Dr. Jeffrey Lang was born in Roman Catholic Family in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1954. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Kansas, one of the biggest universities in the United States. He started his religious Journey when he was very young and he spent is first 18 years in Catholic schools, which left him with many unanswered questions.
“Like most kids back in the late 60s and early 70s, I started questioning all the values that we had at those times, political, social and religious,”
“I rebelled against all the institutions that society held sacred, including the Catholic Church.”
When he reached the age of 18, Lang had become a full-fledged atheist.
“If there is a God, and He is all merciful and all loving, then why is there suffering on this earth?
Why does not He just take us to heaven? Why create all these people to suffer?”
Such were the questions that came up in his mind in those days.
When he was a young lecturer in mathematics at San Francisco University, Lang found his religion where God is finally a reality. He was introduced to the religion by few of his Muslim friends at university.
“We talked about religion. I asked them my questions, and I was really surprised by how carefully they had thought out their answers,” Lang said.
Dr. Lang met Mahmoud Qandeel, a Saudi student who was very prominent in his class. Qandeel answered his questions about medical research in perfect English and with great self assurance.
Together the professor and the student went to all the glittering places where “there was no joy or happiness, only laughter.” Yet at the end, Qandeel surprisingly gave him a copy of the Holy Quran and some Islamic Books.
Lang started to Read Quran by his own and also his way to the student-run prayer hall at the university. He says he surrendered without much effort. He was conquered by the Quran easily when read first two chapter of Quran and this encounter was fascinating.
“Painters can make the eyes of a portrait appear to be following you from one place to another, but which author can write a scripture that anticipates your daily vicissitudes?… Each night I would formulate questions and objections and somehow discover the answer the next day. It seemed that the author was reading my ideas and writing in the appropriate lines in time for my next reading. I have met myself in its pages…”
Lang says he performs the salah five times a day regularly which makes his bond stronger with the Allah and finds much spiritual satisfaction. He finds the Fajr (pre-dawn) prayer as most as one of the most beautiful and moving rituals in Islam.
Responding to the question that how he was captivated by the Quran when the recitation of Quran is in Arabic, which is totally unknown to him, he responds; “Why is a baby comforted by his mother’s voice?” He said the reading the Quran provided him a special deal and strength and comfort in his difficult times. From there on, faith became matter of practice for Lang’s spiritual growth.
On the other hand, Lang pursued a career in mathematics. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Purdue University. Lang said that he had always been fascinated by mathematics. “Math is logical. It consists of using facts and figures to find concrete answers,” Lang said.
“That is the way my mind works, and it is frustrating when I deal with things that do not have concrete answers.” He said that it is hard for a religious person to try the ideas of religion with critical thinking and testing the factual merits but only followers of Islam enjoy the freedom of questioning and analyzing the the faith This is reason he Islam appealed to his reasoning mind.
As faculty advisor for the Muslim Student Association, Lang said he viewed himself as the bridge between the universities and their Muslim students. He holds Islamic lectures after approval from the universities . “The object of being their faculty advisor is to help them get their needs met as far as adjusting to the American culture and to procedures of the university. They appreciate the opportunity to have misconceptions corrected,” he said.
Lang is author to several Islamic books which are best sellers among the Muslim community in the US. “Even Angels ask; A Journey to Islam in America”. is one of his famous book which Dr. Lang shares with his readers the many insights that have unfolded for him through his self discovery and progress within the religion of Islam.
This article is to help you complete a Quran reading in Month of Ramadan. Though we should read Quran as much times as possible but it is highly recommended to achieve this noble goal at least one time in Ramadan.
Our Beloved Prophet Mohammed Peace be upon him taught us that the intention is very important for an act. Allah SWT notices our good intentions and gives us reward for intentions. When you establish an intention it will be act as your commitment to Allah SWT. You’ll strive hard to achieve your commitment. Keep reacalling your intention & renew it. I will help you a lot.
Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of pages or the length of some surahs. Keep your trust in Allah SWT and eliminate negative thinking that you can’t do it. Remind yourself that you are commited to Allah SWT and you’ll complete it (In sha ALLAH.)
Make a proper plan for completing Quran in Ramada, make an routine and adhere to it. Spare time from your work or rest structure a realistic plan for completing the recitation of Qur’aan within the month of Ramadan.
