So… my set up is all ready for 2017, in shaa Allah. I have my A5 dori, my grid paper notebooks (I only write on grid paper… grid is good… heh) and my trusty fountain pens. I can’t wait to dig into journal goodness.
Here are some links that I have found very useful for starting out. They are Juz ‘Amma resources:
“My parents told me to learn the Qur’an before anything else…” Djamil, 10 of Senegal
“… But if all Muslims understood the Quran, there would be peace on earth…” Master Aboubacar, Djamil’s teacher
One of Islam’s most revered traditions, Koran recitation reaches its pinnacle at the world’s preeminent recitation competition in Cairo, where Muslim children come from across the globe to perform in front of a panel of prominent judges. Contestants as young as seven are ranked against kids more than twice their age for both their comprehensive memorization of the 600-page text as well as their improvised melodies. A diverse spectrum of Muslims competes for top prize: Ten-year-old Senegalese entrant Djamil navigates the competition alone while his community anxiously awaits his results; Rifdha, from a small island in the Maldives, enters as one of the competition’s few female participants; and Nabiollah, from rural Tajikistan, mesmerizes judges with his angelic voice in spite of not speaking Arabic.
Following these talented youngsters from their intense preparation regimes through the rigorous rounds of the tournament, director Greg Barker creates both an inspirational competition film and an engaging survey of the unique experiences of Muslim children throughout the world, using the cultural crossroads of the international competition to examine the issues facing of the next generation of Muslims.
~ Ian Hollander
My children LOVED this film. They were inspired by these extraordinary children. They enthralled by Nabiollah’s perfect memorization and beautiful voice, inspired by Rifdha who had big dreams and cried when confusion and nerves got the better of Djamil. If you have not watched this documentary, then I urge you to.
I discovered this link through my friend Raihanah’s Facebook and it is a lovely gem!
Ten-Minute Tafsir by Quranica.Com is a series aimed at making the Qur’an more accessible in the current day, using the popular short-video format to present a simplified explanation of a few verses at a time. More of an introduction than a commentary, it is based loosely on A Thematic Commentary on the Qur’an by the late Shaykh Muhammad al-Ghazali, a great Azhari scholar.
I love little nuggets like these that help to recharge one’s spiritual batteries… There are 11 videos to date and you can access them at Ten-Minute Tafseer’s Facebook page or at their Youtube Channel. Other resources are shared at Quranica.Com.