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Dubai International Peace Convention

Note: If you are not based in UAE, kindly ignore this post. 

The much awaited mega event is round the corner.

Please mark the dates (17 to 19th April 2014) and make sure you attend the grand event should you live in the UAE.

Visit to the Dubai International Peace Convention becomes significant because of:  Continue reading

April 13, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

UnderstandQuran.Com

Prophet Muhammad sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam said, “خيركم من تعلم القرآن وعلمه” ‘The Best Among You IS The One Who Learns The Qur’an and Teaches It”. Certainly the best among us is Dr. Abdul Azeez Abdul Raheem, the founder of this amazing website.  Continue reading

March 20, 2014 Posted by | Learning the language of the Qur'an, Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Qur’anic Art of Effective Communication

PS: A pdf of this post is given at the end.

Most of the time I feel that I am unable to follow the gloriously graceful guidance provided to me by my Creator when it comes to talking with people and communicating with others. It could be due to lack of patience and wisdom. It could be due to my foolhardiness or because of the boisterous nature. This happens to me especially when I get agitated or angry due to circumstances or situations. And later on you end up feeling regret for not following the Qur’anic guidance.

One lesson life has taught me is if you want to prevail over your own self and hence over the situation, change your approach by adopting the Qur’anic guidance on communication and dialogue. People will listen to you, and you will be able to make your point clear.  Continue reading

March 18, 2014 Posted by | Art of Communication, Reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Qur’an Learning through Voice Guidance

A very useful programme by the King Fahd Glorious Qur’an Printing Complex, Saudi Arabia.

This programme is very effective and efficient for learning the Recitation of the glorious Qur’an, Mashaa’Allah.

The programme is meticulously done with learner-friendly features such as:  Continue reading

March 15, 2014 Posted by | Qur'an Interface/Qur'an Learning | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Adhaan: The Call to Prayer, Part 2

Dear brothers and sisters, Assalamu Alaikum.

When I wrote Part 1 on Adhaan, I was having the intention to continue with a second post but due to work related stress could not do so. Today I thought of at least giving different links so that those interested can find this beneficial, Inshaa’Allah.  Continue reading

March 14, 2014 Posted by | Muqeet's (assorted), Reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Qur’an of Fajr: In the stillness and serenity before dawn

Early Hours before dawn is the most productive time by all means.  Our glorious Prophet Muhammad sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam, his noble companions and the pious predecessors of the Muslim Ummah used to value this time by indulging in great acts of worshiping one’s Creator. 

Allah mentions in the Qur’an that His righteous servants do give up sleep by arising from their beds to make du’aa, offer Qiyamul layl (Night Prayer) and seek forgiveness for their sins, one’s omissions and commissions.  Continue reading

March 11, 2014 Posted by | Muqeet's (assorted), Quran of Fajr | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Madinah Arabic Notes

Here comes a treasure in the form of Notes prepared by a hard working teacher. Nicely done and beautifully explained, these notes will help all those who are learning the famous Arabic books by Dr. V Abdur RahimDurus al Lughatul Arabiyya li ghairi naatiqeena biha, Arabic Language Reader for non-Arabic speaking people.  Go ahead and download the files in pdf, Inshaa’Allah.

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March 7, 2014 Posted by | Arabic and Dr. V. Abdur Rahim, Learning the language of the Qur'an | 13 Comments

Robert Davila’s Inspirational Story

Sharing this inspiring story through Br. Nouman Ali Khan and Sr. Hena Zuberi.

Read on ….and listen to the 11 Minutes-video to get rejuvenated, Inshaa’Allah…..

Sometimes we land in a spiritual slump and want to stop doing what we are doing, and then Allāh sends us inspiration when we need it most.  I watched this last night and had to share this with our readers, although it has probably been shared all over the world, on forums, Facebook pages, and websites (yes, even soap opera sites). It deserves to be shared, māshā’Allāh.  Continue reading

March 2, 2014 Posted by | Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Of Varying Rivers and Unlimited Delight

How delightful Jannah is going to be for the deserving inmates, no genius worth his salt, can imagine! It can only be described by its Creator! 

One sample of such a description is given in Surah Muhammad, Chapter 47 of the glorious Qur’an.

And, Subhanallaah, this one description is enough to motivate people to yearn for it.  Continue reading

January 15, 2014 Posted by | Reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Seeking Light, Spreading Luminosity

The glorious Qur’an directs every human being to seek Light from the Source of Light as Almighty Allah alone can bring out a person from darknesses to Light. So man must understand that he to whom his Creator grants not light, for him there is no light!

Through the “Light Verse” of the Qur’an we understand the importance and significance of Light and Knowledge.

True believers in Islam are those who follow the Light that was sent down with Prophet Muhammad sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam.  Continue reading

January 12, 2014 Posted by | Du'aas - Prophetic | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Hijrah: The least discussed topic in Rabi al Awwal!

