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It is narrated on the authority of Abdullah son of Umar that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:

(The superstructure of) al-Islam is raised on five (pillars), testifying (the fact) that there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad is His bondsman and messenger, and the establishment of prayer, payment of Zakat, Pilgrimage to the House (Ka'ba) and the fast of Ramadan.[1]

 

 

          Salah, or prayer is the second pillar of Islam. The gift of five prayers was given to the Muslim Ummah, when our beloved Prophet (SAW) went to meet Allah SWT on Mairaaj. Fortunately for us, by establishing five prayers daily, the reward of fifty prayers has been promised to the Muslim Ummah.We all know that it is really important for us to establish prayer as Muslims, but many of us don't realise that according to a hadith, failing to establish prayer might  lead to shirk, or kufr. [2]

 

          The importance of Salah becomes evident, as one of the first questions that would be asked on the day of Judgement, would be about our Salah.

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (SAW) said:

“The first thing among their deeds for which the people will be brought to account on the Day of Resurrection will be prayer. Our Lord will say to His angels, although He knows best, ‘Look at My slave’s prayer!Is it complete or lacking?’ If it is complete, it will be recorded as complete, but if it is lacking, He will say, ‘Look and see whether my slave did any voluntary (nawafil) prayers.’ If he had done voluntary prayers,

He will say, ‘Complete the obligatory prayers of My slave from his voluntary prayers.’ Then the rest of his deeds will be examined in a similar manner.” [3]

          This hadith also shows that after establishing five obligatory prayers, establishing nawafil is highly recommended. And the best voluntary prayer is Tahajjud; the prayer established at mid night.

          Apart from seeking Allah's Pleasure, establishing prayers has many benefits for us as Muslims, as well as human beings. Establishing Salah stops us from immodesty, and other sins. It helps us to manage our time more efficiently. By establishing Salah, our sins are forgiven, and righteousness is inculcated in us.

          But many times we feel that even after our attempt to establish prayers, we do not get the benefits we have been told, or at least not too the extent we had hoped for. Why is that so? What should we do to achieve the results that have been mentioned in various hadith?

          We need to perfect our Salah; Make it beautiful, to achieve maximum results. Are we offering Salah right on time, or are we delaying it till we just have enough time before Qada? Are we trying to make perfect wudu every time, or are just carelessly making wudu? Are we dressed properly for Salah? Meeting all conditions of Satr (fully covered)?Are we making sure that we meet all other conditions of Salah (clean place, clean clothes etc)? If we are not taking the preparation of Salah seriously, then how do we expect that our Salah would be of a standard that would please Allah SWT?

          When we actually start our prayer, we have to make sure to perform each step of prayer properly, giving it its time, and reciting the dua of each step slowly, such that it sinks in you. Qayaam, Ruku, Said, Jalsa, Tashhud, each step demands its proper time and dua.

          We can improve the standard of our Salah by improving the quality of our recitation (Qiraat) in Salah. How can we improve the quality of our recitation? We have many options available. We can look for a Quran teacher in our local mosque, or Islamic centre. We can also hire online Quran teacher. Online Quran teacher can really help us improve our pronunciation of Quran. The rules of pronunciation of Quran are called Tajweed, and it is essential to read Quran with correct Tajweed to gain maximum reward.

          Online Quran teachers are not only qualified, and well trained to teach Quran, they are also experienced to teach. Teaching involves different strategies for different students, based on their age, background, previous knowledge etc. Online Quran teachers can help us improve our Tajweed skills, which will help us improve our quality of Salah. Online Quran teachers can also help us to memorise different surahs, or chapters of Quran. This would help us greatly when we are not able to join congregation, or Jamaat, and have to offer Salah individually.

          We can beautify our Salah by learning perfect Tajweed and memorising a larger part of Quran. Online Quran teacher is a great help to achieve this. By taking Quran lessons online, we can be sure of improving our Quran recitation, Quran memorisation, as well as improving our Salah. It definitely is a win-win situation. May Allah Accept from us our good deeds and good intentions. Ameen.         

 

 

References:

[1]Narrated by Sahih Muslim, Book 1, Hadith 21

[2] Narrated by Sahih Muslim, Al-Emaan, Hadith 82

 

[3] Narrated by Abu Dawood, Hadith 864

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"Arrogance" or "Pride" has been mentioned in Quran several times, having several different shades of meanings. "Arrogance" itself can be roughly defined as "an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or capabilities". Arrogance can be shown by your words, your body language, and even your attitude.

 

Arrogance has been clearly disliked by Allah SWT, and arrogant people have been warned of severe punishment, in this world as well as hereafter. Some of the different forms of arrogance are as follows:

 

1.      Arrogance in Faith: 

 

Arrogance in faith means denying the divine truth. It means disrespecting the commandments of Allah, choosing not to follow them; Whether completely, or partially. Offering salah not on time or leaving it all together, not paying zakat, or missing fardh fasts without any sharai' excuse, in Ramadan are some examples of arrogance in faith.

Another form of arrogance in faith means that you consider yourself more pious than others; That you believe that only you would be given higher status on the Day of Judgement; that all others are wrong, but only you are right. Your knowledge of the Deen is perfect, but all others, they don't seem to notice the difference between a carrot and a stick.

