Medina Constitution: 12 Points From The Charter

Prophet Muhammad (S) suffered immense persecution through his time in Makkah after Allah blessed him with prophethood. Eventually, it got to an extreme level, and the Muslims had to migrate to Medina. It was after the migration that the Muslims drafted the Constitution of Medina. The Prophet (PBUH) declared it openly to the people of the city, including Muslims and non-Muslims. As a result, the Muslims formed an Islamic state where people of all religions and backgrounds could coexist in peace.

When the Muslims moved to Medina, there were large factions and tribes already there. Several of them were Jewish tribes. The Constitution of Medina aimed to give rights to the different communities of the city and ensure peace. Co-operation between all groups in Medina was essential, especially in the face of impending aggression from the Quraish.

The constitution of Medina contained some important points that Muslim countries can learn from and implement. In this article, we will look at some of the points of the Medina constitution that are most pertinent to us today.

The Constitution of Medina prohibited Muslims from killing each other

One of the most pertinent points of the Constitution of Medina was that Muslims shouldn’t kill each other. It also specified that Muslims shouldn’t help the disbelievers against their own people. This can serve as an important lesson to the Muslims of the world today. Mainly due to political reasons, Muslims continue to kill fellow Muslims in many countries. Allah says in the Quran that if a person kills an innocent person, it’s as if he has killed all of humanity.

The Jews have the right of life protection like the Muslims

The Islamic state protected its minorities as per the Constitution of Medina. As long as Jews obeyed the state and didn’t wrong the Muslims, their lives were inviolable. However, the charter mentioned a qualifier. It didn’t allow the Jews to help outsiders against the Muslims. They also didn’t have the right to harm Muslims. Hence, if their intentions and actions were clear, the Muslims had to protect them.

The Muslims must resist anyone who tries to disrupt peace or spreads mischief

Since the state was new, the Constitution of Medina aimed to ensure that the people maintained peace by any means. The Muslims must resist anyone who tried to spread corruption in the land, whether it was injustice, tyranny, or mischief. This is applied regardless of any relation or blood connection. The Muslims must go after the person and stop him even if he was the son of a ruler.

The Constitution of Medina guaranteed life protection to all Muslims

This point ensured that all the Muslims were equal in the eyes of the state. Their social standing or financial position had no impact. A rich or poor Muslim’s life was equally valuable. If anyone wronged a Muslim, it was the responsibility of the others to correct that wrong and to fight back or avenge him.

The punishment of execution for a person who intentionally kills a Muslim

This point of the Constitution of Medina was according to the clear law in Islam. If anyone takes the life of a Muslim, they must kill him as retribution. The only way that he can avoid this is if he pays blood money to the family of the victim, and they accept it. Muslims must carry out justice in such a case.

The Constitution of Medina granted freedom of religion to all

Muslims had the right to freedom of religion. The same right was given to the non-Muslims minorities as well. People could believe in whatever they wished to as long as they didn’t violate any treaty. This serves to strike down claims of delusional people who say that Islam is intolerant.

All people shared joint responsibility of defending Medina if it came under attack

The Muslims and the non-Muslims had the same responsibility. All communities were one when it came to protection and safety. Similarly, all had to take responsibility to protect Medina if it came under attack. The Muslims were aware that the Quraish were likely to transgress and attack Medina at some point.

The Constitution of Medina forbade fighting and bloodshed among its people

The charter didn’t allow the people of Medina to take part in any fighting or bloodshed. This applied to all the participants, including Muslims and non-Muslims. They were all forbidden from taking part in any activities that would disrupt the peace in the land and cause tribulation.

The people must engage in mutual consultation and honorable dealing

The Constitution of Medina emphasized the importance of the communities helping each other and consulting with each other. The charter required Muslims and non-Muslims alike to fulfill all pledges and abide by the rules of the treaty. Going against these rules was tantamount to breaking the law and was completely forbidden.

The charter prohibits treachery while helping the oppressed is a must

The key to success for the Constitution of Medina was that all concerned parties obey all its laws. If anyone went against any of the laws or broke the treaties, they must face punishment. Similarly, they could not give an oppressor a free hand. It was the responsibility of the community to fight and help the oppressed.

Muslims must live in accordance with Islam in the Constitution of Medina

All the Muslims who feared Allah were to live according to the rules of Islam. They must carry out the obligatory duties and obey and follow the Prophet (PBUH). Allah revealed Islam as the ideal way of life for everyone on Earth. While the constitution allowed people the freedom of religion, Muslims must follow the injunctions of Islam.

Allah and the Prophet (PBUH) are the final authority in case of a dispute

If any of the people of Medina had a dispute about anything, the Constitution of Medina stipulated that they must refer it to Allah and the Prophet (PBUH). Any ruling that comes from Allah or His Prophet (PBUH) is far above and beyond any ruling or solution from any other being.

Cave Of Hira And The First Quranic Revelation

When Prophet Muhammad (S) was around 40 years old, his state of discontent with the affairs around him continued to grow. The lifestyle of the Quraish did not allure him and neither was he impressed by their worship of idols. He thought that there must be something deeper to life, and he was in search of the answers when the incident at the Cave of Hira eventually took place.

Background

Before the revelation of the Quran, the Prophet (PBUH) started seeing signs around him. Allah made him see good dreams as well, and they came true. Eventually, he felt the urge to go to the Cave of Hira.

The Cave of Hira is situated on Mount Hira, which is near Makkah. The Prophet (PBUH) went and began to spend an extended period at this cave. He meditated and thought about life and the world and the people around him. He would withdraw to the cave for long hours and engage in his own method of prayer, seeking answers.

The Prophet (PBUH) would stay at the cave for a few nights and then return to his family for provisions, then go back to the Cave of Hira once again. He would continue and devote himself to worship, and then go back for provisions, then return again. This process continued for a while.

“Iqra” – In the Cave of Hira

Once when Prophet Muhammad (S) was in the cave, Angel Jibrail came to him and proclaimed, “Iqra!” meaning, “Read!” The Prophet (PBUH) told the angel that he was not a reader.

Angel Jibrail then took hold of the Messenger (PBUH) and squeezed him until he couldn’t take any more. Then, he released him and once again told him: “Read!” The Prophet (PBUH) once again answered that he was not a reader.

Angel Jibrail took hold of him a second time and squeezed him for a while, till he again couldn’t take more. Once again, he released him and told him, “Read!” The Prophet (PBUH) replied for the third time that he was not a reader.

The angel then strongly squeezed him for a third time until he couldn’t take it anymore. Then, he released Muhammad (S) and recited the first five verses of Surah ‘Alaq.

Recite in the name of your Lord who created. Created man from a clinging substance. Recite, and your Lord is the Most Generous. Who taught by the pen. Taught man that which he knew not.

Muhammad (S) leaves the Cave of Hira, goes to Khadija (r.a.)

The events that transpired in the cave shocked Prophet Muhammad (S). After the conclusion of the first revelation, he immediately descended from the mountain and raced back to his house. He came to his wife, Khadija (r.a.), and asked her to cover him. He remained covered until his fear had gone away.

The Prophet (PBUH) then told his wife about what happened at the Cave of Hira. He told her that the events that took place scared him. However, Khadija (r.a.) soothed him by saying that his Lord would never disgrace him. She supported him and told him that he upholds ties of kinship, is truthful, helps the needy, serves guests, and helps troubled people. As a result, she said that the Lord would never shame him.

Khadija (r.a.) then proposed that they go to her cousin, a learned man by the name of Waraqah bin Naufal.

From the Cave of Hira to Waraqah ibn Naufal

Khadija (r.a.)’s paternal uncle’s son, Waraqah, was a pious Christian man. He became a Christian during the period of the jahiliyyah, and he was learned in matters of religion. He knew Arabic script and the Gospel well. However, he was an old man and had become blind.

Khadija (r.a.) asked him to listen to what Prophet Muhammad (S) had to say. Waraqah patiently listened to his recollection of the incident that took place at the Cave of Hira.

After the Prophet (PBUH) completed the story, Waraqah proclaimed that the being that he encountered in the Cave of Hira was the same Angel Jibrail who had come to Prophet Musa (a.s.). He then wished that he was young enough to live till the time when his own people would drive him out of his land.

