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Not intended to offend anyone but to make us review our


commitment to Qur¶an.
To review the µjustification¶ that we have, if any, for not giving
proper time for understanding Qur¶an
To dismantle the arguments provided to us by shaitaan for not
studying the Qur¶an. Each of us has a shaitaan with him which has
almost µconvinced¶ us to neglect the direct understanding of Qur¶an.

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ºThis is) a Scripture that We have revealed unto thee, full of


blessing, that they may ponder its revelations, and that men of
understanding may reflect. [Al-Qur¶an, 38:29]

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Will they then not meditate on the Quran, or are there locks on the
hearts?

[Al-Qur¶an, 47:24]

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Example: You read newspapers or stories, you don¶t need to look


back to understand the message. Can you read a book of math's
or science like that?

What you do while reading maths or science is pondering. You


think carefully about it for some time to understand it.

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And the Messenger ºMuhammad, pbuh) will say ºon the day of
Judgment): O my Lord! Lo! mine own folk make this Quran of no
account [Al-Qur¶an, 25:30].

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 Read it
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Everything around us in this universe is a creation of Allah except


the Qur¶an. It is the attribute of Allah. These are the words of Allah.

How extremely fortunate we are that the creator of this universe, the
one who is always existing and will always live, has blessed us with
a 3ook in own words containing guidelines for our own benefits and
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No excuse for the non-Arabs who have learned other languages


ºother than their mother tongue).

We learnt English and became Masters in it. Why? 3ecause it


meant benefits of this world.

How are we going to face Allah if we don¶t learn the language of His
3ook.

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 8And We have indeed made the Qur¶an easy for Zikr, then is
there any that will remember ºand receive admonition)?´ [Al-
Qur¶an, 54:17].
 Qur¶an is easy for receiving admonition ºnot for other aspects
such as extracting rulings)

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 2 meanings of Zikr: Hifz ºremembering; memorizing) and


understanding;
 As an Ummah, we worked on the first one and saw Allah¶s
promise fulfilled in front of our own eyes. We have almost
millions of huffaz. To see greatness of this miracle, try to
memorize paragraph of a language you don¶t know. How difficult
will it be?
 If we work on the 2nd aspect ºof understanding), we will see the
miracles here too.

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And hasten not ºO Muhammad) with the Quran ere its revelation hath
been perfected unto thee, and say: My Lord! Increase me in
knowledge.
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 Some of us may say: We read it last year. Well, do you


remember it? That too perhaps was not complete.
 Qur¶an is not something to be read once only. Many ayahs and
ahadith are there to encourage reciting it everyday.

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Qur¶an is guidance ºhuda) and cure ºshifa). Can I become a medical


doctor by reading a medical manual once? Can I become a
mathematician just by reading a book of maths once?

Qur¶an has to be read again and again and again with understanding
so that we are able to receive guidance and cure from it in our daily
lives.

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 Every day we face a number of problems and challenges. We


should approach the Qur¶an with the attitude that it is revealed for
me, for my guidance, for solution to my problems.

 Every verse that we hear or recite today is not random. It was


written our my taqdeer that we will recite/hear it today. And most
importantly, it has a message for me for today.

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have not made it a book of guidance!!!

 If I open it, I would come across so many verses describing the


worthlessness of this world and the importance of hereafter. This
will keep my emotions under control and give me the right attitude.

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o we receive guidance from the Qur¶an? In fact we get it from
other books, teachers, leaders ºOK as long as they are right) but we
don¶t ask the Qur¶an directly.

We should approach the Qur¶an ºagain and again) assuming that we


are ignorant. Then only Allah will give us his guidance. If we show
indifference and self-satisfaction then why should Allah run after us
with His 3ook.

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Allah has sent us the u& 9 + and our attitude towards
it is almost the worst in practical terms ºeven though we do huge lip
service theoretically).

If I have 20 books in my shelf, then Qur¶an perhaps is the one


which receives the worst treatment ºin terms of the real use of a
book, i.e., understanding it).

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treatment in terms of understanding it.
 aor Qur¶an, we just don¶t bother to understand it.

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 Many among us are so u& + all day that we don¶t have ANY
time to recite or study to understand it!
 µ3usy¶ does not mean that I am dead in those moments. It only
means that I am doing something which I think is more important
than Qur¶an.
 Practically speaking, I don¶t think it to be of µworth.¶ If it was of
any value to me, I would surely have spared time for its recitation
and understanding.

