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Title: Is it not obligatory to understand the Qur


1
Is it not obligatory to understand the Quran?
  • In the name of Allah, Most Beneficent, Most
    Merciful

2
I. Clarification
  • Following are some examples from our daily lives.
    These examples are
  • Not intended to offend anyone but to make us
    review our commitment to Quran.
  • To review the justification that we have, if
    any, for not giving proper time for understanding
    Quran
  • To dismantle the arguments provided to us by
    shaitaan for not studying the Quran. Each of us
    has a shaitaan with him which has almost
    convinced us to neglect the direct
    understanding of Quran.
  • The speaker is just one of you

3
Importance
4
Revealed for pondering-1
  • (This 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-Quran, 3829

5
Revealed for pondering-2
  • Will they then not meditate on the Quran, or are
    there locks on the hearts?
  • Al-Quran, 4724

6
What is Tadabbur or Pondering?
  • One can ponder only after he understands it.
  • Example You read newspapers or stories, you
    dont 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.

7
A grave warning!
  • And the Messenger (Muhammad, pbuh) will say (on
    the day of Judgment) O my Lord! Lo! mine own
    folk make this Quran of no account Al-Quran,
    2530.

8
The Rights Of Quran
  • Scholars say that to leave Quran is not to do
    any of these
  • Believe in it
  • Read it
  • Understand it
  • Ponder its verses
  • Act upon it
  • Spread it

THE RIGHTS OF QURAN
9
Are we Excused?
  • No excuse for the non-Arabs, especially those who
    have learned other languages (other than their
    mother tongue).
  • We learnt English and became Masters in it. Why?
    Because it meant benefits of this world.
  • We neglected Arabic because no such benefit is
    attached with it!
  • How are we going to face Allah if we dont learn
    the language of His Book.

10
Quran is easy to learn
  • And We have indeed made the Quran easy for
    Zikr, then is there any that will remember (and
    receive admonition)? Al-Quran, 5417.
  • Quran is easy for receiving admonition (not for
    other aspects such as extracting rulings)

11
Quran is easy to learn (contd)
  • 2 meanings of Zikr Hifz (remembering
    memorizing) and understanding
  • As an Ummah, we worked on the first one and saw
    Allahs 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 which you can read but
    not understand (any European language that you
    dont know). Would not find it extremely
    difficult?
  • If we work on the 2nd aspect (of understanding),
    we will see the miracles here too. In fact, the
    amount of work required to develop understanding
    of the Quran is much less than that for doing
    Hifz.

12
The Prophets (pbuh) eagerness to learn Quran
  • And hasten not (O Muhammad) with the Quran ere
    its revelation hath been perfected unto thee, and
    say My Lord! Increase me in knowledge. Al-Quran
    20114

13
Greatness of Quran The only non-creation
  • Everything around us in this universe is a
    creation of Allah except the Quran. It is the
    attribute of Allah. It contains 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 Book
    in His own words containing guidelines for our
    own benefits and WE DONT HAVE TIME TO STUDY IT!

14
The best of the Books the worst treatment from us
  • If I have 20 books in my shelf, then Quran
    perhaps is the one which receives the worst
    treatment (in terms of the real use of a book,
    i.e., understanding it).
  • Allah has sent us the best of the Books and our
    attitude towards it is almost the worst in
    practical terms (even though we do pay a lot of
    lip service).

15
Every other book is understood
  • For every other book which concerns us (whether
    that of physics, chemistry, commerce, maths,
    etc.), we give a better treatment in terms of
    understanding it.
  • For Quran, we just dont bother to understand
    it.

16
I am busy!!!
  • Many among us are so busy all day that we dont
    have ANY time to recite or study to understand
    it!
  • Busy 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 Quran.
  • Practically speaking, I dont think it to be of
    worth. If it was of any value to me, I would
    surely have spared time for its recitation and
    understanding.

17
Time for everything else
  • On the contrary, I have time for everything! For
    reading news, meeting, chatting, .
  • When it comes to talking with Allah or listening
    to Allah (reciting), I dont have time.
  • Well, is it not what you say (I am busy) when you
    dont want to see a relatively worthless person
    or relatively unimportant work?

18
Fixed slots for every other activity
  • Our lives have daily time slots for everything,
    i.e., for sleeping, eating, reading newspapers,
    etc.
  • Do we have a fixed slot for the Quran (in
    addition to the five prayers)?
  • If not, it only shows the importance that we
    attach to it.

