Ramadan 1441 Book Club Recap
Updated: Apr 28, 2020
Bismillahi ar-rahmani ar-rahim. Ramadan Mubarak!
Assalamu aleikum waramatulahi wabarakatuhu everyone!
Welcome to this month's book club edition about The Two Zahras of the Quran masha'Allah alhamdullilah. Sisters from around the globe—Africa, France, England, America and Indonesia— congregated to chat virtually. With thirty participants overall, we launched a digital age discussion which was both active and lively masha'Allah alhamdullilah. The initials of their names have been used instead of their full names for privacy sake. Many were simply active and inquisitive readers. This post is a summary.
A couple sisters from Nigeria emailed their answers. Read the French Version here.
The digital meeting span over several days to ensure comprehension and prevent overwhelming the sisters.
The moderator of Fofky's Book Club used the tafsir of Sheikh Alomgir Ali of Islam21c on their YouTube channel along with a written tafsir version by Tafsir Ibn Kathir as sources. The other sisters also used authentic sources and the verdict of People of Science (the Ulamas.) Without further due...Bismillah.
PLEASE TAKE YOUR TIME reading our long discussion. These two surahs are vast, intangibly immense, infinite in meaning and in wisdom. May Allah continue to increase us in knowledge, aameen. All the good is from Allah and any error is from us. While these two surahs can be read in one sitting, their deeper meaning can't be understood in one sitting. So, feel free to pause and return to finish reading this post later insha'Allah. Bring a drink by the way!
You can read the previous book club recap here.
Questions for Surah Baqarah & Surah Imran :
1. What is(are) your favorite verse(s)
- Fofky's Book Club Members :
*PF: I will start. I like 2:25, 2:32, and 2:45 in Baqarah. In Imran, I like 3:38. & 3:10. I like them because of the promise that Allah ﷻ gives the Believers if they remain steadfast. The other two in Baqarah are humbling verses. If you don't know something, admit and let people who know help you. Allah ﷻ showed to the angels that Adam (aleihi salam) was more intelligent than them. He taught Adam (aleihi salam) ALL the secrets! Right away, they made themselves small and obeyed their Creator in bowing to our First father masha'Allah alhamdullilah. Finally, I like the dua for children in Imran and the holding on to the tight rope of Allah at all times. Especially, when things look bleak.
For Surah Al Baqarah: - 45 for patience and prayer - 216 because it reminds us that Allah knows what is best for us anyway -201, 255, 284 to 286 for invocations and protective verses
As for Surat Al Imran, I'm not too familiar with this surah so I can't be very insightful. However, verse 26 in relation to the greatness of Allah I like. It proves once again that it is Allah who grants us everything we have whether it is "greatness" or "power" I put in quotes because these characteristics belong only to Allah.
I love your verses NiK*; especially 2:201. It makes me think of 3:8. No worries about Surah Imran. It's very normal because these two surahs take time to grasp. I mean, there are almost 500 verses. Alhamdullilah. In short, the part of mulk (royalty and authority) 3:26 is very important as you said. Allah is ar Razzaq. And we often forget to accept our choices. His favors. Thank you so much for your participation and the reminders mentioned.
In Surah Baqarah, I like the verses 132 and 133. "And this is what Abraham recommended to his sons, as did Jacob: "O my sons, surely Allah has chosen religion for you: do not die, therefore, except in Submission!" (to Allah) "Were you witnesses when death presented itself to Jacob and he said to his sons," What will you worship after me? "
They answered: "We will worship your divinity and the divinity of your fathers, Abraham, Ishmael and Isaac, Unique Divinity and to which we are Submitted".
"Allah has chosen you" is very strong. It reminds us of the chance we have of being born and of having grown up in a Muslim family to have the best religion, the best way and reminds us of the importance of die as Muslims. The importance and the obligation to educate our family our children and our descendants in Islam.
PF: It's indeed a blessing to be born Muslim. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful reminder masha'Allah.
AA: That's right, it's a grace that we were born Muslim. Allah is wonderful!
MD*: Assalamu aleikum everyone. Thank you for sharing. I will learn a lot from you and may Allah reward you all, aameen.
PF : Allahumma aameen!
Surah 2 : Al Baqarah. I like the verses 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25 because of the promise of ALLAH to the believers. They keep remind me that this life is nothing , just a test and we need to stay on the good way of the road if we want to arrive at destination (Paradise). I also like the verse 155, it is my FAVORITE one🥰. “And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient” This verse helped me a lot through my difficult time. I use to listen to an Islamic channel on YouTube and this verse was the central part , I was feeling good after listening . So every time , I was going back to that channel and one day I decided to read the Quran in English and I saw the verse in Surah Baqarah. I can say that I am more patient because of this verse of Allahﷻ . It is confirming the fact that we will face times of difficulty, it is phrased in a way which alludes to how we should respond. This verse emphasizes how we react to situations, rather than focusing on the situations themselves.