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 On the contrary, I have time for everything! aor reading news,


meeting, chatting, «.
 When it comes to talking with Allah or listening to


( ) I don¶t have time.
 Well, is it not what you say ºI am busy) when you don¶t want to
see a relatively µworthless¶ person or relatively µunimportant¶
work?

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 Our lives have daily time slots for everything, i.e., for sleeping,
eating, reading newspapers, etc.

o we have a fixed slot for the Qur¶an ºin addition to the five
prayers)?
 If not, it only shows the importance that we attach to it.

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 Even if such a daily slot or weekly slot exists for attending a dars
or study circle of Qur¶an, we drop it at the slightest pretext. 8O
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 3y the way, none of these pretexts are used when it comes to
our job or other interests ºsuch as social gatherings).

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neglectful manner, how do I except the Author of the 3ook to
treat me?

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 Lo! thy Lord knoweth how thou keepest vigil sometimes nearly
two thirds of the night, or ºsometimes) half or a third thereof, as
do a party of those with thee 3
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 Was the Prophet, pbuh, not busy during the day, doing

awah all day? Yes.
 Was his understanding not OK? No.
 Was his memorization poor? Not al all.

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The Prophet ºpbuh) spent on the average approx. 6 every night.
And we don¶t want to give  54?( 6  ) of what the Prophet
ºpbuh) gave, THAT TOO during the day.
What level of his 8Ittibaa´ ºfollowing) do we have in our lives? ºI am
talking about our relationship with *+   ::)

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 The companions of the Prophet ºpbuh) wanted to recite more


and more. He ºpbuh) had to say that one who recites Qur¶an in
less than 3 days does not understand it ºapproximate meaning).
 The companions valued it properly.
 Are we eager to recite the Qur¶an and to understand it?

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 Suppose you have a son who is studying in 10th grade.


 You bring everything for him for his comfort and enjoyment;
dresses; sports items; nice study table and chair; etc. etc.
 The most important advice you give him is to be attentive to his
books/studies.

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 He enjoys all the facilities and does everything except studying


his books.
 When you come in the evening ºand you know that he has not
opened a single book during the day), he starts praising you, 8O

ad! How nice are you! Thank you so much for bringing me
everything!´
 May be you will tolerate it the first day. 3ut, if this behavior
continues for the next four or five days, your patience will surely
run out. You may perhaps punish him in response to his
PRAISE and will tell him that you have done everything for him
so that he is careful about his studies.

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 Now, let us extend this example to ourselves. We are asked by our


friends, 8How are you?´
 In response, we say, alhamdulillah, thanks to Allah, we are healthy
and wealthy, etc. ºWe should surely thank Allah).
 What type of thanks is this? He has given us only one 3ook and we
don¶t have time to read it!
 In fact, the condition of general Muslims is that they have µalmost¶
vowed to study everything except Qur¶an!!!

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 It is a blessing of Allah that he has asked us to study only one


3ook and STILL WE
ON¶T UN
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 Our students in any grade, let us say 8th grade, have a set of
books. When they move on to the 9th grade, all their previous
books are cancelled and they are given a new set to study.
 Allah did not say, for example, 8You have reached 25 years of
age, so another book for you,´ 30 years, another one, «

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 The Prophet ºpbuh) was asked to recite the same Qur¶an that we
have for almost 4 hours every night!
 He was asked to recite it again and again to get guidance from
the words of Allah.
 Are we not lucky to have the same book for us too.

on¶t we always value the practice of great people in terms of
what they read and how they lived?

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8Lo! We revealed it on the Night of Power. Ah, what will convey


unto thee what the Night of Power is! The Night of Power is
better than a thousand months.´

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If the night in which it was revealed became so valuable and highly


honored, imagine the greatness of the 3ook itself which was
revealed in that night.


o we really feel the greatness of this 3ook?

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 Suppose, in our country we have a king. On the day of his


anniversary, he gives us 1000 times the regular salary and
numerous other gifts. All of us will surely appreciate his big
heart.
 Suppose that after the anniversary, if he tells me, 8I will come
and stay in your house for some time,´ How excited will I be?
Will I not do everything to please him?

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 3y Allah, the 3ook (


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same 3ook, because of which the night in which it was revealed
became so much honored, because of which Ramadaan
became the best of months, «

o I spend sleepless nights full of excitement because this 3ook
is present in my house!
o I ever feel so much happy and
overjoyed when I look at this 3ook in my house!!! , O A 
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 In fact and sadly enough, the situation is reverse!!! When some


of us are asked to spend sometime daily to learn it, they feel the
burden inside.
 So, in a way, when it comes to commitment, this 3ook is a
burden for them, rather than a source of happiness.

