Archive for May, 2009

To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names

May 31, 2009

لَهُ الْأَسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنَىٰ ۚ يُسَبِّحُ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْض

To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. All that is in the heavens and the earth glorify Him. [Surah al-Hashr, 59:24]


Humiliated till the end of time

May 24, 2009

Surah al-Masad was one of the earlier surahs to be revealed. After the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) was commanded by Allah to openly call the people of Makkah to Islam, he stood on Mount Safa and shouted, ‘Ya Sabahah!’ [This was an expression of warning, used to warn people of a danger.]

All the Quraysh gathered around, wondering what it could be that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) was warning them of. Then he (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) asked, ‘If I told you all that the enemy was going to attack you in the morning, or in the evening, would you all believe me?’

They replied, ‘Yes, we have never experienced any lie from you’

Then he said, ‘Verily, I am a warner (sent) to you all before the coming of a severe torment.’

Then Abu Lahab said,Have you gathered us for this? May you perish

Thus, Allah revealed the verses of Surah al-Masad:

Perish the two hands of Abu Lahab, and perish he!

His wealth and his children (etc.) will not benefit him!

He will be burnt in a Fire of blazing flames!

And his wife too, the carrier of firewood.

In her neck is a twisted rope of Masad (palm fibre).


1. People will talk. No matter what you do, people will talk. This is especially the case when you give da’wah. As soon as you call people to the truth they will speak out against you. It could be your own family members, but we have to stay firm and trust in Allah.

2.  See how much he (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) has done for us. Just think for one second how humiliating it must have been for the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) to stand there and call people to the truth and then his uncle (of all people) come and respond to him in such a manner. Try and imagine how you would feel. He (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) did that for US and look how most of us repay him – by sinning and following other than his example.

3. Allah is the defender of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم). The above verses were revealed immediately after that incident. Abu Lahab’s intention was to humiliate the Prophet and he may have suceeded for that one momenet but see how Allah  responded, humiliating him until the end of time. Right until the Day of Judgement there will be people, even small children reciting; Perish the two hands of Abu Lahab.

Reference: Tafsir ibn Kathir

More information

Tafsir ibn Kathir

Tafsir of Surah al-Masad by Ilm Fruits

Qur’an Bearers: Nobles of this Ummah

May 22, 2009

Imam al-Jazari’s praise for the Qur’an bearer – Taken from the Muqaddimah of ‘Tayyibat al-Nashr.’

From: Fajr

وبعد: فالإنسان ليس يشرف *** إلا بما يحفظ ويعرف

A person is not honoured or raised
Except by what he knows and has memorised

لذاك كان حاملو القرآن *** أشراف الأمة أولى الإحسان

For that reason the bearers of Qur’an
Are the nobles of this Ummah and its righteous

وإنهم في الناس أهل الله *** وإن ربنا بهم يباهي

And they are the people of Allah amongst Mankind *
And indeed our Lord has boasted of them

وقال في القرآن عنهم وكفى *** بأنه أورثه من اصطفى

He spoke of them in the Qur’an, and it is sufficient
That He gives it (the Qur’an) to those He has chosen **

وهو في الأخرى شافع مشفع *** فيه وفوله عليه يسمع

And in the Hereafter, it is an ardent intercessor
And its statement is something surely heard

يعطى به الملك مع الخلد إذا *** توجه تاج الكرامة كذا

By it a person is given the dominion and immortality
And likewise, he is given the crown of honour

يقرا ويرقى درج الجنان *** وأبواه منه يكسيان

He’ll read and ascend the ranks of Paradise by it
And his parents will also be clothed by it ***

فاليحرص السعيد في تحصيله *** ولا يمل قط من ترتيله

So let a person strive to attain it
And let him never tire of its recitation.


* Due to the hadith: ‘Indeed Allah has people from amongst Mankind. The people of Qur’an, they are the people of Allah and His Specialties.’ [Ahmad, Ibn Majah]

** Due to the verse in Soorah Fatir:

ثُمَّ أَوْرَثْنَا الْكِتَابَ الَّذِينَ اصْطَفَيْنَا مِنْ عِبَادِنَا فَمِنْهُمْ ظَالِمٌ لِّنَفْسِهِ وَمِنْهُم مُّقْتَصِدٌ وَمِنْهُمْ سَابِقٌ بِالْخَيْرَاتِ بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ ذَلِكَ هُوَ الْفَضْلُ الْكَبِيرُ

“Then We gave the Book for inheritance to such of Our slaves whom We chose…” [Fatir: 32]

