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.