Abdul Majeed has requested a slight adjustment to my reporting of his dream. In the dream he memorized the surah and then Muhammad, may Allah bless him and give him peace, embraced him. You can read more details below in the post for 12/27!

MEHDED MARYAM SINCLAIR

Nur al Qasas, The Light of the Spoken Word

When you hear, you’ll see

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A Labor of Love

Moments form the Life of the Prophet Yusuf, peace upon him

A project of love, begun a little over twelve years ago in Istanbul, and completed this year  in Amman with the generous help of renowned tafsir scholar Sheikh Ali Hani and his trusted translator Sohail Hanif, and the painstaking editing of Sam Ross.  A double audio CD, English telling 1 1/2 hours,  Qur’anic recitation of Surtul Yusuf 30 min. The short nasheed interludes are sung by the girls of Dar al Zahra in Tarim, Yemen. The artwork is by Mukhtar Sanders.

Give a listen:
 

Here are some comments:

“An entrancing performance like this is a unique treasure, a wonderful resource for teaching children about the prophets, developing their linguistic capabilities, and inspiring their love and devotion for Allah with vivid images that will nourish them from within.” Inayet F. Sahin, M.Ed. Curriculum Theory and Development

“My four-year old son Dawoud and I were spellbound by this telling, dazzled by the grandeur of the story. For the first time I felt the beautiful reality of the Prophet Yusuf, the magnificence of his personality. The next day, Dawoud retold all of the part we had heard to his father. He still wants to listen again and again and his understanding grows each time.” Heba Salem, Amman, Jordan

“Phenomenal, mashaAllah.” Sam Ross, Qasid Institute, Amman

“The work is unparalleled in the purity and clarity with which it expresses the emotions and events.  One feels one is really there beholding the various happenings.” Sohail Hanif, Sunnipath, Amman

“Qur’anic narrative mentions the most important details relating to the primary lessons of its stories, and the rest of the details are left out; left for the reader to imagine the events that might have transpired in-between the lines, an imagining that is aided by context, common sense, and the many subtle hints in the Qur’an. For one to fill in these gaps and contemplate on them is part of interacting with Qur’anic stories and at times is essential to full understanding of the lessons that are to be learnt.

I have checked this telling relying on five different works of Qur’anic interpretation. The details filled in from the very able imagination of the author completely accord with the spirit and soul of the story to help the listener, especially the child, appreciate the wonder and miracle of the surah. None of the details contradict any Islamic value and many can be found in the copious literature of Qur’anic exegesis.

I believe it is an excellent contribution to much-needed literature that invites the reader to truly absorb and enter the world of the Qur’an. The beautiful writing style of the author corresponds nicely to the magical and compelling style of the Qur’anic original.

And Allah alone gives success.”    Sheikh Ali Hani, Amman, Jordan


“My children and I were enthralled. This account will stir your soul and stimulate your mind. I recommend it most sincerely to anyone, young or old, who loves to hear of the lives of our prophets and draw lessons from them.”
Fowzia Bora, UK

MEHDED MARYAM SINCLAIR

Nur al Qasas, The Light of the Spoken Word

When you hear, you’ll see

Published in: on December 28, 2008 at 10:55 am  Comments (2)  

Mehded Maryam Sinclair–When you hear, you’ll see.

Welcome to Nur al Qasas, on the eve of the beginning of another new Islamic year.  May the blessings of Muharram be magnified over all the ummah worldwide. May we be guided and protected as the sand sifts through the glass, bringing us ever closer and closer to the day Muhammad, may Allah bless him and give him peace, said would come, when holding onto  one’s deen would be as difficult as holding burning coals in the palm of one’s hand.

Alhamdulillah we aren’t there yet! I have some lovely news to share. Here in Amman I teach in a homeschooling initiative and I overheard one of my students, 8 year-old Abdal Majeed ibn Hamid, talking to a mate about my audio double CD, The Bowing of the Stars, a 1 1/2 hour telling of the life of the Prophet Yusuf, peace upon him, with a 30 min recitation of Suratul Yusuf by Sheikh Ali Hani.

“We love that CD,”  he said. “We listen to it all the time. Even my baby brother likes it. But if you want to memorize the surah, just put in CD2, press track 3, and you’ll memorize it!”

The next day this is what his mother told me:

I noticed that Abdul Majeed would shut himself up in his room alone with the CD. Then I noticed that he started following the text in the mushaf as he listened to the recitation. He came and told me he’d nearly memorized it. A day later he came and told me he’d seen a dream: he’d recited the entire surah from memory for the Prophet, may Allah bless him and give him peace, who was with him, wearing a long green robe, and who embraced him when he finished. I said to him, ‘Look, you must never forget that when you have seen the Prophet, you have REALLY seen him, it isn’t just a dream.’  Walahi,” she exclaimed, “this is homeschooling, alhamdulillah!”

Well, any teacher loves the appreciation of the parents she teaches. And any storyteller loves the folks who love her stories. But subhanAllah, I was dazzled. I teach a child the Prophet himself has embraced. He lives in my building. His cat hangs out by my door. Maybe we have another Imam Junayd in our midst…

Anyway, if you’d like, you can catch a sample of the CD by clicking on the link below. If you live in the US, you could purchase online it from Rumibookstore. With your du’as and the largesse of Allah, before too long you’ll be able to download it from my new website, along with my first CD, Miraculous Happenings in  the Year of the Elephant, and the third one, A Mercy to the Worlds, the Coming of Muhammad, may Allah bless him and give him peace. My books, MIRACULOUS HAPPENINGS IN THE YEAR OF THE ELEPHANT, and the soon-to-be-released-inshaAllah A TRUST OF TREASURES, can be purchased from Amazon.com and the Islamic Foundation, Markfield, England. And Allah knows best.

Bowing of the Stars sample1

MEHDED MARYAM SINCLAIR

Nur al Qasas, The Light of the Spoken Word

When you hear, you’ll see

Published in: on December 27, 2008 at 11:40 am  Comments (4)