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As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah

Be so close to the Qur’an that with every turn of its page, your heart also turns. You undergo a change of character; and come out better. You come closer to Allah and you understand your religion more.

Be so close to the Qur’an that not only do you consider it to be your companion in life, but it also considers *you* to be its companion both here and on Yawm al-Qiyamah (Day of Resurrection).

Be so close to the Qur’an that whenever you open to read it, it draws you in deeply and takes you on amazing journeys through power concepts and thought-provoking dialogue, through history and the undisputed facts of the future and Hereafter; learning life lessons and learning about yourself. The journey doesn’t end until you end it (by closing the Book).

Be so close to the Qur’an that you make it your first point of judgment and guidance when you quarrel or fall out with a relative, spouse, friend or stranger. You place it before you with the sincerity to resolve matters and follow the causes for peace.

“… If they both desire reconciliation, Allah will cause harmony between them. Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and All-Aware.” [al-Nisa: 35]

Be so close to the Qur’an that if you happen to miss your daily portion of it, it preoccupies your mind and you are not at peace until you take your regular nourishment from it.

Be so close to the Qur’an that just hearing the words, “O you who believe…” strikes something within your heart. You are all ears and attentive; ready to respond.

Be so close to the Qur’an that you truly feel its blessings in your life.

Be so close to the Qur’an that while many love listening to music and lyrical tunes, for you nothing can beat the melodious recital of your favourite Surah (chapter).

Be so close to the Qur’an that you actually walk F E A R L E S S. In every place, at all times, and every stage of your life. Your fear is only from One Being, and He is above His Throne, `azza wa jall.

Be so close to the Qur’an that the mere contemplation of a verse brings tears to your eyes.

Be so close to the Qur’an that after a long and tiring day, all you want to do is make wudhu’ (ablution) and sit down with a cuppa tea in a cosy spot for some heartwarming reading and reflection.

Be so close to the Qur’an that it becomes the first companion you turn to when you need to hear comforting words, or a shoulder to lean on in difficult times, or guidance in times of confusion. It becomes your first point of contact alongside salah (prayer) and du’a (supplication).

Be so close to the Qur’an that its melodious verses drown away the meaningless chatter of this world and you prefer listening to it instead of listening to much of Mankind…

Be so close to the Qur’an that you become recognized for it; in your character and the way you carry yourself through life.

Be so close to the Qur’an that being in its company makes you feel like you are in the best company; the most serene, thought-provoking, heart-warming, and tranquil of gatherings. People think you are alone… but you are anything but alone.

Be so close to the Qur’an that you can’t fathom the idea of dying without having memorised it. You can’t see yourself standing in front of Allah in complete ignorance of His Book, His Verses, His Words.

Be so close to the Qur’an that every time you hear a verse, you stop and check yourself against it. Is it a command/prohibition which you adhered by? Divine advice which you’ve taken on board? Wisdom which you’ve learnt from? Check yourself against every verse and be the first to benefit from it, because you are that close.

Be so close to the Qur’an that before embarking on the path of knowledge, you first immerse yourself in it. You do not place any branch of ‘ilm before knowledge of the Book, and thus you spend your early learning days learning all about it.

Be so close to the Qur’an that its verses replay melodiously in your mind…

Be so close to the Qur’an that you can find for yourself a verse reflecting every moment of your life. You will always know what to do.

Be so close to the Qur’an that the worldy chaos around you only increases your yearning towards secluding yourself, reciting its verses and being in its beautiful company.

Be so close to the Qur’an that nothing, nothing can come in between it and you.

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яєℓαтισηѕнιρ ωιтн тнє qυя’αη

1. (This is) a Book (the Qur’an) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings, that they may ponder over its Verses & that men of understanding may remember (38:29)

2. Verily, this Qur’an guides to that which is most just & right….(17:9)

3. certainly we have brought to them a book, which we have explained in detail with knowledge, a guidance & a mercy to people who believe. (7:52)

4. And this (Quran) is a blessed message which we have sent down, then are you with it unacquainted (21:50)

Salam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barkatuhu. Hope all of u reading this are in good health and eeman, in shaa Allah.
So How’s our relationship with the Quran?
Bismillah. Living in the part of the country (northern Nigeria) where the Qur’an is believed to be studied more than any other place in Nigeria, why then do i have this feeling that we’ve almost completely abandoned the Qur’an, our first source of Allah’s message?

