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Ramadan Annotation (II)
« on: July 19, 2013, 12:21:33 PM »

Allah says: “Ramadhan is the (month) In which was sent down the Qur’an, As a guide to mankind, also Clear (Signs) for guidance and Judgment (Between right and wrong). so every one of you who is present (at His home) during that month should spend it In fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (Should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not Want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him In that He has guided you; and Perchance ye shall be grateful.” [al-Baqarah: 185]

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. All Praise is due to Allah! We praise Him and we seek help from Him. We ask forgiveness from Him. We repent to Him; and we seek refuge in Him from our evils and bad deeds. Anyone who is guided by Allah, is indeed guided; and anyone who has been left astray, will find no one to guide him. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah, the Only One without any partner; and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and final messenger to mankind. May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon His last and final Apostle, his Household, his companions and all his followers until the end of time.

Today, we will continue from where we paused last week. Before then, I will like to, on behalf of all my readers, congratulate us on the commencement of the this year’s Ramadan in a unison rarely unprecedented. At least there is an improvement upon the previous years’ commencement. May Allah unite us the more in obedience to His wills and commands. May He also grant us good health and perseverance to excel in our match towards Him with unshaken faith in Him and absolute submission.
 Laylat Al Qadr
 This is a special night that is predominantly occur during the nights of the Ramadan. It is the most important night in all the nights of the year. The Qur’an contains several verses in its credits. A whole chapter was revealed explaining what happens in that night. Allah says:
 In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. We have indeed revealed This (message) In the night of power. And what will explain to Thee what the night of power is? The night of power is better than a thousand months. Therein come down the angels and the spirit by Allah.s permission, on every errand. Peace!…This until the rise of morn! [al-Qadr: 97:1-5]
 He says again:
 Ha-Mim. By the Book that makes things clear. We sent it down during a Blessed night: for we (ever) wish to warn (against evil). In the (Night) is made distinct every affair of Wisdom, By command, from Our Presence. for we (ever) send (revelations), As Mercy from Thy Lord: for He hears and knows (All things). [al-Dukhan: 1-6]
 In fact, the Qur’an was revealed for the first time in the night of power. This distinct occurrence made the Qur’an and Ramadan very special phenomenon in the realm of Islam. The interconnectivity has made them forever inseparable.
 Even though there are some scholars who hold the minority and unpopular view that Lailatul-Qadr can take place in any the year’s nights, the most popular one is that it is only occurs in the Ramadan. There are many hadiths establishing this position. Many of them even gave clues as to the specific nights of the last ten days of each Ramadan. In fact, some of them categorically mentioned the night of 27th amongst the odd ones!
 Qur’an
 The Qur’an, unlike all other books, is a compilation of the verbatim words of Allah revealed to the last and final Messenger of Allah in a period of twenty-three years, and compendium of guidance, rulings, behaviours, `Aqidah or creed, reproach and upbraid, stories, recommendations, lessons, glad tidings and warnings. Allah has sent it down to be the seal of the divine Scriptures, and to remain the only reference to the people to the Muslims, and a constitution for them in all their temporal and religious affairs as long as they live and for eternity. In spite of the importance of the Qur’an, its magnificence and its faultless rulings, Muslim today have turned away from it except for a few, hence their incessant dilemma and backwardness. The Qur’an is also eternal reference not only of rulings, but also the source of knowledge from which all knowledge are extracted everywhere. It is the incredibly nonimitative speech of Allah which none can author something of the like or even part of it.
 Allah says:
 “Say: “If the whole of Mankind and Jinns were to gather together to produce the like of This Qur’an, They could not produce the like thereof, Even if They backed up Each other with help and support.” [al-Isra’i: 88].
 Therefore, when the Qur’an was revealed to Muhammad (pbuh), Allah took the responsibility of preserving it from human encroachments and pollutions, i a total manner different from the previous Scriptures. Allah says:
 “Verily, We, it is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur’ân) and Assuredly, We will guard it (from corruption).” [al-Hijr: 9].
 We regard The Qur’an as the culmination of all the previous divine messages that started with those revealed to Adam, in the Suhufi Ibrahim (Scrolls of Abraham), in the Moses’ Tawrat (Torah), the David’s Zabur (Psalms), and in the original Jesus’ Injil (Gospel) … May peace be upon them all.
 The Qur’an consists of 114 chapters or suras of varying themes and lengths. Each chapter possesses a title which is usually a word or event mentioned within the chapter itself. Each chapter commences with: Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim, meaning (“In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful”), with the exception of the ninth chapter, sura ‘al-Bara’a or Taubah.
 Muslims must treat both electronic and paper copies of The Qur’an with veneration, admiration and respect, even better, with ritually washing before touching or reading it. Worn out Qur’ans are not to be discarded or thrown into dustbins as is done with wastepaper, but should be buried or burnt and buried.
 Desecration and defilement of The Qur’an by anybody is tantamount and practically the same as insult to Allah (SWT)! Such behaviours are never tolerated by any Muslims throughout the world. Therefore, Muslims and non Muslims must always treat all divine books, including the Bible and the Talmut, with veneration and reverence.
 Tafseer/ Tafsir
 Translations of The Qur’an is different from its interpretations and exegesis’ While the later is a critical and extensive explanations of the meaning of both the content and context of the Book. Though, it has been translated in almost all major languages of the world, yet no two translations are the same. This is because not all of them match the Arabic rhythm of the text, depth of meaning, syntax of sentences, word usages and adherences to the divine words. Therefore, we can attest to the fact that all translations are simply human attempts to explain the messages of the Qur’an in any of the given languages.
 In Islam, The Qur’an is a revelation specifically made in Arabic, and so it should only be recited in the Arabic language. As such, translations are the work of humans and so, no longer possess that uniquely sacred characteristics and attributes of the Arabic original in both reading and writing. Thus, you cannot call non Arabic or translated or trans Qur’an a Mus’haf which means a book containing purely words of Allah!
 The Qur’an cannot, should not and must not be read in or written in any letters or inscriptions, usually called “transliteration”, other than the Arabic language! The Muslim World League has proscribed it and any sale or distribution of such is illegal. This is because transliteration has no universal standard or rules, it only paves ways for misreading and erroneous pronunciations! It is also considered as neglecting the Qur’an
 Sadaqah
 This is also very usual rampant in Ramadan. It has been related that Prophet Muhammad was the most generous people of all time. But, in Ramadan, he becomes more generous than the morning breath! This a direct admonish to the Muslims to become exceptionally generous in the month of Ramadan so that the less privileged and down trodden will have sufficient sustenance at least in this month. Thus, generosity in Ramadan generates the spirit of giving and sacrifice. When we abstain from eating and drinking during the day time, we understand what it means to go without them for a longer period. We realize the pains and agony of those who are year in, year out in that state of malnourishment, hungriness and thirstiness. We should then endeavour to be more charitable and generous in order to douse or minimize grumblings and rumblings that may lead to public threats to insecurity to lives and properties. Allah says:
 “By no means shall ye attain righteousness unless ye give (freely) of that which ye love; and whatever ye give, of a truth Allah knoweth it well.” [al-Imran: 92]
 May Allah grant us the ability to share with our less privileged brothers and sisters what He has bestowed upon us out of His wisdom!

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