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 In today¶s environment of high perks for software engineers, if


we are told that a new language ºN++ !!?) has come and anyone
who masters that language using a manual of 600 pages will get
a job worth $10,000, then almost everyone of us perhaps will do
his best to understand each and every line of the manual.

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 The 3ook of Allah is ready to give us the infinite wealth of this


world ºmost importantly, in terms of real peace) and in the
hereafter ºin terms of lasting and forever bliss).

o we ever get restless and spend nights studying this 3ook?

o we give it the real value and respect?

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 As a scientist, how precious would we treat a manual which can


given us a key to new discoveries.
 Will we not scan each and every line of such a manual?
 3ut the manual from Allah ºAl-Qu¶ran) will give us success and
infinite wealth both in this world ºthe invaluable peace of mind
and heart) and in the hereafter.
o we care?

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 aor a position/ job in this world, we have spent thousands of


days and nights, from KG to PG, Kingergarten to post
graduation. ºWell, if we have the right intention, we will be
rewarded inshaAllah).
 How long will we work on the position/job? 30 or 40 years.
After that, shall we not go to grave and start our eternal journey?

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 If I have spent thousands of days and nights for 40 years of


service/position/job, then what about Al-Quran, with which my
infinite future ºnot 40 years, not 40,00, not 40,000, not 40 million,
not 40 billion, not 40 trillion, but infinite future) including that of
this world is related.
 How many hours have I or do I spend or do I plan to spend for
this 3ook?

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 Allah says in the Qur¶an, 8ºThis is) a Scripture that We have


revealed unto thee, full of blessing, that they may ponder its
revelations, and that men of understanding may reflect´ [Al-
Qur¶an, 38:29].

The purpose of revelation is that 8they ponder over its verses´. A


simple and clear statement by Allah!.

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 Have you ever read a book on any topic ºMaths, physics, social
sciences, commerce, etc.) in which the author has asked you to
understand its contents! Never!
 However, we Muslims have reverse logic when it comes to
Qur¶an. Even after clear statements by Allah subhanahu ta¶ala
about the purpose of revelation, we just take it easy and never
bother seriously to understand it.
 The tragedy is that no Muslim denies the importance of
understanding it but simultaneously does almost nothing to
achieve it.

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 I can µread¶ a newspaper in arench which has similar alphabets


as those of English ºeven though I don¶t understand arench).
 If I tell you that I have read it, you will ask me about the news. If
I respond by saying, 8Well I have read it but I don¶t know the
news,´ you may immediately tell me to stop µfooling around¶ or
µjoking.¶

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idn¶t we find any other 3ook except Qur¶an to µfool around¶ or
µjoke¶? We never bother to understand it seriously and on the
top of it are completely satisfied with our performance. We still
claim that we can µread¶ Qur¶an!!!
 If we don¶t understand the Qur¶an while reading it, then we have
not read it in the most common sense of the word, µread.¶ ºI am
not talking of beginners here).

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 We are very strict and concerned about the µsecular education¶ of


our kids. Well, that is good.
 What about the most important book about aakhirah education?
id
we ever ask our kids to work on reciting/understanding Qur¶an?
 If the parents themselves don¶t recite/understand, with what face,
can they ask their kids to do that!!

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 If your son takes up a new language, say arench, in his primary


school class and comes in the beginning of the year with some
arench sentences, you surely will be happy. You may not be
upset even if he does not understand those sentences.
 However, if this style continues till the end of year, you surely will
not be happy with his mere utterances of arench sentences.
You will tell him explicitly that one year is long enough for one to
start understanding at least something of that language.

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 Let us look at ourselves. We are reading this book for the last
couple of decades of our life and still expect Allah to keep
ignoring our carelessness towards understanding this book!
 And even after reminding, we don¶t bother to seriously start
understanding it!!!
 How much do we value Allah and His 3ook? Have we ever
thought of His opinion about our attitude of carelessness towards
His 3ook?

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 Suppose you were employed by a arench company with a


arench boss ºsuppose you don¶t know arench and he does not
English) who is paying you TWICE what you were earning
before.
 If he is interacting with you daily, won¶t you learn his language?
Will you still run to his secretary for translations?
 Won¶t you start saying µMerci¶, µbon ..¶ from the very next day!

