Dec 2 - 4
You enter the prayer. Allahu Akbar. A few moments later, you exit it. Assalamu ‘alaykum warahmatullah.
But you can’t even remember what you recited.
Does it even feel like you prayed?
You open the Qur’an. Time to pick up from where you stopped a few hours ago.
But you can’t even work out, did you stop on the left page or the right page?
Does anything you recite actually enter your mind or heart?
So many people out there complain of the fact that they read the Qur’an but they don’t feel it, understand it, or live it.
A person will be reading Surah Yunus, and all of a sudden will find themselves in Surah Yusuf and they went past Surah Hud in the middle as if they never recited even a single letter from it.
And that, whilst knowing that Abu Bakr al-Siddique (radhy Allahu ‘anhu) said to the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam), “I see you going grey O Messenger of Allah!” to which the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) replied:
“It was Surah Hud and its sisters that turned me grey.”
Forget about us turning grey whilst reciting the Qur’an, do we even feel a tingle??
Do you realise that the Qur’an is itself the means and the end?
Meaning, that one has an objective to achieve by reading it and that is the contemplation of its meanings and then positive change as a result. That is the ultimate reason for reading the Qur’an.
But uniquely, the means to achieve this change which is done by reading the Book itself, is also its own objective. Reciting even one letter brings huge reward, and reciting beautifully, even more rewards.
Allah the Almighty commanded us to make “tarteel” of the Qur’an i.e. to recite it beautifully. Pretty much all of us know this.
But He also commanded us in Surat al-Nisa’, and Surat al-Mu’minun, and Surah Sad, and Surah Muhammad, to make “tadabbur” of the Qur’an i.e. to reflect and internalise its meanings deeply. Four times this command has been repeated. Will you take heed?
So to recite, and beautifully do so, and to contemplate deeply upon its meanings: This is the perfect way of reading the book.
And even better, we can show you how by the Will of Allah!
One of the biggest mistakes we make is to relegate the real power and meaning of the Qur’an to the scholars, and believe that it’s only the Qur’an’s recitation which is our job.
You couldn’t be more wrong.
Contemplating and reflecting is a skill: an ability, a tangible and clear process that can be taught and practised and achieved by ALL!
Whereas the Tafsir or exegesis/interpretation of the Qur’an is the realm of the scholars, the most important objective behind the Book of Allah is available to all. We just need to show some sincerity and discipline and then you can also taste some of what our early founding fathers would taste when they interacted with the Qur’an:
“A man from the people of Makkah said to me:?
‘This is the place of your brother Tamim al-Dari. I remember seeing him that night pray until the morning and all he did was repeat a single verse, ‘Or do those who commit evils think We will make them like those who have believed and done righteous deeds – equal in their life and their death? Evil is that which they judge.’”
Ibn ‘Abbas said:
“That I should recite a single chapter during the night and contemplate it, is more beloved to me than finishing the whole Qur’an.”
Muhammad ibn Ka‘b said:
“That I should spend the night reciting only Zalzalah and Qari῾ah repeatedly and contemplate them is more beloved to me than to rush the completion of the Qur’an.”
The wife of al-Hasan al-Basri was asked how he used to recite the Qur’an, she replied,
“I would see him open the Qur’an; his eyes would be shedding tears whilst his lips were still.”
But enough of the marvelling at others.
It’s time for you to marvel too.
“Lost In Translation – The Art of Contemplating the Qur’an” is a new class packed with everything that you will ever need to know on how to connect with the Book of Allah in the most authentic, the most practical, and the most effective way you could have ever imagined.
Taught by the Head of our Qur’an Department, Shaykh Ahsan Hanif, this single-weekend seminar will take us back to the best of generations to study the template they left behind for us in how to interact with the Qur’an with respect to its recitation, its interpretation and its contemplation.
More than anything else, you will finally bring that sweetness, real life and true meaning back to your prayers and your Qur’an reading!
In this seminar you will learn how to decipher the structure of a verse, learn the key phrases and patterns that are oft-repeated – and intentionally so – in order to impact on your heart and soul. You will become cognisant of the thematic relationships that come to light with just a simple investigation process. You will study the science of Translation, and look at the most well known English translations to appreciate the pros and cons behind each one. You will be taught the principle of Tafsir, so that you will always have access to the interpretation of the meaning of the Text as you move forward in your journey to deeper contemplation.
With learning the Science of Interrelation, studying guidelines and principles on how to connect with this Sacred Book, and all of this with the stunning backdrop of Sh Ahsan’s recitation as well as a practice and improvement of your own, this is one jam-packed seminar which few can afford to miss.
Don’t be lost any more. Don’t rely on translations. You now can also practice the art of deep contemplation…
[This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, that they might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded.
Surah Sad, 38:29
“He is an AMAZING instructor and I hope he teaches more tafsir courses in the future. May Allah swt bless him with the highest levels of jannah. Ameen.”
Nisha Ravindranath, Toronto
“Sheikh Ahsan has the most beautiful recitation... MashAllah And his desire to instill a love in the hearts of us all for the Quran by asking us to recite each ayah that we were reviewing, was just
Abeeda Khatoon, Edinburgh
“Sh. Ahsan Hanif is just like his name, he teaches with excellence!”
Mahnoor Khan, Calgary
Shaykh Ahsan Hanif, PhD, is the Head of our Qur’an and Hadeeth Sciences Department. Surprising to our students, Shaykh Ahsan is actually among our youngest instructors; his calm demeanour, mature attitude, and advanced knowledge causes us to assume otherwise.
Born and bred in Birmingham, UK, he is well known in his community as the young Qari who memorised the Qur’an at the tender age of 13 and who delivered regular halaqat in Birmingham.
In the year 2000, he gained a scholarship to enter the Islamic University of Madinah. After completing his Arabic diploma, he graduated from the Faculty of Shari‘ah in 2006 with honours. He obtained ijazah in the Qur’an as well as studied under a number of well known scholars, such as Sh. Abdul Muhsin al-Abbad and Sh. Muhammad ibn Muhammad Mukhtar al-Shinqiti. Shaykh Ahsan also recently completed his PhD in Islamic Law from the University of Birmingham.
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