Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Holy Qur'an (Summary): Chapter 114 Sūrah An-Nās (The Mankind)


Sūrah An-Nās  is the 114th and the last surah of the Holy Quran.  This surah was revealed in Makkah when a witch had put a spell on him, causing him difficulties. Thus this surah was revealed to be recited to remove evil spell on the Prophet. 

In the first surah of the Holy Qur'an, Sūrah al-Fātiḥah,  man seeks protection of Allah and begs of Him to guide him to  the righteous path and protect him from the paths of those upon whom wrath of Allah fell or those who go astray. Now in the last surah of the Qur'an, man seeks Allah's protection from the evil whispers. Thus from start till end, man is at the mercy of Allah and those who have firm faith in Allah ask His protection to remain on the righteous path.

Here is the English translation of the Sūrah An-Nās:
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.Say: I seek refuge with the Lord of mankind.The Sovereign of mankind.The God of mankind.From the evil of the whisperer who withdraws.Who whispers in the breasts of mankind.Of Jinn and mankind.
In this the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is asked to seek refuge and protection from the Lord of the mankind and shielding against the evil, the Satan or devil or the shiahteen.

As regards the whispering of the evil into the breasts of the mankind, both jinn and humans, Al-Hafidh Abu Ya'la Musily quoted a Hadith which reported the Prophet as saying:
"Satan puts his hand on the heart of man. If he celebrates the remembrance of Allah, Satan removes his hand and if he forgets Allah, Satan overcomes his heart fully. This is the 'evil of the whisperer.' "
The philosophy behind revelation of Sūrah An-Nās is best understood in the present era when the means to go astray and follow the evil are much more than ever before. The nudity and the pornography has very enchanting ways to attract man from the divine path. But those who really believe and know how to differentiate between right or wrong, good or evil seek Allah's protection from falling into the shackles of Satan. 

Even Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) warned believers to beware of Satan as it resides inside everyone. The Companions asked, "Is there a devil even with you?" The Prophet said, "Yes, but Allah has granted me protection against him."

Talking of the healing powers hidden in this surah, Paola Garcia, a writer and translator from Chihuahua, Mexico, in her post on "How the Quran Helped Me Defeat Codependency" writes:
Sūrah An-Nāsh encapsulates the central tenet of Islam: there is no God but God. What does this mean in practical terms? It means that no thing, no person, no job, no financial situation, no government, nothing in this world has power over us, only God does. This principle is tremendously empowering and the key to inner strength and peace. We submit to God only and by doing so, we are free, we are never slaves to other human beings or to false gods, such as money or fame. 
If we are unconscious, if we are heedless, if we do not mindfully and purposely direct our thoughts by praying for God’s help and engaging in continuous personal and spiritual development,, then evil whispering (lowly, pessimistic, evil ideas) can enter our hearts through the company we keep, media, books and music we consume. If these have inferior motivations and lower energy, they will influence us and the negativity will seep into our hearts, and with the passage of time, our lives will reflect this. We will find ourselves in a low station in life because of this. If we do not engage in spiritual growth, the external ‘evil’ influences will overpower us. We will come to believe these ideas and false principles and act accordingly. Then we will wonder why we are not at peace. Thus we need God’s protection to avoid this. We need to remember who God is to us: God is Most Powerful, Most Merciful; God is always with us and guides us; we are highly valuable in God’s eyes; God wants us to succeed. Through prayer, we communicate with Him and He gives us what we ask for.
This surah is a protection surah that I love very much. It is seven verses long and each of them is enormously powerful if we reflect upon its meaning deeply and regularly, personally connecting it to our lives. I use this surah to ask God to safeguard me from codependency and help me avoid putting human beings on a pedestal
When Eating Disorder thoughts hit your mind, when you are having problems with your heart, conscious, or beliefs, recite this Surah to chase the Demon away and clear your mind. Remember, that no harm can come to you without the permission of Allah and He is the best of protectors.
May Allah protect us from the evil whispering of the Satan and make our faith ever stronger to fight the evil strategies. Aameen.