MuQeet:

Note: I want more and more readers to read this post, hence I am re-posting this. Please click the link above to go ahead with reading. Thank you and Jazakallaahu Khayra.

Originally posted on YasSarNal QuR'aN:

Dear brothers and sisters, Assalamu Alaikum.

Most of you would have experienced that every year when the month of Rabi al Awwal arises in our life, e-mails start pouring in with arguments and counter-arguments on Prophet’s birthday. Islamic blogs and websites come up with hundreds of articles and posts on the topic Mawlid/Meelad-un-Nabi.

I feel that the most important historical incident that took place in the life history of our glorious Messenger – Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, is seldom discussed in this month! 

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January 11, 2014 Posted by | Islamic Months, Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Surahs beginning with Alhamdulillaah

Do you know how many Suwar (pl. for Surah) in the Qur’an begin with Alhamdu-lil-laah?

And what are their names?

I was reading a book on Tafseer and just thought of sharing this simple info.  Continue reading

January 4, 2014 Posted by | Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

What is Islamic and what is not Islamic?

It is only sad, I can say, that despite knowledge explosion and awareness of Islam through Friday speeches, books, videos, lectures, websites etc. many Muslims are still unaware of what constitutes something to be Islamic.

How to look at a particular thing and then conclude whether it is Islamic or un-Islamic or simply Muslim?

This post will clarify some misconceptions and make things clear, Inshaa’Allah.  Continue reading

January 1, 2014 Posted by | Reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Why We Must Not Celebrate New Year?

NOTE: While this post (actually a re-post) discusses the Islamic perspective on celebrating New Year, I mean no offence to my christian friends nor I am trying to lecture on righteousness. This is just an effort in educating my Muslim friends about celebrating New Year. Thank you. 

1st January. Consciously or subconsciously, directly or indirectly, willingly or unwillingly the world is under the influence of the New Year craze.

When I told one of my friends that we should not say Happy New Year and that we Muslims should not celebrate the New Year, I got the retort: Why are you like this?

The start of the Gregorian calendar is based on mythological concepts! I am sure many of our Christian brothers and sisters themselves will not be aware of this fact!  Continue reading

December 31, 2013 Posted by | Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Islam and Christianity

A simple presentation on the basic differences and similarities between Islam and Christianity.

A good effort in having a glimpse on the beliefs of Muslims and Christians. Proceed to download, Inshaa’Allah.  Continue reading

December 30, 2013 Posted by | Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Are We among the Top Ten Performers?

It doesn’t matter whether you are a man or a woman. You are equally rewarded. No disparity, no gender bias. The only concern must be whether one has these qualities or not.

May Allah help us to take sincere efforts to adopt these qualities in us. Aameen.

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December 26, 2013 Posted by | Reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Thread Bared

 

Muslims have been at the receiving end. Rape and Loot at the hands of the powers that be. In and around MuzaffarNagar, a town in Uttar Pradesh in Northern India.

Reproducing here the Exclusive Cover Story on Muzaffarnagar riots published in the current issue of Outlook India News Magazine. The story brings into focus the face of shameless India. The brazen facts brought to us by the magazine’s writer/reporter, Neha Dixit, scream to tell the world that this happens only in India. The naked dance of communalism and organised rape at the hands of a heartless village chief! A tearful saga of a community that struggles to survive! Read on… Continue reading

December 24, 2013 Posted by | Communalism | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

When the Call is Proclaimed on Friday……

Dear brothers & sisters, Assalamu Alaikum.

Presenting the Tafseer of verses 9 to 11 of Surah al Jumu’ah by Allamah Ibn Kathir.  Continue reading

December 20, 2013 Posted by | Surah al Jumu'ah | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Surah al Kahf is an action-packed Surah!

Dear brothers and sisters, Assalamu Alaikum.

Whenever I Enter this Cave, I Come Out with Treasure. Subhanallah.

Surah al Kahf consists of many Verbs of Movement, Striving and Endeavor – أفعال الحركة والسعى

This Surah for sure calls for harakah on the part of Muslims.

Life must be dynamic, not static.

Active, not passive. Energetic, not lethargic.

This Surah starts by giving glad tidings to the Believers Who Do Righteous Deeds that they will have a good reward وَيُبَشِّرَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ الَّذِينَ يَعْمَلُونَ الصَّالِحَاتِ and ends with the Command: Do Righteous deeds فَلْيَعْمَلْ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا  Continue reading

December 15, 2013 Posted by | Reflections, Surah al Kahf | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Aspects of Dawah in Surah al Kahf

Surah al Kahf is an encyclopedia in itself! Subhanallaah!

As we read and understand the Surah, we come across four different aspects of Dawah.

