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Attach to strength rather than frailty [29:41]

Loving and Living the Quran

Release Date: 04/13/2023

Lecture 2: Finding Peace in an Imperfect World: Balancing Acceptance, Action, and Hope show art Lecture 2: Finding Peace in an Imperfect World: Balancing Acceptance, Action, and Hope

Loving and Living the Quran

In this episode of 'Loving and Living the Qur'an,' recorded from live sessions held in Muharram 2024, the focus is on finding peace amidst worldly distractions by balancing acceptance, action, and hope. Key discussions revolve around the importance of intentions, the nature of distractions as outlined in verse 20 of Surah Hadid, and insights from Imam Ali about life's lessons. The episode also delves into modern concepts of happiness, the psychological impact of material advancements, and how negative emotions and struggles affect mental health. Practical advice is given on managing these...

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Lecture 1: The nature of this world and the mindset of a traveller show art Lecture 1: The nature of this world and the mindset of a traveller

Loving and Living the Quran

Welcome to Loving and Living the Quran, a podcast dedicated to practical spirituality for modern Muslims. In this series, we reflect on finding peace in an imperfect world, recorded live during the Muharram sessions of July 2024. The majalis serve to honor Bibi Sayyeda Zahra, providing a unique opportunity for us to give rather than receive, in a community where support and introspection are central. Our actions begin with intentions, echoing the teachings of our prophets. By consciously setting intentions daily, especially during significant months like Muharram and Ramadan, we align...

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Follow a worthy leader [5:55] show art Follow a worthy leader [5:55]

Loving and Living the Quran

Here is today's reflection from the Quran: In Sura Maida, the Quran whilst talking about whom to take as a Wali, says: Your Wali is only Allah, His Apsotle, and the faithful of those who keep up prayers and give alms while they bow. [Quran 5:55] As we commemorate the occasion of the martyrdom of Imam Ali (as), let us reflect on this verse to remind us of his position as various scholars from all schools of Islamic thought concur that this verse was revealed in response to an act of Imam Ali [as]. Before we begin reflecting on the verse, let us examine a key word in this verse which is Wali:...

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Be lenient with those that trigger you [3:159] show art Be lenient with those that trigger you [3:159]

Loving and Living the Quran

For the next couple of days, we will inshallah explore the following verse from Sura Ale Imran:  So by mercy from Allah, [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult them in the matter. And when you have decided, then rely upon Allah. Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him]. (Quran 3:159) There is so much to discuss and learn from in this verse. Today, let us give a bit of background and discuss the segment: So by mercy from Allah,...

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Consult them in the matter [3:159] show art Consult them in the matter [3:159]

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Continuing with this verse from Sura Ale Imran:  So by mercy from Allah, [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult them in [some of] the matter. And when you have decided, then rely upon Allah. Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him]. (Quran 3:159) After appreciating the Prophet [saw] for being lenient with his companions who disobeyed him, the Holy Prophet [saw] is advised to consult his companions.  Scholars explain that in...

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Have tawakul in Allah [3: 159] show art Have tawakul in Allah [3: 159]

Loving and Living the Quran

Continuing with this verse from Sura Ale Imran:  So by mercy from Allah, [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult them in [some of] the matter. And when you have decided, then rely upon Allah. Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him]. (Quran 3:159) The final part of the verse advises the Holy Prophet [saw] that once you have decided on a matter, have tawwakul or trust in Allah and ends by saying that Allah loves those who rely...

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Attend to what is better on Friday [62:9] show art Attend to what is better on Friday [62:9]

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Today’s reflection is verse 9 from Chapter 62, Sura Juma, when Allah [swt] addresses the believers and says:   O you who believe! when the call is made for prayer on Friday, then hasten to the remembrance of Allah and leave off trading; that is better for you, if you know. [62:9]   4 important points are made in this verse: 1.    When the call for the Friday congregational prayers is made, rush to attend to it  In other words, answer the call and join the congregation as soon as possible. 2.    Leave trading and other worldly distractions at this time...

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Do what good you can, as soon as you can[23:61] show art Do what good you can, as soon as you can[23:61]

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Today’s reflection is from Chapter 23, Sura Muminum where the Holy Quran says: "It is they who hasten to every good work and these who are foremost in them." [23:61]   In this verse and a couple of verses preceding it, Allah [swt] points out a few qualities of the believers. One of their qualities that they “hasten to do good deeds”. This desire is borne out of a desire to please Allah [swt] and drives them to take quick action towards worthy causes and goals.    The word the Quran uses is yusāri‘ūna which signifies “racing” towards good actions. It is interesting...

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275 Harkat mein barket [53:39] show art 275 Harkat mein barket [53:39]

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In Verse 39 of Sura Najm, Allah says: And that man shall have nothing but what he strives for. (Holy Quran 53:39) For today’s verse, I could not find a better title than the Urdu phrase: Harkat mein barkat, meaning there is blessing in movement/striving. One of the principles of life, taught by experience and by Divinity, is that human beings get what they strive towards. It is important to note that what the Quran is telling us is that our outcome will be in accordance with our striving. The Arabic word sa’ā which is used literally means to walk fast, to run almost, to walk with effort....

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A truth about life [90:4] show art A truth about life [90:4]

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  Today’s reflection is from Sura Balad where Allah [swt] says: Certainly We have created man to be in distress. [90:4]   In this verse, Allah [swt] uses the word kabad for distress. Scholars explain that the word kabad which originally means intensity, also signifies 'a disease in the liver of a person’ and is used for any trouble and misery.   This verse spells out a truth about the human experience during this plane of existence: from the time the human embryo is conceived it will go through difficult stages with pain and toil until the time it is born, and even from then...

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More resources and reflections on Sura Ankabut can be found in this link: 

https://www.livingthequran.org/blog/Resources%20for%20Laylatul%20Qadr