How to do Wudu

How to do Wudu, the importance of Wudu:
Wudu (ablution) is essential for every prayer. No prayer is acceptable to Allah without Wudu and Allaah Glorified Is He knows best . Performing Wudu properly is indeed essential in Islam because without it no prayer is acceptable.

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Reference this pdf below for more information Insha Allaah.
Prophets Wudoo

Is online Quran teaching helpful?

Is online Quran teaching helpful?

In sha Allah it is, as it considers the individual abilities and daily schedule, it is also conducted at the comfort of the student home, which helps in creating a more interactive environment from that of traditional Quranic institutes, but it all comes down to the individuals efforts. Online Quran teaching is a method that has been proved successful over the years and is ever increasing due to the improvement of technology and its reliability for quality communications in sha Allah.

Importance Of Learning and Reciting The Quran Properly

Uthmaan (May Allaah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) said: “The best of you is he who learns the Qur’an and teaches it” Reported by al-Bukhari.

Quran is a book of guidance for a Muslim life, and there are endless virtues for reading and following it as indicated by the Quran itself and the many narrations by our beloved Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him).

Abu Moosaa (May Allaah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) said:

“The example of a believer who recites the Qur’an and acts on it, is like a citron which tastes nice and smells nice. The example of a believer who does not recite the Qur’an but acts on it, is like a date which tastes good but has no smell.

The example of a hypocrite who recites the Qur’an is like a sweet basil which smells good but tastes bitter. The example of a hypocrite who does not recite the Quran is like a colocynth which tastes bitter and has a bad smell.” Reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim

My dear brothers and sisters, Allah has sent messengers and prophets to people throughout history to clarify for them the purpose of their creation, and those messengers and prophets were given miracles by Allah (The Most Glorified, The Most High) as proof and evidence for their Prophethood, and to authenticate the messages which they held according to the time which they existed in. Prophet Mohammad (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) was the seal of all messengers and prophets, and he was sent to people who had eloquence with spoken words, and because of that Allah (The Most Glorified, The Most High) has blessed him with the miracle of the Quran as a proof of his Prophethood and a documented guidance to the generations to come.

In order for us to comprehend the only prophetic miracle in our hands today, we need to address it with its proper and authentic tools, by which we can understand its speech and its directions, and that includes the way we need to recite it. Simply because, the science of recitation is part of the miracle of the Quran and an important method to further engage with divine guidance.

Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) reported that the Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) said:

“The one who masters the (recitation of) Qur’an will be with the

obedient Messengers (i.e. the Angels), and the one who recites the Qur’an and stutters in it, and it is difficult upon him, will have two

rewards.

Reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

The Importance of Tajweed Al Qur’an

The definition of Tajweed:

“Tajweed” in Arabic, literally comes from the word “Jawda”, which means quality and goodness.  And “Tajweed “is to recite Quran in a proficient way that you pronounce each letter of it correctly. In other words, to give every letter its rights and dues as required depending on its phonetic environment.

The purpose of Tajweed:

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says:

 “And those who disbelieve say, “Why was the Qur’an not revealed to him all at once?” Thus [it is] that We may strengthen thereby your heart. And We have spaced it distinctly.” 25:32

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“Those to whom We have given the Book recite it with its true recital. They [are the ones who] believe in it. And whoever disbelieves in it – it is they who are the losers.” 2.121

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“Or add to it, and recite the Qur’an with measured recitation.” 73:4

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The prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allaah be upon him says):

“He is not of us, he who doesn’t recite the Qur’an in a melodious voice.”Sahih Bukhari

“Beautify the Qur’an with your voices” Sunan Abi Dawood, v.2. Book of Prayer.

“The one who is proficient in the recitation of the Qur’an will be with the honourable and obedient scribes (angels) and he who recites the Qur’an and finds it difficult to recite, doing his best to recite it in the best way possible, will have a double reward.”Al-Bukhari and Muslim

In the Ayaat and Hadiths I stated above, Allaah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala orders prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allaah be upon him) to recite the Quran with measured recitation. Thus, it is a must for every Muslim to try his best so that he can recite Quran accurately as it was revealed to prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allaah be upon him).

The first reason why Quran should be recited with Tajweed is because it is the words of Allaah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.

The Prophet (peace and blessing of Allaah be upon him) learned the Quran with Tajweed, in a measured recitation from Jebreel (peace be upon him).