Dawah is to call people to Islam, to advise people about what is Right and what is wrong, to remind those who have forgotten their duties and to stand up against injustice and oppression.  Continue reading

December 13, 2013 Posted by | Reflections, Surah al Kahf | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

All about Adhaan, the Call to Prayer (Part 1)

أذان  Adhaan (Azaan) translated as ‘Prayer Call’ or ‘Call to Prayer’ originates from the Arabic root أذن adhina which means “to listen, to allow, to permit, to hear, to learn, to call, to announce, to make known, to inform, to notify, to call to prayer, to exhort, to urge, to herald”.

Adhaan is the perpetual International Anthem of Muslims. It is also Islam’s official Broadcasting Channel. Adhaan is in fact the Global Announcement of Muslims – the Proclamation of the oneness of Almighty Lord -  echoed throughout the world via hundreds and thousands of minarets spread across every nook and corner of Planet Earth – not once but five times in a day.

Going beyond the popular cliche 24-7, I can say that the Muslim Prayer Call, Adhaan, is much more than any Live Feed, Live Streaming!

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December 9, 2013 Posted by | Reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Top Ten Facts About the Glorious Qur’an

This simple, one-page reminder is for all the lovers of the glorious Qur’an.

An inspiration to explore the miracles of the Qur’an!  Continue reading

December 2, 2013 Posted by | E-books, Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Angola: The ‘news’, the denial, the confusion, and clarification

Dear brothers and sisters, Assalamu Alaikum.

Regular readers must be aware that last night I posted my reflections on the so-called news of Angola banning Islam.

This I did after reading the news in this popular Islamic website and also going through this newsmagazine.

I didn’t verify about the authenticity of this ‘news’ as the scholars’ response didn’t leave any room for any doubt to creep in my mind.  Continue reading

November 26, 2013 Posted by | Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Angola Bans Islam

This news is false.

Vassalam.

November 25, 2013 Posted by | Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Rain, Rain, Come Again!

For people who live in a desert, Rain is something which is unusual. And this once-in-a-blue-moon thing is happening in the United Arab Emirates!

Man, however, is an extremist by nature. When there is no rain, he yearns for it. And when it rains, he becomes restless and shows signs of ingratitude.

As a Muslim we need to know that our Prophet sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam not only sought rain but when it rained, he also enjoyed it as much as he could.  Continue reading

November 22, 2013 Posted by | Reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

This Tajweed Course is Simply Superb!

Mashaa’Allah. Very beneficial Website, and an effort worth applauding by all means!

Welcome to the smart way to learn Arabic online! A platform that combines audio, video, quizzes, specialized apps, and interactive features with a distinct and unique approach to teaching, this website is where you can make leaps and bounds up the ladder of Arabic language mastery starting right now! The Arabic language being one of the most sophisticated languages in the world is intellectually challenging, stimulating and very fulfilling….. Continue reading

November 14, 2013 Posted by | Tajweed | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Fast of Aashura, and when?

The 10th of Muharram is popularly known as Aashura. 

Fasting on this day is highly encouraged.

There seems to surround some confusion with regard to the dates.

As per the Saudi announcement, Aashura falls on Thursday, the 14th November. As per the dates given in UAE Awqaf Ministry’s website, 10th Muharam falls on Wednesday, 13th Nov.

While it is true that we must always go by the local announcement about the sighting of the moon and the commencement of the month, in this case I feel it is better to fast on both days, i.e. 13th and 14th November, Inshaa’Allah.

Some of the merits of the fast of Aashura are mentioned below:  Continue reading

November 12, 2013 Posted by | Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

As the Islamic New Year Begins…..

May Allah Bless the Ummah with His Choicest Blessings.

Presenting some related articles on the occasion of the Islamic New Year 1435 :) Continue reading

November 3, 2013 Posted by | Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Islamic Perspective on Eclipse

Post Script: UAE UPDATE

Today, November 3rd 2013, Inshaa’Allah a total solar eclipse will be visible from parts of Africa. The eclipse will be partial for people in some parts of Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

The partial eclipse will begin over the Indian Ocean and end over eastern United States.

This is a hybrid eclipse because it is both a total and an annular eclipse.

To know about Eclipse timings/details for Dubai, click here.

To find out the timing and details of Eclipse at your location, go to this link and type the name of your city in the box provided there :)

Dear brothers and sisters, as Muslims we are obligated to know the Islamic perspective on this natural phenomenon even as we are encouraged to perform Salatul Kusoof, Prayer of the Eclipse. Continue reading

November 2, 2013 Posted by | Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

The miracle in Tawaf, the purpose of human existence!

Ka’bah plays a pivotal role in the life of a Muslim. It is an indispensable part of a Muslim’s life.

It is a Muslim’s anchor and nucleus. It is the centre of our life and existence. It is our Qiblah.

Ka’bah is the symbol of monotheism. The flag of Islam.

