Category Archives: Qur’an

The Qur’an is Easy to Remember: Part 3


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times

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Allah repeats in Surah Al-Qamar, Chapter 54 verse 32:

“And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?”

Here are 6 more tips towards starting and maintaining the journey of memorizing the Qur’an:

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Are the Qur’an and Music the Same?


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times

If you ride the NY subway long enough, you’re going to see some “interesting” people.  One night as I rode the 1 train from 191st  in Manhattan towards my daily destination in the Bronx, my eyes couldn’t help but fall on a young “typical adolescent”- swagged out with the sideways fitted, baggy pants, oversized jacket, Converse sneakers, and “Beats by Dre” headphone- as he took the seat across from me.

He wasn’t Darth Vader, the guy singing to the next destination, or some other crazy guy trolling the subways, but he sparked a reflection in me that I write about today.

The music from his headphones was blasting loud enough that I could faintly make out the lyrics.  As he bobbed his head back and forth and was repeating the lines along with the words, with the occasional hand gestures to and fro, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the young kids they show on CNN in the madrasah’s across the world- rocking back and forth repeating the lines of Qur’an they memorize.

And as strange as it sounds, the question that popped in my head was: Are the Qur’an and music the same?

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Lessons from the Cave: Part 5: Verses 22-26


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

Prologue    1   2   3   4

Welcome to Lessons from the Cave Part 5.  Today inshaAllah, we will see the reason why everyone says “inshaAllah” before doing something…or say it because they want you to stop asking if they will come to your event or not…. 🙂

Lesson 5 : Surah Al-Kahf (The Cave) Chapter 18: verses 22-26

(Some) say they were three, the dog being the fourth among them; (others) say they were five, the dog being the sixth,- doubtfully guessing at the unknown; (yet others) say they were seven, the dog being the eighth. Say thou: “My Lord knoweth best their number; It is but few that know their (real case).” Enter not, therefore, into controversies concerning them, except on a matter that is clear, nor consult any of them about (the affair of) the Sleepers.” (18:22)

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Lessons from the Cave: Part 4: Verses 18-21


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

Prologue   Part 1    Part 2    Part 3

Welcome to Lessons from the Cave: Part 4.  We had a pretty long lesson last time, but hopefully inshaAllah you are starting to reap some benefits in learning basics of how Arabic works, and starting to recognize words in your reading of Qur’an.  We’re hoping to make more advances today, but not too heavy on anything new.

We’ll also be reaching the conclusion of the main part of the story of the youth of the Cave, with some mention of them later on.

As a reminder, we wanted to learn the verb “to worship” last time and word “Master (Lord).”

Lesson 4 : Surah Al-Kahf (The Cave) Chapter 18: verses 18-21

“Thou wouldst have deemed them awake, whilst they were asleep, and We turned them on their right and on their left sides: their dog stretching forth his two fore-legs on the threshold: if thou hadst come up on to them, thou wouldst have certainly turned back from them in flight, and wouldst certainly have been filled with terror of them.” (18:18)

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The Qur’an Is Easy To Remember – Part 2


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

Part 1

Allah repeats in Surah Al-Qamar, Chapter 54 verse 22:

And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember? (54:22)

Although the Qur’an is easy to remember, there are certain steps along the way that help average students like us memorize more efficiently.  This is especially true for one who is unable to sit with a teacher.

Here in Part 2, we want to talk about the actual procedure of sitting down and memorizing the verses.

Following a set procedure

So we have a sincere intention, we’ve asked for forgiveness and help, and we’ve got the Qur’an in our hands ready to go….but how does one actually memorize the verse in front of them?

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Lessons from the Cave Part 3: Verses 14-17


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

Prologue   Part 1  Part 2

Welcome to Lessons from the Cave Part 3.  Last time, we studied an important rule of Arabic: possession.  Knowing this rule (for ease, the italics in some of the words below indicate where the rule is being used) and the few verbs we have so far, we will continue to elevate our understanding – test yourself weekly with the “CHALLENGE” phrases.

However, to get the most from this series, make sure to LISTEN to the recitation of the verses being mentioned,  preferably verse by verse.  A good site to listen in this manner is linked here.  For the beginner, change the reciter to “Abdul Baasit.”

Explanation in transliteration are for ease, however, to get the most out of this, please follow the explanation with the Arabic in the verse.

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Lessons from the Cave Part 2: Verses 9-13


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

Prologue  Part 1

Welcome to Lessons from the Cave: Part 2.  For the next 4 weeks inshaAllah we will be reading the story of the youth that took refuge in the cave away from their people.

If you followed along from last time, the 1 verb we wanted to commit to memory was “to say”, and we will see why today.  It would also be a good idea to quickly review the words we went over last time to refresh your memory so that we can build our vocabulary.

Lesson 2 : Surah Al-Kahf (The Cave) Chapter 18: verses 9-13

“Or dost thou reflect that the Companions of the Cave and of the Inscription were wonders among Our Signs?” (18:9)

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