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Surah Al Fatihah-The Opening April 4, 2009

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بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

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الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the ‘Âlamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists).

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الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

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مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ

The Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Recompense (i.e. the Day of Resurrection)

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إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ

You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything).

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اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ المُسْتَقِيمَ

Guide us to the Straight Way.

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صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ المَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّالِّينَ

The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray.

Asalaam O Alaykum,

Surah Al Fatihah is the first surah to be revealed in its entirety with respect to chronology, and it is the first surah to be in the Qu’ran in respect to its placement. We recite surah Al Fatihah 17 times in our salah daily, it is the most recited Surah. Al Fatihah literally means ‘The Opening’. This Surah is opening the door of guidance for all.

Virtues of Surah Al Fatihah

Once the Prophet was traveling when he disembarked and began walking alongside a companion. He asked him, ‘Shouldn’t I tell you the best part of the Qur’an?’ then he recited ‘Alhamdu lillahi rabil alameen’ (Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds). (First verse in Surrah Al Fatiha (1:1) [Hakim]

Abu Sa’id ibn al-Mu’allaa said, “I was praying in the masjid when the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) called me and I did not answer. I said, ‘Messenger of Allah, I was praying.’ He said, ‘Did not Allah say, “Respond to Allah and to the Messenger when He calls you”?’ Then He said, ‘Shall I teach you the greatest sura of the Quran before you leave the masjid?’ He took my hand. When we were about to leave, I said, ‘Messenger of Allah, you said, “I will teach you the greatest sura of the Quran?’” He said, “Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds” are the seven mathaani and the “Immense Qur’an” which I was given.’” [Bukhari]

Return to the Source January 25, 2009

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The Prophet ﷺ said, ‘rejoice, for verily this Qur’an – one part of it is in the hands of Allah and the other part is in your hands. Therefore, hold on to it, for you will never be destroyed nor go astray after it!’ (Musnad Ahmad).

Is there any other book that can give us a connection to Allah if we hold onto it? If we read it? Holding the Qur’an not only physically but within our hearts and living the commands. Taking the Qur’an with us wherever we go, so we are recognized as Ahlul-Qur’an (people of Qur’an).

Where do we receive the untainted and pure guidance from?

The answer lies in returning to the source, Al Qu’ran Al Kareem

The End is the Beginning January 11, 2009

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I have completed my Taleem al Quran course. It was more then just sitting down and learning the tafsir of the Holy Book, it was feeding my soul with what it had always wanted, it was a journey of spiritual fulfillment. I had never expected it to be like this, my presumptions before and my thought process now are two different entities. I am a changed person. My heart beats, my limbs move, I do what I do for the pleasure of Allah.

One chapter of my life is closed, another begins. The knowledge I gained is now an obligation upon me to pass on. What I yearned to learn from the Quran, I should yearn to teach others in the same manner. This is the beginning of another road where I will come in contact with people from all walks of life, some who will accept the message, and some who may not.

In the Quran, within Surah Ash-Sharh V5-6 it says, “For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.” With one hardship comes two eases. This is a truth in life, an example of this is an illness I suffered and in the end I came back fully recovered and with a fresh perspective on life. Allah will help, He helps all those who go out in His path and struggle for His Sake.

I hope Allah accepts all that we have done for His Deen and that Allah admits us into His mercy, Jannat Al Firdous.

Off the radar November 24, 2008

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Asalaam O Alaykum,

Sorry again for pulling another disappearing act. Life is very busy at the moment, my English course is concluding on December 10th and I still have to finish reading Life of Pi (I’m not sure what to make of the book yet.)

In other exciting news: The Taleem Al Qur’an course is finishing in a month and some days. Every time I think about it, I have this nervous feeling-like a thousand butterflies fluttering around in my stomach. I am happy and sad at the same time, I’ve had a fantastic time (InshAllah, I plan to blog about my journey through the Qu’ran).

With that said and done, I plan to post in the near future bi’ithnillah.

A New Start *duff roll please* October 6, 2008

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Bismillah

Asalaam O Alaykum,

I am sure you all have been avidly waiting for the surprise and here it is…

Al Huda is starting a NEW TALEEM AL QURAN COURSE coming this January 2009 to Canada!!!

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for women. The course will also be supervised by Dr. Farhat Hashmi.

The Prophet (s.a.w.) said; “The best amongst you is the one who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.” [Bukhari]

~Join this course and inshaAllah you will be able to:

• Understand the Qur’an directly in Arabic
• Know the Tafseer (explanation) of the Qur’an
• Recite the Qur’an with rules of Tajweed
• Nurture love of the Prophet (s.a.w.) and follow his Sunnah in day to day life
• Perform Ibadah (worship) in its true spirit with love
• Develop the art of constructive pondering and reflection
• Acquire the necessary life skills for effective time, anger and stress management
• Learn Arabic Grammar
• Gain Arabic writing skills

Enroll Today! And you know what else is super awesome, if you are unable to attend on-site, you can take the course online!