 

And when it is said to him, "Fear Allah", he is led by arrogance to crime

So enough for him is Hell, and worst indeed is that place to rest! [1]

2. Arrogance in Attitude:

Arrogance in attitude means considering yourself superior to others; Richness, wisdom, beauty, knowledge, your family, your capabilities; Arrogance in attitude can be on the basis of anything from the list, and much more. It means considering yourself to be the best, wiser than the rest, and thinking of imposing your opinions on others all the time. It means degrading others through your attitude, or body language. It also means that you think you have never sinned, and consider all others as sinners. Another form of arrogance in attitude is that you think that your are better than all others because of your own capabilities, your own strengths; Not because of Allah SWT's Blessings or By Allah's Commands. This form of arrogance is highly dangerous. Qarun, as mentioned in Chapter 28, Al-Qasas in Quran, was guilty of arrogance; in all of its forms.  He was punished severely, and dealt with strictly. All of his family, all of his wealth, along him was swallowed in the ground by the order of Allah SWT.

3. Arrogance in Action:

Arrogance in action means walking or talking in a way that makes you feel above all the rest. It means dressing up in a way to show off. It means being boastful in speech, or actions.

 

"And turn not your face away from men with pride, nor walk in insolence through the earth. Verily, Allah likes not each arrogant boaster." [2]

 

This article only highlights that we need to eradicate arrogance from our daily lives. But there is so much more to know. How can we know what Allah SWT Likes or Dislikes? What are His commandments? His requirements? What should we do to avoid arrogance? To avoid all that displeases Allah SWT; and to do all that pleases Allah SWT. We can find that out with the most important, authentic, source of divine knowledge; Quran! By reading Quran, we can become fully aware of our responsibilities as Muslims.

 

Reading Quran opens a huge world of knowledge for us. If because of any reason, you still haven't acquired the ability to learn Quran, or you are a young learner, you are lucky that you can have Quran lessons online. True, many think that the  only way to learn reading Quran is by going to a teacher from your local mosque, or Islamic centre. But the fast paced life of today, the pressures of job, or studies, along your family might not make it a simple task. You might actually be very happy with the option to learn Quran lessons online.

 

The option of Quran lessons online comes with various privileges. You can learn to read Quran from the comfort of your home. You don't need to spend too much time in travelling to and fro from your house to your local mosque. This time you save by cutting down commuting, can easily be invested in doing some useful chores, or your long forgotten hobbies.

 

By taking Quran lessons online, you can have a new experience in learning; by moving at a speed that you desire! If you feel shy, you can learn reading Quran privately, by taking one-on-one lessons with your private tutors. You can also opt for group classes for economical reasons, or for family class, if you wish to save your family from hellfire, too.

 

If you do not know Arabic, and would like to know what Allah SWT wishes all of us to know, you can either try to go through some of the authentic translations of Quran. However, it would be a much better choice to start learning Arabic to know what Allah SWT Says. Learning Arabic ensures that you can understand what Allah SWT Says directly; no middle men involved. It would definitely become a great combo if you start taking Quran lessons online, along with Arabic classes.


By taking Quran lessons online, you get a chance to learn from the pros. Qualified, well trained, and experienced teachers make your learning experience a great experience.

 

References:

[1] Chapter 2 Al-Baqarah, Verse 206

[2] Chapter 31, Luqman, Verse :18

 

 

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Safar is the second month in the Islamic calendar. Unfortunately, even today Muslims in many regions consider Safer to be an unlucky month. In order to find the real reasons behind this myth, we have to take a look at history, particularly history before the advent of Islam.

 

Even before the advent of Islam, the people of Arabia considered some months sacred; including Rajab, Dhul Qadah, Dhul Hajjah and Muharram. They would stop fighting in these months. Wars and fighting was a regular for the people of Arabia. As soon as Safar started, and marked the end of sacred months, they would resume fighting. As they left homes to continue fighting, some inevitably faced death. This leaving of homes and facing death eventually led them to believe that this month of Safar was unlucky, instead of realising the actual cause for it. The Arabs used to call it "Tasfaru" meaning "that our homes have been deserted".

 

 Some historian also point out that after hajj, the pilgrims would start leaving for their respective homes. After being so full of pilgrims for quite some time, Makkah and Haram would suddenly look almost deserted. The hustle bustle would diminish, so they would call it "Sifrun", meaning "the days of being empty for the two houses (meaning Haram, and Makkah)".

 

The third opinion was that it was the season of autumn in Safar. Leaves turned yellow and fell out. So, they called it "Safar" meaning autumn.

 

The Arabs had their reasons to consider Safar unlucky, but in reality it isn't.It is just one of Allah's months. It has been forbidden to consider anything  unlucky in Islam. However, considering something as a good omen has not been forbidden.

 

Abu Huraira (RA)reported:

I heard Allah's Messenger (SAW) as saying: There is no divination but the best type is the good omen. It was said to Allah's Messenger (SAW): What is good omen? Thereupon he said: A good word which one of you hears." [1]

 

Some people, while considering Safar unlucky, try to ward off anything evil by doing some acts that have no basis in Islam. Some of them are:

1.    Offering a special prayer on the last Wednesday of Safar

2.    Cooking and distributing some particular food; like black chick peas to deflect their problems to others

3.    Writing the verses of SALAM, and putting them in vessels of water to drink them later

4.    Avoiding marriage ceremonies/Aqeeqah ceremonies, or any other ceremonies to avoid any mishap in their happiness

5.    Throwing 365 balls of flour in water to ward off all harm

6.    Considering Safar to be a difficult month for the dead

 

All of these are simply rituals that have no link to Islam.

