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Short Qur'anic Chapters study 3rd week halaqa (discussion circle)
Short Qur'anic Chapters study 1st week (4.15.2016) halaqa's (Sura99) link:
Last week's (2nd week) halaqa's (4/22) (Sura 99) link:
Next halaqa's (4th week) (5/21) (Sura87) link:
Next halaqa was on May 21st Sat 7am PST, 10am EST, 5pm Istanbul time live at ha-mim.org/live. We started studying Sura 87, Sura alA'la (Chapter of the Most High) today.
Today's halaqa was based on the first part of 6 parts of Receiving Nur videos where Sura alA'la is discussed:
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We began our study with a short prayer of basmala and salawat, followed by the recitation of Sura alA'la in its originally revealed Arabic form first, than Asad's interpretive translation.
basmala=Bismillah arRahman arRahim i.e. In the name of TheOneGod the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate.
salawat, about its meaning and significance:
Below you will find some notes we took during this halaqa, trying to summarize the main points we discussed. We focused on the first word of the first verse (find full chapter below copied from http://www.islamicity.org/quransearch/):
"سَبِّحِ اسْمَ رَبِّكَ الْأَعْلَى (87:1" "Sabbihi isma rabbika alaAAla"
"EXTOL the limitless glory of thy Sustainer's name:[the glory of] the All-Highest, - 87:1 (Asad)"
"Glorify the name of thy Guardian-Lord Most High, - 87:1 (Y. Ali)"
"Praise the name of thy Lord the Most High, - 87:1 (Picktall)"
**Al-A’la: The degree of the other attributes, so brings other qualities together
The best of the Merciful, Planner, Provider, Writer, Artist,… etc
>>>Quddus-Shafi-Rahman-Rahim-Hayy-Mumit (Holy/Pure/Clean---Healing---Mercy---Compassion---Life---Death) how these names are related and appear within each other’s constellation
**Al-A’la gives us a framework to understand all the other names of God
So it tells to think about the other names in the highest degree/intensity.
>>>If we consider all names from the framework of Rahma/Compassion than we see mercy in every concept/every creation.
**We shouldn’t think of God as the conglomerate of parts but as a Whole, not like us where different parts of the brain perform different actions. This actually explains the importance of seeing the names within each other’s constellations.
**Musabbihat—Chapters that start with sabbih sabbaha yusabbihu etc
>>>Nafs ego desires information superficiality quantity and ruh soul desires quality wisdom meaning, connection to God.
**Engaging in glorification of God keeps our egos in check, reminds of humility
>>>Sabbih---it's an order--imperative form---do glorify!
**Related to tasbeeh but also sabaha—swimming without diving-floating
>>>To float above ghaflah-a state of heedlessness. Conscious awareness is the 1st ingredient in many recipes since it’s the prerequisite of taking conscious action.
>>>Immersed in water in the womb. Fear or not being able to let go, not trusting, getting in the protective womb fetal position, bringing upon yourself your worst fears, panicking about drowning brings upon you the contraction of muscles and position that makes you more likely to drown. You have to relax and let go. Not sinking below a peaceful mood, not resisting.
>>>If we think we’re in charge of life we have to be in control than we make life more difficult for ourselves. Trust/ tawakkul in, surrender / tasleem to the One who is in charge in control of our lives and every single thing in it.
>>>Floating is an "active surrendering". You keep your conscious awareness be in the moment and exercise of free will while surrendering the result to God. We show intention and effort and God creates the action and its results.
**Ghaflah and shirk khafi/heedlessness and hidden shirk (ascribing divine qualities to anything other than God/ascribing partnership to God)
>>>God’s wholeness reflects in the holisticness of the universe which points to the Unity of God and the Unity of the Divine Names.
>>>The Unity of Beauty: a holistic approach. Not only saying the beauty of the red tulip belongs to Its Creator (Oneness of God) but also adding the beauty belongs to the Beautifier of all other things in the universe.