*** Due to the hadith: ‘The Qur’aan will meet its companion on the Day of Resurrection when his grave is opened for him, in the form of a pale man. It will say to him, ‘Do you recognize me?’ He will say: ‘I do not recognize you.’ It will say: ‘I am your companion the Qur’aan, who kept you thirsty on hot days and kept you awake at night. Every merchant benefits from his business and today you will benefit from your good deeds.’ He will be given dominion in his right hand and eternity in his left, and there will be placed on his head a crown of dignity, and his parents will be clothed with priceless garments the like of which have never been seen in this world. They will say: ‘Why have we been clothed with this?’ It will be said: ‘Because your son used to recite Qur’aan.’ Then it will be said to him: ‘Recite and ascend in the degrees of Paradise,’ and he will continue to ascend so long as he recites, either at a fast pace or a slow pace.’ [Ahmad, Ibn Majah]

Knowledge is Light

May 19, 2009


شكوت إلى وكيع سؤ حفظي

فأرشدني إلى ترك المعاصي

و قال إن علم الله نور

و نور الله لا يهدى لعاصي

I complained to Waki about the weakness of my memorization,

So he guided me to the abandonment of sin

And he said, Verily, the knowledge of Allah is light

And the light of Allah is not given to sinners

[al-Imam ash-Shafi’ee]


May 18, 2009

The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) used to seek protection against the evil eyes of the Jinns and mankind. But when the Mu’awwidhatayn (Surah an-Nas and Surah al-Falaq) were revealed, he used them (for protection) and abandoned all else besides them. [Tirmidhi]

Check in: Surah an-Nas, al-Falaq and al-Ikhlas

May 12, 2009

As salaamu alaykum,

So we are three days into the challenge, that means you should be on your way to memorising one to three surahs insha’Allah:

  1. Surah an-Nas
  2. Surah al-Falaq
  3. Surah al-Ikhlas

How are you getting along?

Virtues of Surah al-Ikhlas, al-Falaq and an-Nas

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said, “Say: He is Allah, Absolute Oneness” (Surah al-Ikhlas), ‘By Him in Whose hand my soul is, it is equal to one third of the Qur’an!’ [Sahih al-Bukhari]

Whenever the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم)  go went to bed every night, he used to cup his hands together and blow over it after reciting Surah Al-Ikhlas, Surah Al-Falaq and Surah An-Nas, and then rub his hands over whatever parts of his body he was able to rub, starting with his head, face and front of his body. He used to do that three times. [Sahih al-Bukhari]


If you have already memorised these surahs that’s great, but before you rush ahead:

  • Make sure your recitation is spot on and all your mistakes are corrected.
  • Read the translation
  • Read the tafsir (commentary)

Memorisation Tips

  • Try to memorise after Fajr as this is the most virtuous part of the day.
  • Listen to the surah you are memorising, it will make it easier and help you with your tajwid.
  • After memorising a surah repeat, repeat and repeat some more. In salah, whilst walking, whilst cooking, any time you get.

Be sure to leave a comment to let us know how your getting along. What are the ways in which you memorise, what tips and advice can you give? Share something you have learnt about the above three surahs.

Memorisation Toolkit [Updated 24/06/09]

May 11, 2009

As promised here are a list of resources, memorisation aids, links and anything else that will be useful to you for the challenge. This post will be updated, so check back regularly.

Keep track of your progress

Weekly Progress Sheet – Each of you received one Weekly Progress Sheet in you memorisation packs, you will need to download more as the weeks go on. Remember to fill out your sheets daily!

Surah Memorisation Sheet – Keep a track of how many surahs you have memorised with this sheet.

QuraanoMeter – a great way to keep track of how much of the Qur’an you have memorised.

Qur’an Software/Websites

Zekr – A downloadable Qur’an software, that enables you to listen to individual verses. A perfect aid in memorisation.

Quran Reciter – Another great program to help you memorise. Listen to the surah as a whole, or choose specific ayahs that you are learning.

Qur’an Viewer – Download and use to view the mus-haf on-screen. Once downloaded no need for Internet connection.

Qur’an Explorer – Listen to the Quran Recitation and Translation online in Arabic, English, and Urdu.

Qur’an Flash – View the mus-haf online.


IslamWay Qur’an Recitation Database – A massive collection Qur’an recitation for you to downlaod and listen to.

Aswat al-Islam – Another Qur’an recitation database.

Recommended Qaris to listen to include: Shaykh Hudhaifi, Shaykh Basfar, Shaykh Husari and Shaykh Menshawi.

Qur’an for All – Dr Farhat Hashmi – Check out the audio section

Learn Tajwid

Makharij – A flash programme showing you the makharij (the points of articulation) of each letter.

