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Arabic basic verbs (أفعال أساسية)

Arabic basic verbs (أفعال أساسية)

 

English Standard Arabic Transliteration Egyptian Arabic Transliteration
to be (not used in present tense) كان – يكون (كون) kaana – yakuunu (koon) kaan – yikuun (koon)
to do; to make فعل – يفعل (فعل) fa3ala – yaf3alu (fa3l) عمل – يعمل 3amal – yi3mil (3amal)
to work عمل – يعمل (عمل) 3amala – ya3milu (3amal) اشتغل – يشتغل (سغل) ištaġal – yištaġil (šuġl)
to bring, fetch أحضر – يحضر (احضار) aHDara – yuHDiru (iHDaar) جاب – يجيب (جيبان) gaab – yigiib (gayabaan)
to take أخذ – يأخذ (أخذ) axada – ya’xudu (axd) خد – ياخد (اخد) xad – yaaxud (axd)
to put وضع – يضع (وضع) waDa3a – yaDa3u (waD3) حطّ – يحطّ (حطّ) HaTT – yiHoTT (HaTT)
to become أصبح – يصبح (اصباح) aSbaHa – yuSbiHu (iSbaaH) بقى – يبقى ba’a – yib’a
to change (s.t.) غيّر – يغيّر (تغيير) ġayyara – yuġayyiru (taġyiir) ġayyar – yiġayyar (taġyiir)
to count عدّ – يعدّ (عدّ) 3adda – ya3uddu (3add) 3add – yi3idd (3add)
to go (to) ذهب – يذهب (ذهاب) إلى dahaba – yadhabu (dahaab) ila راح – يروح (مرواح | روحان) raaH – yiruuH (mirwaaH/rawaHaan)
to walk مشى – يمشي (مشي) maša – yamši (mašy) مشي – يمشي (مشي) miši – yimši (mašy)
to run جرى – يجري (جري) jara – yajri (jary) geri – yigri (gary)
to come جاء – يجئ (جيئة) jaa’a – yajii’u (jii’a) جه – يجي (مجي) geh – yiigi (migiyy)
أتى – يأتي (اتي) ata – yaa’ti (aty)
to return رجع – يرجع (رجوع) إلى raja3a – yarja3u (rujuu3) rigi3 – yirga3 (ruguu3)
عاد – يعود (عودة) إلى 3aada – ya3uudu (3awda)
to arrive وصل – يصل (وصول) إلى waSala – yaSilu (wuSuul) ila وصل – يوصل (وصول) wiSil – yiwSil (wuSuul)
to sit جلس – يجلس (جلوس) jalasa – yajlisu (juluus) قعد – يقعد (قعاد) ‘a3ad – yu’3ud (‘u3aad)
to get up, rise قام – يقوم (قيام) qaama – yaquumu (qiyaam) ‘aam – yi’uum (‘iyaam)
to fall وقع – يقع (وقوع) waqa3a – yaqa3u (wuquu3) وقع – يوقع (وقوع) wi’i3 – yiw’a3 (wu’uu3)
سقط – يسقط (سقوط) saqaTa – yasquTu (suquuT)
to go up طلع – يطلع (طلوع) Tala3a – yaTla3u (Tuluu3) Tili3 – yiTla3 (Tuluu3)
to go down نزل – ينزل (نزول) nazila – yanzilu (nuzuul) nizil – yinzil (nuzuul)
to cook طبخ – يطبخ (طبخ) Tabaxa – yaTbuxu (Tabx) Tabax – yiTbux (Tabx)
to eat أكل – يأكل (أكل) akala – yaa’kulu (akl) كل – ياكل (أكل) kal – yaakul (akl)
to drink شرب – يشرب (شرب) šariba – yašrabu (šurb) širib – yišrab (šurb)
to wake up صحى – يصحو (صحو) SaHa – yaSHu (SaHw) صحي – يصحى (صحو) SaHa – yiSHa (SaHw)
استيقظ – يستيقظ (استيقاظ) istayqaZa – yastayqiZu (istiiqaaZ)
to sleep نام – ينام (نوم) naama – yanaamu (nawm) naam – yinaam (noom)
to wash غسل – يغسل (غسل) ġasala – yaġsilu (ġasl) ġasal – yiġsil (ġasl/ġasiil)
to clean نظّف – ينظّف (تنظيف) naZZafa – yunaZZifu (tanZiif) naZZaf – yinaZZaf (tanZiif)
to study درس – يدرس (دراسة) darasa – yadrusu (diraasa) daras – yidris (diraasa)
to learn تعلّم – يتعلّم (تعلّم) ta3allama – yata3allamu (ta3allum) اتعلّم – يتعلّم (تعلّم) it3allim – yit3allim (ta3allum)
to understand فهم – يفهم (فهم) fahima – yafhamu (fahm) fihim – yifham (fahm)
