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|Introduction to the Quran|
|03/21/01 at 15:13:18|
|Assalaamualaikum. Here is something interesting to read. |
Would appreciate your comments.
CLASS ONE: WHY DO WE NEED THE QURAN?
For all of you who have children, take a moment to think how much you
worry over their future. How much do you agonise over their studies,
what subjects should they choose for their bachelors or masters? And if
you don’t have children then think about how much your parents agonise
over your future. Why? Because every parent wants their child to have the
best possible future. We can all take a moment to reflect how hard we
are working for this world and how much we are sacrificing to establish
ourselves. When we think of good parents what are the qualities that
come to our mind? Is it parents who dress their children well? or parents
who have educated their children to a high standard? But, if we truly
cared about ourselves and others we would desire what was best not only
in this life but also for the hereafter. It is Allah Who not only gives
us physical sustenance but He provides for our spiritual nourishment as
well, a spiritual nourishment that shall lead us to success in the
hereafter. Most of us complain that we feel distanced from Allah or that we
don’t know Him. So how do we get to know Him? The Quran is our rope to
Allah. When people want to know about the style of a certain writer
they read that authors books. The Quran is the Book of Allah, it tells us
about our Creator and how we are to establish a relationship with Him.
Have we ever reflected on the fact that the Quran consists of Allah’s
speech to us, all of us individually? To read the Quran is to hear Allah
and to converse with Him. Allama Iqbal’s father once said, read the
Quran as if it were being revealed to you. Allah says in the Quran
‘Indeed We have revealed a book to you-in it is your mention-is your
remembrance’ (Al Ambiya, 10)
Subhan’Allah. The king of all kings should reveal a book for us!! You
only write a book about someone if you love them or care for them. And
what is the Quran’s message and purpose?
‘O mankind! There has come to you an exposition from your Lord, a
cure/healing for whatever is in your hearts, a guidance and a blessing for
the true believers. Say it is the grace and mercy of Allah that He has
sent this Quran so let the people rejoice over it for it is better than
what they are collecting’ (Surah Yunus, 57).
The above ayah describes the purpose of the Quran in a nutshell. Allah
starts by addressing ‘O mankind!’, not men, women, children, old, young
but mankind and that includes non muslims because Allah’s guidance is
for all of humanity. Allah does not discriminate on any basis.
Firstly the Quran is a healing. Think of all the problems we face in
life, with our health, with our children’s upbringing, with our jobs, the
list is endless. What are we all looking for? Peace and tranquillity?
Do we feel like just running away sometimes and forgetting our problems?
Going to a desserted island where we will be alone? The only place on
earth we can find the peace and tranquillity we are looking for is the
Quran because they are so many people who have all the material things
of this world and yet what they do not have is peace and contentment.
Allah refers to the Quran as a glad tiding. When we hear maulvis talk
of Islam we tend to hear the negative aspects emphasised the most, fear
and hell. But Allah says no, this Quran is something we should be
The purpose of the Quran; Guidance. But why do we need guidance? Our
intellect is limited. In everything in our life we go to the experts for
advice. The smallest of gadgets from the blender to the TV all come
with a book of guidelines on how to operate the machine. And when these
things are out of order we don’t just try and fix them ourselves but we
go to the expert. We all claim to be Muslims, born Muslims. But if a
person were to claim to be a doctor, without actually having studied
medicine just because his/her parents were doctors we would say he/she was
crazy. We would never even go to such a person for treatment. If that is
the case how can we claim to be Muslims when we have never studied our
religion? And how is it that where worldly matters are concerned we
only want the ‘expert opinion’ but when it comes to the spiritual guidance
of the most complex creature on earth we are content to follow our own
suppositions and theories, accepting all that we hear without verifying
Imagine taking a trip down to lets say Lahore. You’ve never been to
Lahore before and don’t know how to get there so you buy a road map. Now
what do you do? Wrap the road map in velvet covers, place it in front of
you and kiss it repeatedly? Or perhaps you do bother to take it out of
the velvet cover and read it, but you don’t understand it, so instead
of ending up at your destination you end up in Timbuktu. The Quran is
our road map to this world and the hereafter. If we don’t even understand
its message, how do we even know what our destination should be? The
following is a poem called ‘The Lament of the Quran by Mahir-ul Qadri’
As an ornament they do adorn me,
Yet they keep me and sometimes kiss me
In their celebrations they recite me
In disputes they swear by me
On shelves do they securely keep me
Till another celebration or dispute when they need me.
