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    Posted: 22 May 2005 at 8:08am

Way to The Quran

By

 Khurram Murad

'Be thankful to Me, and to your parents' (Luqman 31:14)
to
MY MOTHER

At her knees I learnt to read the Qur'an, upon her insistance that I must learn Arabic I was sent to the school maulavi saheb who gave me the rudimentary knowledge upon which I could build later; seeing her devotion to the Qur'an, reading it with understanding, for hours and hours, kindled a spark in my heart which has continued to illumine my way; and, finally, through her example and silent but solid support I found my way to a life of struggle in the way of Allah.

'My Lord! Bestow Thy mercy upon my parents, as they raised me up when I was little'  (al-Isra' 17: 24)

 

 

 

Table of Contents

 

Preface

 

Chapter 1:

1.1

The Journey of Life

1.2

The Eternal, Living Reality

1.3

The New World that Awaits You

1.4

What is the Qur'an?

1.5

Infinite Mercy and Majesty

1.6

Hazards and Perils

1.7

Tilawah

 

Chapter 2: Basic Prerequisites

2.1

Faith: The Word of God

2.2

Purity of Intention and Purpose

2.3

Bringing Gratitude and Praise

2.4

Acceptance and Trust

2.5

Obedience and Change

2.6

Hazards and Obstacles

2.7

Trust and Dependence

 

Chapter 3: Participation of the Inner Self  

3.1

Participation of the Inner Self

3.2

What is the Heart?

3.3

Dynamic of Inner Participation

3.4

States of Consciousness

3.5

The Quranic Criteria of Inner Participation

3.6

In Allah's Presence

3.7

Hearing from Allah

3.8

Allah's Direct Address

3.9

Every Word for You

3.10

Conversation with Allah

3.11

Trusting and Expecting Allah's Rewards

3.12

Acts of Heart and Body

3.13

Response of Your Heart

3.14

Response of Your Tongue

3.15

Tears in Your Eyes

3.16

Postures of Your Body

3.17

Reading with Tartil

3.18

Self Purifcation

3.19

Seeking Allah's Help (Du'a')

3.20

Reading with Comprehension

 

Chapter 4: Rules of Reading

4.1

Rules of Reading

4.2

How Often to Read?

4.3

How Much to Read?

4.4

When to Read?

4.5

Reading Correctly

4.6

Reading Beautifully

4.7

Listening Attentively

4.8

Completing the Reading (Khatm)

4.9

Memorizing

 

Chapter 5: Study and Understanding

5.1

Study and Understanding

5.2

Importance and Need

5.3

Personal Study

5.4

Argument Against Studying

5.5

The Quranic Emphasis

5.6

The Early Practice

5.7

Risks of Personal Study

5.8

Categories of Understanding

5.9

Tadhakkur

5.10

Tadabbur

5.11

Your Aims

5.12

Levels and Forms of Understanding

5.13

Basic Requirements

5.14

Arabic

5.15

Reading the Whole Qur'an

5.16

Reading Tafsir Works

5.17

Study of Selected Portions

5.18

Reading Again and Again

5.19

Inquiring Mind

5.20

Aids for Study

5.21

How to Study

5.22

How to Understand Meanings

5.23

General Principles

5.24

Understand as a Living Reality

5.25

Understand as a Message for You

5.26

Understand as a Part of the Whole

5.27

Understand as a Coherent Unified Text

5.28

Understand with the Whole of Your Being

5.29

Understand What the Qur'an Tells You

5.30

Stay Within the Consensus

5.31

Understand by the Unique Quranic Criteria Alone

5.32

Understand the Qur'an by the Qur'an

5.33

Understand with the Hadith and Sirah

5.34

Language

5.35

Methodological Guidelines

5.36

Studying Words

5.37

Textual Context

5.38

Historical Background

5.39

'Original' Meaning

5.40

Translating to Your Situation

5.41

Far-fetched and Irrelevant Meanings

5.42

Level of Knowledge and Intelligence

5.43

Current Human Knowledge

5.44

What You Cannot Understand

5.45

Life of the Prophet

 

Chapter 6: Collective Study

6.1

Collective Study

6.2

Importance and Need

6.3

Forms of Collective Study

6.4

Four Basic Rules

6.5

Study Circle

6.6

Participants

6.7

How to Conduct a Study Circle

6.8

Dars

6.9

Preparation

6.10

How to Deliver

 

