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Surah Benefits

Benefits of reciting Surah Ale-Imran (The Family of Imran)

There are a total of 200 verses in Surah Ale-Imran and it was revealed in Madinah.

  • The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) has said that whoever recites surah Ale-Imran on Friday, then until the setting of the sun, he will be showered by the Mercy of Allah (s.w.t.) and the angels will beg for his forgiveness.
  • The Prophet (s.a.w.) has also recommended this surah for those women who are not able to conceive.
  • The surah should be written using saffron and then given to her to wear as a talisman and by the Will of Allah (s.w.t.), she will conceive.
  • Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that if a person faces hardship in earning his livelihood, he should write this surah and wear it as a talisman and Allah (s.w.t.) will increase his sustenance greatly.
  • The Imam (a.s.) also said that if anyone recites both surah al-Baqarah and Ale-Imran, then these surahs will come in the shape of clouds on the day of judgement to protect him from the scorching heat.

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Quran

Quran Quotes – Beautiful Islamic Quotes from the Quran

Islamic Quotes about Orphans
Indeed, those who devour the property of orphans unjustly are only consuming into their bellies fire. And they will be burned in a Blaze. [An-Nisa 4:10]
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Daily Hadith

Hadith: Actions are judged by intentions

On the authority of ameer ul -mumineen (the commander of the faithful), abu hafs Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him), who said:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say, “Actions are but by intentions and every man shall have only that which he intended. Thus he whose migration (hijrah from Makkah to Madina) was for Allah and His Messenger, his migration was for Allah and His Messenger, and he whose migration was to achieve some worldly benefit or to take some woman in marriage, his migration was for that for which he migrated.”

It is related by the two imams of the scholars of hadeeth, Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Ismael ibn Ibraheem ibn al-Mugheera ibn Bardizbah al-Bukhari and Abu-l-Husain Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj ibn Muslim al-Qushairee an-Naisaboree, in their two Saheehs, which are the soundest of compiled books [i.e., the most truthful books after the Book of Allah, since the  Qur’an is not ‘compiled’].

A story about Good Intentions

A story is told of a man who approached three workers who were doing the same job. “What are you doing?” he asked each one of them separately and got different answers.

“I am cutting the stones” replied the first.

“I am earning my livelihood” replied the second.

“I am building a mosque” replied the third.

Each of the three workers saw himself linked to a different purpose, one was to that extent, different from others, although all worked alike and were engaged in the same task.

Our two hands with which we work are in no sense different from the hands of any other person. The value of what we do depends upon the quality of the inner purpose in our heart with which we do our work. True Muslim works to earn God’s pleasure.

The ultimate criterion in evaluating men’s deeds is the intent and the purpose of the doer rather than the external shape of people’s acts. The sincerity of purpose and God-fearing motivation behind a Muslim’s deeds were the principal features which distinguished his deeds from those of non-believers.

Islamic history provides glaring examples of how Muslims in minority ultimately triumphed over their enemies in much greater number and better equipped because of their faith and sincerity of their purpose…..

Islam has emphasized the purity of intent before every act of virtue. The following ayats in the Holy Quran provide good guidance on the subject:

“Say: I am commanded that I should serve Allah, being sincere to Him in obedience.” (39:11)

“And call on Him being sincere to Him in obedience”. (7:29)

What do we really mean by IKHLAS – the purity of purpose? When one embarks upon the worship of Allah or does any act of virtue, he is required to discard all worldly thoughts from his mind and cast his full concentration towards Allah.

He is expected to feel dependent on none but Allah for all his worldly needs and put his trust in Him as the primary source of all blessings and reward. He is desired to throw his full weight in praying for all his lawful needs from Him. His sole aim for every act of virtue should be to seek not worldly gains but the pleasure of Allah.

What is the effect and outcome of IKHLAS – the purity of purpose?

Numerous instances can be quoted of the lasting effect and fruitful outcome of actions and work done with absolute purity of purpose – for the pleasure of Allah and Him alone. The following story should serve a good example.

It is related that when Prophet Adam landed on this earth from Heaven, all kinds of creatures came forward to pay their respects and welcome him on earth. To each one of them, Adam gave his blessings according to its qualification.

When a flock of gazelles came forward to pay their respects, he gave his blessings and patted them by passing his holy hand over their backs. The lasting effect of this was the growth of navel-bag of musk (a black substance well known for producing a good perfume).

When they returned home, another flock of gazelle on seeing the gift of musk asked them where they had got it from. They explained that Prophet Adam had patted them and passed his holy hand over their backs, in appreciation of their visit to him. The result was the growth of the navel-bag of musk.

