Do you really believe?

Bismillah Hirahamah Niraheem 

Do you REALLY believe in Allah?

Do you REALLY believe that the Quran is the Word of God?

So are you REALLY convinced that whatever is said in the Quran is true?

And when life does not go as you expected; why is it that you complain of your desires not being fulfilled and forget what Allah says in the Quran.
“But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah knows while you know not. [Surah Baqarah 2 :216]”

Do you really believe?

Why is there no basmallah at start of Surah Tawbah?

Bismillah Hirahamah Niraheem

Ruling on the Basmalah at the beginning of Soorat at-Tawbah

Praise be to Allah.


Part of the etiquette of reciting Qur’aan is for the reciter to always say Bismillah ir-Rahmaan ir-Raheem (In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful) at the beginning of every soorah, except Soorat at-Tawbah.

Imam an-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: He should always recite Bismillah ir-Rahmaan ir-Raheem at the beginning of every soorah except Soorat Baraa’ah (at-Tawbah), because the majority of scholars said that it is a verse wherever it is written in the Mushaf, and it was written at the beginning of all the soorahs except Soorat at-Tawbah. If he recites it at the beginning of every soorah (other than at-Tawbah), then there is certainty that he had recited the entire Qur’aan or soorah, and if he fails to recite the Basmalah, he has omitted part of the Qur’aan according to the majority.

End quote from at-Tibyaan fi Adaab Hamalat al-Qur’aan, 100.

But if he recites from partway through a soorah, he does not have to recite the Basmalah and it is sufficient for him to seek refuge with Allah (by saying A‘oodhu Billaahi min ash-Shaytaan ir-rijeem (I seek refuge with Allah from the accursed Shaytaan), but if he does say the Basmalah there is nothing wrong with that. For more information please see the answer to question no. 21722


The reason why the Basmalah does not appear at the beginning of Soorat at-Tawbah is that the Sahaabah (may Allah be pleased with them) did not write it at the beginning of this soorah in the Mushaf, following the example of the caliph ‘Uthmaan (may Allah be pleased with him). At-Tirmidhi narrated in as-Sunan that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “I said to ‘Uthmaan ibn ‘Affaan: ‘What made you put al-Anfaal which is one of the Mathaani, next to Baraa’ah [al-Tawbah], which is one of the Mi’een? Why did you not put the line Bismillaah ir-Rahmaan ir-Raheem in between them when you put it at the beginning of the rest of al-Sab’ al-Tiwaal [the long seven soorahs]?” ‘Uthmaan said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to receive revelation of soorahs with many aayahs. When they were revealed, he would call his scribes and tell them, ‘Put these aayahs in the soorah where such-and-such is mentioned.’ Al-Anfaal was one of the first soorahs to be revealed in Madeenah, and Baraa’ah (al-Tawbah) was one of the last parts of the Qur’aan to be revealed. Its stories were similar to the stories mentioned in al-Anfaal, so it was thought that it was part of it. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was taken [i.e., died] without explaining whether it was indeed part of it, so they were put next to one another, and the line Bismillaahi ir’Rahmaan ir’Raheem was not written between them, and it [al-Tawbah] was put among the Sab’ al-Tiwaal [seven long soorahs].”

End quote from Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa’imah, 4/225

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said: … The correct opinion is that there is no Basmalah between it (Soorat at-Tawbah) and al-Anfaal, because the Basmalah is a verse of the Book of Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, and if the Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) did not say to put the Basmalah between the two soorahs, they did not put it between them. The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) is the one who decided and said: Put the Basmalah, and he did not tell them to put the Basmalah between Soorat al-Anfaal and Soorat at-Tawbah, so they did not write it. But it remains to be said: if he did not give instructions to this effect, why is there a separation between it and Soorat al-Anfaal? Why did they not make it one soorah? We say: Yes, they did not make it one soorah because they were uncertain as to whether it was the same soorah as al-Anfaal or they were two separate soorahs, so they said: Let us make a separation between the two soorahs and not write the Basmalah. This is the correct opinion concerning the absence of the Basmalah between Soorat al-Anfaal and Soorat at-Tawbah.

End quote from Liqa’ al-Baab al-Maftooh, no. 18

And Allah knows best.

Islam Q&A


My Lord, my people have deserted the Quran

Bismillah Hirahamah Niraheem
       I heard a very enlightening lecture by Brother Masood Chowdhury titled “My Lord! My People Have Deserted This Quran.”
       This talk is about the Quran and how those who have deserted it based upon the verse “And the Messenger (Muhammad SAW) will say: “O my Lord! Verily, my people deserted this Qur’ân”.[Al-Furqan 25:30]. In the days of the Prophet(SWS), the disbelievers were so afraid of the Quran changing their hearts, that they would clap and whistle to drown out it’s noise. The above ayah was revealed when our Prophet(SWS) complained to Allah about it.
      This brother goes on to discuss why the present day Muslims, inspite of having the Quran are not able excel as a society. He also discusses different ways in which muslims have abandoned the Quran and what abandonment of the Quran means. Here is a summary of the lecture for those who dont have time or resources to listen to the entire lecture.

