Learning About Islam – What is Bismillah

IN the name of God (Bismillah), the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy! Praise belongs to God, Lord of the Worlds, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy, Master of the Day of Judgment.
It is You we worship, it is You we ask for help. Guide us to the straight path; the path of those You have blessed, those who incur no anger and who have not gone stray. (AL-Quran, chapter 1).

Seven Verses from the HOLY QURAN define the Islamic faith. Muslims memorize these seven verses (also called Ayats) in the original Arabic and recite it during prayers 5 times a day. For those of you who want to learn about Islam, and also for those Muslims who want to clarify thoughts on Islam, this is the starting place, the opening verses of the MAJESTIC AL QURAN AL KAREEM.

Lets get started. How do we know these Ayats were not made up by a man? What is the proof that the verses were “revealed” from the Heavens?
Belief can be of two types, either one believes its truly from the heavens or one believes it was written by a man or a team of men and women. Lets say we have the belief that it was written by humans. Fair enough, who were these men and women? Were they Arabs or non Arabs? Were they followers of One God or multiple gods? Did they have a portfolio of written or oral literature as was the custom in Arabia in the 6th century? It is very natural for humans to want to pen their names (real or fake) on their works, and even more so when they gather together to write the verses for a new religion. Who were these “humans” who acquired PhD level linguistic, historical, scientific, psychological and above all civilization knowledge. Surely they must have left behind track record of discussions and debates with their locals before embarking on such an advanced form of philosophical cum literary adventure that would go on to become a watershed in human history of civilization. I understand, for 1400 years not a single convincing idea could prove human intervention behind the formulation of the Ayats. So, lets leave it at that.

Wait a minute, what about the Prophet of Islam, the Holy Messenger Nabi Muhammad (sallillahu alihi wa alihi wa sallam, Peace be Upon Him, PBUH) wrote the verses. He (PBUH) recited the verses to his companions which makes the idea convincing that he must have drafted the verses himself. Lets look at that more closely. First of all, Prophet Muhammad (Sallillahu alihi wa alihi wa sallam) was known as the un-lettered prophet, that is at the start of his mission he had not acquired the skills for reading and writing. For 40 years he (PBUH) lived in Makkah with very high honor and prestige, he was called Sadeq and Amin (the truthful and the trustworthy) by the Makkans due to his honest personality without ever being credited for reciting any kind of poetry or prose, let alone writing Ayats of the highest classical (Fushat) Arabic language which would become the standard for Arabic grammar.

Would you believe it if I told you that the greatest work of English language was written by someone who was not only un-lettered but had never written or expressed English literary or grammatical skills ever in his life? Obviously not. You might call it an “obnoxious idea”. Lets be fair and apply the same thought for the author of the Verses above. It could not have been written by any man or woman, therefore the only author must be other than what we know or understand as humans. Lets stop here, and move on with the verses.

The opening verses have combined two important ideas of our age. Science and Philosophy. Science because we know from Quantum Physics about time, space and matter. The first cause behind these three has to be the will of God. It is only after the First Cause has been established that the process of matter and antimatter, evolution and the development of human civilization can be discovered scientifically. Let say then today is the very first day for the first cause, the starting point of Time itself, how would the beginning look like, what would it begin by, under whose authority would the beginning take place? These questions are generally asked for any major event. Its like a person while inaugurating a ceremony says “on the authority given to me by and so and so….”.

Should Time, space and matter (humans, the milky way, the solar system, the galaxies, the nebula etc) start its journey by the will of God, by the authority given to the properties of matter and atoms and by the Power of God, then it makes absolute sense that this journey should start by the name of God. That is “BISMILLAH”. the starting point of all that we know on Earth, in the Oceans and in Space.

Muslims will thus say BISMILLAH at the start of anything. At the time of waking up, before a meal, before starting a journey, before starting work, before getting into a transport, before take off, before reading and so on.

Thanks for reading. Take care…

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OneGod OneWorld OneHumanity, Ash-Shura Verse 13

Few days ago I downloaded an android app I highly recommend to anyone who wishes to read the beautiful South African script followed by English TMQ (translated meaning of the Quran) by Mahmaduke Pickthall, you may download any other translator if you wish. This post today is not about the app though.

On my way to work as I was playing on the android set my eyes fell on surah Ash-Shura. I started to read it. By the time I reached verse 13 I knew I had landed on something higher than the moon. Nobody except for the One who created the entire universe and everything in it could have framed those lines in Ash-Shura verse 13.

This is the verse which if used in a religious sense will be the religion which unites all the religions. If the verse is used in social terms it is the verse which will eradicate racism, discrimination, elitism, inequity and caste system from every society. If the verse is used in the political sense it will usher global peace, security and prosperity.