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 The Most Merciful, our Creator, our Rabb has given us the
Qur¶an for OUR OWN benefit. aor how many years, will we
keep looking at translators for meanings?
 Our brain contains 1000s of words of English. Is it too difficult to
add couple of 1000s of Arabic words to understand the book of
Allah.
 If we learn 5 words/day, it will take only 2 years to understand
the whole Qur¶an... Only if we care!

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 Out of the 24 hours in a normal day, the most precious moments


for a Muslim is when he stands in front of Allah for Salah.
 3efore, after, and during the Salah, I do ask Allah a long list of
things and He out of His mercy grants them too.
 3ut how ungrateful I am that when He tells me something
through the Imam during the Salah, I stand there as a deaf guy!
 How obstinate I am that even with years passing by, I don¶t try to
learn Arabic!

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 Nothing happens in this world by chance. It is not that Imam


remembered some Surah and he recited it.
 Whatever I am made to listen in these Salahs is written in my
fate and is the message by Allah for me for TO
AY at that time
in that Salah.

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 Allah wants us to start everyday under Qur¶anic light ºwith 2


lectures in 2 Raka¶ahs of aajr)
 Allah wants us to end the day also in Qur¶anic light with 4
lectures; 2 in Maghrib and 2 more in Isha within 2 hours!
Perhaps because man is more prone to Satanic temptations in
the night ºAllah knows best).

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 I emphasize these 3 Salah because in these Salah, Imam may


recite from any part of the Qur¶an ºand he should try to recite
from different parts of the Qur¶an).
 Consequently, if I do not understand complete Qur¶an, I may
miss the message in any of these Salahs; simply because Imam
may recite from any part of the Qur¶an.
 I can not read translation in Salah. Most importantly, I won¶t know
which part of Qur¶an the Imam will recite. So, for all practical
purposes, relying on translations for this purpose does not work.

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 The right attitude in each one of these 3 Salahs is that I should


stand with full attention and wait for instructions from Allah. I
should try to pick up each and every word of Allah.
 And if I fail to understand, I should ask forgiveness from Allah
and re-commit myself to understanding the Qur¶an.
 Each Salah is a             
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 If I don¶t understand Qur¶an, then everyday I loose the message


given to me in 6 lectures (    :  &     
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 That too, at a time when I am in the best of worshipping mode to
Allah ºout of the 24 hours).
 Every year, I miss the message given to me in 2000 Rakahs
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 It is true for other Salahs TOO. Whether we recite it or the Imam


recites it, every part should be understood.
 It is true of our personal recitation of the Qur¶an outside Salah
too.
 Allah wants us to concentrate on certain ayahs ºponder on small
pieces of Qur¶an) in these Salah and to have a global view
ºponder on bigger sections of Qur¶an) in Taraweeh.
 If we don¶t understand Qur¶an, a tremendous opportunity to build
the relationship with Allah is lost. How tragic and tremendous
loss it is!!!

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 If we don¶t understand Qur¶an, a tremendous opportunity to build


the relationship with Allah is lost. How tragic and tremendous
loss it is!!!
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oes that not motivate us to work quicker and faster ºalmost
daily) on understand Qur¶an?

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 Maintaining Attention in Salah is a must. Without understanding


what is being recited ºby self or by Imam), it is extremely difficult
to keep attention.
 And attention to what ºif you don¶t understand Qur¶an)? Just
words? Yes, they are full of blessings. 3ut how long will we limit
ourselves to listening words of Allah ºwithout understanding
them).

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 One of my friend said it frankly. When the Imam starts Surah


Rahman in aajr, I say, even though unwillingly, 8O my God! I
have to now wait for 15 min. to complete the Salah.´
 There are some of us who count the number of rakahs
completed while praying Taraweeh.
 All this is due to the fact that we don¶t understand what is
recited. If we understand it, we will never say of feel such
things.
 Understanding Qur¶an will make Salah a worship full of spiritual
enlightenment rather than just a ritual.

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 Qur¶an is recited in Taraweeh so that whole message of Qur¶an


comes to ones mind at least once in Ramadan.
 If we don't understand it, then how can we make effective use of
Taraweeh?
 And more importantly, we will miss all the spiritual joy and
enlightenment by understanding Qur¶an while listening.

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 As far as Qur¶an is concerned, most of us ºMuslims by birth)


have learnt it because of our parents efforts. They arranged a
teacher for us to learn the Qur¶an.
 Have we got any plans to learn the most basic of books by OUR
OWN EaaORT. Have we added to what we learnt in childhood?

o we plan to spend anytime to learn this most important 3ook,
the most important source of knowledge?

