Is learning Arabic necessary to understand Quraa’n

Love with Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him)
By Irshad Mahmood – Director, Siraat-al-Mustaqeem Dawah Centre

We have seen many verbal claims that they truly love Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him), BUT when you ask if he/she understand his language, i.e. Quraanic Arabic Language and if yes, have you ever try to teach others his language (Quraanic Arabic) for free, answers of many will be no/never. How come one claims but do not promote his language so that people can understand him as well as the Quraan, which will Inshaa Allah help resolve many issues after understanding the Quraanic Message.

Those who don’t know Quraanic Arabic Language, must try their best to learn it now before it gets too late.

Those who know Quraanic Arabic Language, must start teaching others for free if possible, before it gets too late.

Every Musjids must start teaching Quraanic Arabic Language for free if possible, before it gets too late.

Those who have authority in Muslim Lands must plan to implement Quraanic Arabic Language for free in their region before it gets too late.

Those who are capable of passing this message to Muslims including authorities to start teaching Quraanic Arabic Language in those Muslims Lands, where national language is not Arabic, must do it now before it gets too late.

Media MUST Play an Active Role in Teaching Quraanic Arabic Language for free before it gets too late.

Those Islaamic Medias who don’t have any special columns/sessions for teaching free Quraanic Arabic Language may be questioned on the Day of Judgment.

Those who really love Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) will sure try their best to learn and teach his Language (Quraanic Arabic Language).

Inshaa Allah this will be the starting point for the Unity of Muslim Ummah, since language is the starting point on exchange our ideas/thoughts. It will also hep clear many misunderstandings about Islaam.

Steps to Promote Quraanic Arabic Language in Muslim Lands:

1>    First 10 Years teach one subject Quraanic Arabic Language in all classes of schools/colleges/universities for free and remove all compulsory (mandatory) local/provincial languages otherwise kids will be too confused.
2>    Next 10 Years teach all those subjects in Quraanic Arabic Language for which there are materials/books etc. already available in other Arabic Countries.
3>    Finally after 20 years adopt Quraanic Arabic Language as National Language.

Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious. (Ref: Al_Quraan_016.125)

And withhold yourself with those who call on their Lord morning and evening desiring His goodwill, and let not your eyes pass from them (always yes sir, till Auliyaas and Global Auliyaas (Mujaddids) follow the Quraan and Really Authentic Sunnah), desiring the beauties of this world’s life; and do not follow him whose heart We have made unmindful to Our remembrance (Quraanic Directive), and he follows his low desires and his case is one in which due bounds are exceeded. (Al_Quraan_018.028)

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Jumma khutba Guidelines

Jummah Khutbah/Speech Guideline
By Irshad Mahmood – Director, Siraat-al-Mustaqeem Dawah Centre

Main purpose of Jummah Khutbah/Speech is to guide Ummah in the light of the Quraan in modern time. It must be approved by Local Government. Exploitation and hate must be avoided. Attendees must come on time and listen to it with full attention.

If you MISS the Friday Khutbah/Speech then You LOSE Benefits of Friday Prayers. Major Differences between Friday Prayers and Regular Five Time Prayers is the Friday Speech. Best time for Friday Prayer is Dhuhr time, BUT can be offered any time after sunrise and before Asr time, if there is any reasonable issue with space/time etc. and cannot accommodate all at one time. Friday Prayer is Weekly Eid Prayer, which has Friday Speech like in Eid Prayer. Especially for those who are living non-Muslim countries must accommodate their time and can have short Khutbah, where Friday is not a weekend, and people had to rush for their work.

Listen to Jummah Khutbah/Speech with Full Attention:

When the Quran is recited, then listen to it and remain silent, that mercy may be shown to you, (Al_Quraan_007.204).

When Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) used to deliver to Jummah Khutbah/Speech Sahabas used to come on time and listen to him with full attention, since He used to explain the Quraan in His Speeches. There is NO Sunnah/Nawafil Salaah DURING Jummah Khutbah/Speech, since one must listen to it with full attention, because Allah has said to do so.