The Owner of the universe created human beings in the same fashion, i.e. natural human anatomy, and gave them “free will” to choose between right and wrong. Apart from this ability to distinguish between right and wrong all human beings are in the same club of mankind. The criteria to be set for judging between good and evil is not up to the created beings (humans) but up to the Creator who is the only One who can define which is good and which is not and that’s because He is the One who created good and evil in the first place. Humans have the greatest gift of all, they can choose through their exercise of their God given “free will”.

The reason why we see huge differences in wealth, peace and security between different races of mankind is primarily due to their divisions and groupings and sub groupings. Europeans are grouped together for instance but they separate themselves as Germans, French, Italians and others. Within each country there are smaller units based on color, religion, language and ancestral roots. The Holy Book, the Quran, tells us all this is wrong! This is not the path that leads to goodness, and it is certainly not the path of prophets who showed the correct path for humanity.

God, it is He who sent Nuh (as), Ibrahim (as), Musa (as), Isa (as) and Muhammad sallillahu alaihi wa sallam, to “GUIDE” humanity. The guidance that leads to goodness is the religion of God and it has always been like that since the creation of the universe and the human race. All the prophets taught the same lesson for mankind to follow, to obey and to be loyal to the cause of goodness, faith, piety and righteousness. Now we come to the most important concept.

From Nuh (Noah) alaihi wa salam to the last Messenger Nabi Karim sallillahu alaihi wa alihi wa sallam all the prophets taught mankind about only One religion of the only One True God to be united as One human race. This is the religion of God given by God in all of God’s books through all of God’s prophets without any difference between them.

Al-Quran, the Word of God, Sura Ash-Shura ayah no 13:

He has ordained for you of religion what He enjoined upon Noah and that which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what We enjoined upon Abraham and Moses and Jesus – to establish the religion and not be divided therein. Difficult for those who associate others with Allah is that to which you invite them. Allah chooses for Himself whom He wills and guides to Himself whoever turns back [to Him]. TMQ 42:13

 

Here is the tafsir of the ayah from Ibn Kathir for more reading:

شَرَعَ لَكُم مِّنَ الِدِينِ مَا وَصَّى بِهِ نُوحاً وَالَّذِى أَوْحَيْنَآ إِلَيْكَ وَمَا وَصَّيْنَا بِهِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَمُوسَى وَعِيسَى أَنْ أَقِيمُواْ الدِّينَ وَلاَ تَتَفَرَّقُواْ فِيهِ

42:13 He (Allah) has ordained for you the same religion which He ordained for Nuh, and that which We have revealed to you, and that which We ordained for Ibrahim, Musa and `Isa saying you should establish religion and make no divisions in it.

كَبُرَ عَلَى الْمُشْرِكِينَ مَا تَدْعُوهُمْ إِلَيْهِ

Intolerable for the idolators is that to which you call them.

اللَّهُ يَجْتَبِى إِلَيْهِ مَن يَشَآءُ وَيَهْدِى إِلَيْهِ مَن يُنِيبُ

Allah chooses for Himself whom He wills, and guides unto Himself who turns to Him in repentance.

وَمَا تَفَرَّقُواْ إِلاَّ مِن بَعْدِ مَا جَآءَهُمُ الْعِلْمُ بَغْياً بَيْنَهُمْ

42: 14 And they divided not till after knowledge had come to them, through transgression between themselves.

وَلَوْلاَ كَلِمَةٌ سَبَقَتْ مِن رَّبِّكَ إِلَى أَجَلٍ مُّسَمًّى لَّقُضِىَ بِيْنَهُمْ

And had it not been for a Word that went forth before from your Lord for an appointed term, the matter would have been settled between them.

وَإِنَّ الَّذِينَ أُورِثُواْ الْكِتَـبَ مِن بَعْدِهِمْ لَفِى شَكٍّ مِّنْهُ مُرِيبٍ 

And verily, those who were made to inherit the Scripture after them, are in grave doubt concerning it.

 

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 The Religion of the Messengers is One

Allah says to this Ummah:

شَرَعَ لَكُم مِّنَ الدِّينِ مَا وَصَّى بِهِ نُوحًا وَالَّذِي أَوْحَيْنَا إِلَيْكَ …

He (Allah) has ordained for you the same religion which He ordained for Nuh, and that which We have revealed to you,

Allah mentions the first Messenger who was sent after Adam, that is, Nuh, peace be upon them, and the last of them is Muhammad.