Yet Ka’bah itself is an empty building with nothing inside.  Continue reading

November 2, 2013 Posted by | Ka'bah, Reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Of Mu’aadh ibn Jabal and Knowledge

I love this great companion of the glorious Messenger, Prophet Muhammad sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam. His life and teachings, dedication and contribution has been tremendously marvellous. He is truly an inspiration for all times to come.

Prophet Muhammad sal-lal-laahu-alaih-wa-sallam said about Mu`aadh ibn Jabal:

“Verily, when the people of knowledge will be present before their Lord, the Mighty and Sublime, Mu`aadh will be one step ahead of them.”Continue reading

October 25, 2013 Posted by | Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Nouman Ali Khan’s Tafseer Collection

The updated pdf files of the Tafseer of the Qur’an by Br. Nouman Ali Khan can now be downloaded from the following links, Inshaa’Allah:  Continue reading

October 23, 2013 Posted by | Muqeet's (assorted), Tafaseer (Commentaries) | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Salman, the benchmark

Salman, al Faarisee is one of the leading heroes of Islamic history.

The burning desire he possessed to seek the Straight Path – the Right Way of Life – right from his childhood has become a benchmark for those in quest of Truth.

Presenting here an amazing account of this great companion (radhiyallaahu anhu) authored by Dr. Saleh as Saleh  Continue reading

October 21, 2013 Posted by | E-books, Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

These are the Days of Eating, Drinking and Remembering Allah

The Day of Nahr is the Day of Sacrifice which is the 10th day of Dhul-Hijjah.

The Day of Qarr is the 11th of Dhul Hijjah.

The Days of Tashreeq are the three days after the Day of Sacrifice (that is, 11, 12th and 13th of Dhul Hijjah)

And, “These are the days of eating, drinking and remembering Allah”.  Continue reading

October 16, 2013 Posted by | Hajj related | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

When Tears Speak Louder Than Words!

Here is some relevant news report from Mount Arafah by Arab News, Saudi Arabia’s popular newspaper:  

A white sea of faithful surged from Mina to Arafat as dawn broke on the second day of the five-day event. Waves of men in seamless white robes and veiled women in long dresses joined voices in a crescendo chanting Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik (O God, here I am answering your call).  

The pilgrims were completely lost to their surroundings in a fervor of religious enthusiasm. Many had tears streaming down their cheeks while others raised their faces to the sky, beseeching Allah for forgiveness and mercy.  Continue reading

October 15, 2013 Posted by | Hajj related | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Eid Mubaarak :)

Today, 10th Dhul Hijjah/15th October, is Eid al Adhaa in UAE and Saudi Arabia, to mention two countries :)

تقبّل الله منّا ومنك  Continue reading

October 14, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Be the Privileged Guest at this Banquet!

If someone very close and special to you invites you to a feast, you respond with eagerness.

You hardly miss a party hosted at star hotels wherein you are served with all mouth-watering dishes including kabab, briyani, haleem and all.

People in UAE grab the opportunity should they be invited by local Arabs because Arab dishes are amazing for any food connoisseur!

Do you know that on the Day of Arafah, Almighty Allah, the Lord of the worlds, hosts a Banquet you have never gone before!

A unique banquet wherein only unique and especially special dishes are served!  Continue reading

October 14, 2013 Posted by | Hajj related, Reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Standing of ‘Arafah for Non-Pilgrims

I found this article relevant and very appreciative. So re-posting here.

The root Waw Qaaf and Faa in Arabic, commonly refers to standing as is used in Wuqoof ‘Arafaah i.e. The Standing on Mount ‘Arafah. It also carries the meaning of stopping or pausing. Whilst the former is unattainable for all those who did not make the pilgrimage this year, the latter is an altogether more attainable concept.  Continue reading

October 14, 2013 Posted by | Hajj related | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Today is the Day!

Arafah, the 9th Day of Dhul Hijjah is the greatest of all days of the Islamic Calendar.

Greater than even the blessed nights of Laylatul Qadr!

And today is the day. Here in UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Great things happen on this day. Wa lil-laahil Hamd!

Note: Please check with your local/regional announcement to confirm the day SO THAT you can do things according to that, and not according to Saudi Arabia’s calculation!

Please proceed to read/recall some facts about the Day of Arafah, Inshaa’Allah.  Continue reading

October 14, 2013 Posted by | Hajj related | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Message from Makkah

Today is 8th Dhul Hijjah 1434. First day of Hajj.

Hajj, an amazing act of worship commenced and institutionalized about 4000 years ago under the iconic leadership of Prophet Ibraheem alaihis salam.

Muslims from every nook and corner of the world have gathered in Makkah. They have come from far and wide, from every distant pass using all modes of transportation available today.

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October 13, 2013 Posted by | Hajj related, Reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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