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The Study Quran. An accessible and accurate translation of the Quran that offers a rigorous analysis of its theological, metaphysical, historical, and geographical teachings and backgrounds, and includes extensive study notes, special introductions by experts in the field, and is edited by a top modern Islamic scholar, respected in both the West and the Islamic world.

Drawn from a wide range of traditional Islamic commentaries, including Sunni and Shia sources, and from legal, theological, and mystical texts, The Study Quranconveys the enduring spiritual power of the Quran and offers a thorough scholarly understanding of this holy text.

Beautifully packaged with a rich, attractive two-color layout, this magnificent volume includes essays by 15 contributors, maps, useful notes and annotations in an easy-to-read two-column format, a timeline of historical events, and helpful indices. With The Study Quran, both scholars and lay readers can explore the deeper spiritual meaning of the Quran, examine the grammar of difficult sections, and explore legal and ritual teachings, ethics, theology, sacred history, and the importance of various passages in Muslim life.

With an introduction by its general editor, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, here is a nearly 2,000-page, continuous discussion of the entire Quran that provides a comprehensive picture of how this sacred work has been read by Muslims for over 1,400 years.

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5th Shaban Urs Hazrat Khwaja Fakhruddin (ra) Abul Kher- Sarwar, Rajasthan 661 H

Dargah in Sarwar

Hazrat Khwaja Fakhruddin (R.A.) – Sarwar Sharif : was the eldest son of Khwaja Sahib (Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti) (R.A.) who earned his livelihood by farming in Mandal town. He was a great saint and a scholar as well . After twenty years of Khwaja Sahib. (R.A.) death he died in Sarwar town, some 40 miles away from Ajmer. His Mazar is located near a pond in the town. His Urs is celebrated on the 3rd-5th of Shaban every year with great fervour. He was blessed with five sons. One of his sons, Hazrat Khwaja Hussamuddin was a perfect Sufi. Khwaja Hussamuddin’s grave is at Sanbar Sharif. Continue reading

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Shaban 1439



With the coming of Shaban we are reminded that our beloved guest, Ramadan, will soon be here. We prepare our innermost self for the arrival and pray that Allah (swt) will bring us once again to that sacred meeting.

“Sweep out the chambers of your heart, make it ready to be the dwelling place of the beloved.” – Shabistari

‘A’ishah (ra) said: “The Messenger (saw) used to fast until we thought he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allah fasting for an entire month except in Ramadan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Sha’ban.” (Narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim).

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27 Rajab Urs Hazat Junaid Baghdadi, Baghdad, 297or298AH


Tomb of Hazrat Junaid Baghdadi

This link above is to a very good article about Junaid Baghdadi (ra) and his life. He is one of the most important influences in early Sufism. What is mentioned here is only a portion of the information at that website. Continue reading

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26 Rajab Lailat-ul-Mi’raj

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

السلام عليكم





سبحان الذي اسرى بعبده ليلا من المسجد الحرام الى المسجد الاقصى الذي باركنا حوله لنريه من اياتنا انه هو السميع البصير


Subhana allathee asra bi’abdihi laylan mina almasjidi alharami ‘ila almasjidi al-aqsa allathee barakna hawlahu linuriyahu min ayatina innahu huwa as-samee’u albaseer

Glory to (Allah) Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless,- in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who heareth and seeth (all things). Continue reading

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25 Rajab Urs Yadgar Chishti Ajmer Sharif

Dome of Dargah Sharif Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti

At the moment this is all I have on Hazrat Yadgar Chishti, his initial meeting with Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. It is a wonderful story. If you know more about him please send it to me via the reply at the bottom of the blog posting. Continue reading

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