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 Abud-
arda ºMay Allah be pleased with him) reported: The
Messenger of Allah ºP3UH) said, "He who follows a path in
quest of knowledge, Allah will make the path of Jannah easy to
him. The angels lower their wings over the seeker of knowledge,
being pleased with what he does. ...'' [Abu
awud and At-
Tirmidhi].

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 Abu Umamah ºMay Allah be pleased with him) reported: The


Messenger of Allah ºP3UH) said, "The superiority of the learned
over the devout worshipper is like my superiority over the most
inferior amongst you ºin good deeds).'' He went on to say, "Allah,
His angels, the dwellers of the heaven and the earth, and even
the ant in its hole and the fish ºin water) supplicate in favour of
those who teach people knowledge.'' [At-Tirmidhi].

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 Say: 3elieve therein or believe not, lo! those who were given
knowledge before it, when it is read unto them, fall down
prostrate on their faces, adoring, Saying: Glory to our Lord!
Verily the promise of our Lord must be fulfilled. They fall down on
their faces, weeping, and it increaseth humility in them. [Al-
Qur¶an 17:107-109]

 aor more details click on another presentation, 83e like those


reciters.´

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 The is not possible without understanding. There are 1000s who


have read tarjuma or tafseer. Rarely does any one cry when he
reads the translation?
 3ut you can see some Arabs who cry ºin Taraweeh or in aajr
prayers) while listening to the Qur¶an, esp. in Haram ºMakkah &
Madina).
 aor more details click on another presentation, 83e like those
reciters.´

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 An example of a stanza from an Urdu poem:

Kaise kaise ayse wyse hogaye


Ayse wyse kaise kaise hogaye

The beauty, the choice of words, the rhythm, and the message in
such compact simple words is almost impossible to be
translated.
 If this is the case with human composition, can God¶s
composition be translated?

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 Qur'an is: ÿ E   


 You can not separate the two.
 If you have read the translation only, then you have NOT REA

Qur¶an ºeven though the translation does contain the message of


Qur¶an).
 ºHere, I am not talking about rewards of reciting Qur¶an. Please
don¶t mix the two).

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 All scholars say that Qur¶an can not be translated.


 You may have read 100 translations & received the basic
message but they are not Qur¶an.
 You will have read Qur¶an only when you read it in own language
with meanings.
 ºI am not talking of rewards of recitation here)

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 Allah says, 8Lo! We have revealed it, a Lecture in Arabic, that ye


may understand´ [Al-Qur¶an 12:2].
 aor non-Arabs: It is not in an alien language of which there is no
script or no way to decipher or learn it.
 It is in Arabic, a live language. Just spend some time to learn it
and understand the 3ook of Allah, the ultimate precious gift on
earth for a human being.
 If we can learn English to get degrees / jobs, why can¶t we learn
Arabic to understand Allah¶s message
IRECTLY IN ARA3IC.

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 3y presenting the message of Qur'an in our language ºother than


Arabic), we loose the impact.
 Its rhythm and "sauti ejaz" looses its effect completely.
 It does not carry that influence
 A listener does not go deeper ºin its meaning) while listening to
the translation
 THE SPIRITUAL EaaECTS and the reward.

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 if you say, "Every human will die," it will not have as much
impact as "Kullu nafsin zaaiqatul maut".
 In fact we do the same thing in our language too.
 We keep quoting the poetic lines to strengthen our message
because it has the 'heat' to convey the emotions.

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 He will get a reward for learning the meaning of every word,


such as Qul, say. An Arab does not have this opportunity.
 Another reward by gathering friends and teaching them the basic
Qur¶anic Arabic.

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 If you just read the solved problems and do not think yourselves
or work on it, you will never learn Maths.
 If you don¶t ponder over the verses of the Qur¶an, you may not
get its real benefits.

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 Once Aisha ºpbuh) was asked about the morals of the Prophet
ºpbuh). She replied that, 8His ºpbuh) morals were Qur¶an.´
 So, the theory is Qur¶an and the practical model is the Prophet¶s
ºpbuh) life.
 Without a complete and continuous study of the Qur¶an, even the
Prophet¶s life can not be properly understood in its true sense.

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o we really treat it as the book of our lives?

o we become doctors by reading the books just once?
 We are passing this life and this book is for life, for guidance.
 3efore talking about solutions to a specific problem, do we ever
refer to Qur¶an, or sit down and study it a couple of hours?
Rarely!

