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Quran
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Quran

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Qur’an of the Week: That Which Gives You Life


"Believers, respond to God and His Messenger when he calls you to that which gives you life. Know that God comes between a man and his heart, and that you will be gathered to Him."

[8:24] 

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Qur’an of the Week: A Good Loan

Who will make God a good loan? He will double it for him and reward him generously. On the day when you [Prophet] see the believers, both men and women, with their light streaming out ahead of them and to their right, [they will be told], ‘The good news for you today is that there are Gardens graced with flowing streams where you will stay: that is truly the supreme triumph!’

On the same Day, the hypocrites, both men and women, will say to the believers, ‘Wait for us! Let us have some of your light!’ They will be told, ‘Go back and look for a light.’ A wall with a door will be erected between them: inside it lies mercy, outside lies torment.

The hypocrites will call out to the believers, ‘Were we not with you?’ They will reply, ‘Yes. But you allowed yourselves to be tempted, you were hesitant, doubtful, deceived by false hopes until God’s command came—the Deceiver tricked you about God. Today no ransom will be accepted from you or from the disbelievers: your home is the Fire—that is where you belong—a miserable destination!’

[57:11-15]

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House of God
In Yemen, mosques are vibrant places full of life and worship. As you see here, many gather to read the Qur’an, reflect, and remember God. This beautiful mosque, full of elderly gentlemen, had an ancient feel to it, yet felt electrically alive. The spirit of this mosque was strong — as many mosques in Yemen still are.
Copyright Amjad Tarsin 2010
|This photograph is dedicated to my grandfather—whose heart is always attached to the mosque|

House of God

In Yemen, mosques are vibrant places full of life and worship. As you see here, many gather to read the Qur’an, reflect, and remember God. This beautiful mosque, full of elderly gentlemen, had an ancient feel to it, yet felt electrically alive. The spirit of this mosque was strong — as many mosques in Yemen still are.

Copyright Amjad Tarsin 2010

|This photograph is dedicated to my grandfather—whose heart is always attached to the mosque|

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Qur’an of the Week: the Righteous Servants

But for those whom We have decreed Paradise will be kept far away from Hell — they will not hear a murmur from it — and endlessly they will enjoy everything their souls desire. They will have no fear of the great Terror: the angels will receive them with the words, ‘This is the Day you were promised!’ On that Day, We shall roll up the skies as a writer rolls up [his] scrolls. We shall reproduce creation just as We produced it the first time: this is Our binding promise. We shall certainly do all these things.

We wrote in the Psalms, as We did in [earlier] Scripture: ‘My righteous servants will inherit the earth.’ There truly is a message in this for the servants of God! It was only as a mercy that We sent you [Prophet] to all people. Say, ‘What is revealed to me is that your God is one God — will you submit to Him?’ But if they turn away, say, ‘I have proclaimed the message fairly to you all. I do not know whether the judgment you are promised is near or far, but He knows what you reveal and conceal. I do not know: this [time] may well be a test for you, and enjoyment for a while.’ He said, ‘My Lord, pass the true judgment.’ And, ‘Our merciful Lord is the one whose help we seek against what you [disbelievers] say.’

[21:101-112]

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Al-Ikhlas - Purity of Faith

Shaykh Ad-Dukaly Muhammad 'Alim

The Qur’an is so powerful when we allow ourselves to hear it not only with our ears, but with our hearts. Sometimes the words bring deep emotions, even if the one listening is not able to understand exactly what is begin said.

Again, here is one of the shortest, yet most significant chapters of the Qur’an. Some scholars and sages, when asked to teach theology, will simply recite this chapter. It is titled “Purity of Faith” and is recited in the method known as Qalun. Below is the translation.

Chapter 112: Purity of Faith

Say, ‘He is God the One,

God the Eternal.

He begot no one nor was He begotten.

No one is comparable to Him.’

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Qur’an of the Week: the Pilgrimage

We showed Abraham the site of the House, saying, ‘Do not assign partners to Me. Purify My House for those who circle around it, those who stand to pray, and those who bow and prostrate themselves. Proclaim the Pilgrimage to all people. They will come to you on foot and on every kind of lean camel, emerging from every deep mountain pass to attain benefits and mention God’s name, on specified days, over the livestock He has provided for them. Then let the pilgrims perform their acts of cleansing, fulfill their vows, and circle around the Ancient House.’ All this [is ordained by God]: anyone who honors the sacred ordinances of God will have good rewards from His Lord.

[22:26-30]

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Qur’an of the Week: Exalted is He!

Exalted is He who holds all control in His hands; who has power over all things; who created death and life to test you and reveal which of you does best - He is the Mighty, the Forgiving; who created the seven heavens, one above the other. You will not see any disparity in what the Lord of mercy creates. Look again! Can you see any cracks? Look again! And again! Your sight will turn back to you, weak and defeated.

[67: 1-4]

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Qur’an of the Week: the God-Conscious

'I shall ordain My mercy for those who are conscious of God and pay the prescribed alms; who believe in Our Revelations; who follow the Messenger - the unlettered prophet they find described in the Torah that is with them, and in the Gospel - who commands them to do right and forbids them to do wrong, who makes good things lawful to them and bad things unlawful, and relieves them of their burdens, and the iron collars that were on them. So it is those who believe him, honor and help him, and who follow the light which has been sent down with him, who will succeed.'

[7:156-157]

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Capturing Light Photography

Seeing the world through the lens of the camera makes you search for the light. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan to parents who immigrated from Libya, Amjad Tarsin has always been thrust between the different shades of life. Moving from Ann Arbor off to Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen, Amjad’s journeys have exposed him to a diverse array of people speaking in different tongues, holding different beliefs, and celebrating the variation in their cultural expressions. Ever since Amjad’s father gave him his first camera at sixteen years old, he’s been drawn to bringing the diversity and beauty of human nature to light. 

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