Bismillah walhamdulillah,

May Allah ta’ala make us companions of the Qur’an. Ameen.

I’ve been realizing how true the statement “the more you learn, the less you know” is. SubhanAllah as many Qur’an classes you or myself have taken, the bottom line is that we can never finish studying the Qur’an; there is always something to learn.

On Wednesday night we learned about the Miraculous Ayah, Qur’anic gem # six:

The word “ayah” (آية) is commonly translated as “verse” in English, yet this definition is not proper because it does not capture the true meaning of Ayah. When you mention “verse” to an English speaking person, it reminds them of three things: the Bible, poetry or a song. The problem is that the Qur’an denies being similar to any of these things, so “verse” does not give the correct connotation of “ayah”.

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Alhamdulillah third day of class was last night, and I was literally blown away by the gem br Nouman shared with us subhanAllah…by far the best that I have heard. O Allah we ask You for the proper understanding of Your Book and Your Deen, Ameen.

Here it is:

Al-Aqsaam (Oaths) in the Qur’an

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Bismillah walhamdulillah

During the second night of class with br Nouman, he shared with us a gem on the precision of the Qur’an.

Here it is:

Allah ta’ala says in suratul Baqarah ayah 257:

اللَّهُ وَلِيُّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا يُخْرِجُهُمْ مِنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّورِ

‘Allah is the Wali of those who believe, He brings take them from the darknesses into the light.’

وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَوْلِيَاؤُهُمُ الطَّاغُوتُ يُخْرِجُونَهُمْ مِنَ النُّورِ إِلَى الظُّلُمَاتِ

‘and those who disblieve their Awliyaa’ are taghoot, they bring them out of the light to darknesses.’

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Alhamdulillah, I’ve been blessed to take the Arabic 201 class with Bayyinah Institute for the second time and mashaAllah br Nouman has this sunnah of taking 10 minutes at the end of each session to share a literary gem of the Qur’an.

InshaAllah I will be posting all nine that he will share with us; one for each day of the class session.

Here is tonight’s gem:

In Surat Saba, ayah two, Allah azza wa jal says:

يَعْلَمُ مَا يَلِجُ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَمَا يَخْرُجُ مِنْهَا وَمَا يَنْزِلُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ وَمَا يَعْرُجُ فِيهَا ۚ وَهُوَ الرَّحِيمُ الْغَفُورُ

He knows that which goes into the earth and that which comes forth from it, and that which descend from the heaven and that which ascends to it. And He is Ar Raheem, Al Ghafoor.

In the Qur’an, Allah ta’ala mentions more than 70 times that He is Al Ghafoorur Raheem. This…

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Immersing in the Sea

Today was the first session of the new Seekers Guidance course with Shaykh Yahya Rhodus titled “Exploring the Qur’an. In today’s session, Shaykh Yahya not only taught us about Surah Naba, but he also discussed the importance of constant reflection, the wisdom and knowledge contained within different languages, how we should interact with those who are struggling with faith, the value of good sleep, and how salawat is a powerful way to combat feelings of anxiety and stress, among many other topics. As always, being in his class was a reminder to strive to orient one’s own personal and family life around the principles of constantly learning, reflecting, spending time in nature and seeking to bring about the good, and I’m very very grateful to SeekersGuidance to providing this course in such an accessible format. If you can, please support their Bricks and Mortar campaign here: http://seekersguidance.org/donate/.  Selections from…

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Immersing in the Sea

On Feb 17th, we were blessed to sit in Shaykh Yahya’s second session for the new SeekersGuidance live class, Exploring the Qur’an. This week, Shaykh Yahya reminded us to make learning about the Qur’an a priority, and emphasized that we need to reflect upon the akhira. He spoke about the reality of the Garden and the Fire and stressed that because it is difficult for the mind to accept these realities, we need to have environments where we can understand these topics.

He also spoke about the need to have role models we can follow, the importance of connecting ourselves to scholars who are part of a tradition, and advised us to take ourselves to account daily. Shaykh Yahya stressed that the more we take ourselves to account now, the better we will be when it comes to the Ultimate Accounting.

I love this class because Shaykh Yahya’s lessons…

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