The Prophet (PBUH) asked him if that was indeed true. Waraqah stated that no man had ever come with a revelation like this who avoided persecution. He said that if he were alive when these incidents would take place, he would whole-heartedly support him.

However, Waraqah was not a young man. He was in the latter stages of his life, and a short while after the incident at the Cave of Hira, he breathed his last. This saddened the Prophet (PBUH).

Revelation ceases for a while

After all this happened, for reasons that Allah knows best, He stopped sending revelations to Prophet Muhammad (S). Perhaps it was to allow him some time to ponder upon what was to come. The Prophet (PBUH), in the meantime, was sad that the revelations didn’t continue.

According to some versions of the Seerah, Muhammad (S) returned to the Cave of Hira after a brief hiatus and continued to pray in solitude. There are also some conflicting reports about the period between the first and second revelation. However, eventually, the revelation from Allah resumed.

The resumption of revelation

The Prophet (PBUH) described in a Hadith (Sahih al-Bukhari) how revelation resumed. He said that he was walking one time, and he heard a voice in the sky. When he looked up, he said that he saw the same angel that had come to him in the Cave of Hira. He was sitting on an enormous chair between the heavens and the earth.

According to some versions of the Hadith, the Prophet (PBUH) said that he began to turn his face away from Angel Jibrail. However, no matter where he looked, he continued to see the angel all around him.

The Prophet (PBUH) once again was scared and went home and asked to be covered with blankets. He had come full circle from the events at the Cave of Hira. Then, Allah sent down the second revelation.

There are some differences regarding which verses were in the second revelation. Various reports suggest that it was the first few verses of either Surah al-Qalam, al-Muddaththir, or ad-Dhuha. Imam Bukhari believed it was Surah al-Muddaththir. Either way, revelation continued, and the rest is history.

Surah Alaq: The First Quranic Revelation

Surah Alaq is the 96th chapter of the Holy Quran. Alaq means ‘clot’ or ‘clinging thing.’ People often also refer to it as being ‘congealed blood.’ The Surah consists of 19 ayat or verses. However, this Surah is mainly famous because the first five verses of it were part of the first revelation to Prophet Muhammad (S) in the Cave of Hira.

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This incident took place when Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was around 40 years old. He had become disillusioned with the lifestyle of the polytheists of Makkah, and he did not believe in their idols for one moment.

Hence, he spent his time in a cave on Mount Hira, where he supplicated and searched for guidance. It was during one of these periods in the Cave of Hira when Angel Jibrail came to the Prophet (PBUH) and revealed the first five verses of Surah Alaq. He told the Prophet (PBUH) to read, to which he replied that he couldn’t read. He repeated this on two more occasions and then proclaimed the word of Allah.

Surah Alaq: Verse 1

Recite in the name of your Lord who created

The first thing that Angel Jibrail said to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was Iqra, i.e., to read or recite. This shows that reading and reciting, especially when it comes to the Quran, is a very important part of Islam.

The Prophet (PBUH) in the lead up to the incident was absorbed in prayer and the search for truth. Now the truth was coming to him in the form of a message from Allah. The command to ‘read’ was the first step in the Prophet (PBUH)’s mission to spread Islam and the word of Allah.

The word ‘khalaq,’ which Allah has used in the absolute form, shows the vastness of Allah’s creation. There is no limiter attached, and Allah doesn’t mention the object of creation. Hence, Allah is the Ultimate Creator. He created everything in the heavens and on earth.

Surah Alaq: Verse 2

Created man from a clinging substance

Allah switches from the mention of the creation of everything and brings the focus onto the creation of humankind. Allah shows how He created man from practically nothing and made him into one of His creations.

This verse shows the unique nature of Allah’s creation of human beings. Allah stresses this elsewhere in the Quran, where He says that He has created man in the best of molds (Surah Tin).

Alaqah means congealed blood. Congealed blood is how the embryo is after a few days of a human being’s conception in the mother’s womb. After that, it takes the shape of a lump of flesh before eventually transitioning into a full-fledged, albeit tiny, human being. Allah has ordained this whole cycle of human birth, and He indirectly refers to it in this verse.

Alaqah means congealed blood. Congealed blood is how the embryo is after a few days of a human being’s conception in the mother’s womb. After that, it takes the shape of a lump of flesh before eventually transitioning into a full-fledged, albeit tiny, human being. Allah has ordained this whole cycle of human birth, and He indirectly refers to it in this verse.

Surah Alaq: Verse 3

Recite, and your Lord is the Most Generous

Here, Allah introduces the Prophet (PBUH) to one of His attributes. The usage of ‘iqra’ once again also puts the importance of reading and learning to acquire knowledge, a recurring theme in Islam. Prophet Muhammad (S), in this case, had to read and also teach the Quran to people, urging them to accept Islam.

The word ‘Akram,’ which Allah uses here as one of His attributes, means the Most Bountiful or the Most Generous. As is the case with other attributes of Allah, this one of absolute and perfect without any deficiencies. It is because of His generosity that He taught man knowledge.

Surah Alaq: Verse 4

Who taught by the pen

This follows the verse about Allah being the Most Generous. Hence, it shows that knowledge and wisdom is one of the greatest blessings for any of His creation. Allah cites the pen, which we can interpret in a few ways. The reference to the pen means that humans know about sciences and knowledge. We can also understand it to refer to Allah’s blessing toward human beings of the ability to write and gain knowledge.

The ability to have knowledge and to be able to differentiate between right and wrong with intellectual capacity shows how much Allah blessed humans. Without having knowledge and the capacity to read and write, humans’ potential would have been very limited in comparison to what it is today.

Allah honors the pen in the Quran, not only on this occasion. There is a Surah of the Quran named al-Qalam, meaning the pen. With it being the primary tool of learning and spreading knowledge for many centuries, leading humans to progress, we can’t undermine the importance of the pen.

Surah Alaq: Verse 5

Taught man that which he knew not.

When Allah created Adam (a.s.), He gave him knowledge. Knowledge isn’t an ingrained part of a human being, but humans gain knowledge by Allah’s will. The same applies to a newborn baby. It comes out of the mother’s womb alive but needing help to survive. Initially, humans have no idea of how to walk and talk. Allah gives us these facilities.

We need to realize that all the knowledge that we have comes from Allah. If He wishes, He could deprive us of it. There are many things about the world that we do not know of, and that is His will. He says in verse 255 of Surah al-Baqarah that humans have no knowledge except for what He wills and allows them to have knowledge of.

Therefore, whenever we obtain some new information of knowledge, we should be thankful to Allah for it. He is the Creator, and it is by His will that we gain that knowledge. Prophet Muhammad (S) received this revelation, and immediately upon receiving it, he is also receiving the message about it being one of Allah’s bounties.

Conclusion

In this first revelation of Surah Alaq to the Prophet (PBUH), Allah gave a lot of information. If we ponder over the Quran and comprehend its meanings, we will start to see even more of His bounties.

Focusing on reading in the first verse shows the importance of actively searching for knowledge. The discussion about creation in the second verse shows Allah’s ultimate power and ability to do as He wishes. In the third verse, we see Allah’s all-encompassing generosity, without which we would be lost and clueless. In the fourth verse, we see the immense bounty of knowledge that Allah blessed Muslims with. And in the fifth and final verse of the first revelation, we can see Allah’s blessings that cause us to go from being a clot of blood to a full-fledged, intelligent, and thoughtful human being.

This revelation of Surah Alaq would have likely had a massive impact on Prophet Muhammad (S). His reaction certainly suggests that as well. The revelation was very heavy, full of meaning, and the rest of the revelation of the Quran was the same. What a blessing the Quran is for Muslims!

3 Ways To Read The Quran – Improve Quran Reading & Recitation

Reading the Holy Quran can be a difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be. By doing stuff like finding a copy of the Qur’an that is simpler for you to learn, scrolling over the text with an app, or entering a study group, you can help the reading process. Often, you should use reading techniques that can help enhance your awareness. And if you’re having trouble reading portions of the transcript, keep going at your own pace. Because of the text’s depth and complexity, it takes certain people years to finish reading the Quran.

