Surat Ar – Rahman Hifdh Guide

Surat Ar Rahman

Bismillah

Surat Ar – Rahman is such an unpredictable surah to memorize, thought it was easy because of the refrain but it was not, it can get a bit confusing and tough towards the end.

Follow the “Productive & Easy Memorization of Ar Rahman” and this table.

Read my tafsir gist of Ar Rahman HERE, HERE, HEREHERE, HERE & HERE

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2Verses

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2Verses

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3

1Verse

1Verse

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4

2Verses

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Revise entire Surah

5

1Verse

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Revise entire Surah

6

2Verses

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7

Revision /Tafsir of 9 Verses

Revision/Tafsir of 18 Verses

Revision /Tafsir of 27 Verses

Revision /Tafsir of 36 Verses

Revision /Tafsir of 45 Verses

Revision /Tafsir of 54 Verses

Revision /Tafsir of 63 Verses

Revision /Tafsir of 72 Verses

Revise entire Surah

Wrong = Memorizing 10 Verses in 1 day and not memorizing anything for next 2 weeks.
Right = Memorizing 1 Verse everyday and finishing 12 Verses in 2 weeks.

Narrated `Aisha رضى الله عنها: Allah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم  said, “Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately and know that your deeds will not make you enter Paradise, and that the most beloved deed to Allah is the most regular and constant even though it were little.”
(Bukhari 6646)

I memorized Surah Ar Rahman with the help of this software and followed the recitation of Mishary Al Afasy

SELF STUDY/HELP LINKS:
Ustadh Moutasem Al Hameedi – Tafseer Surah Ar Rahman Part 1 & Part 2
Ustadh Nouman’s Talk – Lessons From Surah Ar Rahman
Ustadh Nouman’s Talk – Qur’an your Companion  (An Added note this talk is so beneficial I have heard it nearly 4 times and every single time I am left with renewed vigor and zeal to study, memorize and teach Qur’an).
The Brother who Memorized Quran in – 2 months!
Tafsir Ibn Kathir of Surat Ar Rahman 

Bayyinah Tv / Ramadan – Day 3+4 – Surah Al Hadid Part 2

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Days 3 and 4 of the Ramadan 2013 Program bring the second of two parts of an exclusive session conducted by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan on Surah Al-Hadid, which will set the stage for the Musabbihat (3 special surahs) coming up as this month progresses.

NOTES / GEMS

1. Allah has full news of what you are upto.

2. Man tha allathee yuqriduAllaha qardan hasanan fayudaAAifahulahu walahu ajrun kareem – Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He will multiply it for him and he will have a noble reward? (Surat Al Hadid 57 : Verse 11) The “tha” in the above ayah means “is there anyone at all who will rise up to the occasion?” It implies that Allah azza ja wa jal is literally searching for someone like this.

Surat Al Hadid 57:11 3. After telling us, that Allah is the owner of everything and anything possible in the heavens and in the earth, why is Allah asking for a loan? Loan is given to someone who does not have anything right? ( After this question – Ustadh Nouman mentioned something so powerful I will be transcribing it word to word)

Why is Allah asking for a Loan? You have to understand this is a matter of integrity. INTEGRITY! In order to help you understand this,I will give you an example it is gonna hurt. Example– If my mother comes to me, my mother comes to me and says “beta can i borrow 100$? I promise, I will pay it back,I dont know when I will be able to pay it back but I promise I will pay you back, can I borrow just a 100$ please?”  If my mother had to say that to me,man…. if there was ever a time I would contemplate suicide that would be it. How insensitive and greedy and oblivious to the needs of my mother must I be and how greedy must she think I am that instead of telling me “give me a 100$!” she had to say what? “Let me borrow a 100$” and on top of that she had to say “I dont know when I will be able to pay you back but I promise you I will”. She must be talking like this because she thinks I am SO! greedy! I am SO! greedy! I dont even respect my mother enough – that she is asking me like this. Now Allah is asking the greedy Muslim who is holding onto his money like it is his and so Allah says to him okay you dont wanna let it go, atleast give me what? Give me a loan, I will pay you back.  The believer should hear these ayat… and.. YA ALLAH…. I am not that greedy… I will give.. I will give…

4. The loan to Allah is open ended, He azza wa jal will pay us back whenever He wants. We just need to trust Him subhanahu wa’atala that He will pay us back. Allah will give us back extra coupled with “noble ajar”.

5. What was happening when these verses were revealed? The companions were listening and crying (reflecting on the state of their emaan) and the prophet salallahu aleyhi wasallam is feeling bad for his companions. The believers are being scolded by prophet through the words of Allah (Qur’an).