to know عرف – يعرف (معرفة) 3arafa – ya3rifu (ma3rifa) 3irif – yi3raf (ma3rifa)
to remember تذكر – يتذكر (تذكر) tadakkara – yatadakkaru (tadakkur) افتكر – يفتكر (افتكار) iftakar – yiftikir (iftikaar)
to forget نسي – ينسى (نسي) nasiya – yansaa (nasi) nisi – yinsa (nasi)
to describe وصف – يصف (وصف) waSafa – yaSifu (waSf) وصف – يوصف (وصف) waSaf – yiwSif (waSf)
to try, test (s.t) جرّب – يجرّب (تجريب) jarraba – yujarribu (tajriib) garrab – yigarrib (tagriib)
to try, attempt to do s.t. حاول – يحاول (محاولة) أن Haawala – yuHaawilu (muHaawala) an
to be able to do s.t. قدر – يقدر (قدرة) أن qadara – yaqdiru (qudra) an ‘idir – yi’dir (‘odra)
استطاع – يستطيع (استطاعة) أن istaTaa3a – yastaTii3u (istiTaa3a) an
to read قرأ – يقرأ (قراءة) qara’a – yaqra’ (qiraa’a) قرأ – يقرأ (قراية) ‘ara – yi’ra (‘iraaya)
to write كتب – يكتب (كتابة) kataba – yaktubu (kitaaba) katab – yiktib (kitaaba)
to translate ترجم – يترجم (ترجمة) tarjama – yutarjimu (tarjama) targam – yitargim (targama)
to talk (reflexive) تكلّم – يتكلّم (كلام | تكلّم) takallama – yatakallamu (kalaam/takallum) اتكلّم – يتكلّم (كلام) itkallim – yitkallim (kalaam)
تحدّث – يتحدّث (تحدّث) taHaddata – yataHaddatu (taHaddut)
to say, tell قال – يقول (قول) qaala – yaquulu (qawl) ‘aal – yi’uul (‘awl)
to ask (a question) سأل – يسأل (سؤال) sa’ala – yas’alu (su’aal)
to request طلب – يطلب (طلب) Talaba – yaTlubu (Talab)
to reply, answer (to) أجاب – يجيب (اجابة) على ajaaba – yujiibu (ijaaba) 3ala agaab – yigiib (igaaba) 3ala
ردّ – يردّ (ردّ) على radda – yarudd (radd) 3ala
to thank شكر – يشكر (شكر) šakara – yaškuru (šukr) šakar – yiškur (šukr)
to complain (about) شكى – يشكو (شكوى) من šaka – yašku (šakwa) min اشتكى – يشتكي (شكوى) من ištaka – yištiki (šakwa) min
to promise وعد – يعد (وعد) بـ wa3ada – ya3idu (wa3d) bi وعد – يوعد (وعد) wa3ad – yiw3id (wa3d) bi
to see رأى – يرى (رؤية) ra’a – yara (ru’ya) شاف – يشوف (شوفان | شوف) šaaf – yišuuf (šawafaan/šoof)
to look at نظر – ينظر (نظر) إلى naZara – yanZuru (naZar) ila بصّ – يبصّ (بصّ | بصصان) على baSS – yibuSS (baSS/baSaSaan) 3ala
to look for بحث – يبحث (بحث) عن baHata – yabHatu (baHt) 3an دوّر – يدوّر (تدوير) على dawwar – yidawwar (tadwiir) 3ala
to find وجد – يجد (وجود) wajada – yajidu (wujuud) لاقى – يلاقي laa’a – yilaa’i (la’ayaan)
to lose (s.t.) ضيّع – يضيّع (تضييع) Dayya3a – yuDayyi3u (taDyii3)
to organize نظّم – ينظّم (تنظيم) naZZama – yunaZZimu (tanZiim)
to organize, tidy up رتّب – يرتّب (ترتيب) rattaba – yurattibu (tartiib)
to smoke (in general) دخّن – يدخّن (تدخين) daxxana – yudaxxinu (tadxiin)
to happen حدث – يحدث (حدوث) Hadata – yaHdutu (Huduut) حصل – يحصل (حصول) HaSal – yiHSal (HuSuul)
to watch شاهد – يشاهد (مشاهدة) šaahada – yušaahidu (mušaahada) اتفرّج – يتفرّج على itfarrag – yitfarrag 3ala
to hear سمع – يسمع (سمع | سماعة) sami3a – yasma3u (sam3/samaa3a) simi3 – yisma3 (sama3)
to listen to استمع – يستمع (استماع) إلى istama3a – yastami3u (istimaa3) ila سمع – يسمع (سمع) simi3 – yisma3 (sama3)
to give أعطى – يعطي (اعطاء) a3aTa – ya3aTi (i3Taa’) ادّى – يدّي (مدّية) idda – yiddi (middiyya)
