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Listen to the oldest known recording of a Qur’an recitation in Mecca

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Despite lingering controversy over the actions of the man who recorded it, this recording of Surat Ad-Duhaa is said to be the oldest ever made, in 1885 by Dutch orientalist Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje. Regardless of his intentions, this is an invaluable asset for the archives and the images accompanying the footage stand in stark contrast to the modern-day Mecca.  

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Solution: The Morals Of the Qur’an

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There are people who are persecuted and tortured to death: innocent babies, people who cannot even afford a loaf of bread, who sleep in cold weather, in tents and even on the streets, who cannot afford medical treatment, or who, despite being old and weak, have to wait for hours, or even days, for hospital care, people who are killed read more

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Impact of the Qur’an on the Muslim Women

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The Qur'an is indeed a miracle that has withstood the test of time; not a single letter in it has changed over 14 centuries. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims memorize and preserve it in their hearts. It contains amazing scientific facts confirmed much later after their revelation. Allah, the Exalted, promised to protect and preserve it. He says, (Surely We read more

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Fulfilling the Qur’an’s Mission

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An essential and important part of living by the Qur'an is to convey its message to people around you. Indeed the moment the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), received the first revelation he realized the immense task of bringing it to his people. And the second revelation came with the summons: {Stand up and warn.} (Al-Muddaththir 74: 2) read more

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Moderation in the Qur’an

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One characteristic of the Qur'an is moderation or harmony between the divine and human, the spiritual and the material, the individual and the collective, and so on. The Qur'an pays due attention to all facts of life and all needs of man, and deals with them in such a way as to help man to realize the noble objectives of read more

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Do You Know How to Engage with the Quran?

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There is something that has been bothering me for quite some time now and it is the realization that so many Muslims (especially youth) are not engaging with the Quran as they should be. Instead of reading and trying to understand it many people feel that the Quran is too complex, too long, too repetitive, too sacred, scary, even dangerous read more

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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 read more

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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 read more

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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. read more

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