‘I Seek Refuge…’

Bismillah,

Continuing with word analysis, the next logical step would be taking a look at a’udhobillahi minash shaytaanir rajeem.’ It’s what we begin things with, what we say when we’re angry, what we say when we feel attacked by shaytaan, what we say to seek Allah (swt)’s protection. Let us see what it means. Here is it in Arabic:

َأُعُوذٌ بِاِللَّة مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِِِِ الرَّجِيمِ

Going word by word now:

أُعُوذٌ – A’udho – I seek refuge. It comes from the  ع و ذ or root ‘ayn, wow, dhaal, and means to seek refuge from something, in someone.

بِاِللَّة – Bi’Allah – in Allah. It’s two words – ba, and Allah. Ba is just a single letter and can have up to seventeen meanings. Here it means ‘in’. Allah comes from the root  ء ل ة or hamza, laam, haa. It means to amaze, impress someone. Allah (swt) is the One who amazes and impresses all of us through His creation.

مِنَ – Min – from. It’s another simple word like ba. It simply means from.

الشَّيْطَانِِِِ – Ash Shaytaan – Satan, Iblis. It comes from the root  ش ط ن or sheen, taw, noon. ‘Shatana’ means to be far, or to oppose something. Iblis, or Satan, is from from Allah (swt)’s mercy and he opposes the truth.

الرَّجِيمِ -Ar Rajeem – the accursed. It comes from the root  ر ج م or ra, jeem, meem, meaning the one who is stoned, cursed, punished. Stoning is usually done to drive someone away and it degrades a person. Shaytaan was kicked out of heaven and driven away from Heaven. This is his characteristic – rajeem. A side note – in Hajj, what do people do at Jamaraat? They stone, figuratively, the Shaytaan. Another example of his accursedness.

So that is it in a nutshell alhamdulillah 🙂 Please correct me if I made any mistakes. Wa Allahu ta’ala ‘alim.

Wouldn't you rather a refuge with your Lord?

Wouldn't you rather a refuge with your Lord?

In the Path of Allah

Bismillah,

My mom takes classes online with ‘Nur ul Qur’an’ which basically teaches what AlHuda does. The teacher, Ustadha Iffat Maqbool, is just amazing mashaAllah. I had the opportunity to meet her at the AlHuda center in Toronto and I just fell in love with her, mashaAllah. She told the class a story on Friday which my mom told me and I decided to share.

Ustadha went off to Germany for a da’wah trip. She travels to many places with her husband, and both of them give various halaqaat at various places. They had booked an economy class ticket and when they reached the counter to board the airplane, the economy counter was closed. She saw the first class counter was open and went there instead. They had a lot of books on them which they were going to give out in Germany and were worried that they would be charged or have to leave them behind. SubhanAllah, the person at the first class counter took all their bags from them, booked them through, and put them on a first class seat. SubhanAllah.

Everything for their flight was taken care of so they decided to go check hotels for when they reached Germany. When they reached the appropriate counter and began speaking to the person, he or she gave them a five star hotel for free and vouchers for all their meals! SubhanAllah they were in awe.

Bliss and Comfort!

Bliss and Comfort!

On Friday, during class, she was sitting in a five star hotel, with more food than she needed, and crying. Why? She said people say working in the path of Allah is hard, that they can’t do it. What they don’t realize is Allah (swt) makes your path so much easier. Did they know this would happen? Not at all! Ustadha and her husband don’t spend a lot of money at all and were not looking to live lavishly. It was through working for the sake of Allah (swt), that He (swt) put barakah in their works and blessed them with so much more.

The verse ‘Verily with every hardship comes ease, with every hardship comes ease’ came to my mind. They were about to travel, without knowing where they were to stay, and with a load of books which they didn’t think they could take all of. In the situation, so much ease came about. The books were taken care of and they were given a first class seat – ease while travelling. When they reached Germany, their hotel was a five star one and food was taken care of – ease at the destination. They were blessed for working for the sake of Allah (swt).

InshaAllah this is a lesson for all of us. Allah (swt) will never leave those who work for His sake. There are signs of that everywhere 🙂

Basic Words

Bismillah,

Before beginning word analysis of the Qur’an, we have to go over a few basic Arabic words which will be used over and over.

Just as a preface to that, Arabic words are usually made up of 3 letter roots, which are seperated when written. The roots explain the deeper meaning behind the word and allow the reader to analyze why that word was used and not another. Once we begin inshaAllah, this will all make sense. Let us begin, bi’idnillah. PS – the Arabic is always read right to left.

القرءان – Al Qur’an. One of the roots of this word is ق ر ء  or qaf, ra, hamza. ‘Qaraa’ ‘ means to recite, to read. Another root is ق ر ن  or qaf, ra, noon, which means to join, to combine. Put that together and you get the Qur’an –> ‘that which is recited a lot, which has joined ayaat (words) and surahs (chapters).

سورة – Surah (Chapter).  This word never ceases to amaze me! Its root is  س و ر or seen, wow, ra, which means to enclose/fence in something. A ‘soor’ is a wall. So a surah, is a chapter in the Qur’an which encloses ayaat (verses), themes, ideas, sentences. Also, like a wall, it divides/seperates a set of verses from the other. Another meaning for surah is something which is elevated, higher, or raised up. Hence, no other speech is as high as the speech in the Qur’an. Ibn Kathir, rahimAllah said that as a person recites a Surah, his rank is elevated. SubhanAllah.

Another word that comes from the same root is ‘siwaar’ which means a braclet. Bracelets are usually made up of jewels and used to adorn a person. So, a surah is like many gems and jewels strung together, adorning the person who recites them.

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ءاية – Ayah (Sentence). This word doesn’t necessarily have a root (we were told we’ll learn more in the future inshaAllah). It has many meanings: sign, miracle, lesson, sentence. All are relvant. A sentence has a beginning and an end. It is a miracle because it can’t be imitated. It has many lessons in it for the people to take.

لفظ – Lafz (Word). Its root comes from  ل ف ظ or la, fa, zha. This means to spit or thow out, basically to pronounce. Why? Words, when pronounced, are spit/thrown out of the mouth.

حرف – Huroof (Letter). It comes from the root ح ر ف  or ha, ra, fa which means an edge/coast/brink, the end or turning point. Once you read one letter, you have to turn your tongue to say the next letter.

Alright, that is it for now inshaAllah. We are on a roll alhamdulillah!

Please correct me if I made any mistakes inshaAllah. As always, Allahu ta’ala ‘alim.

An Intro to Word Analysis

Bismillah,

The Qur’an, in it’s original form, is in Arabic. Translations cannot do it justice because English (or any language for the matter) is just not equal to Arabic. As my teacher said, ‘There’s an ocean of meaning in Arabic but it’s all lost when translated.”

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The point of word analysis is to understand the word, to understand the ocean of meaning behind the word, why it was used and not another, and at times, to just be awed by the beauty of the Qur’an.

The Qur’an is called “Yasar” at times, which means ‘to be prepared, to be ready.’ The Qur’an is ready to be understood. The question is, do you have the courage to do it?