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.
According to Shaykh Ibn al-Qayyim (rah) there are ten ways of developing love with Allah.
Reciting Quran, reflecting Quran and to learn Quran so that one can interpret the meaning of Quran. Quran is word of Allah. When you read Quran its like listening to Allah SWT. Interpreting Quran help us to get the true message of Quran and so the we can implement its teachings in our life. It will make us obedient follower and we will we benifited in this life and hereafter.
After obliagatory worship and duties if we make some time for optional deeds this will draw us more closer to Allah. It includes nawafil’s, fasting, umrah, sadqah and others.
It is one of 10 ways for developing love of Allah. It is remembering Allah with tounge, heart or limbs. Continious Dikhr help us to remind Allah all the time and this will ensures faith and iman.
In our daily lives we prefer our parents, siblings, friends and loved ones over ourselves. In the same way if we prefer Allah love over our loves, desires, and intentions. This will be best way to show your love for Allah. We must that what Allah loves for us is best for us.
Remembering Allah by Contemplating and deliberating over his Names and Attributes is one 10 practices mentioned by Shaykh Ibn al-Qayyim to develope love for Allah. It reminds us that Allah is very closer us and He is keenly observing our each and every act and movement. So, you’ll always be fear of Allah and you will not take any step which shows disobedience to your lord.
We are blessed with countless favours and bounties by Allah. So we must acknowledge and remember all blessings of Allah. If we always stay thankful to Allah for his countless blessings Allah will give us more blessings and reward us genreously.
We human’s are very week and fragile creatures. Being proud and braggadacio does not suits us. We are nothing without Allah and we are totaly dependant on His mercy. Being humble and submissive to will of Allah will definetly make our realation strong with Allah.
If we divide a night in 3 equall parts, the last third part is most suitable for Quran reading as Allah descends to lowest heaven in that part of night. Reading Quran at that time will make us loved and blessed by Allah and It is best time for prayers and seeking forgiveness and repenting on our sins.
We can find people around us who are closer to Allah. We can learn a lot from them and if we regularly sit in their gathering we will get to know how to please Allah. We can take their advice and listen them carefully about different topics.
This world is full of elements which can distract us from Allah. Like TV and Mobile phones. If minimize use of time consuming activities we can make more time to indulge in activites which are discussed above to develope love for Allah.
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)
Quran is book with incomparable Excellency. So one must handle Quran with care and following ettiquettes.
It is obligatory for each Muslim to memorize at least single verse from Quran. It is highly recommended to mrmorize at least one surah from Quran for every Muslim. It is also obligatory for a locality to have at least one Hafiz (a person who memorized whole Quran) whole Quran. This is speciality of Quran that it is the only book with is only not copied from pages to pages but it is also transferred from heart to heart. Even there are blind persons who learnt whole Quran by heart.
To forget Quran after memorizing it, is sin.
It is recommended to recite Quran by looking on it. Even if one have memorized Quran he or she should read it by seeing on Quran. This makes reader more close to Quran and reader gets more rewards by looking, touching and handling Quran.
Quran must be read in clean and pure places. It is not allowed to read Quran at dirty or impure places. Quran must be kept on cleaner and higher places in home. It is recommended to wrap Quran with piece of cloth to protect it from impurity.
One should not put his/her back towards Quran. It also discourged to direct legs towards Quran. It is also not allowed to site higher than the place (in room) where Quran is placed.
If a person is reading Quran and the verses are about punishment so reader should have feeling repentenace and if the verses are about rewards and blessings from Allah so reader should read it with joy.
If you have different books to arrange. Quran must be Kept above all books. If you have multiple copies of Quran. Place the Quran with out translation above follwed by Quran with translation. All Hadith books must be kept below the Quran (translated or untranlated copy) preferably in sequence Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Musli, Sunan Abi Dawood, At Tirmidhi, An nasai and Ibn Majah.
Author: Learn Quran Academy Staff
As a parent it is our responsibility to make our kids responsible and characterful Muslims. Parent are first example in front of kids, kids follow actions and conduct of their parent. It parent duty to educate kids not simply by telling them about good habit but they should act as responsible and characterful parents. According to Islam we’ll be subjected to questioning about those who are under our care. At least we are caretaker of kids so we will be held responsible for them.So it is our duty to up bring our kids in better way and teach them good manners. Here are some sole traits which we must develop in our kids.
The first and most important characteristic we must develop in our children is honesty. Some time parent are so strict that children are afraid of telling them their wrongdoings. So to escape from situation they find way in telling lie. As a parent we should give enough trust to our kids so that they can speak truth in all conditions and we should encourage them doing so.
Obedience is index trait of Muslims. We all Muslims are always very obedient to Our Allah Almighty. We must also develop this trait in our kids so that they can be obedient to Allah. We also make them obedient towards parents, teachers, elders and noble people. As a parent we should give our kids latitude but we also bound them in limit by enforcing obedience through proper rewards and sanctions.
We should teach our children respect for others and authority. Our kids must be very respectful to all religions, cultures and beliefs. They way we up bring our children is reflected in their conduct. The more we be respectful and mannerly we will be able to see these qualities in our kids too.
We should start giving responsibility too our kids in young age. We can develop their interest in performing small tasks and chores in the home and we should encourage them for their work. This will create maturity and confidence in kids to take up responsibilities. With the age our kids will be maintaining their selves, taking care of their possessions and they will grow up more disciplined and responsible.
