The Holy Quran
And when you have fulfilled your sacred duties remember Allah as you remember your forefathers or with deeper reverence. There are some who say: ‘Lord, give us good in this world. ‘ He shall have no share in the Everlasting Life.
[2.201] But there are others who say: ‘Lord, give us a merit in the world and good in the Everlasting Life, and save us from the punishment of the Fire. ‘
[2.202] These shall have a share of what they have earned. Swift is the reckoning of Allah.
[2.203] Remember Allah during counted days. Whosoever hastens on in two days, no sin shall be on him. And if any delay, no sin shall be on him, for he who wardsoff (evil). And fear Allah, and know that you shall be assembled unto Him.
[2.204] There is he whose sayings pleases you in this worldly life and uses Allah as a witness for what is in his heart, but he is most stubborn in adversary.
[2.205] No sooner does he leave than he hastens about the earth to corrupt there and destroy crops and cattle. Allah does not love corruption.
[2.206] When it is said to him: ‘Fear Allah, ‘ egotism takes him in his sin. Gehenna (Hell) shall be enough for him. How evil a cradling!
[2.207] But there are among people he who would give away his life desiring the Pleasure of Allah. Allah is Gentle to His worshipers.
[2.208] Believers, all of you, enter the peace and do not follow in satan’s footsteps; he is a clear enemy to you.
[2.209] If you lapse back after the clear verses that have come to you, know that Allah is the Almighty, the Wise.
[2.210] Are they waiting for Allah to come to them in the shadows of the clouds with the angels! Their matter will have been settled then. To Allah shall all things return.
[2.211] Ask the Children of Israel how many clear signs We have given them. Whoever changes the Favor of Allah after it has come to him, Allah is Firm in inflicting the punishment.
[2.212] For those who disbelieve, the worldly life is decked with all manner of decorations. They scoff at those who believe, but the cautious shall be above them on the Day of Resurrection. Allah gives without count to whom He will. Continue reading
[2.101] And now that a Messenger has come to them from Allah confirming what was with them, some of those to whom the Book was given reject the Book of Allah behind their backs, as though they knew nothing
[2.102] and follow what the devils recited over the Kingdom of Solomon. Solomon did not disbelieve, it is the devils who disbelieved, teaching people magic and that which was sent down upon the angels Harut and Marut in Babylon. They did not teach anyone, until both had said: ‘We have been sent as a trial; do not disbelieve. ‘ From them they learned how they might separate a husband and his wife. However, they did not harm anyone with it, except by the permission of Allah. Indeed, they learned what harms them and does not profit them, yet they knew that anyone who buys it would have no share in the Everlasting Life. Evil is that for which they have sold their souls, if they but knew!
[2.103] Had they believed and were cautious, far better for them would be the reward from Allah, if they but knew.
[2.104] ‘Believers, do not say ‘Observe us (Ra’ina, in Hebrew means evil) ‘, but instead say: “Look after us (Undhurna), and listen’ for the unbelievers is a painful punishment.
[2.105] The unbelievers among the People of the Book (Jews and Nazarenes) and the idolaters resent that any good should have been sent down to you from your Lord. But Allah chooses whom He will for His Mercy. And Allah is of great bounty.
[2.106] If We supersede any verse or cause it to be forgotten, We bring a better one or one similar. Do you not know that Allah has power over all things!
[2.107] Do you not know that it is to Allah that the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth belong, and that there is none, other than Him, to protect or help you!
[2.108] Would you rather demand of your Messenger that which was once demanded of Moses! He who exchanges belief for disbelief has surely strayed from the Right Path. Continue reading
[2.61] ‘Moses, ‘ you said, ‘we will no longer be patient with one type of food. Call on your Lord to bring forth for us some of the produce of the earth, green herbs and cucumbers, corn, lentils and onions. ‘ ‘What! ‘ he answered, ‘Would you exchange that which is lesser for what is better? Go down into Egypt, there you shall find all that you have asked. ‘ Humiliation and abasement were pitched upon them, and they incurred the Anger of Allah; because they disbelieved His signs and slew His Prophets unjustly; because they disobeyed and were transgressors.
[2.62] Those who believe, Jews, Nazarenes and Sabaeans whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good deeds shall be rewarded by their Lord; they have nothing to fear nor are they saddened.
[2.63] And when We made a covenant with you and raised the Mount above you, (saying) ‘Take what We have given you forcefully and remember what is in it, so that you will be cautious, ‘
[2.64] yet after that you turned away, but for the Grace of Allah and His Mercy you would have surely been among the losers.
[2.65] You have surely known of those amongst you who transgressed the Sabbath. We said to them: ‘Be apes, despised! ‘ Continue reading
[2.21] O people, worship your Lord who has created you and those who have gone before you, so that you will be cautious.