This second flock of gazelle thought they too should get the gift. With this aim, they went and offered their salaams and respects before Adam. The Prophet acknowledged and passed his hand over their backs also. But this time it showed no effect of producing the navel-bag of musk. They were naturally disappointed.

On their return home, they inquired the reason for this and were told that it was because of the lack of purity of intent and purpose. Their visit to Prophet Adam was for the specific aim of the reward of the naval-bag of musk whereas the first flock had paid the visit solely for the pleasure of Allah without any thought for reward.

Today the musk producing creatures are the progeny of that very first flock of gazelles.

May Allah purify our intentions in our every action. Amen

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Islam and Purity

70 Major sins in Islam every Muslim must avoid

Major sins in Islam are defined as what is forbidden by Allah and His Messenger in the Qur’an and the Sunnah in addition to what is narrated on the authority of early Muslims. Allah promised that whoever avoids the major sins, He will expiate his minor sins. Allah says:

If you avoid the great sins which you are forbidden to do, We shall remit from you your (small) sins, and admit you to a Noble Entrance (i.e. Paradise). Quran 4:31

The Prophet (pbuh) said,

“The five prescribed Prayers, and from one Friday prayer to another and from Ramadan to another entail forgiveness for what is between them as long as you do not commit the major sins.”

We are obliged to learn about what the major sins are in order to avoid them. Scholars of Sacred knowledge are of different opinions about the number of major sins. It is argued that they are only seven owing to the Prophet’s (pbuh) saying,

“Avoid the seven heinous sins: Worshipping others with Allah, sorcery, taking a life which Allah has made sacred except in the course of justice, devouring usury, appropriating the property of the orphan, fleeing from the battlefield, and charging believing women, unmindful though innocent, with adultery.”

Ibn Abbas holds that they are likely counted as seventy, not seven.

That is a good point of view because enumeration is not intended in the Hadith.

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As a matter of fact, any sin entailing either a threat of punishment in the Hereafter explicitly mentioned by the Qur’an or Hadith, a prescribed legal penalty is called a major sin. We have to bear in mind that some major sins are most heinous than another. Below is the list of the 70 major sins in Islam.

  1. Ascribing Associates to Allah, The Most High (Shirk)
  2. Killing a Human Being
  3. Sorcery
  4. Not Performing the Prayer
  5. Not Paying Zakat
  6. Breaking One’s Fast During Ramadan without an Excuse
  7. Not Performing the Hajj When Able to do so
  8. Showing Disrespect to One’s Parents
  9. Severing the Ties of One’s Relatives
  10. Adultery
  11. Sodomy
  12. Accepting Usurious Gain
  13. Wrong Consuming an Orphan’s Property
  14. Lying About the Prophet
  15. Fleeing From the Battlefield
  16. The Leader Who Misleads His Followers, the Tyrant, and the Oppressor
  17. Arrogance, Pride, Conceit, Vanity, and Haughtiness
  18. Bearing False Witness
  19. Drinking Alcohol
  20. Gambling (Qimar)
  21. Accusing a Woman of Adultery
  22. Misappropriating Spoils of War, Muslim Funds or Zakat
  23. Theft
  24. Highwaymen Who Menace the Road
  25. The Engulfing Oath
  26. Taking People’s Property through Falsehood
  27. Collecting Taxes
  28. The Consumption of Haram
  29. Suicide
  30. Telling Lies
  31. The Dishonest Judge
  32. Bribery
  33. Women Imitating Men and Vice Versa
  34. The Pimp and the One Who Permits His Wife to Fornicate
  35. Marrying Solely to Return to the Previous Husband
  36. Not Freeing Oneself of All Traces of Urine
  37. Showing off in Good Work
  38. Learning Sacred Knowledge for the Sake of this World or Concealing It
  39. Breach of Faith
  40. Reminding Recipients of One’s Charity to Them
  41. Disbelieving in Destiny
  42. Listening to the People’s Private Conversations
  43. The Talebearer Who Stirs Up Enmity between People
  44. Cursing Others
  45. Breaking One’s Promise or Pledge
  46. Believing Fortunetellers and Astrologers
  47. A Wife’s Rebellion against Her Husband
  48. Picture-making
  49. Loudly Lamenting For the Dead or When Afflicted With an Adversity
  50. Excess Against Others
  51. Overburdening and Arrogance against Others
  52. Hurting One’s Neighbor
  53. Hurting or Reviling Muslims
  54. Harming the Servants of Allah
  55. Dragging the Hem of One’s Garment Out of Conceit
  56. Men Wearing Silk or Gold
  57. Fleeing of the Slave
  58. Slaughtering in Other Than Allah’s Name
  59. Falsely Claiming Someone is One’s Father
  60. Arguing, Picking Apart Another’s Words, and Quarreling
  61. Withholding Excess Water from Others
  62. Stinting When Weighing or Measuring Out Goods and Similar Merchandise
  63. Feeling Secure From Allah’s Devising
  64. Despairing of the Mercy of Allah and Losing of Hope
  65. Forgoing the Congregational Prayer to Pray Alone Without a Legal Excuse
  66. Constantly Missing the Friday and Congregational Prayer without a Valid Excuse
  67. Bringing Loss to the Bequest
  68. Deception and Evil Schemes
  69. Spying on the Muslims and Revealing Their Weaknesses
  70. Disparaging the Companions of the Prophet

May Allah forgive us our sins and protect us from all kind of sins.

