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The story of Prophet Jesus (AS) in the Quran

Basics of Islam: The Story of Prophet Jesus (AS) in the Quran

Prophet Jesus (AS), the last prophet from the Children of Israel, is one of the most famous men in the world. Billions revere his name. His ethics inspire imitation. His teachings continue to challenge. And the stories about him have always been blockbusters. So who was this man? This article is about the story of Prophet Jesus (AS) in the Quran. Now get ready to discover who we think Prophet Jesus (AS) is and what the Quran says he was.

Why the Story of Prophet Jesus (AS)?

Jesus is one of the great prophets of Islam. Through him, Allah has revealed the golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This rule states the central principle of how people should treat others.

The story of Prophet Jesus (AS) is vital for our kids because we celebrate him as a prophet who is superior to all other prophets except Muhammad (PBUH). His story also serves as a model for the struggle between good and evil. He is one of the greatest prophets in the Quranic tradition and the best-known person in human history. Allah also honors him as the “Spirit of God.”

Many have followed and died for Prophet Jesus (AS). But people still have a lot of questions about him. For example, the Christian belief that Jesus is the Son of God (and therefore is both God and man) differs from that of Jews and Muslims who believe that God could never become human. Jesus was a prophet but not the son of God. In fact, any claim that Allah would have a son is improper. In the Quran, Allah says:

In the Quran, Allah tells us that Prophet Jesus (AS) is not the son of God.

How Prophet Jesus (AS) was Born?

The story of Prophet Jesus (AS) is incomplete without his mother, the blessed Mary (or Maryam). The Quran holds Hazrat Maryam (AS) and her son Jesus (AS) in great esteem. The honor of his mother is so great that whenever the Quran mentions Jesus (AS), it describes Jesus as the “son of Mary.” In other words, the Quran honors Jesus (AS), with his prophetic greatness, through Hazrat Maryam (AS).

One day, Hazrat Maryam (AS) was worshipping and praising God in a temple. There she saw a man:

Gabriel (AS) appeared before Hazrat Maryam (AS).

Surprised and fearful, Hazrat Maryam (AS) said:

Hazrat Maryam (AS) seeks refuge with the God.

Gabriel (AS) said:

Gabriel (AS) replied to Hazrat Maryam (AS)

This news was shocking for Hazrat Maryam (AS). She said:

Gabriel (AS) came to blessed Mary (AS) to bestow upon her Prophet Jesus (AS)

That visit of Hazrat Gabriel (AS) caused Hazrat Maryam (AS) great worry and anxiety. Her wonder increased with time. How could she face the people and answer their questions? Hazrat Gabriel (AS) replied:

Gabriel (AS) said to Blessed Mary (AS)

Hazrat Maryam (AS) then left the temple and went to Nazareth, her birthplace. She settled in a simple farmhouse where no one would see her.

After a few months, Hazrat Maryam (AS) decided to leave Nazareth too. She was unsure where to go. She had not moved too far when the pains of childbirth started. Hazrat Maryam (AS) could not walk any further, and she sat down and leaned against a dry palm tree:

Blessed Mary (AS) drove to the trunk of palm tree.

All alone she gave birth to her son. As she gazed down at her son, Hazrat Maryam (AS) heard:

Allah has made a water spring flow under her.

The Quran then narrates:

Allah instructs blessed Mary (AS) to remain silent.

But her arrival with a newborn disturbed some people in the city, as expected by Hazrat Maryam (AS) as well. People started scolding her. She put her finger on her lips and pointed to the child. They said, “How can we talk to him who is (yet) an infant in the cradle” (Maryam, 19: 29). The child spoke out:

Prophet Jesus (AS) spoke out when he was a child.

Did Prophet Jesus (AS) Die?

No, he did not. We believe in the second coming of Jesus. Quran also states that he did not die but instead was taken from the world by God:

Prophet Jesus (AS) did not die, but Allah lifted him to heaven.

Jesus will return at the End of Time to bring about the triumph of Islam and then die like every human, thus concluding his prophetic mission.

So What Do We Have Learned from the Story?

The story and life of Prophet Jesus (AS) is a model for all of us to imitate, especially his celibacy, unconcern for wealth, and struggle against Satan. Quran has highlighted his miracles like he “cures the leper and brings life back to the dead.” These miracles are meant as signs of God to convince the Children of Israel as to the prophecy of Jesus (AS).

The Story of Prophet Moses (AS) in the Quran

Basics of Islam: The Story of Prophet Moses (AS) in the Quran

Hazrat Moses (or Musa) is one of the most beloved Messengers of Allah. The story of Prophet Moses (AS) is one of the most oft-repeated tales in the Quran. It is a marvelous story, and it is full of wonders too. But this story also stresses a punishment for those who disbelieve and mistreat Allah’s prophets.

Why this Story?

Of all the prophets in Islam, the story of Prophet Moses (AS) is unique because he is the one who spoke to God on Mount Sinai. He went to the holy valley of Tuwa. This story is also one-of-its-own kind because, when referred to Pharaoh of Egypt and the children of Israel, it is the most frequently told story in the Quran.

