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Salamun Alaykum  
I would like to ask the following question regarding SURAH 2 VERSE 3 especially this part:  
Alladhina y’uminina bilghaib - those persons who believe in the unseen;”  
What is really meant by the unseen?
Add Your Comments  Question by: ARDEE On 05 October 2010
Comments by: Nargis On 05 October 2010Report Abuse
Aoa, plz allow me to post an article by Dr. Mansoor Alam  
Ghayb in the Divine Universe in the Divine Universe  
The only way mankind can gain knowledge about the divine universe is through wahi (revelation). The ghayb of the divine universe (which can never be perceived by mankind) is what most Muslims usually think of when ghayb is mentioned to them. They mechanically repeat a list stating Allah, Heaven, Hell, etc. as examples of ghayb. Indeed, these are the truths and realities (including God’s nature and His personality) which are beyond human sense-perception, and are also referred to as "al-ghayb". The Quran says about Allah:  
"No vision can grasp Him, but His grasp is over all vision. He is beyond all comprehension." (6:103)  
"There is nothing whatever like unto Him." (42:11)  
That is, as far as God Himself is concerned, He is beyond human comprehension and no example can be given to explain His nature and personality. Therefore, God did not ask us to close our eyes and sit in a solitary place and meditate in order to discover Him or try to recognize Him as is done in mysticism. Our finite minds cannot comprehend even the infinite time, let alone God who created time.  
However, we have been given the ability to comprehend the Quran and the attributes of Allah that are mentioned therein. Some of the attributes are exclusive to God alone and no human can have a share in them, e.g. Al-Awwal (the First), al-Aakhir (the Last), al-Zaahir (the Evident), al-Baatin (the Hidden). These four attributes are expressions of God’s infiniteness (57:3). There are other attributes though, which we can understand and even emulate within human limits. For example, God is Al-Rahim (the Merciful), Al-Karim (the Generous), Al-Hafeez (the Protector), Al-Mo’min (the Provider of security), Al-Aleem (the Knowing), Al-Aziz (the Powerful) etc; so we should try (within human limits) to develop these characteristics in our own characters. But most Muslims, instead, have spent (and continue to spend) a lot of their time and energy concentrating on those attributes which are exclusive to God alone. This, in spite of the fact that Allah clearly tells us that it is an exercise in futility (as mentioned above in 6:103) -- and therefore waste of time. According to Iqbal:  
"Agar na sahl hon tujh par zameen ke hangame  
Buri hay mastiye adesha haa-e-aflaaki" (Transliteration from Urdu)  
"If you can not face the problems of the world (with courage), then it is useless to be meditating about Heaven" (Translation from Urdu)  
Allah asks us to reflect on His work (i.e., the universe) (3:190-191) and His word (i.e., his Book, the Quran) (4:82, 47:24). His signs are all around and inside us -- signs in the universe, signs in the selves of human beings, and signs presented in His Book. God’s message (His work and His word) can only be understood by reflecting and pondering His various signs. And since this reflection and pondering requires knowledge and understanding, we are constantly urged by Allah to acquire knowledge and understanding of the physical universe as well as the human universe. That is, there is no short cut to God.  
Ghayb in the Physical Universe in the Physical Universe  
There are many forces in the universe that are hidden from human sense-perception. As human knowledge advances, many forces that are hidden (ghayb) become revealed (mash-hood, from the root shahada). In the words of Iqbal:  
"Yeh dunya da’wate deedaar hay farzande Adam ko  
Ki her mastoor ko bakhsha gaya hay zauqe ‘uryaani"(Transliteration from Urdu)  
"This world invites every human being to observe it, because every hidden object has been endowed with desire to be uncovered" (Translation from Urdu)  
For example, the atom and its immense forces have existed ever since the universe came into existence, but they were hidden from human sense-perception. Only in the twentieth century has human knowledge advanced to the level where the atom and its immense forces have been revealed. The Quran has presented this aspect of the revelation of hidden forces as signs for the proof of its message:  
"Soon we will show them our signs in the physical world as well as inside their own selves (nafs) until it becomes manifest to them that this Quranic message is the truth." (41:53)  
To what does this ayah refer when it says "inside their own selves (nafs)"? This leads us to the ghayb of the Human Universe (which includes mankind’s social, political, economical, psychological, etc., spheres of life).  
Ghayb in the Human Universe in the Human Universe  
A farmer plants seeds in the soil. He toils in his farm, day in and day out, and provides the proper nourishment to the plants at appropriate times. He also tries to protect his farm from harmful agents. He does all these things over a period of several months and comes home empty handed every time. Someone unfamiliar with farming will laugh at him and even consider him mad because he spends his money, time, and effort and comes home empty handed. The question is, what is the driving force behind his effort? The answer is easy - his efforts have not been realized yet. But he has the firm belief that one day he is going to harvest a big crop. So, here "Iman-bil-ghayb" clearly means to have firm belief in the unseen results of ones effort. In the case of the farmer, one can say that he knows from prior experience that the result of his firm belief in farming will be a big crop, if he followed the proper rules of farming. Similarly, our Sahaba (R) struggled and persevered in the path of Islam with the firm belief that their seeds of Iman would produce results later. But unlike the farmer, there was no prior experience and knowledge about the eventual results in the case of our Sahaba (R). It was their firm faith in Iman-bil-Ghayb, i.e., "belief in the unseen results" that constantly drove them and kept them struggling and exerting in the path of Allah. If they had any doubt about the results, they would not have lifted even a single step. It should be remembered that a system produces results after it is implemented - and it takes time to implement a system. Implementers of the system must have firm faith in the "unseen results" that they will eventually come as a necessary consequence of their efforts - if they didn’t, they would not proceed further.  