[2.22] Who has made the earth a bed for you and the sky a dome, and has sent down water from the sky to bring forth fruits for your provision. Do not knowingly set up rivals to Allah.
[2.23] If you are in doubt of what We have sent down to Our worshiper (Prophet Muhammad), produce a chapter comparable to it. Call upon your helpers, other than Allah, to assist you, if you are true.
[2.24] But if you fail, as you are sure to fail, then guard yourselves against the Fire whose fuel is people and stones, prepared for the unbelievers.
[2.25] Bear glad tidings to those who believe and do good works. They shall live in Gardens underneath which rivers flow. Whenever they are given fruit as provision they will say: ‘This is what we were given before, ‘ for they shall be given in resemblance. Therein they shall have pure spouses, and shall live there for ever.
[2.26] Allah is not shy to strike a parable whatsoever a gnat or larger. Those who believe know that it is the truth from their Lord. As for those who disbelieve they ask: ‘What could Allah mean by this parable? By it, Allah misleads many and guides many. ‘ But He misleads none except the evildoers,
[2.27] who break the covenant of Allah after accepting it and sever what Allah has bidden to be joined and corrupt in the land. These are the losers.
[2.28] How can you disbelieve Allah? Did He not give you life when you were dead, and He will cause you to die and then restore you to life. Then you will return to Him.
[2.29] He created for you all that is in the earth, then, He willed to the heaven, and leveled them seven heavens. He has knowledge of all things.
[2.30] When your Lord said to the angels: ‘I am placing on the earth a caliph, ‘ they replied: ‘Will You put there who corrupts and sheds blood, when we exalt Your praises and sanctify You? ‘ He said: ‘I know what you do not know. ‘
[2.31] He taught Adam (father of humans) the names all of them and then presented them to the angels, saying: ‘Tell Me the names of these, if you are truthful. ‘
[2.32] ‘Exaltations to You, ‘ they replied, ‘we have no knowledge except that which You have taught us. You are indeed the Knowing, the Wise. ‘
[2.33] Then He said to Adam: ‘Tell them their names. ‘ And when Adam had named them, He said: ‘Did I not tell you that I know the unseen of the heavens and earth, and all that you reveal and all that you hide! ‘
[2.34] And when We said to the angels: ‘Prostrate (to Me) yourselves towards Adam, ‘ they all prostrated themselves except iblis (satan, father of the jinn), who, in his pride refused and became an unbeliever.
[2.35] To Adam We said: ‘Dwell with your wife in Paradise and both eat of it as much as you wish and wherever you will. But neither of you should come close to this tree or else you shall both become transgressors. ‘
[2.36] But satan made them slip therefrom and caused them to depart from that in which they had been. ‘Go down, ‘ We said, ‘be enemies to each other. The earth will provide your dwelling place an enjoyment for a while. ‘
[2.37] Then Adam received Words from his Lord, and his Lord relented towards him. He is the Receiver of Repentance, the Merciful.
[2.38] ‘Go down, all together, ‘ We said, ‘so if a guidance shall come to you from Me, whosoever follows My guidance no fear shall be on them, neither shall they be saddened. Continue reading
[2.2] That is the (Holy) Book, where there is no doubt. It is a guidance for the cautious (of evil and Hell).
[2.3] Who believe in the unseen and establish the (daily) prayer; who spend out of what We have provided them.
[2.4] Who believe in that which has been sent down to you (Prophet Muhammad) and what has been sent down before you (to Prophets Jesus and Moses) and firmly believe in the Everlasting Life.
[2.5] These are guided by their Lord; these surely are the prosperous.
[2.6] Those who disbelieve, whether you forewarn them or not, they will not believe.
[2.7] Allah has set a seal upon their hearts and ears; their sight is dimmed and for them is a great punishment.
[2.8] There are some people who say: ‘We believe in Allah and the Last Day, ‘ yet they are not believers.
[2.9] They seek to deceive Allah and those who believe, but they deceive none except themselves, though they do not sense it.
[2.10] There is a sickness in their hearts which Allah has increased. For them there is a painful punishment because they lie.
[2.11] When it is said to them, ‘Do not corrupt in the land, ‘ they reply, ‘We are only reformers. ‘
[2.12] But it is they who are the evildoers, though they do not sense it.
[2.13] When it is said to them: ‘Believe as (other) people believe, ‘ they reply, ‘Are we to believe as fools believe? ‘ It is they who are the fools, if only they knew!
[2.14] When they meet those who believe, they say, ‘We, too believe. ‘ But when they are alone with their devils, they say to them: ‘We follow none but you, we were only mocking
[2.15] Allah will mock at them and prolong them in sin, blundering blindly.
