The Past is the Future

The Past is the Future

One of the features of the Quranic language which blows my mind… the use of past tense.  Arabic students always have this question. Student: “Why are you translating this past tense word as future tense?”Teacher: “Because it has to do with...
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. Sometimes...
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...
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. Here’s the first: وَإِنَّهُۥ لِحُبِّ ٱلْخَيْرِ لَشَدِيدٌ”And indeed mankind...
Something Fascinating about the Quran

Something Fascinating about the Quran

One of the things that fascinates me about the Quran is the study of the connections between Surahs (chapters).  As an example, the last half of Surah Al-Fatihah (Surah #1) contains a plea for guidance – we beg of Allah to guide us. At the beginning of...