to carry حمل – يحمل (حمل) Hamala – yaHmilu (Haml) شال – يشيل (شيل | شيلان) šaal – yišiil (šeil/šayalaan)
to love أحبّ – يحبّ (حبّ) aHabba – yuHibbu (Hubb) حبّ – يحبّ (حبّ) Habb – yiHibb (Hubb)
to hate كره – يكره (كره | كراهة) kariha – yakrahu (karh/karaaha) karah – yikrah (karh/karaaha)
to be born وُلد – يُولد (ولادة) wulida – yuuladu (wilaada) اتولد – يتولد itwalad – yitwalad
to live عاش – يعيش (معيشة) 3aaša – ya3iišu (ma3iiša)
to live (in a place) سكن – يسكن (سكن) في sakana – yaskunu (sakan) fi
to die مات – يموت (موت) maata – yamuutu (moot)
to pass away توفّي – يتوفي (وفاة) tuwuffiya – yutawaffayu (wafaah) اتوفى – يتوفي (وفاة) itwaffa – yitwaffi (wafaah)
to wait انتظر – ينتظر (انتظار) intaZara – yantaZiru (intiZaar) استنى – يستني istinna – yistinni
to buy اشترى – يشتري (شراء) ištara – yaštari (širaa’) ištara – yištiri
to sell باع – يبيع (بيع) baa3a – yabii3u (bii3)
to pay; to push دفع – يدفع (دفع) dafa3a – yadfa3u (daf3) dafa3 – yidfa3
to push زق – يزق (زق) za” – yizu” (za”)
to open (s.t.) فتح – يفتح (فتح) fataHa – yaftaHu (fatH) fataH – yiftaH (fatH)
to close (s.t.) غلق – يغلق (غلق) ġalaqa – yaġliqu (ġalq) قفل – يقفل ‘afal – yi’fil
to begin, start (s.t.) بدأ – يبدأ (بدء) bada’a – yabda’u (bad’) bada’ – yibda’
to end (reflexive) انتهى – ينتهي (انتهاء) intaha – yantahi (intihaa’)
to stop (reflexive); to stand up وقف – يقف (وقف | وقوف) waqafa – yaqifu (waqf/wuquuf) wi’if – yiw’af (wa’f)
to finish (s.t.) خلّص – يخلّص (تخليص) xallaSa – yuxalliSu (taxliiS) xallaS – yixallaS (taxliiS)
شطّب – يشطّب (تشطيب) šaTTab – yišaTTab (tašTiib)
to stop (reflexive); to stand up وقف – يقف (وقف | وقوف) waqafa – yaqifu (waqf/wuquuf) wi’if – yiw’af (wa’f)
to play لعب – يلعب (لعب) la3aba – yal3ibu (li3b)
to use (s.t.) استخدم – يستخدم (استخدام) istaxdama – yastaxdimu (istixdaam)
استعمل – يستعمل (استعمال) ista3mala – yasta3milu (isti3maal)
to enter دخل – يدخل (دخول) daxala – yadxulu (duxuul) daxal – yudxul
to go out خرج – يخرج (خروج) xaraja – yaxruju (xuruuj) xarag – yixrag
to leave غادر – يغادر (مغادرة) ġaadara – yuġaadiru (muġaadara) ساب – يسيب saab – yisiib
to ride (ex. a taxi) ركب – يركب (ركوب) rakiba – yarkabu (rukuub) rikib – yirkab
to send أرسل – يرسل (ارسال) arsala – yursilu (irsaal) بعت – يبعت ba3at – yib3at
to receive استلم – يستلم (استلام) istalama – yastalimu (istilaam) istalam – yistilim (istilaam)
to think (about s.t.) فكّر – يفكّر (تفكير) fakkara – yufakkiru (tafkiir) fakkar – yifakkar (tafkiir) fi
to think (that) ظنّ – يظنّ (ظن) أن Zanna – yaZunnu (Zann) anna افتكر – يفتكر iftakar – yiftikir
to believe (that) اعتقد – يعتقد (اعتقاد) i3taqada – ya3taqidu (i3tiqaad) anna
to need (s.t.) احتاج – يحتاج (احتياج) إلى iHtaaja – yaHtaaju (iHtiyaaj) ila iHtaag – yiHtaag
to want (to) أراد – يريد (ارادة) araada – yuriidu (iraada) an عايز – عايزة 3aayiz/3aayza (or 3aawiz/3aawza) – active participle
to succeed نجح – ينجح (نجاح) najaHa – yanjaHu (najaaH) nagaH – yingaH (nagaaH)
to fail فشل – يفشل (فشل) fašila – yafšalu (fašal)