Knowledge of Ghayb  
There is yet another fact of ghayb and mash-hood. Experts in astronomy can tell precisely when there will be an eclipse of the sun. During the age of superstition, these type of people were considered as possessing supernatural powers and were even worshipped. But now science has advanced to such an extent that very precise predictions can be made based on astronomical calculations about natural phenomena. [Unfortunately, we Muslims, even in this age, fight about using astronomical calculations in Islam].  
But these kinds of predictions can be made only for objects that possess no choice or options. These objects must follow certain fixed set of natural laws. No accurate predictions can be made for creatures having freedom of choice or options.  
According to Iqbal:  
"Tere maqaam ko anjum shanaas kya jaane  
Ki khaake zinda hay tu taabaye sitaara naheen" (Transliteration from Urdu)  
"How can an astrologer know your place? You are a living dust (being) and not subject to stars" (Translation from Urdu)  
One cannot even make predictions about tiny creatures what to say of human beings who have immense power and freedom of choice. This can better be illustrated by an example. Consider 20 Nobel laureates sitting around a big table, busy making predictions about objects ranging from subatomic particles to extremely large galaxies. Then a fly comes from somewhere and sits on the table. All the Nobel laureates combined together cannot predict where this fly will go next. Now, one can imagine that if for such a small creature as a fly, all the experts cannot predict what it is going to do in the future, how can future predictions be made about human beings who possess so much more power and freedom than a fly. Therefore, all those involved in predicting the future of human beings are proponents of falsehood. The Quran says that an individual cannot himself/herself say what he/she is going to do the next day and where his/her death will be, let alone predicting the future of someone else(31:34). This refers specifically to divine ghayb regarding the operation of human free will, i.e., man’s future actions. Allah says in the Quran that no one has the knowledge of ghayb except Him (27:65). He has the keys of the ghayb (6:59). Even the prophets (peace be upon all of them) did not have the knowledge of ghayb (11:31), except what Allah told them about it via revelation (3:44)(remember, knowledge of divine ghayb is only through wahi or revelation).  
Since the revelation of Allah ended on our prophet (PBUH), no human being can now receive any knowledge of ghayb from Allah after him. So, anyone who claims knowledge of ghayb is, in fact, claiming prophethood. The Quran says about such people that they are guessing and conjecturing in the ghayb (18:22).  
Iman-bil-Ghayb and Its Impact on Human Life  
If Iman-bil-ghayb is translated as belief in the unseen God, then how does this concept impact our lives? God exists whether or not one believes in Him. If one person believes in God and another person does not believe in Him, what difference does it really make in their daily lives? There must be a tangible and observable difference, otherwise, it is meaningless to believe in God. In reality, one who believes in Allah (a Muslim) must openly display a different life, achieving and striving for goals set by Allah and shown by our Prophet(PBUH). According to the Quran, Muslims are expected to establish the world’s best nation, and thus there should be a clear difference between one who believes in Allah and one who does not. A Muslim gives witness to the truth of Islam; he is its living Shahaada (this Arabic word means to manifest, to be or make witness to). However, this accomplishment comes after some time, not immediately. That is, the results of the living shahaada remain hidden at its beginning as was the case during the early periods of our Prophet’s (PBUH) mission. This, in fact, led non-believers to question the validity of his message because the results of the Iman did not come out right away. Allah guarantees that the results which are hidden from the eyes in the beginning will definitely come, but at a later time. There is a positive and meaningful impact on the lives of those who have firm belief in the unseen results, the Iman-bil-ghayb. This is a promise from Allah and He does not deviate from His promise:  
"Allah has promised those among you who acquire Iman and (under the direction of that Iman) do good work (beneficial to humanity, i.e. righteous deeds) then He will, of surety, grant them, in the land, inheritance (of power)." (24:55)  
"And who is more faithful to his Covenant than Allah?" (9:111)  
"The promise of Allah; Never does Allah depart from his promise." (30:6).  
Thus, according to the meaning of the Arabic word ghayb, and in the context of establishing Islam as a living society (the practice), it is more meaningful to translate Iman-bil-ghayb as the belief in the unseen results of Iman (the theory -- based on reason, knowledge, and understanding).  
It was mentioned in the beginning that the situation is critical for born Muslims as far as Iman is concerned. Let us see what the Quran has to say on this issue. In verse 4:136 Allah is specifically addressing those Muslims who did not consciously made efforts to acquire Iman:  
"O you who believe! Acquire Iman in Allah and His messenger and the Book (the Quran) which he has sent to His messenger and the books which he has sent before"(4:136)  
The people addressed here, were members of the Muslim community who had not acquired Iman with due thought and understanding. Obviously, born Muslims fall into this category, and therefore, this verse applies to them as well – as it applied to the bedouins (49:14) and to the people of the book (2:62, 2:137, 5:69) at the time of the Prophet(PBUH). When the Quran was presented to them and they were asked to follow it, they used to say that we will follow only that which has been passed on to us by our forefathers:  
"When it is said to them: "Follow what Allah has revealed (i.e., Quran):" They say: "Nay! We shall follow the ways of our forefathers: "What! Even though their forefathers did not use their intelligence (to analyze what their forefathers had transmitted to them) and did not use God’s guidance (to enlighten their path)" (2:170)  
The same theme is echoed in several other verses such as (5:104, 31:21, 34:43, and 43:21-24). The Quran mentions that every Prophet was greeted with similar reply (14:10, 43:22-24) when he called on his people to follow God’s revelation, e.g., Noah(7:70, 23:24); Moses(10:78, 28:36); Saleh(11:62); Sho’aib(11:87); Ibrahim(21:53-54, 26:70-76); and finally Prophet Muhammad(11:109, 34:43, 38:7)(Peace Be Upon All of Them). As long as born Muslims continue to give similar reply (that we will follow the ways of our forefathers) to the call of the Quran, to acquire Iman by conscious choice, they will be treated in the same way by Allah as the past nations. This is the law of Allah and Allah’s law does not change for any one (17:77, 33:38).  
