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Arabic language in Quran is more than just what we read in a translation. I came to know this after listening to Nouman ali khan tafseer. So by mere reading a translation you cant get the whole message and the real beauty of The words of God. Here is a very tiny and simple example of how a single word of Arabic can have a vast meaning in it that cant be just translated as a single word in english.
Word Alhamdullilah (الحمدلله) does not just mean “praise be to Allah” Its not a simple praise like you would praise anyone else.
By saying Alhamdullilah we mean “Praise and Thank be to Allah” so we are “praising” Allah and at the same time we are “Thanking” Him.
Like for example you would praise something saying “nice clothes!” But you wouldn’t say “thank you” for the clothes !
But when you praise Allah for something by saying Alhamdullilah you also at the same time Thanked Allah for that thing. Subhanallah !
Arabic is like no other language ! Its So beautiful and vast. This is one of the reasons why Allah selected it for Quran.
Just like this word there are tons of other miracles in the language of Quran.
you can check out many videos and lectures of Nouman Ali khan about this amazing language.
“Seeing a man praying to Allah is enough for some people to assume he is a terrorist.”
“Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, ‘When (will come) the Help of Allaah?’ Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near!” [al-Baqarah 2:214]
You know how you can almost tell exactly when Allah is testing you? Like He’ll get your parents to say something about the past and out of the blue just to see if you have patience with them and not go ‘ugh’. Like He’ll put you in situations where friends are eating/drinking haraam just to see if you’ll fall into the pressure. Like He’ll let a person of the opposite gender call you cute and flirt – just to se if you fall for that trap. Like He’ll make something bad happen, perhaps a sickness in your family, just to see if you’ll got straight to Him or if you’ll say “why me? why aren’t you helping me?”
Allah tested the people before us with severe hardship. Think about their hardships in comparison to your own? Some of them suffered in extreme poverty where getting water to do wudu was a struggle – a long walk to the lake. Some of them were outcasted by their society, forced away from their family. Some traveled to far ends of the world just to seek knowledge. And you?
You with your bathroom sink giving both hot water and cold water yet you don’t rush to make wudu and pray. You with three meals (sometimes more) a day but forget to thank Allah for the food and don’t want to do extra fasts. You with an iPod/iPhone but don’t listen to the Quran on a daily basis. You with internet connection and youtube but don’t seek out lectures trying to observe in knowledge.
Think about the struggles they faced and how minimal yours are compared to theirs. And think about the little steps you can take to become better. Get one step closer. Need a step?
Step One: Before you eat say Bismillah, and thank Allah for the food.
Step Two: Don’t take headphones to school. I don’t. I have an iPad, I get work done on the train. I get reading done, homework done, extra studying. And when I don’t have work to do, and I don’t have headphones, I do dhikr. Saying ‘Astaghfirullah’ or ‘SubhanAllah’ and just repeating it in your head until you go to school/college/university/office. Just imagine how many sins you can wipe away just in ONE day. And mind you, I have plenty of sins I need wiped out – so that 1 hour travel time reciting ‘Astaghfirullah’ over and over insha Allah wipes them out.