Among the courtesies and good manners politeness is best reflection of a refined character. We should teach our kids the Islamic way of greeting, expressing gratitude, speaking manners and dealing manners. We must be very concerned about
It is common courtesies and good manners towards others that set apart a refined character and an intolerable personality. By teaching our children how to greet, express gratitude, how to speak to adults and even to leave alone matters that do not concern them, we would have given them a key to the door of inter-personal relations.
We often get confused to demarcate between frienldiness with strangers and and caution. If we will teach our students not to speak with stranger they will never get confidence to become socialbe. We need to make them sociable when needed. Abu Dharr Radhi-Allahu anhu reported that the Prophet Mohammed Sallallahu alayhi wasallam said:
Learn Quran Academy can help your children learn moral values from qualified staff. Our staff teaches Quran and as a part of general conduct, they help students with Quranic moral standards.
Quranic teaching can naturally help your children learn the moral values as you have seen above. Since our academy ensures all the teachers adhere to the highest moral values themselves, it is only natural that such values will be passed on.
You often go to market to buy electronic devices or other products. When you unbox them with the product you get a small booklet or instructional manual from manufacturer. In that manual you can find all details about best use of product. You will find details about keeping device in best working conditions, troubleshooting, fixing errors and many other stuff like that.
Isn’t it strange that product which costs only few dollars can have manual guide but man who is most precious thing in the world is left spare. No, man is not sent without any guidance because he is made by Allah Almighty who is maker or all the things. He has sent a guide for human beings too which is Quran.
Quran tells us the right way to live. It provides us visions to spend life and help us to set aims of life. Quran tell us what is right for us and what is not. Quran connects us with our Lord. Quran is actually a message from Almighty to us. It was revealed on our Beloved Prophet Mohammed Peace be upon him.
As discussed earlier Quran is important to us because our objectives of life are present in Quran. So we must learn Quran and follow the message of Allah in Quran. Quran was revealed in Arabic language so we must know how to read Quran. In order to read Arabic we have to learn its alphabets and basics. With effort of about one month we are able to read Quran.
With advancements in science our lives are revolutionized. We have to do more activities and it is very hard to manage time to learning Quran. Taking advantage from internet technology and web applications Learn Quran Academy has innovated a new way to learning Quran which is called “online Quran Learning” or “One to One Live Quran classes”.
One to One live Quran learning involves student and teacher’s live interaction on most convenient time of student. In this session teacher and student talk to each other and teacher teaches lesson through webportal. Learn Quran academy has devised a webportal in which each student can have dedicated account on website. Student can see what lessons teacher wants him/her to see and meanwhile they talk too. Each class takes 30 minutes which includes Quran lessons with tajweed and basic Islamic knowledge like Kalimas, Duas extra.
The website is interactive which is accessible through most of internet connected devices like iphone, ipad, smart phones, laptop or desktop computers. This doesn’t require any additional hardware only internet connected device with microphone and speaker is required. It requires no computer skill and no age maturity. 4 year old kids, elder person, female sister or a working man can learn Quran at comfort of home sparing 30 minutes few times a week. The best thing you must know that everyone can try this service for free. Click here to register for free trial classes.
Allah has given us opportunity to learn Quran so we should learn Quran and spend our lives in accordance to teachings of Quran.
May Allah guide us to straight path.
Learn Quran Academy leading organization for providing online service of learning Quran and basics of Islam. With qualified and professional team Learn Quran academy has served thousands of students throughout the world. With competent technical and teaching staff Learn Quran Academy has unique way of organizing Quran lessons at you home. Some Features of Learn Quran Academy are as follow:
Learn Quran is Academy is open round the clock, anyone from any part of world can have classes with learn Quran Academy at any time that suits him. Learn Quran Academy also provide flexibility in timings. You can have classes on different days at different timings with professional teachers. They are number of possibilities of having classes with us. You can opt 5 days, 4 days, 3 days or 2 days a week classes according to your requirement. You can choose any day of week because we are available on weekends and on weekdays. We assure our students that no class will be missed from our sides under normal circumstances. We also expect from our students to inform us early if they have to miss some class so that we can arrange extra class to compensate missed classes. Each class takes 30 minutes for each student and the class includes islamic teachings, kalma, daily duas and Islamic moral stories along with Quran learning.
Learn Quran Academy is only Quran teaching institute which has dynamic student portal for every student enrolled. When Student is registered for trail classes we make account for student in our database and student can access his account by given username and password. A student portal contains student dashboard in which there are 3 options:
1. Lecture Details: Through this button student can check all his previous lecture details in chronological order. Parents can also check the lecture details of their kids through this button. Lecture details include details about each a every session held between student and teacher including start and end time of class and notes from teachers.
2. Start Learning: This button is to start live session between teacher and student. Pressing this button student gets the page of his lesson which is shown and controlled by teacher.
3. Revision: Whenever student is free and want to revise his lesson he can access his lesson through this button any time.
Student portal also includes Time Table feature through which student can check his Quran classes schedule for day and time. There is Fee option in which you can check your past payments records. You can also download your certificates from your portal any time. There are issued and uploaded upon completion of your course. They are always available to you and you can get them any time from any location.
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