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|A Walking Quran?|
|12/09/01 at 23:44:00|
|As Salaamu Alaykum,|
Now that the Quran is in no danger of being lost as a text or recitation, how much more valuable would its' lessons be to follow the Sahaba, radiallahu anhumus, in that they would only memorize that of the Quran which they acted out?
I mean Abdullah Ibn Umar, radiallahu anh, took 8 years to memorize Surah Baqarah, masha'allah.
Could it be that many are memorizing, if at all, too much to quickly these days instead of trying to live it and then memorize?
|Re: A Walking Quran?|
|12/11/01 at 21:44:53|
|Bismillah and salam,|
You make a good point that people need to live it not just memorize it. It has to take over the heart and conscionce. THe prophet saws his manners was described as the Quran in action!!!! masha'Allah. My point is it may be impossible to memeorize it if we all wait till we can behave it first. I think it is important to try to apply it to your life, but do not deprive yourself of all the various benefits of memorizing the holy quran. One of these benefits is that Allah opens up for you, guidance may become more clear, memory, speech pronounciations, voice (Umm kulthoom said she was such a great singer because she had memorized the Quran, same with Abdul-Haleem Hafiz I think), etc. Including insha'Allah your judgement and behaviour. That is besides the wonderful crown of light for your parents on judgement day, with each aya you go up a rank in jannah, there is a i think hadeeth which means ten sooras prevent ten things:
fatiha prevents the anger of Allah
yaseen prevents the thirst of judgement day
Alwaqi3a prevents poverty
almulk prevents the torture in the grave
alkafiroon prevents the kufr when death arrives
alikhlas prevents hyppocracy
alfalaqa prevents the hasad (the evil eye?!)
alnas prevents alwiswas
besides the healing power of some sooras, or the saving seven (alsab3 almunjeyat) or how the memorization of the first 10 ayas of alkahaf saves from the fitna of addajal. If you read that sura on Friday it gives you light for two weeks i think. yaseen if you read it before you sleep you wake up with everything forgiven insha'Allah, same with Addukhan it gives you 70,000 angels who do istighfar on your behalf. Addukhan if you read it on Friday you will be insha'Allah forgiven. I used to have a sheet with all the sooras and different ahadeeth which state their rewards whether memorized or just read.
I don't think if you are capable of memorizing you should deprive yourself of the rewards because who knows what may happen next. Remember you will be asked about these blessings and what you have used or wasted them on.
I found out the coolest thing in some muslim countries if a prisoner memorizes the Quran they let him free. I think that makes sense.
|Re: A Walking Quran?|
|12/11/01 at 23:55:58|
|As Salamu ALaika, |
By no means did I intend to suggest that anyone should stop from memorizing!!!Audhu billah...
However, what is the use to those who memorize a great portion of the Quran and forget it, or neglect it? Or for that matter cannot understand what they are saying when they say it?
I am just mentioning what I have read of the Companions, RA doing, and the taqwa and niyah in that.
As a constructive criticsm, many Muslims who I encounter are very keen on memorisation, but rarely do I come across people who are just as keen on reflecting while reciting, pausing in the recitation, and taking time with it.
Are there any hadiths on the value of the Muslim being in how much of the Quran he/she has memorized? Honestly? I recall the ones about the akhira and the personal and familial gains to be had as a reward, but what about what is needed, today...
I do recall ahadith regarding the value of a Muslim being graded by knowledge of the deen, of which no doubt, understanding and producing the Quran from memory play a large part.
I mean, the beauty of al-Islam is that no one person can really be the most advanced in all the areas of deen. We have the Hafiz, the Muhaddith, the Muftis, the Qaris, those who specialize is Shariat aspects, the Mujahidun, those who go off to give dawah, all essential and complex parts of the deen.
I try to remember that its not the Quran that we have to be afraid of loosing, its those who have the knowledge of it, those who know how to act upon its commands.
For me it's just not enough to try to sound melifluous while reciting, as the Quran is most beautiful to me in the driest and crackiest of voices' in the aged followers.
Again, if not clear earlier, alhamdulillah for those who aim and achieve the retention of the Quran, insha'allah I am one of them some day, as I do try.
ALthough, I think it gets silly sometimes when you have Muslims showing off how many SUrahs they have memorized like muscles on the beach, when clearly its not only a matter of what you memorize but what you comprehend and act upon. It can also be discouraging to those who do not have the ability to memorize for it to be puffed up like 'everyone's' goal and greatest asset.
I know that ones' recitation can raise us degrees in Jannah or along the steps of the arshil of Allah SWT, and can also act as an intercessor on the Yawmid Din, alhamdulillah, but do you know of any gates of Jannah mentioned with the sole key of recitation or memorization?
Perhaps the most successful actions and occupations is with those that have names on the gates to Jannah?
Would anyone be kind enough to list them or point to a thread?
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