Now you may like to listen to the beautiful recitation of Sūrah An-Nās:

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Monday, July 16, 2018

The Holy Qur'an (Summary): Chapter 2 Sūrah al-Baqarah

But among them is he who says, "Our Lord, give us in this world [that which is] good and in the Hereafter [that which is] good and protect us from the punishment of the Fire."

I have already introduced my readers to the Chapter 2, Sūrah al-Baqarah and explained as to why it has been named after a cow in one of my previous posts: Chapter 2 Sūrah al-Baqarah (The Cow) - Why the Surah is so named

Now in this post, I will give out the summary of Surah Al Baqarah, which is the longest surah of the Holy Qur'an consisting of 285 verses. This surah is spread over to third part of the Holy Qur'an. This surah was raveled unto Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in Medina - rather this was the first surah to be revealed in Media after Hijra from Makkah. However, due to its length it took a lot of time for its completion.

A few verses are believed to have been revealed during the last Hajj of Prophet Muhammad  )peace be upon him) known as the The Farewell Pilgrimage. 

Its verse number 281 (above) is the last verses of the Quran to be revealed on the 10th of Dhul al Hijjah 10 A.H. while the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was performing his only Hajj after fall of Makkah. 
"And fear a Day when you will be returned to Allah. Then every soul will be compensated for what it earned, and they will not be treated unjustly."
The text of the verse (translation given above) amply highlights the divine message that the revelation of the Qur'an was complete and the Prophet should now prepare for his heavenly abode. and some three months later the Prophet left the universe forever to meet his Creator.

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The Holy Qur'an (Summary): Chapter 103 Surah Al-'Asr - The Time


Surah Al-'Asr is a unique surah  of the Holy Qur'an in which the Allah Almighty reminds the mankind about the importance of time. We have been listening to the advice from our elders to not to waste time as it flies and never returns. And that one can never make good of the lost time for Time and Tide wait for none.

Therefore in this surah Allah cautions that Mankind is in loss except for those who chose to believe in the oneness of Allah and then do good deeds as demanded of them after accepting the will of Allah and guide others to be on the righteous path.Thus those who did not believe in the last of the commandments of Allah sent down onto Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) are really at loss for they have missed the bus.

Herein under is the English translation of this short but very meaningful chapter of the Holy Qur'an:
Time is witness that,
indeed, Mankind is in loss, 
Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.” 
Thus making good of one's time and dividing it for one's wordily needs and preparation for the life in the hereafter is very important. And this surah also emphasizes the need to not only believe in Allah and his apostle, but also spread the message to others who may not be able to read or not in access of the right knowledge. This will thus ensure that word of Allah is spread so as to provide an opportunity to others to make good  of their time by following Allah's chosen path for them.

While looking for better explanation of Surah Al 'Asr, I came across an excellent Research Paper on Surat 103 Al-Asr (SUMMARY OF QURAN) By Abu Bakr Karolia of which am sharing a few excerpts herein under. But I would suggest my readers to read the paper in full for it is an excellent paper to read to really understand the timings of revelation of this surah and its detailed explanation:
This surah opens to an admonition to humankind by God. God takes an oath by “time” and declares that humankind is in a state of loss (khusr) if it does not secure four conditions/principles  of this oath: First, to have faith (iman); second, to do righteous deeds and act ethically (̀amal-al-salihat); third, to encourage the truth (watawasaw-bil-haqq) and finally, to urge each other to have fortitude/steadfastness/patience (watawasaw-bis-sabr).
The Shafi-Ash’arite theologian, Fakhr al-Din al-Razi(d. 1209) states that he understood the meaning of Surat-al-Asr  from an ice seller who was appealing to people in the bazaar to pity him and buy his ice before it melted away (Al-Razi, 2010). The analogy of melting ice to time instantly gives a feeling of life withering away and the urgency to do something to stop the loss. The surah effectively appeals to believers to learn about the consequence of time before the age limit that humankind is allotted with, which will pass away as the melting of ice. 
Herein under are the commentary of some of the prominent Muslim scholars about Surah Al 'Asr:
Abul Ala Maududi, prominent Muslim scholar from Pakistan opines that: This Surah is a matchless specimen of comprehensiveness and brevity. A whole world of meaning has been compressed into its few brief words, which is too vast in content to be fully expressed even in a book. In it, in a clear and plain way it has been stated what is the way to true success for man and what is the way to ruin and destruction for him. Imam Shaafi has very rightly said that if the people only considered this Surah well, it alone would suffice them for their guidance.
Mufti Muhammad Shafi, an well known South Asian Islamic scholar comments: the Struggle of the human being is like the one who is trying to sell ice. It is melting away and he needs to sell it quickly and make as much sales before the end of the day comes. Otherwise - all his valuables' and efforts will go to waste. [In the past - there were no Freezers, so your ice would melt into water by the end of the day.]
Al-Zamakhshari, Persian scholar has this to say about this surah: People are in tremendous loss because of that which they buy and sell in life (of good and bad), except for the Saaliheen (righteous). O Allah, make us of the Saliheen (righteous), Aameen. Because the Saliheen buy for the next life instead of for the pleasures of this life. And then they were profitable and happy on Judgment Day, and whoever was an enemy to their buying - then he was in loss and despair.