How to Read the Quran

Undoubtedly, there are several ways to read the Quran, but some of them are authentic ways to read the Quran with excellent outputs. It is necessary to give priority to the Quran classes for knowing how to read the Quran. On the other hand, these ways i.e., methods, are also followed by online Quran classes in the USA and worldwide. All these methods are unfolded one by one.

1.   One May Enhance Reading with the Basic Text and Tool

If a person follows the given steps one by one, then he may improve the Quran reading easily in no time. These steps are:

1: Buy a Copy of the Holy Quran Which is in Native Language

The Qur’an has also been interpreted into far more than 110 languages, so it’s usually available in your mother language. Choose a Qur’an edition in the language you feel most relaxed reading about.

For example, if your mother tongue is English, read the Qur’an in English. If Urdu is your mother tongue, read the Qur’an in Urdu. So, in this manner, one may correctly understand first the Holy Quran.

2: Search for Online Version

If you want to check for particular subjects, access an online edition. The Qur’an is commonly available in print, but you can also access an online or eBook search edition. This can be useful if you want to concentrate on those subjects, or just want the ability to check the Qur’an.

Accessing an online or eBook edition of the Qur’an would mean, as an additional bonus, that you can read it anywhere you have access to the internet, which could be more comfortable than taking a paper copy of a book anywhere. However, online Quran classes have become the trend of this age. In this way, several people learn the Holy Quran easily.

3: Listen the Holy Quran on Audiobook

Pay attention to the Qur’an on an audiobook or with a video online. You may find it much easier to follow along with an audiobook edition of the Qur’an, depending on your listening style. Audiobook copies of the Qur’an are accessible online, and some e-readers can also tell you about an eBook edition of the Qur’an.

An additional advantage of listening to the Qur’an is that you can learn at moments when you wouldn’t usually be able to do so, such as on the commute to work or studying, when running, or when doing homework. These days, the Online Quran classes are following this trend of audiobook learning. So, the Quran classes are preferring this way of reading the Holy Quran.

4: Install Quran Application

You need to install the Qur’an Application for stylistic readings and reminders. An app will continue to follow up with your regular Qur’an readings by sending updates and breaking into short, manageable portions of your regular readings. Try to install the Holy Quran’s best application, and you need to make a daily habit of reciting it.

There are also some Qur’an reading applications have options that you could use to read the Qur’an sections based on a subject, such as love, charity, or friendship. It is how believers are happy to know how they want to learn and read the Holy Quran.

5: Join Companion Book for Guidance

Use a book of accompaniment to direct you through the text. If you’d like to bring meaning to your Qur’an readings, check out the companion texts. Typically these are written by authors who have done thorough reading on the Qur’an or who can make you understand the Qur’an’s complicated parts and concepts.

Visit the local libraries or the nearest mosque neighborhood library to find a companion reader to help you. On the other hand, online Quran classes can help you find the best companion for guidance. In this manner, one may learn it easily that how to read the Quran correctly.

6: Join a Quran Study Group

A believer needs to join a discussion group on the Qur’an at a nearby mosque or at Online Quran classes. If there is a mosque in your city, consider checking to see if they are offering any lessons you might enter on reading the Qur’an or a weekly study group. This will assist you in the making reading the Qur’an easier by providing you with a place to ask questions and a group of others who are reading the Qur’an too.

Start contacting a nearby mosque to see if anyone has any study groups that you can join. On the other hand, it avails you the answer to the question of where to start reading the Quran.

2.   One May Improve By Reading Comprehension

1: Consider the Headings

Some parts are checked by looking at the headings contained in the text. Chapter scanning is a great way to prepare your brain before you start reading a part of the Qur’an. Before you begin to read any headings in each line, identify the topics or subjects for the segment, you’re ready to read finally.

For instance, if the section heading suggests that it is about God creating Earth, then the next section possibly shows the version of the creation story from the Qur’an. It is the best way to learn any text in the world. So, one must follow this step for learning the Holy Quran in Quran classes.

2: Split the Text into Tiny Chunks

Split the text into tiny chunks that can be handled. The more you read, the relatively low you can understand, so remember not to read at any one time for more than thirty minutes. Identify how much more of this time period you can read and hold all of your readings at this length.

For shorter periods, like 5, 10, or 15 minutes, you can learn too. See what fits well for you, and thus restrict your reading hours. It is the best way to read the Quran. Once, a person follows this routine, and then he would consistently learn it in no time. Apart from this, it is the trick which is the best for all kind of readings.

3: Make Notes whatever you identify in text

It would help if you made notes as you learn to define the topics you want to go back. Keep a notepad handy when reading the Qur’an, so you can write down any important quotations, ideas, or questions you can find along the way. Write down the number of pages and also the chapter. This would make it easy for you to return to parts you would like to discuss in greater depth.

You should take notes when reading the Qur’an on something that catches your curiosity. Don’t edit yourself or just restrain yourself. Taking notes lets you remember much of what you are hearing.

Apart from this, you need to make sure that you write some new words which you still spot in your journal. Look up the words to find their meanings in your diary, and record them.

You need to link the principles that you come across to other theories and messages. If you are familiar with other religious texts, relating the myths and concepts that you find in the Qur’an will help you better understand them. Concentrate on making links through the text to help you in making the details more available and memorable.

For starters, if you’ve read the Bible before then, you could draw comparisons between the Qur’an story and the Bible story. In this manner, you may also memorize all these stories while linking the concepts. However, it is the best technique to read the Holy Quran and learn about them in the Quran classes. On the other hand, you can also learn it in online Quran classes with the instructor’s assistance.

4: Ask the Difficult or Unclear Thing

When everything is vague, ask questions about what you’re hearing. If you come across something you can’t work out, ask someone that could help you grasp it. There are many ways you can get your questions answered when reading the Qur’an. You could, for example, like:

Speak to a friend or relativ:e who has experience of the Qur’an.

Visit a nearby mosque and converse with an imam.

For details about your query, check the Internet.

Go to a website or internet forum to submit your question.

3.   Try To Use Proper Quran Etiquette

1: Treat the Holy Quran with Respect

One must treat the Qu’ran as a holy text and politely address readings. There are unique codes of conduct in Muslim culture whenever it comes to studying the Qu’ran, also referred to as the tajweed laws. Mostly these laws revolve around cleanliness, reverence, and recitation preferences. To read the Qu’ran, you don’t have to obey these laws; however, you may want to include them as part of your efforts to understand Islamic religion.

Suppose you are attending worship services in a mosque or are preparing to study Muslim religion more thoroughly. In that case, it is important to be aware of and follow the laws of Tajweed. So, it is the duty of every believer that he/she needs to treat the Holy Quran with respect because it is the sacred book which Allah Almighty revealed on His prophet Muhammad PBUH.

2: Set Your Outlook

It is necessary that wash your hair, clean your teeth, and wear on some comfortable clothes. Prior to reading your Qur’an, always see your hygiene. Imagine that you’re getting prepared for a manufacturer or a fascinating person to meet. Get ready to kick off the day.

If you cough up phlegm at some time during your lesson, please ensure your mouth is stopped and rinsed out with water. One who cares about his clothing and outlook, then the angels protect him/her. So, the outlook of the believer also plays a vital role.

3: Sit In Straight Way

When reading the Qur’an, sit up straight—not slouching or looking back. Opt to sit on a hard-backed chair or at a desk if you’re less likely to lean backward. Don’t sit in a bedside chair, or read your Qur’an.

You can keep your Qur’an when you’re out on your lap or on a table but never put it on the floor.

Before you learn, make sure you look in the path of prayer as well. In this way, one would not get fatigued, and it would pour more interest in the hearts of the heart.

4: Pause Some Time at Few Places

One needs to stop to reflect briefly about what one has just read. Whenever you come across a verse telling a story of humans or pledging Allah’s blessing, stop and ponder it. Reflect on the importance of the narrative or paragraph before going on.

Never hurry up your Qur’an readings. If you do not provide time to read at a leisurely rate, pick a certain time to read.

5: One needs to close it After Recitation

When you’re done reading it, shut the Qur’an. Never leave open the Holy Quran until you’ve finished reading it. You need to leave a bookmark or note where you left off, then close your Qur’an and set it in its place, for example, on a bookshelf or table.