Men MUST give permission to their WOMEN to go for Friday Prayers:

When women ask permission for going to the masjid for regular five times ritual Salaah, do not prevent them, (Sahi Muslim_Book-4_Hadith-0884, 0885, 0887).

The best rows for men are the first rows, and the worst ones the last ones, and the best rows for women are the last ones and the worst ones for them are the first ones, (Ref: Sahi Muslim_Book-4_Hadith-0881).

Confusion of Women Praying in Masjid:

Generally women get confuse from the following Hadeeth, which is actually for Regular Five Time Prayers. Friday Prayers is DIFFERENT from the Regular Prayers and there is special Surah for it, Surah AL-JUMUA (THE CONGREGATION, FRIDAY), Chapter 62. Remember the Six Major Authentic Hadith collections, are:

Sahih Bukhari by Imam Bukhari (d. 870) 7275 hadiths
Sahih Muslim by Muslim b. al-Hajjaj (d. 875) included 9200
Sunan Abi Da’ud by Abu Da’ud (d. 888)
Sunan al-Tirmidhi by al-Tirmidhi (d. 892)
Sunan al-Sughra by al-Nasa’i (d. 915)
Sunan Ibn Maja by Ibn Maja (d. 886)

The original ahadith referring to “it is best that women pray Five Times Regular Prayers (NOT Friday Prayers) at home” is found in Musnad Ahmed (collection of ahadith), # 25331. The translation of the ‘Arabic text is found below:
“The best mosque for women is the bottom (meaning the inner-most part) of their homes.”

Think! Is perfume or other attractive wearing are more important than Friday Prayer? Of course NOT:

It is better for women to pray in their houses than to attend congregational prayers (NOT Friday Prayers). However, they may go to the masjid and attend the congregational prayer if they avoid wearing or using any attractive or tempting adornment or perfume.
(Fiqh-us-Sunnah_Volume-2_Book-26_Congregational-Prayer-Fiqh-2.050).

Keep in mind that Women in the West go everywhere. They are in the markets, in malls, in restaurants, and in offices. It is ironic that some men allow them to go to all the places of temptation, but they want to stop them from coming to the places where they can pray to their Lord and learn about their faith.

And when they see business or sport (fun, entertainment) they rush for it, and leave you standing. Say: What is with Allah is better than sport (fun, entertainment) and (better) than business, and Allah is the best of Sustainers (Provider), (Al_Quraan_062.011).

Below is the website for more reference on Women Praying in Masjid:
http://islam-qa.com/index.php?ref=983&ln=eng&txt=woman%20praying%20at%20home

Friday Prayers are for both Men as well as Women:

O you (Men and Women) who believe! When the call is made for prayer on Friday (the Day of Assembly), then hasten to the remembrance of Allah and leave off trading (business); that is better for you (Men and Women), if you (Men and Women) know. But when the prayer is ended then disperse in the land and seek of Allah’s grace/bounty, and remember Allah much, that you (Men and Women) may be successful, (Al_Quraan_062.009-010).

(There is No such thing like Weekly Holiday in Islaam. So Work, Work and Work)

Al-Tirmidhi Hadeeth 1398 Narrated byUbayd ibn as-Sabbaq; Abdullah ibn Abbas Ubayd told in mursal form that Allah`s Messenger (peace be upon him) said one Friday, “Company of Muslims, this is a day which Allah has appointed as a festival, so bathe, and if anyone has perfume it does him no harm to apply some of it; and you should use the tooth-stick.” Malik transmitted it. Ibn Majah transmitted it from him, and it is fully connected form Ibn Abbas.

Guide Lines for Jummah Khutbah/Speech:

Minimum requirement of the Khutbah is it must include verses from the Quraan followed by its explanation in local languages according to modern time for the guidance of Ummah. There are two parts of Khutbah. In Part one little detail Khutbah/Speech is delivered and in Part two Conclusion and Duaa is delivered.