Try to read the Quran with Translation and know the meaning of verses you are reading. Try to read the Quran with Tafseer (detailed explaination) which will give you the idea of theme, topic, message and meaning of what you are reciting. It will also uplift your faith!
Develop are close relation to with brothers/sisters who are known for their attachment to the ‘Qur’an’. Make them your spiritual friends and stay engaged with your Quran buddies for noble ‘Qur’an’ productivity goals. Request them to remind you to fulfil your aim and aspirations and help your in time of slacking.
Don’t waste any moment which can help your achieving this spiritual goal of completing the Quran. Invest in a pocket-sized ‘Qur’an’ and make it your Best Friend this Ramadan. Seize every moment and opportunity through which you can please Allah SWT by reading and learning Quran.
Consistency is the key to any success. After you map your plan stick to it and don’t be lazy. The moments of Ramadan are very precious so remind yourself of the greatness of this month and remember that you have a great opportunities in life which you may not get next year. Simply no compromise it in this month.
As a Muslim we seek the help of Allah SWT in everything. It is our faith the we can achieve nothing without the assistance and guide of Allah SWT. Supplicate to Allah SWT to help you achive your goal of completing Quran in the Month of Ramadan and crown your efforts with success, insha’ALLAH.
Ramadan will pass quickly, to make use of every moment of this sacred month whether its day or night. May the Qur’an be your companion of in this lfie and life hereafter.
“Say (O Muhammad to mankind): “If you (really) love Allah, then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic monotheism, follow the Quran and the Sunnah), Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Quran: 3:31)
Justice and Dealing with Equity
“Be just: that is nearer to piety; and fear Allah.” (Quran: 5:8)
“And Allah loves as-Sabirun (the patient).” (Quran: 3:146)
Putting Trust in Allah
“Certainly, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).” (Quran: 3:159)
Abu Hurairah and Anas Ibn Malik narrated: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “Allah loves rescuing the one who needs rescue.”
Being Gentle and Kind to Others
“ Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “Allah is kind and gentle (to others).”
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Perfection of One’s Work
The Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) said: “Allah loves that if one does a job he perfects it.”
“Aisha narrated: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Allah loves kindliness in all matters.”(Bukhari)
“Truly, Allah loves those who turn unto him in repentance.” (Quran: 2:222)
“Verily, then Allah loves those who are al-Muttaqun (the pious).”
“Truly, Allah loves Al-Muhsinun (the good-doers).” (Quran: 2:195)
Humility of the Rich
Muslim narrated: Sa’d Ibn Abi Waqqas said: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “Allah loves the believer who is pious and rich, but does not show off.”
Belief and Work
Al-Tabarani narrated: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “Allah loves the slave who believes and acquires a career (or work).”
Exhortation and Advising
Abdullah, the son of Imam Ahmed narrated: It was said: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “The best loved slaves to Allah are those who exhort their slaves.”
Reflection of Allah’s Grace
Al-Tirmidhi narrated: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “Allah loves from amongst his slaves, the one who has a sense of zeal or honor.”
“And Allah loves those who make themselves clean and pure [ i.e. who clean their private parts with dust (which has the properties of soap) and water from urine and stools, after answering the call of nature].”(Quran: 9:108)
Al-Hakim narrated: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Allah is All-Generous and He loves generosity in sale, purchase and judgment.”
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: ” Allah loves the slave-believer who is poor but virtuous enough to refrain from begging though he has many children.” (Muslim and Ahmed)
Al-Tabarani narrated: the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Allah loves lofty matters and superiority and hates inferior matters.”
Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “Allah loves that you be just toward your children even when kissing them.” (Ibn Al-Najjar)
Muslim narrated: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “The strong believer is better and more loved by Allah than the weak one, but they are both good.”
Love for the Sake of Allah
Al-Tabarani, Ibn Ya’la, Ibn Hibban and Al-Hakim narrated: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “If two men love each other for the sake of Allah, the stronger in love to his brother will be more loved by Allah.”
Ibn Iday narrated: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “Allah is All-Forgiving and He loves forgiveness.”