 

Aishah (RA) narrated that:

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: "Whoever innovates something in this matter of ours (i.e. Islam) that is not part of it, will have it rejected." [2]

 

This shows that everything that has not been taught by Quran, or our Prophet (SAW), or his Companions (RA), then it is innovation, and innovation in our deen is a sin, and is looked down upon. It is essential to remember that innovation does not necessarily mean that it is an evil act. Most of the times, innovation has been disguised as a good deed. So, whether the innovation is a good deed or an evil deed, we should refrain from it because it is an innovation; a biddah. 

 

References:

[1] Narrated by Sahih Muslim:  Book 39, Hadith 150

[2] Narrated by Sunan Ibn Majah: Vol. 1, Book 1, Hadith 14

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Believing in Quran, and the rest of the Books of Allah is an essential part of our Emaan. Torah was revealed to Musa AS, Zaboor to Dawood AS, Injeel to Esa AS, and the rest of books/pages that were given to some other prophets.Believing in them means that we believe that they were sent By Allah SWT and were the true word of Allah SWT then; Unfortunately, the rest of the Books suffered changes and are no longer just the word of Allah SWT, but Quran remains the true word of Allah SWT even after several centuries. It is because Allah SWT Himself took the responsibility of protecting Quran. 

                             إِنَّانَحۡنُنَزَّلۡنَاٱلذِّكۡرَوَإِنَّالَهُۥلَحَٰفِظُونَ  

Verily We: It is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Quran) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption). [1]

 

Since Allah SWT Has taken up the task of protecting Quran Himself, we can trust Quran to be the truest word of Allah SWT. Trusting it to be the true word of Allah SWT means embracing it completely with your heart and soul.  It offers us the guidance that we need to succeed in both the worlds, and to earn the Pleasure of Allah. It gives us detailed stories of the prophets who came before our last Prophet (SAW), so that we learn from the mistakes of their people. It also provides us details of the future; the Day of Judgement, so that we can prepare for it while we can. It gives us deep insight about the universe and how it works. It gives us guidelines to spend our family life accordingly. Such an amazing source of knowledge and guidance Quran is! 

Quran has many rights over us as Muslims. Some of them are as follows: 

1.               Believing in Quran to be the true word of Allah SWT

2.               Learning to read it

3.               Reading it in the best possible manner; with correct tajweed, and trying to recite it beautifully

4.               Learning to understand it, so that we may know what it holds for us

5.               Ensuring to act upon all the instructions that we find in Quran completely; not just picking and choosing a few and leaving out the rest. We need to enter into our religion completely and full heartedly

6.               Learning the Quran, and trying to impart the knowledge of Quran to others as much as we can

7.               Avoiding to be a show-off, or exhibitionist while reading Quran

8.               Showing deep love and respect for Quran as the word of Allah SWT, not just with words, but with actions, too 

There are a few manners to read Quran. We need to follow them to show our respect to the Book of Allah SWT. 

1.               Cleanliness and Wudu: Ensuring that you have performed Wudu, that your clothes and the place where you are going to read Quran are clean.

2.               It is better to face Qiblah while reading Quran, however, it is not essential.

3.               Reading Quran with medium pace, with correct tajweed 

                             أَوْزِدْعَلَيْهِوَرَتِّلِالْقُرْآنَتَرْتِيلًا 

Or a little more; and recite the Quran (aloud) in a slow, (pleasant tone and)style.[2]                 

 

4. Reciting Quran in a beautiful voice. Loud recitation has been preferred.

 

Narrated by Uqbah ibn Amir al-Juhani: 

 

The Prophet (SAW) said: One who recites the Quran in a loud voice is like one who gives alms openly; and one who recites the Quran quietly is one who gives alms secretly.[3]

 

5. The minimum time limit to complete reading the Quran from cover to cover is three nights. It has not been liked to finish reading Quran from cover to cover in less than three days/nights.

 

6. Making a habit of reciting Quran daily

As mentioned earlier, that learning Quran and teaching Quran both have an immense value in Allah's eyes.  It is better to first perfect our reading and then start teaching Quran to others. Alhumdulillah, we can easily find online Quran lessons to take benefit of.

 

With online Quran lessons, not only we can learn to read Quran, we can also improve our Tajweed skills and Quran reading skills. Online Quran lessons are a wonderful combination of convenience and economy. The convenience? Learning to read Quran or perfecting Tajweed from the comfort of your home, avoiding all the trouble involved in transportation, and choosing a time for lessons that fit into your busy schedule easily.


Online Quran lessons
are economical, too, depending on your choice of one-on-one lessons, group classes, or family lessons.

 

Online Quran lessons ensure quality, too.  The teachers have been hand picked for their experience, and qualification. They have been fully trained and are proficient in their Quran reading/memorising skills, Tajweed, and all other rules. Online Quran teachers know how to tackle their students; whether the student is a young child, an adult, or a senior citizen, online Quran teachers teach them with passion, instilling the passion of learning and understanding Quran in their students. You can even choose male, or female online Quran teachers according to your preferences, and needs.

If you are interested in understanding Quran, you can choose online Arabic classes, too. By learning Arabic, you can easily comprehend what Allah SWT wants you to know. Also, you can improve your Arabic kills.

 

References:

[1] Chapter 15, Al-Hijr, Verse 9

[2] Chapter 73, Al-Muzammil, Verse 4

[3] Narrated bySunan Abi Dawood , Hadith #1333

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Allah SWT has mentioned in Quran: 

أَوْزِدْعَلَيْهِوَرَتِّلِالْقُرْآنَتَرْتِيلًا 

"Or a little more; and recite the quran (aloud) in a slow, (pleasant tone and)style." [1] 

 

This shows that Allah SWT wishes us to recite Quran not only correctly, but also beautifully. We all know that reading and reciting is a good deed that would be weighty in our scales on the Day  of Judgement. But do you know that the correct pronunciation of every word is also important? Even the slight mistake in pronunciation can change the entire meaning of the text, and it may become a sin, instead of a good deed.

