Dear Readers, Assalamu alaikum, peace be with you all,
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to convey to you that we have established a foundation dedicated to spiritual elevation for all people, sans judgement, sans expectations, open and welcome to all.
The good news I have to share today is that through generous donation and by the work of dedicated students, we have a new website! A ‘meeting place’ we hope where we can share and grow together. You will find access to livestreamed video and podcasts completely free there. Join our mailing list so we can also keep you updated with our regular and special programs that are member only – but always completely free.
And indeed we are blessed to be launching it during the sacred month of Muharram, the first of the new year of 1442. A month the prophet (peace upon him and God’s blessings) termed the ‘month of God’. A time when so many momentous events have transpired, both deaths and births. It is a powerful time.
And therefore with much happiness I invite you to visit and be with us!
And what better way to celebrate a new birth than to soothe our ears with some masterfully recited Quran! 🙂 As I have tried to do many times, here’s to highlighting the beauty and power of female Quran reciters…who only recently are making their voices available on public media (they’ve been reciting for centuries, but it has always been for select audiences)
So delighted am I to showcase a recent Youtube channel dedicated to – you guessed it! – female Quran reciters, or Qaariaath to use the Arabic.
Here is a passage from the 3rd chapter in the Quran, it talks about the birth of our lady Mary (peace upon her). The Quran gives some detail as to the birth and childhood of Mary, prior to her own motherhood as the blessed virgin mother of Jesus (peace upon him). In the Quranic narrative, Mary’s mother – from a priestly Jewish lineage – consecrates her to be born baby to the service of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. Something only a boy was allowed to do in those days. So she was surprised when she gave birth to a girl! – Mary. And God says, I know what you do not. And indeed this girl had in front of her one of the most magnificent destinies ever to be. What more need I say.
Except that Mary’s miracles were manifested from an early age – even as a child food was always found in her room. When her guardian, the prophet Zachariah (peace upon him) wondered at this, she taught him that when God decides to provision those He choses, He does so in ways we cannot fathom, cannot count…in short in miraculous ways.
Enjoy and may you be blessed. I hope to see you at Irfaa