Loving and Living the Quran (Quran Study Circle)

Continuing the study of Sura Hujaraat, Chapter 49 of the Quran which teaches us all about building a compassionate and kind society 

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Reflections on Sura Hujaraat which contains many of the injunctions about creating a healthy society 

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These two short Suwer of the Holy Quran form a pair and it is recommended that we recite them together in Salaat. The verses of these chapter show the love that Allah has for the Holy Prophet (saw) and his status before the Creator. 

 

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Sura Shams is a short chapter of the Quran which contains the greatest number of oaths at the beginning of any chapter. Why does Allah swt use all these oaths? Why does He, the All Truthful need to use oaths? What is of such importance that 11 important things such as the sun and moon are used to indicate its importance? 

This is a recording of a live session of the Quran Study Circle from 2009

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In the final session on the study of Sura Rum, we discuss verse 41 which talks about how the actions of mankind are impacting the planet. This verse is so very relevant in today's age when we are facing the impact of climate change. 

We also discuss the relationship between physical renewal of the earth through winds and the spiritual renewal of mankind through revelation. 

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Continuing with our study of Sura Rum, in this section we reflect important and well known verses of the Holy Quran. Verses 30 - 40 of Sura Rum have so many important verses to discuss and reflect on including the concept of Deen of Fitra, of giving to the near of kin their due and the philosophy behind the prohibition on usury. :

Verse 30 talks about how there can never be a change or alternation in Allah's creation

Verse 38 talks about giving the near of kin their due. We review the story behind this verse 

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Continuing with our study of Sura Rum, these verses talk about the signs of Allah in the Universe and about the creation of Man. These verses invite us to ponder, to be open to the Truth through reflection and listening. 

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Continuing with our study of Sura Rum, in these verses the Quran talks how man's final encounter with Him. To prepare for this final meeting, we are invited to develop a relationship with Him through a series of regular daily meetings in form of Salaat. 

We also begin the section which talks about the signs of Allah in creation of mankind and in the Universe. 

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In the first part of this awesome Sura we talk about the occasion of revelation and the prophesy of the Quran that the Romans will be victorious even though they had just been defeated at the hands of the Persians. 

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Sura Juma starts with subhan of Allah and then we are told the reason why the Holy Prophet (saw) was sent.

A part of the Sura was sent down on the occasion when a trade caravan arrived in Madinah right at the time of Friday congregation prayer. During the service when the people heard the noise and call of the traders calling out to sell their wares, they left the Prophet's mosque and rushed to the caravan although the Prophet was delivering the Sermon. Thereupon it was enjoined that when the call for the Friday Prayer was made all trade, business and other occupation must stop. Upon hearing the call, believers should suspend every kind of transaction and hasten to the remembrance of Allah.

However, when the prayer is over they can go back and resume their normal business. We are told that the remembrance of Allah swt is better than trade if only we were conscious of it. 

This is a recording from a live session in 2007

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Chapter 95 Sura Teen

Recording of live sessions from one of the early meetings of Quran Study Circle. 

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Chapter 87 Sura Ala'a

This Surah is one of the earliest Surahs revealed at Makkah and it talks about 

  1. Tawhid: Allah is Almighty, always glorify Him.
  2. Allah has taken the responsibility off of Holy Prophet's memorization of the Qur'an by assuring him that he will not forget any portion of it.
  3. Those who heed Allah's reminders will be successful in the Hereafter. 

When P (saw) was asked about favourite Sura, he said Ala. It was very close to him.  Ala is one of the names of Allah – it is one of 4 suwer of the Quran which bear one of the names of Allah swt – Rahman, Fatir, Ala and Ghafir, (which is also called Surat Momin)

Sura Ala is also one of the 6 glorification sura which begin with the Tasbeeh of Allah swt: Hadid – 57 Hashr – 59 Saff – 61 Jummah – 62 Taghabun – 63 Ala – 87. These Suras mention various Names of Allah s..tw , and Suratul Hadeed mentions 4 Names, Al Awwal ul Aakhir, Az Zahir Al Batin, The First, the Last, the Open and the Hidden, which Masters have called the Source Names, as all other attributes of Allah s..wt are necessary offshoots or derivatives from this Essential Reality.