The rules of correct pronunciation of Quran are known as tajweed. It is essential to learn the reading and recitation of Quran according to the rules of tajweed to earn the Pleasure of Allah. Although learning correct tajweed is not fardh (obligatory), yet it does have the status of Mustahib( Much preferred).

 

Tajweed involves the correct use of emission points, or Makahrij; the points from where the letters are pronounced. According to the scholars, there are five main points which makes way for 17 Makahrij. 

1.          JOFF: The area between chest and the mouth. It makes one makhrij, and is used in pronouncing three letters.

2.          HALAQ: This includes the throat area. It makes three makharij, and is used to pronounce six letters.

3.          LISSAN: It means the tongue. It makes ten makharij, and is used to pronounce eighteen letters.

4.          ASH-SHIFTAN: It means the lips. They make two makharij, and are used to pronounce four letters.

5.          AL-KHISHOOM: It includes the internal area between nose to mouth. It makes one makhrij, and is only used to pronounce ghunna.

 

It is always a good idea to start learning how to read Quran with correct tajweed by using  Noorani Qaida. It has been specially created to not only teach the students the correct tajweed, but to give them practise, too. "Practise makes the man perfect," is indeed true in case of learning and practising correct tajweed. Noorani Qaida is equally good, if you are trying to improve your tajweed skills. Noorani Qaida is the easiest way to learn tajweed, however, there are several other books of tajweed that can be used and benefitted from.

While learning tajweed, you need a good teacher, too. Without a good teacher, you just wouldn't be able to perform well. Tajweed rules cannot be just learnt while seeing them in print. You need to hear the proper pronunciations, see which Makahrij to use for different Arabic alphabets; only then can you learn better tajweed. If you are trying to learn Tajweed online, you can use different pictures, or videos, to learn the different points of emission, to get a better grip at tajweed.

If you have issues in finding a good teacher, try learning tajweed online. An online Quran teacher of a reputable institute is usually selected on a strict criteria. The teacher is qualified, trained, and experienced in imparting correct tajweed and assist in learning Quran. Online Quran teacher is much more advantageous choice than regular Quran teachers; You can learn reading and reciting Quran with ease while sitting in your home; You can save time that you would otherwise had spent in commuting to and  fro from home to your institute; You can save the amount you would have spent on fuel otherwise; You can learn on your own personal pace; You can choose between group classes or personal classes, too. The best of all is that you are not going to compromise on quality while achieving all of this.

There are 28 basic alphabets is Arabic, 29 if we include hamza, too.

 ابتثجحخدذرزسشصضطظعغفقكلمنہوي

 

These letters are divided into two main groups.

Lunar or Qamari Alphabets

Solar or Shamsi Alphabets

It was narrated by Qatada:

Anas(RA) was asked, "How was the recitation(of the Quran) of the Prophet(SAW)?' He replied, "It was characterised by the prolongation of certain sounds." He then recited: In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful prolonging the pronunciation of 'In the Name of Allah, 'the most Beneficent,' and 'the Most Merciful.[2]

 

This hadith clearly indicates that we need to read Quran not only with correct tajweed, but we also should try to beautify our voices while reading and reciting Quran. We should pronounce each letter correctly; not prolonging it without requirement, nor pronouncing it hurriedly.

 

According to the scholars, there are three speeds for reciting or reading Quran.

 

1.      TEHQEEQ: Pronouncing every letter while using correct Makharij.

2.     TARTEEL: Pronouncing every letter while using correct Makharij, while keeping in mind all other rules of MADD, GHUNNA, TAFGHEEM, TARQEEQ. This is the most desirable way to recite Quran.

3.     HADAR: Recite Quran at a fast pace, like that of in taraweeh, bearing in mind all the rules of tajweed.

 

References:

[1]Chapter 73, Al-Muzammil, Verse 4

[2] Narrated by Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith  5046

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Children are a wonderful gift of Allah SWT. They are the coolness of our eyes and hearts, our pride and our strength. True, we have a lot of responsibilities towards our parents, but we also have our obligations towards our children, too. Providing them food, shelter, education, showering them with love; but the most important responsibility is their proper training.

          

Proper training of our children involves training across all spheres of life. We need to train them to become responsible and useful Muslims as well as human beings. We need to groom them so that they can perform well in their lives and earn Pleasure of Allah SWT. For this purpose, it is essential that we give them proper religious education, and make rules that help them to achieve implementation of their religious education in their daily lives. Because without proper implementation, the purpose of their religious training and education would fail miserably.

 

After parents, teachers are the most important factor in shaping up a child's personality. The role of teachers and parents in achieving the goal of well rounded Muslims, and human beings, cannot be emphasised enough. When one party teaches something, the other party reinforces the concept, so that it becomes second nature to the children. To achieve this, we as parents need to ensure that we are on the same page with the teacher, regarding the education and training of the children.

 

The child needs to be given the worldly education as well as religious education. Religious education does not simply mean teaching to read Quran. It means that we need to teach them how to read Quran properly, understand Quran completely, and then try to implement Quranic teachings in their daily lives. It does not mean to teach them to learn salah; It means teaching them the wordings of Salah, its message, and then helping them implement the teachings; forming the habit of praying on time, every time. Religious education also means teaching them the best of Ikhlaq, or good character. It also means teaching them good moral values.But to achieve all of this, we need to find teachers who are qualified, trained, and are committed to their profession. Without the help of such teachers, we as parents would not be able to achieve our goal.

