Islamic Circle of North America (Sisters Wing)
Quran Campaign June 20th – 30th, 2011
Am I in the Quran?
Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,
By Allah’s grace, hopefully you all are doing well and are involved in upholding your faith. We pray to Allah that He allows us to serve His religion in the best possible manner, making us successful in this world and the Hereafter. (Ameen)
Dear Sisters, this year our movement has chosen a purpose, for which we should thank Allah; for this work could enable us to gain Allah’s pleasure and leave sadaqa jaria (perpetual charity) behind in this world (inshaAllah) with ease.
What is the Essence and Purpose of the Quran Campaign?
The purpose of this Quran Campaign is the same as the purpose of our beloved Prophet (SAWS). Allah has mentioned it in the Quran in these words:
[O MEN!] We have now bestowed upon you from on high a divine writ containing all that you ought to bear in mind will you not, then, use your reason? (Surah Al-Anbiya: 10)
How do we work this campaign?
The way a campaign is run is different from performing ordinary tasks. You have to lay extra emphasis and give extra attention to create an environment that allows you to dedicate all your skills and energy to do the job. And encourage your colleagues along as well to accomplish your goal. Dear sisters! You have to prepare yourself to give your all, to accomplish this important sunnah of the Prophet (SAWS) in educating people and helping them understand this Quran during this campaign.
What is the Quran? It is a revolutionary book, whose rays of illumination started in a cave in the land of Arabia, then spread and illuminated the whole world. Quran is the book that uplifted humanity from the darkness of injustices and brought it under its shade of knowledge.
Quran is the book that empowered the weak and united the scattered and warring nations into an iron wall. It bears thinking that even after being bestowed with this great blessing, Muslims are oppressed and ridiculed everywhere. In no facet of life are Muslims present in a visible leadership role, be it academic, social, behavioral, etc
The same people who claim to follow this book are immersed in murder and mayhem, oppression and injustices, fraudulent behavior, social indecencies.
Even though the inheritors of this book are in the majority, they follow and obey the minority.
Alas, why is that? After having a blessing such as the Quran, why are they under other people’s thumbs?
The answer to this query is that in front of Allah, Muslims have a special level; they are not like everyone else and are held to a higher standard. The trust that was given by Allah, to receive and spread this message has not been fulfilled by us, meaning we did not read it nor did we tell others about it.
The problem is that we have stopped understanding the concepts of this glorious book; otherwise there is no circumstance for which Allah has not given a solution in here. Politics, industry, trade, society, behavior and worship, all aspects of life are explained by Allah in His book.
“O mankind! There hath come to you a direction from your Lord and a healing for the (diseases) in your hearts, – and for those who believe, a guidance and a Mercy.” (Surah Younus: 57)
In today’s world we have to join ourselves and our environment with the teachings of the Quran.
So the ICNA Sisters Wing has organized a Quran Campaign from June 20th-30th, 2011.
The theme for this campaign is Ayah 10 of Surah Anbiya:
“We have certainly sent down to you a Book in which is your mention. Then will you not reason?”
We are constantly reminded that the glorious Quran has been revealed to guide us.
This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah – (Al-Baqarah: 2)
In the same principle, Allah says in Surah Bani Israel ayah 9:
“This Qur’an guides to that which is most suitable”
Do we ponder on the meanings of these ayahs?????
Uthman (RA) narrated that Prophet (SAW) said:
“The best among you is he who learns the Quran and teaches it” (Sahih Bukhari)
With this movement we will inshaAllah strengthen our relation with this Quran and will vow to enhance our beliefs and actions according to its teachings, becoming show pieces as mentioned in Surah al-Baqarah, ayah 208:
“Enter into Islam completely [and perfectly]”
The famous scholar and imam Ahmad bin Hanbal’s student Shaykh Al-Islam Abu Abdullah Mohammad bin Nasr Maruzi Baghdadi (202-294 AH) wrote in his book Qiyamul Layl (The Night Worship) a lesson imparting tale, which helps us understand this verse, and sheds light on how the Prophet’s (SAWS) companions and followers understood and pondered on the Quran.