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Dua

Quranic Dua to Remove Fear and Anxiety

Anyone who is terrified of his enemy or fears the approach of a calamity should recite the verse bellow excessively. His fears will disappear Insha-Allah and any possible calamity will be averted with Allah’s Help.

فَاللَّهُ خَيْرٌ حَافِظًا ۖ وَهُوَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ (Quran 12:64)

“… But Allah is the best guardian, and He is the most merciful of the merciful.”

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The Holy Quran

9 Benefits of reciting Surah ad-Dukhan (The Smoke)

Sūrat ad-Dukhān (Arabicسورة الدخان‎, “Smoke”) is the 44th chapter (sura) of the Quran with 59 verses. The first verse is one of Quran’s Muqatta’at, the letter combinations that appear in the beginning of some chapters. Verse 37 mentions the people of Tubba, interpreters explain that this refers to the people of Sheba. The word dukhan, meaning ‘smoke’, is mentioned in verse 10.

  1. It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that if this Surah is recited at night, then seventy thousand angels pray to Allah (S.w.T.) to forgive the sins of the reciter.
  2. If recited on Thursday nights, all sins are forgiven and houses are built for the reciter in Jannah.
  3. The reward for reciting each letter of this Surah is equal to that of freeing a thousand slaves for seeking the pleasure of Allah (S.w.T.).
  4. Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.) said that whoever recites Surah ad-Dukhan in his faraa’idh (compulsory prayers) will be protected from the torment of the Day of Judgement and will easily be able to give his accounts. His book of deeds will also be given to him in his right hand.
  5. If kept in one’s possession, this Surah acts as a protection from the plots of Shaitan. 
  6. If kept under one’s pillow before sleeping at night, there will be no suffering from nightmares and one will always get good dreams.
  7. Keeping this Surah in a place of business makes the trade prosper.
  8. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that keeping this Surah as a talisman ensures protection from the authorities and makes people fond of the wearer.
  9. Drinking water in which this Surah has been dissolved is a cure for all ailments related to the stomach.

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The Holy Quran

5 good benefits of reciting Surah al-Quraysh

Sūrat Quraysh (Arabic: سورة قريش‎, “The Quraysh“) is the 106th chapter of the Qur’an. It is a Meccan sura consisting of 4 ayat. The Surah has been so entitled after the word Quraish in the first verse.

  1. The Holy Prophet (S) said that the one who recites this Surah will get the reward of ten times the number of people performing Tawaaf and I’tekaaf.
  2. The recitation of Surah al-Feel and al-Quraysh in the compulsory prayers carries great reward.
  3. If this Surah is recited on food, its ill effects are removed.
  4. Those with heart conditions should recite this Surah and then gently blow into some drinking water and drink it.
  5. If a poor person recites this Surah before sunrise, Allah (S.w.T.) will make it easy for him to get his sustenance.

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The Holy Quran

What is “Four Quls (4 qul)” and its Benefits

The four Qul surahs are four selected surahs in the Holy Quran known as protection surahs.

Why it is called four Qul is due to the fact that they all start with the Arabic word “Qul” which means “say“.

Below are the four Qul surahs in action along with translations.


Chapter 109 – Surah Al-Kafiroun ( The Unbeliever )

قُلْ يَا أَيُّهَا الْكَافِرُونَ – 109:1

لَا أَعْبُدُ مَا تَعْبُدُونَ – 109:2

وَلَا أَنتُمْ عَابِدُونَ مَا أَعْبُدُ – 109:3

وَلَا أَنَا عَابِدٌ مَّا عَبَدتُّمْ – 109:4

وَلَا أَنتُمْ عَابِدُونَ مَا أَعْبُدُ – 109:5

لَكُمْ دِينُكُمْ وَلِيَ دِينِ – 109:6

” Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Raheem
Qul ya ayyuhal-Kafiroun
La ‘a-budu ma ta’-bu-doun
Wa la antum ‘abidouna ma ‘a-bud
Wa la ana ‘abidum-ma ‘abadttum
Wa la antum ‘abiduna ma ‘a-bud
Lakum deenukum wa li-ya deen “

In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.