Never stack the Qur’an on top of several other texts. This is representative of their being above the Qur’an. In this manner, you can have the respect of the sacred book of Allah.

Conclusion

The Holy Quran is the sacred book of Allah. Allah Almighty revealed it on the Prophet Muhammad PBUH. However, believers should know the ways to read the Quran, but several believers are still unaware to understand the primary ways to read and learn the Holy Quran. Therefore, this writing piece is the best way to teach the top three methods of reading the Holy Quran in Quran classes. These can also be followed with the assistance of online Quran class tutors. On the other hand, if a person has any mistake while reading the Holy Quran, it can also be rectified by following these tips.

Top Quran Reciters In The World

The sacred scripture of the Muslims, the Holy Quran, has stood the test of time for several decades as one of the undiluted, widely read, and memorized religious books. Understanding how to read the Quran and learning how to master something are 2 different aspects. Anyone can recite the Quran, but not everyone can perfect the act of reciting it completely. A person who perfected this art and recited in a melodic sound with excellence is called a Qari or Qur’anic reciter. However, several famous reciters of the Holy Quran are present in this world, but some of the world’s well-known top reciters are given below:

Top Most Quran Reciters in the World

·        Saad Al Ghamidi

Saad Al Ghamidi was raised from the big mosque to the stage, to use the soulful voice to capture his listeners’ ears. Since he has learned Islamic law, he is the only famous sheikh who has chosen to create a career in Qur’anic recitation. He is a Saudi descendant Qari, scholar, and Imam who committed to memory the whole Quran only at the age of 22.

His Tajweed and soulful voice rendered him the preference of people in many Television and radio stations and the grand mosque’s imam.

These special Muslims have left their mark when it comes to reciting the Quran by mixing zeal, skill, and excellence in recitation. They live out their lives by jihad; aspire to please Allah, and encourage someone to follow righteousness. May Allah grant Jannah to them, and to everyone who read and listen to the Quran.

On the other hand, most Muslims love to listen to his soulful voice to live. Saad Al Ghamidi has left no stone unturned in winning people’s hearts because of his heart touching voice. His recitation is famous from one corner of the world to the other. Therefore, he is one of the topmost Quran reciters in the world. However, you may also enjoy the heart touching voice of Saad Al Ghamidi at the following link:

·        Sheikh Mishary bin Rashid

Mishary is undoubtedly among the most respected and well-known figures in the Muslim world, ranging from his extraordinary voice and distinctive recitation of the Quran to his role in promoting Islamic values and teachings. He is a respectable Kuwait Qari who has committed to memorizing the Holy Quran in just two years and specialized in the Quran’s tenfold reading.

Recitation by Mishary has influenced many reciters across the globe. He also sings nasheeds (Islamic songs not based on instrumental), and much more besides Qur’anic recitation.

At present, he is the Imam of Kuwait’s grand mosque. In 2008, the Arab creativity union granted him the first Oscar creativity, and has always been the people’s choice for greatest Quranic reciter in the globe.

The voice of the Sheikh Mishary has touched innumerable believers, and several people are satisfied with his way of recitation and teaching. He is the man of voice who promotes Islamic education with his unmatched voice. Therefore, Mishary is one of the famous top Quran reciters in the world who has become famous not in the Qatar, but all around the world know him because of his soul-touching voice. One may also enjoy the heart touching voice of the Sheikh Mishary by visiting the following link:

·        Qari Abdul-Basit Abdus-Samad

A veteran Qari of Egyptian descent renowned for his distinctive recitation and many contemporary reciters follow his recitation style. Apart from being raised in an atmosphere that nourished this art, his family also played a very vital role as his grandfather and dad, where reciters were also highly regarded. Hence its motivation for Qur’anic recitation and passion. His unique understanding of pitch tone and the Tajweed rules fascinate Muslims from many mosques and the modern world.

Before his death, Sheihk Abdul Basit was the Reciters Union’s first president, one of the first reciters to record his recitation commercially. He also won 3 competitions related to Qur’anic recitation.

He ruled over the heart of the several believers by his heart touching voice. Several Muslims used to follow him, and he remained the source of the inspiration for the believers. So, he motivated to numerous Muslims with his teachings and sweet voice. Therefore, Qari Abdul Basit is one of the top Quran reciters who has devoted his most time in Islamic teachings and recitations.

One may also listen to his distinctive voice by visiting the following link of Qari Abdul Basit Abdus-Samad:

·        Saud ibn Ibrahim ibn Muhammad al-Shuraim

A Hanbali denomination religion Saudi Arabian Qari. He is like no other since he is an Islamic law instructor and Islamic studies with extensive knowledge of fiqh, Aqeeda, and Islamic poetry. As he recites, so he is known for his pure and melodious voice.

The voice and intellectual accomplishments of Sheik Shuraim gave him an advantage because he’s one of the imams and khateeb (person who delivers the sermon) of the great mosque in Mecca. He was awarded the year’s Islamic personality at the Dubai International Holy Quran Awards in 2005.

The world’s believers love his voice because he has a matchless voice. On the other hand, he has not left any stone unturned to motivate believers towards Islamic teaching. Similarly, being an inspirational person, he has assisted several people in learning the Holy Quran. Thus, Saud inn Ibrahim is one of the prominent figures in Islamic World as the top Quran reciters worldwide. One may also listen to his melodious voice that is unmatched for the believers in this world, so one must visit the following link of the Saud ibn Ibrahim:

·        Abdul Rahman Ibn Abdul Aziz as-Sudais

He is a revered Saudi Arabian Qari, also known as As-Sudais. He is from a Sunni faith and jurisprudence on Salafi. As a boy, just at the age of twelve, he memorized the Quran, and it earned him the title of Hafiz. Sudais is famous for his distinctive voice and exemplary implementation of Tajweed’s laws, laws regulating pronunciation during recitation and recitation. He has received the title of Imam of the grand mosque.

Aside from becoming a Qari, he received a Ph.D. in Islamic sharia and was also prominent in offering sermons on social issues, one of which was the resistance of Islam to explosions and bombings promoting peace interreligious discussion.

He has won the hearts of the Muslims because of his melodious voice. Aabdul Rahman has taught several believers regarding Islamic values. Apart from this, several people are inspired by his sweet voice. Therefore, he has marked his imprints for the believers just from the perspective of recitation. However, one may listen to his melodious voice at the following link:

·        Hajjah Maria Ulfah

Hajjah Maria Ulfah was born on 21st December. She is an Indonesian qāriah (Quran reciter) and founder of the Central Institute for Development of Quranic Recitation (CIDR). She is the winner of two Indonesian National Quran Recitation Contests and is recognized globally as one of the best reciters and recitation instructors globally. She is also a lecturer at the Quran Recitation Center.

Her father, Haji Mudhoffar, initiated Ulfah to Qur’an recitation and taught her that she is equal to any person. He arranged Qur’an reciting contests to give his daughter exposure in their hometown. She started studying at age 6, with her older sister providing advice. When she attended an Islamic boarding school that inspired her to practice recitation, her art curiosity increased. Ulfah has been a prominent, internationally regarded figure in Qur’anic recitation since the 1980s. Ulfah is a researcher of the history of Quranic recitation in the Indonesian archipelago and a lecturer at the Quranic Studies Center in Jakarta.

One can listen to the melodious voice of Ulfah by visiting the following link:

·        Abu Bakr Al Shatri

Abu Bakr al-Shatri was born in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) in 1970, and Abu Bakr Ibn Mohamed Al Shatri (also known as Abi Abdarrahmane) is a world-famous Saudi Imam and a Qur’an reciter par excellence.

In the perseverance, Abu Bakr studied the Holy Quran from the Sheik Aymane Rochdi Suwaid. In several Saudi Masjids such as Al Rajihi, Said Ibn Jubair (Kandara), Abdullatif Jamil, Attakwa (Al Rawda), AChouiaibi (Assalama), Abu Bakr Al Shatri has had the luxury of leading prayers.

To name a few, he has been a member of various Islamic conferences and activities in many Islamic nations, including Morocco, Egypt, Kuwait, South Africa, and Bahrain. Currently, he occupies the seat of Imam at Al Furkane Mosque in Hay Annassim, Jeddah.