Surah 3: Al Imran . I like the verse 200: "O you who have believed, persevere and endure and remain stationed and fear Allah that you may be successful." Perseverance , endurance, remain stationed and always fear Allahﷻ will help you become successful because you put Allahﷻ in the center of your life and so everything else is balanced .
PF: Masha'Allah. Indeed, we're nothing and Allah is with the sabareen (those who are steadfast and patient.) Inspiring! Keep it coming.
KY*: Masha'Allah. May Allah make it easy upon us and guide us, especially through the tests of this life. I did not get around to reading and remembering Surah Al Baqarah and aal Imran recently, but I remember learning to recite ayat al Kursi, and I find it comforting to do it before bed, especially when you read it from the Quran. When you read from the Quran, the Angels come to listen. SubhanAllah.
PF: Allahumma aameen. No worries, your contribution has weight. Masha'Allah. Subhannallah, I didn't know that and I recite from my Quran regularly at night bedtime. Alhamdullilah. Thanks for the info. It's definitely good to know. I also find Al Waqiah very comforting, too at bedtime. It's recommended after Magrib but bedtime is fine, too. I'm not sure if my soul loves the future promise talked in this in Surah 56 but it's hard to explain. Allahu alim 😊💞.
KY*: Thank you. Goodnight and Jazak'Allah Khair. May Allah bless you all and protect you and your families 😊.
PF*: Wa antum fa Jazamukhullah Khairan sis. Aameen, afwan. Allah Hafiz.
Al Baqarah's ayats 45, 125-131, 186, 207, 208, and 245.
Al Imran verses of Maryam (aleihi salam) from how her mother promised the child in her womb to Allah and His service, to Maryam (aleihi salam) receiving sustenance from Allah ﷻ .
- The Dotted Pearl
Honestly, this changes every time I learn a little more about the verses of the Qur’an.
2:32 because I love the depiction of the humility of the angels. I love the whole discussion going on there like Allah with all His power still told the angels about His plan. He ﷻ doesn’t owe anyone anything but still…Subhan'Allah!
2:286 because this one I hold on to during those dark times. I have found solace in it many times of trials. I tell myself I can get through it, it is within my capacity.
2:37 because this was right after Adam (aleihi salam) committed the sin and was sent down from Jannah. Allah taught him to seek forgiveness and forgave him. The whole thing just shows how awesomely merciful our Rabb is. May Allah forgive us.
3:29 << Say, "Whether you conceal what is in your breasts or reveal it, Allah knows it. And He knows that which is in the heavens and that which is on the earth. And Allah is over all things competent.">>
2. What lessons do you think we should take away from each surah besides the fact that they both arm believer against anything ill-will, evil-eye magic, etc.?
- The Dotted Pearl
There are so many lessons in both surahs alhamdulillah. For instance, surah Baqarah talks about the hypocrite and the disbelievers, and we need to know those qualities to help us steer from the risk of falling into the trap of Shaytan. For instance, one quality of the hypocrite is they lie. Now reflect inwardly, do you lie? In what circumstances? What can you do to avoid lying?
Allah mentions the Banu Israel, the prophet Ibrahim (aleihi salam) and the people of and in all these are lessons for us. For instance, the humility shown by the Prophet Ibrahim (aleihi salam) and his son when they made the Ka’aba… They asked Allah to accept it from them still. What about us?
- Fofky's Book Club :
Salam Waleikoum everyone. This is my little contribution for the day.
"Kun FayaKun": "Be! and it is". "The Originator of the heavens and the earth. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it: Be! - and it is" - Al Baqarah verse 117.
This phrase has been my drive for a little while. Though, I didn't know it was referenced in both Surah Al Baqarah verse 117 & Imran verse 45 & verse 59. It's about the will of Allah ﷻ over everything. Whatever He grants to us, noone can withhold. And whatever He may take away from us, noone can grant us. I rest assured that Allah ﷻ has power over everything and nothing is impossible to Him. He commands everything in our lives. So, if something good is to happen to us, we should be thankful and say Alhamdulillah. On the other hand, if He tests us with difficulties we should not panic. We should bear patience and still trust in His plan.
PF: Wa aleikum salam waramatulahi wabarakatuhu Maman NND* . Yes, what is written for you noone can take away from you. Often times, these verses become CLEARER when face tests. Alhamdullilah ala kulli haal. Love it Masha'Allah. My additional contribution is about Quran 2:2 similar to Quran 18:50. The verse tells us that the Quran is a guide for the pious. So, in this sense, we should never put our livelihood or religion in the hands of others. We should read for guidance. With each reading, a new meaning is unveiled subhan'Allah. To the French speaking sisters and the French sisters, I was saying that Allah ﷻ has designated as rizq (provision) for us will always be even if Shaytan throws wrenches in the works. My second contribution was about the second verse of Surat Al Baqarah. This verse says that the Quran is a Guide for the Pious. It means that we must ask for advice but we must always seek the answers to our problems in this manual that Allah has given us. You should never trust others at anybody 100% without checking. We must never put our religion in the hands of others and especially not The marabouts and charlatans. It's shirk.