 

Alhumdulillah, Allah SWT has blessed us with many blessings in today's world; ease being one of them. If in this fast paced life, you can still find a reliable, qualified, and trained teacher, you should consider yourself lucky. But if you are not able to find a conventional teacher, there is no reason to panic.

 

 Hiring online Quran tutors is the answer to your problem, if you are unable to find a conventional teacher in your locality. In many ways, online Quran tutor is a better choice for your children and your family.

 

Online Quran Tutors are selected on the basis of their qualification. They are fully trained, and know how to install the love of Quran and hadith in their students' minds. They are experienced and know how to tackle various students according to their personalities and specific needs.

 

Hiring an online Quran tutor has many benefits. You can rest assured that your child will be learning to read the Quran with perfect tajweed; Your child would learn all the rules of reading the Quran, and would read Quran accordingly.

 

A conventional teacher has a class to teach. Online Quran tutor can teach your child individually, if your child is not too comfortable in a class. Your child can learn on the pace of his choice, rather than being forced into competition. However, if you prefer a class, your child can be a part of a group with similar goals, and he can develop friendships with like minded students.

 

You can hire female online Quran tutors for female students, and male online Quran tutors for male students. It all depends on your needs and priorities. You can even enrol as a family and take help from online Quran tutor in improving your tajweed, and Quran reading skills. Learning as a family is going to make you all come closer to each other; assisting each other in achieving the ultimate goal; Jannah!

 

Narrated Uthman bin Affan:

The Prophet (SAW) said, "The most superior among you (Muslims) are those who learn the Quran and teach it.[1]

 

Online Quran tutors can not only help you learning how to read and recite Quran perfectly, they can also help you in memorising Quran, too. If you are already blessed to be a hafidh, online Quran tutor is the perfect choice in helping you revise and retain the Quran permanently. Because without proper revision, Quran can be forgotten completely.

 

Narrated by Abu Musa: 

The Prophet (SAW) said, "Keep on reciting the Quran, for, by Him in Whose Hand my life is, Quran runs away (is forgotten) faster than camels that are released from their tying ropes."[2] 

  

References:

[1] Narrated by Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith # 5028

[2] Narrated by Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith # 5033

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Reading or reciting Quran is a good deed, and we all know that. But it is essential to constantly remain in touch with Quran, to keep on reading and re-reading it.

It was narrated by Abdullah bin Amr: 

that the Prophet (SAW) said: "Recite the Quran in forty (days)."[1]

 

This hadith shows that we should attempt to complete reading Quran in forty days, before starting for another time. Why has such emphasis been laid to reading Quran so often? Quran is the word of Allah. Through Quran, we can maintain our connection to Allah. According to one hadith in Sahih Bukhari, the best talk, or speech is Allah's book, that is Quran!

 

There are many benefits of reading Quran:

 

1. Reciting Quran is one way to ensure plenty of good deeds making way to you. You get the reward of each letter of the word that you read. And Quran itself tells us that the reward of good deeds would be multiplied from 10 to 70 times, all according to Allah's Will!

 

2. Reciting Quran leads to sakinah (Contentment or tranquility) In several different ahadith, it has been mentioned that reading Quran leads to the tranquility of your heart and soul; especially when you are trying to read and learn Quran together with a group. That is why it has been recommended to take Quran classes with a group; Classes that help you to improve your reading skills, and also help in understanding the content of Quran. These days, it is much easier to attain this tranquility with the help of online Quran classes, instead of regular classes; especially if you live in areas from where Islamic centres or mosques are too far away.

 

3. According to one hadith, the best amongst the Muslims is the one who learns the Quran, and then teaches it to others. To attain this level, we first need to make sure that we, ourselves, have learnt the Quran well. It is always a good idea to get your knowledge checked by a Quran teacher, before volunteering to teach Quran to others. A good way would be enrolling in a Quran class, or in an Online Quran class. Get yourself assessed, and then start spreading the knowledge yourself.

 

4. It was narrated by Abu Musa: 

The Prophet (SAW) said, "The example of a believer who recites the Quran and acts on it, is like a citron which tastes nice and smells nice. And the example of a believer who does not recite the Quran but acts on it, is like a date which tastes good but has no smell. And the example of a hypocrite who recites the Quran is like a Raihana (sweet basil) which smells good but tastes bitter. And the example of a hypocrite who does not recite the Quran is like a colocynth which tastes bitter and has a bad smell."[2] 

 

This hadith clearly shows the importance of not only reading the Quran, but also acting upon the instructions it conveys. How is that possible? Only when we know the meaning of Quran, and understand its teachings. We should try our level best to constantly remain in touch with Quran, and try to constantly learn its meanings. What better way to keep on learning and understanding Quran by getting in a Quran class, or by trying to learn Arabic online. The better you know Arabic, the better you have the chance of understanding Quran. And the more you understand the Quran, the better chance you have  to act upon it. Reading and acting upon the Quran is the way that leads to Jannah.

 

5. Reading Quran is a habit that will not only assist you in tackling numerous worldly problems, but it will help you when you will need the help the most. On the Day of the Judgement! The stronger the habit of reading Quran you have, the better chance you have to get  intercession by Quran for your safety. The habit of reading Quran will try to save you from the trials of the grave; It will also intercede fro you from the trials of the hell, according to various authentic ahadith.

 

6. Everybody is a hafidh, you know. Hafidh is not just the person who knows entire Quran by heart. He is a person who knows a part of Quran by heart. It does not matter how small or large that part is. That makes everyone of us a hafidh.

