THE CHAPTER OF ADMONITIONS
The Last Juzu’. The 30th Siparah. ‘Amma Yatasaa Aloon.
The Final Chapter. Amma Paara. Juz’ ‘Amma.
The 30th and final chapter of the Qur’an is something that every parent tries to get their child to memorise. We’ve all been there in the madrasah or the dugsi or with the Qari-Saab who visited your home every week going over your surahs from Juz’ ‘Amma.
And you memorised it, fine. But then what? Then…nothing. You thought you picked up a message from all that memorisation. But you didn’t. You lost your way.
(Surat’l-Takwir, Juz’ ‘Amma)
X years later, those distant messages are all you have from the Qur’an. You choose from those messages a few of the shortest surahs possible every day in your Salah and they become your beloved, but you don’t treat them like what is beloved! How can you be so ungrateful after being given such a blessed opportunity to love the One who gave you those surahs, those gifts of love, wisdom and mercy!
(Surat’l-Infitar, Juz’ ‘Amma)
You recite them completely on auto-pilot, not having a clue what any of them actually mean. And that is of course why the prayer itself becomes no more than a ritual, an up-down-up-down devoid of any rapture or spirituality or indeed, meaning. Well what else do you expect when you recite that which you don’t understand!
(Surat’l-Ma’un, Juz’ ‘Amma)
And even during the reciting of any of these Surahs in Juz’ ‘Amma, you fear your worst nightmare: to be interrupted in the middle of one of them because that would not only break your flow, but you wouldn’t know how to start again. You only know how to restart when you start it from the beginning! "That’s how everyone memorises it, no?"
You never bothered engaging with these Surahs in a way which you knew their opening headline, their sudden dramatic turn and why, their central theme, then their break in narrative, their focal point, the variation of message, their subtle rhyming with a purpose, the change in tone, the rhetorical question and back to the prose, the linguistic mastery, and most important of all: the actual reason they were sent down to impact upon you and change your life and make you wish to make sajdah to your Lord once you realise that reason!
(Surat’l’-Inshiqaq, Juz’ ‘Amma)
If you believe that the only reason you should "know" these incredible verses is just so that they can be used in your daily prayers, then guess what? There’s a consensus of all the scholars that – other than Surat’l-Fatihah - your prayer is completely valid without the use of any single Surah of the 30th Chapter or indeed anything else from the Qur’an.
So what exactly then should we be doing with this Juz’ ‘Amma?!
(Surat’l-Tariq, Juz’ ‘Amma)
We should stop, read properly, understand and reflect.
We should be allowing these verses to create the seismic shock to our comfort zone that it inevitably will do if you truly dive into their deep and incredible meanings, something which can only really be felt once you study Tafsir with the scholars.
We should allow its beauty and peace permeate our lives and make us once again the Qur’anic generation.
We should be in AWE as we wonder and marvel over the meanings of:
- "The Announcement"?!
- "When the mountains will vanish like a mirage!"
- "When the Spirit and the Angels will stand in rows."
- "When He tries him through the restriction of his provision, he says, "My Lord has humiliated me.""
- "In a lofty garden, where they will hear no idle talk, with a flowing spring, raised couches…"
- "By the forceful chargers raring to go!" OR "By the Angels who take the souls!"
- "The Day man will flee from his own brother, his mother, his father, his wife, his children…"
- "When pregnant camels are abandoned, when wild beasts are herded together, when the seas boil over…"
- "By the enshrouding night, by the radiant day, by His creation of male and female! The ways you take differ greatly."
- "What will explain to you what ‘Illiyin is?"
- "The harm in the envier when he envies."
- "This is truly a glorious Qur’an, written on a Preserved Tablet."
What an incredibly overwhelming experience it would be if we gave this chapter its due right!
So surely, we should desperately look forward to coming together and being touched by the Angels who are waiting for us to dive into the Words of Allah.
The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), Sahih Muslim
AlMaghrib Institute’s love for Tafsir continues with this single-weekend seminar exploring key selections from the most read chapter of the Qur’an: Juz’ ‘Amma, the 30th and final part of the Book of Allah.
