بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
~As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Beautiful and Beloved Black Sisters~
This is the very first Surah (Chapter) of The Holy Qur-an Sharrieff that was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
Notice the very first word – READ.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) couldn’t even read at the time! Nevertheless, the Angel who revealed to him the Scripture, told him to “READ.”
This is a perfect illustration of the importance of literacy. Reading is fundamental to the acquisition of Knowledge. Without the ability to read coherently, one is dependent on another to educate her. Sisters, we MUST cultivate a thirst for Knowledge, Wisdom and Understanding in Ourselves as well as our Children. Surround Yourself With Like-Minded Individuals. Exhort One Another to Truth and Righteousness.
In the Nation of Islam’s Muslim Girls’ Training & General Civilization Class, we are instructed to: “Let No Woman Beat You In Anything When It Comes To Intelligence.”
Chapter 96: Al-‘Alaq — The Clot:
Revealed at Makkah: 19 verses
English Translation of the Holy Quran by Maulana Muhammad Ali
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
96:1 Read in the name of thy Lord Who creates —
96:2 Creates man from a clot,
96:3 Read and thy Lord is most Generous,
96:4 Who taught by the pen,
96:5 Taught man what he knew not.
96:6 Nay, man is surely inordinate,
96:7 Because he looks upon himself as self-sufficient.
96:8 Surely to thy Lord is the return.
96:9 Hast thou seen him who forbids
96:10 A servant when he prays?
96:11 Seest thou if he is on the right way,
96:12 Or enjoins observance of duty?
96:13 Seest thou if he denies and turns away?
96:14 Knows he not that Allah sees?
96:15 Nay, if he desist not, We will seize him by the forelock —
96:16 A lying, sinful forelock!
96:17 Then let him summon his council,
96:18 We will summon the braves of the army.
96:19 Nay! Obey him not, but prostrate thyself, and draw nigh (to Allah).