Why was the Quran revealed?
      The speaker starts with ayat of Quran “Shahru ramadana allatheeonzila feehi alqur-anu hudan linnasi” [2:185] i.e. The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind.
      The primary goal for which the Quran was revealed was as guidance for mankind as told in various ayat and Hadith.

Disbelievers comments on the Quran
          William Gladstone,former British PM – “As long as the Quran exists,Europe will not conquer the Islamic east.”
           French Colonial Governor of Algeria – “It is must to remove Arabic Quran from their presence and remove the Arabic language from their tongues in order to have victory over them.”
         Enemies of Islam realise the the Quran has potential to change nations, then why don’t we change?

How have we abandoned the Quran?
         The speaker tells us that abandonment of Quran not only means not coming near the Quran but also various other aspects like
1) Taking people away from Arabic language : The Quran was revealed in Arabic. By reading it in translations we loose the spirit of the Quran. The speaker asks us to teach Arabic to children so that they have direct access to the Quran.

2) Make people focus on the secondary aspects of Quran : The main reason for Allah revealing the Quran was as guidance for Mankind. But by reading the Quran for reasons other than for guidance is why muslims are not able to change inspite of the Quran. The secondary aspects include
   – According to a survey 90% of Muslims read the Quran for it’s barakah. This is right because there are various Hadith stating that the reward for reading each letter of the Quran. But it is not the only reason why the Quran should be read.
   – According to the survey, the next majority of muslims use the Quran for Jinn busting and protection against magic. Definitely the Quran is a shifah for physical ailments and protection against evil. But wearing it as amulets is forbidden and using Quran only for this purpose defies the very purpose of it’s revelation.
  – Most people also read it only for the purpose of Tajweed and Qiraat. We should try our best to beautify our recitation. But Tajweed without Tafsir is like losing the plot. The main reason for reciting Quran beautifully is to understand it better.

3) Misinterpretation of the Quran

What have we to look for when we read the Quran?
         The way we read a book is important. If it is for light reading it is not necessary to understand it fully and if it is for in depth study we need to read it seriously. When reading the Quran we have to know that we are looking for guidance. If we dont know what we are looking for then we wont find it. The main themes of the Quran are
a) Tawhid : The Quran helps us know our Lord, His attributes and how to worship Him. This strengthens our relationship with Him. Ayatul Qursi is the most important ayat of the Quran is because it describes Allah. Surah Ikhas is said to be 1/3rd of the Quran because it describes Oneness of Allah.
b) Self improvement and personal guidance : The Quran provides guidance in the area of manners and the way in which we deal with others. It is guidance for individual improvement.
c) Improvement of society : The Quran contains many rulings for entire mankind to reform the society as a whole.
d) Warns us of enemies of Islam : The Quran tells us of the on going struggle between truth and falsehood from the beginning of times through various narrations and that it will continue till the day of Judgement. It also warns us of the internal enemies of Islam. Like the munafiqoon( hypocrites), the kaafir( disbelievers) and the nafs(inner self)  other than of course the shaitan.

How to benefit from the Quran?
     We can benefit from the Quran by having the right attitude when reading it. We should not be skeptical by agreeing with one ayat and not being sure of another. We have to completely trust the entire Quran.
      Next, reading the Quran is a dynamic process. We have to implement it as we read it and not decide to implement after we finish reading the entire book. By implementing each  ayat we increase our interation with the Quran.

Etiquette of reading the Quran
     The speaker concludes with some etiquette of reading the Quran like
Time to read : 24 X 7
Best time : At fajr
How much : quality not quantity is much we can reflect effectively.
Best place : Masjid
Best etiquette : with wudhu and after seeking refuge with Allah.
   For all those who want to listen to the lecture in detail, here is it.

Dua that touches me

Bismillah Hirahamah Niraheem

Rabbi inni lima anzalta ilayya min khairin fakeer. [Surah Qasas:28]
O Lord,Verily I am in ( desperate ) need of (whatever) good you may send me.

        I don’t know whether there can be favourites in dua, but personally I like this dua very much.

           I have found myself at crossroads during various phases in my life.They were times of difficulty when the future seemed bleak and I could not decide which path to take next. All my efforts seemed wasted away. I would be confused whether I should be praying for patience or for strengthening my faith or for something else. At those moments, this dua helps me greatly.

             It reminds me to surrender to the will of Allah and that we are puppets in His Hands. It reminds me that whatever happens in my life is for my own good and Allah knows when and how to give it. And that only Allah knows what is good for me. Yes, Oh Allah! not only in times of adversity but also in times of prosperity, I am always a fakeer of Your blessings.