Yes they read and memorise me,
Yet only an ornament am I
My message lies neglected my treasure untouched
The field lies bare where blossomed once true glory
Wrong is the treatment that I receive
So much to give have I but none is there to perceive.
My friend, relates her experience with the Quran, something most of us
might be able to relate to. ‘When I was 17, I had not even read the
Qur’an once. That is, I had not even completed recitation of the entire
Arabic text, for to even contemplate reading a translation of the Qur’an
Till then, my encounter with the Qur’an had been based on a succession
of “maulvi saabs” in their well-meaning but totally unsuccessfully
attempts to make me recite the Qur’an at least once. Consequently, images
of the Qur’an were for me images of weary boredom as well as a confused
idea that every Muslim had to recite the Qur’an once in his lifetime,
then they had fulfilled the Qur’an’s duty. Oh yes, you also read it if
someone was sick, or having a baby or had died. Though why, I never
Book of Guidance? No way!
Anyhow, I continued in this state of ignorance, blindly following my
whims and the norms of respectable society-“shareef girls always wear
dupattas” etc, etc. Then one day, I heard Ameera Assilmi, a dynamic
American Muslim convert on the subject of Muslim women in Pakistan: “They
have no true knowledge of the Qur’an. They kiss the Qur’an, wrap it in
velvet and silks, place it on the highest shelves.” “Qur’an Kareem,
Mashallah.” But the Qur’an is not magic words. It is a Book of Guidance, it
needs to be in your heart.”
The next email shall Insh’Allah be on Surah Fateha.
|Re: Introduction to the Quran|
|03/21/01 at 22:19:34|
|Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmat Allahi Wa Barakaatuh!|
This was a wonderful post Anonymous. May Allah reward you for the reminder.
It is my belief that this Ummah of ours will never return to its earlier state of bliss until it becomes closer to the Book of Allah. By Allah, that Book is a revolution in itself. If only we would take the time and interest to open its flaps, read it, understand it, and try our best to implement it in our lives, and instill its teachings in the lives of our close ones.
Alas, as the poem eloquently says, the Qur'an has become simply one of the books among the books on our shelves. It sits there, gathering dust, rarely touched. For those who do read it from time to time, rarely spend quality time with the Book.
Quality time. That's the key phrase here.
Besides reading the Qur'an to prepare a lesson or a talk, how often do we read it in the middle of the night, or after dawn breaks, when nobody is around, when all work is stopped, when most of the world is deep asleep, when Allah is closer to the Earth than at any other time? How often do we read the Qur'an in our closed rooms, contemplating on its meanings, relating each ayah to our every day lives, to our long term goals that we have set for ourselves, pondering, absorbing its teachings, feeling ashamed after being exposed by it, shaking with fear from its warnings, yearning with joy for its promised rewards, realizing our weaknesses in front of the Creator, and weeping at our inability to do anything without the help of Allah?
How often do we do it?
In my opinion, and Allah knows best, it is not enough for us to simply recite a few verses of the Qur'an every day in Arabic. It is rewarding, nonetheless, but not sufficient for our own betterment, and that of this Ummah. It is required from each and every one of us, to set out the time to read the MEANING of the Qur'an in a contemplative manner. Let us try to do this, if we are not doing so already.
And as you set out to make this commitment to yourself, remember what Rasulullah (sallalahu alayhi wasallam) said about the best of acts being those that are done consistently, even if they be small in quantity. Don't let the Shaytaan fool you into taking upon a task so heavy that you will not be able to fulfill it beyond a couple of days. Be light upon yourself. Start slowly. Even if it be a single section of the translation of Yusuf Ali every day. But be consistent.
Ibn Mas'ud (may Allah be pleased with him) was asked, when he was going to make Hajj, where he was going to. He replied by saying "Bayt al-Ateeq." He was asked where he was coming from. He said "Min Fajjin Ameeq." These are the phrases Allah uses in His Book to describe Ka'bah and the places outside Makkah respectively. Such was the closeness of Ibn Mas'ud (may Allah be pleased with him) with the Book of Allah that he would not let any chance slip by in which he could have used the terminology of the Qur'an in his conversation. He could have simply said "Baytullah" or "al-Ka'bah" instead of "Bayt al-Ateeq." But he didn't. For if Allah likes to call His House "Bayt al-Ateeq" then that is what he would call it.
