July 11, 2020 § Leave a comment
The Most High said:
“Nay, they deny the Hour, and We have prepared a Blaze for those who deny the Hour. When it sights them from a distant place, they will hear it raging and roaring. And when they are cast into a narrow place in it, bound together in chains, they will pray for [their own] annihilation. They will be told, “Do not cry out only once for destruction, but cry many times over!” 25:11-14.
The scholars said, explaining, “Do not cry out only once for destruction, but cry many times over!”:
“Your destruction is much more than for you to call out one time—call out many, many times.” Baghawī.
“Namely, they will call out hoping for death in order to escape what is even worse.” Maḥāsinat-Taʾwīl, al-Qāsimī.
“They will hope for destruction and call out for it due to the calamity that they are in. But they will receive the answer, “Do not cry out only once for destruction, but call many times over!” and the ones saying it to them will be the Angels, saying: “Leave off asking for destruction only once—because the destruction that you are in is bigger and greater than that.” So the meaning is: don’t ask for destruction for yourselves just one time—ask for it many, many times, because the punishment you are in is worse than what you called out for due to how long it is and due to it never ending.” Fatḥul-Qadīr, ash-Shawkānī.
“This is to rebuke them because normally when a person cries out for destruction in this world he is shown mercy, but there they will not be shown mercy and will be told: your calling out for destruction will not help you at all so call out repeatedly. The punishment will continue.” ʿUthaimīn.
“The point of this answer is to show them that their punishment is eternal and to make them despair of any hope of receiving death which would save them from what they are in.” Fatḥul-Bayān, Ṣiddīq Ḥasan Khān.
“Said to rebuke them and to inform them that it is eternal: don’t limit yourself to mourning only once, grieve over and over again, for you deserve it.” Al-Muḥarrar al-Wajīz, Ibn ʿAtiyyah.
“‘Call many times over,’ because it is uncountable, there is no end to it.” Naẓmud-Durar.
Does Reciting Surah Kahf on Fridays Prevent One from Falling Under the Category of Having Abandoned the Quraan? Do I get Reward for Listening to the Quraan while Cooking?
April 4, 2020 § Leave a comment
Questioner: What is the definition of abandoning the Quraan? And does reciting Surah Kahf on Fridays prevent one from falling under the category of having abandoned the Quraan? And do I get reward for listening to the Quraan while cooking or anywhere at home?
Al-Khudair: Abandoning the Quraan is to desert reciting it and reflecting upon its meanings, taking heed from it and acting upon it, so abandoning it is done through such things. [Like I said] either by leaving off reciting it such that a long time passes without reading it. Or to leave reflecting over it, which is to abandon its meanings, taking heed from it, and pondering and benefitting from it, and to leave acting upon it, [all this] is to abandon the reason it was sent down, [and] all of this comes under the threat:
وَقَالَ الرَّسُولُ يَا رَبِّ إِنَّ قَوْمِي اتَّخَذُوا هَٰذَا الْقُرْآنَ مَهْجُورًا
“And the Messenger will say, ‘O my Lord! Lo! My people took this Qur’aan as [a thing] abandoned.’” [25:30]
Reciting Surah Kahf on Fridays does not remove one from having abandoned the Quraan, since what is meant by, ‘The Quraan,’ is the Quraan in its entirety—so one has to read it all—reciting some of the Surahs and restricting yourself to them alone, as was mentioned in the question concerning Surah Kahf, does not remove a person from having deserted it.
There is no doubt that by listening to the Quraan on the radio or from someone reciting it one obtains the reward as one does with reciting it, “And when the Qur’an is recited, give ear to it and pay heed, that ye may obtain mercy,” [7:204] so the one listening is like the one reciting, just as the person saying, ‘Aameen’ to someone’s du’aa is like the one [actually] making the du’aa.
Some people benefit more by listening than by reciting it, especially when they listen to an articulate reciter whose recitation is invigorating, for a person might recite the Quraan but his heart is preoccupied and thus he does not reflect over it but when he listens to a reciter whose recitation is enthusing it might benefit him more—but even so, he should recite the Quraan himself, and listen to it recited sometimes.
He should also vary the types of recitation he does too. At times reciting to get the reward for reading each letter, and each one has ten rewards. At others reciting so that his heart can benefit from it as ordered by reflecting over it with a slow, considered, measured, recitation of it.
The point is a Muslim needs to think about the pact he has with his Lord. The Shaikh of Islaam [Ibn Taymiyyah] says that reciting the Quraan as has been prescribed gives a believer’s heart knowledge, certainty, faith and tranquility which can only be envisaged or grasped by someone who has [actually] done so.”
March 22, 2020 § Leave a comment
Here is an amazing app to help with memorising the Qur’aan.
- Click on a blank space to have its corresponding word appear temporarily.
- Click on the verse number symbol to have it appear in full, click again to hide it.
- Click on the + symbol at the bottom of the page to have the verses appear one by one in order, click on the verse number to hide them.
- Swipe over a number of words/verses at any one time to have them all appear temporarily.
- Click on a word two times to have it highlighted in a different colour, in order to help remember where memorisation is weak.
- Click on the name of a Surah, or Juzz, or page number to go there.
You can find it here.
