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24 – Surah An-Naba Commentary

Why Surah An-Naba?

Here’s the background story. When I was a kid, I was in a Hafz (Quran Memorization) program in Senegal, West Africa.

Don’t be surprised, this is all mentioned in the About page. At first, I was ahead of all the other kids in the program because I had learned how to read Arabic while in the U.S. before leaving to study in Senegal.

So while they were learning how to read Arabic, I was already memorizing parts of the Quran.

And for a while, I was happy with this. And like most kids who go into the Hifz programs, I had no idea what I was memorizing.

I didn’t understand anything. I was just mimicking sounds that sounded nice, but had little meaning to my ears.

Then Came The Challenge

Fortunately, one of the other kids in the program (a good friend of mine named Yusuf) started to catch up to me.

I guess I had gotten lazy and before long, he was just a few chapters behind me. And to make matters worse, I got sick (remember, I was an American kid in Africa) and wasn’t able to go to class for almost two weeks.

By the time I was healthy enough to go back to class, Yusuf was just one Surah behind me!

Oh boy, talk about a friendly rivalry. We stayed friends, but we challenged each other for top spot in the program. I had to work extra hard to stay ahead of Yusuf. There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to bring out the best in you.

So rather than just study Quran during regular class hours, I began to study at night and in the mornings also.

And Yusuf, being the competitive Queens, New York native he is, did the same exact thing.

I Needed An Edge

I figured out that I had to do something different. I had to do something that would allow me to memorize the Quran faster and quicker, and allow me to retain it longer.

Because our teacher (may Allah have mercy on him) would not let us advance to the next Surah if we couldn’t repeat all of the Surahs we already knew back to him with three mistakes or less.

That’s when it hit me.

Wouldn’t it be easier for me to memorize the Quran, if I actually understood what I was saying? After all, I had memorized so many songs in English.

Logic said that memorizing words that I understood would be a lot easier and make recall and retention much better.

So I found an English-Arabic Quran and used that along with my regular Quran studies.

My Theory Worked

It worked like a charm.

I was able to memorize the Quran much quicker now that I actually understood what I was memorizing.

Even better, the Quran became so much more interesting. I would read the footnotes and commentary in the English-Arabic Quran while I memorized so it became more like memorizing a story.

And Alhamdulillah, I was finally able to put some distance between me and Yusuf.

But There Was Still A Problem

By the time I began to learn the meaning of what I was memorizing, I was well into my third juz of Quran. This meant that there were about 50 other surahs that I memorized without ever learning the meaning.

Unfortunately, I never went back and learned the meanings.

Every new Surah I learned, I made sure to learn the meaning as well.

But the old ones remained memorized sounds in my mind for almost two decades.

Recently (like six months ago) I began to go back through those first 50 Surahs I memorized and learn the meanings like I should have done in the first place.

I started with Surah An-Naas and just worked my way up the ladder, going backwards in the Quran. And Alhamdulillah, I recently finished Surah An-Naba.

And I decided this would be a good surah to discuss on the ILM Show.

This Isn’t A Tafseer

That’s right, it isn’t.

The tafseer was already done by Ibn Katheer. Instead, this is a commentary.

So rather than me tell you what I think Allah meant in His book, I tell you what I think Ibn Katheer meant in his tafseer.

Show Notes

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