… وَمَا وَصَّيْنَا بِهِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَمُوسَى وَعِيسَى …

and that which We ordained for Ibrahim, Musa and Isa,

Then He mentions those who came in between them who were the Messengers of strong will, namely Ibrahim, Musa and Isa bin Maryam. This Ayah mentions all five, just as they are also mentioned in the Ayah in Surah Al-Ahzab, where Allah says:

وَإِذْ أَخَذْنَا مِنَ النَّبِيِّيْنَ مِيثَاقَهُمْ وَمِنْكَ وَمِن نُّوحٍ وَإِبْرَهِيمَ وَمُوسَى وَعِيسَى ابْنِ مَرْيَمَ

And (remember) when We took from the Prophets their covenant, and from you, and from Nuh, Ibrahim, Musa, and Isa son of Maryam. (33:7)

The Message which all the Messengers brought was to worship Allah Alone, with no partner or associate, as Allah says:

وَمَآ أَرْسَلْنَا مِن قَبْلِكَ مِن رَّسُولٍ إِلاَّ نُوحِى إِلَيْهِ أَنَّهُ لا إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ أَنَاْ فَاعْبُدُونِ

And We did not send any Messenger before you but We revealed to him (saying): None has the right to be worshipped but I, so worship Me. (21:25).

And according to a Hadith (the Prophet said):

نَحْنُ مَعْشَرَ الْأَنْبِيَاءِ أَوْلَادُ عَلَّاتٍ، دِينُنَا وَاحِد

We Prophets are brothers and our religion is one.

In other words, the common bond between them is that Allah Alone is to be worshipped, with no partner or associate, even though their laws and ways may differ, as Allah says.

لِكُلٍّ جَعَلْنَا مِنكُمْ شِرْعَةً وَمِنْهَـجاً

To each among you, We have prescribed a law and a clear way. (5:48)

Allah says here:

… أَنْ أَقِيمُوا الدِّينَ وَلَا تَتَفَرَّقُوا فِيهِ …

saying you should establish religion and make no divisions in it.

meaning, Allah enjoined all the Prophets (peace and blessings of Allah be upon them all) to be as one and He forbade them to differ and be divided.

… كَبُرَ عَلَى الْمُشْرِكِينَ مَا تَدْعُوهُمْ إِلَيْهِ …

Intolerable for the idolators is that to which you call them.

means, `it is too much for them to bear, and they hate that to which you call them, O Muhammad, i.e., Tawhid.’

… اللَّهُ يَجْتَبِي إِلَيْهِ مَن يَشَاء وَيَهْدِي إِلَيْهِ مَن يُنِيبُ ﴿١٣﴾

Allah chooses for Himself whom He wills, and guides unto Himself who turns to Him in repentance.

means, He is the One Who decrees guidance for those who deserve it, and decrees misguidance for those who prefer it to the right path.

Allah says here;

وَمَا تَفَرَّقُوا إِلَّا مِن بَعْدِ مَا جَاءهُمُ الْعِلْمُ …

And they divided not till after knowledge had come to them,

means, their opposition to the truth arose after it had come to them and proof had been established against them. Nothing made them resist in this manner except their transgression and stubbornness.

… بَغْيًا بَيْنَهُمْ وَلَوْلَا كَلِمَةٌ سَبَقَتْ مِن رَّبِّكَ إِلَى أَجَلٍ مُّسَمًّى …

And had it not been for a Word that went forth before from your Lord for an appointed term,

means, were it not for the fact that Allah had already decreed that He would delay the reckoning of His servants until the Day of Resurrection, the punishment would have been hastened for them in this world.

… لَّقُضِيَ بَيْنَهُمْ …

the matter would have been settled between them.

… وَإِنَّ الَّذِينَ أُورِثُوا الْكِتَابَ مِن بَعْدِهِمْ …

And verily, those who were made to inherit the Scripture after them,

means, the later generation which came after the earlier generation which had rejected the truth.

… لَفِي شَكٍّ مِّنْهُ مُرِيبٍ ﴿١٤﴾

are in grave doubt concerning it.

means, they do not have any firm conviction in matters of religion; they merely imitate their forefathers, without any evidence or proof. So they are very confused and doubtful.

 

 

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فَلِذَلِكَ فَادْعُ وَاسْتَقِمْ كَمَآ أُمِرْتَ وَلاَ تَتَّبِعْ أَهْوَآءَهُمْ وَقُلْ

42:15. So unto this then invite (people), and stand firm as you are commanded, and follow not their desires but say:

ءَامَنتُ بِمَآ أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ مِن كِتَـبٍ وَأُمِرْتُ لاًّعْدِلَ بَيْنَكُمُ

“I believe in whatsoever Allah has sent down of the Book and I am commanded to do justice among you.

اللَّهُ رَبُّنَا وَرَبُّكُمْ

Allah is our Lord and your Lord.

لَنَآ أَعْمَـلُنَا وَلَكُمْ أَعْمَـلُكُمْ لاَ حُجَّةَ بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَكُمُ

For us our deeds and for you your deeds. There is no dispute between us and you.

