Monthly Archives: June 2015

Animals

Six chapters (Surah) in the Qur’an are named after animals. Al-baqarah (The Cow), Al-Anaam (The Cattle), Al-Nahl (The Bee), Al-Naml (The Ant), Al-Ankaboot (The spider), Al-Feel (The elephant). Note: Insects are animals. They are arthropod phylum under Kingdom Animalia.

Sunni & Shia

The Qur’an has explicit instructions for Muslims to NOT create divisions. See, 3:103 Despite this fact divisions do exist. The two largest and most well known are Shia and Sunni. Since neither are specifically mentioned in the Qur’an they will be discussed only briefly and generally. The historical roots: After the death of Prophet Muhammad (عليه السلام) in 632 A.D. there was a dispute over who would lead the Muslim community (Ummah) as Khalif (خليف). Note: A Khalif is a leader of

Brackets

In various English meaning Qur’an’s there exist brackets. They typically appear as ( ) or [ ]. These brackets should never be confused with actual text of the Qur’an or meaning therein. They are equivalent to in text commentary, but in most cases they should be ignored. Brackets are merely bits and pieces of one translators interpretation.

Care & handling

The Qur’an is considered sacred text. IT must, therefore, be handled with care.  Respect for the Qur’an is equivalent to showing respect for Allah (SWT). Which can bring reward in this life or the hereafter, Insha’Allah. Allah is all-knowing and sees all. General care and guidelines for handling the Qur’an: Never place on the ground. Never bring into a bathroom. Never place any books on top of. Keep all liquids away from as not to spill any on. Keep upright,

Context

Why does one need to look at the context of what he or she is reading (Iqra) in the Qur’an?  For the fact that without context meaning often becomes distorted. This can lead to misunderstandings on a particular passage or verse (Ayat). 

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