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Ramadan and Understanding of the Qur’an – Markaz atTafseer
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Islam, salaam, Allah highly calm or amateur who are brachetto made the Peace and blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala be upon you all. It's a pleasure to be connected with you all this afternoon for this short 30 minute session, especially given that we are about to enter a season from the seasons of worship the month of Ramadan, which is also the month of Al Quran. From the outset, a heartfelt gratitude has to go out to Merck has a tough seal, and in particular, their mood Decker program which inshallah I will be
telling you about during the course of this broadcast, for they are the facilitators behind this particular program taking place this afternoon, may Allah subhanho wa Taala reward them and reward their team, brothers and sisters in Islam. So Pamela, how time flies I think we all can remember the last Riedel filter and the lockdown Subhanallah and we remember the last 10 days of Ramadan from last year and the lockdown we remember Ramadan generally from last year and locked down and Subhan Allah literally in you can say the blink of an eye.
The next Ramadan is upon us. Now brothers and sisters in Islam from the outset we thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for giving us life to get this far. And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless us to witness next Ramadan and as we do this, we don't forget those who were with us last Ramadan, but they are not with us this Ramadan Subhan Allah and we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to shower mercy upon them. And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to show mercy upon those who are alive a few days prior to the last one, only to pass away and return to Allah subhanho wa Taala before that Ramadan actually arrived so again I reiterate We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless us to reach Ramadan
and to witness Ramadan in good health. And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to make this Ramadan, the best Ramadan ever I mean, you are blind I mean, brothers and sisters in Islam, Ramadan is the gift that keeps giving. It is that guest that visits us yearly. And it's a guess that every Muslim household loves to receive. You know, it brings about x excitement in the in the households that love Ramadan and have been told that Ramadan is about to arrive in the city that this household is in Burma van is is is far more auspicious and has a greater aura than any other beloved guests that we here has descended the
upon our city and we would love for them to stop at our home and stay in our home for them avant is that guest that makes every household happy. It delivers happiness to every household, you can imagine. If you know of a guest that is going to come and visit your particular city and you love this guest, this guest is somebody you, you know, you would give up so much for and so much to receive. And then there's an announcement made that this guest is going to visit your city between this date and that date. And this guest is going to stay at somebody's home, and it will just randomly choose that home. Right? How excited would you be hoping that your home will be the home
that this guest will choose? Right? How well Will you prepare your home in case this guest chooses your home? Now imagine if this guest lands up on your street? Right? What will happen to the level of excitement that you experience? Because now Subhanallah forget about the city forget about the neighborhood, this guest is on my street. And every home that this guest passes makes even more excited that perhaps it's going to be your home.
Now imagine how sad you'd be if the guests stopped at your neighbor's home just before your house or the neighbor's home just after your house. Right now Ramadan, doesn't bring any form of sadness with it, for it comes to our cities and comes to our neighborhoods and comes to our streets and it knocks our doors. Everyone's door and it settles as a guest in everyone's home. The homes that love to host Ramadan as a guest. So Han Allah, this season of worship this Ramadan, this gift that keeps giving is going to knock our doors very soon. And when it knocks our doors, it's going to bring to us the gift of the month of the Quran. It's going to bring to us the gift of fasting a which carries a
reward like no other reward Subhana Allah, it's going to lock our doors with the gift of the last 10 nights of Ramadan, and Laila to Qatar and the opportunity of decaf and so the total faith and forgiveness and freedom from the Hellfire and mercy and that they have read that comes with all these blessings as well Subhan Allah, think about this for a moment. This is the guests that is coming. And these are the countless most amazing magnificent gifts that it will knock our doors with. Now naturally brothers and sisters in Islam whenever we receive any guests, let alone a special guest we prepare the home, we make sure the home is ready. And if the guest is more
important than we go an extra mile in making sure that our home is ready for this guest right we make sure the guest room is in order. We make sure we find out the dietary requirements of this guests we stock the home with the right ingredients. We take time off work if need be so that we can give the guests the time that this guest deserves Pamela we make changes we adjust our time tables we do everything possible so that when this guest comes this guest feels at home and the question we need to ask ourselves right now especially that we just two weeks or slightly more before Ramadan arrives. What have we done? What have we done to ensure that our guest arrives and feels at home in
our home? Okay. And this is the purpose of today's discussion, because today's discussion is related to the Quran. Because the Quran cannot be separated from Ramadan and Ramadan knocks our doors the month of Ramadan will come with the Quran. The Quran is the best Vicar Subhana Allah and it is the final testament and it is the timeless miracle that ilaha illa Allah and Rama the Quran itself is the gift that keeps giving and about this Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Sha Haru Rama Ivana Levy, Uzi levy Hill Kuru and Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah says that the month of Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was revealed Subhan Allah and even at best Ravi Allahu Allahu Allah He says this
entails the revelation from Allah Helmholtz the preserved tablet with the Quran is situated to the lowest heavens to a place known as the house of honor. Or,
or the Bates elesa Subhan Allah and about this also Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah says, in NZ Allah who feel a little cutter that we have revealed the Quran during the night of Allah Tada, which is the night of power, the Night of Decree, the night of verge.
