• Ripped Limb From Limb

    Note: This is post #6 in our series of Tafseer of Juz ‘Amma, and insha’Allah our last post from Surah Iqraa. In verses 9 and 10 of Surah Iqraa, Allah says: أَرَأَيْتَ الَّذِي يَنْهَى عَبْداً إِذَا صَلَّى Translation: Have you seen the one who forbids a servant when he prays? The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) used to make sujood to Allah in the courtyard of the ka’bah in early times in Mecca, and nobody would stop him.
  • Du’a for Wealth and Poverty

    Note: This is the 5th post in our series on Tafseer of Juz ‘Amma. In our last post, we talked about how the human race does taghaa if they see themselves as self-sufficient. Living in western societies, we see this all around us–people racing, fighting, stealing, overworking, to make a few more dollars so that they can “make it.” They buy lottery tickets so they can “make it” and be rich, rich rich!
  • Self-Sufficient?

    Note: This is our 4th post in our series of Tafseer of Juz ‘Amma. Allah says, in ayahs 6-7 of Surah Iqraa: كَلَّا إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَيَطْغَى أَن رَّآهُ اسْتَغْنَى Translation: No! [But] indeed, man transgresses. Because he sees himself self-sufficient. [Surah Iqraa, verses 6-7] Kalla is a very stern, emphatic warning. If your kid is being bad, you say “laa, laa;” and then they grab something hot off the stove and you say “KALLA!
  • Making a Statement

    Note: This is the third post in our series of Tafseer of Juz ‘Amma. From the opening ceremonies, to the first move of world leaders, people like to send a message. The intense revelation of the Qur’an is no different. The timing, style and content, sends a message to the final Prophet (saw) and to all of humanity. Allah (swt) starts the revelation commanding the Prophet to read “Recite in the name of your Lord who created.
  • Arabic Analysis for First Revelation

    This is the second post in our series of Tafseer of Juz ‘Amma. The first five ayaat of Surah Iqraa are: اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ خَلَقَ الْإِنسَانَ مِنْ عَلَقٍ اقْرَأْ وَرَبُّكَ الْأَكْرَمُ الَّذِي عَلَّمَ بِالْقَلَمِ عَلَّمَ الْإِنسَانَ مَا لَمْ يَعْلَمْ Word-for-word translations are pretty common these days (like this one, which has Surah Iqraa), so I’m going to touch lightly on that, and do a bit more grammar.
  • The Beginning of Revelation

    This is the first post in our series of Tafseer of Juz ‘Amma. Although the story is well-known amongst the Muslims, we will recap the story of the first revelation: Surah Iqraa (also known as Surah ‘Alaq), revealed in Mecca. Imam Ahmed ibn Hanbal (rahimahullah) relates from ‘Aisha (radiallahu ‘anhaa) that the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam), for six months before revelation, would see true dreams that would happen the next day–day after day after day, for six months.