Ahnaf bin Qais, an Arab leader and follower of the Prophet’s (SAWS) teachings, was sitting when someone recited this ayah:
We have certainly sent down to you a Book in which is your mention. Then will you not reason? (Surah al-Anbiya: 10)
He got startled and asked to have the Quran brought to him, so that he could search for his mention in the book, and see what kind of people he has been categorized with, and to whom he is similar.
He opened the book and read about some people whom Allah (swt) had praised:
They used to sleep but little by night [invoking their Lord (Allah) and praying, with fear and hope]… And in the hours before dawn, they were (found) asking (Allah) for forgiveness, And in their properties there was the right of the beggar, and the Mahrum (the poor who does not ask the others) (Al-Dhariyat: 17,18)
Then he read about some more people about whom it was said:
“Their limbs do forsake their beds of sleep, the while they call on their Lord, in Fear and Hope: and they spend (in charity) out of the sustenance which We have bestowed on them.” (Surah As-Sajdah: 16)
Then he saw some more people about whom it was said:
“And those who spend [part of] the night to their Lord prostrating and standing [in prayer]” (Surah Al-Furqan:64)
And he saw people who were mentioned with these words:
“Who spend [in the cause of Allah ] during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people – and Allah loves the doers of good;” (Surah Al-Imran: 134)
And more people whose condition was:
“But give [them] preference over themselves, even though they are in privation. And whoever is protected from the stinginess of his soul – it is those who will be the successful”. (Surah Al-Hashr: 9)
And some people were touched upon, whose behavior was:
“Those who avoid the greater crimes and shameful deeds, and, when they are angry even then forgive;” (Surah Ash-Shura: 37)
“Those who hearken to their Lord, and establish regular Prayer; who (conduct) their affairs by mutual Consultation; who spend out of what We bestow on them for Sustenance;” (Surah Ash-Shura: 38)
At this point he stopped and said: “O Allah! I know of my condition, I don’t see myself among these people!” Then he picked another part of the Quran and now he saw some people whose condition was:
Indeed they, when it was said to them, “There is no deity but Allah,” were arrogant and were saying, “Are we to leave our gods for a mad poet?” (Surah As-Saffat: 35-36)
And then he was faced with people whose condition was:
“And when Allah is mentioned alone, the hearts of those who do not believe in the Hereafter shrink with aversion, but when those [worshipped] other than Him are mentioned, immediately they rejoice.” (Surah As-Zumar: 45)
He then read about some more people who when asked:
[And asking them], “What put you into Saqar?”They will say, “We were not of those who prayed, nor did we used to feed the poor. And we used to enter into vain discourse with those who engaged [in it], and we used to deny the Day of Recompense Until there came to us the certainty.” (Surah Al-Muddathir: 42-47)
On reaching here, he stopped in shock for a little while; he touched his ears and said: “O Allah! I seek your refuge from these people! I am worse than them.”
Now he was riffling through the pages of the Quran, and was looking for the mention of himself. He stopped when he reached this ayah:
“And [there are] others who have acknowledged their sins. They had mixed a righteous deed with another that was bad. Perhaps Allah will turn to them in forgiveness. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Surah At-Tawbah: 102)
At this point he spontaneously declared, “Yes, Yes! This is no doubt my condition.”
Things to do before the start of the campaign
Preparation for this campaign should be done from now onwards. Sisters are advised to make the most of their time by following the below-mentioned prep:
- Make a list of your family, relatives, friends and acquaintances for meetings and phone calls. Prepare topics to discuss along with material (Quranic ayaat, Ahadeeth) to talk about.
- Prepare a list of various events being organized (such as daura-Quran (tafseer-ul Quran sessions), Welcome Ramadan, dawah workshop, local programs) in the regions where your family and friends are residing.
- Collect material and points for discussion with people in your household.
- This is a day for the kids. What kind of activity can be arranged for the kids? Where is it going to be held? Which ayah will it be about? If you are going to watch a documentary together then which one is it going to be?
- Order Quran, dawah cards, Why Islam brochures to distribute among non-Muslims.
- Prepare a list of which neighbors you are going to meet, at what time and for how long.
If planning tea or iftar party, where will it be held? Make the invitation card.
