September 16th, 2010
09:42 AM ET

Yemen's many shades of Islam

Editor's Note: CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom filed this report from Yemen.

Residents of Tareem, one of Yemen’s most historic and holy cities, claim there are more descendants of the Prophet Mohammed here than anywhere else in the world.

Tucked away in the country’s Hadramawt Province – a land of dusty valleys and towering cliffs – the city is home to Dar Al Mustafa, a local religious school that attracts students from all over the world. While other religious schools in this remote part of Yemen have recently come under scrutiny for alleged links with extremist groups, residents of Tareem say the teachings here have nothing in common with Osama Bin Laden’s militant interpretation of Islam.

Dar Al Mustafa students say they make the pilgrimage here to study Sufism, a mystical and philosophical strand of the Islamic faith.

Mohammed Al-Junaid directs the research center at Dar Al Mustafa. He says the students experience a pure Islam here – without negativity and conflict between different sects and groups.

As for the students, among the many we met, Michael, from Berkeley, California, told us about his conversion to Islam at the age of 17, and how his journey to Tareem purified his soul and restored his humanity. “You feel a place where people love God,” said Michael, describing Dar Al Mustafa, “and they love his prophets and they love others and show them mercy for their sake.”

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  1. Muneef





    How many Sura are in Holy Quran ?



    How many Verses are in Holy Quran ?



    How many dots are in Holy Quran ?



    How many over bar (zaber) are in Holy Quran ? (FATHA)



    How many under bar ( Zaer ) are in Holy Quran ? (KASRA)



    How many Raque are in Holy Quran ?



    How many stop ( Waqf ) are in Holy Quran ?



    How many Thashdeed are in Holy Quran ?



    How many letters are in Holy Quran ?



    How many pash are in Holy Quran ?



    How many Madd are in Holy Quran ?



    How many words are in Holy Quran ?



    How many parts of Holy Quran ?



    How many time Besmillah Al-Rahmaan Al-Raheem is repeated ?



    How many Sura start with Besmillah Al-Rahmaan Al-Raheem ?



    How many time the word 'Quran' is repeated in Holy Quran ?



    Which is the longest Sura of Holy Quran ?



    Which is the best drink mentioned in Holy Quran ?



    The best eatable thing mentioned in Holy Quran is ?



    Which is the shortest Sura of Holy Quran ?



    The longest verse of Holy Quran is in which Sura?

    Al-Baqarah No.282


    The most disliked thing by the God though Halal is ?



    Which letter is used for the most time in Holy Quran.?



    Which letter is used for the lest time in Holy Quran ?



    Which is the best night mentioned in Holy Quran ?

    Night of Qadar.


    Which is the best month mentioned in Holy Quran ?



    Which is the biggest animal mentioned in Holy Quran ?



    Which is the smallest animal mentioned in Holy Quran ?



    How many words are in the longest Sura of Holy Quran ?



    How many words are in the smallest Sura of Holy Quran ?



    Which Sura of Holy Quran is called the mother of Quran ?

    Sura Hamd


    How many Sura start with Al-Hamdullelah ?

    Five_ Hamd, Inaam, Kahf, Saba & Fatr.


    Which Sura has the same number of verses as the number of Sura of Holy Quran ?

    Taqveer, 114 verses.


    How many Sura's name is only one letter ?

    Three, Qaf, Sad & Noon.


    How many Sura start with word " Inna " ?

    Four sura – Fatha, Nuh,Qadr, Qausar.


    Which Sura has the number of its verses equal to the number of Masumeen ?

    Saf, 14 verses.


    Which sura are called Musabbahat ?

    Esra, Hadeed, Hsar, Juma, Taghabun & Aala.


    How many sura are Makkahi and how many are Madni ?

    Macci 86, Madni 28.


    Which sura is on the name of tribe of Holy Prophet ?



    Which sura is called the heart of Holy Quran ?



    In which sura the name of Allah is repeated five time ?

    Sura al-Haj.


    Which sura are named Azaiam ?

    Sajdah, Fusselat, Najum & Alaq.


    Which sura is on the name of one Holy war ?

    Sura Ahzaab.


    Which sura is on the name of one metal ?

    Sura Hadeed


    Which sura does not starts with Bismellah ?

    Sura Tauba.


    Which sura is called ' Aroos-ul-Quran ?

    Sura Rehman.


    Which sura is considered as 1/3 of holy Quran ?

    Sura tauheed.


    The name of how many sura are with out dot ?

    Hamd, Raad, Toor, Room, Masad.


    In which sura Besmillah came twice ?

    Sura Naml.