>>>Unifying God-tawheed =/ (opposite of ) shirk
>>>To unify God and Its names we need to be not a in a state of ghaflah/heedlessness
**How do we fall into shirk khafi (hidden shirk):
1) The illusion of: I did, I am doing and I will do –taking ownership of our actions and its results (different than being responsible for my actions and intentions-this tawheed view does not take away my freedom or my responsibility) (stressed out and fearful & outcome oriented rather than process oriented)
2) The illusion of: Others did/are doing/will do-giving ownership of others actions and their results to them. (perception of being a victim)
3) Cause-effect (to be discussed later inshaAllah.)
Al-A'la (The Most High) (English by Asad)
سَبِّحِ اسْمَ رَبِّكَ الْأَعْلَى (87:1)
EXTOL the limitless glory of thy Sustainer's name:[the glory of] the All-Highest, -
الَّذِي خَلَقَ فَسَوَّى (87:2)
who creates [every thing], and thereupon forms it in accordance with what it is meant to be, [1] -
وَالَّذِي قَدَّرَ فَهَدَى (87:3)
and who determines the nature [of all that exists], [2] and thereupon guides it [towards its fulfilment], -
وَالَّذِي أَخْرَجَ الْمَرْعَى (87:4)
and who brings forth herbage,
فَجَعَلَهُ غُثَاء أَحْوَى (87:5)
and thereupon causes it to decay into rust-brown stubble! [3]
سَنُقْرِؤُكَ فَلَا تَنسَى (87:6)
WE SHALL teach thee, and thou wilt not forget [aught of what thou art taught],
إِلَّا مَا شَاء اللَّهُ إِنَّهُ يَعْلَمُ الْجَهْرَ وَمَا يَخْفَى (87:7)
save what God may will [thee to forget] [4] - for, verily, He [alone] knows all that is open to [man's] perception as well as all that is hidden [from it] [5] -
وَنُيَسِّرُكَ لِلْيُسْرَى (87:8)
and [thus] shall We make easy for thee the path towards [ultimate] ease. [6]
فَذَكِّرْ إِن نَّفَعَتِ الذِّكْرَى (87:9)
REMIND, THEN, [others of the truth, regardless of] whether this reminding [would seem to] be of use [or not]: [7]
سَيَذَّكَّرُ مَن يَخْشَى (87:10)
in mind will keep it he who stands in awe [of God],
وَيَتَجَنَّبُهَا الْأَشْقَى (87:11)
but aloof from it will remain that most hapless wretch –
الَّذِي يَصْلَى النَّارَ الْكُبْرَى (87:12)
he who [in the life to come] shall have to endure the great fire -
ثُمَّ لَا يَمُوتُ فِيهَا وَلَا يَحْيَى (87:13)
wherein he will neither die nor remain alive. [8] -
قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَن تَزَكَّى (87:14)
To happiness [in the life to come] will indeed attain he who attains to purity [in this world], -
وَذَكَرَ اسْمَ رَبِّهِ فَصَلَّى (87:15)
and remembers his Sustainer's name, and prays [unto Him].
بَلْ تُؤْثِرُونَ الْحَيَاةَ الدُّنْيَا (87:16)
But nay, [O men,] you prefer the life of this world,
وَالْآخِرَةُ خَيْرٌ وَأَبْقَى (87:17)
although the life to come is better and more enduring.
إِنَّ هَذَا لَفِي الصُّحُفِ الْأُولَى (87:18)
Verily, [all] this has indeed been [said] in the earlier revelations –
صُحُفِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَمُوسَى (87:19)
the revelations of Abraham and Moses. [9] - 87:19 (Asad)
We thank Dr YAMINA BOUGUENAYA for being a means of guidance to us in attempting to scratch at the surface of this surah and we also thank SAID NURSI the author of the Risale-i Nur Collection which was a means of teaching Yamina how to read the Qur’an after decades of dedicated study. Alhamdulillah alHadi, alAleem, alHakeem / Praise and thanks be to God the Source of Guidance, Knowledge and Wisdom.
The picture is of Asmaa'.

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