Splitting of the Moon

Sura 54 of the Quran is entitled Al-Qamar, The Moon, الـقمـر and the opening verse of this Sura states: [54:1] The Hour has come closer, and the moon has split.  اقتَرَبَتِ السّاعَةُ وَانشَقَّ القَمَرُ If we consult traditional sources regarding the meaning of this verse we see that according to Hadith it is claimed that prophet … Continue reading Splitting of the Moon

The Lowest Land

The Quran is a message for all people of all time, but there are certain aspects of the Quran that the full appreciation of it will be more relatable to certain generations. For instance, the linguistic excellence of the Arabic Quran, while it can be appreciated today I don't believe the level of appreciation even … Continue reading The Lowest Land

Sijjeen and ‘Elleyyeen

Sura 83 of the Quran is entitled the The Cheaters (Al-Mutaffifeen). The word مُطَفِّفين (muṭaffifīn) does not just mean to cheat, but to shortchange someone and not pay them what is fully due. [83:1] Woe to the cheaters. (١) وَيلٌ لِلمُطَفِّفينَ This meaning becomes clarified in the following two verses. [83:2] Who demand full measure when receiving … Continue reading Sijjeen and ‘Elleyyeen

Mortgaging Our Souls

In Sura 74 of the Quran we read the following verse. [74:38] Every soul is trapped by its sin. (٣٨) كُلُّ نَفْسٍ بِمَا كَسَبَتْ رَهِينَةٌ And you will see this verse translated in various ways. The literal translation for this verse is that "Every soul is pledged/bound by what it earned." This root for the word pledge … Continue reading Mortgaging Our Souls