1) How to Begin:

– Have the intention that you are going to give a Khutbah and give Salaam to the people.
– Let someone give the Adhan after you give Salaam to the people.

2) First Part of Khutbah: Opening Statement for the Khutbah after giving the Adhan:

إِنّ الْحَمْدَ لِلّهِ نَحْمَدُهُ وَنَسْتَعِيْنُهُ وَنَسْتَغْفِرُهُ وَنَعُوذُ بِالِ مِنْ شُرُوْرِ أَنْفُسِنَا وَمِنْ سَيّئَاتِ أَعْمَالِنَا، مَنْ يَهْدِهِ الُ فَلَ مُضِلّ لَهُ وَمَنْ يُضْلِلْهُ فَلَ هَادِيَ لَهُ ۔ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَ إِلَهَ إِلّ الُ وَحْدَهُ لَ شَرِيْكَ لَهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنّ مُحَمّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُوْلُهُ ۔

يَا أَيّهَا الّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتّقُوا اللّهَ حَقّ تُقَاتِهِ وَل تَمُوتُنّ إِلّا وَأَنْتُمْ مُسْلِمُونَ ۔ آل عمران ۱۰۲ ۔

يَا أَيّهَا الّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتّقُوا اللّهَ وَقُولُوا قَوْلً سَدِيدا يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَمَنْ يُطِعِ اللّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزا عَظِيما ۔ الحزاب ۷۰ ۔ ۷۱ ۔
أما بعد ۔

Read Translation as Well:

Praise belongs to Allah, we praise him, and we ask him for guidance and forgiveness. And we seek protection in Allah from the malice of our own souls, and the evil of our actions. Whom Allah guides, no one can lead him astray, and whom He makes astray, no one can lead him back to the right path. I bear witness that there is no other deity but Allah, by himself, no associate to him, and I bear witness that Muhammad is his slave and Messenger.

“O’ you who believed! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except as Muslims”, (Al_Quraan_003:102).

“O’ you who believed! Fear Allah, and (always) say a word directed to the truth. “That He may make your conduct whole and sound, and forgive you your sins: he that obeys Allah and His Messenger, has then attained the highest Achievement”, (Al_Quraan_033:070-071).

3) Body of the Khutbah: Topic as per Modern Time to guide Ummah:

– The body of the Khutbah must contain at least one verse in Arabic, followed by its explanation in local language to guide Ummah to face modern challenges at Present Time.

4) The Pause after First Part of Khutbah:

– You need to pause at some point in the Khutbah, and you can say:

أَقُولُ قَوْلِي هَذَا، وَأَسْتَغْفِرُ اللّهَ لِيَ وَلَكُمْ ولِسَائِرِ الْمُسْلِمِيِ ، فَاسْتَغْفِرُوهُ، إِنَهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرّحِيمُ ۔

Translation:

I say this saying of mine, and I seek forgiveness from Allah for me and for you, and to the rest of the Muslims, so ask Him for forgiveness, He is the forgiver, the Merciful.

– Then, sit down during this pause and make a silent Duaa for forgiveness e.g.

رَبَّنَا ظَلَمْنَا أَنفُسَنَا وَإِن لَّمْ تَغْفِرْ لَنَا وَتَرْحَمْنَا لَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ

“Our Lord! We have wronged ourselves. If You forgive us not, and bestow not upon us Your Mercy, we shall certainly be of the losers”, (Al_Quraan_007.023).

رَبَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّاتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَامًا

O our Lord! grant us in our wives and our children the joy of our eyes, and make us guides to those who guard (against evil), (Al_Quraan_025.074).

رَبِّ اجْعَلْنِي مُقِيمَ الصَّلاَةِ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِي رَبَّنَا وَتَقَبَّلْ دُعَاء

“O my Lord! Make me one who performs As-Salaat (Iqaamat-as-Salaat), and (also) from my offspring, our Lord! And accept my invocation”, (Al_Quraan_014.040).