Neither born Muslims accepted Islam by their free will nor born non-Muslims accepted Kufr by their own free will. The Quran always addresses people as those who have accepted or rejected Iman (i.e., those who made a choice). Being Muslims because of accident of birth is not the same thing as accepting Islam by conscious choice. Therefore, it is essential for born Muslims to critically examine their faith in the light of the Quran, discarding all non-Quranic concepts no matter where they may have come from – from forefathers, religious scholars, or mystics etc. These non-Quranic concepts may be hidden deep down in our subconscious minds. Nevertheless, they have to be taken out before Iman can enter our minds as demanded by the first pillar of Islam: La Ilaha Illallah. Remember ! There are no mention of Sunni or Shi’a, Ahle Hadith or Ahle Fiqha, Hanafi or Maliki, Shaafa’i or Hanbali, J’aafari or Zaidi, Ithna ‘Ashri or Sash Imamia Muslims in the Quran. There are only Muslims mentioned in the Quran. The Quranic Iman can not enter a Sunni heart, or a Shia heart. It can only enter an open heart.  
"And that those on whom knowledge has been bestowed may know that  
the (QURAN) is THE TRUTH from your Rabb (Nourisher), so that they may acquire Iman in it and their hearts may be made humbly (open) to it."(22:54)  
Thus the real challenge is: Do we have the courage and the patience to go deep down in our hearts and try to cleanse them from all types of non-Quranic concepts so that Iman can enter? Or, do we simply want to keep practicing what our forefathers have passed on to us? The choice is ours. But we better be prepared to face the consequences of that choice.  
In the words of Iqbal:  
"Yeh shahaadat gahe ulfat mein qadam rakhna hay  
Loag samajhte hain asan hay Musalman hona" (Transliteration from Urdu)  
"People think that it is easy to be a Muslim. In fact, being a Muslim is to provide proof and witness of Iman at every step" (Translation from Urdu)  
There are very clear barometers mentioned in the Quran for us to measure whether or not we meet the criteria of Iman. One such criterion is mentioned in verse 3:139:  
"So loose not heart, nor fall into despair. If you are mo’mins, then you will have the upper most position (over all other nations)"(3:139)  
Our Prophet (PBUH) and Sahaba (R) started initially with the faith and conviction in "unseen results", the Iman-bil-ghayb and did reach the top of the world in a matter of thirty to forty years. Thus they fulfilled the criterion of being mo’mins according to the verse 3:139. We, on the other hand, have been fooling ourselves (for more than fourteen hundred years) that we have faith in Iman-bil-ghayb by simply reciting these words. No wonder, every nation has surpassed us (and we are undoubtedly at the bottom) in spite of all the wealth which Allah has blessed us with. Is it the will of Allah that we are, collectively as Muslims, in such a pitiable and degraded state in the world? Is it the will of Allah that we be punished? Or is Allah testing us? Is it the will of Allah that millions of Muslim (and non-Muslim) babies should die due to lack of medicine and food although immense wealth is floating right under their feet? What is the will of Allah and what connection does it have with Iman? And what relationship does Iman have with ‘Aml. These are serious questions which require in depth answers.

Comments by: moazzam On 05 October 2010
Dear Ardee: plz focus on the verses 2/2--4 the sense of eiman bilghaib will be very clear. Divide the ILM ALGHAIB in to two categories, 1:- The KNOWLEDGE of Allah ,man can also get it by his intelligence / struggles,can use it for his own betterment,but not compulsory for the peaceful living of the human society ,as given in the verses 11/123,27/65,2/33,6/59,9/94,6/37,16/77. 2:- The EIMAN BILGHAIB that is compulsory for the successful / peaceful living of human society ,which is required in verses 21/49,35/18,36/11,67/12 including 2/3 is the BELIEVE on the future consequences(disrribed in quran, as in SURAH ASR and QAD AFLAHA MUN ZAKKAHA WA QAD KHABA MUN DASSAHA)of the good/bad deeds of human being ,see the verses 3/44,11/49,12/102,9/105,10/20,19/61.Remember the Quran deals with the civics sciences (human rights),not the physical sciences( but invites to the divine singes to recognize the ALLAH).

Comments by: ardee On 07 October 2010Report Abuse
Salamun Alaykum  
Thank you very much for the input regarding my question. However, I must plead to the members to tolerate my my ignorence. Since being exposed to the marvelous work by Dr Qamar, my mind is all the time enquiring. Thus I am still stuck on this verse. If the translation is correct to believe in the Ghaib, then I ask myself as to what the purpose is? Is it to become in awe of Allah's majesty? Does our creator need this? Does Allah really want us to be in awe?  