اللَّهُ يَجْمَعُ بَيْنَنَا وَإِلَيْهِ الْمَصِيرُ

Allah will assemble us (all), and to Him is the final return.”

 

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 This Ayah includes ten separate and independent ideas, each of which is a ruling on its own.

They (the scholars) said that there is nothing else like it in the Qur’an, apart from Ayat Al-Kursi (2:255), which also includes ten ideas.

فَلِذَلِكَ فَادْعُ …

So unto this then invite (people),

means, `so call people to this which We have revealed to you and which We enjoined upon all the Prophets before you,’ the Prophets of major ways (of Shariah) that were followed, such as the Messengers of strong will, and others.

… وَاسْتَقِمْ كَمَا أُمِرْتَ …

and stand firm as you are commanded,

means, `adhere firmly, you and those who follow you, to the worship of Allah as He has commanded you.’

… وَلَا تَتَّبِعْ أَهْوَاءهُمْ …

and follow not their desires,

means, the desires of the idolators, in the falsehoods that they have invented and fabricated by worshipping idols.

… وَقُلْ آمَنتُ بِمَا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ مِن كِتَابٍ …

but say: “I believe in whatsoever Allah has sent down of the Book…”

means, `I believe in all the Books that have been revealed from heaven to the Prophets; we do not differentiate between any of them.’

… وَأُمِرْتُ لِأَعْدِلَ بَيْنَكُمُ …

and I am commanded to do justice among you.

means, when judging according to the commands of Allah.

… اللَّهُ رَبُّنَا وَرَبُّكُمْ …

Allah is our Lord and your Lord.

means, `He is the One Who is to be worshipped, and there is no true God but He. We affirm this willingly, and even though you do not do so willingly, everyone in the universe prostrates to Him obediently and willingly.’

… لَنَا أَعْمَالُنَا وَلَكُمْ أَعْمَالُكُمْ …

For us our deeds and for you your deeds.

means, `we have nothing to do with you.’

This is like the Ayah:

وَإِن كَذَّبُوكَ فَقُل لِّى عَمَلِى وَلَكُمْ عَمَلُكُمْ أَنتُمْ بَرِيئُونَ مِمَّآ أَعْمَلُ وَأَنَاْ بَرِىءٌ مِّمَّا تَعْمَلُونَ

And if they demy you, say: “For me are my deeds and for you are your deeds! You are innocent of what I do, and I am innocent of what you do!” (10:41)

… لَا حُجَّةَ بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَكُمُ …

There is no dispute between us and you.

Mujahid said, “This means, no argument.”

As-Suddi said,

“This was before Ayah of the sword was revealed.”

This fits the context, because this Ayah was revealed in Makkah, and Ayah of the sword (22:39-40) was revealed after the Hijrah.

… اللَّهُ يَجْمَعُ بَيْنَنَا …

Allah will assemble us (all), (means, on the Day of Resurrection).

This is like the Ayah:

قُلْ يَجْمَعُ بَيْنَنَا رَبُّنَا ثُمَّ يَفْتَحُ بَيْنَنَا بِالْحَقِّ وَهُوَ الْفَتَّاحُ الْعَلِيمُ 

Say: “Our Lord will assemble us all together, then He will judge between us with truth. And He is the Just Judge, the All-Knower of the true state of affairs.” (34:26).

… وَإِلَيْهِ الْمَصِيرُ ﴿١٥﴾

and to Him is the final return.

means, the final return on the Day of Reckoning.

 

Magnificent scientific signs in the story of prophet “Nûh”

 

For many years , human are trying to discover rains mechanism till recent days after the discovery of secret of rains as it starts by evaporation of water …

For many years , human are trying to discover rains mechanism till recent days after the discovery of secret of rains as it starts by evaporation of water vapor atoms from seas and oceans which goes up to high altitudes where the temperature is around zero so it condenses to form clouds and then rains.

At the time of descending of the Qur’an no one knew this reality, but in the story of prophet “Nûh” there are many signs as Nûh waited 950 years to make his people to believe in Allah the only God and only creator but they didn’t believe and then Allah ordered him to made a ship which will hold only believers, some animals, birds and plants.

Rains are from earth

After the heavy rains and after the emergence of springs , the flood came and drowned disbelievers and atheists but Allah Almighty rescued prophet “Nûh” and the believers with him, Allah says: (And it was said: “O earth! Swallow up your water, and O sky! Withhold (your rain).” And the water was made to subside and the Decree (of Allah) was fulfilled (i.e. the destruction of the people of Nûh (Noah). And it (the ship) rested on (Mount) Jûdî, and it was said: “Away with the people who are Zalimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers)!”)(Sûrat Hûd- verse 44).

