The Cave of Ashab al-Kahf: Where and When?

  Photo DrHalina By Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani The location of the cave of the Ashab al-Kahf has been an issue of much conflict amongst the Ulama and researchers. Where is the cave situated in which Ashab al-Kahf slept for over 300 years? Some researchers have reported it to be in the city Ephesus, Turkey. […]

Advice for Parents of Hifz Students: Prospective, Present, and Past

By Nawal Academy Memorizing the entire Qur’an is a dream many Muslim parents today have for their children. And indeed, this is a goal nobler than many if not all others. However, after children have memorized a number of surahs and perhaps even a juzor two of the Qur’an, there is a question that plagues many parents:how do […]

Literary Aspects of the Qur’an: Al-Baydawi’s Interpretation of Alif Lam Mim Using the Rules of Tajweed

By Mawlana Dr M Mansur Ali  The Qur’an, that inimitable symphony, the very sounds of which move men to tears and ecstasy, invigorated the barren hearts of camel shepherds and transformed them in to guiding stars for humanity. That eternal and unimpeachable writ, which laid the foundation of a civilization that carried the knowledge of […]

Commentary on the Ayah of Istiwa’ On the ‘Arsh (Throne)

By Hakim al-Ummah Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi Translated by Hamood Aleem “He (Allah Most High) then firmly established (istawa) Himself over the Throne” (Qur’an 7:54) means He firmly established Himself over the Kingly Throne and began decreeing orders (ahkams) in the heavens and the earth. In the tafsir (exegesis) of [the verse] “He then firmly […]

The Chronology and Background of Quranic Revelation

  By Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Translated by Dr. Swaleh Siddiqui. Revised and Edited by Rafiq Abdur Rehman and Bilal Ali The Noble Quran is Allah’s Divine Word. Hence it is secure in a Preserved Tablet about which the Quran states: Rather, [this] Quran is a glorious Heavenly Recitation, [that you receive, O Prophet, and] […]

Abrogation in the Quran

By Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Translated by Dr. Swaleh Siddiqui Abrogation is translated from the Arabic wordnaskh which literally means “to erase; to compensate.” Its technical definition is “to repeal a legal order through legal argument”. In other words, sometimes Allah enforces a legal edict that is relevant only to a particular situation. Later, in His […]

Abrogation in the Quran: An Excerpt from al-Fawz al-Kabir

  By Shah Waliullah al-Muhaddith al-Dahlawi Translated by Shaykh Muhammadullah Khalili Qasmi Edited by Saad Khan One of the difficulties in the science of Qur’anic commentary is to know which are the abrogating verses (nasikh) and which are the abrogated ones (mansukh). This subject has been discussed at length with considerable disagreement [among Muslim scholars]. […]

On Quranic Eloquence

By Imam Muhammad Qasim Nanautwi   Translated by Shaykh Ibrahim Amin al-Kuwaiti   Since the issue of rhetorical grandeur in the Qur’an has in recent times captivated the intrigue of many a critic, it seems appropriate to elaborate on the actual import of Qur’anic eloquence here. Imam Muhammad Qasim Nanautwi (may Allah shower His mercy […]

Sign’s of Allah’s Existence

  By Imam Ibn Kathir   “Who has made the earth a resting place for you, and the sky as a canopy, and sent down water (rain) from the sky and brought forth therewith fruits as a provision for you. Then do not set up rivals unto Allah (in worship) while you know (that He […]

A Survey of English Translations of the Quran

  By Dr. Abdur Rahim Kidwai Despite the historical fact that the early Muslim community’s stand on the translation of the Arabic text of the Quran was ambivalent, as indeed, the general Muslim attitude remains so to this day, the act of translation may be logically viewed as a natural part of the Muslim exegetical […]