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Tafsir of 16:90: Allah’s Commands and Prohibitions

Allah says in the Quran: إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَى وَيَنْهَى عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنْكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ Quran 16:90 Initial Translation: ⟪Allah commands justice, excellence, and giving to close relatives and forbids from shamelessness, misdeeds, and transgression. He advises you so that you may be reminded.⟫ Virtues Numerous scholars emphasize the …

Quotations in the Quran

Quotation plays a significant role in the Quran, particularly when Allah shares stories from history. To fully grasp their meaning, it is essential to understand what quotations are and how they function. This article will discuss the theory of quotation and nine examples from the Quran that demonstrate some nuances of how they are used …

Major Sins

Definition of Major Sins Major sins are referred to as kabāir in Arabic, which is the plural of kabīrah. The word kabīrah literally means “big (something).” The phrase usually used in the Quran to refer to the major sins is kabāir al-ithmi wal-fawāhisha, which means “major sins and immoralities.” They are sins that are huge …

Islam on LGBT

Recently, a statement signed by many speakers and scholars, “Navigating Differences: Clarifying Sexual and Gender Ethics in Islam,” was released about the Islamic stance on the LGBT movement. The response to this statement was diverse, and this is an article analyzing the statement and the reaction to it: “Navigating Defilement: Thoughts on the Navigating Differences …

Greatest Name of Allah

In the name of Allah, the most Merciful and most Compassionate. The greatest name of Allah (al-Ism ul-A’zam) is said to be a name of Allah that will guarantee the acceptance of a dua that is asked with it. This concept is not mentioned in the Quran. It is, however, referenced in some ahadith of …

Wisdom of the Appearance of Human Evolution

Introduction There is a lot of discussion on how to reconcile the creation of Adam (AS) as mentioned in the Quran and the theory of evolution that scientific observation (supposedly) leads to. The scientific observation that proves evolution can be summarized into four major categories of proofs: Fossil record Similarity in: Physical attributes DNA Vestigial …

Tadabbur For Non-Arabic Speakers

In the name of Allah, the most Merciful and Gracious. Importance of Tadabbur Allah says in the Quran: [This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that they might reflect (yaddabbarūna) upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded. Quran 38:29 Then do they not reflect (yatadabbarūna) …

Wisdom of Abrogation

Abrogation can be of two things: text and ruling. Abrogation of text is when a verse used to be part of the Quran but Allah decides to no longer include it in the Quran. It is no longer recited in prayer or written in the mushaf. Abrogation of ruling is when a rule is no …

Principles of Explaining the Quran: Tools

I begin in the name of Allah who taught Quran and created man. The Quran is one of the greatest blessings Allah has granted us. It definitely befits us to do it justice when reading, understanding, and explaining it. There are many principles to keep in mind when explaining the Quran. To make it easier …

Doubtful Matters

The Prophet (SAW) said: That which is lawful is clear and that which is unlawful is clear, and between the two of them are doubtful matters about which many people do not know. Thus he who avoids doubtful matters clears himself in regard to his religion and his honor, but he who falls into doubtful matters …