Sayyid Qutb says that this sura turns the whole universe into a temple of glorification where the four corners echo the glory and subhan of Allah and when we were listening to the Sura, it’s rhythm, and the ending vowels of each aya seem to echo the tasbih of Al Alaa This Sura is like a capsule summary of the essence of the entire spiritual path.

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Continuing with our study of Ayat ul Kursi, which the Holy Prophet (saw) called "Sayyadul Ayat". 

In this session, we do a recap of the Verse of the Throne and then go on to study one of the most oft quoted and misquoted verses 2:256 "There is no compulsion in religion". What does this mean? Does it mean that we can do whatever we want? Doesn't that then make the rules of religion meaningless? This discussion may clarify these and other questions about this important verse of Sura Baqara.

 

 

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Ayat ul Kursi Part 2 of 3

Continuing with our study of Ayat ul Kursi which is Allah’s introduction of Himself, His self-definition.

In this session we talk about the Holy Attributes of Hayy and Qayyum - The Ever-Living and the Self Subsisting

This episode is part 2 from a live Quran Study Group session in 2007 when we spent 3 weeks studying this verse. 

 

 

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Ayat ul Kursi Part 1 of 3

Ayat ul Kursi is Allah’s introduction of Himself, His self-definition.

Hadith: “Everything has a summit and the summit of the Quran is Ayat ul Kursi”

HP (saw) cream of the Quran is in Suratul Baqara and the cream of Suratul Baqara is in Ayat al kursi

Imam Ali (as) : “I have not spent a single night . . .without reciting it.”

This episode is from a live Quran Study Group session in 2007 when we spent 3 weeks studying this verse. 

 

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Chapter 32 Sura Sajda verses 23 - 30

In the final few verses of this awesome Sura, Allah mentions the faculties of sight and hearing and invites us to listen, not just hear and have insight not just see. The verses talk about how if we listen and have vision, we will can become conscious of our past, discover our true purpose and use our time here accordingly. Those who refuse to learn from these signs focus instead in questioning and arguments which are not going to be useful in the long run. 

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Chapter 32 Sura Sajda verses 18 - 22

Continuing with our study of Sura Sajda, these verses explain how a believer and a transgressor are not the same - in fact, their outlook on life, their perceptions and their actions are all polar opposites. While the believers have a vision for the Hereafter and act accordingly, the transgressors are focused on following their whims based on very short term thinking. It is natural that they will different eventual outcomes. 

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Chapter 32 Sura Sajda verses 15 - 17

These verses contain the profile of those who believe in the communications of Allah swt. The verses list 8 actions of believers and how they respond to the communications of their Lord. 

We also cover the rules of prostration when we recite a which contains an obligatory prostration. 

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Chapter 32 Sura Sajda verses 10 - 14

Continuing with our study of Sura Sajda, these verses about the outcome of the disbelievers on the Day when they are faced with the consequences of the way they lived their life

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Chapter 32 Sura Sajda verses 6 - 9

Continuing with the study of Sura Sajda, these verses talk about the stages of man's creation. Islam asks us to reflect not only about our end and final destination but also about our beginnings. These verses talk about man's physical creation and then his spiritual side as well. 

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Chapter 21 Sura Sajda v 1 - 5

Sura Sajda is a beautiful sura of the Holy Quran which, it is reported, that the Holy Prophet (saw) used to recite every night (along with Sura Mulk).

In the episode, we talk about the benefits of this Sura and discus the first few verses which talk about the objections to the Quran that were presented to the Holy Prophet (saw) and how Allah swt answers them. 

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Continuing with our study of Sura Ankabut, the last three sections (verses 45 - 69) have many important injunctions and lessons, including that of Salaat, discussing points of difference, maintaining attention and travel. 