Chapter 7: Living the Qur'an

7.1

Living the Qur'an

7.2

Obeying the Qur'an

7.3

Fulfilling the Qur'an's Mission

 

Appendix 1: Prophets Readings

1.1

What the Prophet Particularly Read or Emphasized

1.2

What the Prophet Recited in Various Prayers

1.3

What the Prophet Recited at Various Times

1.4

What the Prophet Said About the Excellent Merits of Various Parts

 

Appendix 2: Suggested Syllabus Study

2.1

Suggested Syllabuses for Quranic Study

2.2

The Shorter Syllabus: 12 Selections

2.3

The Longer Syllabus: 40 Selections

 

Appendix 3: Aids to Study

 

Aids to Study

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Es_Selam'un Aleykum ve Rahmetullahi ve Berakatuh,

 A new from al-islamforall.org which i highly suggest to read,happy readings...

 a note;Sister Ummziba,i think this book will clean your questions on your mind about how to work with qur'an?,as yesterday i have came across to an topic which you were asking to Dear User how to improving the knowledge with being so far away from the scholars,with adding this book to the answers you have taken from;i believe it will insh'Allah work for u,wa salaam...

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Assalamu alaikum,

Yes, thank you indeed, brother Suleyman!  "Way to the Qur'an" will be most helpful.  I have just browsed through the al-islamforall site and see there is good reading there.  I will point these things out to my Muslim sisters on Friday when we meet as I know they will be interested in this learning as well.

Thank you for pointing this out to me.  This is what I need - places that I can go back to over and over (because new things don't stick in my brain well anymore!).  May Allah shower you with blessings.

Peace, ummziba.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but your words...they break my soul ~
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Originally posted by ummziba ummziba wrote:

Assalamu alaikum,

Yes, thank you indeed, brother Suleyman!  "Way to the Qur'an" will be most helpful.  I have just browsed through the al-islamforall site and see there is good reading there.  I will point these things out to my Muslim sisters on Friday when we meet as I know they will be interested in this learning as well.

Thank you for pointing this out to me.  This is what I need - places that I can go back to over and over (because new things don't stick in my brain well anymore!).  May Allah shower you with blessings.

Peace, ummziba.

 Aleykum Selam ve Rahmetullahi ve Berakatuh Sister Ummziba,

 It is nice to see that the site you had taken makes sense to you,coming to your memorization problem;please don't mind!,i also have an problem as like that last week while i was at the bank i needed to call my mom,but unfortunately did not remember the telephone number of the house that i did not succeed,it was an big shame...i remember an old businessman from my country who was in the list of the world's 100 richest persons,he was saying that please don't make your brains old with memorizing the useless things;writing to them on the papers makes your brains more new...of course this is not valid for the holy Qur'an...Wa Salaam

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Brothers and Sisters in Islam.

Assalam alaikum wa Rahmatullahi  wa  Barakatuhu.

Just thought that I should share with you some of the miracles of  Quran al Majeed. 

Have you noticed the following:

1.     All ayahs of Suratul Qamar end with the letter (alphabet) “Raa”.

2.     All ayahs of Suratul Rahman end with the letter (alphabet) “Noon”.

3.     All ayahs of Suratul Maryam end with the letter (alphabet) “Aleef”.

4.     All ayahs of Suratul Najm end with the letter (alphabet) “Yaa”.

5.     All ayahs of Suratul Muhammad end with the letter (alphabet) “Meem”.

 
Also, normally, we do not give much thought, but Allah Subhana wa Taala, in HIS Infinite Wisdom, has honored the letter “QAAF’ to all other letters. An entire sura (Suratul Qaaf) is dedicated to this letter. There are lots of ayahs in Quran al Majeed where there is a preponderance of the occurance of the letter “Qaaf”.  To give you just one example, refer to Suratul Ma’idah, Ayah # 27. There are 10 occurances of the letter QAAF. This ayah can roughly be translated as follows:

 “Recite to them the truth of the story of the two sons of Adam. Behold! they each presented a sacrifice (to Allah.: It was accepted from one, but not from the other. Said the latter: "Be sure I will slay thee." "Surely," said the former, "(Allah) doth accept of the sacrifice of those who are righteous.”

Since I cannot reproduce the original Arabic form here, you can always look look it up.


I would also appreciate any comments from you all about this observation,  and maybe, you can also  add any thing  that  you can  come  accross.

Ma' as Salaama.

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