The Holy Quran

The Quran is the sacred book of the Muslims, it is the word of God (Allah) revealed to his prophet Muhammad (peace and prayers of Allah be upon him) through the angel Jibril. This revelation has lasted 23 years.

The Quran is the heart of Islam, it includes all the teachings and precepts of the religion, for every Muslim it’s the divine symbol of faith. The Holy Book is also considered as a miracle in itself because of its content and scope, which is extended to all possible areas and continues to fascinate scientists for its extraordinary advance over time.

The Quran has 114 chapters called suwar. The first one is called Al Fatiha (the opening). Each sura is composed of phrases or verses called “ayat”. The longest sura is the “Al Baqara” , it has 286 ayas.

A part of the Quran was revealed to the Prophet (peace and prayers of Allah be upon him) in the city of Mecca and the other in the city of Medina, that is why we find a classification of the suwar in the Quran by Makiya and Madaniya, in fact by place of revelation.

Salah Names, Rakat and Time

Name Rakat Time
Fajr 04
02 Sunnah | 02 Farz
From dawn before sunrise.
Zuhar 12
04 Sunah | 04 Farz
02 Sunnah | 02 Nawafil
Between the declining of sun & Asr.
Asr 08
04 Sunnah | 04 Farz
(Late afternoon) Immediately after the last time limit    of Zuhar until just before the sunset.
Maghrib 07
03 Farz | 02 Sunnah
02 Nawafil
(Evening) Soon after sunset until the disappearance of the twilight.
Isha 17
04 Sunnah | 04 Farz
02 Sunnah | 02 Nawafil
03 Witar | 02 Nawafil
After the disappearance of the twilight until midnight.
Juma 14
04 Sunnah | 02 Farz
04 Sunnah| 02 Sunnah
02 Nawafil
Between the declining of sun & Asr. Juma can’t be offered individually. If you happen to miss Juma prayer, then you should offer Zuhar.

 

The Six Kalimas of Islam

1- First Kalima (Tayyab):

Laaa Ilaaha Illa-llaahu Muhammadur-Rasoolu-llaah 

There is none worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah

 

2- Second Kalima (Shahadat):  Ash-hadu Al-laaa Ilaaha Illa-llaahu Wahdahoo Laa Shareeka Lahoo Wa-Ash-hadu Anna Muhammadan ‘Abduhoo Wa Rasooluhu.

I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, the One alone, without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger

 

3- Third Kalima (Tamjeed):  Subhaana-llaahi Walhamdu Lillaahi Walaaa Ilaaha Illa-llaahu Wallaahu Akbar. Walaa Hawla Walaa Quwwata Illaa Billaahi-l ‘Aliyyil ‘Azeem.

Glory be to Allah and all praise be to Allah, there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and Allah is the Greatest. There is no might or power except from Allah, the Exalted, the Great One.

 

4- Fourth Kalima (Touheed):  Laaa Ilaaha Illa-llaahu Wahdahoo Laa Shareeka-lahoo Lahu-l Mulku Walahu-l Hamdu Yuhyee Wayumeetu Wahuwa Hayyu-l Laa Yamootu Abadan Abada. Dhu-l Jalaali Wal Ikraam. Biyadihil Khair. Wahuwa Alaa Kulli Shai-’in Qadeer.