19
Disposable slot at slightest pretext
  • Even if such a daily slot or weekly slot exists
    for attending a dars or a study circle of the
    Quran, we drop it at the slightest pretext such
    as, I am tired, I had some friends/relatives
    at my house and I can not come, etc.
  • By the way, none of these pretexts are used when
    it comes to our job or other interests (such as
    social gatherings).

20
Did I bother to think that
  • If I treat the Book of Allah in this light,
    take-it-easy, and neglectful manner, how do I
    except the Author of the Book to treat me?

21
Examples to emphasize the Importance of
understanding the Quran
22
Ex. 1 The Prophets (pbuh) example Uswah?
  • Lo! thy Lord knoweth how thou keepest vigil
    sometimes nearly two thirds of the night, or
    (sometimes) half or a third thereof, as do a
    party of those with thee Al-Quran, 7320.

23
Ex. 1
  • Was the Prophet, pbuh, not busy during the day,
    doing Dawah all day? Yes.
  • Was his understanding not OK? No.
  • Was his memorization poor? Not al all.
  • Still He was asked to recite it every night for
    hours and hours.
  • Because it was the word of Allah. The Prophet
    (pbuh) also needed guidance from this Book.
    (Allah knows best)

24
Ex. 1
  • The Prophet (pbuh) spent on the average approx. 4
    hours every night.
  • And we dont want to give even 10 (24 minutes)
    of what the Prophet (pbuh) gave, THAT TOO during
    the day.
  • What level of his Ittibaa (following) do we
    have in our lives? How strong is my connection
    with my Prophet (pbuh)? (I am talking about our
    relationship with Quran and not Tahajjud).

25
Ex. 2 The companions
  • The companions of the Prophet (pbuh) wanted to
    recite more and more. He (pbuh) had to say that
    one who recites Quran in less than 3 days does
    not understand it (approximate meaning).
  • The companions valued it properly.
  • Are we eager to recite the Quran and to
    understand it?

26
Ex. 3 Your son in 10th grade
  • 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.

27
Ex. 3
  • He enjoys all the facilities and does everything
    except studying his books.
  • When you come in the evening (and you know that
    he has not opened a single book during the day),
    he starts praising you, O Dad! How nice are you!
    Thank you so much for bringing me everything!
  • May be you will tolerate it the first day. But,
    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.

28
Ex. 3
  • Now, let us extend this example to ourselves. We
    are asked by our friends, How are you?
  • In response, we say, alhamdulillah, thanks to
    Allah, we are healthy and wealthy, etc. (We
    should surely thank Allah).
  • What type of thanks is this? He has given us
    only one Book and we dont have time to read it!
  • In fact, the condition of general Muslims is that
    they have almost vowed to study everything
    except Quran!!!

29
Ex. 4 Only one Book!
  • It is a blessing of Allah that he has asked us to
    study only one Book and STILL WE DONT UNDERSTAND
    IT!!!
  • School 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, You have reached
    25 years of age, so another book for you, 30
    years! another one, AND STILL WE DONT HAVE
    TIME TO STUDY IT!

30
Ex. 5 The Same Book as was given to the
Prophet!
  • The Prophet (pbuh) was asked to recite the same
    Quran that we have for almost 4 hours every
    night!
  • He was asked to recite it again and again.
  • Are we not lucky to have the same book for us
    too.
  • Dont we always value the practice of great
    people in terms of what they read and how they
    lived?

31
Ex. 6 Night of Qadr versus the Book
  • Lo! 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.

32
Ex. 6
  • The night became extremely valuable because
    something came down in that night!
  • Then how great that thing itself is!!!
  • If the night in which it was revealed became so
    highly honored, imagine the greatness of the Book
    itself which was revealed in that night.
  • Do we really feel the greatness of this Book?

33
Ex. 7 The Kings Anniversary
  • 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, I will come and stay in your house for some
    time, How excited will I be? Will I not do
    everything to please him?

34
Ex. 7
  • By Allah, the Book (Al-Quran) that I have in my
    house is the same Book, because of which the
    night in which it was revealed became so much
    honored, because of which Ramadaan became the
    best of months,
  • Do I spend sleepless nights full of excitement
    because this Book is present in my house! Do I
    ever feel so much happy and overjoyed when I look
    at this Book in my house!!! Do I GET
    UPSET/RESTLESS THE DAY I MISS ITS LESSON, ITS
    RECITATION,

35
Ex. 7
  • 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
    Book is a burden for them, rather than a source
    of happiness.