My dear sisters and brothers, I might be clutching at straws, but I have a nagging feeling in the pit of my stomach that it means much more than this. Therefore, I am still searching.  
My apologies again if I sound stupid.  

Comments by: aurangzaib On 08 October 2010Report Abuse
Dear friends,  
After the above discussions and Quranic references, I figure that Eiman bil Ghayib actually consists in :  
Believing that whatever results you have been promised to appear from your pursuit of Divine Discipline, would definitely appear, without fail;  
And that the existence of an almighty entity, Allah, Whom we cannot perceive, must be believed in, so that our lives and efforts are directed towards an ultimate goal, a destination, a superior form of evolution.  
God bless you.

Comments by: momin On 11 October 2010Report Abuse
Dear Ardee,  
There is nothing to feel stupid in the path of learning. After reading above posts you are still in awe.  
May be you find more explanations. you write,  
"My dear sisters and brothers, I might be clutching at straws, but I have a nagging feeling in the pit of my  
stomach that it means much more than this. Therefore, I am still searching."  
You must search and let us know. Nothing is last word.there is always more in the universe. It is in  
abundance beyond time and space, infinite universe. Scientists also feel in awe when they find more  
and see abundance.  
Can you say more in this context ? Dear Mubashir Syed !  

Comments by: ardee On 12 October 2010Report Abuse
Salamun Alaykum again and thank you for the kind words. The reason why I have a nagging feeling is the following:  
In verse 2.2 the Quran states:  
2:2 This is a Book whereof there is absolutely no doubt concerning its authority and authenticity. And it leaves no doubts lingering in a seeking mind. It is a Guide for those who wish to journey through life in honor and security.  
2:3 Those who believe in the Unseen and establish Salaat and set up Zakaat  
2:4 And those who choose to believe in what has been revealed to you (O Messenger!) and in the (truth in) what was revealed before your times. And they have conviction in the Law of Requital, and, therefore, in the life Hereafter.  
2:5 They are the ones who walk on a path lighted by their Lord, and they are the ones whose crops of effort will flourish and they will truly prosper.  
In verse 2.2 the Quran refers to definites, tangible, absolute reality. Why then in the next verse refer to the "unseen"? What is the purpose? Surely not to stun the human intellect? Why refer to something intangible or incomprehensable just following a surety?  
Similarly the following verse 2.5 actually returns to the theme as started in verse 2.2. Thus if we translate Ghaib in 2.3 as unseen, it does not seem to be coherent. It's like in surah Nisaa where the traditional translations refer to one topic in one verse, then mentions marriage in the next verse then back again to the topic as in the previous verses.  
Again, like I said, I might be stumbling in the dark here, so kindly assist me if you feel that I am grappling with this all wrong.  
Thank you for such a wonderful place where one can have ones mind really work and ponder over the Last Revelation.  
Brother Ardee

Comments by: aurangzaib On 12 October 2010Report Abuse
Brother Ardee,  
I think we can easily co-relate the "Unseen" of the Verse 2.3 to the "Promised Result" of Verse 2.5.  
In this way, there is nothing intangible or incomprehensible in the meaning of "GHAYIB". I can repeat my last comment here that "GHAYIB" can easily mean :  
""Believing that whatever results you have been promised to appear from your pursuit of Divine Discipline, would definitely appear, without fail; ""  

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Dr. Qamar zaman and all Assalam o alaikum.Food for thought ,Thought is related to the tafseer al quran by Dr Qamar sahib,plz read and comment. Question by: moazzam From PAKISTAN (ISLAMABAD) On 23/06/2010
dear dr qamar zaman i have just come to know that ou are writing the tafseer based translation of quran .i am waiting for it anxiously.plz let me know until when will it be available on the website?God bless you Question by: bilal_khan5181 From PAKISTAN On 28/06/2010
Dr. Qamar and Aurangzeb Bhai Regards!!!!!!!!!! I have to ask a question regarding 10:92 verse of Quran, due to shortage of space I am explaining my question by giving a comment on it. Thanks Question by: ali.haideer From PAKISTAN (LARKANA) On 02/07/2010
Due to shortage of space i am writing my question in remakrs. Kindly answer it. Question by: Dr. Samreen Mohsin From PAKISTAN (KARACHI) On 02/07/2010
Aslamoalikum Dr Qamar Zaman: I have come some questions which I want to ask regarding Chapter 27 that is Soreh Namal. I am giving my questions below in comments Question by: ali.haideer From PAKISTAN (LARKANA) On 18/07/2010