There is none worthy of worship except Allah. He is alone and has no partner. To Him belongs the Kingdom and for Him is all praise. He gives life and causes death. In His hand is all good and He has power over everything

 

5- Fifth Kalima (Astaghfar): 

Astaghfiru-llaaha Rabbi Min Kulli Dhambin Adhnabtuhoo ‘Amadan Aw Khata-an Sirran Aw ‘Alaaniyata-wn Wa-atoobu Ilaihi Min-adh Dhambi-l Ladhee A’lamu Wamina-dh Dhambi-l Ladhi Laaa A’lamu Innaka Anta ‘Allaamu-l Ghuyoobi Wasattaaru-l ‘Uyoobi Wa Ghaffaaru-dh Dhunubi Walaa Hawla Walaa Quwwata Illaa Billaahi-l ‘Aliyyil ‘Azeem. I seek forgiveness from Allah, who is my Creator and Cheriser, from every sin I committed knowingly or unknowingly, secretly or openly. I also seek His forgiveness for all sins which I am aware of or am not aware of. Certainly You (O Allah!), are the Knower of the hidden and the Concealer of mistakes and the Forgiver of sins. And there is no power and no strength except from Allah, the Most High, the Most Great.

 

6- Sixth Kalima (Radd-e-Kufar): 

Allaa-humma Inneee A’udhu-bika Min An Ushrika Bika Shay-awn Wa-ana A’lamu Bihee Wa- astaghfiruka Limaa Laaa A’lamu Bihee Tubtu ‘Anhu Wata-barraatu Mina-l Kufri Wash-shirki Wal-kidhbi Wal-gheebati Wal-bid’ati Wan-nameemati Wal-fawahishi Wal-buhtaani Wal-m’aasi Kulli-haa Wa-Aslamtu Wa-aqoolu Laaa Ilaaha Illa-llaahu Muhammadu-r Rasoolu-llah.O Allah! I seek refuge in You from that I should ascribe any partner with You knowingly. I seek Your forgiveness for the sin of which I have no knowledge. I repent from it. And becoming disgusted of disbelief and idolatry, lying and backbiting, innovation and slander, lewdness and abomination and all other acts of disobedience, I submit to Your will. I believe and I declare that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.

 

SOUTH BRUNSWICK: The Noor-Ul-Iman High School hosted its 20th Commencement Ceremony

The Noor-Ul-Iman High School hosted its 20th Commencement Ceremony Sunday, June 16 at Pierre’s Restaurant.The Noor-Ul-Imam Islamic school was founded by Sister Saffiya Turan, in her home, according to Admissions Committee Spokeswoman, Sister Sufia Azmat.

Submitted photo The class of 2013 gets ready to graduate at Pierre’s of South Brunswick June 16.
The school is a non-public, non-profit, tax-exempt educational organization recognized by the New Jersey Department of Education and is accredited by the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, according to Ms. Azmat.Located in the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick, there are more than 500 students currently enrolled in this pre K-12 grade school located on the premises of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey on Route 1, according to Sister Azmat.

Introduction of the twelve graduates, eight girls and four boys, was given by the High School Division Head, Sister Saffiya Turan.

Head of School, Janet Nazif, said in her opening remarks regarding the beaming graduates, “Smile is a charity.”

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation also recognized four top students at the school.

Out of 1.5 million students, according to the opening remarks by Sister Nazif, the top 3.3 percent of college bound students are awarded National Merit scholarships for exceptional academic promise.

The commended students were awarded to Hira Majid, Tasneem Maner, Roana Fatiha Rahman, and Amjad Shaikh.

According to Sister Naif, The Department of Education recognizes a GPA of 3.5 and scoring 85 percent, and above, for both the verbal and math scores of the SATs with the President’s Award signed by U.S. President Barrack Obama.

Of the graduates, Muzadalifa Ayub, Hira Majid, Tasneem Maner, Roana Fatiha Rahman, Amjad Shaikh, and Ameena Soliman were awarded that honor.

”There was a tie for Salutatorian because this is such a talented group,” said Sister Nazif, prior to Salutatorians, Amjad Shaikh and Tasneem Maner taking the podium after the Valedictorian speaker, Rozana Fatiha Rahman.

”We will also be giving character awards because our mission as an early school values character on an equal footing with academics,” said Sister Nazif. “Our mission says it all: ‘Children of good character are the building blocks of a successful community.’ Character is right up there first, even before the academics.”