And then from there, no doubt it came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam across a period of 23 years as per need and the decree of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So if this is the reality, we
I'm Yvonne and the reality with the poor are no doubt brothers and sisters in Islam, we need a game plan. We need a game plan with the Quran in particular. And that game plan no doubt includes many
the game plan is to be holistic, right? Which means it includes many of the relationships that we as Muslims should have with the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala the Quran we know that from the relationships that we should have with the Quran is that we should recite the Quran
reciting what else we should listen to the Quran. What else we should memorize as much of the Quran as we can. What else we should implement the teachings of the Quran. The best memorization is to implement that which you've understood of the commands of Allah subhanho wa Taala in the Quran.
What else is there brothers and sisters in Islam, pondering over the Quran and using the Quran as a means of cure when you will. These are the these are all the different relationships that we have or should be having with the Quran. And if we go into Ramadan, holistically in terms of our approach with the Quran, then we should have a game plan to try and implement all of these relationships if we can't do it all on one day, then at least during some portions of Ramadan attention is given to given to all these different relationships that our Muslim should have with the Quran. Now, particularly brothers and sisters in Islam, I want to focus on
the bar at the bar which is pondering over the Quran which is pondering over the Quran. Why? Allah subhanho wa Taala says when he reveals to Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam the Quran he says kita Boone and zelner who ileka mu belacan play a double at the at the borrow yet? Well he attacker LDAP Subhan Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, a blessed book we have revealed to you Oh Mohammed, a blessed book, we have revealed you O Muhammad, so that you may ponder over its verses, not just you, but those receiving the Quran. And let's not forget that predominantly those receiving the Quran from the messenger back then, when Muslims were the koresh. So if this is the case with the
Quraysh, with the non Muslims, then what about the Muslims Subhana Allah who have agreed to write to the Quran, a blessed book, which is revealed to Muhammad so that they may ponder over its verses, and that those of objectivity objective reasoning may understand and remember, why, because the Quran only comes with messages that are true to our natural disposition. Allah subhanho wa Taala created us, He created us with a natural disposition, and he revealed the Quran, the Quran entails the words of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So there can be no contradiction between that which Allah has taught the fitrah your natural disposition, and that which Allah has revealed in the Quran, that is
the reality, right, except if your environment has penetrated your fitrah and polluted it with a virus, which makes the fifth round to go in a particular direction, a direction different what Allah subhanho wa Taala has guided towards,
then no doubt, it will find some difficulty in interacting with the Quran. But that's, that's got nothing to do with the Quran. But it's got something to do with our fitter. And we need to act to recalibrate the fetter and read our fitrah of the virus that was injected in it by the environment and shape on and so on and so forth. And one of the ways to do this brothers and sisters in Islam is to ponder over the verses in the Quran, which is known as the book. Now that book is a process that comes after Tafseer. Because some people say, you know, how can we practice that but we don't understand the Quran? Well, the double is practiced after you understand the meaning of the verse.