Dear Dr. Qamarzaman regards,kindly elaborate the verse 17/16.thanks Question by: moazzam From PAKISTAN (ISLAMABAD) On 27/07/2010
Respected Dr. Qamar sahab regards,if meanings of NISA is taken as the weaker persons of the society ,and RAJJAL means men,then kindly elaborate the verse 4/98.Plz also explain the verse 7/81,keeping in view the verse 3/14 Question by: moazzam From PAKISTAN (ISLAMABAD) On 21/09/2010
Aslamoalikum Respected Dr. Qamar Zaman Sahab, I want to ask a question and I hope you will reply me soon and will clear my doubts.I am explaining my question below by giving comment on it. Question by: Nadeem_Akhtar From PAKISTAN On 23/09/2010
Salamun Alaykum Can someone kindly explain if this translation is correct. And if correct, whats the purpose? 2:228 After divorce, women shall wait three menstruations before remarriage. Question by: ardee From SOUTH AFRICA (CAPE TWON) On 23/10/2010
Dr.Sb / Auranzaib sb. SAK Plz explain seven ayats of surah Al. Haqqah 69/40-46 Question by: From INDIA (DELHI) On 23/10/2010
Dear Dr. Qamarzaman,Brother Aurangzaib :Regards,In the light of your " Food for thought" related to surah feel(105) ,It seems that this debate was held with QOUM E LOOT and concluded as Surah Feel describs.Fpr details plz read my comments. Question by: moazzam From PAKISTAN (ISLAMABAD) On 24/11/2010
Dear Dr. Qamar Sb. Kindly explain sura recited for SAFAR (Travelling) Question by: Saad Haider On 26/11/2010
dr sahib aap hamar salam ho god bless u every time but aap jo translation kr rahy umeed ha muslam us pr itfaak kr ly gy inshallaha.... Question by: abbas From PAKISTAN (LAHORE) On 27/11/2010
Dear all, what do you believe is the CORRECT interpretation of 24:30-31 where believing men and women are told to "yagudduu absaariheem wa yahfathuu furujahum"? Question by: Damon From UNITED STATES (PITTSBURGH) On 11/12/2010
What does the following verse denote? He is the Lord of two Easts and two Wests what is the meaning of this? Question by: ardee From SOUTH AFRICA (CAPE TWON) On 07/02/2011
Here is the some of the translation of the Quran by Aidid Safar, maybe Aastana family would like to read:- Question by: Nargis2 From TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (TOMBACCO) On 07/02/2011
What is the law of Absolute Right? Question by: Zubair From UNITED STATES (WASHINGTON) On 07/02/2011
Dear All, how many unbiased western ( Non Muslim ) researchers have decoded Quran as it has to be? If Any ? Question by: Mubashir Syed From INDIA (HYDERABAD) On 10/03/2011
What is the meaning in 39:42? Question by: ardee From SOUTH AFRICA (CAPE TWON) On 24/03/2011
Salaam to all. Dr. Qamar I hope you are in the best of your health, if possible please give a draft translation/understanding of Surah Al-Takweer 81. Moazam bhai or Badar or Aurangzaib bhai or anyone. Mujazee or Haqeeqi. thanX in advance. Question by: Iqbal kay shaheen From NAMIBIA (WALVIS BAY) On 10/05/2011
DHULQARNAIN ASKED 61:6 giving the good news of a Messenger who will come after me, his name being Ahmad. But when he came to them with clear arguments, they said: This is clear enchantment. Who is Ahmed? Who is the.. "he"? Question by: Nargis-Badshah-Salamat From FIJI (FAUJI) On 31/05/2011
Dear Dr. Qamar Sb. Kia Quran men jahan "AL" lagey hai un ka matlab khaas hojaata hai. Mene yeh sawal buhut dinon ki confusion ke baad poocha hai. Like 3/14,16/8 Question by: waseemameer From AUSTRALIA (SYDNEY) On 31/05/2011
Dear Brs. and Srs at Aastana: Please share your understanding about 4:163 and 17:55, paying special attention to the last parts of these verses and the relationship these may have with the other respective parts of the verses. Question by: dawood On 09/06/2011
Dear Moazzam and Members Please explain soorah Alqaariah (101). Question by: Saeed From PAKISTAN (KARACHI(MSAEEDTAJ@GMAIL.COM)) On 13/06/2011
Dear Brother Moazzam! kindly define RATAL as you are very frequently using this term "wa rattil al Qurana tarteela"Thanks, the prompt response will be appreciated. Question by: naeem sheikh From PAKISTAN (ISLAMABAD) On 22/06/2011
Quran said to prophet as Rehmatal lil aalameen. Please explain. Question by: Saeed From PAKISTAN (KARACHI(MSAEEDTAJ@GMAIL.COM)) On 23/06/2011
Brother Moazzam, can you please explain Jaloot taloot in detail :P???? Question by: Nargis2 From TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (TOMBACCO) On 30/06/2011
Dear Moazzam Bhai, Please explain sora e Ikhlas. Question by: Saeed From PAKISTAN (KARACHI(MSAEEDTAJ@GMAIL.COM)) On 01/07/2011
Please explain 22/36-37 Question by: From INDIA (DELHI) On 14/07/2011
Salaam; Brother Moazzam, Please explain (in detail) the true concept behind the following verses; Question by: Junaid From PAKISTAN (KARACHI) On 14/07/2011
Dear Brother Moazzam : Kindly enlighten us about the attrebute "ABU LAHAB" described in Surah 111, as you said,ABU LAHAB is a character not A specific personality.THANKS Question by: naeem sheikh From PAKISTAN (ISLAMABAD) On 16/07/2011