[2.16] Such are those who barter away guidance for error, their trade did not profit (them), nor are they guided.
[2.17] Their example is like one who kindled a fire, and when it lit all around him, Allah took away their light and left them in darkness. They could not see.
[2.18] Deaf, dumb, and blind, they shall never return.
[2.19] Or, like (those who, under) a cloudburst from the sky with darkness, thunder and lightning, they thrust their fingers in their ears at the sound of every thunderclap for fear of death, and Allah encompasses the unbelievers.
[2.20] The lightning almost snatches away their sight, whenever it flashes upon them they walk on, but as soon as it darkens they stand still. Indeed, if Allah willed, He could take away their sight and hearing. Allah has power over all things.
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Most Merciful
[1.1] In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Most Merciful
[1.2] Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds,
[1.3] the Merciful, the Most Merciful,
[1.4] Owner of the Day of Recompense.
[1.5] You (alone) we worship; and You (alone) we rely for help.
[1.6] Guide us to the Straight Path,
[1.7] the Path of those upon whom You have favored, not those upon whom is the anger, nor the astray. (Amen please answer)
The present study consisted of two studies which investigated the effects of reading the Holy Qur’an on Muslim psychology students’ blood pressure, heart rate and perceived stress levels. Perceived stress level is the degree to which situations in a person’s life are appraised as stressful.
The study was conducted because little research has examined the effects of reading the Holy Qur’an, and research that has been conducted is of low quality. For example, Vander Hoven (nd) a researcher from Netherlands hasn’t reported the findings from his research clearly. He briefly stated that “Muslims who can read Arabic and who read the Holy Qur’an regularly can protect themselves from psychological diseases”, but he gives no specific details of the evidence leading to this conclusion or the exact nature of the effects. Continue reading
We often see the term “role model” in newspapers and magazines. It refers to someone who leads the sort of life that you would like to live. Many of us choose our favorite sports star or film star as our role model because we are impressed by the glitter and flair of these wealthy people. However, if we stopped to think about what kind of lives the stars really lead, perhaps we would have second thoughts about our choice of role model. How many of these stars have never known or have forgotten Allah in their quest for fame and riches! How often are they consumed by hate, envy, violence, drugs and other evils! Who really wants that kind of life? Certainly not we Muslims.
The Qur’an tells us that the prophets should be our role models, and Prophet Ibrahim (alayhis salam) in particular is frequently mentioned. He was obedient to Allah, upright, and he did not worship any god but Allah. He turned away from those who worshipped idols, even from his own father. He was grateful to Allah for the blessings which were bestowed on him. He was rewarded with good in this world and he is among the righteous in the hereafter.
Prophet Ibrahim’s call;
Since their purpose was often the same, the stories of many of the prophets are very similar. They were all raised up among their own people, to warn their people against their sinful ways and warn of Allah’s pending punishment. Their message was the same, to worship Allah and heed the words of His prophet. The prophets emphasized that they had nothing to gain from their people; that they were merely conveying Allah’s message. And all the prophets were deeply compassionate men, who became frustrated that so few heeded their words, but who never stopped trying to convey Allah’s message, until the people’s deeds exceeded limits set by Allah.
The response to each prophet’s message was also very similar. A very small number of his people would heed his message and follow his advice. But most of his community would refuse to listen. They would say that their prophet was crazy. They would laugh at him, scorn his followers, and threaten him. They would challenge him to bring on the punishment with which he was always threatening them. But only Allah knew when the punishment would strike and what it would be. When the punishment did strike, the prophet and his believers would be saved, and all the nonbelievers would be destroyed. Continue reading
One day he had a dream in which eleven planets, the sun, and the moon were bowing down in front of him. When his father learned of this vision, he interpreted it as meaning that Allah would prefer Yusuf (Alayhis salam), would teach him the interpretation of dreams, and would perfect His grace upon him. But Ya’qub warned Yusuf (Alayhis salam) not to tell the dream to his brothers, because they would be extremely jealous and might wish to do harm to him.
The older brothers were indeed jealous of Yusuf (Alayhis salam) and his younger brother. They decided that, with Yusuf (Alayhis salam) out of the picture, their father would look upon the rest of them with more favor. Some wanted to kill him and some favored abandoning him in some distant land. One of the brothers suggested leaving him in a pit so that some caravan would pick him up and carry him away. That was the plot upon which they eventually agreed.
Yusuf’s brothers went to their father and asked if they could take Yusuf (Alayhis salam) out in the pastures with them on the following day, so that he could play and enjoy himself. At first Ya‘qub (Alayhis salam) dissented, because he feared that Yusuf (Alayhis salam) would be devoured by a wolf. But the brothers assured him that the wolf would not have a chance against so many of them. Finally Ya‘qub agreed to let Yusuf go with them. Continue reading