The Quran is in Arabic. Therefore, it is a must to learn the Arabic phonology to recite the Quran in Tajweed. For each letter in Arabic there is a particular Makhraj (a place of articulation) and a  (Sifah feature, characteristic, attribute) which distinguish it from the other letters. Thus, knowing each letter’s Sifah and Mukhraj is very important for Tajweed.

Learning Tajweed avoids from reciting Quran incorrectly because there are two kinds of mistakes (lahn) that one may commit if they do not know Tajweed:

Lahn that may change a letter, word or a verse… And this is considered to be a GREAT MISTAKE because it causes to change the Quran.

Lahn that doesn’t make any change but it is considered to be inaccurate way of recitation. This kind of Lahn is considered to be a small mistake.

Muhammad bin Al-Jazaree the great scholar of Qur’an and Hadith says in his famous poem (Mathn Al Ajroumiya) in the rules of Tajweed:

“And applying Tajweed when reciting Quran is an essential condition…. Whoever doesn’t recite Quran with Tajweed, a sinner is he”

“و الأخذ بالتجويد شرط لازم    من لم يجود القرآن آثم”

Finally,

Learning Tajweed leads to reciting Al Quran in the same way it was revealed to the prophet Muhammad Salla Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam (peace and blessing of Allaah be upon him).

Edited by Monir Sider

How to Memorize the Holy Quran?

Steps to consider in Qu’ran Memorization

 1.  Intention:

The first step every Muslim should consider in all his actions and deeds is making sure that his intention (Niyah) is always sincere to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala alone.

 

                                                                          Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says:

“Say, “Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah , Lord of the worlds.”6:162

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 2. Seeking Refuge in Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala from Shaytaan:

It is advised to say: (‘A ‘oothu billaahi minash-Shaytaanir-rajeem) each time you are to start reciting Quran.

Allah Almighty says:

“So when you recite the Qur’an, [first] seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the expelled [from His mercy].”16:98

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 3. Reciting it in a measured way. Tajweed:

The recitation of Quran must be in a measured and accurate way. Al Imam Ibn Aljazari in his Mathn Al Ajroumiya (set of poems in Tajweed rules) says: “Whoever does not recite Quran with Tajweed is a sinner”

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says:

 “ Those to whom We have given the Book recite it with its true recital. They [are the ones who] believe in it. And whoever disbelieves in it – it is they who are the losers.” 2:121

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 “Or add to it, and recite the Qur’an with measured recitation.” 73:4

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 “And those who disbelieve say, “Why was the Qur’an not revealed to him all at once?” Thus [it is] that We may strengthen thereby your heart. And We have spaced it distinctly.” 25:32

 

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The Prophet (peace and blessing of Allaah be upon him says):

 “Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.”

 [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

 

4. Understanding Quran. Pondering deeply upon Quran:

The Muslim is asked to ponder, think deeply and reflect upon Ayaats of the Quran and not only reciting it in a beautiful way. Tajweed is not a reason itself, but it is a tool that appeals to understanding Quran.

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says:

“[This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that they might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded.” 38:29

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“Then do they not reflect upon the Qur’an, or are there locks upon [their] hearts?”47:24

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 “Then have they not reflected over the Qur’an, or has there come to them that which had not come to their forefathers?”23:68

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 “Indeed, We have made it an Arabic Qur’an that you might understand.”43:3

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5.  Implementing the Quran :

And this is the greatest challenge:

Once you memorize and understand a verse, two verses or even a one hundred verses of Quran, try to implement what these verses teach, because this helps a lot, settling the Quran in the heart.

 Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says:

 “Indeed, this Qur’an guides to that which is most suitable and gives good tidings to the believers who do righteous deeds that they will have a great reward.”(17:9)

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The prophet (peace and blessing of Allaah be upon him says):

“The example of a believer who recites the Qur’an and acts on it, like a citron which tastes nice and smells nice. And the example of a believer who does not recite the Qur’an but acts on it, is like a date which tastes good but has no smell. And the example of a hypocrite who recites the Qur’an is like a Raihana (sweet basil) which smells good but tastes bitter and the example of a hypocrite who does not recite the Qur’an is like a colocynth which tastes bitter and has a bad smell.”

 Bukhari  Volume 6, Book 61, Number 579

  6. Revision:

The prophet (peace and blessing of Allaah be upon him says):

“The example of the person who knows the Qur’an by heart is like the owner of tied camels. If he keeps them tied, he will control them, but if he releases them, they will run away.”

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“It is a bad thing that some of you say, ‘I have forgotten such-and such verse of the Qur’an,’ for indeed, he has been caused (by ALLAH) to forget it.  So you must keep on reciting the Qur’an because it escapes from the hearts of men faster than camel do.”