 

It was narrated by Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-As:

 

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: One who was devoted to the Quran will be told to recite, ascend and recite carefully as he recited carefully when he was in the world, for he will reach his abode when he comes to the last verse he recites. [3]

This hadith indicates that the more Quran we have memorised, the higher our status would be in Jannah, in sha Allah. How to make sure that we are learning and memorising new surah's constantly? With the help of a Quran teacher! Alhumdulillah, we can find online Quran teachers easily nowadays. The classes with online Quran teachers are convenient, and you can enjoy privacy, too. Moving at your own pace with online Quran teacher is easy. The journey to learning new surah's by heart becomes very enjoyable, and satisfying, too.

 

References:

 

[1] Narrated by Jamiat-tirmidhi, Vol. 5, Book 43, Hadith 2947

[2] Narrated by Sahih al-Bukhari Book 66, Hadith 84

[3] Narrated by Sunan Abi Dawud 1464

 

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Dhul-Hijjah is the last month of Islamic year. It is a month of great importance for Muslims. True, we all know that it is the month of Hajj, the greatest ibadah. But what if we are not going to hajj? Would we miss out all the ajr? Not really!

 

 Dhul-Hijjah was the month of Hajj even before the advent of Islam. The Arabs respected it and avoided fighting in the month of Dhul-Hijjah.

 

Allah SWT gave Dhul-Hijjah immense importance, particularly the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, which can be seen as Allah  SWT swore an oath by them in the Quran:

 

“By the dawn; And [by] ten nights.” [1]

 

In his tafseer, Ibn Katheer explained that the “ten nights” in this verse stand for the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.

 

Ibn Abbas (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: "There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days." The people asked, "Not even jihad for the sake of Allah?" He said, "Not even jihad for the sake of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing." [2]

 

If these ten days are so beloved to Allah, what  should we do to make the most of these ten days?

 

1.         Dua at the start of Dul-Hijjah:                                                           
Start by making masnoon dua when you see the moon for Dhul-Hijjah:

 

اللَّهُمَّأَهْلِلْهُعَلَيْنَابِالْيُمْنِوَالإِيمَانِوَالسَّلاَمَةِوَالإِسْلاَمِرَبِّيوَرَبُّكَاللَّهُ 

 

"O Allah make the new moon rise on us with blessing, faith, safety and Islam. My Lord and Your Lord is Allah"

 

2. Look after your Salah well!


Five times salah is obligatory for all adult Muslims. Try to take your salah to  a higher level.

a.          Pray on time.

b.         Pray with congregation (Jamaat) [for men]

c.          Try to offer as many nawafil as you can with each salah.

d.         Try to offer ishraq and tahajjud salah.

e.          Try to recite lengthy surahs in Qiyaam.

 

 

3. Make Quran your best friend!

 

a.          Try to recite as much Quran as you can manage.

b.         Attempt to learn some surahs. You can revise what you have learnt in your salah.

c.          Recite Quran and try to understand its meanings; either through tafseer, or by joining a Quran class. If you cannot manage it, try enrolling in Online Quran Class. Online Quran Class helps to save your time, and can easily fit into your schedule.

 

 

4. Fasts!

 

a.          These ten days are a good time to make up your fasts, or for voluntary fasts.

b.         You can also fast on Monday and Thursday

c.          Fast on 9th of Dhul-Hijjah:

 

Abu Qatadah Al-Ansari (RAA) narrated, ‘The Messenger of Allah SAW was asked about fasting on the day of Arafah ( 9th of Dhul Hijjah). He replied, "Fasting on the day of Arafah is an expiation for the preceding year and the following year.” [3] 

  

5. Dhikr and Dua!

 

a.        According to one hadith in Masnad Ahmed, we should recite Tehleel, Takbeer, and Tehmeed abundantly in the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah; Whereas Tehleel means saying لَاإِلٰهَإِلَّاٱلله 

Takbeer means saying اللهأكبر

Tehmeed means saying الحَمْدلله

 

 

 

b. According to another hadith of Sahih Muslim, reciting

 

سُبْحَانَاللَّهِوَالْحَمْدُلِلَّهِوَلاَاِلهَإِلاَّاللَّهُوَاللَّهُأَكْبَرُ

 

was more beloved to our Prophet SAW then all the things on which the sun rises.

 

c. According to one hadith, reciting

لاَاِلهَإِلاَّاللَّهُ

is the best Dhikr, while reciting

الْحَمْدُلِلَّهِ

is the best dua.

 

c. Reciting Takbeerat loudly:

It is sunnah to recite Takbeerat during the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah often, and audibly. It was the custom of sahabah to recite the takbeerat loudly in the market places, so that everyone was reminded and then everyone joined in reciting takbeerat. We should attempt to revive this sunnah. If not possible, then at least try to recite yourself.

 

اَللّهُاَكْبَرُ،اَللّهُاَكْبَرُ،اَللّهُاَكْبَرُ،لاَاِلَهَاِلاَّاللّهُاَللّهُاَكْبَرُ،اَللّهُاَكْبَرُ، وَلِلّهِالْحَمْدُ 

 

d. Making loads of duas everyday, but particularly on 9th of Dhul-Hijjah, or Youm ul Arafah (the Hajj day), because Allah SWT mentions the Hajj day as the day of making duas and remembrance of Allah.

 

6. Charity:

Don't forget to remember you brothers in need during these ten days. Spend on them! Sadaqah, khairaat;s in any way. Any good deed done in these special days, holds special ajr. We should try to gain as much air as possible.