 رَبَّنَا اغْفِرْ لِي وَلِوَالِدَيَّ وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَوْمَ يَقُومُ الْحِسَابُ

“Our Lord! Forgive me and my parents, and (all) the believers on the Day when the reckoning will be established”, (Al_Quraan_014.041).

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

“Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire”, (Al_Quraan_002.201).

– After you pause and make silent Duaa, standup and say:

بِسْمِ اللّهِ، والْحَمْدُ لِلّهِ، والصّلَاةُ والسّلَامُ عَلَى رَسُولِ اللّهِ، صَلّى اللّهُ عَلَيْهِ وسَلَمَ ۔

Translation:

In the name of Allah, and exaltations be to Allah, and blessings and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah, (SLAWS).

– Continue with the Khutbah with Conclusion and Duaa

5) At the end of Khutbah when you’re done with Conclusion and Duaa, say this as the closing statement:

عِبَادَ اللّهِ، إنّ اللّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ والْإِحْسَانِ وإيْتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَى ويَنْهَى عَنِ الفَحْشَاءِ والْمُنْكَرِ والْبَغِيِ ، يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلّكُمْ تَذَكّرُونَ ۔ اُذْكُرُوا الَ الْعَظِيمَ يَذْكُرْكُمْ واشْكُرُوهُ يَزِدْكُمْ واسْتَغْفِرُوهُ يَغْفِرْ لكُمْ واتّقُوهُ يَجْعَلْ لَكُمْ مِنْ أَمْرِكُمْ مَخْرَجًا ۔ وَأَقِمِ الصّلَاة ۔

Translation:

Slaves of Allah! “Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that you may remember.” [TMQ 16:90] Remember Allah the supreme (in glory) and He will remember you, and be thankful to Him, and He will increase you in bounty, and seek His forgiveness, He will forgive you, and have Taqwa of Him (God fearing, devoutness, piety), He will make for you a way out of your issues. Establish the prayer.

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Can reason make room for religion? by Ruth Jackson

For Schleiermacher, the religious and the political realms did not simply compete over the same terrain. Rather, he saw them as distinctive yet constituent parts of the bigger whole of an individual life. He was profoundly influenced by Plato in his belief that reason is what orders our desires and instincts – enabling people to govern well, to take their place in a moral and civilised society, and to be properly responsible for their environment.

But religion was still the ‘highest’ and most essential of these two parts, Schleiermacher said in On Religion (1799). Unlike politics, religion is a matter of feeling (Gefühl) and intuition; it doesn’t amount simply to praxis or speculation, but is instead the ‘sensibility and taste for the Infinite’. It was a ‘universal’ aspect of being human, something for which we have the capacity, according to our very nature.

This vision of religion as the ‘highest’ part of humanity was a new iteration of a very ancient idea: the notion that politics alone cannot bring about human flourishing, and that political categories can’t completely capture or describe the full extent of a person. Politics isn’t cancelled out or overthrown by ‘religion’. Instead, for Schleiermacher, the business of governing well is a means to a higher purpose.

But just as politics has its limits, so too does religion. It can’t displace or do the work of politics in our world; the work of the church belongs instead to the domain of the spirit. This is why Schleiermacher didn’t believe in theocracy or religious states. On the contrary, he argued for the separation of church and state, on the grounds that this would promote the success of both. In On Religion, we find Schleiermacher pushing this argument to its limit, when he proposes that religion really belongs to the institution of the family. And vice versa, as part of his national vision, he contended that the education of children in Germany (traditionally falling to the church) should be taken on by the state instead. He also argued that full legal privileges should not be withheld or bestowed for religious reasons, an unusual view at the time.

Schleiermacher ultimately fell short in his effort to navigate politics and religion as complementary rather than competing spheres. Nevertheless, his principles provide a valuable source for reflection in our own day. Faced with the question ‘How do we live together?’, Schleiermacher understood that bonds between individuals cannot be truly established or exhaustively described by political power alone.

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