AA*: Hello everyone. I suggest you read Al Koursi (the verse of the throne.) It is very protective and precisely in this time of great pandemic, it is important ... May Allah ﷻ be with us.
Salam Aleykoum Everyone, For today’s topic, so many life lessons are taught from the surahs of our Holy Coran. The main two I choose today are:
1- No one is exempt from Trials and tribulations; some experiencing them more than others. When I was reading Al Baqarah yesterday, the verses 2:155 to 2:157 stuck with me: “Très certainement, Nous vous éprouverons par un peu de peur, de faim et de diminution de biens, de personnes et de fruits. Et fais la bonne annonce aux endurants, 156. qui disent, quand un malheur les atteint: ‹Certes nous sommes à Allah, et c'est à Lui que nous retournerons›. 157. Ceux-là reçoivent des bénédictions de leur Seigneur, ainsi que la miséricorde; et ceux-là sont les biens guidés.” When we respond to hardship with positivity and resilience, knowing that it is temporary, we shall reap the rewards later by Allah’s grace. Those rewards may come in the form of wisdom and life experience, or in tangible goods, but they always come to those who are PATIENT in adversity. 2- As Muslims, we should lead by example in our daily behaviors. Piety in Islam goes beyond JUST doing salat. “La bonté pieuse ne consiste pas à tourner vos visages vers le Levant ou le Couchant. Mais la bonté pieuse est de croire en Allah, au Jour dernier, aux Anges, au Livre et aux prophètes, de donner de son bien, quelqu'amour qu'on en ait, aux proches, aux orphelins, aux nécessiteux, aux voyageurs indigents et à ceux qui demandent l'aide et pour délier les jougs, d'accomplir la Salât et d'acquitter la Zakât. Et ceux qui remplissent leurs engagements lorsqu'ils se sont engagés, ceux qui sont endurants dans la misère, la maladie et quand les combats font rage, les voilà les véridiques et les voilà les vrais pieux!” Verset 2:177. This verse is a good example of valuing goodness. Being a Muslim; a true and sincere one should not be about JUST conforming to religious rites, but also doing good to others, living a life of service, bearing suffering with patience, and overcoming fear. It is also about being accountable for our actions. Especially in a world where there are so many biases against Muslims, it becomes even more important to display good behaviors and show the world how beautiful our religion is.
PF: Wa aleikum salam waramatulahi wabarakatuhu Maman BBD*. Yes, Al Baqarah is the most comprehensive surah of the Guide. Islam is a balanced way of life. It encompasses salat. Salat is just one part of the deen. Thank you for the reminder. Masha'Allah 💞🙌🏽. Alhamdullilah.
Asalamu Alaikum. Subhan'Allah, what a beautiful lesson. I think it goes to show how strong a Muslim can be by the will of Allah ﷻ when the Muslim can keep going and persevere no matter what, being humble and good. May Allah guide us through our trials and tests
PF: Allahumma aameen.
NND*: Waleikum Salam. Great input.
NiK*: 😉 Amiiin. Thank you big sister, indeed you are absolutely right !!! Amiiin Ya Rabbi 🤲🏾🤲🏾
PF: Alhamdullilah 💝.
NSF*: 💌💌🥰. Salam waleykoum. Amine Amine. May Allah ﷻ enlighten us even more.
NiK*: Salam aleykoum to everyone. My contribution today will be for Surah Al Baqarah and a little about Surah Al Imran because I didn’t finish the whole surah yet. According to me Surah Al Baqarah is one of the best surahs because it lays the foundations of our religion. Allah talks about Islam pillars, the importance of the salat, how to do zakat, al Aziz explains to us how to do siyam of Ramadan, how to pay it back if we are sick or in travel even for the Hajj. Plus, Ar Rahman tells us all bounties or rewards that we can get in doing well all pillars. So if we want Jannah al Firdaws we know what to do. Even the punishment if we are not doing well. Allah tells us too how to behave in our life with parents, husband, child, orphans, needy ... tells us about marriage, divorce, debts ... so to conclude if we read Surah Al Baqarah we know all foundations about Islam and how to behave in our life to get paradise insha'Allah. For Surah Al Imran, about what I read yet, it’s about family. Allah tells us stories about Mariama (aleihi salam) , Issaa’s (aleihi salam) mother, Zachariah (aleihi salam) , Issa(aleihi salam) ... how al Malik granted them barakah and placed them on a high level and how He made them exceptional and an ideal family for all of humanity.
MaLg*: Waleikoum salam sisters. Wow, I'm going to learn a lot here insha'Allah. I haven't answered the questions yet, I'll get to it. Thank you for your contributions and may Allah facilitate, aameen.
NiK*: Exactly, we learn everyday. May Allah facilitate for all of us. Amiiiin and good luck. MaLg*: Thanks a lot.
PF: @NiK* Impressive! Masha'Allah . Thank you for your pearls if wisdom. Alhamdullilah for everything.
@NiK* Ahahah thank you ! I’m glad that you enjoy it. With pleasure thank you for making it happen 🥰🥰.
PF: @NiK* Don't mention it. Indeed, alhamdullilah (all the praises belong to Allah.)💞🤗
AFS: Thank you.
PF: Alhamdullilah for sisterhood.
NND*:👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽 Very insightful.
EF*: وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته، Actually, it's hard for me to choose the favorite verses from these surahs. Al Qur'an is Allah's words. I'll use some Qur'an language here. Ummul kitab is Al Fatihah and Al Baqarah itself is sanamul Qur'an. I'll share what (some verses) my students learned and memorized from both surahs. There is a lesson called *The chosen verses.* 1. Al Baqoroh 255, *Ayat Kursy.* 2. The last verse of surah al Baqoroh. 3. Ali Imran 102-104, Then, have you ever heard from the Ulamas that Rasulullah ﷺ always read the last ten verses (190-200) from surah Ali Imran after his bedtime. Sisters have you ever read about Ayat Kursy? that In hadith Bukhori (it's shohih), it tell about a man (Satan) teaches Abu Hurairah to read this verse before bedtime, so Satan will never disturb him till he wakes up. The last, if we wanna know the characters of the Muslim who will enter Jannah Firdaus, just read Al mu'minun 1-11. My students also learned and memorized it.
PF*: Assalamu aleikum waramatulahi wabarakatuhu @EF* Yes, I know about the Throne verse. Alhamdullilah. Thank you for sharing your students verses. Allahumma barik laha, aameen. It's also recommended to read "Amana rasul" the last two verses of Baqarah, and the first four verses of Surah Baqarah for protection. However, I have found that if I recite in order all the verses from the beginning of the surah to the where I know by heart, I feel a better sense of security alhamdullilah. Allahu aleem. From Imam As-suyuti and the tafsir of the scholars after him who have supported his work, these two surahs are the answer of surah Fatihah. Surah Baqarah mainly warns us against the People of Book especially the Jews while Surah Imran warns us more of the Christians because they didn't fulfill the covenant of Allah. See 3: 81 - 82. We are not supposed to argue with them, only to tell them that our religion is just to confirm what was given to them. However, you (People of the Book) are hiding the truth while "antum talamun" = while you now it. The last verse of Fatihah talks about the People of the Book because they went astray and incited the wrath of Allah. So Al Baqarah starts by verses to tell Muslims, here Believers, this is the Book you will need to guide yourself. Don't follow in their footsteps. Sadly, the ummah already followed their steps. I had to add these.
NSF*: Assalam Waleykoum 💌🥰My contributions for today : In Surah Bakarah, Allah ﷻ is giving a warning. He is talking about three groups of people:
The Believer (Al Muttaqoon),
The Disbeliever (Al Kaafiroon),
The Hypocrites (Al Munafiqoon),the people who make verbal declarations of faith but their hearts are filled with disbelief. The lessons from Surah Bakarah is that we should use the Quran as source of advice, trust Allah plan, we should have faith and belief before good actions, we should follow the Five Pillars of Islam, believe of the day of judgment, seek knowledge, speak kindly to people, maintain contact and visit the sick, seek help through patience, perseverance, prayer, repent with true regret and remorse after sinning, be grateful and good with others. I didn't finish Surah Al Imran. I am almost done. In Surah Al Imran, the lessons are: Understand the signs of Allah ﷻ and remember Him. Don't forget that Allah ﷻ created us to worship Him. "Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding".[Quran, 3:190]. Never stop supplicate Allah ﷻ, ask for forgiveness. Supplicate Him from our heart. One of them is : "*Rabbana faghfirlanaa dhunubanaa ( Our Lord, forgive us our sins, and cover them.) *Wa kaffir ‘annaa sayyi’aatinaa ( and wipe out our evil deeds, so they do not even appear in your book of records anymore.) *Wa tawaffanaa ma’al abraar ( and cause us die with with al-abraar, join us with the righteous.)" Remember Allah's promise. Never compromise your deen for dunya, and be patient.
EF*: @NSF* Absolutely, Sister!
PF*: @NSF* Wa aleikum salam waramatulahi wabarakatuhu. Beautiful dua masha'Allah alhamdullilah 💝. I have it read it plenty but I need to write it down to read it regularly outside of the Quran insha'Allah. It's similar to the dua that says : "O Allah hide my faults, forgive my sins and turn my fear into tranquility." Aameen. It's true, the munafiq are also mentioned. There are the reformers. May Allah Al Musawwir fashion US after all the great and good people he mentions in His Holy Book. Aameen 💝.
NSF*: Yes, similar doa💌❤amiine. Thank you 🥰💌.
AS*: Salam Aleikoum sisters and Djouman Mubarak! Every verse of Surah Baqarah is precious and important but I am very attached to the last verse 2.286: "Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity. It will have [the consequence of] what [good] it has gained, and it will bear [the consequence of] what [evil] it has earned. "Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people."
Allah does not burden a soul beyond his scope which shows Allah compassion and generosity toward us. Only Allah decide who has the ability to do something or not. Allah is indeed Al Razzaq (The Provider).