 

7. Be More helpful!

Be on your best behaviour during these ten days. Be more helpful, more caring, more humble,  and understanding than usual, and all with a smile; Because according to one hadith, the best amongst ourselves is the one with the best character (Ikhlaq)

 

8. Sacrifice:

 If you are a sahib e nisaab, then you should be planning to offer sacrifice. You can offer your sacrifice individually, if you sacrifice a small animal, like goat or sheep; or you can participate in sacrifice if you are planning to offer a large animal like cow, or camel.

 

If you are planning to offer sacrifice, here are some points to remember:

a.          Do not cut your nails or hair during these ten days, until you have offered sacrifice.

b.         Try to cover all sunnahs regarding Eid day.

c.          Offer Salat ul Eid.

d.         Divide the meat into three parts according to the sunnah; one for the poor, one for the relatives, and one for yourself.

 

9. Manage your Time!

Last, but not the least, manage your time well. Make the best use of these ten days to gain maximum ajr. Plan ahead, and let go of all events that can be distracting. May Allah Help us to achieve the most out of these blessed days. Ameen.

 

 

References:

[1] Chapter 89, Al Fajr, Verses 1-2

[2] Narrated by Al-Bukhari, 2/457

[3] Narrated by Sahih Muslim, book 5, hadith 700

 

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In every religion of the world, one day holds special significance over others. For example, For Jews, it is Saturday. For christians, it is Sunday, and for Muslims, it is Friday.

 

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “We (Muslims) are the last (of the nations) but (we will be) the foremost on the Day of Resurrection,  although the former nations were given their scriptures before us and we were given our after them. And this (Friday) is the day concerning which they disputed. So Allah guided us (to it), tomorrow (i.e., Saturday) is for the Jews and the day after (i.e., Sunday) is for the Christians.” [1] 

 According to Al-Nawawi, Al-Qadi said that this hadith shows that the Jews and Christians were meant to respect Friday as their special day, but were not given clear instructions, thus, they disputed amongst themselves, and chose other days of the week for themselves. However, for Muslims, there were clear cut instructions, and the Muslims were given Friday as a blessing.

 

What makes Friday so special for us?  

Friday enjoys the status of being the premier day of the week because a number of milestone events took place on Friday, and would take place in future, too.

1.      According to a hadith, it is the best day of the week. According to another hadith, it is the master of all days.

2.      Adam (AS) was created on Friday.

3.      Adam (AS) entered Jannah on Friday.

4.      Adam (AS) was expelled from Jannah and sent down on Earth on Friday, too.

5.      Adam (AS) died on Friday.

6.      Friday will be the day on which the trumpet would be blown to declare the start of the Day of the Judgement.

7.      There is one opportune moment every Friday, in which any dua that a Muslim makes, would be accepted, if it's not anything haram or unlawful.

[According to ahadith narrated by Muslim, Al-Jumu’ah, 1410,  by Abu Dawood, 1047, by Ibn Majah 1084]

 

8. According to a hadith narrated by Tirmidhi, another important characteristic of Friday is that it saves the Muslim from the trials of grave, if the Muslim dies on Friday.

 

9. Friday prayer is a means of expiation of sins, if offered in the right manner.

 

It was narrated by Salman Al-Farsi (RA): 

Allah's Messenger (SAW) said, "Anyone who takes a bath on Friday and cleans himself as much as he can and puts oil (on his hair) or scents himself; and then proceeds for the prayer and does not force his way between two persons (assembled in the mosque for the Friday prayer), and prays as much as is written for him and remains quiet when the Imam delivers the Khutba, all his sins in between the present and the last Friday will be forgiven." [2] 

 

If Friday is so important for us, how should we attempt to spend it?

Here are some Sunnahs that we should be attempting to cover every Friday.

1.       Do Ghusl. According to one hadith, Ghusl is wajib for every adult Muslim, who intends to pray Jumu'ah.[3]

 

2. Wear your best clean clothes, clean your teeth with miswak, and wear perfume.

 

3. Go early for salat ul Jumu'ah, and khutbah

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (RA) that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Whoever does ghusl on Friday like ghusl for janabah, then goes to the prayer (early), it is as if he sacrificed a camel. Whoever goes in the second hour, it is as if he sacrificed a cow; whoever goes in the third hour, it is as if he sacrificed a horned ram; whoever goes in the fourth hour, it is as if he sacrificed a hen; and whoever goes in the fifth hour it is as if he offered an egg. When the imam comes out, the angels come to listen to the khutbah.” [4] 

 

4. Offer two rakah tahiyyah tul masjid, before Friday prayer.

5. Take the available spot. Do not force your self between two already sitting persons. Do not attempt to make space in the first rows, if you have arrived a bit late.

6. Remain quiet during the Khutbah. Telling someone to be quiet, would come under talking, too.

4. Read Surah Kahaf, during the day, or Friday night. According to a hadith reading Surah Kahaf on Friday ensures Nur for the reader, from one Friday to another.

5. Recite Darood through out the day, as much as you can.

6. Make dua, because there is an opportune time on Friday when the dua gets accepted.

There are a few conditions of establishing Friday prayer.

1.      Male Muslim. For females, it is not essential to establish Jumu'ah prayer.

2.      Free Muslim. It is not essential for slaves to offer Jumu'ah prayer.

3.      Adult Muslim. Jumu'ah is essential for every adult Muslim. Jumu'ah prayer is not compulsory for underage children.