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 Recently the print media ºin the East or in the West) and anti-
Islamic leaders are quoting Qur¶anic verses on Jihad or other
issues.
 There are many Muslims who must have read this first time in
their life. Are we waiting for such moments?
 We will be questioned left and right by our non-Muslim
neighbors/colleagues. Are we prepared? What are we going to
answer if we don¶t know them?

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 Remember, 80% Muslims are non-Arabs.


 We need an intense campaign to spread the understanding of
Qur¶an to 100% Muslim population.
 Yes! If we plan for 100%, we will reach at least 25%, inshaAllah.
 If we don¶t do that, then Muslim masses will be easy targets of
anti-Islamic attacks.

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 The media is continuously attacking Islam. They are preparing


for the ultimate attack. To remove certain verses from the
Qur¶an itself.
 Will we wait till then? Even if we close our eyes and ears, how
will we protect our children and youth?
 What will you answer if your kids tell you, 8,    +
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 To keep our heart clean which is continuously eroded because


of sins, we need to recite Qur¶an ºwith understanding) daily.

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 Just like one's physical existence, everyone of us has a spiritual


existence too.
 The most important source of spiritual food is the Qur'an. The
second source is the authentic Hadith. Spiritual exercises
include the daily prayers, Tilawah, Azkar and the work for Islam.
 Reading Qur¶an without understanding is like eating extremely
tasty foods but with a tongue which has no taste buds! You read
excellent verses, but you simply miss their impact.

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 A person reading translation is like a blind who is given tour by


somebody ºtranslator) of a wonderful garden ºwith respect to the
original beauty of the Qur¶an and not with respect to the
essential message).
 However much the translator tries, he can not convey the impact
of the original Arabic of the Qur¶an
 Of course, a learner will not get all that beauty in the first try, but
he surely will enter into a huge new world once he starts
understanding Arabic; and Allah will take him to new heights of
understanding as his learning continues.

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 It is not for making experts or scholars of Qur'an. Anyone who


can read + attend 40 min for just 10 months is eligible for this
course and can qualify this course.

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 There is rarely any intellectual involvement of Muslims with the


Qur'an

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The quotes in white in the following slides are reasons given by


some people who avoid / object to studying the Qur¶an.
The text below in yellow is an effort to answer such people.
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 Why then Allah had to reveal 6600 verses? Are they


na¶oozubillah not worthy to ponder upon?
 Why are we asked to listen to it daily and in Ramadaan? Are
they only ritual?
 If somebody claims that he does not need Qur¶an, then he may
be deprived from guidance from Allah¶s 3ook.
 We should always approach Qur¶an with an attitude that we are
ignorant.
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 Guidance keeps increasing with Allah¶s help. If we are Muslims,


that does not mean that we have all the guidance for all the
problems of this life.

on¶t we ask for guidance in every Salah in our daily prayers?
 Allah subhanahu wa ta¶ala says:

 8While as for those who walk aright, He addeth to their guidance,


and giveth them their protection ºagainst evil)´ [Al-Qur¶an 47:17].
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 That is really amazing to hear from a Muslim!


 We have been talking about the importance of understanding
Qur'an as one of the rights of the Qur'an for the last so many
years.
 We are already late. How long are we going to neglect the
Quran?
8ÿ<;

 If I tell my students in Master¶s degree program to stay one or


two years more then they simply get terribly upset. They say
that they have to go for a job, use the knowledge to earn money
to start the life.
 Are we not supposed to live in complete light/guidance of the
Qur¶an? To ensure the continuous guidance, Allah has asked us
to recite/hear it in every Salah and we simply ignore it.
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 Why then did Allah ask us to recite from any part of the Qur¶an in
Salah? One should come up with redundant verses/chapters
ºna¶oozubillah). Can anyone claim to do that?
 Allah knows best and He gave us this 3ook. To say that it is not
necessary to understand the whole 3ook is to question His
wisdom.
 ºI am talking about the basic understanding only. Not of
mutashaabihaat etc.)
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 In our daily lives we are faced with tens of different situations.