Salam to All: where are MOAZZAR, AURANGZAIB, DR. SB. ADNAN, and more ???? kindly let me know any ayat where Allah has mentioned to do good deed for HUMAN BEING instead of himself or good deed to human being = Allah's consent. Question by: Dr. Samreen Mohsin From PAKISTAN (KARACHI) On 22/07/2011
Dear Moazzam and members, Please explain 2/180-181 Question by: waseemameer From AUSTRALIA (SYDNEY) On 25/07/2011
Dear Brother Moazzam. Please Translate Sura Al-Feel (الفیل). and elaborate who is "ashab ul feel" and what is the mistake of ashab ul feel. Question by: abbas From PAKISTAN (LAHORE) On 25/07/2011
Dear All, Why God choose language to pass his message(Quran in Arabic, Bible in Hebrew etc). It should be for each era and for every one, like air,water,sun and universal laws.Please enlighten. Question by: Saeed From PAKISTAN (KARACHI(MSAEEDTAJ@GMAIL.COM)) On 26/07/2011
Respected Sir, Would you be kind enough for me to please explain the meanings of verse No.69 to 83 of Sura Hud (11) ? Question by: M Aslam From PAKISTAN (GOJRA) On 04/08/2011
When Dr.qamar sb, u will translate whole Quran? Question by: ashfaq From CANADA (ETOBICOKE) On 07/08/2011
The Short Interpretation of The Quran by Mughal1 Question by: Mughal1 From UNITED KINGDOM On 07/08/2011
What is proof and proving? Question by: Mughal1 From UNITED KINGDOM On 08/08/2011
Quranic Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa Question by: ardee From SOUTH AFRICA (CAPE TWON) On 17/08/2011
Dear Sir, Certain Sura's of Quran begin with "Haroof-e-Muqatteaat" such as " Alaf-laam-meem" (2/1) " Yaa-Seen" (36/1) etc. Please describe what your research about these "words" ?., Which commandants these words attributed to ? Regards, M.Aslam Question by: M Aslam From PAKISTAN (GOJRA) On 27/08/2011
Dear All: Can someone please define "what is the core message" of the Quran in the light of the Quran? How many components it may have? Which verses can show the various components of this core message? thanks. Question by: dawood On 01/09/2011
The South African Quran Conference Question by: ardee From SOUTH AFRICA (CAPE TWON) On 08/09/2011
Dear Brs. and Srs: Please refer to 2:34 and 2:35. " And behold, We said to the angels: "Bow down to Adam" and they bowed down. Not so Iblis: he refused and was haughty: He was of those who reject Faith. (2:34)" , continued next... Question by: dawood On 18/09/2011
Brother Moazzam ! As there are many strange creatures at earth why Allah pointed out only CAMEL being a strange creature in universe, see the verse 88/17 أَفَلَا يَنظُرُونَ إِلَى الْإِبِلِ كَيْفَ خُلِقَتْ Question by: Mujeeb From PAKISTAN (ISLAMABAD) On 11/10/2011
Brothe Moazzam Please enlighten us about the verse 100/6 إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لِرَبِّهِ لَكَنُودٌ Truly man is, to his Lord, ungrateful Question by: naeem sheikh From PAKISTAN (ISLAMABAD) On 13/10/2011
Brother Moazzam and Aastana members: Can you please explain the spider's house(web) as Allah quoted it as the weakest house(the web, whereas scientifically it is strongest one? Read the comments for details. Question by: Mujeeb From PAKISTAN (ISLAMABAD) On 18/10/2011
ASA. What would you say is the grammatical distinction in the meanings of Muslim (مُسْلِمْ), muslimaan (مُسْلِمَانْ) and Suleman (سُلَيْمَان), given that they all have the same root? Thanks in advance. Question by: Dr Shiraz From NORWAY (OSLO) On 18/10/2011
Brother Moazzam: Please enlighten us about the verse 16/66, where Allah said "MILK EXTRACTS from the cattle's body between the blood and their dung.Whereas Medical science takes it as a separate system with no relation with blood and dung? Question by: naeem sheikh From PAKISTAN (ISLAMABAD) On 19/10/2011
Brother Moazzam! Please enlighten us about the bounties mentioned in Surah Rehman, are these for this world or in life after death, if for this world then what does the verse حُورٌ مَّقْصُورَاتٌ فِي الْخِيَامِ72 mean? Question by: naeem sheikh From PAKISTAN (ISLAMABAD) On 26/10/2011
Dear sir, Please elaborate 27/44 =.......قِيلَ لَهَا ادْخُلِي الصَّرْحَ ۖ فَلَمَّا رَأَتْهُ حَسِبَتْهُ لُجَّةً وَكَشَفَتْ عَنْ سَاقَيْهَا ۚ Question by: M Aslam From PAKISTAN (GOJRA) On 31/10/2011
SALAM to all respected members of Aastana Blog, Please elaborate focal point of "Divine Guidance" for humankind with reference to Quranic Verses, the status , whereat , Quran wants to see its followers. Question by: M Aslam From PAKISTAN (GOJRA) On 03/11/2011
Dear Sir I mean , extract of Quranic educations...We want know, what we have to do..,followin which we can attain the status described as (وَأَنْتُمُ الْأَعْلَوْنَ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ مُؤْمِنِينَ (3:139 Question by: M Aslam From PAKISTAN (GOJRA) On 04/11/2011
