Tag Archives: Ramadan
As Salaamu ‘Alaykum,
The team at Calling Christians would like to extend Ramadan greetings to our vast readership. We are thankful for your continuing support, engagement and interactions with us. We sincerely pray that this Ramadan is a source of mercy and blessings for you all, ameen.
With that said, we invite everyone to read Qur’an Made Easy, an English translation by the recently deceased, Mufti A.H. Elias of South Africa. The translation with in-line commentary is free on Amazon and can be freely downloaded using the Amazon Kindle App to your PC, Android and iOS devices.
We’ll also be reading The Clear Qur’an, which is an excellent English translation by Dr. Mustafa Khattab. It can be read on this website (go to settings, choose “translations”, then, select “Dr. Mustafa Khattab”).
Throughout this month we’ll be posting material exclusive to the Qur’an as we want to focus on the Qur’an during…the month of the Qur’an.
and Allah knows best.
The Muslim Apologetics Podcast will be having a Qur’an Seminar with feature speaker Ustadh Adnan Rashid tomorrow on our YouTube page.
and Allah knows best.
The Qur’an is a book with which most people know about, but of which many are not intimated with. This month is perhaps the best month in which we can dedicate the time to learning and understanding the Qur’an. Learning about, and understanding Islam is necessary for every Muslim (fard al ‘ayn), and moreso for the Muslims amongst us who do da’wah and engage in apologetics (the intellectual defense of Islam). A good place to start in our study of Islam, is in the passages of the Qur’an. Islam’s scripture. To kick off your engaging with the Qur’an, I’ve assembled a list of links that I think would help both Muslims and non-Muslims understand the Qur’an:
- Get a free digital copy of the Qur’an, in modern English (alongside the Arabic), with inline modern English commentary: Qur’an Made Easy (Amazon Kindle, PC, Smartphones).
- Learn About the Qur’an’s Preservation and its Textual History: A Critical Analysis of Jay Smith’s Claims About the Qur’an.
- Learn About the Qur’an’s passages and their analyses with Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan: In Depth Analysis and Tafsir of the Qur’an.
- Listen to the Entire Qur’an’s Recitation in Arabic: YouTube Arabic Recitation of the Qur’an with English Translation.
- Learn About the Qur’an’s Amazing Rhetorical Arguments, Literary Styles, Historical Claims and more on Br. Sharif’s Blog: Qur’anic Musings.
I’ll update this list as the month of Ramadan progresses.
“كِتَابٌ أَنزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ لِتُخْرِجَ النَّاسَ مِنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّورِ بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِمْ إِلَىٰ صِرَاطِ الْعَزِيزِ الْحَمِيدِ”
“[This is] a Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that you might bring mankind out of darknesses into the light by permission of their Lord – to the path of the Exalted in Might, the Praiseworthy.” – Qur’an 14:1.
and Allah knows best.
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,
Ramadan is the month of the Qur’aan. It is the month in which the Qur’aan was revealed to our Master, Muhammad (peace be upon him). It says, and I quote:
“The month of Ramadan in which was sent down the Qur’an – the guidance for mankind, the direction and the clear criteria (to judge between right and wrong); so whoever among you witnesses this month, must fast for the (whole) month; and whoever is sick or on a journey, may fast the same number in other days; Allah desires ease for you and does not desire hardship for you – so that you complete the count (of fasts), and glorify Allah’s greatness for having guided you, and so that you may be grateful.” – Qur’aan 2:185.
Yes, it is also the month of fasting (Siyaam, Sawm), but most persons seem to forget that it is a period in which we are called to read the Qur’aan for 8, 16, 20 rakaat, a month in which we are recommended to read the entire Qur’aan. In light of this, how many persons fast, perform the Sunnah of Taraweeh or read the Qur’aan? As Muslims, we face countless attacks against the Qur’aan by Christian missionaries who read it no less than you do, but spend enough time dedicated to misunderstanding it so that they can misinform you. It is therefore, the responsibility of each and every Muslim to not only read the Qur’aan, but it is also incumbent, if not obligatory (wajib) to understand it.
It is not difficult to dedicate a few minutes of reading the English translation after suhoor (sehri, morning meal before the fast). If you spend as little as five minutes, you’d have definitely read a few pages, and a few pages a day can lead you to reading the entire Qur’aan in just a matter of weeks. Just as fasting is prescribed for us, so is reading/ reciting the Qur’aan (27:92, 96:1). If we are Muslims who are sincere about our faith, we must dedicate time to reading and understanding the Qur’aan, we must spend time with the Words of our Lord. After all, it was sent as a guidance for us:
“This is the exalted Book (the Qur’an), in which there is no place for doubt; a guidance for the pious.” – Qur’aan 2:2.
In reading the Qur’aan, it is recommended to read it along with some commentary so that one can clarify matters he is unfamiliar with. For this I recommend using either Maar’iful Qur’aan or the Tafsir of Imam Ibn Kathir (‘alayhi rahma). If you do encounter some passage in which you would like further explanation, feel free to contact us and we’d pass your message on to qualified Islamic scholarship. As a da’ee (one who calls to/ invites to Islam), one of the major obstacles I have for myself witnessed, is the ignorance of the Muslim who has not read the Qur’aan. We cannot be true Muslims without reading the revelation of Allaah to us, for it is the foundation to understanding our faith and without it, we would surely be misguided.
We must not give opportunity to the Missionaries to misuse the Qur’aan upon unsuspecting Muslims. It is our duty to know the Qur’aan. In closing, our Ramadan message is simple, in the month of the Qur’aan – Read the Qur’aan.
If you live in Trinidad & Tobago, Lebanon, Algeria, the United Kingdom, Jordan or the United States and would like a free copy of the Qur’aan (English translation), contact us and we’ll organize sending you one as soon as possible.