 Qur¶an gives us a number of examples, stories, commands,
advices.
 We don¶t know where the solution is hidden for our problems.
We should keep reciting it with understanding and ask Allah to
guide us. He surely will guide us. After all, did He not reveal it
as a 3ook of guidance?
 ºWe can surely take scholar¶s help. 3ut we should do our part
too)
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 There are some who say, 8Just focus on practice. Practice what
you know and don¶t worry about learning more!!!´
 Learning to understand the Qur¶an is not part of µmore¶. It is the
most basic 3ook that is given to us by Allah as guidance. If we
neglect the basic 3ook of guidance, where else will we find it?
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 If so, then why are we ºthe masses, the general public) asked to
listen to it in our daily prayers and in Ramadaan? Is that only a
ritual?
 There is no 3rahmin class in Islam (  &9 
    
) nor the rest are untouchables, who
should not even open the holy books.
 Allah has asked each one of us to understand, think, and ponder
over its verses. Can any one show that he ºif capable) is
excluded from this command?
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 Perhaps almost µhalf¶ the life is gone ºin the sense of average
human age).
 We don¶t know when we will die. If we learn it at snails¶ pace or
wait for a time to learn, when are going to live our everyday life
in full Qur¶anic light?
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 There are some who say, 8Understanding Qur¶an is not


necessary for living as a good Muslim. Arabs understand the
Qur¶an so why are they ºall of them) not good Muslims?´
 A simple answer to this is: Allah guides those who turn to Him.
Guidance is not related to knowledge alone. Otherwise Abu Jahl
and Abu Lahab would not have been left behind.
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 According to Encyclopedia 3ritannica º11th Edition under Koran),


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 This is what is said about the others ºwhoever they are from west
or east) that they read to learn and we Muslims, when it comes
to Qur¶an, learn to read only and stop there.

on¶t Muslims µclaim¶ that it is the dearest 3ook to them!!!
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 8O mankind! There hath come unto you an exhortation from your


Lord, a balm for that which is in the breasts, a guidance and a
mercy for believers. Say: In the bounty of Allah and in His
mercy: therein let them rejoice. It is better than what they hoard.
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 Are we really happy and excited to have the Qur¶an?



oes our heart throb when we look at Qur¶an?
 OR it is a µburden¶ on us, especially when we are asked to spend
sometime daily to understand it?
 OR we feel it an unnecessary obstruction in our daily lives when we
are asked to recite it everyday?
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 Most of us read the Qur¶an only when we face tough times! The
reciting of Qur¶an has almost been associated with gloomy
situations.
 According to an authentic hadith, we should remember Allah in
good times, He will remember us in hard times.
 Let us remember Allah ºand recite His 3ook too) in all times.
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 If you visit those who have some religious awareness, you will
be corrected multiple times if you recite the Qur¶ran wrongly
ºviolating Tajweed rules). . & 


  
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 It is a must to learn Tajweed but let us not stop there.
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 We are holders of big degrees and that is a pride for us. If


somebody does not hold such degrees, it is a matter of shame or
a sign of ignorance in our society. ºOf course, we should work
for education).
 However, when it comes to Qur¶an, our µMain Textbook¶ we are
ignorant ºjaahil)!
 Nobody even bothers to ask or makes sure that he knows it.

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 Muslim Schools are churning out qualified students in east and


west of Non-Arab Muslim world.
 These students pass with flying colors as far as secular
education is concerned but can not understand even 5% of the
MAIN TEXT3OOK of Muslims directly.
 Is it not time for the administration of such schools to think
seriously on this aspect?
 ºSee a proposal for schools on www.understandquran.com)
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The recitation of Qur¶an should lead to:


 Increase in our faith [??]
 Increase in Khushoo ºhumility, fear, and submission, «)
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 Hair standing at their end
 Soften our hearts
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 We do not understand; or
 We have hardened hearts. [Al-Qur¶an, 57:16]
 Have you ever seen non-Arabs who cry while listening to Imam
in aajr, Isha, or Taraweeh prayers? Why? 3ecause they don¶t
undestand it! You can see that phenomena in Arab world,
especially in Majid-e-Haraam or in Masjid-e-Nabawi.
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 Allah has mentioned the effects ºincrease in faith, crying, hair


standing at their ends, «) of recitation on His believers.
on¶t
want to be like those?
 Unless we feel those effects we should say that our reading of
Qur¶an in not perfect. We should always work towards this goal.
 Understanding Qur¶an is the first step towards this goal.
Simultaneously we should seek refuge of Allah from hardened
hearts.
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 Hearts of hypocrites
 Hearts of Kuffar
 Hearts become blind
 Hearts become rusted
 Hearts become heedless
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 According to a hadith [..], to remove the rust of hearts, we