Now you may like to listen to the recitation of Surah al 'Asr along with its English translation (Each verse will be repeated thrice for those who wish to memo rise the surah):

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Holy Qur'an (Summary): Chapter 108 Sūrat al-Kawthar (The Abundance)


Each and every surah of the Holy Qur'an has been revealed under peculiar circumstances and with some lesson or purpose behind its revelation. Unless one understands these circumstances, one cannot really understand the true meaning of the surah or the philosophy behind its revelation. and Sūrat al-Kawthar is no exception.

This Surah was revealed in difficult times in the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), when the Muslims were few in numbers and weak compared to the enemies of Islam, which really made the Prophet felt low. and then he also lost his only two male sons one after the other. This gave an excuse to the pagans of Makkah to ridicule him and used to call him "Abtar" which mean the one cut off. 

In such trying times, this surah was revealed:


In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate
Indeed, We have granted you, [O Muhammad], al-Kawthar.
So pray to your Lord and sacrifice [to Him alone].
Indeed, your enemy is the one cut off.

The central theme behind this surah was to lighten up and boost the spirits of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) by giving him the tidings of Kawthar.

When the surah was shared by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) with his companions, they instantly asked: "What is Al Kawthar?". To which, the Prophet replied, "Al Kawthar is a river in Paradise, which has water whiter than milk and sweeter than honey.". Since Kawthar means abundance in Arabic, it literally meant a river that never goes dry. The Prophet also added that Allah had granted him the Al Kawthar as a gift from which the righteous of his ummat will drink to their full on the day of Resurrection.

Since this has been a great gift to the Prophet and his ummat, Allah therefore commanded "to offer prayer and sacrifice to your Lord" as a gesture of gratitude.

The third verse " Indeed your enemy is the one cut off" is very meaningful. While the pagans of Makkah taunted the prophet of being "Abtar (cut off or having no following lineage)", Allah replies in this regard to the pagans that it was no Muhammad who had been cut off, in fact it would be the pagan who would soon have no one in their lineage to take their name. Meaning by that that the pagans should see the limited number of people who had embraced Islam and feel happy about it for in time their number would swell to such a great number that the pagans themselves would fell cut off.

And how true is the Allah's promise as today Islam is one of the dominating religions of the world and the number of non Muslims embracing Islam is ever increasing. As for this surah, its shortness has enabled a large number Muslims to remember it by heart.