So you read the verse, you understand its meaning? Where do you get that understanding from the books of the seal, but the books of Tafseer by itself, whereby you guess what the verse is saying, in case, the translation, because most likely an English audience would read a translation of some book of Tafseer. And there could be an issue in the translation whereby doesn't give you exactly what was intended. So are you supposed to just read the tafsir by yourself? No, you read the TFC. Then you check back with your local, responsible, knowledgeable Islamic scholarship. They confirm for you that what you have read is correct. Okay. Once you've done that, now, the next stage comes
about which is what the Quran has asked us to do to ponder over its verses. Now our ability to ponder no doubt happens in stages depending on our ability with the Arabic Lang
Which, but there is a basic level, my dear brothers and sisters in Islam that each and every one of us have to engage the Quran with under this topic of the double, and we really need to use Ramadan to bring this habit into our lives. And that is, whenever you read a verse, you take from diverse the knowledge of the adverse, you take from diverse the action that that knowledge is directing you towards and then sitting and asking yourself a basic question. And this is you're pondering, asking yourself a basic question. How much of this verse exists in my life?
How much of this verse exists in my life? This is the double? Allah has asked me to do this. Am I doing it? Yes or no? If yes, to what extent?
To the extent that Allah once or not? If not, what is the gap between me and what allowance? Right? If the gap is 50% or 60%? Or 30%? Then you ask yourself, why is there this gap? And then you ask yourself, what can I do to close this gap? This is the double brothers and sisters in Islam.
This is the double Subhanallah This is it. Right? This is interacting with the Quran at the basic level,
right, at the minimum that constitutes the bare minimum. Right? So we need to have this game plan in play with regards to the Quran and the double. And this is what I wanted to chat to you about today because many people when asked but you know what is the program that can guide me because when I look at my relationship in the Quran, I find that Subhanallah I lose motivation. And one of the things that I advise people is to try and get a buddy have a Quran buddy, what is the Quran but a Quran buddy, someone who is with you on the journey and together you hold each other accountable. Okay, and then people ask, but what about understanding the Quran it's not always easy for me to
find someone who is knowledgeable who can be a buddy for me and can help me understand the Quran. So what can I do then?
And taking all this into consideration, no doubt, another option to facilitate you closing the gap with regards to the Buddha and you and your relationship with the Quran is to look out for a reputable program, a reputable program. And on screen
you can see a link to a program. And this program was part of Marcus at fc. And they are the ones hosting today's lecture. They have a program called medacta mo WD, aka er, and you can see
the link to their website.
On screen right now the program they've designed is this program to help us have firstly the buddy system in play. Because, you know, you have to keep up with the program. So in effect, it's like a buddy. And number two, it's a program that assists you in understanding exactly what the verse is saying. So then you can go on and take on the next step in pondering over your life and your relationship with the verse right. So this is the program and they have a program for us in Ramadan, which will be dedicated to Surah Fatiha and understanding Surah Fatiha, which really, the scholars of the seal have said that all the meanings of the Quran in surah, two fattier and all the meanings
of Surah Fatiha in one verse. And that verses he cannot abou why he can stay. Okay, so they have this program for you all brothers and sisters in Islam,
which will run in Ramadan. It's a free program. It's a facilitated program. It's an easy program. It needs about 30 minutes of your time a day insha Allah and throughout Ramadan, you go through Surah Al Fatiha and the 29th Jews and the 30th Jews Subhan Allah. So by the end of Ramadan, you will understand the meanings of two Jews of the Quran, 29 and 30 and the meanings of surah two fathia in a simple way, it's a simple program. That's why you know, it's listed as easy, facilitated, and free. Okay. So it's practical in that it takes into account that people are busy, right? So it wants to present to you the meanings that every Muslim at a basic level should know. All right. So it's
going to help you with that, to read the idea to understand its meaning so that you can spend the rest of the day pondering over the verses that you took for that day. Right? And this is going to assist you in Ramadan, be the lighter now this is for Ramadan. after Ramadan. They have four levels that will start