PF*: Wa aleikum salam waramatulahi wabarakatuhu Big Sis @AS* Thank you for sharing your input. Alhamdullilah. May Allah always make it easy on us. Aameen
NSF: 💌thank you for sharing💌🥰
NiK*: ❤❤❤ Merci 😊
EF*: Merci = thank you (In English) right? I only know that! 😁Salam, sister! @AS*
NiK*: @EF Yes!
3. What portions of each surah are you struggling to grasp?
- The Dotted Pearl
I find that a tafsir helps but when I am trying to relate the verses to my life is where I struggle and there are some fiqh issues I usually find unclear like that of inheritance.
Papatia: Up until recently, I also had issues with inheritance. However some events came to light, and I realized the extent to which some relatives will go to with the ghayb and shirk for the sake of inheritance, it makes complete sense why Allah has given a guide on how to split inheritance. That said, some people don't fear Allah and will be unjust toward women, children and even men(their relatives.) Even with that, people who sometimes have enough will never be satisfied.
- Umm Ayman's Library
The ayahs on divorce for of suratul Baqarah
- Fofky's Book Club:
KT*: FAITH, TRUST, PATIENCE . Salam Aleikoum. The last two verses of Surah Baqarah “Amana Rasul” 2:285-6. They have helped me through some of the darkest moments of my life. I have recited them so many times and till this day still have tears in my eyes when I hear or recite: "La yukallifullahu nafsan illa wus’aha. Allah does not burden a soul more than it can bear."
That's how vivid the memories are but today I say Alhamdulillah. Hardships make you ask "why me" and seek answers. The process got me closer to God and increased my knowledge so I guess it was a blessing in disguise. Whatever you are going through, no matter how hard it is, if you put your Faith and Trust in Allah and remain Patient, He will surely get you through it. It may not be what you want but it will be be what is good for you.
PF*: Wa aleikum salam waramatulahi wabarakatuhu Maman @KD . Jumah Mubarak! Thank you for sharing. Indeed, the hikmah of these verses usually become clearer when He tests us. Alhamdullilah ala kulli haal. Thank you for participating. For today, the verse I didn't understand most of my life is 2:221. Up until this past year, I didn't know that a pagan and a person of the book are two different things. One group is allowed for men and neither group are allowed for Muslim women.
FK*: As Salaamu Alaikum & Jummah Mubarak to everyone 🌸. In general, most ayahs of Suratul Baqarah are straightforward for me, but I struggled to understand some lessons. I had to review some the stories of some of the prophets and messengers, and review some concepts that are still problems in the world today. One of them is: (2:275) As for those who devour interest, they behave as the one whom Satan has confounded with his touch. Seized in this state they say: “Buying and selling is but a kind of interest,” even though Allah has made buying and selling lawful, and interest unlawful. Hence, he who receives this admonition from his Lord, and then gives up (dealing in interest), may keep his previous gains, and it will be for Allah to judge him. As for those who revert to it, they are the people of the Fire, and in it shall they abide. It wasn’t until I researched the system of Capitalism and loans with accruing interest, that I realized that the greed behind riba is part of what makes it evil and the debt that it can cause some people.
PF*: Yes, eating interest is like committing incest. Astagfirullah. The Quran is clear on the matter. May Allah guide us all, aameen. NiK*: Amin ya rabbi .Exactly May Allah grant us guidance and help us to be resilient and patient during all bad period and difficult trial. @FK* Thanks baby love 💕💕💕 for your interesting intervention that’s true before I had the same problem of understanding of this verse.
4. What are your other pearls of wisdom regarding these two
- The Dotted Pearl
Surah Al-Baqarah and Surah Al-Imran are like two lights and they shade their people on the Day of judgement like two clouds, two spaces of shades or two lines of birds.
They have a lot of stories and examples of characters that we should embody. May Allah make it easy. Amin.
- Umm Ayman's Library
They contain beautiful stories of Bani Isra'il, of making dua to Allah ﷻ , as the ayahs where Maryam (aleihi salam) was sent rizq from Allah and the Prophet Zakariya (aleihi salam)turning to Allah in supplication.
PF*: My thoughts for the day. I mentioned verses 2:194 similar to 39:37 and 2:45; Verses where Allah tells us not to be doormats. We should defend ourselves when we have been wronged to set the balance right. Allah tells us that revenge (defense) must be equal to offense. The first act is deplorable. But revenge (defense) makes accounts fair for all. We should also seek help in salah and patience for mainly personal issues not when people are provoking us. However, if we leave Allah Al Muntaqim avenge us which is not obligatory (fard) and nafila acts are those that get us closer to HIM, there's a high chance for us to walk through one the eight gates of Jannah only designated for those who drank their anger and forgave. Allahu Akbar! NiK*: Very nice teachings because it is not always easy to forgive indeed.
5. Do you sometimes questions the Author (silently) to illuminate you with the hikmah
of a particular verse?
NSF*: Assalam Waleykoum sisters. Sometimes, I question the Author to illuminate me and then I get the answer by someone. It just look like Allah ﷻ was sending this person to me. Sometimes I just tell myself that it Allah ﷻ's Book, and I have to take it as it is.
