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Reciting the Quran


“This is the Book (the Quran), whereof there is no doubt; as a guidance to those who are the pious and righteous persons” (Quran- 2: 2)

Every religion and faith has its own set of Holy Scriptures. For Muslims the Quran is their Holy Book, the Divine Revelation; The Word of Allah and The Final Testament to Humanity. It is the guide that gives direction to Muslims in every aspect of their lives; from daily living, worship, behaviour, what is right and wrong, how we are to behave in every facet of our social, business and conduct in our daily lives.

"Verily, this Quran guides to that which is most just and right and gives glad tidings to the believers who work deeds of righteousness, that they shall have a great reward (Paradise)." (Quran 17:9)

The revelation of the first verses of the Quran Prophet Mohammed (pbuh), were delivered via the Archangel Gibraeel (Gabriel) starting in the month of Ramadan and took over 22 years to complete. Therefore Muslims regard the Quran as the Book of Allah, it is the True Word of Allah, not a created thing, but the study guide for life and death and what comes after.

A Muslim has to base his actions, daily living, and every aspect of their lives on the Quran, and the teachings and example of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh). Therefore it is the responsibility of every believer to learn, read and to understand the message of the Quran and put it into action in his daily life. Hence, parents will always ensure that their children go for Islamic classes where they will be taught to recite the Quran and learn their responsibilities, duties and practices to be infused into their daily lives. For a Muslim life without the Quran would be like plants without water. Allah says:

“And We send down of the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to all those who believe” (Quran 17:82). “This is the Book (the Quran), whereof there is no doubt, a guidance to those who are Al-Muttaqoon (the pious and righteous persons)” (Quran- 2: 2)

The Quran is in Arabic and as such it is memorized, written, recited and read. It is the duty of every Muslim to learn to read the Quran because during every of the five times daily prayers (Salaah) we (individually) are required to read any of the verses that we have memorised from the Quran. On the face of it some may say that it is too difficult if not impossible to learn a new script, read and memorise verses from the Quran.

But people from every language, ethnic, tribal, racial, colour and group who have never spoken or heard Arabic have successfully memorised selected verses or the entire Quran. For example during the month of Ramadan, the world over, during the nightly prayers the Imams will lead the congregational prayers by reciting daily from the Quran in such a manner that they will have recited it in sequence, entirely from memory, from beginning to end split over the 30 days.   

Millions of people have even learned the entire 30 chapters of the Quran by heart and can recite any chapter or verse from memory. An interesting fact is that many children, some as young as 10 years have learnt and memorised it. The Quran is so revered that a Muslim is required to be in a state of purity before he / she even touches it. This means that they should have performed wudhu, (the purification of washing that we are required to undergo whenever we perform every of our daily prayers). We are required to treat it with the utmost of respect.  

An interesting fact is that since the Quran has been memorised by millions of people throughout the world, it cannot be altered, changed or even some of the text redrafted in anyway, any such change would immediately be brought to attention and notice. Hence this is a failsafe way of preserving its original text and meaning.

In many of His teachings, the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) made mention of the importance of reading, reciting, learning and following the edicts of the Quran. He went further to explain the benefits and Heavenly rewards that we can accrue just by doing so. For a Muslim reciting, reading and reflecting over the Qur’an fulfils a very important Islamic duty. As the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) said: “ Religion is based on sincerity to Allah, to His Book, His Messenger, the leaders of the people, and their common folk.

The sincerity that is due to the Book of Allah includes its regular recitation, learning the rules of proper pronunciation and reciting it beautifully, learning about its proper interpretation and the reasons of its revelation, affirming that it is the Truth, the perfect Message of Allah and not part of worldly creation. We are required to honour and defend, abide by the orders and prohibitions found in it, teaching it and calling / inviting others to it.” Therefore by reading and reflecting over the Qur’an, we fulfil an obligation and will be rewarded for that.

