Quranic Articles

What does the Quran say about ‘kindness’?

What does the Quran say about ‘kindness’?

Islam is a religion of peace. There are many actions that Allah recommends in the Quran to attain this tranquility. A group of these actions has the overarching theme of kindness. Read on to learn some verses in the Quran about kindness.

A Timeline of the Quranic Revelation

A Timeline of the Quranic Revelation

The full revelation of the whole Quran took approximately 23 collective years to be completed, commencing in the Ramadan of the year 609 CE – roughly 22nd December in the Gregorian calendar – up until the year 632 CE, in Dhul Hijjah, coinciding with the year of the Prophet (pbuh)’s death.

People in the Quran: The Story of Moses (Part 1)

People in the Quran: The Story of Moses (Part 1)

Moses(pbuh) is well-known in modern society as a religious figure within the Abrahamic faiths. Likewise, his story is detailed within the Quran bearing similarities, yet with few differences and new information. This piece dives into the Quran to see what Allah says about His messenger.

5 Verses about Depression in the Quran

5 Verses about Depression in the Quran

In this article we explore five Quran verses about depression. Since these Quranic verses deal with emotions closely connected to depression, they can be useful in understanding how to navigate depression.

The Who, What, Why, When and How of Zakat al-Fitr

The Who, What, Why, When and How of Zakat al-Fitr

From the name, we know that Zakat al-Fitr must be associated with one of the biggest Islamic celebrations of the year, Eid al-Fitr, which comes after Ramadan. There is a lot of information out there about Eid and Ramadan, but what about Zakat al-Fitr?
In this article, we will share the facts about Zakat al-Fitr, why it is compulsory, how to fulfil this task, and who is eligible to fulfil it.

Surah Maryam: The Silent Call continued…

Surah Maryam: The Silent Call continued…

Following up on our previous reflection, what is it that keeps us making that plea to Allah? What is it that prevents us from truly connecting to Allah, and making that dua that we know that we need? Are we worried that Allah is not listening? Are we worried that our dua isn’t pious enough, or that we are righteous enough for our dua to be listened to?

Names of Allah

Names of Allah

Allah has 99 names, and each and every one of them has a purpose, a meaning, and should be understood to the best of our abilities.

“Islam requires community & I am an Introvert”

“Islam requires community & I am an Introvert”

I received this question recently. A great question. I think we all tend to have some mix of introversion and extroversion – no one is all introvert or all extrovert. You will find that when someone you consider an “introvert” is talking about their favorite topic, they light up and become the life of the party.

Why did everyone hoard toilet paper?

Why did everyone hoard toilet paper?

“And Allah is powerful over everything.” [2:20] This phrase above occurs 33 times in the Quran. I was reading about hoarding during the coronavirus pandemic. The first item to go was toilet paper. Of alllll the things… it was toilet paper!

Provision is from Allah

Provision is from Allah

“Whoever is conscious of Allah – He will make for them a way out and provide for them in a way that they do not expect.” [65:2] This verse is so powerful and short. Yet so difficult for many of us to bring into our lives and act upon.

Trusting in Allah

Trusting in Allah

“And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him.” [65:3] This is one of my favorite verses in the Quran. And I believe that in our present situation it has become even more important. Rely upon Allah and He will be sufficient for you.

Materialism and the Quran

Materialism and the Quran

I have been reading more about materialism – the belief that we are only material and do not have a spiritual (immaterial) side. The Quran does address this in many ways.

Mankind’s Mistakes

Mankind’s Mistakes

Continuing our discussion from our previous post on the creation of mankind (which can tell us more about our purpose on Earth as described by the Quran): Allah commanded the angels to bow to the new creation.

Mankind’s Knowledge

Mankind’s Knowledge

Following up from our previous post, when the angels asked Allah why He created Adam, He said: “I know and you know not!” [2:30]

Creation of Mankind…

Creation of Mankind…

The other day we asked the question: Why did Adam fall from heaven? Before we can answer that we must learn about the story of his (and our) creation.

Love and Marriage

Love and Marriage

“What are my rights and responsibilities?” That’s what young people ask me about when it comes to marriage. That’s their main concern. But a good marriage is not based around rights and responsibilities.

Are deeds true?

Are deeds true?

“And when Abraham was raising the foundations of the House with Ishmael, he said: ‘Our Lord, accept from us. Indeed You are the Hearing, the Knowing.'” [2:127]

Second Paired Phrase

Second Paired Phrase

In the previous blog post, I mentioned there are three pairs found in the Quran. The second pair commonly seen together in the Quran is: reward and punishment.

Ultimate pairs in the Quran

Ultimate pairs in the Quran

There are three pairs that always come together in the Quran. They tell us a lot about how Allah wants us to think. The first pair is: prayer and charity.

“I hate my desires”

“I hate my desires”

What does the Quran say about desires? In the previous blog I talked about temptations and desires that are mentioned in the Quran. I received many wonderful reflections.

Temptations

Temptations

What does the Quran say about desires? That was a question I recently discussed with my youth group, and I wanted to share the verse with you all about temptations and desires.

Quranic Arabic vs. Spoken Arabic

Quranic Arabic vs. Spoken Arabic

Arabic is a language spoken in countries all over the world, but specifically in the Middle East and North Africa. It is a language that connects all Muslims together, because the language of the Quran is Arabic. It can be difficult to learn for Westerners especially (unless you learn with us), but it is incredibly deep, beautiful, and eloquent.

Not so weekly-digest… yet

Not so weekly-digest… yet

I would really like to start a weekly digest, where I take current events and what the Quran might say about them. It would be fun in theory! But I’m interested to know whether or not people would actually be interested in such a thing, so I’m taking a stab at it this week and you readers can let me know what you think!

What is the best English Quran translation?

What is the best English Quran translation?

Every Muslim desires to understand the intricate language and nuances of the Qur’an. However, more than four out of every five Muslims in the world come from non-Arab backgrounds and do not speak Arabic, the language in which the Qur’an was revealed.

How to Enable Arabic on Your iPhone

How to Enable Arabic on Your iPhone

Have you ever wanted to type in Arabic on your phone? Maybe practice your handy new vocab while texting your friends? This article is going to teach you how to enable Arabic on your iPhone.

Pronouns in the Quran

Pronouns in the Quran

Today I wanted to talk about the importance of pronouns in understanding the Quran. Pronouns are such small words: He, She, They… but when you understand them, it unlocks so much of the Quran, that’s why we try to focus on them first in our course. In Arabic there are 14 pronouns! That’s a lot! 5 are singular, 5 are plural, and 4 are dual (that’s new).