However, everyone who loves to listen to the melodious voice of Abu Bakr can visit the following link:

Conclusion

Therefore, the top Quran reciters are the best reciters who motivate people to follow Allah’s path; however, these are the top Quran reciters in the world. They left no stone unturned in recitation but also in teaching Islamic values. Apart from this, all these reciters mentioned above have played a vital role in spreading the Holy Quran’s knowledge in the entire world. They are the most famous figures globally; however, they are also the Imam of the mosque except Hajjah Maria Ulfah. Similarly, these top Quran reciters have devoted their whole life to recitation. Undoubtedly, they are also the best teachers in an innovative age. So, these reciters leave their own imprints in Islam for the sake of inspiration to the believers.

By Haris Ahmed|September 14th, 2020|Online Quran Acade

The Different Types Of Jihad In Islam

Jihad is a word that has negative connotations all over the world today. However, this is due to many misconceptions about it. People think that Jihad exclusively refers to war against disbelievers. Others believe that Jihad means to spread Islam by the sword. The reality is that there are different types of Jihad that Islam sanctions. According to Imam ibn al-Qayyim, there are four types of Jihad. We will cover these in great detail below to help you understand what Jihad really means in Islam and for Muslims.

Resisting against Shaytaan is a type of Jihad

This type of Jihad is obligatory for each and every Muslim. On the day that Allah created Adam (AS), Iblees pledged to try and misguide humans until the last day. That is the core aim of his existence, and this is what we have to fight against.

Allah revealed to us the way to live, and He outlined what we should and shouldn’t do. The first man and woman, Adam and Eve, knew this as well. However, Iblees misled them into committing a wrong, and as a result, Allah punished them and relegated them from paradise.

This is what we have to watch out for in our everyday lives. Every day requires Jihad if we’re on the right path because it is then that Iblees tries to mislead and misguide us. He whispers evil ideas and thoughts into our minds. If we succumb to them, we have failed.

We have to keep struggling against his whispers constantly. He will sow seeds of doubt about Islam in us and try to make us think negatively about Allah, His Messenger (PBUH), and Islam. He will try to make us give up Islam, as we see in the story of Barsisa.

For people who have strong faith and who are unmoved by Iblees’ whispers and ideas about religion, he will change his strategy. He attacks believing Muslims and people by trying to make us sin. He starts with small sins and keeps increasing their scope if we succumb.

It is for this reason that Muslims must do Jihad and always be wary about falling into sin. We must resist his whispers and avoid following his whispers and suggestions. We have to have patience and fight hard against sins, knowing that they displease Allah and harm us.

Jihad of the Nafs – Against one’s soul, self, and ego

Jihad against oneself is an essential type of Jihad. Allah says in Surah ash-Shams that He proportioned the soul in such a way that it contains both wickedness and righteousness. Then, He says that the successful person is the one who purifies it while the failed person is the one who fills it with more corruption.

Allah also says in Surah an-Naziat that the person who fears Him and prevents his soul from wavering toward corruption will gain admittance into paradise. Hence, we can see the immense importance Allah places on the Jihad of the nafs.

This form of Jihad is further divided into some sub-categories. Firstly, we must learn about Islam and gain as much knowledge as we can about the religion. This will, in turn, enable us to live more successfully according to the rules of the faith. Many Muslims nowadays have weak knowledge of Islam and don’t know right from wrong.

Next, Muslims must focus on implementing their knowledge by acting upon it. This type of Jihad is significant because knowledge alone isn’t enough. Many people have the required knowledge, but they don’t act upon it, neglecting Allah’s commands.

After this, we must also spread the word of Allah and tell others about what is permissible in Islam and what isn’t. We should speak out against evil when we see it instead of being silent. If we observe what’s happening without action, then we are complicit.

Lastly, we must learn to have strong faith and perseverance in the face of difficulties. If we succumb to societal or peer pressure, failure is our destiny. No matter what people think or say, we must know what is right and wrong and inform others about it.

Physical Jihad against the transgressors

Allah prescribed this type of Jihad (Surah al-Baqarah) when he told Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to fight in the way of Allah against the people who fought the Muslims. Still, He told them not to transgress (i.e., to abide by Islamic laws regarding Jihad).

Physical Jihad is also known as the Jihad by the sword. This form of Jihad is obligatory on the community as a whole. Hence, if some of the Muslims take part in it and serve the purpose, then that covers the whole community’s obligation.

Transgressors are those people who oppress Muslims or attack them. If another state attacks a Muslim state, then Jihad in defense of the state is compulsory. If a group of people or community attacks or persecutes the Muslims, then the Muslims must defend themselves accordingly.

Jihad fi sabil Allah is a common term Muslims use to refer to this type of Jihad. It means Jihad for the sake of Allah. Muslims can give Zakat to eight kinds of people. One of them is those who are going for Jihad in the cause of Allah.

Physical Jihad in Islam has strict rules and regulations. The Muslims can only fight those who are actively fighting against them. Only combatants are legitimate targets, and women, children, and the elderly shouldn’t face attack. Muslims must also refrain from destroying property, land, trees, etc.

Thus, we can see the form of physical Jihad advocated by Islam is far above and beyond the forms of conventional warfare we see all over the world nowadays. Innocent people are brushed aside as ‘casualties of war,’ and countries with the most robust and advanced military technology attack large areas indiscriminately, causing death and chaos.

Fighting against hypocrites is another type of Jihad

When the Prophet (PBUH) migrated to Medina, he faced a new, unique society consisting or Muslims, Jews, and disbelievers. However, there was another party among them that posed as Muslims while not actually believing in Islam, looking to benefit from Islam or harm it.

Allah is the All-Knowing, and Muhammad (PBUH) was also aware of who the hypocrites were in Medina. However, he didn’t wage physical Jihad against them because that would have made it look like the state of Islam sanctioned attacks on its own people. Instead, there was another type of Jihad.

As a result of these circumstances, the main action taken against the hypocrites was in the form of words and ideas. Muslims refuted the claims of the hypocrites and humored them while exposing them when the opportunity arose.

The best way to fight the hypocrites is to inform the believers about Islam and its laws with strong evidence and arguments, leaving no room for doubt. Where there is doubt, people like the hypocrites have the opportunity to mislead people and spread falsehood.

This also comes under the banner of enjoining what is right and forbidding what is evil. Muslims must speak up when they see someone doing or saying something wrong so that the others don’t take it as a harmless or permissible deed.

Similarly, promoting good helps to spread positivity and good deeds in the community, which helps everyone get closer to Allah. The more good there is in the community and the lesser evil there is, the easier it becomes for Muslims to practice their religion with confidence and get closer to Islam. So, this type of Jihad has its own specific importance.

Jihad – The Concept Of Physical Jihad In Islam

Jihad is a word that has gained a lot of fame over the past couple of decades. The focus on this word has only increased in the past 20 years, mainly as an after-effect of violent groups around the world that claim to commit many types of heinous actions under the banner of Islam and Jihad. Hence, we will look in detail at Jihad and what it means in Islam. We will also judge the merits of the arguments against it.

The Arabic word Jihad means to strive or struggle, and we can interpret this in several different ways. The most commonly known interpretation is ‘holy war.’ Many non-Muslims, in particular, consider it to mean taking part in armed violent activities. Even some Muslims fall into this trap and have this view of Jihad, not realizing its many meanings and applications in Islam.

The many types of Jihad

There are many types of Jihad in Islam. Some of them are obligatory upon each person. Others are obligatory on the community. Some are recommended for people to partake in. According to Ibn al-Qayyim, there are four types of Jihad, which we have covered in a separate article.

The history of struggle in the time of Muhammad (PBUH)

When Allah first revealed the Quran to the Prophet (PBUH), He told him only to tell those people close to himself. The next step was to inform the broader group of associates and friends. After this, Allah permitted Muhammad (PBUH) to start spreading the word of Allah openly.

As the word of Allah began to spread, the Quraish and community of disbelievers started to oppose the Prophet (PBUH) – first through speech and then through actions. It wasn’t long before the Muslims began facing violence and persecution in Makkah.

Despite all this, Allah revealed in many Surahs of the Quran that the Muslims must remain patient and persevere. He did not permit Muslims to fight back. They were small in number, and if they had a direct physical fight, Muslims were in danger of being wiped out.

