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Some study-notes and thoughts

Qisaas – Between Murder & Mercy

At a time of rampant death and destruction when human blood is flowing like rivers, we need to reflect on the verse on Qisaas in Surah Baqarah. Although this beautiful verse deals with murder and capital punishment, it actually has... Continue Reading →

Jalalayn – Lesson 7 [2:27]

وَالَّذِينَ يَنقُضُونَ عَهْدَ اللَّهِ مِن بَعْدِ مِيثَـقِهِ And those who break the covenant of Allah, after its ratification…[Baqarah:27] مِيثَـقِهِ can be ism or masdar. If it is masdar it can mean: 1. “His [Allah’s] strengthening it” i.e. meethaq is mudaf... Continue Reading →

Activism, Imprisonment & Rizq

Al Hamdulillah, in my recent trip to Bangladesh, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a brother I’ve known for a long time. He is much younger than me, but a lot more mature and stronger when it comes to dealing... Continue Reading →

When life feels like a fractured bone!

When thoughts are scattered, the soul is troubled, and the fragile heart keeps breaking amidst the concreteness of a robotic world, it is important that we remember the One who heals. One of Allah’s names is Al-Jabbar. It is commonly... Continue Reading →

Ibn Khaldun

"During the quarter of the century that Ibn Khaldun spent in Egypt, he remained spiritually a complete stranger. Outwardly, he kept his Western attire and his manners were not softened by the civilised life of Egypt. But these were the... Continue Reading →

A prayer “to order my disorder”

Allah, make us those who guide others to the right path and are themselves rightly guided, and not those who have themselves erred and led others astray. "Allah, I beseech You for Your mercy to guide my mind, to settle... Continue Reading →

Jalalayn – Lesson 6 [2:25-26]

وَبَشِّرِ الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ الصَّـلِحَاتِ أَنَّ لَهُمْ جَنَّـتٍ تَجْرِى مِن تَحْتِهَا الأَنْهَـرُ And give glad tidings to those who believe and do righteous good deeds, that for them will be Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise). [Baqarah:25]    وَبَشِّرِ - “Bashshir”... Continue Reading →

Jalalayn – Lesson 5 [2:21-24]

يَـأَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اعْبُدُواْ رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِىْ خَلَقَكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ "O mankind! Worship your Lord (Allah), Who created you and those who were before you so that you may acquire Taqwa.” [2:21] A principle mentioned in books of usool... Continue Reading →

Jalalayn – Lesson 4 [2:11-18]

وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمْ The commentator specifies the “hum” (them) in the verse by saying “ha-ulaa’i” (these). This is because there is a narration of Salman al-Farsi (RA) in the tafsir of Ibn Jarir where Salman al-Farsi (RA) is reported to... Continue Reading →

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