In this verse a nice sign for a scientific reality when Allah ordered the earth to swallow water. It means that the water goes up toward the sky to form rains and it returns back inside the earth.

Explosion of springs

In hydrology there is a scientific fact that water underground is under pressure but rocks surround it, if the pressure increases water flow suddenly from earth as an explosion.

We have to mention that scientists use the word explosion when they talk about emergence of springs from the ground, Allah says: (The people of Nûh (Noah) denied (their Messenger) before them. They rejected our slave, and said: “A madman!” and he were insolently rebuked and threatened.*then he invoked his Lord (saying): “I have been overcome, so help (me)!”* So we opened the gates of the heaven with water pouring forth.* and we caused springs to gush forth from the earth. So the waters (of the heaven and the earth) met for a matter predestined.*and we carried him on a (ship) made of planks and nails* floating under Our Eyes: a reward for him who had been rejected!)(Sûrat Al-Qamar- verse 9-14).

 

Water gushes forth from earth as springs explode to form lakes, height of water may reach one hundred meter

Oven gushed forth

When we see boiling water out of a spring, it means that the spring is going to explode .Allah says in the story of prophet “Nûh”((So it was) till when Our Command came and the oven gushed forth (water like fountains from the earth). We said: “Embark therein, of each kind two (male and female), and your family – except him against whom the Word has already gone forth – and those who believe. And none believed with him, except a few.”) (Sûrat Hûd- verse 40).

Waves like mountains

Allah says: (So it (the ship) sailed with them amidst waves like mountains, and Nûh (Noah) called out to his son, who had separated himself (apart): “O my son! Embark with us and be not with the disbelievers.”) (Sûrat Hûd- verse 42).

In the phrase “waves like mountains” a sign that waves were so high, it means that there was hurricane and strong winds. The koranic likening refers to the height of the waves which could be hundreds of meters which is an indication that what happened in that story was extraordinary.

 

Height of waves in seas and oceans could reach tens of meters but the height was about hundreds of meters in the story of prophet “Nûh” which means that it was extraordinary event

Sermons from the story of prophet “Nûh”

We can extract many sermons from that story as the flowing:

  1. The Qur’an is a book which is not like any other book as it contains many sermons that people must benefit from it, one of these benefits is that as Allah Almighty saved “Nûh” and the believers of his people , He Almighty will save all believers without exceptions. Allah says: (Then (in the end) we save Our Messengers and those who believe! Thus it is incumbent upon us to save the believers) (Sûrat Yûnus-verse103).
  2. Prophet “Nûh” was patient with his people as he used to call them to Allah the only creator for 950 years. Allah says: (He said: “O my Lord! Verily, I have called to my people night and day (i.e. secretly and openly to accept the doctrine of Islamic Monotheism),* “But all my calling added nothing but to (their) flight (from the truth).*And verily, every time I called unto them that You might forgive them, they thrust their fingers into their ears, covered themselves up with their garments, and persisted (in their refusal), and magnified themselves in pride.)(Sûrat Nûh-verse 5-7) .Also we have to be patient with others while inviting them to Islam.
  3. Prophet “Nûh” used to warn his people from the hereafter and from the big torment of Allah at day of resurrection, Allah says: (Indeed, We sent Nûh (Noah) to his people and he said: “O my people! Worship Allah! You have no other Ilâh (God) but Him. (Lâ ilâha illallâh: none has the right to be worshipped but Allah). Certainly, I fear for you the torment of a Great Day!”)(Sûrat Al-A‘râf -verse 59).

Benefits of asking for forgiveness

Prophet “Nûh” advised his people many times to ask Allah for forgiveness, He Almighty says: (“I said (to them): ‘Ask forgiveness from your Lord, verily, He is Oft-Forgiving;* He will send rain to you in abundance*and give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.)(Sûrat Nûh-verse 10-12).

This is evidence that who asks forgiveness from Allah, He Almighty will give him or her many things such as:

  1. He will forgive for anyone asks for forgiveness.   
  2. He will send the rain to people in abundance. 
  3. He will increase in wealth of people who ask for forgiveness.
  4. He will increase in children of people who ask for forgiveness.
  5. He will bestow gardens and rivers of those who ask for forgiveness.  

  Heaven is an evidence for the ultimate power of Allah

Prophet “Nûh” used a scientific technique to call his people to Allah as he ordered them to look at the heavens above, the moon as a light and the sun as a lamp. Allah says: (See you not how Allah has created the seven heavens one above another? *and has made the moon a light therein, and made the sun a lamp?)(Sûrat Nûh-verse 15-16).

The modern science had proved that the moon reflects light of sun as it has no ability for lighting  like sun which posses the ability to light because its tremendous heat and the internal nuclear explosion.  

