Welcome to Mindful Meeting podcast, in this episode, we delve into the profound connection with The Noble Qur’an. We are joined by the insightful Khadija Osman, as we explore the human experiences and relationships with Allah portrayed in the Quranic stories. The discussion touches upon the significance of understanding, reflecting, and applying the Quran in our daily lives, and the need to prioritize this sacred text. There are also fascinating insights on the Quran’s literary, mathematical, and scientific marvels. Plus, hear how women’s engagement with the Quran is shaping a narrative of inspiration and growth. Join us for a deep dive into building a personal and intimate relationship with The Noble Qur’an.
What You’ll Learn:
[00:00] Introduction
[05:25] Khadija Osman discusses the story of Prophet Yahya, Sayyeddat Maryam, and Prophet Ibrahim in the Quran, emphasizing the human experiences and relationships with Allah
[12:58] King Abu and Khadija Osman share their perspectives on interpreting emotions in the Quranic stories, highlighting the intimate relationship between the characters and Allah
[19:30] Discussion on the lack of respect and prioritization given to the Quran in cultural and community settings, as well as the need for more Quran-focused programs
[26:50] Exploring how to build a personal and intimate relationship with the Quran
[32:40] Khadija Osman discusses the scientific miracles mentioned in the Quran, particularly related to mountains and the universe
[38:15] Sharing personal experiences of finding solace and guidance in the Quran
[43:50] Efforts to promote women reciters of the Quran and the impact of gender norms on Quranic engagement
[51:20] Reflecting on the significance of the Quran as a guide for humanity and the need for prioritizing reflection and understanding
[58:10] Importance of implementing the principles of the Quran in daily life and concluding thoughts


Al-Muzzammil – Verse 4

أَوْ زِدْ عَلَيْهِ وَرَتِّلِ ٱلْقُرْءَانَ تَرْتِيلًا

Dr. Mustafa Khattab, The Clear Quran:
or a little more—and recite the Quran ˹properly˺ in a measured way.

“…The Prophet ﷺ went out one night to the houses of the Ansar and he heard a woman (in one narration it is mentioned she was an older woman) from them reciting the words of Allah, {هَلْ أَتَاكَ حَدِيثُ الْغَاشِيَةِ}. The Prophet ﷺ immediately began to cry intensely, saying, “Yes, it has come to me, yes, it has come to me.” (Tafsir Ibn Abi Hatim)

Shaykh Abu al-Aynayn Shyeesha was a famous reciter on Cairo’s Quran Radio, alongside five other women including Munirah Abduh. He was the first Egyptian to recite at a professional capacity in Masjid alAqsa and he was the contemporary of Abdul Baset. When Azhar passed the fatwa in the mid 1900s that women could no longer recite the Quran on the radio, Shaykh Abu al-Aynayn said,

«لن يهدأ لي بال حتى تعود المرأة كقارئة للقرآن الكريم في الإذاعة، والعودة إلى العصر الذهبي للأصوات النسائية، التي تجيد تلاوة القرآن مثلما كان موجودًا قبل أكثر من 50 عامًا».

“I will not rest until the woman returns as a reader of the Noble Qur’an on the radio, and returns to the golden age of women’s voices, who are as good at reciting the Qur’an as it existed more than 50 years ago.”

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The Quran has all of this in it. This is the kind of the reason Allah is saying, we reveal the Quran for this, for guidance and for distinguishing between, you know, truth and falsehood.”
— Khadija Osman 00:27:25-00:27:36

It’s not really considered how that will affect the woman. So when a little girl is so close with the Quran, she loves reciting, she loves memorizing, she loves connecting with the Quran. But then when she gets older, she’s told, well, you can’t really recite.”
— Khadija Osman 00:31:56-00:32:11

We don’t have enough programs geared towards the Quran in terms of understanding it, in terms of applying it, reflecting on it. I just don’t see that we have enough of that sort of thing going on and we don’t really prioritize it.
— Khadija Osman 00:22:5200:23:10

Start at: 21:12 – As we delve into the stories of the Quran, we’re reminded that…
End at: 22:05 – …noble guidance in our lives.

Start at: 35:36 – Reflecting on the Quran’s teachings, we find solace in…
End at: 36:14 – …remains an unwavering source of wisdom.

Start at: 43:50 – It becomes clear that the Quran’s relevance is not limited to…
End at: 44:28 – …universal lessons for humanity.