- Prepare and collect material to discuss with the library/ teacher. Or if you are planning to a display/ presentation in the library then ask their permission and get the topic cleared by them
- Day of collective dawah; prepare the venue, time, fliers, Quran/ books for distribution, for the upcoming Welcome Ramadan program. Prepare information and circular for the daura Quran program
- For the dawah conference, confirm the day, venue, time, fliers etc. If the conference is being held in conjunction with the Brothers wing then discuss the arrangements and agenda with them. If you are planning to host it with MCNA then think of the activities and program topics.
Friday and Saturday:
- This is the day for individual dawah. Make a list of whom you can invite and where (Islamic School, weekend school, grocery store etc). Prepare the topic and collect the material to be given.
- For the MCNA program, think of the day, venue, time, topic and activities.
- In order to involve YM in the MCNA program, discuss it with them. Do the publicity of the YM programs being held under the online institute.
- Prepare list of names of relatives and friends for meetings/ phone calls. And prepare topics and materials (Quranic ayaat, ahadeeth) that you will discuss.
- Make a list of all the programs (daura Quran, Welcome Ramadan, dawah workshops, local programs) being held in the relatives/ friends area that you’ll invite them to attend.
- Prepare and collect the material to be discussed/ given to other organizations
Things to do during the Campaign
Monday June 20th & 27th: Contact your family and friends, residing in various States and discuss the importance and benefit of the Quran in our daily lives. Keeping the theme in mind, have discussions with your family at home.
Tuesday June 21st & 28th: 2-3 member sisters should get together along with their kids in a park/ backyard and find and ponder over the signs of Allah (swt) in the world around us.
Wednesday June 22nd & 29th: Organize a neighborhood dawah program among the Muslims and non-Muslims. Two sister buddies can pair up for this work
Thursday June 23rd & 30th: Following efforts can be organized by the various cities and regions on each of Thursdays:
- Welcome Ramadan: This can be organized during the campaign.
- Dawah Conference: This can be held in conjunction with the ICNA brothers wing or MCNA
Friday June 24th & Saturday June 25th: You can perform individual tasks in these days. Every member should reach out in the Muslim community and meet with people in Mosques, Islamic Schools, weekend schools, Friday Prayers, grocery store, MCNA programs, and YM/youth programs.
Sunday June 26th: Reach out individually to family, relatives, and other members of Islamic organizations. This can be done through picnics, home invitations. Kids’ activities can also be arranged and advertised through fliers.
Things to do after the campaign
- This is the best time to collect the results of the campaign.
- Fill out the evaluation forms sent by the committee.
- Follow up with the sisters whom you communicated with during the campaign; and help getting people to attend the daura-Quran
- Get involved and motivate other sisters to get involved in the daura-Quran (give rides to the venue, or help them attend over the phone)
- After the daura-Quran, prepare for Eid gathering and invite sisters to the dawah classes.
- Invite sisters to become members and explain the roles played by the members.
- If they don’t want to become members then motivate them to volunteer with Helping Hands, Why Islam and ICNA Relief.
- Get involved in the planning of the dawah classes to be held after Eid so that we can deliver the message of the Quran.
Don’t judge this work by success or failure. Usually that is the standard used for judging other events. Instead, answer these three questions:
- Till where did we reach?
- What provisions are needed?
- How far to reach our destination?
But ………the criterion of our success depends on our good intentions and humility.
If death comes to us on the first step then that would still be success. And how great would it be if we reach our destination!
Pure faith is the provision for this journey and our determination will tell us where we reached.
On the path of truth one must encounter Taif, cave Thawr and Ditch. The road was covered with thorns, Prophet’s (SAWS) blessed teeth were martyred, filth was thrown on his head, and all other kinds of torments were inflicted upon him (SAWS).
It would be bad luck for us if we didn’t encounter problems on the path of truth. Failure does not exist on this path; problems are a requirement for success. That is why we were taught this dua: “Oh our Lord! Strengthen our steps”
On the path of truth if one should recite this dua while surmounting the hurdles then why wouldn’t help come from Allah (swt).
We make dua to Allah (swt) that He allows us to become the best workers for delivering His invitation with complete faith. Ameen.
With peace and duaas for you.
Quran Campaign Committee.