Blogging from A to Z Day 1: Ayat Al-Kursi

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It’s the first day of the A to Z challenge! I’m beginning the month with a verse from the Qur’an: Ayat Al-Kursi. Chapter 2 (Al-Baqara, The Cow), verse 255. I probably recite this verse more than any other verse in the Qur’an (unless you count bismillah). I can’t give an estimated number, but I recite it several times a day.

The translation is interesting and pretty poetic. It basically describes God and some of his qualities, and the whole verse follows somewhat of a circular pattern. I won’t go into details, but if you’re interested in learning about the meaning of this verse, check out Nouman Ali Khan’s lecture on it. It’s only about 15 minutes and is really interesting.

The real reason why I recite it so much is primarily for the practical use. I’ve learned from many people (quoting Hadith) that it is good to recite Ayat Al-Kursi when in a situation of danger like riding in a car or plane. At my Muslim elementary school, we got in the habit of reciting Ayat Al-Kursi before taking any important test. I also learned from a trusted teacher of mine that there are huge benefits to reciting Ayat Al-Kursi after the five daily prayers.

Because of its supposed protective qualities, I have gotten in the habit of saying Ayat Al-Kursi in any anxiety-inducing situation: before taking a test, if I’m about to give a presentation, when I feel afraid, when walking around my house in the dark of the night, and I dare not be in a car without first reciting my dua and this ayah. It has almost become a coping mechanism for me. By reciting the words of the Qur’an, I am reminding myself that God is always with me and there to protect me. I know that he’s there even if I don’t say anything, but by saying it, I am acknowledging that in that moment, I am totally relying on God for my success and safety.

Below is an English translation of the verse. It is one of the longer verses of the Qur’an:

God: there is no god but Him, the Ever Living, the Ever Watchful. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him. All that is in the heavens and in the earth belongs to Him. Who is there that can intercede with Him except by His leave? He knows what is before them and what is behind them, but they do not comprehend any of His knowledge except what He wills. His throne extends over the heavens and the earth; it does not weary Him to preserve them both. He is the Most High, the Tremendous.

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Blogging from A to Z

I have some very exciting news to share! Starting tomorrow, I will be taking part in the Blogging from A to Z challenge. What is Blogging from A to Z you ask?

Can you post every day except Sundays during this month?  And to up the bar, can you blog thematically from A to Z?

Most of the time if you subtract Sundays from April, you then have 26 days–one day for each letter of the alphabet.

Using this premise, you would start beginning April First with a topic themed on something with the letter A, then on April second another topic with the letter B as the theme, and so on until you finish on April thirtieth with the theme based on the letter Z.  It doesn’t even have to be a word–it can be a proper noun, the letter used as a symbol, or the letter itself.  The theme of the day is the letter scheduled for that day.

I did this last year with my K-pop blog, and I decided to try doing it with this blog this year! I have decided to use this as an opportunity to challenge myself (as I will be participating with both of my blogs this year) as well as force myself to post more on this blog. I always think of different things I want to talk about on here, but just never get around to posting anything outside of Ramadan. So prepare yourselves for your daily dose of minnimonmon rambles for the next four weeks. InshaAllah I’ll see you all tomorrow with my post for A!

If any of you are participating, let me know in a comment! I’d love to read your blog this month! If you would like to sign up, there are still two days to do so! To sign up, click here and for more information about Blogging from A to Z, click here.