The Qur’an will be a proof for us on the Day of Judgment. The Prophet (pbuh) further said: “And the Qur’an is a proof for you or against you.” This means that the Quran will be proof for you. If you had been a sincere reciter and follower of the Quran, it will either be in your favour, a proof for you on the Day when you will need every single good deed, or if you had been negligent, it will be something standing against you, as proof against you. Therefore the Qur’an will intercede for us on the Day of Judgment. “Read the Qur’an, for verily it will come on the Day of Standing as an intercessor for its companions.”

Our position in Paradise is determined by the amount of Qur’an we memorize in this life. The Qur’an will lead us to Paradise. The Prophet (pbuh) said: “The Qur’an is an intercessor, something given permission to intercede, and it is rightfully believed in. Whoever puts it in front of him, it will lead him to Paradise; whoever puts it behind him, it will steer him to the Hellfire.”

By sincerely reading the Quran our status in this life will be raised. We will be from the best of the people. The Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) said: “The best of you are the ones who learn the Qur’an and teach it to others”. The reciters of the Qur’an will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. “Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.” This means that even if we have difficulty in reading the Quran, but because we are sincere in our efforts, we will receive double the reward.

If our hearts are sincerely attached to Allah’s Book then the limbs and tongue will follow. ‘That chest which does not have any Quran in it is like an abandoned house.’ I have only mentioned a few of the benefits of reading and reflecting over the Qur’an. There are many benefits that accrue from our reading of the Qur’an and they act as a physical healing, a source of comfort and relaxation for your heart, among many other things.

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Export Processing Zones: How to Get SEZA to Sizzle

23rd September 2020
Export Processing Zone (EPZ) factory in Kenya

In 2005, the Business & Economic Advisory Council (BEAC) pitched the idea of the establishment of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to the Mogae Administration.

It took five years before the SEZ policy was formulated, another five years before the relevant law was enacted, and a full three years before the Special Economic Zones Authority (SEZA) became operational.

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Egypt Bagged Again

23rd September 2020

… courtesy of infiltration stratagem by Jehovah-Enlil’s clan

With the passing of Joshua’s generation, General Atiku, the promised peace and prosperity of a land flowing with milk and honey disappeared, giving way to chaos and confusion.

Maybe Joshua himself was to blame for this shambolic state of affairs. He had failed to mentor a successor in the manner Moses had mentored him. He had left the nation without a central government or a human head of state but as a confederacy of twelve independent tribes without any unifying force except their Anunnaki gods.

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23rd September 2020

If I say the word ‘robot’ to you,  I can guess what would immediately spring to mind –  a cute little Android or animal-like creature with human or pet animal characteristics and a ‘heart’, that is to say to say a battery, of gold, the sort we’ve all seen in various movies and  tv shows.  Think R2D2 or 3CPO in Star Wars, Wall-E in the movie of the same name,  Sonny in I Robot, loveable rogue Bender in Futurama,  Johnny 5 in Short Circuit…

Of course there are the evil ones too, the sort that want to rise up and eliminate us  inferior humans – Roy Batty in Blade Runner, Schwarzenegger’s T-800 in The Terminator,  Box in Logan’s Run,  Police robots in Elysium and  Otomo in Robocop.

And that’s to name but a few.  As a general rule of thumb, the closer the robot is to human form, the more dangerous it is and of course the ultimate threat in any Sci-Fi movie is that the robots will turn the tables and become the masters, not the mechanical slaves.  And whilst we are in reality a long way from robotic domination, there are an increasing number of examples of  robotics in the workplace.

ROBOT BLOODHOUNDS Sometimes by the time that one of us smells something the damage has already begun – the smell of burning rubber or even worse, the smell of deadly gas. Thank goodness for a robot capable of quickly detecting and analyzing a smell from our very own footprint.

A*Library Bot The A*Star (Singapore) developed library bot which when books are equipped with RFID location chips, can scan shelves quickly seeking out-of-place titles.  It manoeuvres with ease around corners, enhances the sorting and searching of books, and can self-navigate the library facility during non-open hours.