Continuous Performance of Righteous Deeds
Bukhari and Muslim narrated: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “The best loved deeds to Allah are the ones that are continuous even if they are not very many.”
Loving and Visiting Believers
Malik narrated: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “Allah said: My love is due to those who meet for My sake, visit one another and make any effort for My pleasure.”
Love of Virtuous Deeds
Ibn Abi Al-Dunya narrated: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “The best loved slaves to Allah are those who are made to love virtue and loving virtuous deeds is made lovely to them.”
In today’s world, many societies only value the women if they perform the functions of man and display her feminine attractions to public. These women are also given the immense responsibility of bearing and rearing children. In short, today’s woman is given responsibility of looking after and earning bread and butter for home. She is also been exploited in the name of so called freedom which is in fact a freedom for men accessing women easily. Woman has to bear more burden than a man in society in name of gender equality. Failed marriages and emotionally distraught children are increasing in number due to gender role differentiation.
Islam values the importance of woman in society but it considers importance of woman in society in a way which is different than modern way discussed above. Regardless of race, color, gender or any other criteria the superiority is Islam is only based on faith , obedience and fear of Allah SWT. Islam clearly demarcates the boundary between the responsibilities of each gender. Allah SWT has entrusted woman for most important duty which is compatible to her.
Nevertheless, Islam is a practical religion, and understands conditions and situations of life. There are many situations in woman may need or want to work. There is common misconception about Islam that it prohibits women from working outside but in real it does not stops women from working but it stipulate some restrictions to save women from exploitation and safeguarding her honor and dignity. Some conditions for muslim women seeking employment is given below.
In Islam concept of Ideal women is different from the man made concepts which are exploiting women in the name of freedom and equality. Islam gives women a set of genuine responsibilities which are which suits her. By no means Islam suppress the women or negates the role of women in building a society. The important saying states that:
Behind every successful man there is a woman.”
All successful person is nurtured in the laps of women. Men are molded in the shadows of ideal women. It may be the touch of a loving mother or the embrace of a devoted wife which propels man to the summits of success.
According to Islam the ideal woman is the nucleus of the family and bonds the whole family strongly. When the father is busy earning bread and butter for family it’s the ideal women who take care of kids by wrapping them in blanket of love and affection. Child needs love and concentration which is not possible if both parents and involve in making money for family. There must be one who can feed them ardently with the desired care and love. The mother act as first learning institute for kid and sets the foundation for education for kid. A ideal Muslim lady is the one who set a strong foundation. When a practicing Muslim mother worships Allah SWT at her home, her kids will observes the mother inquisitively and try to intimate her and they will learn to worship Allah in young age. With the time he/she will turn into a God fearing and responsible person. A Muslim women is also responsible for building a strong moral character in her kids.
Like other mothers the ideal women of Islam also tells stories to their kids. But her stories are not about fictitious characters, she narrates the stories of our beloved Prophet Mohammed Peace be upon him, other prophets, noble companions and other pious Muslims. She narrates the stories which infuses lofty aspirations and inspires kids with real heroes. It’s the ideal women that introduce her kids to Allah Almighty and induce his love in their hearts. She is the one who gives concept of right and wrong and places halal morsels in the mouth of kids. She raises kids with voice of Quran resonating in their ears which instills the prophetic value and ethics is them. She is the mother which tells her kids to start every work with the name of Allah and such a mother is ideal woman in Islam.
The sight of an ideal woman is cooling and soothing to her parents coolness of her parent’s eye. She serves her parents and protect her chastity and honor for sake of her parent’s honor. She brings delight and pride to her parents. She is like a princess to her husband as she treats him like a prince. She does not fall short in her duties to her husband. She keeps intensity of love high with her husband and makes home a place which can dissolve all tiredness and frustration.
The ideal woman is a caring friend. Her shoulder is always nearby for a friend in need. She is a refuge for the weak ones. Others find solace and comfort in her midst. She expels evil, sadness and gloom with her soft touch. Her soft and warm tone draws the hearts together.
In essence, the ideal woman is the pivot of humanity. She is the balance in society. She is the one who has to raise a upcoming generation. She is jewel of her parents, a fortune for the children, treasure of her husband and blessing for humanity.
