Tafsir of Surat al-Ikhlas

﷽ Surat al-Ikhlas is one of the most well-known chapters of the Qur'an which describes Allah ﷻ. It answers the question, "who is God?" Surah Title The title of the chapter is سورة الإخلاص, the chapter of "ikhlas." It is often translated as "sincerity," but let's take a deeper look. It is a form 4 … Continue reading Tafsir of Surat al-Ikhlas

Lunar Names of Days

In ibn Kathir's tafsir of verse verse 39 of surat Yasin, we find a listing of lunar names of days in a month according to the stages of the moon phase. وَالْقَمَرَ قَدَّرْنَاهُ مَنَازِلَ حَتَّىٰ عَادَ كَالْعُرْجُونِ الْقَدِيمِ - 36:39As for the moon, We have ordained ˹precise˺ phases for it, until it ends up like … Continue reading Lunar Names of Days

Forgiving a Murder in Islam

There's a hadith in an-Nasa'i about a man who murdered a man's brother after he insulted him. The prophet ﷺ tried to find a way for his blood money to be paid, and after it wasn't possible he allowed the man to either forgive him or exact retribution. But if he forgave him, the murderer … Continue reading Forgiving a Murder in Islam

The Wali in Surat Yasin

In surat Yasin we find the story of three messengers rejected by their nation, and a man from the far side of the city comes running, telling his nation to follow the messengers. His nation then kills him and God destroys them. We find in tafsir ibn Kathir that this man is mentioned as "His … Continue reading The Wali in Surat Yasin

Remembrance of God is Greater

Allah ﷻ says in the Qur'an: اتْلُ مَا أُوحِيَ إِلَيْكَ مِنَ الْكِتَابِ وَأَقِمِ الصَّلَاةَ ۖ إِنَّ الصَّلَاةَ تَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ ۗ وَلَذِكْرُ اللَّهِ أَكْبَرُ ۗ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ مَا تَصْنَعُونَ - 29:45[Prophet], recite what has been revealed to you of the Scripture; keep up the prayer: prayer restrains outrageous and unacceptable behaviour. Remembering God is … Continue reading Remembrance of God is Greater

Imam Suyuti’s 15 Qualifications to be a Mufassir

Imam Suyuti mentioned in his compendium on the sciences of the Qur'an, al-Itqan fi Ulum al-Qur'an, that there are 15 disciplines that a person must master in order to be qualified to interpret the Qur'an. They are: Knowledge of Arabic language and its vocabularyKnowledge of Arabic grammar (nahu)Knowledge of Arabic morphology (sarf)Knowledge of Arabic words … Continue reading Imam Suyuti’s 15 Qualifications to be a Mufassir

Mushaf Hints for Idgham and Ikhfa’

Some may not be aware that the mushaf itself has hints for indicating idgham (ادغام) and ikhfa' (اخفاء). The first tanwin kasra ً is parallel, whereas the second one is crooked, indicating idgham. The first and third tanwin dhamma ٌ is a double loop indicating idgham, whereas the second is a single loop with a … Continue reading Mushaf Hints for Idgham and Ikhfa’

The Disconnected Letters – Tafsir

The following is a very brief summary of what several tafasir say (from Furqan.co) about the disconnected letters ( حُرُوف مُقَطَّعَات‎ ) in the Qur'an. الحروف المقطعات:1) الم = أحد أسماء الله2) أحد أسماء القرآن3) ليجعل المشكين يستمعون4) لافتتاح السورة5) بيانا لعجزنا عن معارضته6) قسم من أقسام الله7) كل حرف رمز إلى كلمة. الم: أنا الله أعلم. … Continue reading The Disconnected Letters – Tafsir