should: º1) remember death; and º2) recite Qur¶an.
 Qur¶an in fact does bring the life of heart back.
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In the following slides, it is urged that you should try to hold/attend daily
classes on Qur¶an for effective learning.
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1. We, in general, don't open the book after the class for another
3 days!!! The week passes so fast that on the day of Class, we
say, 8Is it ariday/«? O! I forgot that we have class today!´.
2. Teaching experts say that retention in learning for a weekly
class ºespecially with our heedless attitude towards Qur¶an) is
only 20 to 25%. Consequently, the learning process is very
ineffective.
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3. If we skip one class, it is almost half-a-month of no-touch/no-


interaction with the Qur¶anic lesson.
4. Even if you do it regularly ºwith 1 or 2 pages/class, it means
 > GI8 in a year; or
54  5D  to complete the Qur¶an!!!
What a tremendous loss of remaining active life! aor the next
15 years ºIa WE LIVE!), we will not be able to understand 50%
of the Qur¶an on the average!
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1. We will loose a lot ± message given to us in 1000s of Rakahs


º5 equivalent Qur¶ans)
2. We may not have proper concentration in Salah, esp. in those
where the Imam recites something we don¶t understand.
3. The late we start or the slower we build up our relationship
with Allah, the more of the remaining life ºinteractive with
Allah¶s message) we loose.
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4. In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the study of Qur¶an,


let us see how ahadeeth encourage us:
Uthman ibn µAffan ºmay Allah be pleased with him) relates that
the Messenger of Allah ºpeace be upon him) said: 8The best
among you are those who have learnt the Qur¶an and teach it
ºto others)´ [3ukhari].
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 On the authority of Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him,


that the Prophet ºpeace be upon him) said: 8« No people gather
together in one of the houses of Allah, reciting the 3ook of Allah
and       
 , without tranquility
descending upon them, Mercy ºof Allah) enveloping them, the
angels surrounding them, and Allah making mention of them
amongst those who are with Him´ [Muslim].
  


5. We will stay daily for 40 minutes in Qur'anic environment and will


be counted as those who are the best, inshaAllah.
6.
aily we will be receiving those 4 blessings ºmentioned in the
hadith) for 40 minutes, inshaAllah.
7. We will have a much better retention of the meanings of words of
Arabic. This will increase our confidence in learning.
  
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8. Our excitement will increase with time because we will get the
sense of achievement that we have covered so many paras. In
fact, this is what happens. Completion of 10, 15 paras will
inspire us to complete the Quran as early as possible.
9. We will develop a habit of daily recitation of the Qur'an.
  
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10. We will be in contact with each other everyday. That way, ºas

a'ees) we will have an opportunity to invite our colleagues to
regular Islamic work.
11. One of the important benefits of this approach is that a
participant will see the demands of Qur'an with his own eyes.
  
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12. What will we gain if we don¶t come for those 40 min. What will
we spare?

Will we make millions in those 40 min?

Will we enjoy the best of sleep in those 40 minutes ºif it is after


aajr till Ishraaq, the best and ideal time)?

Compare it to how much will be lost!


  
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13. Make use of blessings before they are gone ± they may run out
very quickly!!!
 aive blessings: Life; youth; time; health; prosperity;
 Additional blessings:
 availability of the daily program ºif it is not there, you can start
it with your friends);
 the friends who are arranging this program; you may soon go
to an area where you may not find such a program;
 the availability of translations ºthere was a time when there
was no translation available);
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 If you start daily study, then from the next year onwards, you will
live under full Qur¶anic light and guidance.
 You will inshaAllah understand every verse recited or heard.
 Consequently, your relationship with Allah will increase with
time.
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 Let us say that our company announces a 50% increase in


salary for an overtime of 40 min. ºafter aajr ± the ideal time to
study the Qur¶an).
 Let us say the salary is 4000. The daily overtime for this comes
to 2000/30, i.e., 60.
 All of us including me will jump for the opportunity. None of us
will come up with any excuse. We will in fact call a person fool
who misses this golden opportunity.
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 We are ready for for the infinite fraction of this dunya which is not
worth even the wing of a mosquito; and that too in a situation
when we don¶t really need that extra money.
 If we are ready for that and not for a Qur¶anic class ºthat too for
10 months only), we say with our actions that the worth of Qur¶an
in practical terms is not even 60!
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 Let us not become deaf or blind to this call or any call by Allah,
8O ye who believe! Obey Allah and His messenger, and turn not
away from him when ye hear ºhim speak). 3e not as those who
say, We hear, and they hear not. Lo! the worst of beasts in
Allah's sight are the deaf, the dumb, who have no sense´. 3

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 We have to at least start walking. Allah will then surely help us.
If we don¶t even try to walk, then how can we expect any help
from Allah.