Looking at the first verse, Allah here tells us one & undoubtedly, the most important reason the Qur’an was sent to mankind: to ponder, reflect, think, remind’ so that what? “they may remember” (38:29). Also in the second verse Allah (swt) describes it as that which guides. The question now is how does it guide us? Do we read a book in japanese because we ought to and claim we’ve been guided by it? Or do we keep singing asong because its beautiful and claim we understand it?

No doubt the Quran is mubaraq (blessed) which is the why even though we don’t understand it, we listen to it been recited and we feel such tranquility in our hearts, not forgetting the the amount of ajr ripped from reading it. But for what actual reason was it sent? The society we come from has made the Quran something we finish reciting ONCE from cover to cover & then khalas! “Ai tayi sauqa, malamace”. How then does it act as a guide when we don’t understand what it says? How can we ponder over what we don’t even know?? In an authentic hadeeth, the prophet (saw) cursed the one who read this verse without pondering over it “verily! in the creation of the heavens & of the earth, and the alternation of the night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding” (3:190)

We ought to know what we are reading so that we can be guided by it. It is because of such reasons that I hear disheartening stories of wallah people who have memorized the whole Qur’an but are not acting, even in the least bit, in accordance with it.

I can still remember what my christian lesson teacher keeps teasing us about back in my primary school days whenever he comes home and meets us studying with our mallam, later he goes all “you didn’t even know what you were reading”. It wasn’t until when I was 14 that I got my own personal digital Qur’an player that translated each verse word-word and i started to understand what I was reading, that I can say I had began studying the Qur’an.

He (swt) who created the life of this world itself & all the humans in it gave us a manual, a manual on how to live & be successful in this world, How then can we be unacquainted with it? Would a pilot, even while already on air, be found anywhere without his airplane manual?

An aalim once said: “when someone’s lover writes him a letter, he becomes attached to the letter and re-reads the letter over & over again, then what is the case of the one who claims to love Allah but is in complete ignorance of His message? Won’t we be ashamed to meet Him on that day without understanding the message He sent to us?? The more you know Allah, the more your love & yearning for Him increases. And that’s why when a non-muslim accepts islam or a muslim comes back to the straight path, the first book we hand to them is the Qur’an. We all long to build our relationship with Allah, to increase our yaqeen (certainty) and tawakkul (reliance) in Him, & by Al-Azim, I tell you there is no better way to do that than that of understanding the Qur’an.

We all should yearn to understand Allah’s Words because it a message sent by the Almighty to us. The Qur’an beautifies our character & makes us stronger believers. When Aisha (ra) was asked about the character of the messenger of Allah (saw), she replied ” His character was that of the Qur’an”. No wonder the Qur’an is called a guide; guides to the best of characters. Also Among the names of Qur’an is ‘zikr’ meaning reminder. It reminds mankind, helping us to stay on the iman-high level.

A sahaba (ra) once said:
“If you want to know your level of faith, look at your яєℓαтισηѕнιρ ωιтн тнє qυя’αη”.

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Egypt: The Return of a Pharaoh

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As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah

For those of us who lived in Egypt recently, the events that are currently unfolding were actually seen brewing quite some time ago. Much of today’s brutality does not come as a surprise unfortunately. It was just a few months ago when my own aunt was robbed by an armed man as she walked home. He held a machete to her neck, grabbed her bag and threatened to kill her if she fought back. He ripped her hijab and her niqab (face-veil) off and threw her viciously to the floor. Thankfully he didn’t have a chance to do more damage as two men shouted from a nearby building and he simply walked away, without fear. What was surprising though, was the fact that despite many calls to the police, they did not turn up. We ran to the crime scene, we then went in different directions…

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