Al-Biruni is regarded as one of the greatest scholars of the medieval Islamic era and he has great contributions in field of physics, mathematics, astronomy, natural sciences, history, chronology and linguistics. His full name was Abu al Rehan Muhammad ibn Ahmad Al- Biruni and he was born in Khwarezm (present day Uzbekistan). He spent his first 25 years of life in his home down mastering Islamic jurisprudence and theology, grammar, mathematics, astronomy, medics and other sciences. He left his city for getting more knowledge and travelled to many cities of region.
He is one of those great scientist mastered more than just few field of studies. He wrote 146 books and 95 books were about astronomy which shows his significant contribution in astronomy. Al-Biruni also criticized certain astrological techniques of that time and he was skeptical astrologer of the Hashwiyite school, But in his Book of Instructions does not include any skepticism regarding astrology in general instead, he presented astrology in context of the science of astral influences. In field of physics he introduced experimental scientific method to mechanics, unified statics and dynamics into the science of mechanics, and created hydrodynamics by merging hydrostatics and dynamics. He also determined the radius of earth accurately in his observatory on a mountain in Pind Dadan Khan (Salt Range of Pakistan). He also discovered the specific gravity on many minerals and metals with is self made apparatus. His has done significant work in many other fields and he also translated many previous science book to Arabic which were sought by Europe in 12th and 13th century. He travelled to many places and observed different cultures by learning their languages. He made in-depth study of India’s culture, religions and philosophy by discussions and reading books available. He wrote a comprehensive book on India’s religion and philosophy which gives a graphic account of the historical and social conditions of the sub-continent After learning Sanskrit language he translated many of Indian scientific work to Arabic. He also studied history, chronology and archeology and contributed in this field.
He wrote 146 books and translated many books to Arabic and Persian language. Some of his books are mentioned below:
1. Kitab al Tafhim
2. Indica – a compendium of India’s religion and philosophy
3. The Book of Instruction in the Elements of the Art of Astrology
4. The Remaining Signs of Past Centuries
5. The Mas’udi Canon
6. Understanding Astrology
7. Pharmacy – about drugs and medicines.
10. A historical summary book.
11. History of Khawarezm
12. Materia Medica
He has been considered as one of the very greatest Muslim scientists and also one of the greatest of all times. His critical spirit, love of truth, and scientific approach were combined with a sense of toleration. As a Muslim we can learn a lot from his life and contribute in the betterment of human race by engaging our selves in scientific research and studies.
Allah, Most Gracious, says,
“Truly there is a reminder in this for anyone who has a heart, or who listens attentively with presence of mind.” (1)
At number of occasions in Quran the importance of learning Quran is mentioned. Quran itself invites believers to learn Quran. Learning Quran is not just reading. It involves thoughtful study of divine messages and instruction for humanity in Quran, which are sent by Allah for welfare of humans. Its matter of death and life for Muslim Quran says:
“it is simply a reminder and a clear Qur’an so that you may warn those who are truly alive” (2)
Not to learn Quran is no option for Muslim. Allah has made Quran a responsibility for Muslims. Allah say in Quran:
“ Had We sent down this Quran on a mountain, you would surely have seen it humbling itself and rending asunder by the fear of Allah. Such are the parables which We put forward to mankind that they may reflect. “ (3)
The Glorious Quran is the fountain head of all learning. This is the basic source to get knowledge about anything. It has most authentic and most accurate knowledge about the Islam, faith, society, ethics, nature and so, Quran is the ultimate source. Believers who recite, learn and impart teachings of Quran are noble in sight of Allah and He promised gracious, honorable and lofty reward for those who learn Quran.
““The best amongst you is he who learns the Quran and teaches it.” From this saying of Prophet Mohamed Peace be upon him it is obvious that its obligatory for each Muslim to teach and learn Quran. The Prophet Himself was a preacher of Quran and his noble companions were learner. Quran brought a revolution in the lives of His noble companions and they became the best Muslims of this ummah due to their best teacher and best understanding of Quran. Now we are not able to get grace of Prophet Mohamed Peace be upon him directly, so only mean of guidance for today’s Muslims is Quran.