Who was Prophet Moses (AS)?

Born in Egypt, Prophet Moses (AS) was one of the most beloved Messengers of Allah. The Quran mentioned his name 137 times and called him a Messenger (Rasool) and a lawgiver. The Torah (Tawrat) was the holy book revealed to him by God.

Prophet Moses (AS) was from the lineage of Levi, one of the twelve sons of Prophet Jacob (AS). His birth year was anywhere from 100 to 400 years after the death of Prophet Joseph (AS). When Prophet Joseph (AS) passed away, the children of Israel were living rather well. But that changed before the birth of Prophet Moses (AS). By then, the king of Egypt was a cruel person who had enslaved many people.

Who was Pharaoh? And How Prophet Moses (AS) Grew Up?

The story of Prophet Moses (AS) tells us that Pharaoh, who ruled Egypt, was a tyrant. He was cruel to the children of Israel, the descendants of Prophet Jacob (AS). The people had to obey him only and believe in the false gods he invented. People thus started worshipping Pharaoh himself as a god.  

Pharaoh was afraid that the children of Israel might take over the Egyptians, and he passed an executive order to kill all the Israeli baby boys. The mother of Prophet Moses (AS), fearing that Pharaoh would kill her baby too, put him in a basket and dropped it in the Nile River so he could float to safety. While his sister Miriam watched from the bank, he got picked up by Pharaoh’s daughter. She then took him to Pharaoh’s palace.

Historians say that Pharaoh’s wife, Asiya, picked Moses (AS) up and later adopted him. She knew the baby was a Jewish boy. So she started looking for an Israeli woman to breastfeed him. Miriam approached Pharaoh’s daughter and offered to find someone to breastfeed him. She found Prophet Moses’s (AS) real mother to do that. He then grew up in Pharaoh’s palace.  

How Prophet Moses (AS) Confronted the Tyrant Pharaoh?

There was a twist in the story of Prophet Moses (AS). And that twist came when Prophet Moses (AS) was on his way back to Egypt from Madyan. The Quran says:

When Prophet Moses (AS) saw a fire.

And when he came close to that fire, Allah speaks to Prophet Moses (AS):

Allah speaks to Prophet Moses (AS)

Allah asked, “And what is this in your right hand, O Moses?” Prophet Moses submitted, “This is my staff. I lean on it, and beat down leaves with it for my goats, and in it there are also many other benefits for me.” Allah said, “O Moses, cast it down (on the ground).” Prophet Moses obeyed. Suddenly, “it became a serpent slithering (here and there).” Allah said: “Catch it, and do not fear. We shall transform it to its former state just now.” And “press your hand in your armpit. It will come out radiant white without any disease. This is another sign.” “We are doing this so that we show you greater signs of Our (might)” (Taha 20: 17-23).

Prophet Moses obeyed. Everything happened as God said. Then, Allah spoke to him again:

Allah sent Prophet Moses (AS) to go to Pharaoh.

Prophet Moses (AS) prayed, “O my Lord, expand my breast for me. And make my task (as a Messenger) easy for me. And untie the knot from my tongue. That people may understand (easily) what I say. And appoint for me a minister from my family. That is Harun, my brother. Provide me strength and backup with him. And make him share my task (of Messenger-ship)” (Taha, 20: 25-32).

What Happened at the End of the Story of Prophet Moses (AS)?

Pharaoh ordered his magicians to beat Moses (AS) with the power of their magic. They met Moses (AS) on the day of the festival. Moses (AS) defeated their magic with a great miracle. And Allah made him win over them. Magicians then started believing in Allah and disbelieving in Pharaoh. Pharaoh got mad and decided to cut their hands and feet. He crucified them on the trunks of the palm trees.

Ten successive plagues started to befall them. Allah inflicted them with the invasion of locusts, lice, blood, and toads that haunted their lives. But Allah kept the believers, who believe in Moses (AS), safe.

Each time, Pharaoh promised to free the people of Israel, Egyptians protested. They complained to Pharaoh about the toughness of life without the people of Israel (aka followers of Prophet Moses), who used to serve them. Thus, Pharaoh reversed his decision every time. He even ordered his soldiers to pursue people Israel and bring them back to Egypt.  

When they reached the sea, Allah divided it into two parts and made a way for Moses and his followers to pass through it. Pharaoh with his army saw the sea splitting. But, as he and his soldiers tried to cross, the sea closed in on them. They all drowned. And Allah spared Moses and his believers.

Did You Learn Anything?

So what have you learned from the story of Prophet Moses (AS)? We’d love to have your thoughts on it. And if you want your kids to learn from such stories of prophets in the Quran, we can help as well. 🙂

the story of prophet Lut (AS) in the Quran

Basics of Islam: The Story of Prophet Lut (AS) in the Quran

The Quran is a book of guidance. Reading it is like going on an adventure – where you travel to distant lands, encounter fascinating people, and experience a whole new world. Think of the Quran as your travel book and of prophets as your tour guide. Why? It is because our prophets came to this world to tell us how to live in this world as instructed by Allah. This article is about Prophet Lut (AS) and his people. Now, fasten your seat belts. Put your lid on your latte. And prepare yourself to read the beautiful story of Prophet Lut (AS) to experience the Quran as you’ve never done it before. I’m sure you will relive the events and meet someone who literally changed our world.  

