Understand the Quran

There is so much talk about this book and how often is it that we are swept away with the opinion of others. In this blessed month of Ramadan, Bayyinah dedicated an hour from each night to explain portions of the first chapter of the Quran, of which only the last few days are remaining.

Ever since I was little, I have always been attracted towards gaining knowledge. Right now, I have discovered something so incredibly good, that I have no words to explain it. I’m not sure how many of you know of the speaker Nouman Ali Khan. He is one of those people who seem very down to Earth, yet when they speak, the words strike your heart. These are the rare people who are blessed with beautiful speech.

I need to point out here that is undoubtedly the content I am attracted to. There is so much that I learned about the Quran in half an hour that I haven’t in years. I am a non-Arabic speaker and it is only right to understand/learn the information by someone who knows it and studies it well. Believe me when I say that I sincerely want good for you. There is a saying in Islam, “None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim]

These lectures are for everyone and anyone who wants to understand the Quran. Each lecture is about an hour long but you can watch as much as you like and return to it later (this is what I do as I find more convenient). Even a few minutes of the lecture are so knowledgeable that you will, God willing, leave with something good.

You can watch the episodes from day 1 to 23 archived here on http://livestream.com/bayyinahtv

The rest will be uploaded in the coming days.

 

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Turn your wondering eyes towards the sky

        A most amazing and insightful book, The Quran leads the way to Science (by Harun Yahya), proves that Religion and Science are compatible. The reason being, that religion provides accurate and definitive answers as to how life and the universe came into being. As such, if initiated upon a proper foundation, research will reveal the truths regarding the origin of the universe and the organization of life, in the shortest time, and with minimum effort and energy.

As stated by Albert Einstein (considered one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century), “science without religion is lame”, which is to say, that science, unguided by religion, cannot proceed correctly, but rather, wastes much time in achieving certain results, and worse, is often inconclusive.

In this book, you will not find, as in some other books, the personal views of the author, explanations based on dubious sources, styles that are unobservant of the respect and reverence due to sacred subjects, nor hopeless, doubt-creating, and pessimistic accounts that create deviations in the heart. It is a clear and insightful read.

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“Behold! In the creation Of the Heavens and the Earth, and the alternation Of Night and Day – There are indeed Signs for men of understanding.” [Al-Quran 3:190]

Please find the link to a pdf version of the book at the end of this post. 

 

With a broad select of topics included like Astronomy, Physics, Geography, Geology, Oceanology, Biology, Embryology, Botany, Zoology, Medicine, Physiology and General Science, you are sure to find your subject of interest.

It also shares the views of many well known Scientists on the topic of Religion. Here is another extract from the book:

Isaac Newton (1642-1727)

Considered the greatest scientist who ever lived, Newton was both a mathematician and a physicist. His greatest contribution to science was his discovery of the law of universal gravitation. He added the concept of mass to the relation between force and acceleration; introduced the law of action and reaction, and put forward the thesis that a moving object will continue moving in straight line at a constant speed unless acted on by a force. Newton’s laws of motion remained applicable for four centuries, from simplest engineering calculations to the most complex technological projects. Newton’s contributions were not limited to gravity, but also extended to the fields of mechanics and optics. Discovering the seven colors of light, Newton thus laid the ground for a new discipline, namely optics.

In addition to his groundbreaking discoveries, Newton wrote critical essays refuting atheism and defending Creation. He supported the idea that “creation is the only scientific explanation”. Newton believed that the mechanic universe, a gigantic clock working non-stop, in his analogy, could only be the work of an all-powerful and all-wise Creator. Behind Newton’s discoveries, which changed the course of the world, was his desire to come closer to God. Newton investigated the objects of God’s creation to know Him better. To this end, he devoted himself to studies with great energy. Newton communicated the reason underlying his zeal for scientific endeavor with the following words, in his famous work Principia Mathematica:

…He (God) is eternal and infinite, omnipotent and omniscient; that is, his duration reaches from eternity to eternity; his presence from infinity to infinity; he governs all things, and knows all things that are or can be done. He is …eternal and infinite; …he endures and is present. He endures forever, and is everywhere present; and, by existing always and everywhere, he constitutes duration and space… We know him only by his most wise and excellent contrivances of things… [W]e reverence and adore him as his servants…

(Sir Isaac Newton, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, Translated by Andrew Motte, Revised by Florian Cajore, Great Books of the Western World 34, Robert Maynard Hutchins, Editor in chief, William Benton, Chicago, 1952:273-74)

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Please find the link to a pdf version of the book The Quran leads the way to Science below:

Click here

I truly hope that this book benefits you. Thank you for reading through till the end.