Many Hadiths (sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him) are on record regarding the al-Kawthar in the later compilations of Hadith by prominent Muslim scholars based on the authentic sources of some of the close companions of the Prophet:
Narrated Anas bin Malik : One day the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) was sitting among us that he dozed off. He then raised his head smilingly. We said: What makes you smile. Messenger of Allah? He said: A Sura has just been revealed to me, and then recited: In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful. Verily We have given thee Kawthar (fount of abundance). Therefore, turn to thy Lord for prayer and offer sacrifice, and surely thy enemy is cut off (from the good). Then he (the Holy Prophet) said: Do you know what Kawthar is? We said: Allah and His Messenger know best. The Holy Prophet (may peace be upon him) said: It (Kawthar) is a canal which my Lord, the Exalted and Glorious has promised me, and there is an abundance of good in it. It is a cistern and my people would come to it on the Day of Resurrection, and tumblers there would be equal to the number of stars. A servant would be turned away from (among the people gathered there). Upon this I would say: My Lord, he is one of my people, and He (the Lord) would say: You do not know that he innovated new things (in Islam) after you. Ibn Hujr made this addition in the hadith:" He (the Holy Prophet) was sitting among us in the mosque, and He (Allah) said: (You don't know) what he innovated after you"
Narrated Anas bin Malik : The Prophet said: "While I was walking in Paradise (on the night of Mi'raj), I saw a river, on the two banks of which there were tents made of hollow pearls. I asked, "What is this, O Gabriel?' He said, 'That is the Kawthar which Your Lord has given to you.' Behold! Its scent or its mud was sharp smelling musk!" (The sub-narrator, Hudba is in doubt as to the correct expression.)
Narrated Abu ʿUbaidah : I asked 'Aisha 'regarding the verse:--'Verily we have granted you the Kawthar.' She replied, "The Kawthar is a river which has been given to your Prophet on the banks of which there are (tents of) hollow pearls and its utensils are as numberless as the stars."

You may now like to listen to the recitation of Sūrat al-Kawthar in Arabic with English translation:

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Holy Qur'an (Summary): Chapter 2 Sūrah al-Baqarah (The Cow) - Why the Surah is so named

Alif, Lam, Meem.
This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah,
Who believe in the unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them,
And who believe in what has been revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what was revealed before you, and of the Hereafter they are certain [in faith].
Those are upon [right] guidance from their Lord, and it is those who are the successful.
Sūrah al-Fātiḥah is the opening chapter of the Holy Qur'an, which more essentially a prayer that a faithful recites in the beginning of each cycle of five daily prayers. And surely Sūrah al-Fātiḥah sums up the whole message of Allah contained in the holy book. Thereafter, then the message and commandments unfold in much details for the mankind to read, ponder and then act upon in totality and in complete submission to the only true creator of us all, Allah the Almighty.

From the second chapter on, the main text and elaboration of Allah's commandments begin covering all subjects of one's way of life so that every Muslim seeks guidance from these commandments and chose the righteous path that would lead to one's salvation and forgiveness by Allah on the Day of Judgment.

The five opening verses of Sūrah al-Baqarah, as translated above, give away the simple reason about the Holy Qur'an being a book of which there is no doubt and that it is for the guidance of those who are conscious of an unseen Allah, and pray to Him and spend from whatever has been provided to them. This also makes it very clear to have a belief in whatever has been revealed before this Holy scripture, like the three holy scriptures of Psalms, Torah and Bible, because only then one can be on the right path and will ultimately be successful, herein and hereafter.

Before the summary of the Sūrah al-Baqarah is presented, it would be better to explain as to why this surah has been named after a cow - and this is very important too as the incident narrated in the surah explains how those with shallow faith or a half hearted acceptance of Allah's commandments make excuses to an extent of getting away with a given task. This incident is mentioned in the verses 67-71 of the surah:

It so happened that a very wealthy man was mysteriously murdered and his body was found lying on the doorstep of a certain man. A dispute therefore arose with fingers pointing to one another. Before the swords could be drawn, the wise among them opined that the matter be taken to Prophet Musa (Moses, peace be upon him) for an amicable solution. The Prophet listened to them and Allah commanded him to ask the people to slaughter a cow and place a piece of cow's meat on the dead man's body and the dead man will speak up the name of the murderer. The conversation between the Prophet and the Israelites that ensued is as narrated in the Qur'an:
Verily, Allah commands you that you slaughter a cow.'' They said, "Do you make fun of us'' He said, "I take Allah's refuge from being among Al-Jahilin (the ignorant or the foolish)
They said, "Call upon your Lord for us that He may make plain to us what it is!'' He said, "He says, `Verily, it is a cow neither too old nor too young, but (it is) between the two conditions', so do what you are commanded.''
They said, "Call upon your Lord for us to make plain to us its colour.'' He said, "He says, `It is a yellow cow, bright in its colour, pleasing the beholders.
They said, "Call upon your Lord for us to make plain to us what it is. Verily, to us all cows are alike. And surely, if Allah wills, we will be guided.
He (Musa) said, "He says, `It is a cow neither trained to till the soil nor water the fields, sound, having no blemish in it.' '' They said, "Now you have brought the truth.'' So they slaughtered it though they were near to not doing it.