6. ALLAH HONORS MUSLIM WOMEN PARTICULARLY IN THE QUR’AN!  
SubhanAllah and the haters say Muslim women are oppressed!?!
Surah Al Hadid 57 : Verse 12 Yawma tara almu/mineena walmu/minat
In this verse Allah is saying “Mumineen” and “Muminat”. Linguistically Mumineen means both male and female believers, then why did Allah mention muminat? Why dint He swt just say mumineen in the ayaat and proceed. Allah is highlighting muminat (Female believers particularly), in this way Allah is specially honoring Muslim Women! Allah is saying their level of emaan and stand might be different on the day of judgment (tears of joy!! 🙂 🙂 ) their struggles may be different. Allah is acknowledging that the struggles of Muslim women may be higher and different and so will be their stand on the day of judgement – subhanAllah!

7. The day of judgment is dark – we have to cross the bridge of sirat (everyone has to cross it -no exception) to reach to jannah our REAL HOME! – What will help us? The light that emanates because of the emaan in our hearts! (U.NAK reminds of how he earlier taught us that the only thing that matters is eeman in our hearts nothing else). Our Emaan/Faith will be converted to a torch lighting our path ahead towards jannah! (inshaAllah!)

Wa-in minkum illa wariduha – And there is none of you except he will come to it. [Surat Al Maryam 19:71]

8. Light will be running through our RIGHT HAND and our CHEST. Light from the RIGHT HAND will be because of our deeds and from our CHEST will be because of our emaan.Allah subhanahu wata’alaa never exclusively mentions light of hand or light of chest these two lights are always mentioned together.

9. MIND BLOWING GEM : So why is it that Allah mentions both the lights together “always”? Because it is impossible to have the light of emaan in your heart and to not make it obvious through actions/change/deeds. *pause here for some serious reflection* Example: Brother I have Eeman in my heart – I don’t pray though. See if this works for you on the judgement day. Because according to Qur’an you either have both or NOTHING!

10. For some of us the light will extend only for a few feet and for some it will run forward and be unlimited.

11. Allah congratulates the ones who make it to jannah. The word “jannatun” in Ayah 12 means that the people of jannah will be able to see “multiple gardens” which is possible only in jannah. In duniya we can never see more than one garden. You dont see just one property that belongs to you – YOU SEE MULTIPLE PROPERTIES TOGETHER! (Ust.NAK compares this with the man in surah Kahf who had 2 gardens and could see only 1 at a time). In surah Kahf its not Jannat.

12. On the day of judgment prophet will not be pained by the sight of munafiqeen, he will only be able to see the believers.

13. SCARY GEM : In this verse Allah highlights hypocritical women the way he praised the believing women (In verse 12). Allah is saying the hypocrisy,ego and emotions of hypocritical women is different than that of hypocritical men. It may be higher and their punishment might be greater and higher as well. Just the way Allah went out of the way to praise believing women he went out of the way to codemn hypocritical women. “Yawma yaqoolu almunafiqoona walmunafiqat – On the [same] Day the hypocrite men and hypocrite women” [Surat Al Hadid 57:13]

14. The disbelievers want to share the light of the believers but they will be told off and will be asked “to go back and seek light” (go back where? go back to duniya and see if you can find any light – this is said in a sarcastic way). All of your priorities+exhaustion and thoughts were about duniya, go and get your light from there!

15. Since the disbelievers cannot go back to duniya they try to catch up with the believers moving towards jannah and then suddenly a wall is dropped infront of them which has a “door”. The door is for people who will burn in hellfire for thousands for years and may be they had a little eeman, it is through this door that they will go back to jannah. This door might open for some eventually but they have to pay their price in hell.

16. One side of the wall is rahma (hidden side) and the other side is punishment (obvious side). The hypocrites call out to disbelievers for help through the wall.
Examples: Hey we went to the same masjid together, We played ball together why are you ditching us now.

17. The hypocrites did deeds they knew will take them away from Allah, they put themselves in fitna, they put themselves in questionable circumstances! They partied, they indulged in haraam stuff, they delayed their tawbah (Excuses:Ramadan is 3 months away man dont pester me, In Ramadan – it is not the 27th yet chill…, Don’t worry I am going to hajj next year cut me slack bro).

Alcohol and gambling are not just haraam, they are abominations and evils from the work of shaytan. Pork is haraam but they are not evil, they are just animals. Alcohol and gambling are evil!! Not every haraam is equal these are special haraam categories.

18. When you keep putting things to a later date shaytan fills you with delusions and false hopes. Until death comes and all the justifications and excuses disappear!!

19. In the akhira the munafiqoon (the hypocrite muslims) will be put in the same category as kafir (May Allah protect and guide us and keep us away from hypocrisy). No ransom will be accepted from the hypocrite believers or the unbelievers by Allah on the day of judgement.

Allah might possibly (not gauranteed He might out of his rehma) forgive other sins but shirk He will not forgive.

20. Allah is telling prophet that he will not forgive the hypocrites even if the prophet asks 70 times for their forgiveness. Munafiq is a kind of mushrik – he commits HIDDEN SHIRK.
a) Shirk in Tawakkul – His expectations are from other than Allah.
b) Shirk an Eemaani –   His hopes are from other than Allah.
c) Shirk ut-Taa’ah – His obedience is from other than Allah – he obeys himself and his desires and NOT ALLAH.

21. 16th ayah is the one I wanted to talk to you about – U.NAK
57:16

22. Hasnt the time come ALREADY?! Isnt it time right now?! LAM in the ayah means wasnt it it time right now – WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? It means you are already late!

Is it not time for those who claim to have eeman, that their hearts should over flow with tears? With overwhelming sense of awe and amazement? You should become humble and that power should drive you to remember Allah.

23. Time is already up. The time is RIGHT NOW to get back to Qur’an and Allah.

24. Our hearts should be filled with awe due to the remembrance of Allah. It also means the other way round our hearts should also be filled with awe because WE DID NOT remember Allah the way he deserved to be remembered.

The hearts of believers should flood with tears because of Qur’an. The believers should long for Qur’an. Our hearts should be filled with overwhelming sense of emotion that we have not connected with the Qur’an yet.

25. What came down i.e, qur’an is worthy of time and attention. It has rights over you. Qur’an is not just a casual read. It is going to come after you. You owe it. Every opportunity the believer gets to get closer to the Qur’an he/she if they have understood this ayah will take it.

26. Allah is telling us it’s time for us to stop acting like those who were given books before, the failed nations who had ritualistic and no real relation with their books. Our hearts are becoming like rocks – WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Our hearts are becoming like rocks because we are acting like the previous nations. Those who had the books, who knew how to recite, they read it but never knew what it meant. Our hearts are becoming like rocks.

27. They had taurat and injeel but they did not benefit from it.
Similar examples of Muslims these days
a) Imam saab I have fever which surah should I recite?
b) Imam saab my daughter is getting married which surah should I recite after the DJ stops playing.
c) What dua should I make from the Qur’an if I am looking for a job?
Did Qur’an come for this?
Or did qur’an come to change us as human beings and to change our hearts and to get us closer to Allah azza wa jal??

28. We are hanging Qur’an in our homes, we are printing it on silk, we are having art exhibits. Blood was spilled for this book. What are we doing with it?!!! Now everything we do with qur’an has become ceremonial.

29. We celebrate when someone memorizes quran and few years down the line when he or she is an adult they still dont know what they are reciting. The one leading taraweeh doesn’t know what he is reciting what do you expect from the congregation?!

30. We are giving our kids artificial goals. The biggest goal in their life is to lead taraweeh.

Qur’an is not a trophy. Huffadh back in the day were called  “Hamil-e-Quran” =”Carriers of Qur’an” because they knew they were carrying a big responsibility.

31. This book will either testify “for” you and me on the judgement day or it will testify “against” us.

IMPORTANT: Download the podcasts and listen to them (http://podcast.bayyinah.com/) it will cost you just your time. At least your salaah will be better, you will know what you are reciting.

32. WHAT MAKES RAMADAN SPECIAL? It is not the pakore or the samose or the fasting. QUR’AN CAME IN IT! The first thing Allah said about ramadan is that qur’an came in it.

Narrated by Abidah al-Mulayki (ra) Allah’s Messenger (saws) said, “Do not make the Qur’an a pillow, but recite it as it deserves to be recited during the night and the day.  Recite it aloud, chant it,  and consider its contents, perhaps you may prosper;  but do not seek to obtain reward for it in this world, for it provides rewards.”
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2210

“When you start tasting the recitation of the Qur’an no music will take its place, you will not need to have a fatwa whether music is halal or haraam. Music will become just irrelevant to you because qur’an the divine melody the divine music revealed music that will just flow in your heart and you will never wanna whistle a tune again. Dive and pull out the pearls of Qur’an – so you can become people of success.”
– Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan

Bayyinah Tv / Ramadan – Day 2 – Surah Al Hadid Intro & Part 1

Bayyinah Tv - Ramadan Day 2

Day 2 of the Ramadan 2013 Program brings the first of two parts of an exclusive session conducted by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan on Surah Al-Hadid, which will set the stage for the Musabbihat (3 special surahs) coming up as this month progresses.

NOTES / GEMS

1. We are starting with Surat Al Hadid the first surah in the Musabbihat series. Surah hadid is not in the memorization plan but it’s dars is important since it lays down the foundation, sets the right tone for other surahs and is the mother of all the musabbihat.

2. This Dars will give you motivation to memorize more Qur’an in ramadan. It has 29 verses and is the 57th Surah in the mushaf. Surat Al-Ĥadīd means “The Iron”.

3. Along with the durus/ lecture of Surat Al Hadid start memorizing Surat Al Jumu’ah. Content and Lesson wise Ustadh NAK wanted to begin with Hadid.

4. Durus of Al Hadid Begins – U.NAK recites 57:1-6 (First 6 verses of Al Hadid)
Screen Shot 2013-09-10 at 6.04.37 PM6. There are 2 kinds of requirements for understanding/benefitting from the Qur’an.
a) Academic – Learning Arabic Language/ Studying Tafsir / Linguistic Analysis / Tradition / things that require you to ‘study’.
b) Psychological / Spiritual (More important than academic) – These requirements are the harder ones.

7. Someone intelligent can memorize, learn and understand qur’an at a great speed but the psychological requirement or the attitude is not something you can learn or keep forever. The attitude to really benefit from the Qur’an is a “LIFE LONG STRUGGLE” – you gotta fight to maintain the spiritual / psychological requirement.

8.  PSYCHOLOGICAL REQUIREMENTS :
*Reminding oneself every single time – why am I learning this? Why am I studying tafsir / learning arabic / memorizing these ayaat? What is the point of all of this? -“INTENTION”
Usually the cliche’ answer is – “So that I may be guided”.
WHAT IS GUIDANCE? Everyday we are presented with choices and guidance is the strength to make the right choice. It means that I have to necessarily change the choices I make. Fight the voice inside us that lead me, you & us to failure.
Ex : Should I watch this or not? / Should I retort back or keep quiet? / Should I sleep or wake up?

We are never going to be good enough to obey Allah, you still have to do it.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

9. Shaytan does not spare any of us – no one (student of knowledge/ scholar / novice / expert). Qur’an offers us protection “audhu billah mina ‘sh-shaytani ‘r-rajeem”. Seek refuge in Allah whilst reciting the Qur’an else the shaytan –
a) Mess up your reading of the Qur’an – put waswasa/ distract – you wont get the benefit you need to get.
b) One of the reasons you should recite Qur’an is  to get protection against shaytan.

The actual relationship I have with the Qur’an is not when I am listening to a lecture. It is not when I am memorizing. The actual relationship happens when I am standing in Salaat and reciting it. Standing in salaat listening to it being recited. The relationship we have with the Qur’an happens 5 times a day atleast. If somebody’s salaat is good their Qur’an is good. If someone is not engaging with the Qur’an in their salaat then their relationship with the Qur’an is entirely artificial. IT MEANS NOTHING. It is an entirely academic and superficial exercise. REAL QUR’AN HAPPENS IN SALAAT. Everything I learn and everything you learn about this book whether its tajweed/language/tafsir/memorizing this ayaat all of it comes down to “I WILL HAVE A BETTER SALAAT”. If I don’t have better salaat all of this is in vain none of this matters!! Because salaat is officially when you stop talking to everybody else and start talking to Allah in words He taught me – that’s the conversation that matters everything in life is in vain. IF THIS ISNT IN PLACE!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

10. Ustadh planned to talk only about the 16th ayah of Hadid but then decided to start from the beginning and end on ayah 16th.

11. After hijrah there is an over all problem in motivation – the emaan is not what it used to be. And Allah has noticed that there are some weak elements in the muslim community.

12. There is the disease of hypocrisy amongst the companions. The beauty of this surah is even though its Madani the first 6 ayahs sound like they are from the Meccan Quran. These ayaat introduce us to Allah (All competent / All Knowing etc..) when this has already been done in the Meccan Qur’an.

13. These first 6 ayaat are not for academic pre-requisite, the muslims are not going to learn anything new that they don’t already know.

2/3rd of the Qur’an is Meccan and most of the Meccan Qur’an is about Eeman and Allah.

14. It seems that the first 6 ayaat are for quraish and the disbelievers but why is Allah telling this to the muslims who already know all this? ALLAH IS MAKING US THINK AND REFLECT UPON IT AGAIN!! We need to start over..

15. Everything in the sky declares Allah’s perfection – “What is wrong with you”?! “What happened to your tasbih”?
He is the Ultimate Authority – “How come my authority is not enough that you dont respect it”?
Full of Wisdom – “Why dont you trust the things I tell you to do, are good for you, why don’t you have any confidence in my wisdom”?
The kingdom of skies and The Earth belongs to Him – “Why are you afraid of your enemy, they have money, power & weapon in their hands, that it will somehow harm you, there is nothing in the skies and the earth that is out of MY KINGDOM”!!
He gives Life & He gives Death – “Why are you afraid of dying”?
He is control of ALL THINGS – “Allah’s power and might is not restrained. He can DO ANYTHING”!

16. We usually call “My Life” – I WANNA LIVE MY LIFE! – Who said its yours? People say “my hand hurts” – its your hand? How much did you pay for it? Where did you get it from, Amazon? 😛 🙂

MY HAND..
MY CAR…
MY LIFE..
MY HOUSE…
HE GIVES LIFE AND HE GIVES DEATH (Referring to Allah).. 
NOTHING IS OURS IT IS ALL “HIS”

17. Allah says HE IS THE FIRST AND THE LAST – this has many implications but the least you can do is start and end your day with the thought of Allah. What did I do today for you my master, me this insignificant creature do today for you? 

18. Allah is THE ULTIMATELY OBVIOUS – Allah is in the unseen how is He calling himself obvious? The one who believes, they see Allah in everything, they see Allah in His work, creation and planning.
Ex – Something really annoying happens to you – you get stuck in traffic whilst going to an arabic class – you question was this Allah’s plan? Yes, it was. You need to learn patience before you get to learn arabic.

19. The more you describe the greatness of Allah – the more it instills humility inside us. Allah is always with us we are never alone. His company is there He is always watching, observing, testing and protecting constantly. We are NEVER alone.
– I am not alone in a hotel room.
– I am not alone on the Campus.
– I am not alone in a Car.

20.  People who want to look for alien life – who ask “are we alone in this universe?” – we are not alone. And actually we ourselves are aliens 😛 we were sent on this earth. We are not from this place we were sent to this place. If you want to look at aliens look at each other (Lol !! 😀 ). Everyone of you, a part of you is alien. An angel came from the sky and delivered “the rooh” into your mother’s belly.

21. If I realize Allah is with us “The websites we browse will change” – “The phone numbers we dial would change” – EVERYTHING about you would change.
Example – How do people act in front of their boss? How they act when they see police car on the side of a highway?

You recognize the presence of a Higher power and it changes your behavior. If we internalized “huwa maAAakum ayna makuntum” – and He is with you wherever you are” there would necessarily be a change in our behavior.

22. Ma’aa = It not just means “with you” – it means “someone is there to support you” ♥ ♥ Rasool Allah  صلى الله عليه وسلم comforted Abu Bakr Siddique in the cave saying “la tahzan inna AllahamaAA’ana = Be not sad (or afraid), surely Allah is with us.”
Allah is with everyone, He subhanahu wata’ala is with Quraish as well but he is “Ma’aa” with the believers.

23. Allah says he owns the heavens and the earth twice – why does someone say something twice?? Allah is talking to those who listen to the ayaat of Qur’an but dont internalize it. The first time Allah mentioned it – it was a statement – the 2nd time it is a threat! All the things we do, they are reported back to Allah.
Example – Listen to me “I am your father!” – Listen to me “I AM YOUR FATHER!!!!” – why did he have to say it twice? Because it is not getting in your head. You don’t show respect!

24. When you internalize all that you do goes back to Allah – your nights and days will change. He knows everything thats deep inside your heart. The evil thoughts you have, the deep temptations. The things you want to say but you dont say – ALLAH KNOWS IT ALL! 

25. If we knew what each others evil thoughts were we would run from each other like we have never seen a more evil person. Allah knows who you really.. really… REALLY… are! Even your wife doesn’t know who you really are – your husband doesn’t know who you really are. Husband and wife know each other more than anybody else but even they are surprised to sometimes find “thats who you are?!”. Allah says ‘I know who you really are’.

PLEASE REMEMBER THIS – THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT – People might have a good opinion of you and people might have a bad opinion of you, none of that means anything to Allah. Allah’s opinion of you has nothing to do with people’s opinion of you. If people think you are great that is no guarantee that Allah thinks you are great. NONE!! NONE!! You are kidding yourself. If people think you are terrible… you are going to hell.. you are evil.. that is no guarantee that Allah thinks you are evil ♥ ♥ ♥  😥 Allah still has love for you. What people think of me and what people think of you MEANS NOTHING!! with Allah.. When people praise us and people condemn us we don’t let that make us think ‘O thats how Allah thinks of me’. On one hand people become delusional when people praise them, they think they are praise worthy with Allah – they become delusional – hypocrisy sets in, self righteousness sets in and they lose all ranking with Allah. Then all they get is duniya and people’s praise. And they come in front of Allah and Allah says ‘you got what you were working for – you got nothing with me’ . And on the other hand you have people who may be trying to do good but others judge them and pass verdicts on them, they start thinking ‘people think I am messed up – I must be messed up’. Who told you, you are messed up? Allah dint give up on you – You gave up on yourself. Allah says I dint judge you – I kept the doors of tawba open for you. I had the invitation open – why did you give up on me? Dont blame people, blame yourself.

26. Sometimes we complain – nobody understands me! Don’t worry – Allah understands you perfectly and totally.

27. Revive & rethink your relationship with Allah and his messenger. We need to use the temporary talent and ability granted to us by Allah and spend it in His way. Those who spend in Allah’s way will have HUGE COMPENSATION and that compensation will NOT be temporary – subhanAllah 

28. Allah has taken an agreement from all of us. When we said our shahada – when we said “la ilaha illallah muhammadur rasulullah” it was an agreement with Allah! 🙂

29.  HOW WILL I GET EEMAN?? He sends upon his slaves “Qur’an” that makes “Eeman” clear. The qur’an clears the clutter in our hearts, it opens us up. So that Allah can bring us out of darkness into light.  