The Arabic Alphabet Sheets – Learn the correct pronunciation of the Arabic Alphabet.

Rules of Tajwid Booklet – Booklet explaining the rules of tajwid in a simple way [Coming Soon].

Tajweed in English – A brilliant website full of resources to aid you in learning tajwid, including downloadable tajwid lessons.

About Tajweed – Site explaining some of the principles of tajwid.

Memorisation Tips

How to memorise the Qur’an Part I / Part II – A great  two part article explaining how to memorise the Qur’an. From Fear the Dunya blog.

Rewards for Memorising the Qur’an – What are the great rewards for memorising the Qur’an?

Tips on Memorising the Qur’an – A number of different articles and tips on memorising the Qur’an.

Causes that Aid the Memorisation of the Noble Qur’an – [ebook] Contains tips on how to memorise as well the virtues of memorising the Qur’an.

Weekend Activities

May 11, 2009

As salaamu alaykum

Subhan’Allah what a busy weekend for Deen Doncaster!

Saturday: The Juzz Amma Challenge Launch Day!

A massive jazakum’Allah khayr to all those who attended. To all the aunties for listening attentively, to all the oldies for sitting patiently even though you didn’t understand a word of what we were saying and to everyone else in between. 😀

Also, a big shout out to all the Deen members who spent ages making the Juzz Amma packs. May Allah reward you for all your efforts and may it act as a sadaqah jariyah for you guys. A LOT of time and effort went into those packs and aren’t they just so amazingly cool? I am so impressed!

Everyone showed such enthusiasm for the challenge, it really made me proud! I hope insha’Allah that it has motivated you to memorise Juzz Amma. I would encourage you all to get started as soon as possible. Don’t procrastinate. Go memorise… now!

The first drop in session will be on Friday from 5.00 – 6.30pm at Doncaster Women’s Centre. Please try and attend as this is when everyone will be buddied up.

Also don’t forget to leave comments to let us know how you are getting along. Imagine your comment could encourage someone else and so you will be sharing in that reward.

Sunday: The Lakeside Adventure

The Lakeside - Isn't it big?

Sunday 11:00am: We set off around the lake, for a gruelling FOUR rounds!

The young ones were hyped and at times uncontrollable, but thanks to our child warden, with her oh so cool whistle (that she stole 😉 ) and our child minder rounder upper (how’s that for a job title?) who had to run after the odd kid who tried to make a break for it, we managed (Or should I say they cos I didn’t do much myself)

The weather was perfect and the company was great (though there was some bullying going on ;)). The little ones ran, sang, hopped, jumped and skipped around the lake. The rest of us just strolled along.

Lunch time came, we enjoyed a nice picnic and then back around we went for the final two laps. By the end we we’re all exhausted but it didn’t matter because we all made it to the finishing line alhamdulillah!

To the totally cool Young Muslimahs – May Allah reward you for your hard work. You guys raised SO much money, I can’t believe it! You totally rock dudes!

Jazakum’Allah khayr to all that took part, making it a really fun and enjoyable day.

The Juzz Amma Challenge

May 4, 2009

The Juzz Amma Challenge

Come along to the launch on:

Saturday 9th May, 2.30pm

Doncaster Women’s Centre, 21 Cleveland Street, DN1 3EH

For more infomation click here

Want to raise your rank in Jannah?

May 4, 2009

Time to take ACTION. No ifs and buts, no lame excuses, just pure determination to raise your rank in Jannah!

The Juzz Amma Challenge – What is it?!

The Prophet said: “The one who was devoted to the Qur’an will be told on the Day of Resurrection: ‘Recite and ascend (in ranks) as you used to recite when you were in the world. Your rank will be at the last ayah you recite.’”[Abu Dawud]

This hadith is telling us that those who memorised the Qur’an will be asked on the Day of Judgment to recite that which they had memorised and as they do so their rank in Jannah will be raised. So, the more you know, they higher up in Jannah you go!

There is such tremendous reward for reciting the Qur’an and even more so for memorising it. On the Day of Judgement not only will the Qur’an cause our ranks to be raised in Jannah, it will intercede on our behalf, saving us from the fire of Hell.

There are so many of us out there who would like to memorise the Qur’an (or at least parts of it), but how many of us actually take the necessary action? Saying you want to memorise the Qur’an is not enough, you have to ACT to make that goal a reality.

So let’s throw away all our excuses, stop being lazy and step up and take the challenge. Let’s memorise Juzz Amma, me, you and everyone else who is brave enough, all working together for the sake of Allah. Let’s do it and raise our rank in Jannah. (more…)