Who was Prophet Lut (AS)?

Hazrat Lut (AS) was a Messenger of Allah. He was also a nephew and follower of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS). He was a resident of Ur, an ancient town in Mesopotamia (Iraq). But Allah commanded him to go to Sodom and Gomorrah for the guidance of people.

Why the Story of Prophet Lut (AS)?

There are many reasons to tell your kids about the story of Prophet Lut (As), but three of them are most important. The first one is that the inhabitants of Sodom were the most wicked people who had ever lived. They were full of evil and would ambush and kill travelers. Robberies were rampant. The strong stomped upon the weak, and the rich enslaved the poor. Lawlessness was everywhere.

The second reason was the widespread practices of sodomy. Most people were homosexuals and practiced anal sex in public. Prophet Lut (AS) strongly chided them for approaching men with sexual desire instead of women:

Prophet Lut (AS) strongly rebuked the people of Sodom

And the third reason was that the people of Sodom ridiculed him and threatened Prophet Lut (AS) to evict him from the cities by saying that this man wanted to be pure. Allah sent Prophet Lut (AS) to preach and make the people of Sodom give up unnatural and indecent practices. But the behavior of people disappointed him. Their evil practices had spread all through the land. The message and preaching of Prophet Lut (AS) had no effect. 

What Happened to the People of Sodom?

The story of Prophet Lut (AS) in the Quran showed us that one day three angels disguised as young boys came to Prophet Lut (AS) as guests. When the people of Sodom got the news, they came running and tried to enter his house. Allah says:

Prophet Lut (AS) and angels as his guest

They rejected the prophet’s appeal and said: “You know well that we have nothing to do with your (people’s) daughters. And you certainly know what we desire” (Quran 11: 79). And when the angels saw the anxiety of the prophet, they said:

Angels said to Prophet Lut (AS)

Before sunrise, a deadly earthquake overtook them with an extremely loud sound. Angels also rained stones on them. Not a single person survived in that city. The wife of Prophet Lut (AS) also was killed because she had sympathy with homosexuals.

So what you’ve learned from the story of Prophet Lut (AS)? We tried to keep it short and sweet for you; so you have time to read all the goodness over on our blog. Let us know what do you think? And if you, as parents, want your kids to learn the stories of our prophets in the Quran, we can help.

The story of Prophet Shu'ayb (AS) in the Quran

Basics of Islam: The Story of Prophet Shu’ayb (AS) in the Quran

How do your kids think? Are they unaware of the world around them? How do they respond to situations and analyze events? What’s going on inside the little mind? As a parent, these were some of the questions that floated around your mind. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get inside their heads and see what they are seeing, recognize what they are feeling, and appreciate why they are responding to you in a particular way? Kids love to learn from a stories. But instead of reading to them about made-up characters like Superman or Spiderman, why not make good use of that time? Your kids need to hear the narratives of our real-life heroes while they are young. And the best ones are the stories of our beloved prophets in the Quran. This article is about the story of Prophet Shu’ayb (AS), who is one of the best role models for us and our kids to follow.

Why the Story of Prophet Shu’ayb (AS)?

Muslim kids these days are confused about right and wrong. How can your kid growing up in a Muslim home where the Quran is central be that confused? Good question. Maybe you assumed that you knew right from wrong. But that’s the wrong assumption to make in this day and age.

We’re all in trouble that comes from our surroundings. We’re being raised in a wilderness that is both moral and spiritual. Believe it or not, our kids can survive in such a state even when a society has largely rejected the notions of truth and morality.

So can our kids survive? You won’t believe how easy it is to get started. Just open the Quran and read the stories of our prophets to your kids. Why?

Allah sent messengers to us to teach us the purpose of our lives. The Quran mentioned only 25 out of 1,24,000 prophets. But their stories were full of lessons.  Take, for example, the story of Prophet Shu’ayb (AS). Allah sent him to the people of Madyan, a tribe of Arabs who lived from Ma’an (a present-day Jordan) to the Gulf of Aqaba.

Who was Prophet Shu’ayb (AS)?

Prophet Shu’ayb (AS), known in Biblical literature as Jethro, was the messenger of Allah. His mother was a pious and Allah-fearing daughter of Prophet Lut (AS), and his father was a direct descendant of Prophet Ibrahim (AS). Prophet Shu’ayb was also an eloquent orator. Muslims honored him as “the preacher of the prophets.” His story is vital for our kids because it enlightens and enriches people of all ages.

Allah sent Prophet Shu’ayb (AS) to reform Madyan. Throughout his blessed life, he advised the people of Madyan to improve their behavior and give up their evil practices. Allah says:

Allah sent Prophet Shu'ayb (AS) to Madyan

 Most of them were proud and corrupt. They robbed each other and considered immorality as their birthright.