The service award went to Mahdi Anayetullah, The Effort Award to Dahlia Feitar, Kindness Award to Amjad Shaikh, Citizenship Award to Ruqayyah Totten, and The Effort Award to Hasan Usmani.

In closing, High School Division Head, Sister Turan, took the podium,

”I do this because I love you. Throughout the years it has given me just that. Love is the reason. It heals. It soothes. It’s the gift that keeps on giving,” she said. “Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this unforgettable experience. I will always remember you. I will always thank you for the memories that will always live in my heart forever. You are all jewels in my treasure chest.”

By Jennifer Larkin

Reward for Reading the Whole Qur’an

Reciting the Qur’an is one of the best good deeds a Muslim can do. Also, it is a great means of spiritually recharging and lifting up the heart.

Hence, a good practicing Muslim should recite as much of the Qur’an as he/she can.

Responding to you question, Dr. Mohammad Qatanani, Professor in the Islamic American University and Imam of the Islamic Centre of Passaic County in New Jersey, stated,

Reciting the Qur’an is the best act of worship after the obligations. Indeed, the Qur’an will be a witness either for or against you according to your relationship with it.

`Uthman (may Allah be pleased with him) said that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The best of you are the ones who learn the Qur’an and teach it to others.” (Al-Bukhari)

A Muslim will be rewarded for each and every letter he/she reads. In an authentic hadith it was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever reads a letter from the Allah’s Book, he will be rewarded for it. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “alif, laam, meem” is one letter, but “alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” (At-Tirmithi)

So, you should increase your recitation of the Qur’an as much as you can to gain these merits, and to gain the following merit as well.

A Muslim’s status is raised by the Qur’an; the more he recites it, following its commandments and making it a part of his or her life, the more Allah will elevate his or her status in this life and in the Hereafter.

Imam Muslim mentioned in his book a story where some men came to question `Umar ibn Al-Khattaab during his Caliphate about the leadership of Makkah, they asked, “Who do you use to govern Makkah?” He said, “Ibn Abzaa.” They asked, “And who is Ibn Abzaa?” Umar replied, “A freed slave from those we freed.” They remarked, “You left a freed slave in charge of the people of the Valley (the noble tribes of the Quraysh)!?” He answered them, “Verily he is a reader of Allah’s Book and is knowledgeable about the obligations of the Muslims. Haven’t you heard the statement of your Messenger: “Verily Allah raises some people by this Book and lowers others by it?”

In another hadith, `Aaishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have been reward twice.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

It is also stated in the hadith narrated by `Abdullah ibn `Amr ibn al-`Aas (may Allah be pleased with them both), in which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Whoever recites ten ayahs (verses) in qiyam will not be recorded as one of the forgetful. Whoever recites a hundred ayahs (verses) in qiyam will be recorded as one of the devout, and whoever prays a thousand ayahs (verses) in qiyam will be recorded as one of the muqantereen (those who pile up good deeds).” (Reported by Abu Dawuud and Ibn Hibbaan)

The Prophet also said, “The Qur’an is an intercessor (something given permission to intercede) and it is rightfully believed in. Whoever puts it in front of him, it will lead him to Paradise, and whoever puts it behind him, it will steer him to the Hellfire.” (At-Tabarani from`Abdullaah ibn Mas`ud)

Our Mother `Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) understood from the former Hadiths that the position of a Muslim in Paradise (al-jannah) will be based on his position and relationship with the Qur’an; since the ranks of Paradise have the same number of the verses of the Qur’an.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “It will be said to the man or the woman of the Qur’an, ‘Recite and beautify your recitation as you used to do in your life, your position will be with the last ayah you recite.” (Abu Dawud and At- Tirmidhi)

In another authentic Hadith the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was asked about the best action, he replied, “The reader who lives within the confines of the Qur’an and travels between its covers.” (At-Termidhi and Al-Hakim)

Allah Almighty knows best.

Holy Quran Park to open next September in Dubai

The Dubai Municipality has announced a new theme park project called Holy Quran Park to be located in Al Khawaneej.

Construction of the new public park has begun, meaning visitors should be able to experience the miracles of the Holy Quran by next September.

(Supplied Photo)The 60-hectare park, designed in the Islamic perspective and estimated to cost about Dh27 million depending on the final design, will introduce visitors to the miracles and stories of the Quran in an air-conditioned tunnel.