NaK*: I like to understand the history and the teaching that there is behind the surahs and certain verses in particular when I do not understand it or that I find it "raw" knowing that when we read the Quran it is a " translation of meaning ”and not exact because some words and certain meaning cannot be translated from Arabic. I like to complete my reading with ahadith that explains or the story of the Prophet ﷺ.
AA*: All of these tidbits are interesting. Kudos girls. PF: @NaK*. Yay! Masha'Allah alhamdullilah. Seeking ilm is fard upon us . Good job and keep it up.
- The Dotted Pearl
All the time! One Ayah (not related) though which I struggled with for a long time is in Surah Al-Ghashiya verse 11 : <<Wherein they will hear no unsuitable speech.>> I just couldn’t understand how idle speech fit in with those verses. Then a sister in the journaling group said, "…have you ever been in a place where people drink alcohol? If you have, then it will make all the sense."
MS*: As salam 3leikoum wa rahmatoullahi wa baarakatuh. I hope you are all well? When I don't understand a verse I try to seek understanding from people of science. Have a good in quarantine.
PF: Wa aleikum salam waramatulahi wabarakatuhu My sister @MS*. Alhamdullilah nothing to complain about. Thank you for your contribution. Talking to the ulamas is always an alternative. They more knowledgeable in tafsir. They often say that The Quran does not have a single way of being interpreted. And that's the the Beauty of the Quran. It's infinite subhannallah 🥰.
- Umm Ayman's Library
NiK*: Salam aleykoum everyone I hope my message will reach all of you in great health! I was absent these last days. For this question I never question Allah even silently to illuminate me with His verse because I do not ask me question about coran. In fact I’m afraid to fall far away from guidance. But as @MS said, when I do not understand some part I ask my dad for example or ulemas. Thank you for your question because now I know that I can ask to An Nur to illuminates me with his verse because is The powerful and can do anything “ kun faya kun” ❤❤❤.
PF*:Yes, you can. This perfects our silah (connection) to Al-Khaliq (The Creator). We have to talk to Allah like we can see Him. As He is closer to us than the jugular vein. And when in doubt, the ulamas can come to the rescue insha'Allah 💝.
6. What questions about the book(s) do you have for the moderator or other members of the discussion(s)? Like a unique intimate insight between us and Him, al-Khaliq?
TNA*: Waleikoum salam PF*. My apologies for my late contribution. Thank you to everyone in the club for their enriching contribution. My question to the Moderator and to all the members: What do you think is the moral to retain from these two suras in a few words?
PF*: Oh, don't worry honey. Life gets hectic. Welcome! The main lesson based on my research is that we implored Allahﷻ in Sura Fatihah to guide us. So, He answered us with these two surahs to guide us and protect us from the fact that we do not follow The footsteps of the devils (The pagans) and the people of the book. To them their religion, to ours. It's more than a few words 😂💞🌸. Alhamdullilah 🙌🏽!
TNA*: It's just the right words 😀. Thank you for your lights. PF: You're welcome. Thank you for coming Habibti.
EF*: Question for you...What's the meaning of "alif Laamm miim" , in the beginning of Surah Al Baqarah? I find some surahs begin by the words "nun in Al qolam," "yaa siin", tho haa, and many more. I read the translation in Qur'an, alif laam miim is alif laam miim, and I believe there I the meaning of it. Why did Allah put only the letters in the beginning of surahs? What the purpose of it? I asked my sisters here, because I really don't know the answer. To know the meaning of these letters is my big question.
PF*: Wa aleikum salam waramatulahi wabarakatuhu sis. To this day, all the scholars agree Allah kept the meaning of these letters to Himself. But IF Allah inspires you with the meaning of these letters, tell us please I wish I knew. I don't know sis 😅. Perhaps we ought to ask Him during zikr Allah, tahajjud or duha prayer going forward insha'Allah💞🙌🏽.
EF*: In shaa Allah, Sis. NiK*: Salam aleykoum to all! I will translate for the French speakers the previous exchange. Allah says in the Quran He kept it for himself and @PF asked @EF* to tell us if Allah reveals the meaning of these letters to her, lol. I can be a busy body, haha!
NSF*: My questions for you are... We all know that we are going to be tested . "Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, "We believe", and that they will not be tested?" 29:2 "We did test those before them, and Allah will certainly know those who are true from those who are false."29:3. We also believe in destiny. Shaytan is doing his work, and Allahﷻ is testing us. So when something bad happen to us, are we just supposed to say it is Allahﷻ , it is destiny , and we move on? Or we should try to protect ourselves if we can and say that it is Allahﷻ and destiny and move on? Because most of the time, we try to fight what is happening and we forget about destiny and Allahﷻ. We have to work hard to get results but if we act, pray, do right and we still have bad things happening, is it haram to say that it is someone's else fault this is happening. In fact, we forget about destiny, about the test of Allahﷻ. Sometimes, when Allahﷻ test us with good things, we never complain and most of the time, people forget that is a test from Allahﷻ. Because Allahﷻ is clear in the Quran about testing us with lost of wealth , health, or people, HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO REACT? TURN TO HIM RIGHTFULLY AND THEN WHAT? ACCEPT IT AS A TEST AND NEVER BLAME OTHERS? NEVER TRY TO PROTECT OURSELVES BECAUSE IT IS DESTINY?. EXPLAIN PLEASE sisters.
