Reflection No. 75 on Q 20:84 – Haste towards meeting your Lord

وَعَجِلْتُ إِلَيْكَ رَبِّ لِتَرْضَى I hastened toward You, my Lord, so that You might be pleased Sura Taha, verse 84 When Nabi Musa (a) goes to get the rules of the Tawrat from Allah, and is accompanied by a group of the Bani Israel, he goes ahead of them and reaches the appointed place while … Read more

Reflection No. 73 on Q 19:4 – Certainty in supplicating to God

وَلَمْ أَكُنْ بِدُعَائِكَ رَبِّ شَقِيًّا I have never been disappointed, my Lord, in my prayers to You. Sura Maryam, verse 4 These are the words of Nabi Zakaria (a) as he prays for a son. I am old and feeble, he says, and my hair has turned white. It seems unlikely that I can now … Read more

Reflection No. 74 on Q 49:10 – Brothers in Faith

إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌ فَأَصْلِحُوا بَيْنَ أَخَوَيْكُمْ The believers are indeed brethren, therefore make peace between your brethren. Sura al-Hujurat, verse 10 Faith is a powerful unifying factor. It overcomes boundaries of race and background, of geographical locations and cultural differences. Faith speaks to the heart, and the bond between believers can be felt across many … Read more

Reflection No. 72 on Q 2:269 -Wisdom

يُؤْتِي الْحِكْمَةَ مَنْ يَشَاءُ ۚ وَمَنْ يُؤْتَ الْحِكْمَةَ فَقَدْ أُوتِيَ خَيْرًا كَثِيرًا He grants wisdom to whom He pleases, and whoever is granted wisdom, he indeed is given a great good Sura al Baqarah, verse 269 Often we confuse knowledge with wisdom. The two are quite different. Knowledge is information, facts, an acquired accumulation which … Read more

Reflection No. 71 on Q 35:6 -Awareness of an enemy

إِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ فَاتَّخِذُوهُ عَدُوًّا Surely the Shaytan is your enemy, so treat him as an enemy Sura al-Fatir, verse 6 Awareness of an enemy means being on the alert. There is no time to be complacent. Especially when the enemy is hidden, when it can enter into your mind and thoughts, and whisper … Read more

Reflection No. 2:18 on Q 61:14 – Helping in the cause of Allah

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُونُوا أَنْصَارَ اللَّهِ O you who believe! be helpers (in the cause) of Allah Sura as-Saff, verse 14 How would you like to be part of the group that works for Allah on earth? It is a privileged position and an honor that is bestowed on those who are sincere in … Read more

Reflection No. 69 on Q 12:86 – Grief only to Allah

 إِنَّمَا أَشْكُو بَثِّي وَحُزْنِي إِلَى اللَّهِ I complain of my anguish and grief only to Allah Sura Yusuf, verse 86   Nabi Ya’qub (a) says these words when his sons tell him he will kill himself with grief over Yusuf (a). The Prophet tells his sons that he is not complaining to them. He complains … Read more

Reflection No. 68 on Q 23:1-2 – Successful indeed are the believers

 أَفْلَحَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ الَّذِينَ هُمْ فِي صَلَاتِهِمْ خَاشِعُونَ قَدْ Successful indeed are the believers, who are humble in their prayers Sura al-Muminun, verse 1-2   Everyone wants to be successful. But what is true success? The criteria for success may differ from person to person, hence we need the criteria from the Creator, who truly knows … Read more

Reflection No. 67 on Q 14:24-25 – Good Words

كَلِمَةً طَيِّبَةً كَشَجَرَةٍ طَيِّبَةٍ أَصْلُهَا ثَابِتٌ وَفَرْعُهَا فِي السَّمَاء تُؤْتِي أُكُلَهَا كُلَّ حِينٍ بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهَا A good word is like a good tree, whose root is firm and whose branches are in the sky, yielding its fruit in every season with the permission of its Lord. Sura Ibrahim, verse 24-25   The good word in … Read more

ALI-214: Qur’anic Teachings on Noble Character

This eight session course will explore verses that talk about the noble characteristics of the Holy Prophet (s) of Islam. The course aims to help participants understand the greatness of the Prophet and learn how to apply his exemplary qualities in their everyday life. Sessions Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Session 5 ... Read more