1. Say, “O disbelievers.

2. I do not worship what you worship.

3. Nor do you worship what I worship.

4. Nor do I serve what you serve.

5. Nor do you serve what I serve.

6. You have your way, and I have my way.”


Chapter 112 – Surat Al-Ikhlas ( The Purity )

قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ – 112:1

اللَّهُ الصَّمَدُ – 112:2

لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ – 112:3

وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ – 112:4

” Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Raheem
Qul Huwa-llahu ‘Ahad
Allahus-Samad
Lam Yalid Wa Lam Yulad
Walam Yakul-La-Hu-Kufuwan ‘Ahad “

In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.

1. Say, “He is God, the One.

2. God, the Absolute.

3. He begets not, nor was He begotten.

4. And there is nothing comparable to Him.”


 

Chapter 113 – Surah Al-Falaq ( Dawn )

قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ الْفَلَقِ – 113:1

مِن شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ – 113:2

وَمِن شَرِّ غَاسِقٍ إِذَا وَقَبَ – 113:3

وَمِن شَرِّ النَّفَّاثَاتِ فِي الْعُقَدِ – 113:4

وَمِن شَرِّ حَاسِدٍ إِذَا حَسَدَ – 113:5

” Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Raheem
Qul ‘A’udhu Bi-Rabbil-Falaq
Min Sharri Ma Khalaq
Wa Min Sharri Ghasiqin ‘Idha Waqab
Wa Min Sharri-Naffathati Fil-‘Uqadi
Wa Min Sharri Hasidin ‘Idha Hasad “

In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.

1. Say, “I take refuge with the Lord of Daybreak.

2. From the evil of what He created.

3. And from the evil of the darkness as it gathers.

4. And from the evil of those who practice sorcery.

5. And from the evil of an envious when he envies.”


Chapter 114 – Surah An-Nas ( Mankind )

قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ – 114:1

مَلِكِ النَّاسِ – 114:2

إِلَٰهِ النَّاسِ – 114:3

مِن شَرِّ الْوَسْوَاسِ الْخَنَّاسِ – 114:4

الَّذِي يُوَسْوِسُ فِي صُدُورِ النَّاسِ – 114:5

مِنَ الْجِنَّةِ وَالنَّاسِ – 114:6

” Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Raheem
Qul ‘A’udhu Bi-Rabbin-Nas
Malikin-Nas
Ilahin-Nas
Min-Sharril-Waswasil-Khan-Nas
Al-Ladhi Yuwas-wisu Fee Sudurin-Nas
Mina Al-Jinnati Wan-Nas “

In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.

1. Say, “I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind.

2. The King of mankind.

3. The God of mankind.

4. From the evil of the sneaky whisperer.

5. Who whispers into the hearts of people.

6. From among jinn and among people.”


Below is also a video of the four Qul in Action:

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Surah Benefits

Benefits of reciting Surat Yusuf (Quran Chapter 12)

Surat Yusuf has 111 ayaat and was revealed in Makkah.

It is narrated that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) said that whoever recites this surah and teaches his family members how to recite it also, Allah (s.w.t.) will make the final moments before his death (sakaraatul mawt) easy for him to bear and will remove jealousy from his heart.

It has been narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq that whoever recited this surah daily, he will be raised on the day of Qiyamah with the handsomeness of Prophet Yusuf (a.s.) and he will be protected from the fear and discomfort of this day. He will be raised among the pious servants of Allah (s.w.t.).

See Also some of the benefits of reciting Surah Yasin

This surah also keeps one’s  heart safe from illegitimate lustful desires.

The sixth Imam  (a.s.) has also said that if a person drinks the water in which this surah has been dissolved, then his sustenance will be easier to reach and he will be made from the people of Jannah.

 Jazakallah Khairan Katheeran!

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Benefits of reciting Surah Muhammad (SAW) – (Quran 47)

 

Benefits of reciting Surah Muhammad

This is a ‘madani’ surah and it has 37 ayaat.

In the commentary of Majma’ul Bayan it is narrated that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) said that whoever recites this surah will have his thirst quenched by the drink from the rivers of Jannah.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) said that the person who recites this surah will never have doubts about his religion and will not fall into disbelief and Shirk. A thousand angels will send salutations to his grave after his death. He will be placed under the protection of Allah (s.w.t.) and His Prophet (s.a.w.). When the reciter of this surah will arise from his grave, whichever way he turns, he will see the blessed face of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.).

If this surah is written and kept as a talisman, it protects a person, whether he is asleep or awake, from all evils and problems. It is also a safety from insanity.

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  1. Benefits of reciting Surah Yasin
  2. Benefits of reciting Surah Al-Mumin (The Believer)

May Allah make life easy for us all!

Aamen!