36
Ex. 8 A software manual for a 6 digit salary
  • In todays environment of high perks for software
    engineers, if we are told that a new language
    (N !!?) 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.

37
Ex. 8
  • The Book of Allah is ready to give us the
    infinite wealth of this world (most importantly,
    in terms of real peace) and in the hereafter (in
    terms of lasting and forever bliss).
  • Do we ever get restless and spend nights studying
    this Book? Do we give it the real value and
    respect?

38
Ex. 9 A manual for converting metal to gold
  • 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?
  • But the manual from Allah (Al-Quran) will give
    us success and infinite wealth both in this world
    (the invaluable peace of mind and heart) and in
    the hereafter. Do we care?

39
Ex. 10 Education for Aakhirah?
  • For a position/ job in this world, we have spent
    thousands of days and nights, from KG to PG,
    Kingergarten to post graduation. (Well, 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?

40
Ex. 10
  • 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 (not 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 Book?

41
Ex. 11 Our reverse logic when it comes to Quran
  • Allah says in the Quran, (This 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-Quran, 3829. The purpose of revelation
    is that they ponder over its verses. A simple
    and clear statement by Allah!.

42
Ex. 11
  • Have you ever read a book on any topic (Maths,
    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 Quran. Even after clear statements by
    Allah subhanahu taala 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 yet at the same
    time does almost nothing serious to understand it.

43
Ex. 12 Common sense applied everywhere except..
  • I can read a newspaper in French which has
    similar alphabets as those of English (even
    though I dont understand French).
  • If I tell you that I have read it, you will ask
    me about the news. If I respond by saying, Well
    I have read it but I dont know the news, you
    may immediately tell me to stop fooling around
    or joking.

44
Ex. 12
  • Didnt we find any other Book except Quran to
    fool around or joke? 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 read Quran!!!
  • If we dont understand the Quran while reading
    it, then we have not read it in the most common
    sense of the word, read. (I am not talking of
    beginners here).

45
Ex. 13 Ever strict on kids for this Book?
  • We are very strict and concerned about the
    secular education of our kids. Well, that is
    good.
  • What about the most important book about aakhirah
    education? Did we ever ask our kids to work on
    reciting/understanding Quran?
  • If the parents themselves dont
    recite/understand, with what face, can they ask
    their kids to do that!!

46
Ex. 14 Self made concessions
  • If your son takes up a new language, say French,
    in his primary school class and comes in the
    beginning of the year with some French 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 French sentences. You will tell
    him explicitly that one year is long enough for
    one to start understanding at least something of
    that language.

47
Ex. 14
  • 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 dont bother to
    seriously start understanding it!!!
  • How much do we value Allah and His Book? Have we
    ever thought of His opinion about our attitude of
    carelessness towards His Book?

48
Ex. 15 A generous Boss vs. the Author of Quran
  • Suppose you were employed by a French company
    with a French boss (suppose you dont know
    French and he does not English) who is paying you
    TWICE what you were earning before.
  • If he is interacting with you daily, wont you
    learn his language? Will you still run to his
    secretary for translations?
  • Wont you start saying Merci, bon .. from the
    very next day!

49
Ex. 15
  • The Most Merciful, our Creator, our Rabb has
    given us the Quran for OUR OWN benefit. For 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 Quran... Only if
    we care!

50
Why understand Qur'an?
51
Daily Salah not complete without it!!!
  • 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.
  • Before, after, and during the Salah, I do ask
    Allah a long list of things and He out of His
    mercy grants them too.
  • But 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 dont try to learn Arabic!

52
Daily Salah 2
  • 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 TODAY at that time in that Salah.

53
Daily Salah 3
  • Allah wants us to start everyday under Quranic
    light (with 2 lectures in 2 Rakaahs of Fajr)
  • Allah wants us to end the day also in Quranic
    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 (Allah
    knows best).

54
Daily Salah 4
  • I emphasize these 3 Salah because in these Salah,
    Imam may recite from any part of the Quran (and
    he should try to recite from different parts of
    the Quran).
  • Consequently, if I do not understand complete
    Quran, I may miss the message in any of these
    Salahs simply because Imam may recite from any
    part of the Quran.
  • I can not read translation in Salah. Most
    importantly, I wont know which part of Quran
    the Imam will recite. So, for all practical
    purposes, relying on translations for this
    purpose does not work.