 

Prophet “Nûh” used the scientific miracles in his calling to Allah. Don’t we use the same technique while inviting people to Islam?

“Nûh” made the ship

Prophet “Nûh” asked Allah to give him a victory on disbelievers , then Allah had ordered him to build a ship because He Almighty wanted to sank disbelievers as a punishment for atheism and disbelieving , Allah says: (And it was revealed to Nûh (Noah): “None of your people will believe except those who have believed already. So be not sad because of what they used to do.* “And construct the ship under Our Eyes and with Our Revelation, and call not upon me on behalf of those who did wrong; they are surely to be drowned.”)(Sûrat Hûd -verse 36-37).

People of Nûh used to mock at him

Prophet “Nûh” started to build the ship in the village where there is no sea, so that the people started to mock at him and laugh, Allah says: ( And as he was constructing the ship, whenever the chiefs of his people passed by him, they mocked at him. He said: “If you mock at us, so do we mock at you likewise for your mocking.* “And you will know who it is on whom will come a torment that will cover him with disgrace and on whom will fall a lasting torment.”) (Sûrat Hûd -verse 38-39).

Allah’s order had arrived

Allah Almighty gave Prophet “Nûh” a sign to be ready for departure, the sign was that water like fountains started to gush forth from the earth, Allah says:   ((So it was) till when Our Command came and the oven gushed forth (water like fountains from the earth). We said: “Embark therein, of each kind two (male and female), and your family – except him against whom the Word has already gone forth – and those who believe. And none believed with him, except a few.”) (Sûrat Hûd -verse 40).

And Nûh said: Embark therein

After the water (water like fountains) had started to gush forth from the earth, prophet Nûh knew that the order was descended to move so he ordered his people to embark in the ship also the animals and plants , when he was on board he said as Allah Almighty tells us:( And he [Nûh said]: “Embark therein: in the Name of Allah will be its (moving) course and its (resting) anchorage. Surely, my Lord is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”) (Sûrat Hûd -verse 41).Hence we Muslims have to start any practice by saying” in the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.”

The flood came

Allah Almighty ordered rains to descend and springs to explode so that the flood started; Allah Almighty describes that scene by saying: (So we opened the gates of the heaven with water pouring forth.* and we caused springs to gush forth from the earth. So the waters (of the heaven and the earth) met for a matter predestined.)(Sûrat Al-Qamar-verse 11-12).

Son of Nûh is disbeliever

Nûh is the prophet of Allah but his son was disbeliever, the son was refusing to obey his father and he insisted to obey atheists and disbelievers, despite that his father asked him to go with him on board of the ship but the son refused and went with his companions, Allah says about that scene 😦 So it (the ship) sailed with them amidst waves like mountains, and Nûh (Noah) called out to his son, who had separated himself (apart): “O my son! Embark with us and be not with the disbelievers.”* (The son) replied: “I will betake myself to some mountain; it will save me from the water.” Nûh (Noah) said: “This day there is no survivor from the Decree of Allah except him on whom He has mercy.” And waves came in between them, so he (the son) was among the drowned.)(Sûrat Hûd-verse42-43).

Flood was finished

Rains stopped, also explosions of springs and earth started to swallow water. After that the ship anchored on a mountain called “mountain Jûdî” Allah say:  (And it was said: “O earth! Swallow up your water, and O sky! Withhold (your rain).” And the water was made to subside and the Decree (of Allah) was fulfilled (i.e. the destruction of the people of Nûh (Noah). And it (the ship) rested on (Mount) Jûdî, and it was said: “Away with the people who are Zalimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers)!”)(Sûrat Hûd-verse44), this is the end of polytheists and wrong-doers.

Nûh calls Allah

After the flood finished, prophet Nûh remembers his son who drowned with others and he calls Allah. Allah says: (And Nûh (Noah) called upon his Lord and said, “O my Lord! Verily, my son is of my family! And certainly, Your Promise is true, and you are the Most Just of the judges.”) (Sûrat Hûd-verse45). But Allah warns Nûh and told him that his son is disbeliever, He almighty says: (He said: “O Nûh (Noah)! Surely, he is not of your family; verily, his work is unrighteous, so ask not of me that of which you have no knowledge! I admonish you lest you should be one of the ignorant.) (Sûrat Hûd -verse46)Here, prophet Nûh felt that he requested a wrong request; he repented and asked God for forgiveness. Allah says: (Nûh (Noah) said: “O my Lord! I seek refuge with you from asking you that of which I have no knowledge. And unless you forgive me and have Mercy on me, I will indeed be one of the losers.”)(Sûrat Hûd-verse47).

