Loving and Living the Quran

In this episode, we explore the meaning of “Qawlan Sadid” from Sura Ahzab and discuss its application in various circumstances

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Category:Ramadan -- posted at: 7:35pm EST

We look at the verse from Sura Isra which talks us about honouring our parents and especially about how we speak to them. We explore and discuss why it is important to have the highest level of courtesy and compassion towards our parents in speech and how we can do that despite the hurts we may have experienced as children.

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Category:Ramadan -- posted at: 4:24pm EST

The verse from Sura Isra lays out the general commandment for speech in the Quran. We are told to speak words which are “Ahsan”. In this episode, we explore the definition of the word Ahsan and then discuss three ways to make our speech aligned with this verse.

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Category:Ramadan -- posted at: 3:51pm EST

In this episode we reflect on a verse from Sura Taha where Nabi Musa (as) is given advice on how to converse and present his case in the court of Firoun.

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Category:Ramadan -- posted at: 5:09am EST

Today’s reflection is from Suratul Ibrahim where Allah swt uses the parable of a good tree and compares it with a good word. In this episode we discuss the similarities between trees and words and discuss the importance of having a strong rooted and positive intention for our communication

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Category:Ramadan -- posted at: 3:30am EST

This verse from Sura Isra talk about the basis of all commercial transactions which are giving full measure and fair dealing.

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Category:Ramadan -- posted at: 5:11pm EST

This verse from Sura Hujaraat cautions us against participating in the ridiculing or mocking of others or putting them down. We discuss the psychology behind this temptation, why it is so problematic and what we can do to stop ourselves.

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Category:Ramadan -- posted at: 5:01pm EST

This verse from Sura Baqara explains the purpose of fasting for us and reminds us that nations before us have also fasted. We discuss the three levels of fasting and how we can aim to fulfill the purpose of fasting.

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Category:Ramadan -- posted at: 4:42pm EST

The verse from Sura Yunus lays out a roadmap of what the functions of the Quran are: 

  1. Maw‘idhah An advice, a reminder to do good that is done gently, with care and concern.

  2. Shiffaun: A cure for what is in the chests.

  3. Huddan: A guidance. A clear guidance on the path, on the outcomes of different actions

  4. Rahma: A mercy: It lays out the outcome of our actions while we are still able to change direction

Using this verse, we can begin to assess our own relationship with the message and develop a more meaningful relationship with our holy book. 

Here are the some of reflection questions we used: 


Is the Quran relevant to my life?

Advice: Do verses come to mind when I am struggling or confused about something in my life? 

Healing: Do I use the verses to cure the dis-ease in my soul? Do I use it to purify my heart? Is it a companion in loneliness? 

Guidance: Do I use the Quran for guidance? Do I consult it when I need to make a decision about something? Does it guide my actions? 

Mercy: Am I in touch with His Mercy when I recite the Quran? How?

Direct download: Relationship_with_Quran_March_2023.mp3
Category:Ramadan -- posted at: 5:22am EST

The Holy Prophet [saw] gathered his community on the eve of the blessed month and advised them on how to best use their time during this precious month. Let us reflect on this important sermon and plan our days and hours in the days ahead.

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Category:Ramadan -- posted at: 6:38am EST

Today we start a series of brief reflections on verses from the Quran for the coming month of Ramadan. This episode reflects on verse 2:185 and discusses the anticipation of the coming month.

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Category:Ramadan -- posted at: 3:11am EST