PF: Assalamu aleikum sis @NSF. The answer is simple. Any affliction is a test of Allah because of the sins we commit. Shaytan asked for a time to lead Bani Adama astray. So he has been granted that. Allah has asked us to protect ourselves with adhkars (duas,) However, many of us are minimalist Muslims. We have opened many doors to us for Shaytan to access us. Allah says in surah 91: 7 - 9 that we have free will and has won the one who purifies its soul. No sin is small. Every sin make us vulnerable to Shaytan's attacks. 2:286 says every soul will get the good of it earned and pay for what it's soul has done.
In 2:49, Allah also tells us that the people of Pharaon killed the men of Bani Israel and left the women "Wa fi dhalikum bala'un min rabbikum azim". In other words, it's was a great trial from Allah ultimately. Allah seeks to fulfill his délai to Shaytan and at the same time find out if WE truly love Him. The Prophets (aleihi salam) had it TOUGHER than us. Take Yacoub (aleihi salam) for instance, He was sick for 18 years to the point that his wife abandoned him in the forest because he smelled so bad. When the disease threatened to take his tongue, the only means he had left to worship, Allah cured HIM. Allahu Akbar. Personally, my affairs always fall into place at the last minute. Shaytan tries to stop me but Allah has a time limit for the day my dua will be answered. All Shaytan does is delay our rizq. We can stop him or lower his hold in our affairs with salah, zikr Allah and patience. When the time is up, we shine. And Shaytan gets busy with something else he can control until Allah says, ENOUGH! Your time is up! Sisters, fight Shaytan off your affairs around the clock. It expedite the answer to our dua but it also require a lot of energy and time. A thing hard to plan. Allahumma yusra aleina. Allahumma aleem. Allah the good is from Allah. All the bad is from me. Astagfirullah for any errors. Aameen . NSF*: Okay, thank you. I see. So, it always because of the sins we commit? I mean it's always better to pay for our sins here than in the next. At some point in our lives we did neglect the doas and sinners leave the door open to the devils. Either negligently or because we did not know. I ask that because it pretends that "it is because I sin a lot that I am tested". Sometimes, It's just because we were unprotected due to lack of knowledge, right?
PF*: Sins are a reason. But not all the time. Allahﷻ says that He tests everyone He loves. Often also for lack of knowledge one does not protect oneself. No person on earth is without enemies. And Satan is "aduwun mubeen" = a declared enemy.
NiK: Can you clarify more?
PF: Sure. 2:49 answers the fact that all trials we face are a test of Allah. It was meant to happen. However, it's our reaction that sets us apart. In surah 7 verse 200-201. Allah tells us the Believers are clairvoyant. When a bad thing happens to them, they know right away Shaytan is behind. You can point the finger to the person but ultimately seek forgiveness and relief with Allah. Say, "Alhamdullilah for everything. Alhamdullilah ala kulli haal. This is test and and it shall pass, too. I will learn the lesson to be learned here and grow from it." If you feel generous, pray for the person. If not, do the prayer of the oppressed. Allahu aleem. Let me know if I have answered your concerns clearly this time y'all. We have to admit that often, mankind is a little too comfortable. Even distant from Allahﷻ. Allahﷻ often tests us or lets the Satan ransack our things so that we approach Him; for Rabb. Allahu aleem!
NiK*: Ma cha Allah! Yes, you’re right. It exists three ways; one part from Allah the second from Shaytan and the third from us. And for instance, if someone does something wrong it’s from Shaytan. May Allah protect us and help us to be patient during trials.
7. How often do you read them? Like what is your suggestion? For instance, al-Kahf is recommended every Jumah.
- Umm Ayman's Library
I don't read them as often as I'd like. There was a time in the past that I read Suratul Baqarah twice a day, because of the hadith which says it acts as a protection the home in which it was recited for three days.
- The Dotted Pearl
The Prophet ﷺ said we should not turn our houses into graveyards because that is what happens when we do not read Surah Baqarah in it. Even if we cannot read it everyday, let us try to read some portion of it like say the last two ayats or Ayatul kursiyy every day.
PF: I read all the verses of Baqarah I have memorized so far every three days or so. I read the throne verse several times daily alhamdullilah.