This is a recording from a live session in 2009

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Continuing our study of Sura Ankabut, in this session we discuss the benefits of travel in the path of God. We also discuss the meaning and implications of Allah as Aadil (Just). The metaphor of the spider's web and the lessons that we can learn from this are also covered in this session. 

This is a recording from a live session in 2009. 

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Chapter 29 Sura Ankabut part 1 of 3

Sura Ankabut (The Spider) is a very important Sura of the Holy Quran with lots of life lessons for us. It is highly recommended to recite this Sura on the Nights of Qadr

This is a recording from a live session in 2009

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Chapter 44 Sura Dukhan

Sura Dukhan is one of the suwer that we recite on the Nights of Qadr. In the beginning of the Sura, Allah swt talks about the Quran being revealed on a blessed night.

This is a recording of a live session from 2009.

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In the final verses of this Sura, we are commanded not to treat our Holy Prophet (saw) like Nabi Musa (as) was treated by his followers. We are also told about the great trust that the human being accepted and how he has dealt with that trust. 

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In this section we are told about the reasons for Hijab. The injunction for hijab follows with a very strong warning to hypocrites and trouble makers and how they are to be dealt with for the health and security of the community. 

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In this section we are told about the reasons for Hijab. The injunction for hijab follows with a very strong warning to hypocrites and trouble makers and how they are to be dealt with for the health and security of the community. 

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In the well-known verse of this Sura, we are commanded to send salutations on the Holy Prophet (saw) just as Allah swt and His angels are continuously sending blessings on him. We are then warned about the grievous consequences of causing harm or annoyance to the Holy Prophet (saw) and warned against slandering believers. 

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Chapter 33 Sura Ahzab verses 49 - 55

These verses talk about some injunctions for marriage and divorce, both for the Holy Prophet (saw) in particular and for the believers in general. There is also more guidance for the believers about courtesies due to the Holy Prophet (saw) and his household. 

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In these verses Allah swt addresses the Holy Prophet (saw) and mentions 5 attributes and responsibilities that He has granted the Holy Prophet (saw). 

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In these beautiful verses, we are advised to be in a continuous state of remembrance and told about the outcome of being in remembrance 

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Chapter 33 Sura Ahzab verses 35 - 40

Continuing with the study of Sura Ahzab, this section discusses Zaid ibn Harith divorce from Zaynab bint Jahesh and her subsequent marriage to the Holy Prophet (saw) and the lessons to be learnt from this. 

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Chapter 33 Sura Ahzab verses 21 - 34

Sura Ahzab is a very significant chapter of the Holy Quran and includes discussion on many social, political and domestic issues. It was revealed in fifth year of Hijra which was a critical year in the history of early Islam. 

In this section, the HP (saw) is asked to talk to his wives and his household and give them certain messages

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Chapter 33 Sura Ahzab verses 9 - 20

Sura Ahzab is a very significant chapter of the Holy Quran and includes discussion on many social, political and domestic issues. It was revealed in fifth year of Hijra which was a critical year in the history of early Islam. 

The Sura mentions the Battle of the Ditch (Khandaq) also called Battle of Ahzab, it gives us a clear psychological portrait of the hypocrites and compares that to the psychology of the believers. 

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Chapter 33 Sura Ahzab verse 1-8

Sura Ahzab is a very significant chapter of the Holy Quran and includes discussion on many social, political and domestic issues. It was revealed in fifth year of Hijra which was a critical year in the history of early Islam. 

The Sura mentions the Battle of the Ditch (Khandaq) also called Battle of Ahzab, it gives us a clear psychological portrait of the hypocrites and compares that to the psychology of the believers. 

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In these verses, we study the enlightening story of the people of Saba and discuss the lessons we get from it.

In verses 21-30, the Prophet (saw) is asked to discuss Tawheed with the disbelievers in a very logical way. 

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In these verses, we are given beautiful life lessons about leadership, work-life balance, giving your best, and power, through the stories of Nabi Dawood (as) and Nabi Sulaiyman (as). 

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Introduction to Sura Saba and discussing the first Ruku. Recording of live Quran Study Circle

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Chapter 35 Sura Fatir part 1
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