When the piece of cow's flesh was placed on the dead man's body, he woke up, pointed towards his murderer and went back to his eternal sleep. 

The purpose of explaining the reference to the context has simply been to show how a faulted faith can lead to arguing with prophets of Allah in order not to do a given commandment or a solution that apparently may not seem workable. But it is Allah alone who has the absolute knowledge and has His own ways of explaining and providing solutions. Therefore when one assumes faith in Allah, it should be held without an hesitation, doubt or halfheartedness. It is only then we shall be blessed and be faithful to our Creator.

The complete narration of the story also includes the will of a wealthy pious man who had a calf and asked his wife to wander it of in the wilderness. His wife hesitated and asked as to why she shroud wander off the only livestock they had for the future. The man told her to be patient and do what is the willed for Allah has His own way of rewarding those who do not hesitate for Allah commands them. After the man died and many years later when their son grew up, his mother told him about the calf and asked him to go to the jungle and find it. And the son, as pious as his father, went to jungle and prayed to Allah to return the animal. And he saw a well built, spotless young cow coming to him. The boy brought back the cow and started earning from its milk. 

And then the above incident happened and this was the only cow that looked exactly like as the Prophet Musa had asked the Israelites to slaughter. When the Israelites came to buy the cow, the boy refused for the price they were offering. The price was raised many times till the boy said he would not sell his cow even its skin if filled with gold. And when they even agreed, the boy said he would ask his mother and his mother readily agreed. This also explains how the farsightedness of the the old man which had the will of Allah contained in it brought wealth and prosperity to the boy and his mother.

The incident appears at many sites with some variations and can be read for detailed information.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

The Holy Qur'an (Summary): Chapter 112 Sūra al-Ikhlāṣ - The Declaration of Oneness of Allah


The basic theme of Islam revolves around the Oneness of Allah and this has been highlighted at many a places in the Holy Qur'an. However, if there is one single chapter or surah which sums up the oneness of Allah is Sūra al-Ikhlāṣ. This surah, the 112th chapter of the Qur'an consists of five verses only, but embodies in itself the clear message of monotheism for there being none equal or comparable to Allah.

This short but meaningful surah was revealed unto Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the early days of Islam when a group of infidels of Makkah came to him and asked about the "genealogy of Allah." And to answer the query raised by the non believers, Allah revealed Sūra al-Ikhlāṣ as an answer to the question of the people of Makkah.

Herein under is the English translation of Sūrat al-Ikhlāṣ:
Say (O'Muhammad), “He is Allah, (the) One (Ahad - In Arabic Ahad means One).   
Allah, the Absolute.   
He begets not, nor was He begotten;
And there is none co-equal or comparable unto Him.”
This chapter of Qur'an clearly sends down the concept of absolute monotheism and dispels any notion of there being any equal or comparable to Allah and amply clarifies there is only Allah, like the God of Jews. But not like the God of Christians which also shares the title with two other. This, however, does not mean that the three leading religions of Jews, Christians and Muslims worship a different God , because all religions believe in One True God, though with passage of time the term has assumed different meanings due to distortions and man made beliefs and interpretations. We Muslims thus believe that there is no plurality of gods, as the polytheist society of Makkah believed.

It is Allah alone to whom we turn to, depend upon and will return to on the Day of Judgment. He has the absolute power and doe not need anyone else to be dependent upon. Even when the entire universe comes to an end on the Day of Judgment and all living things will cease to exist, Allah will still remain forever.