“O people I am leaving behind among you the Holy Book (Quran) and the Sunnah (way of Prophet (SAW)), if you follow these in letter and spirit you will never be strayed.”(5)
Don’t be worry if you’re not good in reading Quran. Start learning Quran today. By grace of Allah Quran Learning has made more easy through Online learning sessions and courses. Allah will help you completing Quran and there is double reward for for those who are eager to learn Quran as one HAdith states
Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.” (6)
So, from Quran and Hadith it can be inferenced that the need of time is to learn Quran, practice its teachings in our life and conveying its message to others. This will help us to live a guided and blessed life and it will guarantee the success here after.
[Quran Al-Baqarah 2:2]
Quran was revealed for human beings to make their life smooth and . Allah Almighty has promised great rewards and vritues for reading and following Quran
“Had We sent down this Quran on a mountain, you would surely have seen it humbling itself and rending asunder by the fear of Allah. Such are the parables which We put forward to mankind that they may reflect.”
[Quran Al-Hashr 59:21]
In Quran and hadith countless rewards are promised for those who learn Quran and practice the teachings of Quran. Each word of Quran adds 10 virtues in your account. In different Hadiths the virtues of glorious Quran are discussed:
An authentic hadith in At-Tirmithee states:
“Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif, Laam, Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” So increase your recitation of the Qur’an to gain these merits, and to gain the following merit as well.”
When beginners start to learn Quran they are not fluent and smooth with Quran reading, because they are not well versed in Arabic language. But there is double reward for their effort to learn Quran. A hadith related by Ayesha Siddiqah states:
Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
One of the countless benefits of Quran reading is that Quran will be given permission to intercede on day of judgment and it will be intercessor for its readers. Allah raises the status of Muslim by Quran in this world and hereafter. The more recitating, learning and practicing
Quran leads to higher status of Muslim. Those who learn Quran are also blessed with peace and happiness in their life and their prosperity and welfare is promoted by blessings of Allah. Many of their worries and regrets are often dispelled through blessing of Quran.
“Those who believe [in the Oneness of Allah Islamic Monotheism], and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, verily, in the remembrance of f Allah do hearts find rest”.
(Qur ‘an 13: 28)
Education is process , system or method through which something is instilled in human being. Human being which is recipient of education is also known as “rational animal”. Man needs education to perform his duties and responsibilities. The Islamic concept of education is not
based on acquiring skills for earning. Islam emphasizes on education that is beneficial for a person and society as a whole. According to Islam there are two basic types of education.
Religious knowledge refers to information about instructions and guidelines from Allah Almighty that how a person should live and behave in his life. Secular education is for day to day dwelling. The specialty of Islam is that the first revelation of Holy Quran was about learning.
“Read and your Lord is Most Honorable, who taught (to write) with the pen, who taught man what he knew not.”
Islam made education obligatory for each and every male and female Muslim to learn and acquire knowledge. In Islam education is demarcation of one’s status as Quran Says
“Are those equal, those who know and those who do not know?” (Al-Zumr, ayah 9)
And on another place it states:
“Allah grants wisdom to whom He pleases and to whom wisdom is granted indeed he receives an overflowing benefit.”
(Al-Baqarah, ayah 269)
With out education one can not perceive the message and commandants of Allah. With little knowledge we are prone of being betrayed from right path. The danger of ignorance is that a person can not differentiate between right and wrong and he can be easily a victim of Satan.
He is at risk of losing most invaluable gift of his life that is “Iman”. A life of educated person is enlightened and he can clearly identify and follow the right path .
Acquiring knowledge is crucial act in Islam. In Quran Allah Almighty invites human to investigate and ponder the creation of Universe. Allah asks people to travel on then planet to gain knowledge and travelling in path of seeking knowledge is worship in Islam. Knowledge acquired by struggle leads person closer to Allah Almighty and jannah. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) Said:
“One who treads a path in search of knowledge has his path to Paradise made easy by God…”
(Riyaz us-Saleheen, 245)
Education is not only about learning, we must pass and deliver the gained knowledge to others so that they can also get benefitted from merits education. Islam asks followers to learn Quran and teach it to others. This hadith is about reward of teaching beneficial knowledge to others.
“God, His angels and all those in Heavens and on Earth, even ants in their hills and fish in the water, calls down blessings on those who instruct others in beneficial knowledge.”
(Tirmidhi, Hadith 422)