The story of Prophet Shu’ayb (AS) also tells us that there was no discipline for kids and no respect for the parents. They refused and ignored Prophet Shu’ayb (AS). Many even ridiculed him. And some of these men waited outside his house to harass him, his family members, and his followers, visiting him for guidance.

Who are the People of Madyan?

Allah gave the people of Madyan strength and power. Their area had been rich with fertile lands. The abundance and varieties of food enriched the nation. Most of them were traders, and their clients came from the surrounding areas of the desert. But, instead of thanking Allah for such blessings, they disobeyed Allah. They followed Satan and started worshipping idols. They had many gods.

As well as worshipping false gods, Madyans did other shameful things. The free flow of wealth made them arrogant and deceitful. They demanded money to let traders pass through their area. If the traders stopped in the markets to buy and sell, the Madyan traders cheated them. Sometimes the traders wanted to buy or sell grain, or precious metals like gold and silver. Then the Madyans secretly fixed their scales in their favor to deceive traders. This way, traders did not get a fair price. They lied about the quality of goods and hid their faults to fool foreign traders.

The story of Prophet Shu’ayb (AS) in the Quran also tells us that he called on his people to stop cheating, taxing travelers, and barring people from coming to him to learn:

Give full measures of weight with justice

He promised that if they’d accept his advice, Allah would bless their trading and make them even more rich and successful.

Madyans did not pay heed to him. They were so used to lying and cheating that they thought everybody else was a liar too:

People of Madyan called Prophet Shu'ayb (AS) a liar.

So, foolishly, they trusted nobody. Allah says:

The story of Prophet Shu'ayb (AS): People of Madyan said to Prophet Shu'ayb (AS).

Prophet Shu’ayb said, “My Allah knows very well what you’re doing.”

The Conclusion of the Story of Prophet Shu’ayb (AS): A Terrible Earthquake

The leaders threatened Prophet Shu’ayb (AS). They hated him, and they were not patient. They also threatened the people of the town to stay away from the Messenger of Allah and not to believe him. One day, they seized all the belongings of Prophet Shu’ayb and his followers and drove them out of the town. Then the Prophet Shu’ayb prayed to Allah to judge who was truthful.

Then, the weather in Madyan became scorching hot. People tried to shelter in their houses. Some went out into the hills to try to cool down. But nothing worked. A billowing black cloud appeared in the sky. Madyans thought it would shade them from the sun. But there was a sound like thunder, and the earth began to shake violently. Burning rocks flew out of the dark cloud, and everyone was gasping for breath. By the next morning, they all lay dead, face down where they had fallen in their homes.

Bottom Line:

So what we have learned from the story of Prophet Shu’ayb (AS)? We’ve read that the people of Madyan and their arrogant leaders refused to listen to the prophet. The corrupt chiefs even summoned Prophet Shu’ayb and threatened him to stop preaching. Madyans were worried that the wealth they had accumulated would diminish if the nation reformed. And Prophet Shu’ayb (AS) and his followers had to leave Madyan and settle in a place where they were welcome. Allah punished people of Madyan, and Prophet Shu’ayb (AS) and his followers were remained unharmed and protected.

Read this story to your kids. You’ll see that it will shape their minds, thinking, and value system.

The story of Prophet Joseph (PBUH) in the Quran

Basics of Islam: The Story of Prophet Joseph (PBUH) in the Quran

Kids love hearing bedtime stories. They want to spend time with you, hear your voice, and get to know you better through the tales you tell. The narratives of our Prophets from the Quran work as powerful reminders of God’s work in our lives. Bedtime stories give your kids confidence through tough times and struggles of life in this wounded world. And when Islam contains the narratives of such ideal figures like Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH), and Prophet Joseph (PBUH), you never lack for stories to tell. This article is about the story of our Prophet Joseph (PBUH). I bet if you read it in front of your kids, you’ll find our Prophets will live in the lives of your kids.

Why This Story Only?    

Of all the narratives of the prophets in the Quran, the story of Prophet Joseph, the beloved son of Prophet Yaqub (Jacob), is perhaps the most beautiful and often retold. The Quran dedicates an entire surah to it. And it has been the best of the stories that Allah has revealed.

Prophet Yusuf experienced jealousy, hatred, pride, passion, deception, intrigue, and cruelty. His noble qualities were patience, loyalty, bravery, nobility, and compassion. That’s why his story is the most fascinating one in the Quran. It also gives insight into the depth of Allah’s power and supremacy. Indeed, there are many visible signs in the story of Prophet Yusuf for those who believe in Allah.  

Lessons Learned from the Story of Prophet Joseph (PBUH)

There is no other narrative in the Quran that contains such lessons and principles for all of us to learn. While all other accounts are scattered throughout different suras, the story of Prophet Joseph comes with great detail with his life history. There are instances from which “men of understanding” can take a warning and deduce various lessons. Allah says:

Lesson of warning in the story of Prophet Joseph (PBUH)

Revealing the manners of a Prophet in all his words and actions, Prophet Yusuf showed patience and forbearance when mistreated by his brothers. He also forgave them without leaving them feeling any guilt for their misdeeds. He told them:

patience and forbearance

All of the characters involved in the events described in the surah come to find the truth in the end.