For more information visit: www.alhudainstitute.ca

with best regards,

-Fatima

P.S: A duff is a large sized frame drum which is a halal (permissible) instrument

Waste not, want not September 15, 2008

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Recently I was asked a very profound question, the jist of it was whether North American’s were willing to lower consumption rates in order to help developing countries. After much deliberation my conclusion was no. Unfortunately, we are living in a situation where North American society promotes the amassing of wealth and other benefits, which encourages over-consumption of resources.

Advertisements have tactful subliminal messages that tell the viewer that their self-worth depends on what superficial objects they own. This makes it difficult for consumption standards to be lowered by North Americans, since we are being bombarded daily with many choices. For example, in the supermarket we have close to fifty cereal boxes to choose from and each box with its own appealing package, making a person buy 3 different kinds. The more freedom we have of deciding what we want, the more troubles are attached to it. If we are drowning in indulgence of our wants, we disconnect ourselves more from the problems taking place within developing countries. We become focused on getting the latest gadget or super sizing the house. Our brain slowly becomes desensitized to the hunger and lack of basic necessities being faced by those in poorer nations. Capitalism promotes that when we receive money, we should spend it on luxurious wants rather than helping individuals who are deficient from fundamental needs.

Solutions

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: “Blessed is the wealth of a Muslim from which he gives to the poor, to orphans and to needy travelers.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 544. The purpose of giving charity is to fulfill the needs of those who cannot attain the means themselves. Society can prosper when members spend not only on their own needs but apportion wealth towards those who require it most. Giving charity also cleanses ones wealth and saves a person from becoming stingy and hoarding their possessions.

If wealth were to circulate through society there would not be a problem with large class divergence neither would there be the lack of support going to lesser-developed countries. Each person would be supported in one way or the other and most of all there would be awareness of the fact that hunger and poverty is an existing reality.

In the Qur’an Allah states, (O Prophet!) Tell those of My servants who believe that they should establish Prayer and spend out of what We have provided them with, both secretly and openly, before there arrives the Day when there will be no bargaining, nor any mutual befriending. (14:31)

Qur’an for all; in every hand, in every heart September 14, 2008

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This is the motto incorporated within Al Huda institute, a center of learning for girls and women alike regardless of age, background, and ethnicity. The sound of the takbeerat resonates through the halls, signifying the beginning of class as we all settle in the main hall for Tajweed class. Women of different characters and personalities united for one reason, learning the Qur’an, the sacred word of Allah.

This is where I learn. Where I have made friendships, which will last me a lifetime. This is where I fell in love with the Qur’an and formed a closer bond with the Creator.

How I got there

The Taleem Al Qur’an course was starting for the first time in English in 2007, this was the year I would be going to grade 12. My sister had already done the course in Islamabad, Pakistan where Al Huda was founded. When she returned to Canada, she attended the course again in 2006 but it was in Urdu. From what I had heard from her, it was excellent. When the English Taleem Al Qur’an registration began my mother asked me whether I wanted to enroll or not.

I wanted to but at the same time something was holding me back. I was stuck. I didn’t want to leave my very last year of high school, I felt that I would be missing out on a lot, but after making a lot of Dua I decided to come to Al Huda. And Alhumdullilah, I am happy to say it was one of the best decisions I made in my life.

Curriculum

In a span of five hours we study Tafseer, word analysis of the Qur’an-studying the root words and context by Juzz (portions of the Qur’an). We also have Tajweed, which includes recitation of the Qur’an and learning the rules of Tajweed. As well as Arabic grammar in order to grasp the language better. Recently we started Book of Fasting in which we discuss permissibility’s and forbiddances during the month of Ramadhan. Concurrently, we are learning the Seerah of the Prophet (SAW) which is an excellent class giving us a glimpse into the life of the Prophet.

This is obviously just a summarized version of how the course really is, for more information about Al Huda you can visit here. Al Huda also provides courses for young children on the weekends and Hifz (memorization of the Qur’an) class for men and women, along with much more.

All I can say for myself is that the Taleem Al Qur’an course has been a life-altering experience. My priorities have changed in regards to how I live my life and what choices I make. Being connected with the Qur’an 24/7 has to be the greatest blessing from Allah, Alhumdullilah.

Finally! September 13, 2008

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This is just the beginning of many blogs to come, InshAllah. I had been meaning to start one for quite sometime but alas procrastination had gotten the better of me. I’m not planning anything permanent, just a place to compile my thoughts and views on different issues affecting this world.

Anyways on a more interesting note, here are some things about my life. I’ve decided to take the last year off from high school and am attending a full-time Islamic institute, formally known as Al Huda located in Canada. Although I am simultaneously doing online courses for high school as well. Alhumdullillah, I cannot be grateful enough for this blessing that I have, my connection with the Qur’an has strengthened and I have a better and firmer understanding of the deen (religion of Islam). More posts about my school and other things to come, InshAllah.