This is simply one example of the closeness of the Sahaabah with the Qur'an. Let us aspire those levels. And let us start today, insha Allahu Ta'aala, before Shaytaan pulls us away from it.
Wassalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmat Allahi Wa Barakaatuh.
|Re: Introduction to the Quran|
|03/21/01 at 22:53:50|
|wa alaykum as salaam wa rahmatAllahi wa barakatuh,|
[quote]Besides reading the Qur'an to prepare a lesson or a talk, how often do we read it in the middle of the night, or after dawn breaks, when nobody is around, when all work is stopped, when most of the world is deep asleep, when Allah is closer to the Earth than at any other time? How often do we read the Qur'an in our closed rooms, contemplating on its meanings, relating each ayah to our every day lives, to our long term goals that we have set for ourselves, pondering, absorbing its teachings, feeling ashamed after being exposed by it, shaking with fear from its warnings, yearning with joy for its promised rewards, realizing our weaknesses in front of the Creator, and weeping at our inability to do anything without the help of Allah?
How often do we do it?
|Re: Introduction to the Quran|
|04/06/01 at 01:15:04|
Muslim4evva's story about Ibn Mas'ud reminded me of this story. I think it just illustrates the same point home, that our righteous predecessors had a very special relationship with the Qur'an - a relationship that we are very far away from. And the state of our ummah is not going to change until we restore that relationship with the Qur'an that the salaf had.
P.S. I'm not sure about the authenticity of this incident. Insha Allah, it is authentic, and I have no doubt in my mind that such an amazing incident is indeed possible with the saaliheen!
Taken from: http://www.jamiat.org.za
The undermentioned incident is narrated by Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak
(RA). He was a man of great learning and he lived in the era of the
Abbasids. This incident reflects the love and attachment with the Noble
Quran. It also Manifestates the comprehensiveness of the Noble Quran.
An elderly Arab lady was sitting at the trunk of a tree, on the way to
Haj. Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA) happened to pass that way. He was
also heading for Baitullah, for Hajj, and to the Sacred tomb of the Holy
Prophet (Sallallaahu layhi Wasallam). Seeing this lady very disturbed and
in a state of despair, (distressed) he spoke to her. The discussion is
recorded as follows:
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA): Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullah
The lady: "The word from a merciful Lord is Peace" (Surah 36 Aayat 58).
She meant that the reply of salaam is from Allah, Most High, Himself.
She said further: "Those whom Allah sendeth astray, there is no guide for
them." (Surah 7 Aayat 186). She meant that she has lost her way.
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA): Where are you coming from?
The lady: "Glorified be He who carried His servant by night from the
Musjid-e-Aqsa (invioble place of worship) to the Musjid-e-Haraam" (Far
distant place of worship) (Surah17 Aayat1). She meant that she had come
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA): How long are you in this place?
The lady: "For three nights" (Surah 19 Aayat10).
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA): What arrangements are made for your
The lady: "And who (Allah) feedeth me and watereth me" (Surah 26 Aayat
79). She meant that somehow or the other, her food is provided to her by
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA): Is there any water for Wudhu?
The lady: "And ye find not water, then go to high clean soil and (make
tayammum) rub your faces and hands." (therewith) (Surah 4 Aayat 43). She
meant that she makes tayammum, due to not finding water.
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA): Here is some food. Partake of it.
The lady: "Strictly observe the fast till nightfall" (Surah 2 Aayat 187).
She indicated that she is fasting.
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA): This is not the month of Ramadaan.
The lady: "And he who does good of his own accord (for him) lo! Allah is
responsive, aware". (Surah 2 Aayat158) meaning that I have observed an
optional (nafl) fast.
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA): It is permitted to break the fast when
in a journey.
The lady: "And that ye fast is better for you, if you did but know."
(Surah 2 Aayat 184)
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA): Speak like how I speak.
The lady: "He (man) uttereth no word but there is with him an observer
ready" (Surah 50 Aayat 18). She meant that since every word of a person is
observed and recorded, she is taking precaution by speaking only in the
words of the Holy Quran.
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA): Which clan do you belong to?
The lady: "Follow not that whereof thou hast no knowledge, lo! The hearing
and the sight and heart of each of these it will be asked" (Surah 17
Aayat36). She meant those things that you have no knowledge of, nor do
they concern you, you are wasting your strength (senses) by enquiring
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA): Forgive me. I have certainly made a
The lady: "Have no fear this day. May Allah forgive you" (Surah 12 Aayat
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA): Would you like to travel on my camel
and meet your caravan?