This surah also contains lessons for people from all walks of life. It deals with all the religious, social, economic, political, and literary aspects of this worldly life. The story of Prophet Joseph also contains many lessons and reminders, such as patience and forgiveness, of times when one can repay cruelty and torture in kind.

Zulaykha and Prophet Joseph (PBUH) in the Quran

The man in Egypt who purchased Prophet Yusuf was named Qatfir, the finance minister of the King of Egypt Riyan b. Walid, commonly known as “Aziz of Egypt.” Zulaykha was his wife.

Prophet Joseph (PBUH) was the most handsome and beautiful male ever existed. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also called him “an embodiment of half of all beauty.” In that incident, Zulaykha tried to seduce Prophet Yusuf by locking the doors and trapping him in her room. In the Quran, Allah says:

Zulaykha and Prophet Joseph

And, while describing the story of Prophet Joseph, Allah says:

Zulaykha and Prophet Joseph

Then, when Prophet Yusuf tried to escape the woman’s temptation, she grabbed him from behind, ripping the back of his shirt. The master then suddenly opened the door. He found his wife and Prophet Yusuf in a conflict situation. The wife immediately accused Joseph of trying to seduce her (12: 25). Prophet Yusuf fought back, saying that the wife tried to seduce him and the evidence was in the torn shirt. If Prophet Yusuf’s shirt were torn from the front, the evidence would indicate that she was trying to escape him. But, as the shirt was torn from behind, it was clear that Prophet Yusuf tried to get away from her. The master accepted the evidence and condemned his wife for her actions (12: 26-29).

With the story of Prophet Joseph, the Quran goes out of its way to defend the honor and chastity of Prophet Yusuf. That is how Allah protects the innocence and role model capacity of the noble prophets and His persons.

Bottom Line:

See how beautifully Allah has told us the story of His beloved Prophet in the Quran. And when we read such naptime stories aloud in front of our kids, they would love to act the way our Prophets did. Your kids will also understand that Allah has a plan for all of us. All we have to do is to keep our faith in Him. Our Prophet Joseph could have also complained and asked our Allah about the adversities he met at every turn of his life, but he knew that Allah would take care of him. Don’t know how to start? Don’t worry. We can help!

The concept of paradise and hell in Islam

Basics of Islam: The Concepts of Paradise and Hell in Islam

What do your kids think about paradise and hell? They probably saw someone talking about it on TV, read about it in magazines, and heard about it in local mosques. But all of these sources can be confusing to your kids. You, as parents, need to describe the concepts of paradise and hell in Islam to your kids in expansive narratives. You should give them opportunities to learn more about the concepts, so they decide where they’ll spend eternity.

Why Paradise and Hell?

The concepts of paradise and hell in Islam are both a reality. The Quran tells us that both are real. Allah has given every person a choice – to (or not to) love or serve Him. Your kids might ask why a loving Allah would condemn anyone to hell. But the real question is, why would your kids reject the love of Allah? Allah wants everyone to experience eternal life with Him. And each person is bound for one or the other. The point here is not to scare your kids into believing in Allah – but it is the information that they must know.

Let’s Dig Deeper


Paradise is, first of all, Allah’s neighborhood. It’s the abode of Allah and the souls of the righteous. Allah has described it with every possible glorious adjective. For example, the Quran’s images of paradise are as beautiful as they are sensational:

Heaven is thus a place of peace, joy, and tranquility, and above all else, it’s close to Allah. Islam reiterates paradise as a walled garden, open to those who do good, avoid evil, truly repent for their wrongdoings, and believe in the Quran.


Hell is the final state of torment and punishment for the souls of the wicked. The Quran places equal emphasis on describing the hellfire for the souls that reject faith out of arrogance, deny the hereafter, and sin against themselves. For example, Allah says:

The concept of hell in Islam

The Concepts of Paradise and Hell are Not in Islam Only

Every religion explains the idea of what happens to us is the result of what we do. In Western religions, it’s called providence, and it means God judges us and rewards our goodness while punishing us for our sins. In Hinduism and Buddhist sects, this same idea is karma, and it’s that how we act in this life determines how we’ll live in our next life. The teachings of Islam are similar.

Let’s Learn About Paradise and Hell

The concept of paradise and hell in Islam is similar to the law of cause and effect: Whatever goes around, comes around. Easy, isn’t it? But if you’re still finding it hard, we’ve started a series of Basics of Islam. Both you and your kids can learn many basics, including the five pillars of Islam, the concepts of paradise and hell, and Islamic manners.  

Learn how to teach Islamic manners to your kids

Basics of Islam: Learn How to Teach Islamic Manners to Your Kids

Raising kids is indeed a serious business. To identify and nurture a unique talent or skill in your kids, you enroll them in classes. And you also plunge them into technology and learning programs. But sometimes, in your drive to help kids succeed, you skip over the thing that they can achieve: Islamic manners.