Aslamoalikum: Here are few links of Javeed Ahmed Ghamdi, he says that Ghulam Ahmed Perveez was not knowing Arabic language and he used Arabic lexicons to support his ideas and Arabs even don't know those meanings. Read my comments. Question by: ali.haideer From PAKISTAN (LARKANA) On 07/11/2011
Salam to All, Please explain 6/82 .( الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَلَمْ يَلْبِسُوا إِيمَانَهُمْ بِظُلْمٍ أُولَئِكَ لَهُمُ الْأَمْنُ وَهُمْ مُهْتَدُونَ ) Question by: M Aslam From PAKISTAN (GOJRA) On 08/11/2011
Who is saying what is 12:71? The grammatical form suddenly changes from "They said" to "I am". Guidende appreciated. Question by: Dr Shiraz From NORWAY (OSLO) On 08/11/2011
Salaam to all, Could you please translate, Surah Al-Fajr and provide your stand word for word. specially 89:27 Nafse Mutmaina, and 89:22 Wa jaa Rabukaa wal malaku safaan saffa. How does your meanings of malaikaa (influencial) people fits in here. Question by: Iqbal kay shaheen From NAMIBIA (WALVIS BAY) On 09/11/2011
Dr.Qamarzaman; translation of verse 2/286.Kindly explain the word “RABBANA”, how اے پروردگار could be fitted here, whereas all the matters in the said verse has been settled through مملکت الہی Question by: naeem sheikh From PAKISTAN (ISLAMABAD) On 10/11/2011
Brother Moazzam: If "JINNS" are one of the category of Human being then what does verses 55/14-15 mean " And He created the jinn from a smokeless flame of fire"?? Question by: Mujeeb From PAKISTAN (ISLAMABAD) On 23/11/2011
Dear Sir, Please explain 30/2-3-4 & 9/118 . Are these historical events? & should we be familiar with history to understand Quran ?. Question by: M Aslam From PAKISTAN (GOJRA) On 26/11/2011
Some verses end with "for those who use wisdom(yaʿqilūna/taʿqilūna)",,, Question by: Nargis2 From TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (TOMBACCO) On 29/11/2011
یَوۡمَ یُکۡشَفُ عَنۡ سَاقٍ وَّ یُدۡعَوۡنَ اِلَی السُّجُوۡدِ فَلَا یَسۡتَطِیۡعُوۡنَ ﴿068:042﴾‏ ‏ What does this verse mean , Sir. Question by: M Aslam From PAKISTAN (GOJRA) On 01/12/2011
What does the verse(68/42) mean, Sir? Question by: M Aslam From PAKISTAN (GOJRA) On 01/12/2011
Please explain 114:1-6 Question by: Nargis From BARBADOS (KIO BATAO?) On 04/12/2011
Brother moazzam, please explain 36:12 imamin mubeen Question by: Nargis2 From TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (TOMBACCO) On 13/12/2011
Meaning of NAFS (نفس) are different like (NAFS-e-Ammara and NAFS-e-lawwama), what is the difference please explaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin :D Question by: Nargis2 From TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (TOMBACCO) On 04/01/2012
Plz explain 86:6-8 Question by: Nargis2 From TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (TOMBACCO) On 15/01/2012
May I draw your attention to isue of constitution, please! Question by: Mughal1 From UNITED KINGDOM On 17/01/2012
Brother Moazzam: Now a days in battle field the tanks are being used instead of horses. Please enlighten us about this verse100 :1 وَالْعَادِيَاتِ ضَبْحًا . Question by: naeem sheikh From PAKISTAN (ISLAMABAD) On 18/01/2012
Online resources for all to use: Lexicons, Dictionaries and books regarding Arabic Grammar Question by: William From UNITED KINGDOM On 18/01/2012
Respected Dear Moazzam; please explain ayat # 04 of sura -e-Nisa.... Question by: Saad Haider On 26/01/2012
ISLAM V ISLAM WHY? What are reasons for divisions and what can be basis for unity? Question by: Mughal1 From UNITED KINGDOM On 29/01/2012
Dear Members: As we see, there are many animals on earth those are very strange in creature, then why Allah emphasized at CAMEL being the most strange animal refer to verse 88/17 ?????? Question by: Mujeeb From PAKISTAN (ISLAMABAD) On 06/02/2012
Dear Sir , Please give in detail , meanings of 22/ 1-2 Question by: M Aslam From PAKISTAN (GOJRA) On 28/02/2012
Dear readers, sharing a post from FB, the traditional view on 4:34 vs Astana's version. plz correct mistakes Question by: Nargis From BARBADOS (KIO BATAO?) On 10/03/2012
Brother Moazzam, Asstana members: Allah created all living-being including DONKEY,MONKEY AND PIGS,why Allah mentioned these animals as a similitude of the worst people. Are these really the worst animals amongst other animal kingdom. Question by: naeem sheikh From PAKISTAN (ISLAMABAD) On 28/03/2012
how i download this translation to read it with out net Question by: owaisok From PAKISTAN (KARACHI) On 29/04/2012
Can Any One Translate This In Quran 17:1 Question by: maklewis123 From INDIA (JEDDAH) On 24/05/2012
Dear, Q. Zaman: Quran Arabic Language main nazil hoa, Arab main bhi wesa hi islam hai jaisa hamaray han. Sir, Rozay (Som) wo bhi wese hi rakhtay hain jese k ham,kia wo rozo, namaz, haj etc. ka mafhoom nahi samjhay jb k Quran unki hi zaban main hai. Question by: smusman From PAKISTAN (KARACHI) On 27/06/2012