Instead, Allah commanded the Muslims to defend themselves and to endure what they faced. However, eventually, Muhammad (PBUH) and his followers migrated to Medina with Allah’s permission. In Medina, the scenario soon changed completely.

The community of Muslims left Makkah mostly without their belongings and after many years of suffering. Now in Medina, Allah allowed them to form a state based on Islam and Islamic jurisprudential laws.

Soon after that, Allah permitted the Muslims to fight the transgressors and oppressors. The Quraish and their allies had targeted and oppressed the Muslims for a lengthy period. Now was the time for Muslims to fight back.

The Jihad of the Muslims against the Quraish

After Allah permitted the Muslims to take part in armed struggle and physical Jihad, they began to attack Quraish’s caravans and intercepting them, taking their belongings.

While this couldn’t cover for the many possessions the Muslims had to leave behind in Makkah due to persecution, it helped to minimize the losses. These attacks also served as a stern warning to the disbelievers.

Eventually, the Quraish grew frustrated when they got word about the Muslims threatening one of their large caravans. They sent an army of around 1000 men to Badr and prepared to attack the Muslims. Muhammad (PBUH) and the Muslims formed an army to counter them.

The Battle of Badr was fierce, but the Muslims had faith in Allah. Allah was on their side, and with His help and support, 313 Muslims participated in Jihad. They defeated an army that was more than three times their size. The Quraish faced complete humiliation, with many of their top leaders dead.

Soon after that, the Quraish waged war against the Muslim state once again. The two armies faced off at the Battle of Uhud. The Muslims had the upper hand in the battle. However, some of them withdrew from their positions and the opponents counterattacked. The Muslims faced a setback as the battle ended in a stalemate.

After this, there was the Battle of the Trench, where the Muslims successfully repelled an attack by the Quraish on Medina. At this point, the Quraish were demoralized and comprehensively defeated.

No more significant battles took place against the Quraish. First, the two parties made a treaty until, eventually, allies of the Quraish broke it. After that, the Muslims marched toward Makkah. They conquered it with little resistance, bringing the reign of the Quraish to an end.

What does Islam say about terrorism?

Islam is a religion of mercy and justice, and it does not allow terrorism. Allah says in Surah al-Mumtahanah that He does not forbid us from being kind, righteous, and just toward those who don’t fight and oppress us.

When we read the rules of physical Jihad in Islam, we can find that Allah and His Prophet (PBUH) didn’t allow the Muslims to kill innocent people and bystanders during a battle, such as women, children, and the elderly. The Prophet (PBUH) said that Muslims shouldn’t be excessive.

In a Hadith in Sahih al-Bukhari, the Prophet (PBUH) also said that a Muslim who kills a person who has a treaty with them would not smell the fragrance of paradise.

So-called Islamic groups that engage in their version of Jihad always neglect the rules of Jihad. Hence, while they may start fighting claiming to be against foreign invasions and oppression, they soon begin to target people indiscriminately.

It is no secret that the Western countries are no angels in this conflict. They have caused misery and destruction in Muslim countries for decades. However, self-proclaimed groups claiming to fight Jihad have hurt Muslims immensely.

Take the example of Pakistan, where in the past 20 years, many groups ran riot and targeted innocent people, civilians, buildings, properties, etc., and caused massive destruction, killings tens of thousands of people and causing immense suffering.

Is there any doubt that these actions are against the spirit of Islam and the rules of Allah? Only a person with little or no knowledge of Islam would say that such actions are justifiable.

Misconceptions about Jihad

In the post-9/11 world, there is a lot of furor about Jihad and self-proclaimed groups that say they are taking part in Jihad. According to a Pew Research Center poll from 2016/17, more than 40% of Americans believe that Islam encourages violence more than other religions.

There are many reasons for this negative perception. Chief among them is the fact that the media has spread this narrative for ratings. This has caused fear and hatred of Muslims to run rampant all over the world.

If we examine the phenomenon of terrorism and its equivalence with Jihad, we discover that this is something relatively new that has only cropped up in the past few decades. The main reason for it is the decline of Muslim countries and Western countries targeting them.

On countless occasions, Western countries have targeted Muslim countries, mostly for their own benefit. While Muslim countries and rulers aren’t blameless, it’s mainly as a consequence of the actions of Western countries that a lot of these violent groups exist today.

Criminals exist in all countries and societies. People shouldn’t give them any labels relating to religion. Instead, they should be called criminals—no religion advocates for the indiscriminate killing of civilians, least of all Islam.

If we contrast perception with reality, we see a stark difference. According to the media and the public in the West, Muslims are responsible for most terrorist attacks. However, FBI statistics show that non-Muslims were responsible for 94% of such attacks from 1980-2005.

Final word

It is abundantly clear that Jihad has rules that Muslims must follow. For this reason, many acts that people classify as Jihad don’t actually fit the description of Jihad nowadays. Hence, we must stop calling it that and giving Islam a bad name unnecessarily.

Many people believe that Islam is spread by the sword. It’s a standard theory that Muslims can force others to accept their religion. However, Islam doesn’t sanction this whatsoever.

Before coming to any conclusion about a topic, whether it be Jihad or something else, people should always do their research and due diligence. People of all countries and backgrounds commit violent acts every other day, and they are all equally condemnable. However, you can’t demonize a religion and community as a consequence.

Seeking Allah’s Forgiveness After Committing Sins

All humans are prone to sinning. Human nature leads to committing things that humans often regret. Islam recognizes this; therefore, Allah doesn’t condemn people for eternity after they sin. Instead, Islam places much emphasis on the importance of repentance (astaghfar) and gaining Allah’s forgiveness.

Allah states in the Quran that He loves those who repent for their sins and purify themselves. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also said that all sons of Adam sin; he said that the best of the sinners are those who go on to repent. Allah also says in the Quran that people who commit sins shouldn’t despair, because Allah can forgive them since He is the Most Merciful.

Forgiveness by converting to Islam

Allah blesses people who convert to Islam with a great advantage. He forgives the person’s sins before he entered the fold of Islam – all of them. The Prophet (PBUH) explicitly stated this in a recorded Hadith when a man came to pledge his loyalty to Islam, saying that converting to Islam erases all previous sins.

This indicates the extent of Allah’s mercy, that He doesn’t hold people accountable for their sins before they became Muslim. Once a person recites the shahadah, he/she attains complete forgiveness and starts over again from a clean slate, like a newborn baby.

The best times for a Muslim to ask for forgiveness

There are various times that Allah and the Prophet (PBUH) recommended as ideal opportunities for Muslims to seek forgiveness. Repenting to Allah for our sins is an integral part of Islam.

Repenting during and after Salah

The best time for making dua is when we are closest to Allah. According to Islam, the time when we are nearest to Allah is during sajdah in our Salah. Hence, this is the ideal time to repent.

After Salah, Muslims often sit and recite adhkaar or pray to Allah. This is another time where we can ask Allah for forgiveness. This can also be very helpful for us in case there is any shortcoming in our prayer, as Allah will, hopefully, forgive us for our neglect.

Immediately after committing a sin

How many times do we Muslims do something and then begin to think about whether it was right or wrong? If you have to think about it, chances are that you have sinned. Hence, the sooner we realize our mistake, the better. We should take the opportunity straight away and repent to Allah.

Allah says in the Quran that when someone does any evil thing or commits a wrong act, he should remember Allah and ask for forgiveness for his sins. He also says that we should then make up our minds to refrain from committing the sin in the future and develop a firm resolve in this matter.

At any time of the day

The Prophet (PBUH) said in an authentic Hadith that he used to ask Allah for forgiveness 100 times a day. This was even though he was the best of mankind. Therefore, we must realize that we need to go above and beyond in our efforts to repent to Allah.

We sin throughout the day, often without even realizing it. Hence, we should try to make a conscious effort to remember Allah and ask for forgiveness. Another thing that we don’t realize is that when we keep thinking about repenting and forgiveness, we inadvertently become more mindful of sins and try not to commit them, which is an added benefit.

Asking for Allah’s forgiveness by using His names

Allah tells us in the Quran that He has the most excellent and most perfect names. Therefore, we should worship and invoke Him by using them.