NaK*: Salam Aleykoum sisters, Thank you for all this information I learned a lot here. I tried to impose myself a minimum of reading of 1 page per day of Quran, really as a bear minimum. Because sometime we may think that we have a busy day but we have to make time for Allah the same way that we find the time for the prayer, the same way that we find time for everything else in our day and Allah swear by the time on Surat Al Asr (104), and the time is mentioned multiple times in the Coran (sourate Al Layl, sourate Al Fajr, sourate Al Duha) The day of the judgement we will be questioned about the time that we had on earth and what we did with it. And also there is an hadith (confirmed by At-Tirmidhi) that say that on the day of the judgement we will be asked about 4 points : - Our life : how we lead it - Our youth : how we used it - Our wealth: how we got it and how we spent it - Our knowledge : what we did with it. So it is really important to read the Quran because it’s Allah’s words and gift to us here in this dunya. I tried at my best to listen to Surat al Mulk before bed, as Surat Al Mulk protects from the punishment of the grave. Surah Al Kahf every Friday. Surah Yasin every night, Surahs Al Ikhlas, Al Nas and Al Falaq (3X) every night. Ayat al Kursy every morning and night. And the two last verse of surah Baqarah every night. And for the whole surah Baqarah I tried to play it at home everyday but it’s sometime challenging as it’s a-two-hour recitation and you don’t want to be talking during this time or doing anything you want to be completely focused. An hadith say, “Do not turn your home into graveyard, Shaytan fear the houses in which Surah Baqarah is read.” Now, that I read your answer again, I think that I may have gone all over the place lol. It was just about Surah Baqarah 😅.
PF*: Not a problem! The Reminder benefits the Believer alhamdullilah. Great discipline. Masha'Allah on your daily Quran reading. I too read three pages of three different Quran a day alhamdullilah. In the morning, at Asr, and at Ishaa. Two of the Qurans belonged to my late father, may Allah have be pleased with him. The third is mine. Reading the Quran helps our parents in this life and the next life even if they are disbelievers 🥰. NaK*: Subhan'Allah, even if they are disbelievers. I didn't know that. That's good to know. NiK*: Thank you so much. PF*: Oui, Allah is Most Merciful. And if we memorize the Quran, Allah will give us a crown and beautiful garments to our parents in paradise insha'Allah. Allahu Akbar 😇💞🌸. It's a crowning journey masha'Allah.
NiK*:Waleykoum salam... regarding my frequency of reading the Quran, I try to read the Quran every day at least one verse per day. Next, in terms of recitation it is the verse from the throne I read regurlarly. The last three verses of Surah Al Baqarah, the last three of Surah Al Hashr (59), Surah at Tawba 128-19, and Surah Al Mulk I listen to it every night I don't know it by heart yet. For Al Kahf, I try to read it every Friday, in Arabic and in French ideally, if not in French, but when I can't find the time to the minimum I listen. For memorizing the verses, depending on the surah that I want to learn, I learn a verse a day or more but according to my ability and I also listen to the reciters and that helps me a lot... We must read Quran every day... I read the last three surahs of the Quran I forgot to mention them. I try to listen to Surah Al Baqarah and Yasin every day.
Amiiiin @PF. May Allah have mercy on your father's soul and grant him paradise.
PF: Thanks sis! Allahumma aameen 💝.
NSF*: Salam waleykoum sisters. I read the throne verse at least 3 times a day. I also try to read Surah Al Bakarah 3 times a week before going to bed. If I have time, I add more surahs. I read Surah Baqarah everyday and the last three surahs of the Quran. If not, I just recite them in the morning when I wake up and before going to bed. Or I just listen the audio. I try to read at least twice a month Surah An Nisa and An Nour. When I am busy, every other day, I just listen to them. But if I am free, every week.
PF: Hmm, nice. What are the benefits of An Nisa and An Nour please @NAS 😚?
NSF*: A lot. It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (aleihi salam) that whoever constantly recites Surah An Nour will never, in his lifetime, see any evil from his near ones and when he dies, seventy thousand angels will accompany his body up to the grave and will pray for his forgiveness. The Holy Prophet Mohammad ﷺ said that it is especially good for women to recite this surah. He ﷺ said Surah An Nisa is good for women, for marriage. That's all I know 🥰.
PF*: Allahu Akbar. It makes sense since I have listened and read the surah before. I just checked the source and you're correct alhamdullilah. For Nisa I don't know. But Imam Ali aleihi salam it protects against the squeezing of the grave. Alhamdullilah.
NaK*: I have a question maybe you can help me. On the fact of listening to the Quran rather than reading it, I know that the reading is greater in hassanet. But for example for Friday if we listen instead of reading Surah Al Kahf, are we protected until the following Friday?
PF: Yes. Al Hakim reported of the benefits of Al Kahf alhamdullilah. The reading of Surah Al Kahf is what Men of Science indicate. Listening to the Quran is good but it is not the same thing. To get the reward of surah 18, you can only read 10 verses at the beginning of the surah or at the end of the surah in days when you are too busy. I try to read 3 to 4 pages after each salat on jumah to be able to finish the whole surah before Magrib 💞🥰.
8. If you're memorizing the surahs, how is your hifdh journey coming along?
- Umm Ayman's Library
I'm not memorizing the surahs at the moment although I am memorizing other surahs. Alhamdulillah, having a teacher to recite to keeps me accountable and I'm making progress.
PF: For hifdh, I try to learn one verse of surah Baqarah every two days alhamdullilah. That way, it feels like I'm learning a new dua regularly. May Allah facilitates, aameen.
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