55
Daily Salah 5
  • 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 Quran.
  • Each Salah is a continuous reminder for me to
    understand Quran IN TOTAL and not just a part
    of it.

56
Daily Salah 6
  • If I dont understand Quran, then everyday I
    loose the message given to me in 6 lectures (two
    each in Fajr, Maghrib, and in Isha).
  • That too, at a time when I am in the best of
    worshipping mode to Allah (out of the 24 hours).
  • Every year, I miss the message given to me in
    2000 Rakahs (plus 240 or 600 rakahs of Taraweeh).
  • It is equivalent to 5 EQUIVALENT rounds of Quran
    per year (2 rounds in 3 Salahs of the whole year
    1 in Taraweeh Self recitation of at least one
    round per year)

57
Daily Salah 7
  • 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
    Quran outside Salah too.
  • Allah wants us to concentrate on certain ayahs
    (ponder on small pieces of Quran) in these Salah
    and to have a global view (ponder on bigger
    sections of Quran) in Taraweeh.
  • If we dont understand Quran, a tremendous
    opportunity to build the relationship with Allah
    is lost. How tragic and tremendous loss it is!!!

58
Daily Salah 8
  • If we dont understand Quran, a tremendous
    opportunity to build the relationship with Allah
    is lost. How tragic and tremendous loss it is!!!
  • Therefore, understanding Quran is not just
    related to time duration when one recites the
    Quran at certain time of a day. It is, in fact,
    related to every Salah everyday!!!
  • Does that not motivate us to work quicker and
    faster (almost daily) on understand Quran?

59
Attention in the most important worship
  • Maintaining Attention in Salah is a must.
    Without understanding what is being recited (by
    self or by Imam), it is extremely difficult to
    keep attention.
  • And attention to what (if you dont understand
    Quran)? Just words? Yes, they are full of
    blessings. But how long will we limit ourselves
    to listening words of Allah (without
    understanding them).

60
O my God! ...
  • One of my friend said it frankly. When the Imam
    starts Surah Rahman in Fajr, I say, even though
    unwillingly, O 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 dont
    understand what is recited. If we understand it,
    we will never say of feel such things.
  • Understanding Quran will make Salah a worship
    full of spiritual enlightenment rather than just
    a ritual.

61
Purpose of Taraweeh
  • Quran is recited in Taraweeh so that whole
    message of Quran 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
    Quran while listening.

62
KNOWLEDGE
  • As far as Quran is concerned, most of us
    (Muslims by birth) have learnt it because of our
    parents efforts. They arranged a teacher for us
    to learn the Quran.
  • Have we got any plans to learn the most basic of
    books by OUR OWN EFFORT. Have we added to what
    we learnt in childhood?
  • Do we plan to spend anytime to learn this most
    important Book, the most important source of
    knowledge?

63
Rewards for learning
  • Abud-Darda (May Allah be pleased with him)
    reported The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) 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 Dawud and At-Tirmidhi.

64
Rewards for learning
  • Abu Umamah (May Allah be pleased with him)
    reported The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
    "The superiority of the learned over the devout
    worshipper is like my superiority over the most
    inferior amongst you (in 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 (in water) supplicate in favour
    of those who teach people knowledge.''
    At-Tirmidhi.

65
BE LIKE THOSE RECITERS
  • Say Believe 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-Quran
    17107-109
  • For more details click on another presentation,
    Be like those reciters.

66
BE LIKE
  • 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?
  • But you can see some Arabs who cry (in Taraweeh
    or in Fajr prayers) while listening to the
    Quran, esp. in Haram (Makkah Madina).
  • For more details click on another presentation,
    Be like those reciters.

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Quran is not translatable
  • An example of a stanza from an Urdu poem Kaise
    kaise ayse wyse hogayeAyse wyse kaise kaise
    hogayeThe 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
    Gods composition be translated?

68
Translations are not Quran.
  • Qur'an is Words Meanings
  • You can not separate the two.
  • If you have read the translation only, then you
    have NOT READ Quran (even though the translation
    does contain the message of Quran).
  • (Here, I am not talking about rewards of reciting
    Quran. Please dont mix the two).