It is not the eyes that are blind but the hearts

Arabic is not my native language, but I definitely love it; both written and spoken. I truly admire those who choose to pursue this language. It is quite difficult and requires an amazing level of dedication.

Today I was trying out different styles of Arabic calligraphy by writing out a part of a favorite verse from the Quran (Holy Book). You need a proper set of tools, including good quality ink and specific paper (some master calligraphers make their own!). But since I didn’t have those, I tried with a broad-tipped pencil instead.

This style is called Ruqaa:

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The full verse, with translation, is:

22.46
So have they not traveled through the earth and have hearts by which to reason and ears by which to hear? For indeed, it is not eyes that are blinded, but blinded are the hearts which are within the breasts. [22:46]

 

 

Do you find Arabic interesting? Have you ever tried learning this language? Do you have a favorite calligrapher? I’d very much like to hear your views and experiences and gain some pointers on the subject.

You can see the various different styles by numerous talented artists here.

Why Allah

The Arabic word Allah literally translates into “The One and Only God”. An Arab Christian would call his Lord Allah. The word “Allah” is the perfect description of the “One God” of monotheism for Jews, Christians and Muslims! “Allah” is the same word used by Christian Arabs and Jewish Arabs in their Bible, centuries before Islam came.

So why do American, Indonesian, Japanese, Indian, Malaysian, and all the Muslims from other nationalities call their Lord “Allah”? They don’t have Arabic as their first language. God should answer their prayers regardless of what language they chose to call upon Him. So why Allah?

Because Arabic is a rich language you need to know that the single word, Allah, holds a deep but clear definition.

Allah has no gender; not male and not female. (“He” is used only out of respect and dignity – not for gender)

Allah is always singular – Never plural like Gods or Goddesses

Allah is The Only One worthy of worship – The word “Allah” stems from an Arabic verb which means “to be worshiped.”  Thus in Arabic, the word “Allah” means “The One who deserves all worship”.

In religious scriptures “We” is used only as the “Royal WE” just as in English for royalty. If you see an Arabic translation of the Bible, you will find that the word God has been translated into Allah.

It is interesting to note that the Aramaic word “El”, which is the word for God in the language that Jesus spoke, is certainly more similar in sound to the word “Allah” than the English word “God”. This also holds true for the various Hebrew words for God, which are “El” and “Elah”, and the plural form “Elohim”. The reason for these similarities is that Aramaic, Hebrew and Arabic are all Semitic languages with common origins. It should also be noted that in translating the Bible into English, the Hebrew word “El” is translated variously as “God”, “god” and “angel”! This imprecise language allows different translators, based on their preconceived notions, to translate the word to fit their own views. The Arabic word “Allah” presents no such difficulty or ambiguity, since it is only used for Almighty God alone. Additionally, in English, the only difference between “god”, meaning a false God, and “God”, meaning the One True God, is the capital “G”. In the Arabic alphabet, since it does not have capital letters, the word for God (i.e. Allah) is formed by adding the equivalent to the English word “the” (Al-) to the Arabic word for “God/god” (ilah). So the Arabic word “Allah” literally it means “The God” – the “Al-” in Arabic basically serving the same function as the capital “G” in English. Due to the above mentioned facts, a more accurate translation of the word “Allah” into English might be “The One -and-Only God” or “The One True God”.

(The passage above has been taken from here)

I hope this post enlightened you if only a little. I am not a scholar, but I try my best to make sure that the information I share is true and authentic.

 

If you truly are searching for Truth here is a short prayer I’d like to share with you:

Wisdom

 

Thank you for reading through till the end.

A Productive Muslim

Do you want to become better at time management and work efficiently for both the Dunya (this world) and Akhirah (the Hereafter)? Do you want to know how to support your religion by becoming a better Muslim?

I definitely want to.

So many of us know that we want to make changes in our lifestyle. We have the idea, but before we can put it into practice, we give up and go back to being our old procrastinating selves. Productive Muslim is a great tool to help you turn yourself around. It gives you the motivation you need to take that leap and like a good caring friend, it stands by you and offers you tips and tricks to keep striving for more.

If you truly want to change yourself to become more productive, this website is worth taking a look at. Be sincere with yourself. You need to work hard to get a good result. There are no shortcuts, but there are some good helpful tips.

The Productive Muslim write beautifully MashaAllah and offer many free and amazing resources containing golden advice; their eBook, Manifesto, being one of them:

http://productivemuslim.com/download-productivemuslim-manifesto/

May Allah reward Mohammed Faris and the entire team of Abu Productive for the work they are doing for Islam and this Ummah. (Ameen)

If you know someone who could use this knowledge, please do share it with them. Jazak Allahu Khairan, I hope everything turns out better for you.