Supplication of Nûh  

At the end Nûh supplicated Allah by a great supplication, Allah told us about this wonderful supplication, Allah says: (“My Lord! Forgive me, and my parents, and him who enters my home as a believer, and all the believing men and women. And to the Zâlimûn (polytheists, wrong-doers, and disbelievers) grant you no increase but destruction!”)(Sûrat Nûh-verse 28).also prophet Mohamed (peace be upon him) used to say: “My Lord! Forgive me, and my parents, and bless them as they care about me when I was a child”. Shouldn’t we follow those great prophets? Allah says: (Indeed in their stories, there is a lesson for men of understanding. It (the Qur’an) is not a forged statement but a confirmation of (Allah’s existing Books) which were before it [i.e. the Taurât (Torah), the Injeel (Gospel) and other Scriptures of Allâh] and a detailed explanation of everything and a guide and a Mercy for the people who believe.)(Sûrat Yûsuf-verse111).

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By: Abduldaem Al-Kaheel

www.kaheel7.com/eng

 

References:

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  2. British encyclopedia.

Innovative Way to Memorize the Quran (1)

 

  There are questions that you have to answer before you start memorizing the Quran, so that your project is fruitful if Allah will. Everyone has his own projects in life, but the best work will be memorizing the Book of Allah Almighty.….

A Project for this World and the Hereafter

At the beginning, you have to plan well for this project that will change your life totally as it did to those who memorized the Quran before you. Perfect planning requires you to study it well, study its benefits and results, and study the shortest way to execute it. Without that, the project will be unproductive, and this is the reason that many of those who try to memorize the Quran fail.

Why do I memorize the Quran?

This is a question you should ask yourself, and you should have a clear answer to it in your mind, why should one memorize the Quran? Whenever the benefits of this work are more, your determination will be higher and you will achieve your goal easily. What are the benefits of memorizing the Quran?

Benefits of memorizing the Quran

  1. Since the Quran is the word of Allah Almighty, when you memorize it , this will be the best you ever done!  Memorizing the Quran will open all the doors of good for you.
  2. Memorizing the Quran means that you will obtain ten good deeds for each letter! If you know, for example that the number of letters in the shortest Surah in the Quran, which is Surah Al-Kawthar, is 42 letters. This Surah can be read in seconds, which means that whenever you read it, your account at Allah Almighty will increase to 420 good deeds, each one of these good deeds is much better than this World and what is in it!! Consider how many good deeds you will gain when you read the whole Quran which includes more than three hundred thousand letters!!
  3. The Quran includes all the sciences of this World and the Hereafter, the stories of ancestors and successors. It includes many of the scientific, cosmic, legislative and medical facts, and it includes also provisions, laws and legislation that regulate the life of a believer and make him much happier. This means that when you memorize the Quran, you memorize the largest encyclopedia.
  4. This Quran, which you memorize and keep today, will be your companion at the dying moment!! It will be your defender and your intercessor at the time you are abandoned by the nearest people.  The Prophet (pbuh) says, “Read the Quran, it will be the intercessor of its companions on the Day of Resurrection”  Will there be a best moment other than the one when meeting on the Day of Resurrection with Allah Almighty and you have memorized His words.
  5. When you memorize the Quran, your expressing ability will be stronger because of the classic Arabic you acquire from the Quran. You will have more ability for dealing, endurance and patience, because memorizing the Quran is not only like memorizing a poem, a story, or a song. However, when you memorize the Quran, in fact you are changing your attitude towards everything around you, and thus your behavior will be following what you have memorized
  6. Our Lady Aysha (May Allah be pleased with her) was asked about the ethics of the Prophet and she said, “His ethics was the Quran”!!  If you would like your ethics be like the Prophet’s (pbuh), you have to memorize the Quran.
  7. The Quran is a healing for physical and psychological diseases. If reading Al-Fatiha (The Opening) cures a patient if Allah permits, what about who memorize the whole Quran? You will get rid of devilish whispers; your body immunity will increase due to the great change you experience while you are memorizing the Quran.  This is not only a theoretical speech but a real experience that is witnessed by those who memorized the Quran or parts of it.
  8. When you decide to memorize the Quran, you won’t have extra time, boredom, nor a feeling of concern, stress and fear.  The Quran will remove concerns, grief and the accumulations of the past, you will be reborned. Nonetheless, what prevent us from memorizing the Quran in our hearts? Why do many people try to memorize the Book of Allah Almighty but they cannot?  The reason according what I think is a big problem that we have to overcome, what is it?

 
What is the biggest problem you face in the project?