Why You Should Teach Islamic Manners to Your Kids?

Islam is a comprehensive way of life. And when it permeates every aspect of our life, it provides customs (Adaab) to spend the whole life. Adab is an Arabic term that denotes a habit, an etiquette, a manner of conduct.  So adaab of Islam means the Islamic manners derived from the teachings and instructions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). If you want to do the right thing, you should work on a few real-life advice, time-tested tips, and lessons learned from the life of our Prophet (PBUH).

Trust me: Islamic manners will open more doors for your kids than all other lessons combined. Your kid can acquire the basics that, with daily application, will last a lifetime. It is never too soon to start or too late to catch up.

Your kids should adopt Islamic manners because they are different from other cultures. They’re derived from the two main sources: the Quran and the Prophet’s deeds, words, and instructions.  The two contain the principles needed to settle the issues arising in human societies of all ages.

Islam holds principles and values, attitudes, customs, and manners in all reaches of human concern and relationship. In simple words: To be a Muslim is to act in a proper human manner. It’s in contrast to the way that other creatures (in accord with their nature) conduct themselves.

What Makes an Ideal Human Personality in Islam?

The ideal of human personality rests on the concept of virtuous deeds. The term extends beyond the holy domain and covers all human acts. The life of our Prophet (PBUH) tells us to:

  • Act justly between two people
  • Help load his belongings
  • Speak good words
  • Remove nuisances from paths or roads
  • Give food and water to stray dogs and cats
  • Be forward in greeting others
  • Visit relatives

This way, the most inclusive characteristics of the ideal Muslim are humility, modesty, and simplicity. Pride and arrogance in any aspect of conduct are unacceptable. Allah hates those “who take pride in their color, caste, nationality, level of worship, and jobs.” Indeed, no individual is superior to another except in his degree of faith and contribution to good deeds.

Islamic manners begin by setting examples for kids. For example, as a parent, you should teach your kids:

  • Be prompt to thank a person saying, may God reward you well. It’s because our Prophet (PBUH) said, “He who does not thank people does not thank God.”
  • Don’t try to restrain a sneeze, which is a blessing from God. When you sneeze, you should say, al-hamdu lillah (“Praise be to God”).
  • Treat animals with mercy and kindness
  • Use the right foot and hand in all positive actions, such as eating, drinking, holding the Quran, and shaking hands. The point here is to distinguish even by your bodily gestures which things are good and not good.

Develop Islamic Manners in Your Kids!

Among the thousands of expenses of raising your kids, the development of Islamic manners is the least costly. In fact, it costs nothing, relatively. And the bonus is that teaching Adaab to your kids is the one investment you can make with guaranteed returns.

Pressed with time? No worries. You can take advantage of our series Basics of Islam. We’ll help you teach your kids.

Five Pillars of Islam

Basics of Islam: What are the Five Pillars of Islam?

Every religion has its followers and outsiders who think of some basics in it, such as the Wheel of Dharma in Buddhism and the Ten Commandments in Judaism and Christianity. A similar list of basics, called the Five Pillars, exists in Islam. Like the structure of a modern building, pillars in large or ancient buildings give structural support. In the same way, the Five Pillars of Islam provide the foundations. These pillars are a ready-made formula for you and your kids to become a believer, and they make transitioning to the faith very accessible.

Why Five Pillars of Islam?

Think of the five pillars of Islam as the minimum of what’s involved in being a believing and practicing Muslim. Imagine your kids know nothing about Islam. They ask themselves: How do they start to live life as Muslims? What must they believe and do? And where do they begin?

The Five Pillars provide a simple blueprint for a beginning and a framework for life ahead. They are a checklist to help your kids start on the straight path. Each pillar is straightforward, and all Muslims can answer for themselves whether or to what degree they have fulfilled each requirement. Of course, these pillars are only a beginning. Each serves as a gateway into more understanding and greater spirituality as your kid grows in the faith.

First Pillar: Creed (or Shahada)

Many religions condense the essence of their faith in a short statement that’s simple. At the same time, such testaments have great depths of meaning. Such is the testimony of faith in Islam. This statement – “I testify that there is no God but Allah, and I testify that Muhammad (PBUH) is the messenger of God” – sums up what it means to be a Muslim.

A Muslim must make a public declaration of the faith. By saying it, a person accepts the tenets of Islam, including beliefs in angels, the Quran, the Bible, the prophets, and a Day of Judgment.

Second Pillar: Prayer (Salat)

Muslims must pray five times a day – at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset, and nightfall. As the most important of five pillars, prayers provide a direct link between God and the worshiper.

Salat follows a prescribed sequence of words with accompanying bodily positions. And it is the most important means of worshiping God in Islam. Daily salat is central to Islam. Other worship rituals are vital but occur at much less frequent intervals – once a year or even once in a life. But because Muslims stop whatever they are doing to pray five times a day, they’re constantly reminded to put God before all their other concerns.