We should use the many names of Allah that relate to His Kindness, Forgiveness, and Mercy when we repent. Among them are Ar-Raheem (the Most Merciful), Al-Afuww (He Who pardons), Al-Ghafoor (the Forgiver), Al-Ghaffaar (the Oft-Forgiving), etc.

We should try to memorize these names of Allah and understand the deep meanings behind them. Then, we should use them when we repent to Him.

Widespread forms of sinning in the world today

Man has always sinned, and the case is no different today. There are many ways that humans sin regularly. Some of them are minor sins, while others are major. Additionally, some are sins that only affect us, whereas others affect other people and society. When we commit sins that affect others, we have to ask for their forgiveness as well.

Among the major sins that are prevalent today are things such as murder, rape, adultery, taking and giving interest, etc. Others that Muslims often engage in are not lowering their gaze and watching pornography, lying and backbiting, etc.

The importance of giving up a sin for forgiveness

One of the conditions of repentance is that a Muslim sees the gravity of his sin and makes up his mind to refrain from committing it once again. What’s important is the realization of the sin. If a person commits the sin and then asks for Allah’s forgiveness as a formality, that isn’t acceptable. He must realize the seriousness of the sin and try to give it up.

Muslims aren’t perfect, and they may commit sins repeatedly. If that happens and they keep asking for forgiveness, Allah can forgive them. However, it all depends upon a person’s intentions. He must not think that he can freely commit the sin and then use repentance as a ‘get out of jail’ card. He must realize that he needs to try to stop doing it.

Learning The Quran On The Internet With A Teacher

The Prophet (PBUH) said that the best Muslims are those who learn the Quran and teach it to others.

That shows us the immense importance of learning the Quran. Without the Quran, we don’t have proper direction in life. We can’t fulfill our purpose, which is to worship Allah, as He has stated in the Quran. So, we’ll look at the simplest and best way to complete this obligation. The secret is learning the Quran via the internet.

Muslims who grew up in the past 50 years before the 2010s are mostly the ones with young children today. However, methods of learning have changed a lot since then. Back in the day, the most common way of learning the Quran was by visiting a Quran academy, an institution, or going to a mosque where Qaris were available.

With the advent of technology, all that has changed. Learning the Quran on the internet has become a reality. This has mostly gained popularity over the last ten or so years. Websites started cropping up all over the internet with online learning solutions. Not to be left behind, Muslims wisely opted to do the same, and here we are today.

The current situation in the year 2020

Things have changed a lot in 2020. One of the ways that is the case is with methods of learning and schooling. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools shut down almost all over the world for many months. As a result, children faced isolation at home for long periods. Slowly but surely, people are beginning to realize the importance of online learning.

When it comes to learning the Quran on the internet, however, this has been gaining pace over the past few years. Some well-known websites now exist primarily for teaching the Quran, especially for young children. One of them is the one you’re on right now – QuranForKids.

However, when it comes to learning the Quran on the internet, QuranForKids isn’t your average Quran learning institution. We have put a lot of thought, resources, and best practices into improving our structure and the way we function. With students worldwide, including countries like the USA and the UK, the only way is up for online studies.

It’s not just the Quran that people are learning on the internet. Many universities offer online courses, and schools are joining in as well. A whole host of schools have started offering online classes, and if you think about it, you can envision that this will only increase in the coming years. The benefits of online learning are too many to ignore, which brings us to…

The benefits of learning the Quran on the internet

In the 2020 and pandemic context, the biggest pro of learning from home is that you avoid exposing yourself to the coronavirus. You don’t need to go anywhere and meet or interact with anyone. You just need to boot up your laptop or smart device, log onto Skype, and start studying from a nice, comfortable (and warm) place in your home.

Next is flexibility. Do you want your child to learn the Quran on the internet, but he has to take regular school classes in the morning? Is your child busy with extracurricular activities? Or are you busy at work all day long and only have time late at night? You may even want to study in the early morning before going to work! Never fear, time is of no consequence. You can learn the Quran online at any time of the day as per your preference.

Safety is also a factor. Perhaps you’ve read some news items about teachers that are less than courteous to students. Maybe you’ve seen a video of a teacher hitting a child to make them learn. Well, you don’t have to worry about any of that when your child is learning the Quran over the internet.

If you’re used to sending your child to study at a regular school, you’re probably familiar with the traditional school system. The child sits amongst a large group, and everyone learns collectively. Never mind that. Here, your child (or you) is/are the exclusive focus. One-on-one classes are the most stimulating way to learn.

Does learning the Quran on the internet have its drawbacks?

Hey, we covered the benefits. But it can’t all be hunky-dory! Nothing is perfect… except for Allah. So just like everything else, online learning has a few downsides. Not that many, but just a few, so you should keep them in mind. As a parent or a prospective student, you deserve to know.

First of all, online learning is reliant on the internet and technology. We would like to reassure you that we have internet backup as well as generators and other power alternatives, so insha’Allah, there won’t be any problems from our side. But if you face a power failure without any backup or your computer fails, you’ll have to find a solution before we can continue. It’s a minor fault, but something you should take into consideration.

If you’ve studied the Quran before, perhaps at a Quran institute, you know what the experience is like. You’re in a tranquil atmosphere with the teacher, and there’s peace and quiet around you in a serious setting. Well, that’s not necessarily the case while learning the Quran on the internet. You’ll have to put some thought into setting up a quiet and serious spot for studying. I mean, you don’t want your kid to be half asleep on the bed while studying. Learning the Quran is serious business, after all.

What aspects of the Quran can you learn online?

A very pertinent question indeed. Well, you can learn almost anything about the Quran, really. If you’re a newcomer to Islam and you don’t have a clue about the Quran or Arabic, no problem. If you have a child who is in the same position, that’s fine. We have the perfect solution in the form of the basic Quran reading course. It’s ideal for beginners.

All right, let’s say that you or your child already know how to read the Quran. However, you’re struggling with the perfect pronunciation and reading with a flow. That’s where our Tajweed and Tarteel comes in handy. You may be learning the Quran on the internet, but it’s just like the real thing. The tutor will ensure that your recitation improves in no time.

But, what if you have a child who is already proficient with the above, and he or she wants to memorize the Quran? You guessed it; we have you covered. Our teachers have immense experience in helping kids with Quran memorization. It’s a popular demand for kids who are learning the Quran via the internet. You can sit back and relax as our skilled tutors use innovative and cutting-edge methods to help your child progress.

All right, let’s say there’s a child or a new Muslim who knows nothing about Islam, let alone the Quran. Well, that’s where our basic Islamic education course comes in. We’ll get you up to speed regarding the pillars of Islam and the basic supplications that you need to know for your day-to-day life.

Did we mention the free one-week trial?

Final words

All Muslims should be aware of the words of Allah in the Quran, where He tells us that we must have knowledge to fear Him. This isn’t a statement we can take lightly. It implies that ignorance of Islam leads us astray, and we see that around us all the time.

How many Muslims do you know who are Muslims by name but know little about Allah and don’t pray often? Sadly, these Muslims are increasing all the time. The effects of globalization and the spread of secularism are causing these types of thought procedures to spread, even in Muslim countries.

However, it’s the Muslims in the West who often face the most significant threat. Surrounded by non-Muslims and without much of an Islamic structure around them, it’s easy to slip up. This is where the importance of learning the Quran on the internet comes in. You can be in the remotest corner of the planet, but as long as you have the internet, you don’t have an excuse.

QuranForKids offers all new students the chance to sign up and get a free one-week trial. You simply need to register and start right away. The trial will give you peace of mind regarding the procedures and our online classes. Rest assured, you won’t be disappointed, insha’Allah. So what are you waiting for? Your journey is just a few clicks away.

Benefits And Drawbacks Of Online Learning

It’s 2020, and thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a massive uptick in the number of students pursuing online learning. Online education has been a fast-growing industry for a while now. However, 2020 has forced it to mature in quick time.

Not to be left behind, online Quran academies have followed suit. However, the reality is that there was already a substantial presence of online Quran academies before 2020. In the last few years, there has been a sudden jump in the number of students pursuing online Quran learning.

