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  • Violence in the Quran: Look at the Whole Forest, Not Just One Tree

    Quoting sacred verses out of context is one of the hallmarks of religious extremism. Why? Because isolating certain verses and separating them from the spirit in which they were said, their historical context, and the entire meaning of the book very often gives a verse or phrase a meaning that’s more suited to a terrorist agenda than to the truth.

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  • Why is Zakah So Often Linked With Prayer in the Quran?

    And establish prayer and give zakah and bow with those who bow .  The Saheeh English translation of the Quran contains 33 references to the word “zakah,” and 28 of them refer to those who establish prayer and give zakah. Clearly prayer and zakah are spiritually inseparable. To figure out why, let’s take a moment

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  • The Six Blind Men and Us

    By Tabassum Mosleh | I was printing some reading comprehension worksheets for my cousin when I came across this story. There were these six blind men who, having little knowledge of elephants, got very excited when they were informed of one tramping down the road. They requested the rider to let them examine it and, having no sight, went over

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  • Allah Gives Without Account

    By Tabassum Mosleh | And Allah gives provision to whom He wills without account. It is evident in the examples in the Quran that, when you ask something from Allah, He gives you not just that thing, but better. Sometimes we don’t realize that what we got is better than what we wished, but sooner or later it

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  • 4 Ways the Prophet Explained the Quran, With Examples (English translation)

    | by Tabassum Mosleh | Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim . . . | The role of the Prophet (sa) didn’t end with the conveying of the verses of the Quran. He taught his companions, and through them he taught us, the importance of the verses, their usage, and how to implement them in practice. Allah (swt) says: It is He who

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  • When a Child Sneezes, Supplicate!

    How can you get rewarded for making dua’ for someone, gain hasanaat for reviving an abandoned sunnah, and be rewarded for teaching a child a sunnah habit, inshaa’Allah, gaining ongoing charity for each time they say “alhamdulillah” when they sneeze? Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan said: As for the child if it sneezes you do not respond to it (saying ‘yarhamakAllaah,’ etc.)

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  • The Quranic Ideal of Friendship

    Lina was heartbroken. “I thought she was my friend!” she moaned. “I did everything for her! No sacrifice was too small! And she just threw me away like an old dishrag!” A Truly Valuable Kind of Love Friendship can be one of the greatest rewards in life, a source of fun, emotional safety and gratification, peace, and intellectual stimulation. The

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  • Nearness to God

    by Ibrahim Rasool | The omnipresence of God and nearness of God to man is one of the central messages of The Holy Quran. Several verses speak of how much God is loving and affectionate towards humanity and several other verses expect the same from human beings. So, when you are free, strive hard, and to your Lord turn your

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  • Freedom of Women in Islam [Understand Quran Academy]

    By Tabassum Mosleh | Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim | Women’s freedom in Islam is one of the most vulnerable targets for attackers of Islam. The conflict is not because the Islamic concept of women’s freedom has any weakness, because Allah’s laws are perfect in every way. The weakness is rather in lack of knowledge and research in Islamic academics and ignorance

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  • Quranic Arabic Grammar Lessons: Meanings of the Different Forms of Verbs

    by Tabassum Mosleh | Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim. Studying Arabic grammar is very similar to studying mathematics: There are various clear-cut rules that come together to form an intricate framework of words. The same three or four root letters can be used to form many, many words, and the same rules can be applied to form other such multiplicity of words

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  • Here, Hereafter, and Surah Ghashiyah

    by Raiiq Ridwan  | Have you heard tell about the Overwhelming Event? On that Day, there will be downcast faces, toiling and weary, as they enter the blazing Fire and are forced to drink from a boiling spring, with no food for them except bitter dry thorns that neither nourish nor satisfy hunger. Among the Surahs that

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  • Understanding Privacy in Islam [Learn Quran Using TPI]

    By Tabassum Mosleh | “Mom, why don’t you ever knock on my door before entering?” This is a common complaint of teenagers – that their privacy is not respected by elders, especially their parents and siblings. The opposite is also true; children sometimes don’t really understand that their parents need privacy too, and don’t think twice while walking into our

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  • Why Am I So Sad? And What Does the Quran Say About My Tears?

      Groundbreaking psychiatrist Michael Bennett has a sign on his wall that says, “No Whining.” He confesses to being sometimes obliged to take it down from the wall and wave it in a patient’s face. Contrary to the long-prevailing wisdom, Bennett believes that dwelling on problems by talking about them endlessly is the worst way to deal with the pain

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  • Reading Quran Daily: 4 Mental Blocks that Prevent Your Devotional Exercise

    If you’ve tried to make a habit of reading the Quran regularly, you’ll probably have experienced this. There are periods of time when you just don’t feel like doing it. It also happens to beginners of Quranic studies, be it tajweed or Arabic. Sometimes we can’t even figure out the reason behind this block. So here are some causes that

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  • 5 Easy Android Apps for the Student of the Quran to Download

    Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim. Studying the Quran has become so easy nowadays that it’s almost a crime not to utilize these opportunities. Here are a few Android apps which are useful aids for students of the Quran. Quran Android This seems an obvious app to have. But in fact there are several choices of Quran apps, and I have found this

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