Third Pillar: Purifying Tax (Zakat)

Every religion urges charity by its members to support religious, social service, and educational needs. Islam has established such giving as the zakat, a required tax every Muslim must pay every year. Although the details can get complex, the rate is 2.5% of all liquid assets and income-producing property. If one’s property is below a certain minimum (called the nisab), a person does not pay it.

Many passages from the Quran and the hadith extol charitable acts. In al-Baqarah, Allah says:

Third pillar of Islam: Zakat

Fourth Pillar: Fasting (Sawm)

The fourth pillar of Islam is sawm. Muslims fast between dawn and dusk during Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. Every Muslim must abstain from food, liquid, and intimate contact during those hours of the day.

Islam doesn’t recommend extreme asceticism or self-denial. God created the world and the human body for enjoyment. Salvation doesn’t come by denying one’s physical needs, such as food. However, Muslims should enjoy the world in moderation.

Fifth Pillar: Hajj (Making the Pilgrimage to Mecca)

One of the most important of the five pillars of Islam for Muslims is the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It lasts for five days, from the 8th to the 12th of Dhul-Hija, the 12th and last month of the Muslim year. Attending the hajj is mandatory for Muslims. But because it can be expensive, one can still be a Muslim without performing the hajj.

 Because the hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, literally millions of Muslims make the voyage to Saudi Arabia to participate in it every year. It’s uncommon to have at least 5 million hajjaj in Mecca and Medina during the hajj.

The Five Pillars Are Your Way to Divine Love and Service to Humanity

Believers who obey the five pillars of Islam receive rewards both in this life and the afterlife. But have your kids learned about them? If not, we’ve covered it in depth in our series The Basics of Islam, from stopping five times a day to join with other Muslims in praying to God to fasting during Ramadan to making the hajj – the spiritual high point of a Muslim’s life.

How can your kids recite the Quran properly?

Basics of Islam: How Can You Help Your Kids in Reciting the Quran Properly?

When you and your kids read the Quran, what goes on in your heads? Reciting the Quran engages your eyes, ears, mouth, and, of course, your brain. And the good news is that your kid can improve by being a committed reciter, breaking bad reading habits, applying rules (tajweed), and reciting the Quran with concentration.

Allah says in the Quran:

Recite the Quran with the most pleasant pauses.

But most of us (as readers) do not enjoy reciting the Quran. Why? It’s because we do not know how to read it with ‘most pleasant pauses’ (or tajweed).

Do you know that when you recite the Quran with tajweed, you get more pleasure? You get to understand the meaning out of the words of Allah. In our experience, as reciters, we’ve seen countless individuals grow to love reciting the Quran. And it’s only after they’ve learned how to read it with “most pleasant pauses.”

Breaking Bad Habits

It all starts with a change of habits. A general rule is that if half of becoming a good reciter is developing new skills. And the other half is breaking the bad (or no) reading habits that keep you from reading the Quran.

Pursuing personal growth can be a big motivator for your kids. Being a better parent can fire up our desires and consequences. Striving to be the best version of ourselves and seeing the progress make us feel better about ourselves. And the confidence and self-worth of your kids increase when you, as parents, feel good about yourselves.  

When you focus on learning and growth, you develop positive habits. The practice of reciting 15 minutes daily in front of your kids to grow and learn can lead to spectacular results. Those 15 minutes each morning, repeated over a year, are 91.5 hours of reading time. We can read a typical book in six (6) hours, so that’s better than 15 books a year.


Reciting the Quran with Pleasant Pauses is Concentrating

Reciting the Quran with “pleasant pauses” requires sustained, forceful concentration. It’s because when you recite the Quran that way, you do many things at once. As your kids see you reciting the verses, they remain alert to the ideas and the message of Allah. Your kids will also think along with the message and detect how our God presents it. As you read, you have to read with more perspective and separate the details from weightier stuff. You should know when to read in rhythm, and when to slow down to get the gist of it.

A useful tip: One way to improve the concentration of your kid is to let them imagine that nothing exists. There’s no one outside the borders of the Quran you’re reading. Pretend that the entire universe has been right in front of them. Nothing can distract your kids because nothing exists to distract them.

What You Need to Get Started?

Besides the ability to concentrate, you don’t need much to recite the Quran well. If you’re reading the Quran, you need a quiet, well-lit place free from noise and other distractions. Make wherever you can concentrate best when you want to read the Quran.

More than ever, today’s kids recite the Quran on computer monitors or laptops, not the pages of the Holy Book. It’s okay. But you have to make it comfy and less of a strain on the eyes of your kids. 

Recite the Quran with Tajweed

The Quran is the word of Allah. That’s why you should do everything possible to recite it correctly. The purpose of tajweed is to enable you to read it the way our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) did.

Arabic at first seems quite hard for any non-Arabs, especially those who don’t share Arabic script. But, structurally, linguists agree that it is one of the easiest languages to learn and read. It’s because of its simple and logical pattern in forming words through their triliteral roots.

