Experiencing The Quran – Surah Al-Waqi’a

Ustadha Umm Sahl guides even the very preliminary Arabic student to a genuine insight of the Quran as it is experienced in its original Arabic. Benefit from her personal commentary on the immediacy and import of the verses to our own lives. Part of Qibla’s Quran and Sunna Lectures series – lessons broadcasted straight from the Zawiya of Imam Abul Hasan Ash-Shadhili in Amman.

Live sessions: Sunday at 14:30 UTC with Umm Sahl


  • Listen to an explanation of the tafsir and linguistic analysis of Surah Al-Waqi’a
  • Benefit from Umm Sahl’s personal commentary bringing the verses to life for each of us personally
  • Listen to the Arabic recitation after covering the English meanings, to experience the Quran at a deeper level than you have before
  • Benefit from the distilled notes of Sheikh Ali Hani’s years of tafsir research
  • A sit-in lecture without any homework or assignments

About the Course

This course will look at each verse of the surah in both Arabic and its English translation. Umm Sahl’s commentary will primarily focus on two aspects:

The tafsir: Umm Sahl shall explain the purport of the verses, the larger context in which they were revealed, and bring the message home through the immediacy and personal import of the meanings to each and every single one of us today. In addition to material from traditional sources of tafsir, she brings the verses to life for the students through her own anecdotes and personal experiences from her decades of studying, practicing and serving the deen.

The Arabic: By pointing out meanings through the vocabulary, syntax, grammar, and balagha, Umm Sahl shall unpack linguistic meanings and ramifications that are not directly discernible from the outward purport of the wording.

The English explanation and commentary shall be followed by listening sessions, where the verses shall be played back for the students, so that having focused on the meanings and ramifications, they can then focus on the auditory semantics that constituted the miraculous experience of the Quran for those who heard it from our Prophet, Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him.

Course Syllabus

This term shall cover Sura Al-Waqi’a ‘The Inevitable Event’

Highlights from themes that shall be covered in Surah Al-Waqi’a:

  • The Great Revolution in the lives of man that the Event shall bring, Abasing some, Exalting others:

The old landmarks will be lost – in the inner world, just as the landmarks of the outer, physical world shall disappear in the New Creation. Many of those who were high and mighty in life shall be brought low for their sins, and many of those who were lowly but virtuous, shall be exalted*.

  • The Sorting Out of Good and Evil and the Three Categories of Man:

Hear Umm Sahl describe the most well-known theme of this sura – the states of those Drawn Nigh, the Foremost in their invincible faith and righteousness in this world; the Companions of the Right, and those in agony: the Companions of the Left

  • Allah as the Author of the Universe and the Primary Cause:

Learn ye then to witness the Truth in your lives –
Your own creation and growth;
The seeds that ye sow in the ground;
The Circuit of Water:
Through streams, rivers, and seas,
To vapor, clouds and rain that feeds the streams;
The Fire that stands as an emblem of Life
And Light –
All point to your Lord Supreme.
His Revelation conveys the same message
To the pure in heart.
Will ye then receive it?
And live, assured of the Truth of the Hereafter?
Glory and Praise be to God, the Beneficent,
Supreme in Mercy, Justice and Truth.
So celebrate with praises the Name of thy Lord, the Supreme*.

*Abdullah Yusuf Ali, The Quran – Text, Translation and Commentary

Course Format

This course is part of our Quran and Sunna Lectures series. Classes will be taught weekly and broadcast live from the Zawiya of Imam Abul Hasan ash-Shadhili in Amman, Jordan.

Quran and Sunna Lectures are lessons to sit in on and benefit from entirely at your own pace – no assessments, exams, grades or homework assignments. You can ask the instructor questions during the Live Sessions, and they are answered during the last ten minutes of each lesson.

Weekly Time Commitment

Not having any homework or assessments, the course does not require any weekly time-commitment.

Suggested readings

There is no required text for this course. All the material shall be presented in class.

Recommended Background

No background is required: all are welcome!


Why is Experiencing the Quran an experience not to be missed?

Umm Sahl really brings the verses to life for her students through her own connection with, love and reverence for the Book of Allah. Her personal commentary based on her years of study and service in the path of Allah, and living around and learning from the scholars and the awliya, the people of Allah, of Turkey, Syria, and Jordan serves as a real bridge in connecting her students’ hearts to the Quran.

After the explanation in English, the student will listen to the recitation of the verse in Arabic. The recitation will be repeated two or three times, so what was expounded on in English can be understood and experienced in Arabic. The Quran was revealed in Arabic, and its pure divine provenance and miraculousness is only found in its original form.

The goal of this didactic process – intellectual cognition followed by auditory repetition, is an attempt to recreate an experience: inshaAllah, the student will be able to close their eyes and envisage how the Prophet, upon him be peace, introduced the revelation of the Quran to the Companions, and the impact it must have had on their hearts when they heard the verses being revealed for the first time.

A little background on what you’re getting in this course…

The material for Umm Sahl’s tafsir commentary is based on her studies with her teacher Shaykh Ali Hani – a remarkable Jordanian scholar who is a master of the Arabic language and a veritable ‘Einstein of tafsir’. Although a prolific scholar in many disciplines, Sheikh Ali is passionately consumed by his love for the Quran and has dedicated himself completely to the Book of Allah. He is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of all sources of tafsir, and often spends weeks researching a single word of the Quran, using nearly a hundred different books from grammar, rhetoric, morphology, fiqh, hadith and other sources to get a complete tafsir picture of a single verse. With his proverbial dedication to learning and teaching, Sheikh Ali is a teacher of teachers who is rarely seen without a book in his hand.

Through her extensive notes from Sheikh Ali, and the translation of her hours of study with him, Umm Sahl has made the fruits of Sheikh Ali’s effort available to her students in English. This course really represents the distilled efforts of a level of scholarship that is seldom met-with – and inshaAllah this shall not be lost on the student.

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About the Instructor

Umm Sahl


Course Code



Level: Quran & Sunna Lectures

Starting From

2 August, 2015


10 weeks

Tuition Fee

225 USD   Instant Financial Aid