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Translations
  • All scholars say that Quran can not be
    translated.
  • You may have read 100 translations received the
    basic message but they are not Quran.
  • You will have read Quran only when you read it
    in own language with meanings.
  • (I am not talking of rewards of recitation here)

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Revealed in Arabic so that you understand
  • Allah says, Lo! We have revealed it, a Lecture
    in Arabic, that ye may understand Al-Quran
    122.
  • For 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 Book of
    Allah, the ultimate precious gift on earth for a
    human being.
  • If we can learn English to get degrees / jobs,
    why cant we learn Arabic to understand Allahs
    message DIRECTLY IN ARABIC.

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Only through Arabic Quran
  • By presenting the message of Qur'an in our
    language (other 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 (in its meaning)
    while listening to the translation
  • THE SPIRITUAL EFFECTS and the reward.

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Example
  • 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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Opportunities for 2 extra Awards for non-Arabs
  • 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 Quranic Arabic.

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Real Learning (like Mathematics)
  • If you just read the solved problems and do not
    think yourselves or work on it, you will never
    learn Maths.
  • If you dont ponder over the verses of the
    Quran, you may not get its real benefits.

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The Prophets morals
  • Once Aisha (pbuh) was asked about the morals of
    the Prophet (pbuh). She replied that, His
    (pbuh) morals were Quran.
  • So, the theory is Quran and the practical model
    is the Prophets (pbuh) life.
  • Without a complete and continuous study of the
    Quran, even the Prophets life can not be
    properly understood in its true sense.

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Live guidance for our lives?
  • Do we really treat it as the book of our lives?
  • Do we become doctors by reading the books just
    once?
  • We are passing this life and this book is for
    life, for guidance.
  • Before talking about solutions to a specific
    problem, do we ever refer to Quran, or sit down
    and study it a couple of hours? Rarely!

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Do we want others to teach us the Quran?
  • Recently the print media (in the East or in the
    West) and anti-Islamic leaders are quoting
    Quranic 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
    dont know them?

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Can we let the East and the West to confuse
Muslims?
  • Remember, 80 Muslims are non-Arabs.
  • We need an intense campaign to spread the
    understanding of Quran to 100 Muslim
    population.
  • Yes! If we plan for 100, we will reach at least
    25, inshaAllah.
  • If we dont do that, then Muslim masses will be
    easy targets of anti-Islamic attacks.

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Most importantly, how will we convince our kids
  • The media is continuously attacking Islam. They
    are preparing for the ultimate attack. To remove
    certain verses from the Quran 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, Dad,
    you dont understand Quran, so why dont you
    keep quiet!

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Maintain the heart
  • To keep our heart clean which is continuously
    eroded because of sins, we need to recite Quran
    (with understanding) daily.

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Material vs. Spiritual food
  • 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 Quran 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 blind man touring
  • A person reading translation is like a blind who
    is given tour by somebody (translator) of a
    wonderful garden (with respect to the original
    beauty of the Quran 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
    Quran
  • 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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Only a KG level course
  • 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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No intellectual involvement
  • There is rarely any intellectual involvement of
    Muslims with the Qur'an

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PRETEXTS
  • The quotes in white in the following slides are
    reasons given by some people who avoid / object
    to studying the Quran.
  • The text below in yellow is an effort to answer
    such people.

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What is the need? Just pray/fast/do hajj.
  • Why then Allah had to reveal 6600 verses? Are
    they naoozubillah 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 Quran,
    then he may be deprived from guidance from
    Allahs Book.
  • We should always approach Quran with an attitude
    that we are ignorant.

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What is
  • Guidance keeps increasing with Allahs help. If
    we are Muslims, that does not mean that we have
    all the guidance for all the problems of this
    life.
  • Dont we ask for guidance in every Salah in our
    daily prayers?
  • Allah subhanahu wa taala says
  • While as for those who walk aright, He addeth to
    their guidance, and giveth them their protection
    (against evil) Al-Quran 4717.

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"Why hurry in completing the Qur'an?"
  • 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?

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Why hurry
  • If I tell my students in Masters 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 Quran? 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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Is it a must to understand the whole Quran?
  • Why then did Allah ask us to recite from any part
    of the Quran in Salah? One should come up with
    redundant verses/chapters (naoozubillah). Can
    anyone claim to do that?
  • Allah knows best and He gave us this Book. To
    say that it is not necessary to understand the
    whole Book is to question His wisdom.
  • (I am talking about the basic understanding only.
    Not of mutashaabihaat etc.)