 Bukhari Volume 6, Book 61, Number 550

 7. The best times of Quran memorization:

The time of Sahar is the best time to memorize Quran, the period between midnight and Fajr. It is advised to take advantage of this blessed time to start memorizing new ayats or surahs and use the other times for example the time between Al dhhr and Al Asr, to revise what you already memorize. 

8. The right way of Quran memorization

  •      Before you start on memorizing any new Ayah or Surat, make sure you get to recite it correctly because there is a great probability that you may memorize it mistakenly and it will be hard to correct your mistakes then. Therefore, it is advised to perform your recitation in front of a Sheikh until you are sure you recited correctly, then you can begin on memorization. If you don’t find a Sheikh and you want to memorize Quran yourself, then be advised to listen to the portion you want to memorize from your preference of audio (cd, tape, ipod, etc.) of one of the famous Qurr’aa (reciters). For example, Sheikh Al hussari, Sheikh Al huthaifi or Sheikh Saad Al Ghamidi…Al Hamdulillah there are many of them.
  • Try to stick to a one Mushaf (Quran).
  • Read the verse you want to memorize again and again many times. When you feel you can recite by yourself without reading from Al-Mushaf (The Quran), then try to perform your recitation by heart. And this should be repeated many times.
  • Once you finish memorizing and you wish to memorize the following Ayaat, start reading from the last Ayah you’ve memorized so that you can join what you’ve already memorized with the next and so on.
  • Use the verses you memorize in your prayers. This helps a lot strengthening your Hifz (memorization).

9. Duaa:

          Ask Allaah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala to make it easy for you to memorize His book.

How did Sahaba (May Allaah be pleased with them all) memorized Quran?

Not all of the companions (May Allaah be please with them) of the Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allaah be upon him) memorized the whole Quran; they were more concerned with applying it in their lives. Umar Ibn Abi Taleb (may Allaah be pleased with him) kept on learning Surat Al-baquara  12 years. Abdu Allaah Ibn Masood (may Allaah be pleased with him) mentioned that  it was more difficult for them (meaning himself and the other companions) (May Allaah be please with them) of the Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allaah be upon him) to memorize Quran, yet it was easier to implement in their lives, and that those who would come after them (meaning us), it would be easier to memorize, but more difficult to implement.

These are the companions (May Allaah be please with them) of the Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allaah be upon him). The students of the Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allaah be upon him) and the best generation ever. They knew the truth of The Quran, they knew that it was not only a book to recite beautifully with the tongue and memorize by the heart but they also knew the purpose behind the recitation and the memorization, which is of course, acting according to The Quran’s teachings and putting them into action. Thus, they (may Allaah be pleased with them all) were aware of the fact that the quality is in the extent of their obedience to the words of Allaah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala and not in the quantity of the Ayats and Surahs they memorized.

 Edited by Monir Sider

 

Quran Learning And Teaching

 

The Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allaah Be upon him) said:

 

“People of the Qur’an are the people of Allaah and his own.”

“عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ ، قَالَ : قَال رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : ” إِنَّ لِلَّهِ أَهْلَيْنِ مِنَ النَّاسِ ” . قِيلَ : يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ، مَنْ أَهْلُ اللَّهِ ؟ قَالَ : ” أَهْلُ الْقُرْآنِ هُمْ أَهْلُ اللَّهِ وَخَاصَّتُهُ

“The best of you are the ones who learn the Qur’an and teach it to others” [Al-Bukhari]

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: ((خيركم من تعلم القرآن وعلمه)) البخاري


 

  • Why is it important to learn Quran?

Quran is the words of Allah Subhanau Wa Ta’ala (Glorified Is He The Most High). It is the guidance and the light of our lives. Therefore; it is very important for every Muslim and Muslima to learn it, ponder deeply upon it and live according to its guidance.

There are loads of Hadiths in the Pure Sunnah and Ayaat in the Holy Quran that encourage the believers to study and memorize Quran by heart.

