In 34 Days

Another sister from Australia completed her Quran in 34 sessions and was given Ijazah in tilawah.

It took her hour long sessions, 5 days a week, to complete her journey with the Quran from start to finish.

Her first two sessions were introductory lessons to make sure her tajweed was on point and the last two sessions were where she was tested in the entire Mushaf. So, it took her 30 sessions to review the entire Quran this way.

Allah makes the path easy for those who make a resolve to continue working towards their goals.

Every year, on my birthday (I don’t celebrate it or make announcements which makes this interesting), I receive surprises from the students of Quran.

Few years ago, it was a sister who learnt some chapters of the Quran from me and dropped a box of chocolates for me in return for my help.

Again, a few years ago, another student gifted me a beautiful Quran.

And this year, a sister was given her Ijazah on the blessed night of Friday which also coincided with my birthday.

Just the thought of it makes me happy, doing things to help people move forward and making things easy for them is the reason why we were placed within our communities.

I hope to see more sisters flourish, master the tilawah of Quran and progress forward beautifully.

Quran: Reflection & Action Series 6

سورة الضحى
Period of Revelation:
In Makkah, after Surah Al Fajr.

Purpose of Revelation:
When Prophet of Allah ﷺ was distressed over the discontinuation of the Revelation.

Reflection:
Allah’s blessings on the Final Messenger ﷺ.
Allah never abandons His slaves.
Gratitude to Allah will reap more blessings and rewards.
Acknowledging Allah’s blessings on us helps ease our anxiety and keep us focused on our purpose.

Call to Action:
Pray Salatul Dhuha.
Honour the orphans.
Help people however you can.
Don’t turn others away especially when you have the means of being there for them.

سورة الليل
Period of Revelation:
In Makkah, after Surah Al Al’aa.

Purpose of Revelation:
Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه freed Bilal Ibn Rabah رضي الله عنه from slavery and Allah praised his actions in this Surah.

Reflection:
Look around you and see what Allah has created in the nature.
How everything follows a pattern and a path.
Focus on the purification of your soul.
Wealth won’t help anyone avert the punishment on the Day of Judgement.
Working for the sake of Allah and expect your rewards only from Him.

Call to Action:
Give charity.
Help others for the sake of Allah.

سورة الشمس
Period of Revelation:
In Makkah, after Surah Al Qadar and before Surah Al Burooj.

Purpose of Revelation:
Surah talks about the wonders of nature and a story of the Prophet from the past.

Reflection:
Signs of Allah’s power within the creation.
Importance of purification of the Nafs.
Denying miracles of Allah after demanding them begets His wrath.
Severity of Allah’s punishment.

Call to Action:
Pray extra whenever you can.
Add supplications to your daily lifestyle and be consistent with them.

سورة البلد
Period of Revelation:
In Makkah, after Surah Qaaf.

Purpose of Revelation:
To show the virtues of Makkah and Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ association with the land.
To expose mankind’s delusion.

Reflection:
Allah is always with us, watching us.
Makkah is a blessed city.
Fight against your desires and do better.

Call to Action:
Remind believers to have patience in performing, patience in keeping away from sins and over Allah’s decrees.
Be kind towards others.

سورة الفجر
Period of Revelation:
In Makkah, after Surah Al Layl.

Purpose of Revelation:
Uthman Ibn Affan رضي الله عنه was praised by Allah in this Surah.

Reflection:
Virtues of the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah.
Warnings shared from the end of the previous nations.
Being pleased with the decree of Allah.
Honour the orphans and the needy.
Some of the events that will take place on the Day of Judgement.
How the souls of the believers will be content and relieved in the afterlife.

Call to Action:
Pray Witr.
Make the best use of your time during the first 10 days of Hijjah.
Give gifts and and use good words with other people.
Give charity.

Link to the Zoom Session: Zoom Session

Quran:Reflection & Action Series 5

سورة البينة
Period of Revelation:
In Madinah, after Surah at Talaq.

Purpose of Revelation:

To set the record straight about the Final Messenger and the Final Revelation.

Reflection:
Come back to Quran and Sunnah.
Tawheed is the most important pillar of Islam.
Tawheed is following by performance of Salah – it is the right of Allah upon us.
Salah is followed by giving zakah – it is the right of creation upon us.

Call to Action:
Be sincere in worshipping Allah.
Steer clear of Shirk.

سورة القدر
Period of Revelation:
In Makkah, after Surah Abasa.

Purpose of Revelation:
To show the virtues and importance of this night.