Salaam. Given that the message always has been the same, what is your suggested understanding of verse 11:17 where the orthodox translation says "and before it was book of Moses" ? Question by: J. Malik From PAKISTAN (LAHORE) On 21/07/2012
Dr.Sahab, When Sura Al-Ahzab remaining translation is available. Since it is long time Ayat-40 translation is on the site. Mozam Sahab can you please give your input on the issue. Regards. Aamir. Question by: aamiralwaz From PAKISTAN (KARACHI) On 03/09/2012
Quran Surah 2, Ayaat 30-39 Question by: Damon From UNITED STATES (PITTSBURGH) On 22/09/2012
إِن كان المراد ببسم "الكتاب" لماذا قال كلمة "بسم " مجروراً؟ Question by: saidalavi ansari From INDIA (KERALA) On 25/09/2012
SALAAM, PLEASE EXPLAINE 43 :36 WHO IS قَرِين ? Question by: saidalavi ansari From INDIA (KERALA) On 29/09/2012
Salam can anyone plz give the meaning of "aahad" Question by: Maniza From DENMARK (COPENHAGEN) On 25/11/2012
Dear Moazzam Bhai,Salam, Jannat agar Quranic state hai to isme hamesha rehne ka matlab kya hai? Question by: Mohd Danish From INDIA (SAHARANPUR) On 25/01/2013
Dear Moazzam Bhai,Salam, Jannat agar Quranic state hai to isme hamesha rehne ka matlab kya hai? Question by: Mohd Danish From INDIA (SAHARANPUR) On 25/01/2013
salam. What is divine commencements in Quran? Question by: maideen5 From MALAYSIA (KUALA LUMPUR) On 06/02/2013
Salam ,pls Explain 19: 28 Question by: saidalavi ansari From INDIA (KERALA) On 12/02/2013
salaam Dr sahib pls Explain " Innee vajathuha va kowmaha yasjudoona lissamsi" What is the sujood lissamsi Question by: saidalavi ansari From INDIA (KERALA) On 13/02/2013
Dear Moazzam sb, pls can u explain the (21:58), "Then he broke them all into pieces, sparing only the supreme one among them that they may possibly return to him".... what broken ... what let spare.? Question by: sajjad hussain From SAUDI ARABIA (JEDDAH) On 14/02/2013
Dearest all Salaam. Please elaborate on the meanings/understanding of 6:108 and 5:116. Will really appreciate it. Question by: Iqbal kay shaheen From NAMIBIA (WALVIS BAY) On 18/02/2013
Moazzam bhai salaam,Imaan Kufr ka opposite hai,kufr ka meaning inkar karna hai fir Imaan ka meaning Aman kaise hai wo to Maan lena hona chahiye. Question by: Mohd Danish From INDIA (SAHARANPUR) On 24/02/2013
Dr Sahib Salaam. pls Explain 24:2 and 24:4 مائة جلدة and ثمانين جلدة Question by: saidalavi ansari From INDIA (KERALA) On 27/02/2013
God, a proven fact or a mere fiction? Question by: Mughal1 From UNITED KINGDOM On 02/03/2013
Dear All see verse 54:18 How can someone deny AADUN? Question by: Nargis From BARBADOS (KIO BATAO?) On 09/03/2013
Dr sir pls explain minimum 1-25 verses in soora yousuf in English Question by: saidalavi ansari From INDIA (KERALA) On 13/03/2013
Explanation of the whole quran in urdu by allaama ghulam ahmed parwez. Also need for dimaagh, hawaas, quran, hadith, fiqh, itiba, itaat, ijma and qayaas explained in urdu. Question by: Mughal1 From UNITED KINGDOM On 14/03/2013
Hey everyone, I found a note on that said that the English translation by Dr Qamar Zaman of the Qur'an is available as a PDF, but I am unable to find it on the site (my Urdu's lacking). Help please? Question by: noman From UNITED STATES (CLIFFWOOD) On 17/12/2013
One more question, over at the Ourbeacon forum Syed Ijlal Hussain has accused Dr Qamar Zaman of declaring Prophet Muhammad as not being the last messenger. Don't mean to fan flames, but again, my Urdu's lacking. Can someone confirm please? Thanks. Question by: noman From UNITED STATES (CLIFFWOOD) On 17/12/2013
Dr.Sahab salam,21/91 me Hazrat Maryam ke liye Fiha ka pronoun aya hai jabki 66/12 me Fihi ka pronoun aya hai.Plz isko samjha den. Question by: Mohd Danish From INDIA (SAHARANPUR) On 25/12/2013
Mehrbani karke sufi ke bare me batyen kay sufi islam ke dushman they? Question by: Saleem Ahmed Shaikh From INDIA (AURANGABAD) On 05/01/2014
Dear Moazzam sir,regards, Sir Quran me kain places par na ki pronoun use huyee hai joki first person ki plural hai jaise 2/3 me hai razaq na hum.Yahan na(we) se murad kaun hai?kya khaliq e kaynat? Question by: Mohd Danish From INDIA (SAHARANPUR) On 09/04/2014
Salam.Is there a Translation of Quran in English By Dr Qamar Zaman.?I have read the translation in English by Mughal 1 . Your feedback highly appreciated. Question by: ashukorkc From MALAYSIA (SELANGOR) On 20/10/2014
Re verse no 92 Allah n Malaika are translated as understood by previous translators implying that here they are actually meant as sky bound god and angels Question by: saleem From INDIA (CHENNAI) On 07/11/2014
Dear members Question by: Nargis From BARBADOS (KIO BATAO?) On 03/07/2017
Assalamualikum dear all, I am new to aastana ... I saw some videos of Dr Qamar Zaman. Can anyone give me a link where I can find an english translation of the holy Quran bty Dr. Qamar Zaman? Question by: Amimul Ehsan Emon From BANGLADESH (DHAKA) On 28/05/2019
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