    How many sura start with the Initials ( Mukette'at )

    29 Sura.


    Which Sura was revealed twice ?

    Sura Hamd.


    In which Sura the back biter are condemned ?

    Sura Humzah.


    In which Sura the name of Allah is repeated in every verse ?

    Sura Mujadala.


    In which Sura the letter 'Fa' did not come ?



    Which Sura are called Muzetain ?

    Falk & Nas.


    Which are those Sura if their name are reversed remain the same ?

    Lael & Tabbat.


    Which is that Sura if its first letter is remove becomes the name of one of the city of Saudi Arab?



    Which Sura start with word ' Tabara Kallazi' '

    Mulk & Furkan


    Macci Sura were revealed in how many years ?

    13 years


    Madani Sura were revealed in how many years ?

    10 years.


    Which sura start with word Kad ?

    Mujadala & Momenoon.


    Which Sura is related to Hazrat Ali ?

    Sura Adiat.


    How many Sura are in 30th. Chapter ?



    Which sura every verse ends with letter 'Dal ' ?



    Which Sura is revealed in respect of Ahllelbayet ?

    Sura Dahr.


    Which sura every verse ends with letter ' Ra '



    In which sura the creation of human being is mentioned ?

    Sura Hijr V-26.


    In which sura the regulations for prisoner of war is mentioned ?

    Sura Nesa


    Which sura is having the laws about marriage ?

    Sura Nesa.


    Which sura if its name is reversed becomes the name of one bird ?

    Sura Room.


    In which sura the story of the worship of cow of Bani Esra'iel is mentioned ?

    Sura Taha.


    In which sura the law of inheritance is mentioned?

    Sura Nesa.


    In which sura the Hegira of Holy Prophet is mentioned ?

    Sura Infall.


    In which Sura the 27 Attributes of God are mentioned ?

    Sura Hadeed.

    "If you haven't cried, your eyes can't be beautiful."

    Very interesting findings Might grasp your attention:

    Holy Qur'an

    That mention one thing is equal to another ,

    I.e. Men are equal to women. Although this makes sense grammatically ,

    The astonishing fact is that the number of times the word man appears in the Holy Qur'an

    Is 24 and number of times the word woman appears is also 24 ,

    Therefore not only is this phrase correct in

    The grammatical sense but also true mathematically ,

    I.e. 24 = 24.

    Holy Qur'an where it says one thing is like another.

    See below for astonishing result of

    The words mentioned number of times in Arabic

    Holy Qur'an
    Dunia (one name for life) 115.
    Aakhirat (one name for the life After this world) 115

    Malaika (Angels) 88 .Shayteen (Satan) 88
    Life 145 ...... Death 145
    Benefit 50 . Corrupt 50
    People 50 .. Messengers 50
    Eblees (king of devils) 11 . Seek refuge from Eblees 11

    Museebah (calamity) 75 . Thanks 75

    Spending (Sadaqah) 73 . Satisfaction 73

    People who are mislead 17 . Dead people 17

    Muslimeen 41 . Jihad 41

    Gold 8 . Easy life 8
    Magic 60 . Fitnah (dissuasion , misleading) 60

    Zakat (Taxes Muslims pay to the poor) 32 .......

    Barakah (Increasing or blessings of wealth) 32

    Mind 49 . Noor 49
    Tongue 25 . Sermon 25
    Desite 8 . Fear 8

    Speaking publicly 18 . Publicising 18

    Hardship 114 .... Patience 114

    Muhammed 4 . Sharee'ah (Muhammed's teachings) 4

    Man 24. Woman 24

    And amazingly enough have a look how many times
    The following words appear:

    Salat 5 , Month 12 , Day 365 ,

    Sea 32 , Land 13

    Sea + land =

    32+ 13= 45

    Sea = 32/45*100q.= 71.11111111%

    Land = 13/45*100 = 28.88888889%

    Sea + land 100.00%

    Modern science has only recently proven that the water covers

    71.111% of the

    Earth , while the land covers 28.889%.

    Is this a coincidence? Question is that

    Who taught Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) all this? Reply automatically comes in mind that ALMIGHTY ALLAH Taught him.

