Does the Qur’an portray a Pharaoh “who forgot to die in time?”

The Christian missionaries have claimed the Bible clearly and consistently identifies the precise time in which the Exodus occurred. A close examination of the Biblical account proves it is inherently contradictory and contains obvious errors. In the article The Identification Of Pharaoh During The Time Of Moses we highlight the various methods utilised by the apologists and missionaries in their surreptitious efforts to circumvent these issues. Although certain assumptions must be formed in absence of information supplied, contrasted with the confusing and contradictory biblical account, the Qur’anic account of the Exodus is shown to be internally consistent and combines well with the extant egyptological data.

Love, oh love

The word love and its derivatives appear often in the Qur’an; yet one derivative only appears once, and in a very special, poignant context.

In the nine times in which the word hubb appeared, it was mentioned with regards the actions of man towards Allaah, or with regards instances related to life. When Allaah the Exalted used the word in reference to Himself towards one of His Creation – Musa (peace be upon him) – He used a different word (mahabbah), that was only ever used to describe His own actions, as is most befitting of His majesty.Thus, when the love stems from mankind, the word hubb was used, but when it stems from Allaah, the word mahabbah was used.

NOW is the Time to Learn Arabic!

A student of knowledge over at Tayyibaat has a post on motivating ourselves to learn the language of the Qur’an (and Sunnah and a lot of scholarship!), and a cherry-picked set of resources to realize that motivation.

We all strive to become a companion of the Qur’an, but who are its true companions? The companions of the Qur’an are those who studied it, memorized it, implemented it and lived by it. It is not possible, in the least bit, for one to become a companion of the Qur’an and not know Arabic. Learning the language is the starting point of a life long journey with the Qur’an.

Many of us want to take the proper steps to learn Arabic, but do not know where to start. What is the solution? Where do we begin? The best option is to study overseas, however many of us do not have that option to learn Arabic, so inshaAllah we’ll cover in this article some easy steps one can take to begin the process of learning Qur’anic Arabic if they cannot travel to do so.

Everyone has different opinions on where to begin the journey of learning the language, so I will only mention what has helped myself and others I know and inshaAllah the discussion can continue in the comments. Learning Arabic has two main steps. Firstly, learning grammar and secondly, learning vocabulary. A student can either begin with grammar first, and then move on to vocabulary or study both at the same time.

Followed by a number of resources that cater to different learning styles.

Read the whole post here. For those serious about learning Arabic, this is a gem to be bookmarked.

What Financial Crisis?

The Norwich Muslims respond to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and their tepid rap across the knuckles of the men
whose phenomenal greed is tearing down the global economy. In an overview piece on the current credit crisis wracking markets all over the world Abdassamad breaks it down and connects it to Qur’anic injunctions on financial transactions.

Read the whole piece here.

Topi tip to Abdassamad Clarke.

On the Night of Meraj

Numerous bloggers have put forth their thoughts and reflections on the historic Night of Ascension.

Ashrafiya reflects on the nearness of the Prophet, peace be upon him, to Allah in his post entitled The Gift of Miraj.

Al-Miskeenah relates two inspiring excerpts about the night of Meraj which highlight the implications of this miraculous event.

And the Writeous Sister highlights some other posts about Meraj that are also of benefit.