We are pleased to introduce Dr. Farhat Hashmi's lectures on Holy Quran.
These lectures have been divided Para (Juz') - wise and are available in audio format. This set is an English audio translation of Dr. Hashmi's lecture original recorded in Urdu.
Listen to online RealAudio clips:Para 1 : Part 1 - Part 1: Surah Al-Fatihah & Surah Al-BaqarahPara 1 : Part 2: Surah Al-BaqarahPara 1 : Part 3: Surah Al-BaqarahPara 25 : Part 1: Surah Ash-Shura (1 - 21)
Learn more about this dynamic (female) scholar from Pakistan --
Dr. Farhat Naseem Hashmi - this name today is synonymous with Al-Huda, a non-sectarian organization that is devoted to the cause of spreading Quranic education and bringing people closer to their Creator, ALLAH Subhanahu Wa Taala. This institute is the brainchild of Dr. Farhat and her husband, Dr. Idrees Zubair who are both enlightened Islamic scholars engaged in selfless dawa work.
Born in Sargodha, Punjab, Dr. Farhat is the daughter of (Late) Abdur Rehman Hashmi, a prominent religious scholar. Dr. Farhat had the good fortune of having the seed of the love of Islamic learning embedded in her mind and heart by her father, whose imprints are strong on her personality. She acquired her initial education in her hometown and simultaneously acquired Quranic education from her father. She received her MA in Arabic, and was married shortly afterwards. Both she and her husband proceeded to University of Glasgow, Scotland, for their PhD in Islamic Studies. Though they are both extensively involved in the work of Deen, they are also committed parents to their four children.
Since her youth, the desire to share the knowledge of Deen with others had been strong in Dr. Farhat's heart. Being an educated woman herself, she strongly felt that educated women should be provided with the opportunity to gain knowledge of ALLAH SWT's Book and the Prophet's (SAW) Sunnah. She began imparting her knowledge of the Holy Quran at an early age, and the number of her students and her eloquence, both grew steadily over the years. Gifted with a special ability to touch the hearts of all those who hear her "dars" (lectures), Dr. Farhat's popularity increased by the day. When the circle of her listeners grew, this stalwart trudging on the path of Jehaad bil Quraan laid down the foundation in 1994 of Al-Huda International Institute of Islamic Education for Women in Islamabad.
Her brainchild originally began as a one-year diploma course for women in which the students were taught Tajweed, Tafseer, Hadith, Seerat-un-Nabi (pbuh), Fiqh and other Islamic subjects. Sincerity and dedication in the way of ALLAH SWT never goes unrewarded and what started out as an experimental course has turned out to be the turning point in the lives of the hundreds of women that earn the diploma from Al-Huda each year.
What became especially popular and effective was the Fahm al- Quran program designed exclusively for Ramadhan in which one para (chapter) was taught with translation and brief explanation on a daily basis. The success of this program brought Al-Huda Institute and Dr. Farhat to Karachi where it was introduced in Ramadhan 2000. The coming year was to witness a phenomenal rise in Quranic awareness.
Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the diploma course is the word to word translation of the Quran which the students learn thus enabling them to understand the entire Quran in the language chosen by ALLAH SWT. This method of learning has been devised personally by Dr. Farhat who has endowed her students with this invaluable treasure. Eliminating the dependence on translations for all students irrespective of their mother tongue is nothing short of a miracle. Students are also able to teach others Quranic Arabic based on the same methodology. What is also especially appealing to the educated mind is the Tafseer (commentary) of the Quran which Dr. Farhat attempts to make relevant to today's world. Relating Quranic Ayahs to everyday lives she inspires her students and listeners to practically implement in their lives all they have learned in the light of the Quran and Sunnah.
Today Al-Huda has overcome its infancy. By ALLAH Taala's Grace and under Dr. Farhat's able guidance, not only has a website been launched by the Al-Huda IT department, but the institute now has its own Multi-Media department. With the help of Multi-Media presentations, the students are given an opportunity to study the Quranic Ayats in-depth relating them to modern scientific discoveries.
Even after all this success, Dr. Farhat feels there is a lot of work yet to be done. Her ultimate goal is "….to bring people closer to ALLAH Subhanahu Wa Taala and to attempt that this miracle called The Quran reaches every home and finds a place in every hand and every heart INSHA-ALLAH."