Tafsir al-Jalalayn

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم

Bismillah-hir-Rahman-Nir-Rahim

Tafsir al-Jalalayn, meaning “The Commentary of the Two Jalals”, is named after its two authors: Jalalu’d-Din al-Mahalli (1389-1459), who wrote half of it, and his student, Jalalu’d-Din as-Suyuti (1445-1505), one of the greatest Muslim scholars of all, who completed it after al-Mahalli’s death.

For half a millennium Tafsir al-Jalalayn has been considered the essential first step in the study of the meanings of the Quran by teachers and students throughout the Islamic world. Although it is among the shortest and simplest of the complete commentaries, it is at the same time both wide-ranging and profound.

This translation gives non-Arabic speakers access to one of the seminal works of classical tafsir literature. It is hoped that it will prove a valuable aid to the correct understanding of the Quranic Revelation throughout the English-speaking world.

JALALU’D-DIN AL-MAHALLI (791-864/1389-1459) of Cairo was a versatile, scholar who excelled in jurisprudence, theology, grammar, rhetoric, and Quranic commentary. He was known for his scrupulousness, fear of Allah, and fearlessness in upholding the truth. Al-Mahalli was offered the highest judicial positions but refused them. He taught jurisprudence in the Mu’ayyadiyya and Barquqiyya madrasas. Abstinent and ascetic, he lived on what he earned by trade. His most famous work is his Quranic commentary, Tafsr al-Jalalayn, which he began halfway through the text with Surat al-Kahf, ending with an-Nas and al-Fatiha. Although he died before he could start the other half, the work was completed by his student, Jalalu’d-Din as-Suyuti. Al-Mahalli’s other books include commentaries on Jam‘ al-Jawami‘, al-Burda, al-Manahij fi’l-fiqh, al-Waraqat fi’l-usul, and Kitab al-Jihad.

JALALU’D-DIN AS-SUYUTI (849-911/1445-1505), from Asyut in Egypt, was among the most renowned and prolific Muslim scholars of all time. He wrote more than 300 books, covering every aspect of the Islamic sciences. He memorized the Quran at the age of eight, and then went on to study with more than 150 scholars. He travelled extensively in his quest for knowledge – to Damascus, Hijaz, Yemen, India, Morocco, and the lands south of Morocco, as well as in Egypt. Al-Suyuti devoted his life to learning, teaching and writing. He was noble, abstinent and self-sufficient, distancing himself from people of rank and power and living on what he earned by teaching. Major writings of al-Suyuti that remain widely used today include al-Itqan, on the Quranic sciences; and Tafsir al-Jalalayn, which he completed when only 22.

                   

May Allah swt enable us to align our actions sincerely according to the Quran! Ameen

I still remain ignorant (JAAHIL)!!!

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Imam al-Shafi’i – Six points for the serious learner

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم

Bismillah-hir-Rahman-Nir-Rahim

There is one line of poetry that students of Islam around the world hear over and over again. Sometimes it’s attributed to Imam al-Shafi’i and sometimes to others. This line summarizes six points for the serious learner to take into consideration.

“A quick mind,zeal,poverty,foreign land,
                         a teachers inspiration and a long lifespan”

  1. A Quick Mind: Some people are a little quicker than others in the way they understand things and how long it takes for them to do so. This requirement does not necessarily mean that just because someone is not the quickest student they cannot learn. It does mean, however, that the student should always be trying to make their mind sharper. This is usually a natural consequence of the other requirements and we are always in a state of improving.​
  2. Zeal: Our American culture related to learning is often one that makes learning uncool and people are not encouraged to be passionate about learning. This requirement is about the opposite of that. Learning should be a real commitment for those who are seeking it. They should dedicate time and pursue it with the zeal and rigor of any thing else that they deem important in life. Once we are passionate about something learning becomes easy. Bringing that zeal to our studies is, therefore, of primary importance.
  3. Poverty/Humility: This word can be understood in two different ways with the latter more probable. If understood as poverty the idea would be that a person who is too overcome with material objects and concerns does not have the focus to concentrate on their studies. If understood as humility then it would refer to the need that the student feels in regards to the learning process. A student who feels that they are in need of learning more and seeking help, support, and guidance is capable of so much, but the student who is arrogant and thinks they are self-sufficient will likely not accomplish much in the long run.
  4. A Foreign Land: The meaning behind this requirement is for the student to be away from their day to day distractions. When someone tries to dedicate their self to learning but is still surrounded by old friends, family, acquaintances and all kinds of other distractions then they will not be able to fully immerse themselves in the learning experience.
  5. A Teacher: The tradition of Islamic Studies, as well as all areas of serious study, is that the student does not go on their journey all alone. This does not mean that they necessarily have to learn through an institution, but it does mean that they must have more experienced teachers who can guide them along the path. The student who does not have a teacher wastes large amounts of time and also risks making major mistakes in their understanding.
  6. A Long Life: Learning is a process that starts at an early age and continues until we are elderly. Those who are seriously dedicated to learning and understanding know that this is the case and know that they will not attain to high levels of scholarship in only a few years. It is not a race. It is a journey. Over the course of time the student gains higher and higher levels of knowledge and the information and experience accumulate until mastery is attained. That requires a long life.
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Al Fajr

