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Explanation of the Quran
Podcast by Nouman Ali Khan and Sheikh Abdul Nasir
Hi i am a technically a new Muslim i say this because i have not done my Shahada as yet but i believe and try to pray and read as much as possible and hope to do it inshallah its really hard as Islam is nto really big in Jamaica and i dont really know as much as i think i should so id really like some help on basically everything
Salam Elikum [Peace be on to you]. First of all congratulations on becoming a muslim. You are welcome to our big family that has spread itself into every part of the world. : ) I really do appreciate your conversion because I know how difficult it can be converting to Islam in times when islam has been portrayed by the media as the ‘worst possible religion’ to accept and has such a negative image in the mind of the Western world. I would suggest that you take your shahada since you say you are a Muslim. Once you take the shahada, the help of Allah will descend upon you In’sha’Allah and you will find ways to increase your knowledge about the religion.
You best bet would reading books about islam and listening to lectures since that is the content most easily accessible.
I would suggest this website as it has books on practically every possible issue. I would say pick one and start from one thing at time: http://kalamullah.com/
Secondly, I would suggest you familiarize yourself atleast a little bit day by day with the Arabic language so that you can start reading the Qur’an and performing Salah.
Thirdly, I also suggest that you use this website. It is a podcast. They are tafsir classes by Nouman Ali Khan. Tafsir is the explanation of the quran. As the Quran is in Arabic and many people do not know Arabic, they are unable to understand the true message of islam. In this podcast series the meaning of verses and the lessons derived from them are explained. I usually listen to it on my way to university in the morning since I have to commute for almost an hour. I would say download some recordings on your phone so that you can listen to them whenever you get time. I highly recommend it: http://podcast.bayyinah.com/category/juz_amma/
Most importantly I would suggest that you learn how to perform the Salah. You can use books from the website I have linked above in order to find out the structure and you can use youtube to learn the surah’s. salah [the 5 daily prayers] are the foundation of faith in our religion and will be one of the first things to be questioned about on the day of judgement. Give the issue of learning salah foremost importance. As a muslim, you CANNOT miss Salah. Since you are a new muslim, I understand that it will take time for you to learn and incorporate it in your daily schedule. Please do not stop trying until you have learnt it and mastered it. Please do not ever leave salah. If there is no salah, there is no faith! Keep moving forward.. start learning how to perform it and the help of Allah will surely descend in’sha’Allah.
Jabir (radiallahu anh) reported: The Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wa salam) said, “Between a man and kufr (disbelief and paganism) is the abandonment of Salat (prayer).”
Buraidah (radiallahu anh) reported: Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wa salam) said, “That which differentiates us from the kuffar (disbelievers) and the hypocrites is our performance of Salat. He who abandons it, becomes a kafir (disbeliever).”
Shaqiq bin `Abdullah (radiallahu anh) reported: The Companions of the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wa salam) did not consider the abandonment of any action as disbelief except neglecting Salat.
Abu Hurairah (radiallahu anh) reported: The Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wa salalm) said, “The first of man’s deeds for which he will be called to account on the Day of Resurrection will be Salat. If it is found to be perfect, he will be safe and successful; but if it is incomplete, he will be unfortunate and a loser. If any shortcoming is found in the obligatory Salat, the Glorious and Exalted Rubb will command to see whether His slave has offered any voluntary Salat so that the obligatory Salat may be made up by it. Then the rest of his actions will be treated in the same manner.”
Lastly, I know it will get more difficult than it is for your now. Allah SWT may send trials your way in order to test if you faith is pure and strong. Don’t lost hope and please stay strong.
If you need any help at all, please feel free to ask me. My best wishes and prayers are with you. If there is any issue of concern that you need specific important that I did not address in my answer [I am sure there are many] please do ask me!
The importance of Salaah in Islaam is so great that even sitting and waiting for Salaah is considered worship itself!
First generation loses language
Second generation loses the culture
Third generation loses the religion
Fourth generation loses themselves