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Reflections on Surah Nazi’at (79)

There are various scholarly interpretations of the first few verses of Surah Naziat, and it is possible that more than one may be correct. But, we will be focusing on the most common  of these interpretations to keep it simple (i.e. interpreting the first five verses as referring to angels.) وَالنَّازِعَاتِ غَرْقًا - 79:1 By… Continue reading Reflections on Surah Nazi’at (79)

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Reflections on Surah Naba (78)

About what are they asking one another? About the great news - That over which they are in disagreement نبا means 'news' but not every news is naba'. It means a 'momentous news of a great event'. Also, it is the kind of news that requires some action as a response, and it must be taken… Continue reading Reflections on Surah Naba (78)

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Allah is near! (2:186)

And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me - indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.  (Surah Baqarah 2:186) According to some narrations, this verse… Continue reading Allah is near! (2:186)

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The gift of Fasting & Ramadan (Tafseer of Surah Baqarah 183-186)

PART 1: FASTING PRIOR TO RAMADAN O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous - صوم means to abstain. In the context of fasting, it refers to abstaining from eating, drinking and intimacy from dawn to sunset, with the intention… Continue reading The gift of Fasting & Ramadan (Tafseer of Surah Baqarah 183-186)

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Rediscovering Surah Fatihah!

Hadith Qudsi about Surah Fatihah: Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu anhu reported: I heard Rasoolullahi sallalahu alaihi wasallam narrating a Hadith Qudsi in which Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'aala has said, "I have divided Surah Fatihah into two halves between Me and My slave, and my slave will receive what he asks. So, when His slave says Alhamdulillahi Rabbil… Continue reading Rediscovering Surah Fatihah!

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Light upon Light – Ayah tul Noor (24:35)

Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within glass, the glass as if it were a pearly [white] star lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire. Light upon light. Allah guides to His light whom He wills. And Allah presents examples for the people, and Allah is Knowing of all things. (24:35)