Tilawat of Quran

Surahs for Memory

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Q: Which are the four Surahs Nabi Sallallahu alaihi wasallam told Hazrat Ali radhiallahu anhu to recite to improve his memory (especially in memorising the Quraan)? Nabi Sallallahu alaihi wasallam told Hazrat Ali radhiallahu anhu to perform 4 rakaats of salaah and in each one he had to recite one of the surahs.

A:
Surah Yaseen
Surah Dukhaan
Surah Alif laam Tanzeel Sajdah
Surah Tabaarak

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Arabic and Islam

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Q: I have a very important question that I think is discouraging me. Recently, I've tried to get closer to Islam and pray salah and read quran. I have also decided to read Quran with translation in Ramadan because I haven't read it with translation before and I can't understand Arabic. Now my question is that is Arabic a mandatory requirement for a Muslim? I am 21 years old, about to get a job and I wont have much time to study Arabic at this stage of my life. If I would have started at an earlier age, then it would have been easier. I have heard people saying that Arabic is must for Islam. I know some surahs that I learnt when I was a kid and I'm hoping to learn a few more for salah. But I just get discouraged that this is not enough and I need to know Arabic in order to perform salah. I want to achieve khushoo (concentration) in salah which people say is only possible if you know Arabic. My recitation of Quran is not perfect, I am willing to improve it but I just don't want to learn the Arabic language at this stage. Please tell me if it's possible to be a good Muslim without understanding the Arabic language?

A:
Maasha Allah, your concern is commendable. It is not possible for everyone to learn Arabic.

If you do get the opportunity to learn Arabic, you should do so.

In the meantime, learn the translation of all that is read in Salaah, from the Takbeer till the Salaam, and also the translations of the surahs that you usually read. When making Salaah, ponder lightly over the meanings and translation. This will increase your Khushoo.

Undoubtedly, a person can be a good Muslim without understanding Arabic, the heart has to be good.

May Allah Ta'aala always guide you to His pleasure, Aameen.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Listening to Quraan while Exercising

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Q: Is it permissible to listen to Quraan recitation with headphones whilst running and also whilst exercising in the gym?

A:
It is against the etiquette Of Qur'aan to listen to it in those conditions. Concentration will not be full. Qur'aan should be listened to with serenity and concentration.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Reading Manzil without Wudhu

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Q: Is it permissible to read the Manzil without wudu?

A:
The Manzil book has Qur'aan Surahs in it, so Wudhu is necessary to hold it.

If being read from memory, it will be permissible without Wudhu.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Method of Sajda Tilawat

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Q: What is the method of Sajda Tilawat for a Hanafi out of Salaah?

A: It can be done from the standing position or from the sitting position. Face Qiblah, say the Takbeer (Allaahu Akbar), go into Sajdah, recite the Tasbeeh thrice, say the Takbeer and come out of Sajdah. It is now done. Salaam will not be made.

For the Sajdah to be valid, all the requisites of Salaah will be necessary, i.e. Wudhu, covering of Satar, facing Qiblah, etc.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Reading Quran from Laptop without Wudhu

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Q: Can we recite the Holy Quran from a laptop screen without having ablution (Wudhu)?

A:
Yes, you can. Do not touch the words on the screen without Wudhu.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Verses of the Quraan and Benefits

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Q: I was talking to my mom and we talked about spiritual healing by reading certain ayats (verses) numerous time or a name of Allah to make things hard easier. I know all benefits are from Allah. Then I said Quran has the cure for everything and a thought came up that all benefits from that is from Allah. It's as if Iforgot. Now I'm scared I might have committed shirk (polytheism).

Also, is there any shirk in asking Sheikhs for ayats or Names of Allah which you read numerous times and Allah will make things easier for that person? Example: if you have financial problems and you ask a Sheikh what should I read so that Allah makes things easier for me.

A:
The Qur'aan is the Kalaam (speech) of Allah Ta'aala. A person subconsciously knows that all benefit is from Allah, thus no Shirk was committed. You knew that all the time but suddenly the thought came to the fore and you became worried.

There is no Shirk in the second question. It is similar to Du'aas taught to us by Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam). They are the formulas, with the belief that the effect comes from Allah Ta'aala alone.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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