Ramadan Came Early This Year

It’s been a long and steep road for me to learn appreciation for the little things in life. Tonight, that lesson continued in a truly tiny package.

Some years ago my wife traveled and studied in Morocco. She returned with a number of items but one, until this evening, I had never noticed before. While rummaging through an old box I discovered quite a curious little find: a diminutive little Qur’an. Its measurements a scant three inches long and just barely two wide. Its old cover a faded blue velvet, complete with a simple silver clasp. This little mushaf had a loved and used quality about it despite me having never gazed upon it before. I felt compelled to unlock its metal clasp. Continue reading “Ramadan Came Early This Year”

Remuneration for Teaching Islam

Some argue it should be, “for the sake of God”/في سبيل الله, i.e., free, but ‘Abd Allah ibn Mas’ûd — a great Companion of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and reciter of the Qur’an — says differently:

ثلاث لا بد للناس منهم: لا بد للناس من أمير يحكم بينهم ولو لا ذلك لأكل بعضهم بعضا، ولا بد للناس من شراء المصاحف وبيعها، ولو لا ذلك لقلّ كتاب الله، ولا بد للناس من معلم يعلم أولادهم وأخذ على ذلك أجرا ولو ذلك لكان الناس أميين

“There are three things which are indispensable for people: [1] They must have a commander who can judge between them otherwise they will cannibalize one another. [2] They must engage in the buying and selling of the Qur’an (mushaf) otherwise God’s Book will become rare amongst the people. [3] They must have an instructor who will teach their children and receive a remuneration for doing so otherwise the people will become illiterate.”

From Ibn Sahnûn’s Kitâb Âdâb al-Mu’allimîn.