DRUG-COMPOUNDING ROBOT Automated medicine distribution system, connected to the hospital prescription system. It’s goal? To manipulate a large variety of objects (i.e.: drug vials, syringes, and IV bags) normally used in the manual process of drugs compounding to facilitate stronger standardisation, create higher levels of patient safety, and lower the risk of hospital staff exposed to toxic substances.

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY ROBOTS Applications include screw-driving, assembling, painting, trimming/cutting, pouring hazardous substances, labelling, welding, handling, quality control applications as well as tasks that require extreme precision,

AGRICULTURAL ROBOTS Ecrobotix, a Swiss technology firm has a solar-controlled ‘bot that not only can identify weeds but thereafter can treat them. Naio Technologies based in southwestern France has developed a robot with the ability to weed, hoe, and assist during harvesting. Energid Technologies has developed a citrus picking system that retrieves one piece of fruit every 2-3 seconds and Spain-based Agrobot has taken the treachery out of strawberry picking. Meanwhile, Blue River Technology has developed the LettuceBot2 that attaches itself to a tractor to thin out lettuce fields as well as prevent herbicide-resistant weeds. And that’s only scratching the finely-tilled soil.

INDUSTRIAL FLOOR SCRUBBERS The Global Automatic Floor Scrubber Machine boasts a 1.6HP motor that offers 113″ water lift, 180 RPM and a coverage rate of 17,000 sq. ft. per hour

These examples all come from the aptly-named site    because while these functions are labour-saving and ripe for automation, the increasing use of artificial intelligence in the workplace will undoubtedly lead to increasing reliance on machines and a resulting swathe of human redundancies in a broad spectrum of industries and services.

This process has been greatly boosted by the global pandemic due to a combination of a workforce on furlough, whether by decree or by choice, and the obvious advantages of using virus-free machines – I don’t think computer viruses count!  For example, it was suggested recently that their use might have a beneficial effect in care homes for the elderly, solving short staffing issues and cheering up the old folks with the novelty of having their tea, coffee and medicines delivered by glorified model cars.  It’s a theory, at any rate.

Already, customers at the South-Korean  fast-food chain No Brand Burger can avoid any interaction with a human server during the pandemic.  The chain is using robots to take orders, prepare food and bring meals out to diners.  Customers order and pay via touchscreen, then their request is sent to the kitchen where a cooking machine heats up the buns and patties. When it’s ready, a robot ‘waiter’ brings out their takeout bag.   

‘This is the first time I’ve actually seen such robots, so they are really amazing and fun,’ Shin Hyun Soo, an office worker at No Brand in Seoul for the first time, told the AP. 

Human workers add toppings to the burgers and wrap them up in takeout bags before passing them over to yellow-and-black serving robots, which have been compared to Minions. 

Also in Korea, the Italian restaurant chain Mad for Garlic is using serving robots even for sit-down customers. Using 3D space mapping and other technology, the electronic ‘waiter,’ known as Aglio Kim, navigates between tables with up to five orders.  Mad for Garlic manager Lee Young-ho said kids especially like the robots, which can carry up to 66lbs in their trays.

These catering robots look nothing like their human counterparts – in fact they are nothing more than glorified food trolleys so using our thumb rule from the movies, mankind is safe from imminent takeover but clearly  Korean hospitality sector workers’ jobs are not.

And right there is the dichotomy – replacement by stealth.  Remote-controlled robotic waiters and waitresses don’t need to be paid, they don’t go on strike and they don’t spread disease so it’s a sure bet their army is already on the march.

But there may be more redundancies on the way as well.  Have you noticed how AI designers have an inability to use words of more than one syllable?  So ‘robot’ has become ‘bot’ and ‘android’ simply ‘droid?  Well, guys, if you continue to build machines ultimately smarter than yourselves you ‘rons  may find yourself surplus to requirements too – that’s ‘moron’ to us polysyllabic humans”!

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