by Ikram Hawramani
by Ikram Hawramani
I have translated some paragraphs that I really liked from page 87 of my 175 page version. I am not the best translator, but I'll do my best, the results of which will be shown below:
The Prophet's (SAWS) non-stop stop effort, especially in Mecca, was to deepen his companions' belief in Allah, and their belief in the Hereafter, and then to link the belief in Allah with belief in the Hereafter, so that the thought of one would remind a person of the other automatically. Thus when a Muslim thought of Allah, he (or she) would be reminded of the Hereafter, with its great joys, and its torment. And when he or she thought about the Hereafter, he'd be reminded of Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala), the Owner and Ruler of the world and the Hereafter, and the Owner and Ruler of everything in existence.
The pinnacle of the Prophet's (SAWS) education of his companions with this effective method, after they were thoroughly trained with this type of training, and after they had taken to heart its details, appears in Allah's book:190. Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding.
191. Those who remember God (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying): "Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose, glory to You! (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners). Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire.
192. "Our Lord! Verily, whom You admit to the Fire, indeed, You have disgraced him, and never will the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers) find any helpers.
193. "Our Lord! Verily, we have heard the call of one (Muhammad) calling to Faith: 'Believe in your Lord,' and we have believed. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and remit from us our evil deeds, and make us die in the state of righteousness along with Al-Abrâr (those who are obedient to God and follow strictly His Orders).
194. "Our Lord! Grant us what You promised unto us through Your Messengers and disgrace us not on the Day of Resurrection, for You never break (Your) Promise." [Quran, 3:190-194]
When a human thinks about Allah, he is rising toward Him (he becomes more enlightened, closer to Him). If we consider this a constant, we reach the conclusion that every moment that a human thinks about Allah is a moment of rising up toward Him.
What was the state of the companions of the Prophet, who thought about Allah while they stood, sat or lied down (in other words. during all situations). How high did they rise up, and how persistent were they in rising? It is truly awe-inspiring if we think about it.
Ascension is hard on humans, as we are too attached to the Earth which always tries to bring us down. We require constant ascension to stay balanced, otherwise we will run into the ground. And we require even more effort to rise up above the balanced state.
[...Second part to come, inshAllah]
by Ikram Hawramani
This is the best recitation of Surah Al-Imran I know of. I like recitations in which the reciter gives full attention to every verse and is not in a hurry to finish it.
by Sakina Al-Amin
I read this beautiful post at fajr.wordpress.com
Imam al-Jazari’s praise for the Qur’an bearer – taken from the Muqaddimah of ‘Tayyibat al-Nashr.’
وبعد: فالإنسان ليس يشرف *** إلا بما يحفظه ويعرف
A person is not honoured or raised
Except by what he knows and has memorised
لذاك كان حاملو القرآن *** أشراف الأمة أولى الإحسان
For that reason the bearers of Qur’an
Are the nobles of this Ummah and its righteous
وإنهم في الناس أهل الله *** وإن ربنا بهم يباهي
And they are the people of Allah amongst Mankind *
And indeed our Lord has boasted of them
وقال في القرآن عنهم وكفى *** بأنه أورثه من اصطفى
He spoke of them in the Qur’an, and it is sufficient
That He gives it (the Qur’an) to those He has chosen **
وهو في الأخرى شافع مشفع *** فيه وفوله عليه يسمع
And in the Hereafter, it is an ardent intercessor
And its statement is something surely heard
يعطى به الملك مع الخلد إذا *** توجه تاج الكرامة كذا
By it a person is given the dominion and immortality
And likewise, he is given the crown of honor
يقرا ويرقى درج الجنان *** وأبواه منه يكسيان
He’ll read and ascend the ranks of Paradise by it
And his parents will also be clothed by it ***
فليحرص السعيد في تحصيله *** ولا يمل قط من ترتيله
So let a person strive to attain it
And let him never tire of its recitation.