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Yeah you heard right, Shaykh Suhaib Webb AND Shaykh Yasir Qadhi are going to be here from July 11th-13th, insha’Allah. Details are still coming in and we’ll keep everyone posted. Stay tuned.

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What is Perfect Presence?

Perfect Presence is ensuring that every single attendee of the last AlMaghrib Seminar takes the exam and aces it. Perfect Presence doesn’t make excuses about being busy or forgetting about the exam date and it definitely doesn’t show up late on exam day. Perfect Presence is making sure that if you’re out of town to take the exam electronically and that if, for some off-the-wall reason, you are unable to attend the exam in person to setup a proctor at a later date to make sure you take it.

Perfect Presence demands perfection from its attendees and nothing short of it. In Perfect Presence you don’t hope to get an A on an exam, you expect to get an A through your hard work and dedication. 100% is the bar for Perfect Presence, nothing less will do.

And oh yeah, Perfect Presence wins liwaa’s. My message to Qabeelah Nurayn: Who’s up for Perfect Presence???

If you typed your notes up, please email them to Nurayn.Notes@gmail.com.  We are compiling different peoples notes to help make a master copy for our qabeelah and need to make sure nothing has been missed.

Jazak Allah khayr

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله وحده

و الصلاة و السلام على من لا نبي بعده

Allah azza wa jal says in the Qur’an,

 كِتَابٌ أَنزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ مُبَارَكٌ لِّيَدَّبَّرُوا آيَاتِهِ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُوْلُوا الْأَلْبَابِ

“(This is) a Book which We have sent down to you, full of blessings, so that they may ponder over its verses, and that men of understanding may remember.” [38:29] (linguistic explanation of the word yaddabaroo is in the comments)

It is the science of tafseer which is the fruit of ‘pondering over its verses’. Tafseer comes from the root letters fa seen ra, or fassara and means to explain, to discover, elucidate, to disclose (a hidden thing), and to interpret. In Uloom al-Qur’an (the sciences of the Qur’an), tafseer is defined to be, “the science by which the Qur’an is understood, its meanings explained, and its rulings derived.” It is the crux of Uloom al-Qur’an, even though Uloom al-Qur’an comprises many other branches.

Many Muslims assume that learning the science of tafseer is not part of learning the Qur’an, when in fact tafseer is crucial to properly understanding the Qur’an itself. Without knowledge of tafseer, we can easily misunderstand the Qur’an. The science of tafseer is meant to explain to mankind the Book that has been revealed to them from Allah.

Imam as-Suyooti rahimahullah gives three simple reasons on why tafseer is important:

1) Allah uses the most clear, eloquent and concise language, and in doing so the meaning is clear to those who are well-grounded in the Arabic language, but not so clear to those who are not.

2) The Qur’an does not always mention the events or references for which each verse was revealed, but these must be known for the verse to be fully understood.

3) Some words may have multiple meanings, and it is the job of the person who does tafseer to explain what is meant by the word.

Many scholars of the past shed light on the importance of tafseer as well. My favorite parable was given by Iyaas ibn Mu’aawiyah rahimahullah who said Read the rest of this entry »