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Is it a must
  • In our daily lives we are faced with tens of
    different situations.
  • Quran gives us a number of examples, stories,
    commands, advices.
  • We dont 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 Book of guidance?
  • (We can surely take scholars help. But we
    should do our part too)

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Just focus on practice
  • There are some who say, Just focus on practice.
    Practice what you know and dont worry about
    learning more!!!
  • Learning to understand the Quran is not part of
    more. It is the most basic Book that is given
    to us by Allah as guidance. If we neglect the
    basic Book of guidance, where else will we find
    it?
  • According to scholars Obtaining extra (nafil)
    knowledge is more rewarding that performing extra
    (nafil) worhsip.

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Quran is only for Scholars?
  • If so, then why are we (the masses, the general
    public) asked to listen to it in our daily
    prayers and in Ramadaan? Is that only a ritual?
  • There is no Brahmin class in Islam (where the
    books are restricted to them only) 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 (if capable) is excluded from this
    command?

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Still we have time!
  • Perhaps almost half the life is gone (in the
    sense of average human age).
  • We dont 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
    Quranic light?

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Are all Arabs good Muslims?
  • There are some who say, Understanding Quran is
    not necessary for living as a good Muslim. Arabs
    understand the Quran so why are they (all 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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Our Pitiful Condition
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The most widely read book in existence
  • According to Encyclopedia Britannica (11th
    Edition under Koran), Quran is the most widely
    read book in existence.
  • Well, It is most widely memorized book too.
  • But sadly enough, it is the only book which is so
    widely read without understanding BY THOSE WHO
    CLAIM THEIR BELIEF IN IT.

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They read to learn and we learn to read
  • This is what is said about the others (whoever
    they are from west or east) that they read to
    learn and we Muslims, when it comes to Quran,
    learn to read only and stop there.
  • Dont Muslims claim that it is the dearest Book
    to them!!!

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Joy or grief?
  • O 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. Al-Quran, 1057-58.

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Joy or
  • Are we really happy and excited to have the
    Quran?
  • Does our heart throb when we look at Quran?
  • OR it is a burden 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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Only at tough times
  • Most of us read the Quran only when we face
    tough times! The reciting of Quran 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 (and recite His Book too)
    in all times.

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Correcting Tajweed Only!
  • If you visit those who have some religious
    awareness, you will be corrected multiple times
    if you recite the Qurran wrongly (violating
    Tajweed rules). However, nobody will fault you
    if you dont know the meaning of the Quran!
  • It is a must to learn Tajweed but let us not stop
    there.

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Holders of big degrees but
  • 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. (Of course, we should work for
    education).
  • However, when it comes to Quran, our Main
    Textbook we are ignorant (jaahil)!
  • Nobody even bothers to ask or makes sure that he
    knows it.

104
Muslim Schools
  • 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 TEXTBOOK of
    Muslims directly.
  • Is it not time for the administration of such
    schools to think seriously on this aspect?
  • (See a proposal for schools on www.understandquran
    .com)

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What type of recitation (Quality)?
  • The recitation of Quran should lead to
  • Increase in our faith ??
  • Increase in Khushoo (humility, fear, and
    submission, )
  • Cry
  • Hair standing at their end
  • Soften our hearts

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If this does not happen
  • IT MEANS ONE OF THE TWO THINGS
  • We do not understand or
  • We have hardened hearts. Al-Quran, 5716
  • Have you ever seen non-Arabs who cry while
    listening to Imam in Fajr, Isha, or Taraweeh
    prayers? Why? Because they dont undestand it!
    You can see that phenomena in Arab world,
    especially in Majid-e-Haraam or in
    Masjid-e-Nabawi.

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If this does not happen
  • Allah has mentioned the effects (increase in
    faith, crying, hair standing at their ends, ) of
    recitation on His believers. Dont want to be
    like those?
  • Unless we feel those effects we should say that
    our reading of Quran in not perfect. We should
    always work towards this goal.
  • Understanding Quran is the first step towards
    this goal. Simultaneously we should seek refuge
    of Allah from hardened hearts.

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The problem/challenge is of the heart
  • Prayer for the right heart Al-Quran, 38.
  • Hearts of hypocrites
  • Hearts of Kuffar
  • Hearts become blind
  • Hearts become rusted
  • Hearts become heedless
  • Entry in Jannah if

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The problem/challenge is of the heart
  • According to a hadith .., to remove the rust of
    hearts, we should (1) remember death and (2)
    recite Quran.
  • Quran in fact does bring the life of heart back.