 

Four Verses from the Holly Quran:

“Indeed, those who recite the Book of Allah and establish prayer and spend [in His cause] out of what We have provided them, secretly and publicly, [can] expect a profit that will never perish – That He may give them in full their rewards and increase for them of His bounty. Indeed, He is Forgiving and Appreciative.”35-29:30

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“Then we caused to inherit the Book those We have chosen of Our servants; and among them is he who wrongs himself, and among them is he who is moderate, and among them is he who is foremost in good deeds by permission of Allah. That [inheritance] is what is the great bounty.”( 35:32)

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“But those who hold fast to the Book and establish prayer – indeed, We will not allow to be lost the reward of the reformers.”( 7:170)

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“Indeed, this Qur’an guides to that which is most suitable and gives good tidings to the believers who do righteous deeds that they will have a great reward.”( 17:9)

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Eleven Hadiths from the Pure Sunnah:

 

‘Uthmaan, (may Allah be pleased with him), said that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:

“The best of you are the ones who learn the Qur’an and teach it to others” [Al-Bukhari]

 

As an authentic Hadith in At-Tirmithee proves:

“Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif, Laam, Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.”

 

‘Aa’ishah, (may Allah be pleased with her), relates that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:

“Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

 

‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Amr ibn Al-’Aas (May Allaah be pleased with them) heard the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) saying:

“It will be said to the companion of the Qur’an: Read and elevate (through the levels of the Paradise) and beautify your voice as you used to do when you were in the dunyaa! For verily, your position in the Paradise will be at the last verse you recite!”

[Aboo Daawood and At-Tirmithee, saheeh]

 

 

The Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allaah be upon) said:

“The Qur’an is an intercessor, something given permission to intercede, and it is rightfully believed in. Whoever puts it in front of him, it will lead him to Paradise; whoever puts it behind him, it will steer him to the Hellfire.”

[An authentic hadith found in At-Tabaraanee, on the authority of ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood]

 

 

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (May Allah be pleased with him): ALLAH’s Apostle (Peace and blessing of Allaah be upon) said,

“Not to wish to be the like except of two men. A man whom ALLAH has given the knowledge of the Book and he recites it during the hours of the night, and a man whom ALLAH has given wealth, and he spends it in charity during the night and the hours of the day.” Bukhari Volume 6, Book 61, Number 543

 

 

Narrated Ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with him):

ALLAH’s Apostle (Peace and blessing of Allaah be upon) said,

“The example of the person who knows the Qur’an by heart is like the owner of tied camels. If he keeps them tied, he will control them, but if he releases them, they will run away.” Bukhari Volume 6, Book 61, Number 549

 

Narrated Abdullah (May Allah be pleased with him): The Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allaah be upon) said,

“It is a bad thing that some of you say, ‘I have forgotten such-and such verse of the Qur’an,’ for indeed, he has been caused (by ALLAH) to forget it. So you must keep on reciting the Qur’an because it escapes from the hearts of men faster than camel do.”

Bukhari Volume 6, Book 61, Number 550

Narrated Abu Musa (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allaah be upon) said:

“The example of a believer who recites the Qur’an and acts on it, like a citron which tastes nice and smells nice. And the example of a believer who does not recite the Qur’an but acts on it, is like a date which tastes good but has no smell. And the example of a hypocrite who recites the Qur’an is like a Raihana (sweet basil) which smells good but tastes bitter And the example of a hypocrite who does not recite the Qur’an is like a colocynth which tastes bitter and has a bad smell.” Bukhari Volume 6, Book 61, Number 579

 

“And the Qur’an is a proof for you or against you.” [Muslim]

 

Aboo Umaamah relates that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:

“Read the Qur’an, for verily it will come on the Day of Standing as an intercessor for its companions.” [Muslim]

 

From these few Ayahs and Hadiths stated above we can conclude many great benefits of learning and teaching Quran:

  1. The best of all people are those who study, learn, memorize, act according to the Quran and teach it.

  2. Reciting, memorizing the Quran guides to that which is best.

  3. The Huffaz (Plural of Hafiz, the one that memorizes Quran by heart) are the inheritors of the Book whom Allaah (Glorified Is He The Most High) Has chosen from amongst His servants.

  4. The rewards of those who hold fast on the Quran are guaranteed and increased by Allaah (Glorified Is He The Most High).

  5. The more your recitation of the Quran in this Dunya increases the higher your position in the Paradise rises.

  6. The rewards of reciting Quran are multiplied.

  7. The reciters of Quran will be with the noble Angels in Paradise.

  8. The Huffaz of Quran will be interceded for by the Quran they hold in their hearts in the Day of the Judgment.

 It is enough as a virtue for the Quran Hafiz to be determined among the People of Allaah (Glorified Is He The Most High) for they are the keepers of His Book and His religion.

The virtue that is given to the Hafiz of Quran is the greatest virtue ever. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala Loves His servant who recites Quran day and night and acts on to it. Therefore; studying Quran is one of the greatest deeds through which the servant gets closer to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala (Glorified Is He The Most High).

Edited by Monir Sider