~ First of all we have to renew our intentions, for everything we do or say. It’s very important to act only for Allah and not to show off good deeds ~

And Allah ‘azawajal says:

▪ يٰٓأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا لَا تُبْطِلُوا صَدَقٰتِكُمْ بِالْمَنِّ وَالْأَذٰى كَالَّذِى يُنْفِقُ مَالَهُ ۥ رِئَآءَ النَّاسِ وَلَا يُؤْمِنُ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْءَاخِرِ ۖ فَمَثَلُهُ ۥ كَمَثَلِ صَفْوَانٍ عَلَيْهِ تُرَابٌ فَأَصَابَهُ ۥ وَابِلٌ فَتَرَكَهُ ۥ صَلْدًا ۖ لَّا يَقْدِرُونَ عَلٰى شَىْءٍ مِّمَّا كَسَبُوا ۗ وَاللَّهُ لَا يَهْدِى الْقَوْمَ الْكٰفِرِينَ

“O you who have believed, do not invalidate your charities with reminders or injury as does one who spends his wealth [only] to be seen by the people and does not believe in Allah and the Last Day. His example is like that of a [large] smooth stone upon which is dust and is hit by a downpour that leaves it bare. They are unable [to keep] anything of what they have earned. And Allah does not guide the disbelieving people.”

(Al-Baqara: Verse 264)


▪ الَّذِينَ يُنْفِقُونَ أَمْوٰلَهُمْ بِالَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ سِرًّا وَعَلَانِيَةً فَلَهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِنْدَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

“Those who spend their wealth [in Allah’s way] by night and by day, secretly and publicly - they will have their reward with their Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve.”

(Al-Baqara: Verse 274)

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رَبَّنَا لاَ تُؤَاخِذْنَا إِن نَّسِينَا أَوْ أَخْطَأْنَا رَبَّنَا وَلاَ تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْنَا إِصْرًا كَمَا حَمَلْتَهُ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِنَا رَبَّنَا وَلاَ تُحَمِّلْنَا مَا لاَ طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِ وَاعْفُ عَنَّا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا أَنتَ مَوْلاَنَا فَانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ

“Our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us Forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Maula (Patron, Supporter and Protector, etc.) and give us victory over the disbelieving people.”

 - Quran [2:286]

رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْرًا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وَانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ

“Our Lord! Pour forth on us patience and make us victorious over the disbelieving people.”

-Quran [2:250]

رَبَّنَا لاَ تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْوَهَّابُ

“Our Lord! make not our hearts to deviate after Thou hast guided us aright, and grant us from Thee mercy; surely Thou art the most liberal Giver” 

- Quran [3:8]

وَمَا كَانَ قَوْلَهُمْ إِلاَّ أَن قَالُواْ ربَّنَا اغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَإِسْرَافَنَا فِي أَمْرِنَا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ

“O our Lord, forgive us our sins and our excesses in our affairs, and set our foothold firm, and help us against the disbelieving people”

- Quran [3:147]

لَّئِنْ أَنجَانَا مِنْ هَـذِهِ لَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الشَّاكِرِينَ

“If He (our Lord) delivers from this, certainly we shall be of the thankful” 

- Quran [6: 63]

رَبَّنَا لاَ تَجْعَلْنَا مَعَ الْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ

“O our Lord, put us not together with the unjust people”

- Quran [7: 47]

رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْرًا وَتَوَفَّنَا مُسْلِمِينَ

“O our Lord, pour out on us patience, and make us die as those who have submitted (to You).”

- Quran [7:126]

وَاكْتُبْ لَنَا فِي هَـذِهِ الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ إِنَّا هُدْنَـا إِلَيْكَ

“(O Lord) ordain for us good in this world and in the hereafter. Verily we turn to You alone.”

- Quran [7:156]

حَسْبِيَ اللّهُ لا إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَهُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ

“Suffices me Allah. There is no god save Him. On Him do I rely, and He is the Lord of the great ‘Arsh’ (the glorious throne of the mighty power).”

- Quran [9:129]

رَبَّنَا لاَ تَجْعَلْنَا فِتْنَةً لِّلْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ
وَنَجِّنَا بِرَحْمَتِكَ مِنَ الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ

“O our Lord, make us not a trial for the unjust people. And deliver us by Your mercy from the disbelieving people.”

- Quran [10:85-10:86]

تَوَفَّنِي مُسْلِمًا وَأَلْحِقْنِي بِالصَّالِحِينَ

“(O Lord) Let me die submitting to You (as a Muslim), and join me with the righteous.”

 - Quran [12: 101]

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً وَهَيِّئْ لَنَا مِنْ أَمْرِنَا رَشَدًا

“O our Lord, grant us mercy from You, and provide a right course for us in our affair.”

- Quran [18:10]

رَبِّ نَجِّنِي مِنَ الْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ

“O Lord, deliver me from the unjust people.”

- Quran [28: 21]

رَبِّ انصُرْنِي عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْمُفْسِدِينَ

“O Lord, help me against these mischievous people.”

- Quran [29:30]

رَبِّ إِنِّي لِمَا أَنزَلْتَ إِلَيَّ مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَقِيرٌ

“My Lord, indeed I am, for whatever good You would send down to me, in need.”

- Quran [28:24]

رَبَّهُ أَنِّي مَغْلُوبٌ فَانتَصِرْ

“(O Lord), verily I am overcome (by those people), so give help.“

- Quran [54:10]

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Quran and Islam-themed books defaced at library in Evanston, Illinois

  • According to a Facebook post from Lorena Neal, an employee at the Evanston Public Library in Evanston, Illinois, staff were picking out books to display during an event about the Quran. 
  • The event, held in partnership with Northwestern University’s Middle East and North African Studies Program, was about Islam in the United States.
  • When staff picked up the Quran and books about the Quran, hateful messages were written inside. 
  • One message read, “Bullshit hatred cover to cover” with a swastika drawn underneath.
  • Many social media users left the library messages of support after the post began to go viral.

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When you walk into the Smithsonian’s “Art of the Qur'an” exhibition, you’re met with a book that weighs 150 pounds. The tome, which dates back to the late-1500s, has giant pages that are covered in gold and black Arabic script.

“Somebody spent a lot of time, probably years, to complete this manuscript,” says curator Massumeh Farhad. “… The size tells you a great deal about it. I mean, clearly this was not a manuscript that could have been taken out every day for private reading. This was a manuscript that was intended for public display.”

That manuscript is among more than 50 centuries-old Qurans on display at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. The exhibition isn’t about the words of the Quran so much as the people who laboriously copied the book, letter by letter. Some of their names are listed (one manuscript was written by a vizier, or prime minister, of the Ottoman Empire), but most of the creators are unknown.

Quran Exhibition Shines A Light On The Holy Books’ Dedicated Artists

Photos: Raquel Zaldivar/NPR