Sura Shams is a short chapter of the Quran which contains the greatest number of oaths at the beginning of any chapter. Why does Allah swt use all these oaths? Why does He, the All Truthful need to use oaths? What is of such importance that 11 important things such as the sun and moon are used to indicate its importance?
This is a recording of a live session of the Quran Study Circle from 2009
Continuing with our study of Sura Rum, in this section we reflect important and well known verses of the Holy Quran. Verses 30 - 40 of Sura Rum have so many important verses to discuss and reflect on including the concept of Deen of Fitra, of giving to the near of kin their due and the philosophy behind the prohibition on usury. :
Verse 30 talks about how there can never be a change or alternation in Allah's creation
Verse 38 talks about giving the near of kin their due. We review the story behind this verse
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In the final session on the study of Sura Rum, we discuss verse 41 which talks about how the actions of mankind are impacting the planet. This verse is so very relevant in today's age when we are facing the impact of climate change.
We also discuss the relationship between physical renewal of the earth through winds and the spiritual renewal of mankind through revelation.
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A recording of a live session where we discussed our journey from Allah, back to Allah and what is the purpose of our life on this planet.
We discussed why it is so easy to get distracted and how we can stay focused on our purpose by practicing small acts of kindness with intention.
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Continuing with our study of Sura Rum, in these verses the Quran talks how man's final encounter with Him. To prepare for this final meeting, we are invited to develop a relationship with Him through a series of regular daily meetings in form of Salaat.
We also begin the section which talks about the signs of Allah in creation of mankind and in the Universe.
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These two short Suwer of the Holy Quran form a pair and it is recommended that we recite them together in Salaat. The verses of these chapter show the love that Allah has for the Holy Prophet (saw) and his status before the Creator.
Continuing with our study of Sura Rum, these verses talk about the signs of Allah in the Universe and about the creation of Man. These verses invite us to ponder, to be open to the Truth through reflection and listening.
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The topic for these series of lectures delivered in Toronto was "The Practical Path to a Peaceful Heart"
Lecture 1: Introduction to the spiritual heart
In the first lecture, we discussed the role of Muharram in reviving our hearts and the roles and responsibilities of all of us during this period.
As suggested, it may be a good idea to write out a pledge for yourself of your intention and intended behaviour during this time. This greatly helps in reminding ourselves of the purpose of the month of Muharram and establishing our focus and ensuring that we use the time for what it was intended.
We also introduced the concept of the spiritual heart and shared the outline of the proposed lectures.
¥ What is the importance of the heart in Islam? What does the Quran say about the importance of the heart? What does it mean to have a healthy heart? Why is it important to talk about the heart? We usually focus on knowledge and deeds. Modernity and the challenges of focusing on the heart. The...
Few people would disagree about the value of gratitude in our physical and spiritual lives. It is easy to be thankful when things are going really well.
But what about when we are in challenging or difficult times? How does one maintain a grateful heart in the midst of difficulty and grief?
In this session we explore ways to be grateful even if we are not feeling gratitude.
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