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The Art of Quran Recitation

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The Quran has many names, as mentioned throughout its chapters and verses. Two are considered the most important. It is described as the Kitab meaning “ the book”, and as the Quran meaning “recital”. The fact that these are the two names for the divine revelation received by Muhammad, believed by Muslims to be God’s last messenger, indicates that it ...

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No Benefit Without Reflection

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No It says in the Qur'an that, in order to make a sound interpretation of its contents, one has to think about and contemplate it thoroughly. If the Qur'an is viewed superficially and read as if it were just another ordinary book, then the true benefits of this endless source of wisdom will not surface. In the Qur'an, Allah constantly ...

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Two Barriers to Understanding the Qur’an

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It is impossible to understand the Qur'an if one approaches it with ulterior motives and prejudice. This is a law of Allah. No matter how clever and cultured a person may be, if he views the Qur'an with an insincere and concealed intent, he will not be able to understand or interpret it correctly, and will reach many false conclusions. ...

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Pondering on the Qur’an By :- Harun Yahya

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In most of the Middle Eastern countries where Muslims are in the majority, most of the people who can be considered as “average citizens” would give this answer: “The Qur’an is the holy book of our religion.” Yet, they know very little about the content of the Qur’an, about what is written in its pages. In fact, the Qur’an is ...

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Thinking Over the Verses of the Qur’an

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The Qur'an is the final book Allah sent to all people. Every person living on the earth is responsible for learning the Qur'an and fulfilling the commands communicated in it. Most people, however, do not learn it and fulfil what Allah commands in the Qur'an, although they accept it as a divine book. This is a consequence of their not ...

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Qur’an Recitation: Participation of the Inner Self

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Reading the Qur'an, the tilawah, must involve your whole 'person'. Only thus will you be able to elevate your encounter with the Qur'an to the level where you can be called a 'true' believer in the Qur'an (Al-Baqarah 2: 121). What is the Heart? The more important part of your 'person' is your inner self. This inner self the Qur'an ...

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Qur’an Recitation: Participation of the Inner Self (2) Recite with Allah in Mind

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Editor Note: In this part of the series and the next ones, the author explains the steps towards a rich and interactive experience with the Qur'an recitation that gets your inner self involved. There are seven states of consciousness which you must try to develop by remembering certain things, absorbing them and by frequently reminding yourself of them. The Qur'anic ...

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Tilawah (Recitation) of the Qur’an Revisited

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Tilawah is the word that the Qur'an uses to describe the act of its reading. No single word in English can convey its full meaning. 'To follow' is the closest to its primary meaning. 'To read' is only secondary, for in reading too, words follow each other, one closely behind the other, in an orderly and meaningful sequence. If one ...

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Virtues of the Qur’an By :- Sheikh Muhammad Zakariyah Kandhlawi

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`Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Allah exalts many people by means of this book (the Glorious Qur’an), and He also degrades and disgraces many others by means of the same.” People who believe in the Qur’an  and act upon it are given by Allah position ...

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The Abandonment of the Qur’an By :- Iman Badawi

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It is known as “al-Kitab” (the Book). It is so well known and highly revered that when any Muslim refers to “the Book,” it is understood to mean the Holy Qur’an. It is the book above all books because it is the complete and final revelation of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) to mankind. It is the best ...

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