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What is Imam Ali’s perspective in respect to the Quran?

What is Imam Ali’s perspective in respect to the Quran?

In the eyes of Imam Ali (as), the Quran holds a tremendous position. Some of the qualities he has attributed to this divine book have been collected in Nahjul Balaghah. A brief list of the qualities he has mentioned in regards to the Quran have been summarized as: an advisor who never deceives, the best of guides, the one who speaks the truth, the strongest and most dependable source of ... Read More »

Pondering over the Meaning of the Qur’an

Pondering over the Meaning of the Qur’an

One of the inward manners that one should abide by when reading the Glorious Qur’an is pondering over the meaning of the Qur’anic words and verses. When reading the Glorious Qur’an, one is recommended to think of the meaning and significance of what he reads. Allah, Most High, has revealed the Glorious Qur’an in order to be reflected upon and understood. In this connection, the Glorious Qur’an says: [This is] ... Read More »

God honors those who honor Qur’an

God honors those who honor Qur’an

In his speech to Muslims while greeting Ramadan month, Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) said: “The one who recites a verse from the Holy Quran in this month, will take the recompenses as if the one who had recited all the Quran in other months.” Ramadan month is God’s month, and it is the most honorable and greater month; in this month, the heaven’s gates will be opened, and ... Read More »

Ramadan, The spring of Qur’an

Ramadan, The spring of Qur’an

The month of Ramadhan is aptly termed the spring time of Qur’an. The Holy Book, the Almighty’s final and most comprehensive revelation to mankind was sent down to Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) in this blessed month. In this month the souls are more refined, more inclined towards the Creator, and more receptive towards the bounties in Allah’s Book of wisdom, guidance and righteousness. Hence reciting the Qur’an and contemplating on its ... Read More »

Why do some Quranic verses abrogate the others?

Why do some Quranic verses abrogate the others?

Before thinking about abrogated verses we need to understand the nature of how the Qur’an was revealed.  It was not something that came down overnight as a complete revelation.  The verses were revealed to Muhammad {SAW} over a period of 20 something years.  Islam wasn’t just an ideology change but a complete lifestyle change.  People even today are generally reluctant to accept change, they don’t make many alterations to their ... Read More »

“Contemplation” or “Tafakkur” in Quran and hadith

“Contemplation” or “Tafakkur” in Quran and hadith

One of the important actions in Islam, that has came as an Ibadaa, is “Tafakkur” or contemplation. The beauty of Islam is that it does NOT ONLY consist of Instructions but also invites its followers to contemplate, to reflect and to think. Contemplation is the source of Islamic spirituality – contemplative spirituality – which is received through a thinking process rather than the cessation of intellectual activity. In fact, the ... Read More »

The Revelations of the Quran

The Revelations of the Quran

According to Allah’s statements in His Book, there were two distinct revelations of the Quran which took place. It is important that these two revelations be understood in order to clear up the apparent contradictions in the various terms used in the Quran and Sunnah to describe the Quran’s revelation. On one hand, the Quran is referred to as having been revealed in its totality in Ramadan or on Laylatul-Qadr, ... Read More »

Why reciting Quran is so important?

Why reciting Quran is so important?

    The Holy Quran swears to those who recite the holy book, as mentioned in Ayah 3 of Surah Al-Saffat: “Swear to those who recite the divine revelations”; this shows the importance of recitation of the book of Allah (SWT).   It is said in the Ayah 79 of Surah Al-Waqi’a that “No one touches it [The Quran] except the pure ones” in othe words: You should performe ablution(Wudhu) befor Reciting The Holy ... Read More »