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم

Bismillah-hir-Rahman-Nir-Rahim

Al Fajr

By the dawn
And the ten nights
And the even and the odd

O you tranquil soul!
Return to your Lord, well-pleased and pleasing
[al-Fajr: 1-3; 27-28]

Loftiness is attained in accordance to one’s struggles,
And whoever seeks nobility, remains vigilant by night.
Whoever wishes to achieve without due effort,
Will waste their life in seeking what’s impossible.
You search for glory and yet you sleep at night,
It’s only the seeker of pearls who dives deep into the sea.

–  Imam al-Shafi’i, al-Diwan

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COVID

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
Bismillah-hir-Rahman-Nir-Rahim

Verily all praise is for Allah, we praise Him and seek His aid and ask for His forgiveness and we seek refuge with Allah from the evils of ourselves and our evil actions. Whomever Allah guides there is none who can misguide him, and whomever Allah misguides there is none who can guide him, and I bear witness that none has the right to be worshiped except Allah alone, having no partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and His Messenger.

I was just contemplating over the current situations across the world, the heart is just not content and I’m feeling very very low.

Repeatedly in the Quran Allah swt mentions that many nations have been destroyed because they did not listen to their Prophets and they did not act in accordance to the Quran and I feel that the verses of the Quran are coming to life. There is a sense of warning in the air, a sense of uneasiness ,a sense of punishment that frightens me when I see the situations and read about it every day.

Allaah [The Most High] said:

قَدْ خَلَتْ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ سُنَنٌ فَسِيرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ فَانْظُرُوا كَيْفَ كَانَ عَاقِبَةُ الْمُكَذِّبِينَ

Many similar mishaps [troubles, problems] of life were faced by nations that have passed away before you, so travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those who disbelieved. [3:137]

Schools closed ,malls ,markets closed, shops closed ,airlines closed the food racks are empty and that in a country like America…..
The masjid’s are empty, Makkah Haram is empty , Allahu Akbar.

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [rahimahullaah] said:
Indeed, there were nations like yourselves before you, so look to their evil end.  You have to know that the reason behind their evil end was due to their disbelief in the revelations of Allaah and disbelief in Allaah’s Messengers.  They were the forefathers and you are the descendants. The main affair that connects you to each other is your disbelief and the ruling on that disbelief is destruction.

Imaam Muhammad Bin Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen [rahimahullaah] said:
If it is said, “What is the benefit in narrating to us the stories of the destroyed nations despite the fact that this Ummah will not be completely destroyed in a manner similar to the destruction of the previous nations before it?”

The Answer: Indeed, this has two benefits: The first benefit is a clarification of Allaah’s blessings upon us that the occurrence of a complete destruction is removed from us, and that were it not for Allaah’s Benevolence we would have been deserving of it.

Secondly: The likeness of the punishment they received may occur in the hereafter for the one who did what they did, if punishment was not received in the worldly life. And this may be understood from the statement of Allaah: “Such is the Seizure of your Lord when He seizes the population of towns while they are doing wrong. Verily, His Seizure is painful and severe. Indeed in that (there) is a sure lesson for those who fear the torment of the Hereafter.” So what is apparent from this Aayah is that what is similar to the punishment they received will happen in the Hereafter, and Allaah knows best.

Nothing happens just like that. Allah wants to convey to us to get closer to the Quran via actions and yet how much are we analyzing ourselves , how much closer are we to Istighfaar, to recleaning our hearts, how much tears have we shed, how much has our heart bled, how much are we away from our sins?

Are we actualizing Islam or do we have on ourselves a label of Islam? Yes, we do not actualize Islam, we do not judge by the Quran nor live by it!
We neither implement the punishments nor abide by the commands by prescribing the good and forbidding the evil.

It is not he Allah  swt who needs  our Ibaadah, it is we….

It starts with myself first to make loads of istighfaar, get children closer to Allah, his books, revive the Sunnah, teach children all the prophets and of cource make loads of Duwa !

It is time we woke up towards Contemplation Over Various Islamic Directives.

Allah save us from your punishment , castigo, chatiment , your ghadab, your azaab, your narazgi!!!

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Rang (Colour)

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
Bismillah-hir-Rahman-Nir-Rahim

 

Raath ke andheron mein Guftagoo aapse hein
Sargooshi aapse hhein, Justajoo aapse hein…

Aap mein ghum ho jaana tamanna hein humey
Dilo saaz ,sans, hamd aapke liye hein…

Talab dil mein fakat hamare hein badtii
Hum dilo jaan se ho jaye fakat aapke hii…

Aapke rang ka rang hum pe bhhi Chad jaye,
Wahi rang jaisaa Mohammed pe chada tha..
Sws.