4.      Healthy Muslim. For sick, and very old, it is not essential to establish Jumu'ah prayer.

5.      Resident Muslim. For a traveller, it is not compulsory to offer Jumu'ah prayer. He can offer his Zuhur Salah.

 

The Messenger of Allah(SAW) several times warned not to miss Friday Prayers, lest our hearts be sealed, and we be taken as heedless, or negligent. [5]

 

We should make an effort not to skip Jumu'ah prayer, while trying to fulfil all the conditions and Sunnahs of Jumu'ah prayer. May Allah accept all our efforts, ibadah, and duas. Ameen.

 

References:

 

[1] Narrated by al-Bukhari, Al-Jumu’ah, 847

[2] Narrated by Sahih al-Bukhari, Al- Jumu'ah, 910

[3] Narrated by Bukhari, Al- Jumu'ah 879

[4] Narrated by Al-Bukhaari (814), Muslim (850) 

[5] Narrated by Sahih Muslim, 865

Posted by Admin on 8/9/2017 1:19 AM | Comments (0)

There could be many reasons on why you decide to learn a new language. The more the reasons, the more convince you are of your decision. You need full conviction before you even attempt to learn a new language. Learning a new language is never easy, if you are not fully convinced. May be you have been posted somewhere, and need to learn a foreign language to get along the locals easily. Or maybe, your company needs you to learn a new language so that you could interact easily with potential clients.

 

Learning Arabic is a choice that not many people take; However, they really should. Here are some of the reasons why you should make time to learn Arabic. 

 

1. Allah SWT Mentions in Quran: 

 

"Verily, We have sent it down as an Arabic Quran in order that you may understand" [1]   

 

Arabic is the language of Quran. If you do not know Arabic, chances are that you read a translation to understand what actually Allah SWT Wants to tell you. But, in reading a translation, you have involved a third person, and you actually are being influenced by his words and his thinking, too. So, in order to understand the Word of Allah, as the true word of Allah alone, as a Muslim, it is essential for us to try to learn Arabic. In the above ayah, we can see that Allah Wants us to understand Quran in Arabic, not just through its translation. Please remember, there is nothing wrong in reading, and understanding Quran with the help of a reputable translation. However, it is much more better, much more commendable to understand Quran, by learning Arabic. That way, you may even get a feel that Allah SWT is directly talking to you. Let us learn Arabic to be close to Allah SWT. Interestingly, Arabic would be the language of Jannah.

 

2. Without learning Arabic, you would not get an idea of the Arabic culture. A vibrant, diverse culture which we really need to know to understand why a number of instructions came down in Islam in different times.

 

3. Higher degrees in Islamic education are mostly offered in Arabic. In order to attain that education, you really need to learn Arabic first.

 

4. More than 400 million people speak Arabic. Arabic is included in the top six most widely spoken languages. Arabic is the native language  of Middle East, and is widely spoken in  some countries of Africa. Knowing Arabic will give you an edge, making travelling, receiving education very easy for you.

 

5. The major chunk of Islamic literature is in Arabic. Books of Hadith, explanations of Hadith, Islamic History, Islamic medicine; the list goes on and one. By learning Arabic, you will instantly gain access to a huge sea of knowledge.

 

6. Urdu, Persian, Turkish, Hebrew, English; all have several words, the origin of which is Arabic. By venturing to learn Arabic, you can start understanding quite a part of all these languages.

 

7. These days, knowing Arabic can land you a better job, too, as the markets are expanding, and several companies want expansion in Middle East, and what better choice than to appoint an Arabic speaking manager?

 

8. Arabic is a comprehensive language. For each word, Arabic has several words for different shades of meaning. For example, Arabic has more than 50 words for the word "Camel"! Learning Arabic can give a new perspective to your thinking.

 

 

Even if you put away all other reasons, the reasons associated with understanding Quran, and Islam's commands, are enough for us to start thinking about learning Arabic as soon as possible.

 

It is really difficult to learn Arabic all by yourself, or by reading books alone. You really need to find a good teacher, who can, not only help you in learning Arabic at your own pace, but also inculcate the love of the language in you. These days, many schools and universities offer courses in Arabic. You can try enrolling in them.

 

 You can also learn Arabic from a teacher in your Mosque or Islamic centre.  However, if you are having trouble in finding a good, qualified teacher, or having difficulty in adjusting learning Arabic into your hectic schedule, worry no more. You can now easily avail the facilities of a well qualified, trained Arabic teacher, who can teach you online.

 

Online teaching is a life savior in many ways. You can fit an online class into your hectic schedule easily. You can learn at your own pace, and there would be no need to be intimidated by others' pace, or performance. True, a healthy competition helps you in achieving more, but sometimes it can cause unduly stress, too. So you might find it better to have private classes with an Online Arabic teacher. Online classes save you time that you might have spent in commuting. And another advantage of Online Arabic classes is that you can learn Arabic together as a family. You can assist your children in getting ahead in understanding their deen by making sure that they learn Arabic, too. Either you can enrol them in online Arabic classes for children, or you can take a class as a family to learn with your family. Online classes are quite cheaper than most traditional classes. So, learning Arabic won't cause a blow to your budget, too.

 

There is one essential thing that you need to do, if you are looking to enrol in any online class for Arabic; Choose your institution carefully. Choose an online institution that hires only the qualified, well trained teachers. Native teachers is another plus point.

Learning Arabic would definitely help us in knowing Quran and our deen in a much better way. It might also help us grow close to Allah SWT. May Allah make it easy for us, and make us steadfast on our deen. Ameen.

  

References:

 

[1] Chapter 12: Yusuf, Verse: 2