Other facilities will include children’s play areas, an outside theatre, fountains, a lake, running-cycling-and-walking tracks, a palm oasis and an Islamic garden.  The garden, along with a glass building, will showcase all plants mentioned in the holy book, including fig, pomegranate, olive, corn, leek, garlic, onion, lentil, barley, wheat, ginger, pumpkin, watermelon, tamarind, ceder, vineyards, bananas, cucumbers, and basil, in a bid to encourage people to think about why the plants are mentioned.

General projects department director Mohammed Noor Mashroom said the initial site preparation works, tracks and service buildings had been completed. The second stage will start next month and end in July next year, while the third stage, starting in August 2014, was expected to be completed in September next year.

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Entries for Dubai International Holy Quran Award

20 March 2013

The Dubai International Holy Quran Award has invited entries for participation in the seventh session of the Most Beautiful Recitation Contest, which is part of the 11-category award.

Head of the organising committee Ibrahim Bu Melha, who is also adviser to the Ruler of Dubai for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs, said the five-category tuneful recitation competition is aimed to discover, sponsor and qualify Quran talents and tuneful voices.

The application forms are available online at the Dubai International Holy Quran Award website, or may be collected in person from the award head office in Al Twar shopping centre of Al Qusais area-2. The deadline for submitting applications is April 18.

Initial tests are slated to start on May 5 while final tests will be held from May 18 to 22.

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International Quran Reading Competition

The International Quran Reading Competition or Tilawah Al-Quran is the international Islamic Quran reading event that is held annually since 1961 in Malaysia.

History

Tunku Abdul Rahman (first Malaysian premier) was a founder of the International Quran Reading Competition. The program was started on 9 March 1961 at Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur and 7 countries took part in this competition including Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Sarawak and Malaya. On 1985 the competition was moved to the Putra World Trade Centre.

The Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament in TX, USA

The walls of the University Center Houston Room rang Sunday with dozens of high school chants, high-decibel cheers and even a rendition of “Whose House?” that could put any Cougar to shame.

The Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament featured more than 30 different competitions this year, including math olympics, photography and scrapbooking. Participating high school students were also treated to a variety of academic workshops and activities. | Shaimaa Eissa/The Daily Cougar

The Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament featured more than 30 different competitions this year, including math olympics, photography and scrapbooking. Participating high school students were also treated to a variety of academic workshops and activities. | Shaimaa Eissa/The Daily Cougar

 

The UH Muslim Student Association helped host the 2013 Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament Texas Regionals on campus this weekend, bringing about 700 young students from 29 high schools across Texas and from one in Oklahoma.

“It’s like an academic decathlon that’s devoted to building leaders out of our youth and teaching them ethics and values,” said UH alumnus Bilal Siddiqui, judges chair of the event. “We want the kids to venture out and explore their passions.”

The tournament featured more than 30 competitions — in categories ranging from Quran recitations to Muslim rap — and dozens of workshops and educational activities to keep the students entertained during their down time.

MIST was founded as a local project 12 years ago and began in the halls of the C.T. Bauer College of Business by an 18-year-old student. Since then, the competition has reached the international level with 12 locations in North America, stretching as far as Toronto.

“It continues expanding,” said computer information systems junior Javeria Pirzada, who was appointed as MIST Texas Regionals director this year.

“UH will always be the main root for MIST, though.”

According to several volunteers, the annual tournament is 90 percent run by college students.

When it came time for the afternoon Dhuhr prayer on the final day of competing, the hyped high schoolers managed to quiet down long enough to follow UH accounting graduate student Hamzah Ghia in his lyrical recitation the Quran.

“One of the pillars of Islam is prayer,” Ghia said. “It’s mandatory.”

Also mandatory in the Muslim religion is the separation of men and women, which was upheld throughout the weekend. Although brought together in the same room, boys and girls were assigned to opposite sides during the finals, workshops and in prayer.

“The separation is to cut off at the root anything that might lead to adultery,” said biology sophomore Ammar Khan, “Guys” Head of Security.

He said that some devout Muslims cannot speak to the opposite sex at all, but the limitations often varied.

“You really just have to set your own limits,” Khan said.

Students participating in the event said it has helped them become more comfortable in social settings, improved their academic performances and has made them excited for life after grade school.

Stephen F. Austin High School senior Zain Battla, 17, said he has already been accepted to the UH Honors College, and he plans to study business.

“I’m more social, more outgoing, and I’m excited to meet new people,” said Battla, who participated in the rap competition.

“MIST has changed me.”

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