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Weekly vs. Daily classes
  • In the following slides, it is urged that you
    should try to hold/attend daily classes on Quran
    for effective learning.

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Why weekly sessions are not effective
  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, Is it
    Friday/? O! I forgot that we have class
    today!.
  2. Teaching experts say that retention in learning
    for a weekly class (especially with our heedless
    attitude towards Quran) is only 20 to 25.
    Consequently, the learning process is very
    ineffective.

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Why
  • 3. If we skip one class, it is almost
    half-a-month of no-touch/no-interaction with the
    Quranic lesson.
  • 4. Even if you do it regularly (with 1 or 2
    pages/class, it means 2 or 3 Juz/paras in a
    year or 10 to 15 years to complete the
    Quran!!! What a tremendous loss of remaining
    active life! For the next 15 years (IF WE
    LIVE!), we will not be able to understand 50 of
    the Quran on the average!

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Do it daily, otherwise
  1. We will loose a lot message given to us in
    1000s of Rakahs (5 equivalent Qurans)
  2. We may not have proper concentration in Salah,
    esp. in those where the Imam recites something we
    dont understand.
  3. The late we start or the slower we build up our
    relationship with Allah, the more of the
    remaining life (interactive with Allahs message)
    we loose.

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General Benefits
  • 4. In addition to fulfilling the requirements of
    the study of Quran, let us see how ahadeeth
    encourage us
  • Uthman ibn Affan (may Allah be pleased with
    him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace
    be upon him) said The best among you are those
    who have learnt the Quran and teach it (to
    others) Bukhari.

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General Benefits
  • On the authority of Abu Hurairah, may Allah be
    pleased with him, that the Prophet (peace be upon
    him) said No people gather together in one
    of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of
    Allah and studying it among themselves, without
    tranquility descending upon them, Mercy (of
    Allah) enveloping them, the angels surrounding
    them, and Allah making mention of them amongst
    those who are with Him Muslim.

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Benefits of daily program
  • 5. We will stay daily for 40 minutes in Qur'anic
    environment and will be counted as those who are
    the best, inshaAllah.
  • 6. Daily we will be receiving those 4 blessings
    (mentioned 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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Benefits of daily program (contd)
  • 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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Benefits of daily program (contd)
  • 10. We will be in contact with each other
    everyday. That way, (as Da'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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Benefits of daily program (contd)
  • 12. What will we gain if we dont 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 (if it is after
    Fajr till Ishraaq, the best and ideal time)?
    Compare it to how much will be lost!

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Benefits of daily program (contd)
  • 13. Make use of blessings before they are gone
    they may run out very quickly!!!
  • Five blessings Life youth time health
    prosperity
  • Additional blessings
  • availability of the daily program (if 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 (there was a
    time when there was no translation available)

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From Next year under full Quranic light
  • If you start daily study, then from the next year
    onwards, you will live under full Quranic 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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The worth of Quran?
  • Let us say that our company announces a 50
    increase in salary for an overtime of 40 min.
    (after Fajr the ideal time to study the
    Quran).
  • 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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The worth
  • 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
    dont really need that extra money.
  • If we are ready for that and not for a Quranic
    class (that too for 10 months only), we say with
    our actions that the worth of Quran in practical
    terms is not even 60!

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Last Appeal
  • Even if you cant start with daily class of 40
    minutes after Fajr (or after Maghrib/Isha),
  • go for 20 minutes daily after Fajr
  • go for 20 minutes daily after Isha
  • If not daily, go for 5 days a week or at least 3
    days a week.
  • But there is nothing like daily class (after
    Fajr, till Ishraq). It will be the most
    effective, as outlined earlier.

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A Reminder Again
  • Will they then not meditate on the Quran, or are
    there locks on the hearts? Al-Quran, 4724

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Let us not be deaf
  • The duties of Quran do not disappear by
    neglecting them.
  • Let us not become deaf or blind to this call or
    any call by Allah, O ye who believe! Obey Allah
    and His messenger, and turn not away from him
    when ye hear (him speak). Be 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. Al-Quran 820-21.

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Allah is there to help us!
  • As for those who strive in Us, We surely guide
    them to Our paths Al-Quran, 2969

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Allah is there to help us!
  • The Prophet (pbuh) said, Allah says and
    whosoever comes to Me walking, I go to him
    running Hadith Qudsi, Muslim.
  • We have to at least start walking. Allah will
    then surely help us. If we dont even try to
    walk, then how can we expect any help from Allah.
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