A period of time. Okay, and to the best of my knowledge, I'm just having a look at the instructions that have reached me regarding the program. It will span
a longer period of time, I believe up to
up to two years. Okay, so this is after Ramadan, so you can continue with the program after Ramadan. Going through four levels, the first level will cover the first Jews up to the seventh ages, the second level will cover the eighth Jews up to the 14th witches. The third level will cover the 15th juice up to the 21st juice. And the fourth level will cover the 22nd juice up to the 28th juice. And obviously the 29th and 30th you would have covered this Ramadan. And how beautiful is this brothers and sisters in Islam because this is what Ramadan wants from us. Ramadan is not a month that comes with a hit and run kind of approach that it puts us into a system and then it leaves and we leave
that system. Rather, I'm Yvonne wants to come to us with an approach whereby it's it launches us onto ideals. And then after he leaves, it inspires us or it puts us in a system that inspires us to continue building. And that's what life is about. Life is about transformation. For transformation to happen. You have to keep on growing, you have to keep on developing. And many people ask Allah How do I know that my Ramadan was accepted. And the scholars tell us that one of the ways to recognize that your Ramadan is accepted is by looking at your actions after Ramadan if you are doing things after Ramadan that you didn't do before Ramadan things the beloved to Allah things with the
book of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah then this is a sign that your Ramadan is accepted Subhan Allah. So imagine if you entered this program, and then after Ramadan, you continue with it. And the continuation would be the added blessings from the Ramadan that you just experienced. That is in effect, Ramadan being with you, every day after the month of Ramadan ends. So Han Allah, that that Ramadan was a means of you going on a journey, a structured journey, a simple journey, a journey that understands that you're busy, right, a journey that understands that you don't know the Arabic language, a journey which understands that you need things simplified, in bite sized amounts. And
through this journey, you end up reaching a stage in your life where you read the Quran, understanding in some capacity, what Allah subhanho wa Taala is asking you to do. And then don't forget the lifetime journey. And even after this program ends now that you understand what Allah subhanho wa Taala is asking me to do. You go on that journey of connecting with the Quran, in that the Quran becomes part and parcel of how you speak of how you act. And everything else that you do, how you think how you feel, because you understand what Allah subhanho wa Taala wants from you. And this is that that journey brothers and sisters in Islam, where you develop a relationship with the
Quran that makes you from the family of Allah.
And we know from the virtues of the Quran, is that the Quran will be a light for us in our grave.
When will the Quran be a companion with you in your grave? When you are a companion with it before the grave? On the day of tm the Quran will intercede on our behalf with Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah, the Quran and in the narration Surah Al Baqarah and Surah Al Imran which inshallah if you join this program and continue after Ramadan, you study Quran Al Imran right Surah Al Baqarah and Annie Moran will be in front of us
as we go to that scary moment and standing in front of Allah whereby we will be questioned for everything that we did and said and wrote to Pamela and
circle back around Iran will ask Allah to forgive us for we used to recite it and ponder over it and understand it and implement its teachings Subhan Allah, right. And that's why it's not strange that Amari will have Barbara de la hora and he spent 10 years studying Docker 10 years pondering over it when he finally got to the end after 10 years. He slaughtered an animal and fed the people in thanking Allah subhanho wa Taala. Right. So understand this brothers and sisters in Islam that the Quran is not beyond you. I know we busy I know sometimes we got to work two shifts and so on and so forth. But with all this technology and dedication in the oma in people wanting to bring the Quran
to you and make it accessible to you like Marcus tafsir and in terms of the English Program, the Madeira program, we
opportunities we have to take hold off. Because when we see these opportunities, we have to think that what excuse Well, I haven't heard of Allah subhanho wa Taala on the day of pm when subhana wa everything was made accessible. And programs like this brothers and sisters in Islam, you know, they showcase and manifest the promise of Allah subhanho wa Taala for Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah said, well after the seminal coronelli, Vicar for Helmut Decker, Allah says we've made the Quran easy to understand.