30. This ayah is scary – Usually it is the kafir who is in darkness but here Allah is referring to Muslims. The darkness of a Muslim is “hypocrisy – NIFAQ”. Allah sends ayaat not only for non muslims to become muslims but also for muslims to become mumin.
~~FOR WEAK MUSLIMS TO BECOME REAL MUMIN~~

It is He who sends down upon His Servant [Muhammad] verses of clear evidence that He may bring you out from darknesses into the light. And indeed, Allah is to you Kind and Merciful.
(Surat Al Hadid 57:9)

31. If you say you have a weak eeman, you must have a weak relationship with Qur’an to have a weak eeman.

Allah gave us qur’an so that we can keep our eeman fresh. The most valuable treasure we have is eeman in our hearts. If we have eeman in our hearts & everything else can go and we are ok, and if we don’t have eeman in our hearts you can have everything in your head and nothing is ok. We are going to go in front of Allah bankrupt!

THE CLOTHES WILL BE GONE
THE CHILDREN WILL BE GONE
THE MONEY WILL BE GONE
THE CARS WILL BE GONE
Anything worthy that we can show Allah on the day of judgement is EEMAN…
Allah says 
‘Illa man ata Allahabiqalbin saleem – Except him who brings to Allah a clean heart [clean from Shirk (polytheism) and Nifaq (hypocrisy)’
[Surat Ash-Shu’ara 26:89]

32. Allah gave us necessary exercise for everyday in which we use this book and clean our rusty heart again and again and again – SALAAT – it is a mechanism through which our heart is cleansed.

33. Allah has a special place for muslims who live in difficult times and then spent. Who live in the midst of fitna and yet practice Islam. And spending just doesnt just mean money, it means time, it means priority, it means weekends and weeknights, early mornings etc,.

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Bismillah

This is a long read, I pray Allah blesses every reader with patience.

DISCLAIMER: If you do not participate and update the team spreadsheet with your name and progress you will be deleted from this group. THIS GROUP IS NOT FOR SPECTATORS. Benefit, memorize, share your journey – find inspiration and be an inspiration for others – bi’ithnillah. Minimum participation calls for memorizing at least 3 ayahs every week – inshaAllah.

WARNING: If I notice creepy brothers making duas on the posts of sisters (MashaAllah, SubhanAllah, inna lillah and the sorts without actually participating) you will be deleted and banned for good – this group is not potential pious spouse hunting venue – this stringently applies for sisters as well. Please do not post links to your pages or random posts, they will not be approved. Only Qur’an related links and updates that will actually benefit all the members will be approved. If you are too shy or too arrogant this group is not for you. Too shy to participate and too arrogant to work and compete in a healthy manner.

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Let’s begin with some inspiration 🙂

Walaqad yassarna alqur-ana liththikrifahal min muddakir
And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?
{Surat Al Qamar 54:17}

“Verily, Allah the Exalted has people from among mankind, and the people of the Quran are the People of Allah, and His Chosen Ones.”
{ Abu Dawood}

“Recite the Quran, for verily it will come on the Day of Judgment as an intercessor for those who recited it.”
{Muslim}

“The one who recites the Quran proficiently will be with the honorable and obedient scribes (the angels)…”
{Muslim}

“No people gather in a house of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it among themselves, except that tranquility descends upon them, mercy covers them, the angels surround them, and Allah mentions them to those who are with Him (the lofty gathering of angels).”
{Muslim}

HOW DID THIS GROUP START?
This group began near Ramadan of 2013 (1434 Hijri). The initial aim was to finish memorizing (or try our best to finish memorizing) 5 Suwar (pl. of Surah) consisting of 397 verses in their entirety within the 30 days of Ramadan – with the target of memorizing 14 Verses everyday!
              A dozen dedicated members joined the initiative and strove hard to achieve it. As we progressed we realized a lot of our “strengths” and “weaknesses” – alhumdulillah. This differs for everyone something that is a strength for someone can be a weakness for the other. End result, for most of us 1 month was not enough time to finish this target. And hence this group is still continuing.

WHICH SUWAR ARE WE MEMORIZING?
We are Memorizing the following 5 suwar :
1. Surah Mulk (Protection from Punishment of Grave) – 30 Verses
2. Surah Ya-sin (Heart of the Quran) – 83 Verses
3. Surah Kahf (To recite every Friday) – 110 Verses
4. Surah Rahman (So that we never end up being ungrateful) – 78 Verses
5. Surah Waqiyah (Prevents from Poverty) – 96 Verses

HOW DO I START/PARTICIPATE ?
If you are new to this group we advice you start memorizing these 2 suwar first, before jumping on to any other based on the greater virtue these two hold. Although there is no hard and fast rule you can start with any of the 5 mentioned suwar.
a) Surah Al Mulk – 30 Verses
b) Surah Ya-seen – 83 Verses

The Quran continues to remind me why I’m a Muslim. This speech is Divine; the miracle, palpable; the ecstasy, inimitable.
-Shaykh Yasir Qadhi

WHAT NEXT ?
Once you have decided which surah you want to start with, find sisters or brothers to compete with from the group, ones memorizing the same surah based on the updates (compete for Allah’s pleasure).
           Keep updating us all with your progress (This is very important), atleast twice a week.

WHAT THIS GROUP IS NOT
This group is NOT a miracle group. Joining it does not guarantee your memorization of the Qur’an. Only 3 things guarantee your memorization
1. Hard Work
(From the very beginning understand this clearly that Qur’an memorization is tough in the “beginning” – though later with consistency it gets easy).
2. Sincerity
(Are you doing this to please Allah or please your peers? To show off how much you have memorized? If the intention is sincere Allah will aid you)
3. Consistency
( It is better to memorize 1 verse everyday and do it consistently than doing 15 verses one day and not memorizing anything for the entire week)

PLEASE SHARE THE LINKS THAT CAN HELP ME
~ Shaykh Yasir Qadhi’s “13 Steps to Memorize Qur’an”
~ Ustadh Nouman’s Talk – Qur’an your Companion  (An Added note this talk is so beneficial I have heard it nearly 4 times and every single time I rise up with a renewed vigour and zeal to study, memorize and teach Qur’an).
~ The Brother who Memorized Quran in – 2 months!
~ Productive & Easy Memorization of Surah Ar Rahman – Click Here

Websites that will aid your memorization
a) http://beta.quranexplorer.com/ (Watch Sister Nancy’s Video from our group)
b) http://www.houseofquran.com/quransys/qsys.html

INSPIRATIONAL VIDEOS / LINKS
1. Traveler with the Qur’an (This entire series is so extremely beautiful and amazing!) – Link
2. Blind Little Boy Memorized Qur’an – Link
3. Importance of Memorizing Qur’an (Imam Anwar Al Awlaki) – Link
4. Importance of Qur’an (Shaykh Ash Shinquitee) – Link
5. Should sisters cover their head whilst reciting Qur’an – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erOzcrohNL0
6. Memorizing Qur’an and the virtues of some surahs – http://islamqa.info/en/ref/6460
7. Importance of Understanding Qur’an (Shaykh Abdur Raheem Green) – Link

If you are up for the challenge fill this spreadsheet with your details and mark your progress. Make sure you use the same serial number in all spreadsheets – LINK

“Allah has sent down the best statement, a Book, its parts resembling each other in goodness and truth, oft-repeated. The skins of those who fear their Lord shiver from it. Then their skin and their heart soften to the remembrance of Allah. That is the guidance of Allah. He Guides therewith whom He pleases and whomever Allah sends astray, for him there is no guide.”
[Surat Az-Zumar 39: 23]

Surat Al-Mulk Hifdh Guide

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Bismillah

DISCLAIMER : This method is not from the Sunnah. This is something that worked for me when I initially started memorizing Qur’an. I pray it works for you as well – bi’ithnillah.

Day/Week

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

1

1 verse

1 verse

1 verse

1 verse

1 verse

2

1 verse

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1 verse

1 verse

1 verse

3

1 verse

1 verse

1 verse

1 verse

1 verse

4

1 verse

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1 verse

5

1 verse

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1 verse

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6

1 verse

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7

Revision /Tafsir of 6 Verses

Revision /Tafsir of 12 Verses

Revision /Tafsir of 18 Verses

Revision /Tafsir of 24 Verses

Revision/Tafsir of 30 Verses

It is of paramount importance that you keep reciting all the suwar (plural of surah) you have memorized. Also tafsir and a little word analysis goes a long way in helping to remember what the surah is about. The Qur’an “escapes” from the heart, if the Muslimah does not constantly and regularly review what she has memorized of it.

The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم  said: “The likeness of the one who memorizes the Qur’an is that of the owner of a hobbled camel. If he tends to it regularly, he will keep it, but if he lets it go, he will lose it.”
(Bukhari 5031)

If you are confident you can do better than this, raise the number of verses up a notch. Instead of 1 Verse you can make it 2 Verses. Although please do not over burden yourself. Small but consistent deeds are more beloved to Allah subhanahu wata’ala.

Wrong = Memorizing 10 Verses in 1 day and not memorizing anything for next 2 weeks.
Right = Memorizing 1 Verse everyday and finishing 12 Verses in 2 weeks.

Narrated `Aisha رضى الله عنها: Allah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم  said, “Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately and know that your deeds will not make you enter Paradise, and that the most beloved deed to Allah is the most regular and constant even though it were little.”
(Bukhari 6646)

I memorized Surah Al Mulk with the help of this software and followed the recitation of Saad Al Ghamadi

SELF STUDY/HELP LINKS :
My Mini Tafsir Notes on Surat Al Mulk Note 1 | Note 2
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi’s “13 Steps to Memorize Qur’an”
Ustadh Nouman’s TalkQur’an your Companion
(An Added note this talk is so beneficial I have heard it nearly 4 times and every single time I am left with renewed vigor and zeal to study, memorize and teach Qur’an).
The Brother who Memorized Quran in – 2 months!
H
ow to memorize Surah Al Mulk by Shaykh Hassan AliCLICK HERE

Bayyinah Tv / Ramadan – Day 1 – Introduction

Nouman Ali Khan - Ramadan - Day 1 - Introduction

Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan outlines his thoughts on how best to leverage Bayyinah TV for yourself and your family this Ramadan. May we find ourselves closer to the Qur’an at the end of this blessed month than at it’s beginning… ameen!

NOTES / GEMS

1. Ustadh NAK recites from Surah Baqarah : Verse 185

The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.

2. Ramadan is the month of Qur’an – the month in which Qur’an was sent down. What makes Ramadan special is Qur’an itself.

3. By default we always relate fasting to the month of Ramadan but fasting was introduced much later, the very first thing narrated to us about Ramadan is Qur’an.

4. Something peculiar about this ayah is that it belongs to Surah Al Baqarah which is a Madani surah – by this time more than 2/3rd of Qur’an is already revealed (2/3rd was revealed in Mecca). 2/3rd has already been revealed and now Allah is telling us that qur’an is a guidance to people and about its miracles – WHY? This is because in the month of Ramadan we need to re-introduce and refresh our connection with Qur’an.

5. The attitude and priority towards Qur’an needs to be rejuvenated.

6. The goal behind this series is to get ourselves and our families closer to Qur’an in a tangible way – Leaving our understanding,recitation and prayer better than before.

7. This series will deal with “The Musabbihat”.

8. The Musabbihat are a group of 5 surahs from the Quran
a) Surah 57 Al Hadid
b) Surah 59 Al Hashr
c) Surah 61 As Saf
d) Surah 62 Al Ju’muah
e) Surah 64 At Taghabun

That have the following characteristics :
a) These are all Madani Surahs – revealed to prophet salallahu aleyhi wasallam after he migrated.
b) They are short Surahs.
c) The common thing is that they all declare the perfection of Allah – Sabbaha (or yusabbihu) lil-lahi maa fi-samaawati wal-ardth – Let everything praise Allah that is in the heavens and the earth.

9. The beginning of these surah’s seem very meccan in nature since it talks about faith. But the over arching theme is when prophet salallahu aleyhi wasallam moved to medina the muslim community was not as strong in faith as it used to be in Mecca.

10. Medina predominantly has 3 categories of people
a) As sabiqoon nas sabiqoon (as described in Surah Al Waqi’ah) – The dedicated followers – The muhajiroon (those who migrated along with prophet salallahu aleyhi wasallam and withstood the torture and extreme tests of eeman).
b) The Ansar – Again very dedicated and strong in their faith.
c) The newbees who have just entered Islam – it sounded intriguing & they have accepted Islam – took their shahadas – they have not made any harsh sacrifices to realize the value of what being a muslim entails. When the time to make sacrifices came they were reluctant – “I dint sign up for all of this”.

11. Because of the 3rd group ayat in the Qur’an in the form of criticism started to come down as revelations –
a ) Wama lakum la tuqatiloonafee sabeeli Allah – And what is [the matter] with you that you fight not in the cause of Allah. (Surah An Nisa 4 : 75)
b) Taqooloo ma la tafAAaloon – you say what you do not do. (Surah As Saf 61:3)

12. The overall scenario of eeman in Madina was not as strong as it was in Mecca.

13. The purpose of “The Musabbihat” is to take a group of people/community that is losing its strength in faith and to strengthen/revive/refresh it.

14. In this series we will be discussing the following
a) Surah 62 – Surat Al-Jumu`ah (The Congregation, Friday)
b) Surah 63 – Surat Al-Munāfiqūn (The Hypocrites)
c) Surah 64 – Surat At-Taghābun (The Mutual Disillusion)

15. In Ustadh NAK’s opinion these are the most powerful surah’s to rejuvenate and jolt us back into the state of eeman. They have a very powerful message they are short and they are easy to memorize.

16. How to memorize – A basic tip that U.NAK uses
– Recite 1 ayah 10 times by looking at the text/Mushaf
– Recite same ayah without looking at it 10 times
– Recite 2nd ayah 10 times looking at it
– Recite 1 and 2 off the memory without looking 10 times
– Similarly the following ayahs

17. We need to begin with listening to the dars of Surah Al Hadid – Surah 57 as it sets the tone for all of the musabbihat surahs. The ayat of Surah Hadid puts us in the right mind set for all the musabbihat. It is the first of the musabbihat and one of the most powerful of the musabbihat.

18 You dont have to memorize Surah Al hadid (you can if you want to) since it is very long but ustadh made it the orientation for the rest of the series.

19. The goal is by the end of Ramadan we have memorized 3 surahs + we have heard the durus of these surahs + we have internalized the lessons = when we and our families recite it in our prayers we know what’s going on and have a higher level of khushoo.

20. Watch the lectures with your family – 20 minutes before iftar.