The lady: "And whatsoever good ye do Allah knoweth it" (Surah 2 Aayat
197). Meaning that if you will do this good deeds towards me, Allah will
recompense you for it.
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA): Well, then you may mount it. Saying this he made the camel to sit down.
The lady: "Tell the believing men (when confronted by women) to lower
their gaze". (Surah 24 Aayat 30).
Hadhrat Abdullah understood and (turned) looked away. While she was
mounting, the camel jerked and her clothes got estrangled in the saddle
(dorsers) and she proclaimed: "whatever of misfortune striketh you, it is
what your hands have earned." (Surah 42 Aayat 30).
In other words she was drawing Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak's (RA)
attention towards this mishap. Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA)
understood and he tied the legs of the camel and he straightened the
straps of the saddle (or dorser).
She applauded him for his proficiency and capability by saying "And we
made Sulaiman to understand" (Surah 21 Aayat 79).
When the journey was about to begin, the lady recited the Aayats which are
read when undertaking a journey "Glorified be he who hath subdued these unto us, and we were not capable (of subduing them). And lo, unto our Lord
we are returning." (Surah 43 Aayat 13).
Hadhrat Abdullh bin Mubarak (RA) held the bridle (or nose string) of the
camel. He began to hum the (Huddi) famous Arabic song for travelling, and
he started walking very fast.
The lady: "Be modest in thy bearing and subdue thy voice" (Surah 31 Aayat
19). Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA) understood. He began walking slower
and he lowered his voice.
The lady: "Recite of the Quran that which is easy for you." She meant that
instead of humming the Huddi, he should rather recite the Holy Quran.
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA) began reciting the Holy Quran.
The lady became very pleased and said "but none remember (accept advice)
except men of understanding" (Surah 2 Aayat 269).
After reciting the Holy Quran for a while, Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak
(RA) asked (the lady if she had a husband) (if he was alive) "O Aunt, have
have you a husband? (meaning is he living)
The lady: "O you who believe, ask not of things which if they were made
known unto you, would trouble you" (Surah 5 Aayat 101). She meant that no
questions should be asked regarding this matter which indicated that her
husband has most probably passed away. Finally they (caught up) met the
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA): Do you have any son or relative
(friend) in this caravan who has connection (contact) with you?
The lady: "Wealth and children are an ornament of life of the world"
(Surah 18 Aayat 46). She meant that her sons were with this caravan and he
has provisions with him.
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA): What work are your sons doing for the
caravan? (Hadhrat Abdullah's object for asking was to make it easy for him
to recognise her son).
The lady: "And landmarks, and by the star they find a way" (Surah 16 Aayat
16). She meant that he is a guide for the caravan.
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA): Can you tell me their name?
The lady: "Allah chose Ibrahim as (for) a friend" (Surah 4 Aayat 125). And
Allah spoke directly unto Moosa" (Surah 19 Aayat 12). By reciting these
Aayats the lady informed him that her sons names were Yahya, Ibrahim and
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA) called out these names in the caravan
and immediately three young people came forward.
The lady: (addressing her children) "Now send one of you with this your
silver coin unto the city. And let him see what food is purest there and bring you a supply thereof" (Sura 18 Aayat 19) In other words she
instructed them to feed Hadhrat Abdullah (RA).
When the food was brought, she told Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA):
"Eat and drink at ease for that which ye sent on before you in the past
days." (Surah 69 Aayat 24), and with this Aayat she recited another Aayat,
the object of which was to convey (show) her gratefulness to him for his
good conduct and courtesy. The Aayat was: "Is the reward of goodness aught
save goodness?" (Surah 55 Aayat 60).
