Prophetic Character (Reflecting on the Qur’an Series)

We live in interesting times, in some ways bearing similarities to past generations, but in many ways entirely different. I think many would probably agree that people are becoming increasingly polarised in their views. It seems nowadays that most fields of study that are shaped by human thought or intervention are being realised or at least opined in their extremes,

‘Aqida (Reflecting Upon the Qur’an Series)

Setting on the course to know and understand the beliefs Muslims hold dear is a task that is very rewarding but has many obstacles. Attending lessons based on a book called ‘The Clear Light Fundamentals of Religious Beliefs’ written by the Andalusian Imam Ibn Juzayy made me realize this is not, in fact a difficult task. It just needs us

Uṣūl al-fiqh (Reflecting on the Qur’an Series)

“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.” G.K. Chesterton On the 25th May 2018, citizens of the Republic of Ireland voted 66.4% to 33.6% in a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution, enshrining into legislation the right to terminate a pregnancy.  This event brought the question of the Islamic

Remembering Allah (Reflecting on the Qur’an Series)

  أَلَا بِذِكرِ اللَّهِ تَطمَئِنُّ القُلوبُ “Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest!” [Surah al-Ra’d 13:28] One of the beauties of the Arabic language and the Qur’anic usage is that one word or phrase can convey multiple valid meanings, some more subtle and that require more pondering on the meanings of the Qur’an. One example of this

The Particle of ila’/إلى (Reflecting on the Qur’an Series)

After embarking upon the study of the Arabic language, you will soon discover how fascinating and complex the language is, where one word can have numerous meanings. The knowledge and understanding of the language is of great importance, especially when studying the Qur’an.   One example of this is the particle ‘ila’ (إلى) which is a governing agent known as a

The Power of Studying Arabic Morphology

For anyone beginning their studies in Arabic, it can be a very daunting prospect. So many rules, so many words, so many meanings! However, it doesn’t have to feel so impossible and overwhelming. What if I told you there was a way of learning approximately 43,560 words in ONLY one year of study, as well as acquiring the tools to

Tadabbur (Reflecting upon the Qur’an Series)

It’s been just under a month since the blessed month of Ramadan arrived this year. As we reflect in this month, we should ask ourselves – how is our relationship with the Qur’an? We are constantly called on by our Creator to reflect on His Book, The Qur’an, such as in the verse, “Do they not reflect on the Qur’an