Take a journey with the Words of Allah ‘azza wa jall, and develop within yourself an intense connection with your Lord through what He wants you to not just hear or listen to, but to internalise and act upon.
You will study not just the verses, but also feel how it was like when they came down, understand the context of revelation, relive the moment and embrace the impact of the lessons. These will be lessons that will be relevant to your here and now, whilst depending on the wisdom and understanding of the classical masters of exegesis from the blessed past, such as al-Tabari, Ibn Kathir, al-Qurtubi, al-Sam‘ani, al-Baghawi, al-Alusi, Ibn ‘Ashur, Rashid Rida and many more all combined into what we feel will be an unforgettable experience.
Taught by the King of Tafsir at our Institute – Dr Reda Bedeir – let yourself unwind to his recitation and his skill in bringing forth gem upon gem of linguistic and exegetic beauty!
Um Salih, Nashville
Reconnect with that which has always been memorised by your heart since you were a child, but could never penetrate the heart itself.
Let that heart be touched by an Angel.
"Shaykh Reda Bedier brings many emotions out of you, one minute you’re laughing the next moment you feel like crying, it’s like your heart has come through your throat, MashAllah he makes you want to know more."
"masha'Allah masha'Allah masha'Allah ! He knows his stuff and the cliffhangers are too much fun! So many lessons to be learned from these Tafsir classes... It really gets you thinking: shouldn't steel sink in the ocean and something as light as coral float!? :-)"
"I am very pleased that I attended Dr Bedeir's class. After a very very long time I have seen different traits of character in one personality, subhanAllah. In short he is an articulate, wise and humble teacher. A beautiful combination of an ordinary person and learned teacher mashAllah and Allah is his Reckoner."
"I never knew Dr. Reda Bedeir before and never paid attention to the name, but now I could not stop talking about him and his style of teaching, masha Allaah. What an excellent teacher to have, I feel priveledged to be one of his students. I'm glad I did not miss this opportunity. Alhamdulillaah."
"Allhumdo lillah such a thought provoking connection to the Quran. Mashallah such a passionate and knowledgeable Sheikh. It has improved my way of thinking and brought me closer and more devoted to my namaz and duas. Now every time I make dua I remember sheikh saying don't just think about the word to word translation but think about who you are talking to and exactly what you are saying. Allhumdo lillah I feel so connected. Subhanallah. May Allah bless the sheikh and his family and may he increase his mercy and strengthen our iman so that we can be among the very best company in the akhirah. Ameen."
"The way the Sheikh feels so passionate about the words of Allah swt is amazing and he was able to pass that emotion on to us. Not only did we cry out of happiness (his jokes :D) but also out of sadness. His Tilawah (recitation) is absolutely heart trembling, I only wish he would recite that way with every ayah that comes out of his mouth. I cannot wait for his next course in Birmingham. For anyone who is contemplating on whether to attend this course or not, honestly just sign up and be prepared to be blown away."
Dr Reda Bedeir
Shaykh Reda Bedeir, PhD, carries a lifetime worth of achievements. From the land of Egypt, he was invited by the University of Calgary to teach Qur’anic Classical Arabic, and also served as an Imam for the Calgary Islamic Centre. He then moved to Burnaby, BC to serve as Imam and Muslim Chaplain at Simon Fraser University.
Dr Reda holds two Bachelor's degrees, one in Islamic Sciences with Al-Azhar University, one Master’s degree, and a PhD with Al-Azhar University in Applied Linguistics and Tafsir of Surah Yusuf. He has learned under prominent Shuyukh such as: Dr. Sayed Noah, Sh. ‘Abdul-Rahman 'Abdul-Khaliq, Dr. Salah As-Sawy, Dr. Muhammad Yusri and Dr. Abdullah Barakat.
Dr Reda has worked in numerous fields including as a UN Interpreter & Translator, and has authored many research papers. He served as a sessional Instructor in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program of Religious Studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.
Dr Reda is much loved by his students, famous for his spontaneous Qur’anic recitation to back up his points, and probably even more famous for his bubbly character and cliff-hanger endings to his sessions!
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