Their conversation terminated on this Aayat. The lady's son informed
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA) that his mother has been speaking in
this manner, i.e. using only the Aayats of the Holy Quran in her speech,
for the last forty years.
|Rights of the Qur'an upon us|
|04/11/01 at 15:20:25|
|LECTURE 2: RIGHTS OF THE QURAN UPON US,|
As we approach the Quran what are some of the most important
guidelines we need to follow? We live in an age of ‘rights’. There is much talk
of ‘human rights’, ‘animal rights’, rights of the environment and so
on. But what about the rights of the Quran upon us? Does the Book of
Allah not have a right upon our time and intellect? Before we approach the
Quran one of the most important things we need to do is purify our
‘niyat’ or intentions. Why are we reading the Quran? Why are we teaching
people the Quran? Is it so that we can be praised by others for our
‘piety’? or is it because we want to read something so we can argue with
religious people and prove their points of argument wrong? In a hadith
from Bukhari and Muslim reported by Umar ibn Khattab, the Prophet (saw)
said, ‘Indeed actions are judged by intentions and every person shall be
judged accordingly. Thus he whose migration was for Allah and His
Messenger his migration was for Allah and His Messenger and he whose
migration was to achieve some worldly benefit or to take a woman in marriage
his migration was for that for which he migrated.’
Our intentions as we approach the Quran (whether it be to teach or to
learn) should be only to seek the pleasure of Allah (SWT). May it be a
rope that draws us closer to Him. May it be the means by which our
actions change for the better, for if after understanding the Quran our
actions do not change then the Quran will be an argument against us on the
day of Judgement.
What can help us purify our intentions for the sake of Allah and Allah
Alone? Allah Himself, in His infinite mercy, provides the answer. “And
when you read the Qur’an, seek refuge in Allah from Satan the
accursed.” (16:98). Many of us may wonder why we need to seek reguge in Allah
from satan when we are going to read Allah’s book. Surely we are setting
out to do a good deed. But it is precisely when we try and seek the
right path that we need to seek refuge from satan for satan attacks those
who desire to know the truth. What need has he to attack those who have
no desire to follow the straight path? Those who choose to close their
eyes to the truth are caught in a web of lies and hypocrisy anyway.
Satan does not need to waste his time on them. Invoking Allah’s protection
is the best way of protecting our intentions from being affected by the
whisperings of satan. Sometimes we start out doing something for the
sake of Allah and then all of a sudden we get thoughts like, ‘well
everyone is praising me for this, so am I doing it to receive people’s praise
or for Allah?’
Allah then tells us of another phrase, which when uttered is sure to
bring blessings and barkat to any act we do. Bismillah Hir Rahman nir
Raheem. In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Repeatedly Merciful.
This phrase is recited before recitation of the Quran and it is also
recited before all acts we perform no matter how simple for whatever we
begin in the name of Allah is sure to have barkat and blessings in it.
If we were to ask people how we should read the Quran perhaps everyone
would have a different opinion. Some might say that reading the Quran
in Arabic is enough, others might say that reading the translation is
In the Quran Allah says ‘Those to whom we have given the Book recite it
as is its right of recitation. Such people believe in it’. (Surah
So what are the rights of the Quran upon us. Scholars have outlined 5
major rights of the Quran.
1)Reciting the Quran with attention to the correct pronunciation and
accent. It is important to recite the Quran with the correct
pronunciation because a casual slip of the tongue can result in the entire meaning
of a word changing. We must also remember that the Quran is first and
foremost a recited book. In fact one of the root meanings of the word
‘Quran’ means the one that is recited often. if the essence of the Quran
was to simply read it text book style then Allah could have easily sent
us all preprinted copies of the Quran. Instead He chose to bless us
with a teacher, the Prophet (saw) who was taught the Quran by way of
recitation. He (saw) could neither read nor write, and Gabriel would recite
to him a portion of the revelation and the Prophet (saw) would recite
after him. In fact in the Quran the first function of the Prophet (saw)
has been described as ‘We have sent in you a messenger from your own
people. He recites upon you our verses and purifies you…’ (Surah Baqarah
151). Even recitation is a source of purification of the soul and
heart. It is because the Quran has a beautiful rhythm and style that it is
easy to recite and to memorise. As Khurram Murad has pointed out the
Quran is only written out of human weakness. Its true place is in the
heart for the Quran was revealed upon the heart of the Prophet (saw). It is
the heart which ‘feels’ the Quran and this feeling can be heard in
recitation. Khurram Murad further points out that ‘Tilawah is an act in
which your whole person-soul, heart, mind, tongue and body participates.
In short, your whole existence becomes involved. As the tongue recites
the words flow from the lips, the mind ponders, the heart reflects and
tears well up in the eyes…’
We are encouraged to recite in our most melodious voices, enhancing the
beauty of the Qur’an. The Prophet (saw) once said, “Adorn the Qur’an
with your voices.” When Yusuf Islam, former Cat Stevens the pop singer
was asked, “Don’t you miss your music?” he replied simply, “No,
because I have the music of the Qur’an.”