Reflection:
It is a blessed night.
We need to train and prepare for it properly.

Call to Action:
Move offline and connect with Allah.
Pray with your heart engaged in the prayers.

سورة العلق
Period of Revelation:
In Makkah, 13 years before Hijrah. The first revelation.

Purpose of Revelation:
First verse revealed to bring down the Final Revelation.

Reflection:
Stats with فعل أمر – a verbal command- of reciting, reading and proclaiming.
Importance of learning and seeking knowledge in Islam.
Warning to those who stop others from praying.
Allah is watchful over everything.

Call to Action:
Recite more.
Read more.
Pray better.
Thank Allah and ask Him for beneficial knowledge.

سورة التين
Period of Revelation:
In Makkah, after Surah Al Burooj.

Purpose of Revelation:
To show the virtues of blessed lands and believers.

Reflection:
Faith in action and righteous deeds elevate a person and make him honourable in the sight of his Lord.

Call to Action:
Submit to the commands of Allah properly.

سورة الشرح
Period of Revelation:
In Makkah, after Surah Ad Dhuha.

Purpose of Revelation:
To show the blessings upon the Messenger of Allah ﷺ.

Reflection:
Allah has blessed His Messenger ﷺ.
Things will eventually be made easy.

Call to Action:
Fill your free time with the remembrance of Allah.
Be patient.

Link to the Zoom Session: Zoom Session

Quran: Reflection & Action Series 4

سورة التكاثر
Period of Revelation:
In Makkah, after Surah Al Kawthar.

Purpose of Revelation:
To pull back the hearts drowning in worldly illusions and often get distracted and disconnected from the afterlife.

Reflection:
Don’t let the competition in worldly affairs make you forget your purpose in this life.
Even if you forget the blessings you enjoyed during this life, Allah will ask you about them as everything is being measured and recorded.

Call to Action:
Visit graves and remember death.
Thank Allah for His blessings.
Use His blessings in doing good.

سورة القارعة
Period of Revelation:
In Makkah, after Surah Quraysh.

Purpose of Revelation:
One of the names of the Day of Judgement, telling people about the horrors and seriousness of that Day.

Reflection:
Comparison is made between the status of mountains on that Day and people to show the contrast.
Scales become heavy with good deeds.

Call to Action:
Do good and be consistent in doing good.
Stay away from evil.

سورة العاديات
Period of Revelation:
In Makkah, after Surah Al Asr.

Purpose of Revelation:
First part of the Surah contains the prophecy shared with the Messenger of Allah ﷺ.

Reflection:
Humans know the truth deep down.
Allah knows what people hide and He will bring out the hidden secrets on the Day of Judgement in the open.

Call to Action:
Follow the Messenger ﷺ.
Work on purification of your heart.

سورة الزلزلة
Period of Revelation:
In Madinah, after Surah Al Nisaa.

Purpose of Revelation:
To show what will happen to the earth on the Day of Judgement so everyone can prepare ahead.

Reflection:
There will be the final earthquake where earth will spill its treasures, the bodies it contains, be given the ability to speak so it’ll testify and tell what happened on its surface.

Do whatever good is within your capacity as you’ll be rewarded for it.
Even the tiniest of deeds, good and bad, will be recorded and shown on the Final Day.

Call to Action:
Pray in different places on this Earth so those places become a witness for you.
Don’t belittle smiling at others.
Hold yourself accountable.
Stay away from sinning.

Link to Zoom’s Session: Zoom Session

Quran: Reflection & Action Series 3

سورة الماعون
Period of Revelation:
Revealed in Makkah, after Surah at Takathur.

Purpose of Revelation:
To reveal how the charitable acts by disbelievers were superficial and benefitted no one.

Reflection:
Beware of being among these people who hurt orphans and don’t look after them, delay their prayers and are insincere.

Call to Action:
Give in charity sincerely for the sake of Allah.
Feed the poor and take care of the orphans around you.
Do more than just fund programs for orphans- really make time for them.
Pray on time.

سورة قريش
Period of Revelation:
In Makkah, after Surah at Teen.

Purpose of Revelation:
To show Allah’s favours upon the tribe of Quraysh.

Reflection:
Blessings of our Lord necessitate that we sincerely thank Him for the safety and security He provided us with.

Call to Action:
Praise Allah for His blessings.
Increase your daily Remembrance of your Lord.
Be grateful and share your Lord’s blessings with others.

سورة الفيل

Period of Revelation:
In Makkah, after Surah Al Kafirun.

