Rak`ahs before the Dawn prayer, according to a Hadith from Ibn `Abbas. These two Rak`ahs are an established Sunnah performed before the stars are about to set. It is confirmed in the two Sahihs from `A’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, who said, “The Prophet was never more regular and particular in offering any voluntary prayer than the two (Sunnah) Rak`ahs of the Fajr prayer.” In another narration collected by Muslim, the Prophet said,”Two (Sunnah) Rak`ahs before Fajr are better than this life and all that in it.”

This got me thinking and i released that to be able to catch the setting of the stars, you have to wake up early before fajr.Waking up before fajr also gives us the opportunity to pray tahajjud and also make istighfaar as Allah says:

كَانُوا قَلِيلًا مِّنَ اللَّيْلِ مَا يَهْجَعُونَ

They used to sleep but little of the night,

وَبِالْأَسْحَارِ هُمْ يَسْتَغْفِرُونَ

And in the hours before dawn they would ask forgiveness,

[51:17-18]

I pray that Allah makes us all people of the Night prayer.

Ameen

Reflections from Surah Rahman

Bismillah

الرّحْمٰنُ عَلَّمَ القرءانَ

The Most Merciful
Taught the Qur’an,

 Surah 55:1-2

Allah taught the Quran gradually to the best of creation over a course of 23 years and he(SAW) taught it to us.

The word عَلَّمَ(Past tense Fil; Form 2) means to teach someone gradually over a period of time. The word قرءان means something that is read a lot. These two words should give us an idea of how to go about our studies with the Quran.

  1. We should be ready to dedicate all of our lives to learning how to recite the Quran properly, understand what it means and how to apply it in our daily lives (Watch this)

  2. We should not think we are going to learn  once and forget about it and move on to something else. We have to keep repeating, reviewing and also memorizing. 

  3. We should study with proper teachers and not over zealous brothers and sisters who go around refuting scholars(watch this);There is a place and time for everything. As beginning students, we should avoid some matters that are beyond us and focus on what will benefit us( watch this) . A rule of thumb that I personally use for scholars that I learn from is that i to try to find out if they have memorized the Quran and also how much they emphasize the importance of having a relationship with the book of Allah. I personally avoid scholars/duaats/teachers that keep refuting everyone. Also I avoid young Muslim you tubers( esp people in the “dawah”) because they are simply not qualified to teach.


     

Bottom line always check the qualifications of those that you will be learning from.