    September 19, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  2. Muneef

    A Beautiful story about QURAN.
    Why do we read Quran, even if we can't understand a single Arabic word???
    *An old American Muslim lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading his Quran. His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way he could.
    One day the grandson asked, "Grandpa! I try to read the Quran just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Qur'an do?"
    The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied, "Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water.
    The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, "You'll have to move a little faster next time," and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead.
    The old man said, "I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You're just aganot trying hard enough," and he went out the door to watch the boy try in.
    At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got back to the house. The boy again dipped the basket into river and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, "See Grandpa, it's useless!"
    "So you think it is useless?" The old man said, "Look at the basket."
    The boy looked at the basket and for the first time realized that the basket was different. It had been transformed from a dirty old coal basket and was now clean, inside and out.
    Son, that's what happens when you read the Qur'an . You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be changed, inside and out when you read time by time . That is the work of Allah in our lives.."
    The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh & his family) says: *"The one who guides to good will be rewarded equally"

    September 19, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  3. bigotRus

    Muneef said:
    Is that so, well I think he was wise since such comments could endanger him being in Yemen and after all he is just a kid being 17 years old still he has a long way to go before becoming wise and differ between right and wrong.

    Firstly he is not 17, he went to Yemen when he was 17 (read the report) and he has been in Yemen for quite sometimes now. That qualifies him as an adult.

    What is so wise about his statement? Even a person a lot younger than him would know the difference between right and wrong. The killing and murder of countless innocents is wrong, period. But for Michael it is but a riot in LA nothing much to worry about. Is this the result of what he has learned while studying in Dar Al Mustafa?

    Do you know the difference between right and wrong?

    September 17, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
    • Muneef

      @BigotRus. Yah seems I got it wrong about his age and meant so say In case he wanted to say he did not like the acts of those making a mess of things he could have endangered his life. Another thing I have no idea of Dur Almustafa and it is my first time to hear of but that does not mean that this place teaches the wrong doings you state otherwise we would have heard that either government of Yemen closing it down or that an American Pilotless airplane has blown the place up as done in Pakistan and has happened in Yemen before??

      September 19, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  4. Muneef

    Is that so, well I think he was wise since such comments could endanger him being in Yemen and after all he is just a kid being 17 years old still he has a long way to go before becoming wise and differ between right and wrong.

    September 17, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  5. bigotRus

    The Report Said: As for the students, among the many we met, Michael, from Berkeley, California, told us about his conversion to Islam at the age of 17, and how his journey to Tareem purified his soul and restored his humanity. “You feel a place where people love God,” said Michael, describing Dar Al Mustafa, “and they love his prophets and they love others and show them mercy for their sake.”

    However when the reporter asked Michael what he thinks of the present of Alqaeda in Yemen, Michael likens it to living in Minnesota with riot in LA. I find his answer very strange indeed in view of the fact that so many innocents were killed by such Is-lam-ists groups. What's more no condemnation coming from Michael, not even a slight remorse.

    September 17, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  6. Muneef

    Sorry was not able to watch the vedio but having read comments above I was not able to understand why people are against religions and against believing that there being a God/Angels/Holy Books/Holy Prophets?
    Maybe not even believing in Satan the king of Jennies who refused to Neal for Adem when created and God has cursed him for that when he swore that he would mislead Adam and Descendants, from believing in God or worshiping as the only! And that was when God cursed him and followers to be the fuel of hell. 
    Although such people still strangely believe in Good and Evil but do not believe in the creature of Good and Evil while we as Muslims were tought from childhood that Good comes from what God had said through his Holy books and The Holy Prophets while Evil comes from Satan and his evilish followers from Humans and from Jennies (Creatures created by God from Fire and were there on earth before humans).
    So now since the belief of Good will bring Good to humanity and peace that we are looking for why we do not follow it up since the non belief will only bring Evil in us and no peace?
    Now if we had a choice where or what would we choose to take ? Well here only from the answer we would know which side of followers are we of....(Good God and become guest of heavens) or (Evil Satan and become the fuel of hell)? the choice is our to take and make.
    After all it is this belief that made us different than animals since humans with out such belief of morals, ethics and wisdoms  are not possible to be considered as humans because they would be living as animals?
    Goodness should be welcomed to learn and follow no mater if written by Angles or Prophets or Wisemen......just seek goodness in all and leave evilness in all. Seek lightness leave darkness be with positiveness  and leave negativeness.
    Believing in God frees you from slavery to humans..it gives you pride and strengthen self-confidence in souls.it gives you peace and takes up your worries, it gives you a friend when you are lonely,it gives you strengthen when you are weak. That is Religion that is God. Sorry to see that you want to take out this faith from people when it means to them as Freedom means to a Slave?

    September 17, 2010 at 12:15 am |
  7. Reality

    Only for the eyes of the citizens of Yemen:

    The Five Step Method to Deprogram/"Deflaw" 1400 years of Islamic Myths-

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave attended to by his wives before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Accept these five "cleansers" and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    September 16, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  8. pete

    Does anyone else have network blockers which don't allow you to watch videos at work? I wish they would put transcription on here!!!!

    September 16, 2010 at 10:42 am |
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