The biggest problem that many may not be aware of is that the Quran has a unique style that is not found in any other book, and this means you take more time to familiarize yourself with this style, until every cell in your body can interact with the Speech of Allah Almighty. Almighty says, “Allah has revealed (from time to time) the most beautiful Message in the form of a Book, consistent with itself, (yet) repeating (its teaching in various aspects): the skins of those who fear their Lord tremble thereat; then their skins and their hearts do soften to the celebration of Allah’s praises. Such is the guidance of Allah. He guides therewith whom He pleases, but such as Allah leaves to stray, can have none to guide” [Az-Zumar: The Troops: 23]

Passing this stage in the project of memorizing the Quran is the most important. Most of those who start memorizing the Quran, then stop later and do not continue, the reason will be that they are not familiar with the Quran style. Therefore, you find them feel difficulty in memorizing, feel upset and heaviness and they do not know the cause.

My brother reader, if you know how information is stored in the brain, this process will be easy.  At the beginning, a month may pass to memorize one page, but after six month, you can memorize this page in two hours!!  This is scientific, because storing information  in the cells of the brain is done according to an accelerated accumulation system, the first page needs more time, and the second needs lesser time and so on until we reach  a stage where memorizing will be a more enjoyable and very easy process. Almighty says, “And We have indeed made the Qur’an easy to understand and remember: then is there any that will receive admonition?”  [Al-Qamar: The Moon: 17]

Advantages of this way

My brother believer!  The way you are going to learn has several advantages:

  1. The way is practical and very easy, and does not require a Sheikh, a teacher or a reciter, but depends on self learning. I have tried it and it has success.
  2. Memorizing the Quran in this way does not mean only memorizing but it expands your information horizon and assists you in deducting some of the Quran wonders.
  3. This way does not require a specific time or system, but you can do at any time and in any how to be.

How can I start memorizing?

The first step on the road to memorize the Quran thoroughly is to believe that this project is the most important project in your life, and this project will not take part of your time!!! Allah will bless your time and you will find that the rest of your work will not stop, but it will flourish and become much easier than before.

Do not feel that memorizing the Quran will need any time. Whatever time you spent in reading, considering and memorizing that will not impact your time but your time will increase. I will give an example to illustrate that:

If you have time allotted for studying to succeed in the exam, and you took some of it for memorizing the Quran, what is the result? Memorizing the Quran will develop your grasp ability, expand your thinking range and equip you with a great ability for memorizing, understanding and comprehension. When you memorize some Surahs, you will notice that you can understand your studies in time less than used to be, and this is what I have gone through. Your performance on the test will greatly be enhanced because memorizing the Quran gives you psychological and mental stability and gives you the trust that Allah is the one who decides your exam result and not your effort or work. This stability and trust is half success.

Let us start the project

Please dear reader start with listening to recited Quran for the longest possible period, but why is this step? The aforementioned barrier which prevents you from memorizing the Quran is due to your brain not responding to memorizing the Quran because of its unique style which you are not familiar to.

You may listen to the Quran from a computer, a TV or a recorder which all are given by Allah to us to make use of and benefit from listening to the Quran through them. You may concentrate at the beginning on short Surahs at the end of the Book and listen to them so many times a day, especially after awakening and directly before going to bed.

If you can sleep while the Quran is being recited, this has a great impact on storing the Quran in your subconscious! This leads to a permanent memorization of the Quran verses, in other words, your subconscious retains these verses which you can retrieve any time you wish.

You have to repeat listening to the same Surah many times, so that you are familiar to. As for words you hear them for the first time and you do not understand, you will find yourself got familiar and near to and about to understand when you repeat listening to the Surah.

You may wonder my beloved brother if I tell you that after memorizing the Quran, the best thing to me is listening to recorded Quran recited by a sweet voice, and you may wonder more if you know that I was spending most of my time listening to songs, besides, I was playing some musical instruments. Notwithstanding, when I have started listening to the Quran for long periods, nothing else will amuse me other than the words of Almighty.

There is a prophetical saying you have to learn, it is Our Beloved Apostle saying, “Who abandons anything for the sake of Allah, Allah compensates him with a better one than it”. After I heard this saying, I have decided to desert all entertaining means that shun mentioning Allah, and Allah has compensated me with the Quran. Will you quit what diverts from mentioning Allah and ask Allah to give you in turn something better? 

What is next?

If you want to memorize the Quran in addition to enjoy that, follow us in this project which I introduce it as a gift for whoever loves the Quran. You may register in the email list by entering your email address so that you will be informed of what is new and you can follow the memorization process easily if Allah permits.

We will learn in the coming lesson how to memorize the Quran efficiently and we will talk about some secrets of the memorizing process and remembering from a scientific view. We ask Allah Almighty for facilitation and acceptance.  

Finally,

I can tell you that the Quran has changed my life totally, why do not you change your life and decide at this moment to join this profitable project, and start the first step in memorizing the Quran by taking a decision on that? 

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By: Abduldaem Al-Kaheel

www.kaheel7.com/eng

 

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