It also negates the claims of the pagans of Makkah that angels are the off springs of Allah. The surah clearly states that Allah is far above being the progeny of anybody or having any offspring. Thus He has no son or father. He is eternal ,without beginning or endHe is such a unique being that there is nobody like Him or equal to Him in any manner whatsoever.

This surah also clarifies the question "Who created the creator?" The answer is simple: one of the characteristics of the creator itself is that he is not created. If the creator was created it automatically means it’s not the creator. Allah is therefore eternal, without beginning or end.

Therefore associating any humanly creation with limited attributes to be like Allah who created the fathomless and endless universe, which is yet to be scaled or measured even with the most advanced means like the Hubble Telescope and other scientific discoveries. This fact has also been emphasized in the Āyat al-Kursī, the summary of which has already been posted earlier in this blog. Allah is not confined by space and time and He alone without assistance of anyone controls all what He has created and sustains it through His absolute and unmatchable powers.

Now you may like to listen to the recitation of Sūra al-Ikhlāṣ along with its Englsih translation:

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Most powerful Ayat of the Quran: Āyat al-Kursī (The Throne Verse)

The Holy Qur'an encloses in itself the complete Deen or creed of Islam for those who care to listen to Allah and His commandments. Allah, God as per Jews and "partly" as per Christians as their concept of God also includes Jesus and the Holy Spirit, is the omnipotent, the only one that is to be revered and prayed to.

There are many mentions of oneness of Allah, but the most powerful ayat of Holy Qur'an that stresses on the oneness of Allah is Āyat al-Kursī (Surah 2:255), in the second chapter of Holy Qur'an in Surah Al Baqarah (The Cow). In fact this ayat is the most comprehensive statement of the belief in one God. "A believer declares his conviction that the Almighty is the sole owner of all the power and sovereignty and declares that he is pure of any attributes, which do not match his mighty place."

The ayat is so powerful that on a number of occasions the Prophet has stressed the importance of its recitation. 
Abu Umamah Al-Bahili (radi Allahu anhu) has been quoted as saying: The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ): said: “Whoever recites Āyat al-Kursī  immediately after each prescribed Prayer, there will be nothing standing between him and his entering Paradise except death.” [an-Nasa’i, Ibn Hibban, ibn Sunni, at-Tabarani, ibn Hibban – Sahih]
The Prophet (S) also said: ‘When you are about to sleep recite Āyat al-Kursī  till the end of the verse for there will remain over you a protection from Allah and no devil will draw near to you until morning.’ (Hisnul Muslim)
Herein under is the Arabic text of Āyat al-Kursī  and its English translation:

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful:
"Āyat al-Kursī is considered to be the widely memorized ayat by the Muslims. And is often seen displayed in Muslim households, masjids and even the place of business to bring prosperity to family and business.." Beside the above two references, there are many attributes attached to the recitation of this most powerful ayat of the Holy Qur'an. Some of these are listed:
  • Reciting  Āyat al-Kursī  and then blowing it upon food and drink brings blessings and abundance.
  • Whosoever reads  Āyat al-Kursī  upon entering the home, Satan runs away from there.
  • The reciter, his children, home, wealth, property and the homes of his neighbours are safe.
  • Whosoever reads  Āyat al-Kursī  together with the last ayats of Surah Baqarah, Devil (s) "Shaitaan" do not enter his home for three days.
  • The Jinn cannot open any utensil upon which  Āyat al-Kursī is read.
  • The thief does not come near it’s reciter.
  • When reciting it whilst retiring to one’s sleeping place, one is protected until the morning. Two angels are deputed to protect him.
  • When recited with the last ayat of Surah Baqarah then the plea of the reciter will not go unattended.
Allâh burdens not a person beyond his scope. He gets reward for that (good) which he has earned, and he is punished for that (evil) which he has earned. “Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error, our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which You did lay on those before us (Jews and Christians); our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us Forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Maulâ (Patron, Supporter and Protector) and give us victory over the disbelieving people.” (Al-Baqarah 2:286)

Now listen to a beautiful recitation of   Āyat al-Kursī  along with its English translation:

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