If you don’t know what tajweed is, I’d then recommend studying under a tutor. A skilled teacher is invaluable because he or she has already mastered the subject in detail.

5 Ways to Recite the Quran in Arabic Like a Pro!

5 Ways to Recite the Quran in Arabic like a Pro

Welcome to the world of Arabic, a sixth most spoken language and a formal language of over 20 countries. More than 1.9 billion Muslims speak this dialect five times in their prayers. While Arabic may present some learning challenges because of its rich and complex grammar structure, it is not that hard. This lovely language is a composition of flourishing shapes, joined delicately to one another. Any person can read or understand a text written fourteen centuries ago. But, as with all worthy things, most non-Arabs find it hard to read the Quran with Tajweed. This article makes this job as painless as possible for you. And when you work your way through it, you will be able to recite the Quran in Arabic like a pro.   

Like English and other Roman languages, a set of grammar rules govern Arabic. Grammar is the base of any language; it’s a glue that binds different elements of language together. It allows us to communicate using a defined set of rules. I walk you step by step and guide you to cherish and succeed in this learning experience. And when you master those rules, you will be to recite the Quran like a native speaker.

1. First Thing First: Learn How the Arabic Root System Works!

Your learning to recite the Quran in Arabic starts with the know-how of a root system. Arabic contains words derived from a root form, a base from which you can form many words. For example, the base form دَرَسَ means “to study.” If you change that word to یُدَرِسُ, it means “to teach.” And when you change it further to مَدرسۃ, it means “a place where you study.” 

The point here is that the form and meaning of the word change by just making changes like adding or deleting a letter in one root. You can derive up to forty words from that root word. You won’t find this in any other language in the world.

2. Nouns and Adjectives Would Help in Reciting the Quran in Arabic!

Nouns and adjectives are two of the essential elements in any language. They are the parts of speech used in Arabic to name a person, place, thing, quality, or action. But adjectives modify nouns. Although both go hand in hand, the best way to understand how they work in Arabic is to address each separately.

Every noun has a masculine, feminine, singular, and plural form. And an adjective must agree with the noun it modifies in both gender and plurality. While nouns in Arabic come before adjectives, nouns in English always come after their adjectives.

3. An Understanding of Definite and Indefinite Articles in Arabic Would Help Too!

A common trait that nouns and adjectives share in Arabic is that you can change them using definite article prefixes. An article is a part of speech that you use to point out nouns or adjectives and define their uses.

Unlike English, Arabic has no outright indefinite article; it always has an implied one. For example, when you say کتاب, you mean both “book” and “a book.” In the same way, مَدرَسۃ means both “school” and “a school.” But Arabic employs a definite article, a prefix you attach to either the noun or the adjective you want to define. For example, “the book” is “al-Kitab” (الکتاب) and “the school” is “al-madrasa (المدرسۃ).  Simple, isn’t it?

4. Now You Can Form Verb-Free Sentences and Recite the Quran in Arabic

Got familiar with the basics? There you go! Now you can form the sentences, which can be nominal (subject-verb) or verbal (verb-subject) with free order. It’s a way different from English sentences that are in subject-verb order. In other words, there is no “is/are” as a proper verb in Arabic. That’s not to say that you can’t create an “is/are” sentence; you can by NOT using an actual verb.

There are two ways to form such sentences. You can manipulate definite and indefinite nouns and adjectives or pull together nouns, adjectives, and verbs. You can also create a complete sentence with a subject and a predicate without using a verb. An example is to take the definite noun الکتاب (the book) and add to it the indefinite adjective کبیر (big). The resulting phrase is الکتاب کبیر, which means the book is big.

5. Last But Not Least is Learning How Verb Tenses in Arabic Work!

Learning how verb tenses work would help you in reciting the Quran in Arabic. You’ll be happy to know that verb tenses in Arabic are simple. You only need to be concerned with two proper verb forms: the past and the present. A future tense also exists, but it’s a derivative of the present that you achieve by attaching a prefix to the present tense of the verb.

The Past Tense

It is one of the easiest structures in Arabic. Every regular verb follows a very strict pattern. First, you refer to all regular verbs in the past tense using the ھُوَ (he) personal pronoun. Second, most verbs in this form have three consonants that come with the same vowel: the fat.hah that creates a “ah” sound. For instance, the verb کَتَبَ (“wrote”) in the past tense is ka.ta.ba. Its three consonants are “k,” “t,” and “b.” Some more examples include “اکل” (ate), “فعل” (did), “ذھب” (went), and “قراٗ” (read).

The Present Tense

Unlike the past tense, conjugating verbs in the present tense is a bit trickier. Instead of changing only the ending of the verb, you must also change its beginning. In other words, you need to be familiar with the suffix and the prefix that corresponds to each personal pronoun.

Still Finding it Hard to Recite the Quran in Arabic?

I assume that you’ve so far learned some basics to recite the Quran in Arabic. But if you’re still finding it hard, never fear. 92Campus has tutors to explain the grammar rules that govern Arabic in the easiest and most interactive way possible. They have years of experience in helping students like you to master linguistic concepts with greater ease.