Purpose of Revelation:
To show how Allah protects His House and has control over His creation. Even wealth cannot deter the wrath of Allah.

Reflection:
How Allah’s creation submits to His command.

Call to Action:
Pray to Allah, especially during the difficulties.
Have faith and trust Allah.

سورة الهمزة
Period of Revelation:
In Makkah, revealed after Surah Al Qiyamah.

Purpose of Revelation:
Traits of the misguided people, as opposed to the traits of the believers mentioned in Surah Al Asr.

Reflection:
Don’t let your wealth deceive you.
Backbiting, gossipping, slandering and creating trouble for others is forbidden and a major sin as it causes a lot of harm to mankind.

Call to Action:
Stay away from slander, gossip and backbiting.
Seek Allah’s forgiveness.
Give charity.

سورة العصر
Period of Revelation:
In Makkah, after Surah Al Sharh.

Purpose of Revelation:
Value of time and traits of believers are mentioned here.

Reflection:
Time is of essence so you must value it.
Faith comes beforr righteous deeds and actions.
Righteous actions are to be followed by helping others in finding truth.
Believers must show patience.

Call to Action:
Excel in managing your time.
Prioritise your religion over worldly affairs.
Be patient.

Link to the Zoom Session: Zoom Session

The Afterlife is Better

Hātim [al-Assam] رحمه الله said:

“I looked at the creation and realised that every person has something which is beloved to him, but when that person reaches his grave, his beloved would be separated from him.

Therefore I made the most beloved thing to me my righteous deeds, so they may be with me in my grave.”

Mukhtasar Minhāj al-Qāsideen 28 | Ibn al-Jawzi رحمه الله

وَالْآخِرَةُ خَيْرٌ وَأَبْقَى – سورة الأعلى

And the Hereafter is better for you than the first [life]. – Surah Al A’laa

A Thousand Good Deeds Daily

Sounds like a lot of hard work is required to have a thousand good deeds on your scales daily, right?

الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ أَمْوَالَهُمْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ كَمَثَلِ حَبَّةٍ أَنبَتَتْ سَبْعَ سَنَابِلَ فِي كُلِّ سُنبُلَةٍ مِّائَةُ حَبَّةٍ وَاللَّهُ يُضَاعِفُ لِمَن يَشَاءُ وَاللَّهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ

The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed which grows seven spikes, in each spike is a hundred grains. Allah multiplies His reward for whom He wills, for Allah is vast and knowing.

Surat Al-Baqarah 2:261


On the contrary, it’s not difficult at all. All you need to say Subhan Allah a hundred times.

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم:
أَيَعْجِزُ أَحَدُكُمْ أَنْ يَكْسِبَ، كُلَّ يَومٍ أَلْفَ حَسَنَةٍ؟ فَسَأَلَهُ سَائِلٌ مِن جُلَسَائِهِ: كيفَ يَكْسِبُ أَحَدُنَا أَلْفَ حَسَنَةٍ؟ قالَ: يُسَبِّحُ مِئَةَ تَسْبِيحَةٍ، فيُكْتَبُ له أَلْفُ حَسَنَةٍ، أَوْ يُحَطُّ عنْه أَلْفُ خَطِيئَةٍ
-رواه مسلم

The Prophet of Allah ﷺ said: “Is anyone of you incapable of earning one thousand Hasanah (rewards) a day?” Someone from the gathering asked, “How can anyone of us earn a thousand Hasanah?” The Prophet ﷺ said: “Glorify Allah a hundred times by just saying “Subhanallah” and a Good deeds will be written for you, or a thousand sins will be wiped away.” – Sahih Muslim:2073

وقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم:
مَا تَصَدَّقَ أَحَدٌ بِصَدَقَةٍ مِنْ طَيِّبٍ وَلَا يَقْبَلُ اللَّهُ إِلَّا الطَّيِّبَ إِلَّا أَخَذَهَا الرَّحْمَنُ بِيَمِينِهِ وَإِنْ كَانَتْ تَمْرَةً فَتَرْبُو فِي كَفِّ الرَّحْمَنِ حَتَّى تَكُونَ أَعْظَمَ مِنْ الْجَبَلِ كَمَا يُرَبِّي أَحَدُكُمْ فَلُوَّهُ أَوْ فَصِيلَهُ
-رواه مسلم

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:
None gives charity from what is good, for Allah only accepts what is good, but that the Merciful takes it with His right hand. Even if it is a date, it is nurtured in the hand of the Merciful until it becomes greater than a mountain, just as one of you nurtures his young horse or camel.
-Sahih Muslim:1014