But all you have to do is step up, put your hand up and say I want Allah saying is there anyone who wants to understand it? If there is we've made the Quran easy. And part of this facilitation process that this is speaks about? Is the Quran reaching us in a language which we understand. So this is the chat I wanted to have with you. This afternoon, my dear brothers and sisters in Islam in preparation for Ramadan, I really believe this would be a game changer. Right? If you make it part of your game plan, it will be a game changer in the light. And so I'm just looking at the messages that the brothers and sisters have sent me from the program. And I can confirm that yes, it will be
a two year program after I'm one in four stages. And it requires from you 30 minutes a day, 30 minutes a day, who can go wrong, having a 30 minute meeting every day, with the words of Allah subhanho wa Taala just a 30 minute meeting, right? We spent hours in meetings on zoom and elsewhere, in person discussing matters of the life of this world. Imagine if you just set up the ledger 30 minutes a day, by the way, it's on demand as well. So you learn at your pace,
you know, at a time that's convenient for you in your date, right, it's an on demand program as well. So
30 minutes a day, foot in Ramadan and 30 minutes a day for two years after that. And hamdulillah you have
a brand new unthought of relationship with the words of Allah subhanho wa Taala whenever you're listening to the Quran, or you insula, etc, you have an idea of what Allah subhanho wa Taala is telling you in the recitation of the Imam when he recites the Quran. Alright, brothers and sisters in Islam, I promise this for this to be a 30 minute chat. So please do visit the program. Once again, I'm putting it up on screen, www dot with deckchair.com slash English, please do enable the slash n because they do have an Arabic program as well. And for those listening in, if you are good with the Arabic language, you can join the Arabic program as well please type this in now before the
broadcast ends. And if you don't, then you can go back to it because it will be saved onto social media this broadcast will be will exist as a recording immediately after the broadcast ends. So inshallah you can get the details from there.
Type it in insha Allah and go to the landing page, have a read and register, it's free, it's not going to cost you anything. And there's no downside in doing so. And Bismillah to Allah I pray to Allah subhanho wa Taala that you manage, you are inspired to go through it. And I look forward to your messages after Ramadan. And you telling me that Subhan Allah, this broadcast of ours this 30 minutes today was a means for great goodness in your life and not just your life, your families as well get your parents on to it. Get your spouse's onto it, get your children onto it, do it together as I said, it is simplified. And inshallah you know if you do it as a family, it will bring out
moments where you can have Quran related discussions at the time of F bar at the time of Soho because of what you learning that day. And honestly, as you grow closer to the Quran, you will see new found Baraka newfound blessings reaching you, you won't be able to explain it. But that is the reality of the Quran. It touches nothing, except that it makes it special. So allow me to touch your heart and the heart of those you love this Ramadan and enjoy the manifestation of how special everyone will become because of the Quran because that is the reality of the Quran. It touched an angel Gabriel alayhis salam, and he became the best. It touched a language, the Arabic language and
it became the best. It touched a messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam and he became the best. It touched a night, the night of al Qaeda. And it became the best it touched a month, the month of Ramadan, and it became the best it touched a city, the city of Mecca Subhan Allah and it became the best as well. This is the reality of the Quran. Brothers and sisters in Islam. It touches nothing except that it makes it the best and we all are striving to be the best and no doubt. No doubt a big part of the journey has to be as having a magnificent relationship with the Quran. Our time has come to an end www.careerfh.com slash English please do visit the program ideas My dear
brothers and sisters in Islam. I love you
For the sake of Allah, ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to forgive our past, inspire our futures, ask Allah to, to to make us from the family of Al Quran in this life and to raise us with the family of Africa and in the hereafter and ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless us with good health and life to witness the next Ramadan and and more from events and to make this event our best Ramadan ever. I mean, you are blind I mean, until next time, brothers and sisters in Islam. Please take care and speak to you all soon. sal Allahu ala nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi ajwain was Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh