My father’s favorite ayat or the ones most often repeated to me

My father loved to repeat the following ayat to me almost every week or month. I’d thought I’d share them. Basically these ayat were his answer to almost anything happening to Islam, Muslims or the world in the news or in the masjid or in the family. Looking at the ayat now I can see how it gives the simple answer to almost any problem.

“And hold firmly to the rope of Allah (His covenant and the Qur’an) all together and do not become divided.”
Quran 3:103

“And indeed this, your nation, is one nation (in having a unified collective way of life and course of conduct), and I am your Lord, so fear Me.”
Quran 23:52

“The Believers are but a single Brotherhood. So make peace and reconciliation between contending brothers; and fear Allah that ye may receive Mercy.”
Quran 49:10

“O you who believe! Avoid suspicion as much (as possible), for suspicion in some cases is a sin, and spy not on each other, nor speak ill of each other behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, you would abhor it… But fear Allah, for Allah is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.”
Quran 49:12

“O you who believe! Let not some men among you laugh at others for it may be that the (latter) are better then the (former); nor let some women laugh at others for it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former). And don’t defame or be sarcastic to each other. And don’t call each other by (offensive) nicknames; ill-seeming is a name connoting wickedness (to be used of one) after he has believed. And those who do not desist are (indeed) doing wrong.
Quran 49:11

PS – There are 2 others quotes that were also popular: “Music* is haraam. Pictures** are haraam.”

* Including all nasheeds even voice only ones, LOL.
** He never liked taking pictures.

The first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah: Days of virtue and righteous deeds

By Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

Praise be to Allah Who has created Time and has made some times better than others, some months and days and nights better than others, when rewards are multiplied many times, as a mercy towards His slaves. This encourages them to do more righteous deeds and makes them more eager to worship Him, so that the Muslim renews his efforts to gain a greater share of reward, prepare himself for death and supply himself in readiness for the Day of Judgement.

This season of worship brings many benefits, such as the opportunity to correct one’s faults and make up for any shortcomings or anything that one might have missed. Every one of these special occasions involves some kind of worship through which the slaves may draw closer to Allah, and some kind of blessing though which Allah bestows His favour and mercy upon whomsoever He will. The happy person is the one who makes the most of these special months, days and hours and draws nearer to his Lord during these times through acts of worship; he will most likely be touched by the blessing of Allah and will feel the joy of knowing that he is safe from the flames of Hell. (Ibn Rajab, al-Lataa’if, p.8)

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MR’s Online Qur’an Reading Contest Ramadan 2009/1430

4th Annual MR Online Qur’an Reading Competition

Ramadan will start in a week, inshaAllah. Like the previous three Ramadans I held a contest  to see who can read the Qur’an first. So I’m officially starting this contest which will begin on the 1st day of Ramadan 2009/1430 and end on the last day of Ramadan 2009/1430. Check out the standings for Ramadan 2008/1429, Ramadan 2007/1428 here and for Ramadan 2006/1427 here.

How do I join?

Simply comment with an anonymous name, nickname, your name, or whatever name you would like to go by. This name will be publicly desplayed a long with everyone else. If you have a website, blog or an organization you would like to represent or promote along with your name, just include that also.

Confused? Here is an example:

MR –

(Note: Please enter a valid email address when you comment. Also make sure it is one that you check frequently.)

How does it work?

Very simple. You read the Qur’an. Keep track of the number of ayat (verses) you recite daily. Contact me and let me know how much you have done by emailing me, IMing me (if you have my screename) or calling me (if you have my number).

Who wins? And what’s the prize?

Everoyne wins, because everyone is rewarded with blessings from Allah! That is the prize. For Ramadan 2008 the prize was a free class from Seekers Gudiance. For Ramadan 2007 we had Phatwa Factory sponsor the contest and award the top winners with free t-shirts.  For Ramadan 2006 there was a surprise donated gift to the winner.  Only Allah knows what the prize will be this year.


  • Anyone can join.
  • You can use anonymous names or your real names.
  • I will not reveal anyones real identity.
  • Contest officially begins on the first day of Ramadan, whatever day that you start.
  • No lying. If you lie, you got some serious issues with yourself.
  • Recitation in prayer doesn’t count. You must actually read from the Qur’an during your free time when your not praying salah.
  • You must read the Qur’an in Arabic only. (English doesn’t count towards the contest, but you should still read the English).
  • You must calculate the number of ayat including Surah al-Fatiha which is 7 ayat.
  • Only include the number of ayat you read from the front to the back. (Example: Do not include the number of ayat if you read Surah Yaseen every day or Surah Kahf every Friday. They do not count.)
  • Holding the Qur’an in Taraweeh salah and following the Hafidh does not count.
  • You must recite out loud or enough so that your lips are moving and your ears can hear. No silent reading or reading from you mind.
  • I have the right to change the rules anytime I feel like to.

So join already! Here is a list of people who have joined already.

Shaykh Mishary Rashid al-Afasy Qur’an Competition in California

The Islamic Center Of Irvine


1st National Quran Competition

Judged By World Renowned Qari Sheikh Mishary Al-Afasy (Kuwait)

PRELIMINARY Round Deadline: Fri, August 20th, 2009
(Preliminary round will be conducted by submitting a video of participants recitation online)

FINALS: Sunday, September 6th 2009
(Top 5 finalists will be flown to Irvine, California for Quran Competition Finals)

Finals Location: Islamic Center Of Irvine (Irvine, California)

For competition rules or to register for the competition please visit

For questions please email

If I had a voice, I’d do this. Details here.

Two Angels Guard Every Person

I found this interesting ayah from the Quran:

“For him (each person), there are angels in succession before and behind him. They guard him by the command of God.” (13:11)

I knew we had two angels with us that recorded our actions and that we had a jinn with us as well but I didn’t know we had two angels guarding us. Thank you God for the personal bodyguards. Devil be afraid! Angels got my back!

Seriously I need to read the Quran more. I’m pretty dumb. May God increase our time with Quran. Ameen.