What if someone lacks the correct accent and has to struggle to learn
how to read properly? As an encouragement to learn, we have the
Prophet’s (saw) saying—“One who is skilled in reading the Qur’an is with the
noble virtuous angels who bring down the revelation; one who falters
while reading it and finds it hard to read correctly will have a double
reward (for reading and exerting). (Bukhari and Muslim)
2) Reading with meaning. The first two steps are interlinked, for how
can we be affected by the recitation, until we know what we’re saying.
Imagine a parrot declaiming powerful passages of Shakespeare! The effect
would be ludicrous, certainly not moving! Yet we are content to recite
the Qur’an, parrot fashion! People proudly say “I finished ten Qur’ans
this Ramadan. It is true that Allah rewards us for every letter we
recite aloud, but that’s not enough! When we come to the passages
describing Allah’s Mercy and Paradise, we should beg for that mercy and
paradise! It is like carrying a road map to our destination and yet we cannot
even understand the language of that guide map. We would scoff at anyone
who couldn’t understand a word of Chinese and yet went out and bought a
road map in Chinese thinking that magically he would arrive at his
destination even if he didn’t understand a word of the directions.
3) Contemplating the verses. To understand the importance of this
aspect, read this extract from the Torah. “Man, are you not ashamed of Me-
(sometimes) a letter comes to you from a certain friend while you are
walking along the road; turning aside from the road, you sit, read the
letter and ponder over each word of it so that no part of it is missed.
This Book of Mine, I have sent down to you. Look and see how detailed I
have made the explanation of my speech in it for your sake and how
repeatedly have I explained things in it, in order that you may reflect on
its length and breadth. Despite all this you have turned away from it.
Am I lighter to you than your friend? O Man (sometimes) a certain
friend of yours sits beside you; you come forth to him with your entire
being and are attentive to his words wholeheartedly; if anyone talks to you
or keeps you from listening to his words, you ask that he desists.
Here I am! I have come forth to you and have talked to you, but you have
kept away from Me with your mind! Have you made Me lighter than your
4) Acting upon it- This is possibly the Qur’an’s single most important
right. The Qur’an is as Allah (SWBT) tells us repeatedly, a Book of
Guidance, not mere magic words. Imagine you are going on a journey and you
acquire a map for directions. Then instead of following the map, you
set off in whichever direction your whims take you—you’d end up
hopelessly lost. Sadly, we complain that Muslims have lost their sense of
purpose, yet we don’t use the Code Book Allah has granted us. In the words of
Khurram Murad, ‘One ayah learnt and acted upon is better than a
thousand which are explained beautifully but which do not impart any beauty to
the reader’s life. Obedience after all is the real key to
understanding.' In fact the blessed Companions would read an ayat of the Qur’an,
implement it in their lives and then read on!
5) Conveying it. The Prophet (saw) once commented, “The best among you
is he who learns and teaches the Qur’an”. Nowadays people are content
to learn a little and then sit back, placidly unconcerned by the fate of
those around them. There is a beautiful story about an old American
woman who converted to Islam at the age of 85 and died two weeks later.
One of her last comments before she died was, “I can never forgive the
Muslims of my community because they had this wonderful treasure and they
never bothered to share it with me."
The Prophet (saw) said, "The example of guidance and knowledge with
which Allah has sent me is like abundant rain falling on the earth, some
of which was fertile soil that absorbed rain water and brought forth
vegetation and grass in abundance. (And) another portion of it was hard
and held the rainwater and Allah benefited the people with it and they
utilized it for drinking, making their animals drink from it and for
irrigation of the land for cultivation. (And) a portion of it was barren
which could neither hold the water nor bring forth vegetation (then that
land gave no benefit). The first is the example of the person who
comprehends Allah's religion and gets benefit (from the knowledge) which
Allah has revealed through me (learns and then teaches others). The last
example is that of a person who does not care for it and does not take
Allah's guidance revealed through me. (i.e. he neither benefits from it
himself nor benefits others). He is like that barren land." (Bukhari)
Abdullah bin Mas’ood used to say, “This Qur’an is the banquet of
Allah. If one can learn something from it then let him do so, for the
poorest of homes and the one whose tenants are most sick is one that has
nothing of it...'
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