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Students of Qur’an

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
Bismillah-hir-Rahman-Nir-Rahim

“Allah wants to take us down to the very depths of ourselves to train us that if there is any power, it is the power that is in him, ALLAH alone, and not in us. He doesn’t need to make us into performers or megastars in order to use us. Instead, He’s looking for men and women who have hearts that say, ‘Ya Allah, I’m “nobody” without You. Will you use me?’ When you present yourself with  such a heart to the Lord of the Worlds, something extraordinary happens — there is a profound transformation, a transformation that  words can’t describe.

It’s Sunday morning. And if your Sunday morning routine is anything like the one at our house, it can be hectic. Each Sunday, the hour between 9:00 am and 10:00 am seems to fade in some sort of time-warp that takes everyone’s grace and patience along with it.

Like clockwork, everyone in the household appears to have either had all of the clothes in their wardrobes stolen, or they gained 10 pounds overnight. Once you find a pullover that is halfway decent enough to present yourself as halfway put together, you grab your family and rush out the door into the garage. Your zeal for global missions seems to completely fade before your eyes as you burn with anger at the car/bike in front of you that dares your level of patience.

You finally and tardily make it to the Tafseer class. All eyes staring at you and the pause of the teacher lets you know just how late you really are. You rush in just to find yourself the last seat, adrenaline still running from the chaotic morning (and still angry at the bike that would not start).

This…. This is the self-centered mindset you find yourself in while trying to enter the presence of the Most Beneficent ,the most Magnificent, Lord of the Universe and worship Him—and being in that mindset is by no accident. It’s no coincidence that Sunday morning’s chaos far surpasses the Monday through Friday hustle to get the kids to school and get to the office.

Satan doesn’t want you to prepare your heart for worship.

The enemy tempts us to focus our attention on anything but glorifying ALLAH.

The enemy knows where we are going on Sunday morning, and will therefore do anything in his power to make sure the class is completely inward-focused and void of glory for ALLAH. He wants us completely focused on all the grief, stress, and problems surrounding our life. The more you’re focused on those things, the less you’re focusing on the ALMIGHTY and His attributes.

Although we have an enemy that eagerly wants to destroy our worshipping, most of the time, we don’t need help neglecting ALLAH. Without discipline, our hearts naturally drift in the direction of sinful thoughts.

That is a major reason why we need to prepare our hearts before class through prayer and meditation on the Word of the Majestic. There is no hiding our hearts before ALLAH. He knows our hearts. Outwardly, we seem to be  listening and staring hard at the teacher, trying not to droop those eyes or bring forth a  yawn. But Allah is actively searching our hearts. There is nothing that we can hide from him.

Worship is the overflowing of thankfulness from the heart, so if we have a heart full of malice and sin, there is no form of worship. True worship is sacrifice. Sacrificing our sleep, time, money…It’s the outward pouring of denying yourself in repentance while submitting wholly to the will of Allah. When Ibrahim AS submitted in obedience to sacrifice his son, Isaac, he still considered it worship and in his obedience and faith, Allah provided a suitable sacrifice and spared Isaac.

We need to remember this truth every Sunday – that we have an enemy. That enemy wants to steal our joy in ALLAH, and he is working hard to accomplish that mission. Without the purifying of our hearts, we don’t stand a chance against Satan or our own flesh.

So, as with any battle, a winning strategy is needed. We need to be proactive in preparing our hearts for worship by countering the schemes of the enemy and subduing our own fleshly thoughts. A few suggestions would be to perhaps set aside some family prayer time on Saturday night , lay our clothes out the night before, or wake up early and get ahead of the bike and traffic and it goes without saying LESSON REVISION.

Do whatever is necessary to be fully present in class on time.

In today’s culture of entertainment-driven(ringing of our cellphones in class, et al), irreverent “worship”, it seems as though the odds are stacked against us to prepare our hearts properly for worship.

In any case, the burden to check our hearts for obedience and repentance before we step foot into the presence of Rabbul Alameen relies completely on us.

Let’s remind or rather re-remind ourselves of how far we have to go as students of the Qur’an/ Talibul Elim, to see the promise of ALLAH realized.

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Abi wa Muallami

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
Bismillah-hir-Rahman-Nir-Rahim

In this horrid world, how could you leave me alone?
now I do nothing but mourn, adapting in this world unknown.

I sit now in my room, thinking about you,
I have lost my captain, I alone now am my entire crew

I sit to remember those days, when you’d kiss my forehead and tuck me in my bed,
And tell me the monsters in my closet were only in my head.

How you would cuddle me in those sturdy arms,
To teach me about firms, farms, norms and schoolmarms.

Without you there’s a lot lot missing,
There is no more debating and of course no consulting.

I do remember when we used to go for long walks,
And we would come home I would we half drooling,

You would carry me to my bed, and I’d love to peep out back,
I would not sleep, I would pretend to have a nap.

Now you are gone, Ahhh! I should have thanked you before long,
I know it’s  too late, but I do pray God remove my heart from pain,

I ask Allah for help, and paradise for you,
But again, I wish you were there to see me succeed today.

رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا

 

Forever your student,
iLeader

 

 

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