Ten Pieces of Advice from Surah Al-Hujurat

*Oh you who believe*

  1. Verify – تبينوا
  2. Reconcile & make peace – أصلحوا
  3. Fear Allāh – اتقوا الله
  4. Be equitable – أقسطوا
  5. Don’t scoff – لا يسخر
  6. Don’t defame – لا تلمزوا
  7. Don’t insult – لا تنابزوا
  8. Avoid suspicion – اجتنبوا كثيرا من الظن
  9. Don’t spy – لا تجسّسوا
  10. Don’t backbite – لا يغتب

These ten points are taken from Sūrah Al-Hujurāt.

The entire Chapter is only 18 Verses.

Make an effort to read, memorise, understand and most importantly implement the great advice from this beautiful Chapter of the Qur’an.

May Allah forgive us for our shortcomings and allow us to act upon these statements. Ameen.

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Benefit of Reading Surah Baqarah

The Prophet (saw) said:

« اقْرَأُوا الْبَقَرَةَ فَإِنَّ أَخْذَهَا بَرَكَةٌ وَتَرْكَهَا حَسْرَةٌ وَلَا تَسْتَطِيعُهَا الْبَطَلَة»

Read Al-Baqarah, because in having it there is blessing, and in ignoring there is a sorrow and the sorceresses cannot contend with it.

[Sahih Muslim]

Try to read Surah Baqarah at least once a week.

Children Memorising the Qur’an

Hifdh al Quran is a noble act and if a child finishes it before puberty then that’s excellent, but if they hit puberty, they’re going to be held accountable for everything they memorise.

It’s better to have a child who has excellent manners and character, and memorising slowly with love of the deen, than someone who spends every living second memorising the Qur’an and spends no time on their manners and character.

This is not belittling memorising the Qur’an, but it’s been seen many times that a student lies and backbites and so on as he’s not understood the true value of a haafidh. This is a huge problem!

Memorising the Book of Allah

Try to memorise the book of Allah.

A Shaykh once mentioned that a man would pray 10 juz in his qiyaam ul layl just to help him revise his Qur’an.

A Shaykh in Egypt finished the Qur’an in eight months. If you recite from anywhere in the Qur’an, he can carry on from that Verse!

A man started memorising the Qur’an when he was in his fifties, He memorised a few Aayahs a day and when he reached his late 70s/80s, he had memorised the entire Qur’an!

A blind Shaykh was on a journey and the people didn’t have a watch so couldn’t tell the time. The blind Shaykh told them the time. They enquired as to how he knew and he replied that they left at this time and it takes him 15 minutes to recite one juz from his memory and that he had already completed a few juz.

Memorising is not hard, it just takes discipline and sincerity.

Understanding the Qur’an

It’s very important that we look at the Qur’an as a series of messages from a beloved one, which we don’t understand. What lengths would we go to in order to understand it? This is the same, or even more, with the Speech of Allah!

Importance of Reading Surah Baqarah

The Prophet (saw) said:

« اقْرَأُوا الْبَقَرَةَ فَإِنَّ أَخْذَهَا بَرَكَةٌ وَتَرْكَهَا حَسْرَةٌ وَلَا تَسْتَطِيعُهَا الْبَطَلَة»

[Sahih Muslim]

Read Al-Baqarah, because in having it there is blessing, and in ignoring it there is a sorrow and the sorceresses cannot contend with it.

To Recite The Qur’an Only or Contemplate Also?

What is better, to recite Qur’an more or recite less but with more contemplation?

To summarise a long topic, there is a difference of opinion in this. There are 2 views on Imam Ahmad (rh) himself.

Ibn Rajab (rh) combines by saying the people of the past would have two wirds:

  1. One for contemplation.
  2. One for reciting and getting the reward for each letter.

So in this case, what do we do where it says the Prophet (saw) did one thing sometimes and other times he did something else?

We should try doing both, first doing the Sunnah the Prophet (saw) did the most and then the other Sunnah.

Both can be done at different times and this is the view of Sheikh ul Islam.

For example, there are many authentic narrations about what to recite at the beginning of the prayer, we can recite them at different times.