The Quran has always been the focal point of Muslims’ lives. It has immense importance for people who wish to obey Allah and His Prophet (PBUH). Muhammad (PBUH) said that the best of Muslims are those who learn and teach the Quran.

Gaining knowledge is essential for every human being. For Muslims, that applies doubly. Allah says in the Quran that only those with knowledge fear Him. We see this in everyday life where Muslims have little education about Islam, and they freely defy Allah’s commands, often out of ignorance.

In this article, we will explore some of the reasons why you should study at an online Quran academy like QuranForKids. We’ll take a deep dive into the benefits and drawbacks of online learning so that you can decide if it’s suitable for you.

Benefits

Online learning is flexible and convenient

This is one of the most significant benefits of online education. It’s suitable for everyone. Our online Quran courses are ideal for kids and adults alike. While we don’t know precisely what your situation might be, we do know that you can fit in Quran learning into almost any schedule.

Children may be busy with school during the mornings and extracurricular activities in the afternoon. Perhaps they need flexible timings to keep up with their school work, etc. That’s of no consequence with online classes. You simply choose your preferred timing.

On the other hand, adults might have a hectic work schedule. You may have commitments throughout the day. No matter if you want to take courses late at night or in the early morning before work, it’s all possible according to your needs.

Online Quran learning is an industry with students all over the world. Hence, teachers are available at almost any time of the day. With students ranging from the USA and the UK to countries in East Asia, you can be sure that we have you covered.

You study in a comfortable environment

With no need to go anywhere, you can study at your leisure. For an adult, this means that they don’t need to worry about the usual classroom-style decorum or outfits. All you need is a good internet connection and preferably a quiet room, and you’re good to go.

However, parents should monitor their children. There’s a fine line between being in a comfortable environment versus being non-serious and lax about studies. With online Quran learning, this is especially important since the topic is sensitive and serious.

Tutors are comfortable with online learning

When you study via the internet, then you’ll get to see that teachers have slightly different methods. Most online Quran tutors do an excellent job of keeping children engaged during classes. It’s not all serious and strict; the atmosphere is one that’s conducive to learning.

Direct student-teacher classes are the best for quick learning. They are especially beneficial for the student since all those focus of the class is on one learner alone. With teachers that are used to online learning methods, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the experience.

Online learning requires little time investment

Since you study from your home via the internet, you save lots of time (and money) on things like transit. Going to and returning from a faraway institution can waste hours of one’s time. Time is very valuable and precious.

With learning the Quran, you also don’t need to put in a lot of time unless you’re memorizing it. You may need to occasionally revise what you learned, but besides that, you’ll find that there’s not a lot of extra work besides the time you spend with your tutor during a lesson.

Learn at the speed that suits you

With online learning, you don’t have to adhere to any expectations as you would in a class. Depending upon your routine, choose how many days per week you’d like to study. If you’re a busy student or you’re employed, you can even opt to study on weekends only.

All students have their own methods and ideal speed. Even during the classes, you can make progress according to your preferred pace. If you want to study less someday, you can do so. There is no such thing as falling behind. Chill and take it easy according to what works for you.

Online learning helps you to develop skills

When you study online, you must learn how to use a smart device or a computer. You also need to be computer literate. With more and more computer skills required in the world, this is an excellent opportunity for you or your kid to improve if you don’t already have the skills.

Online learning helps you to understand how to use 21st-century learning methods. You also learn how to handle applications on your system, which can come in handy in the future. This is a ‘digital skillset’ that is very important in the technological age.

Wide range of resources

For basic Quran learning, this isn’t a huge factor. But as you move to the more complicated aspects of learning the Quran, this is a huge benefit. You don’t have to go searching for hard-to-find texts and materials. Instead, it’s almost always available in front of you.

You’ll find that many websites have a ton of resources to help you out. For example, when it comes to understanding the Quran, several types of Tafseers are available on the internet. To get a hard copy, you’d have to build a mini-library at home.

Online learning instills discipline in you

If you’re studying online, then you need to be responsible. While some may call this a drawback, I think it’s a plus. Discipline is an integral part of any person’s life, child or adult. Online classes ensure that you maintain a certain level of discipline, which is especially useful for kids.

You need to have discipline with time. Once you’ve chosen your preferred time, stick to that, and don’t keep your teacher waiting. You also need to motivate yourself and ensure that you keep progressing. The teacher can’t do everything and, therefore, you’ll need to put in some effort as well.

Affordability is a major factor

Due to the competitive nature of the online Quran learning market, prices are affordable for most people, especially in Western countries. All this combines with good quality teachers. You don’t make any compromise, and you get high-level learning at a reasonable price.

QuranForKids offers a base program of 2 days a week at a modest price. With only a slight increase after that, you can increase it to 3-4 days a week. If you want the maximum, then you can go for the full 5 classes per week option, which ensures 20 lessons per month.

There’s no aspect of lack of security

Online learning ensures that you don’t have to worry about things such as safety. For parents, this is often a significant concern, especially with Quran tutors. Some tutors tend to be heavy-handed, and they can shout at the child, or even hit them to try and coerce them.

Obviously, with online classes, this aspect is completely thrown out of the window. Classes are entirely safe and secure. Additionally, our teachers are heavily vetted before being hired. We don’t compromise on their quality whatsoever.

Drawbacks

Online learning is impossible without technology

If you want to learn the Quran online, it’s completely reliant on the availability of technology at your home. We have power and internet backups that help in unexpected situations. However, if you face a power breakdown with no backup, you’ll encounter problems.

If your computer or smart device stops functioning, then you’ll have to halt classes altogether until you can get your device repaired. This can be very frustrating, mainly if someone isn’t used to relying on technology for such matters. For someone who doesn’t have access to technology altogether, classes are impossible.

You need to show great discipline

While the aspect of comfort is there, you also need to be careful to ensure that you get maximum benefits with online learning. If you’re going to be studying while you’re half asleep, or you’re in a noisy environment, that may not be conducive to learning.

If it’s your child who is studying online, then you need to pay even more attention. You don’t want your child to be studying in bed or while watching TV. Make sure that you set up a desk or a quiet room. Hence, the child can focus and study in peace and quiet without interruptions.

The authentic Islamic learning experience is missed

There is something special about going to learn the Quran at a place exclusively for that. Mosques are especially good options for Quran learning. However, with online learning, all that is bypassed, and you have only your computer for company.

When you go to a mosque, you get a reward for each step you take. A mosque or Quran institution also has a quiet and somber atmosphere that is ideal for serious tasks. That’s something that you’ll need to try and replicate in your home by focusing on your environment.

It’s easy to lose focus and interest

While this shouldn’t be in consideration due to the importance of learning the Quran, it’s a fact, especially with younger students. Kids thrive off social interactions and competing with each other. Without others like them nearby, a child on his own may lose interest.

The best way to avoid this is if the parents ensure they are involved in the process. They can become actively engaged by offering gifts, etc. If you have more than one child, then try to include them both in the activity so that each has a companion.

Verdict

Learning the Quran online is an excellent option for almost any student around the world. This is especially the case if you’re in a western country with few Islamic facilities or Muslims around you. You’re just a few steps away from starting…

At QuranForKids, we have courses tailored for students of all levels. For young learners and beginners, the simple Quran reading course is a great option. If you want to include some more specific Islamic education, the basic course informs you about the five pillars and some essential duas.

For students who may already know how to read the Quran, we have the Tajweed course that will help them to perfect their recitation. And that’s not all, don’t forget Quran memorization. This course is in high demand for kids with Muslims as always being inclined toward this noble deed.

Still, that’s not all. You need to understand the Quran, as well. If you’re not familiar with Arabic, then you’ll need to learn via the translation. We recommend learning Arabic, but still, you can opt for the Quran translation course. Understanding the Quran and implementing what you learn is arguable more important than simply reading the Quran, so keep that in mind.

All in all, learning the Quran online is an excellent option for most students around the world. You can fulfill your obligation to Allah from the comfort and safety of your home. All you need is a little time investment along with a good internet connection.

At QuranForKids, we value our new customers a lot. That is why we’re offering a free one-week trial for newly registered students. You’ll get to see how we function, and you can attain peace of mind by doing so. So what are you waiting for? Register today and get started!