May 13, 2018 § Leave a comment
Shaikh Abdur-Razzaaq al-Badr, said, “Abdullah ibn Mas’ood, may Allaah be pleased with him, said, ‘The emptiest houses are the ones most void of the Book of Allaah,’ [Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaibah, 30024], i.e., the houses having the least amount of good and blessings in them are the ones where the Book of Allaah is not recited, which is something which wipes out the blessings of a house and draws the devils to it.”
May 28, 2017 § Leave a comment
Imaam adh-Dhahabi said, “Abu Mu’aawiyah al-Aswad: one of the great Awliyaa of Allaah, he accompanied Sufyaan ath-Thawree, Ibrahim Ibn Adham and others, and it was said that he went blind but that when he wanted to recite the Quraan he would then, with Allaah’s permission, be able to see the mushaf.”
Siyaar A’lam an-Nubalaa, vol. 9, p. 78.
April 26, 2017 § Leave a comment
Ibn Kathir said, “And one of the most extraordinary things is what Abu Ubaid related from Sa’eed Ibn Ufair from Bakr Ibn Mudar, [which was that] Sulaim ibn Itr At-Tujini would finish reciting the entire Quraan three times in one night and would also have marital relations with his wife three times in the same night.
When he passed away, his wife said, ‘May Allaah have mercy on you. You used to please your Lord and satisfy your family.’ She was asked, ‘How so?’ She replied:
‘He would stand to pray in the night and then finish the entire Quraan, then he would have marital relations with his wife and then perform ghusl. Then he would go back and recite until he finished the entire Quraan, then he would have marital relations with his wife and then perform ghusl. Then [again] he would go back and recite until he finished the entire Quraan, and then have marital relations with his wife, then perform ghusl and leave for the morning prayer.’
I [Ibn Kathir] say: Sulaim ibn Itr was a most distinct taabi’i, trustworthy and noble. He was a Qadi in Egypt during the reign of Mu’awiyah … Abu Haatim said that he narrated from [the Companion] Abud-Dardaa … and Ka’b Ibn Alqamah said, “Sulaim ibn Itr was one of the best of the Taabi’een.’”
Tafseer Ibn Kathir, vol. 1, p. 81.
March 18, 2016 § Leave a comment
Shaikh Muhammad Atiyyah Saalim said, “And I heard the Shaikh [i.e., Shaikh Muhammad al-Ameen al-Mukhtaar ash-Shinqiti, author of the tafseer, ‘Adwaaul-Bayaan’], may Allaah have mercy on us and him, make the following statement, ‘The Quraan will not become firmly established in one’s chest, nor will memorising it become easy, and neither understanding it, except by standing in prayer with it in the depth of the night,’ and he, may Allaah have mercy on him, would not leave his set portion of recitation during the night whether in summer or winter.’”
Tatimmah Adwaa’ul-Bayaan fi Eedaah al-Quraan bil-Quraan, p. 613.
November 27, 2015 § 1 Comment
Host: Her last question which we put to you, she says, “I want to memorise the noble Quraan but I find it difficult, what advice and guidance do you have for me about this?”
Ibn Baaz: I advise you to seek Allaah’s Aid, and to humbly beseech Him by asking Him in sajdah and at the end of the tahayyaat [in the prayer], or at night, or at the end of the night, during the middle of the night, you ask Him سبحانه وتعالى to help you memorise it—being truthful and humble—[saying], “O Lord! Help me to memorise your Mighty Book! O Allaah! Help me to memorise it! O Allaah! Make it easy for me to memorise it!” And along with that honest du’aa you strive to do [the necessary] actions, you strive to memorise at the appropriate times which you are free in during the day and night.
You start with al-Baqarah or the mufassal surahs, and you read what you are able to every day, even if it is only a little—you read every day even if it is only a little—and you strive to study it, you repeat it until it becomes firmly established, carrying on like that until you finish it, inshaa Allaah.
Aspire to seek out the appropriate times during the night or day when your heart is not preoccupied, organising it bit by bit, a half, an eighth, an eighth, a page every day, two pages, whatever you are able with honesty and a with desire for what Allaah has, and while asking Allaah to grant you success and help you, [if you do that then] rejoice at the good [that will come your way], Allaah سبحانه وتعالى says, “And whoever fears Allah, He will make a way for him to get out (of every difficulty),” [Talaaq 2], “And whoever fears Allah, He will make a way for him to get out (of every difficulty). And He will provide for him from (sources) he never could imagine,” [Talaaq 2-3], so He سبحانه وتعالى is with His Allies by making things easy for them, making them correct, granting them success and helping them.
May Allaah make your situation easy for you, and may He help you and make both me and you and all the Muslims firm upon the truth and guidance.
November 27, 2015 § Leave a comment
Host: A sister who has a question, she says that I feel scared and frightened sometimes when I sleep alone in my room and so I’m forced to play the Quraan in order to sleep while listening to its verses, is this allowed?
Ibn Baaz: I do not see any harm in that, because the Quraan is what the believer feels at ease with and it is the remembrance of Allaah عز وجل and thus listening to it is worship, so if a person needs to listen to it in order not to feel lonely and so that his heart can be at ease, then there is no harm in that and all praise is due to Allaah.