The Presence of the Qur'an

Talk - Sheikh Abdal Hakim Murad - Cambridge - 17th February 2011 - 67 mins 55 secs

"He is dead who does not feel the Qur'an move in his hands"
Contentions 6:20, Sheikh Abdal Hakim Murad

In this talk the Sheikh addresses an important aspect of the Qur'an, namely the transformative experience of the Word of God in the breast of the believer. Whilst the Qur'an's power is not contained by mere history the Sheikh demonstrates how the Book stands at the isthmus of the Ancient and Modern world and yet belongs to neither time; it exists rather as the driving force and symbol of Islamic civilisation, itself a unique being. Without experiencing the Presence of the Qur'an, with its ability to reach into the mysterious depths of the soul, the phenomenon of Islamic civilisation is not understandable. The question is thus posed: why has this text, often described as being impenetrable, taken up such a prominent position in the lives of Muslims and indeed non-Muslims from the time of the Prophet - peace be upon him - to this very day?

The Sheikh mentions various approaches to the Qur'an, notably exploring Mevlana Rumi's poetry:

"The Qur'an is like a bride.
Although you pull
the veil away from her face,
she does not show herself to you.
When you investigate the Qur'an,
but receive no joy or mystical unveiling,
it is because your pulling at the veil
has caused you to be rejected.
The Qur'an has deceived you
and shown itself as ugly. It says,
"I am not a beautiful bride."
It is able to show itself
in any form it desires.
But if you stop pulling at its veil
and seek its good pleasure;
if you water its field, serve it from afar
and strive in that which pleases it,
then it will show you its face
without any need for you to draw aside its veil."
-trans. William C. Chittick

The image above is taken inside the Mihrimah Camii, Uskudar, Istanbul by the CKETC team

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A Ramadan Reader

Updated with new Thought for the Day - 7/8/11

Please find below a collected of assorted articles and talks from Sheikh Abdal Hakim about the blessed month we find ourselves in. Whilst extensive, this is by no means exhaustive and so if you have any suggestions for additions to the list please get in contact!

Also, please consider donating to the Cambridge Mosque is Moving Ramadan Brick by Brick appeal! Any help you can offer, no matter how modest, would be warmly and greatly appreciated. Details can be found here.

Talks and Lectures

Preparing for Ramadan - How to prepare ones body, mind and soul for Ramadan, this most welcome of guests.

'Abdal Hakim Murad - Ramadan' - A talk given in the last few days of Sha'ban, again about approaching Ramadan with ihsan.

Benefits of Fasting - A talk in the run up to Ramadan about the manifold benefits of fasting.

Restraint in an age of excess - This khutba outlines some of the tribulations afflicting the modern world that fasting - insha-Allah - can help lift.

'Fasting is Mine' - A lecture exploring the hadith qudsi in which Allah says 'Fasting is Mine'.

Charity - A khutba that discusses one of the very beneficial acts one can perform whilst fasting during this month.

'On Ramadan' - Delivered Aylesbury Mosque, UK November 1999

Eid-ul-Fitr - An Eid-ul-Fitr khutba given long ago, a treat to savour at the end of the month!

A Fairtrade Ramadan - From the Radical Middle Way


Ramadan in Turkey - A brilliant snapshot of the vibrant Ramadan experience in Istanbul

The Ramadan Travelogue 2010 - Last year the Sheikh treated us to a daily Ramadan Travelogue, some of them covering his thoughts whilst travelling in Turkey. Sparkling, rich and always relevant, we hope for more entries this year. Please return to the site regularly for more updates on this.

Thought for the Day transcripts

A collection of textual offerings from Aunty Beeb, some directly relevant, others tangentially so (audio here)

15 October 2004 - Retro-Ramadan
1 September 2008 - Annual Muslim Challenge Ramadan Day 1: Attack the Convolvuli
16 September 2009 - The Da Vinci Code and the Night of Power
23 September 2009 - The Hospitality of Eid
2 August 2011 - Ramadan Welcome!

12 January 2004 - Lust: a double edged sword
27 July 2007 - The Fundamentals of Fat

The image above is taken from inside Sultanahmet Mosque (the 'Blue Mosque'), Istanbul. Taken by the CKETC team.