“Will they not then ponder over the Qur’aan, or is it that they have their locks on (their) hearts (which bar them from reason).” 1
Verily all praise is due to Allaah, we praise Him and seek His aid and we ask His forgiveness and we seek Allaah’s protection from the wickedness of ourselves and the evil of our deeds. I bear witness that none is worthy of worship except Allaah and that Muhammad is His slave and His final messenger.
To commence, there are many ayaat in the Qur’aan itself that portray the majesty of Allaah’s verses and in the Qur’aan itself – Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Say: ‘If the mankind and the jinn were together to produce the like of this Qur’aan, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they helped one another.’” 2
“Had We sent down this Qur’aan on a mountain, you would surely have seen it humbling itself and rending asunder by the fear of Allaah. Such are the parables which We put forward to mankind that they may reflect.” 3
“This is the Book (the Qur’aan), whereof there is no doubt, a guidance to those who are Al-Muttaqoon [the pious].” 4
“Allaah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of existence. He has sent down upon you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth, confirming what was before it. And He revealed the Torah and the Gospel.” 5
Allaah reminds us in several places where this book orginates from and at the same time not only does He reiterate that this book did indeed come from Allaah but we are also informed of our Lord’s many attributes. And Is there any being who can be more concerned about your well-being, desire for you the bounties of this life and the hereafter more than Allaah? What more needs to be said for us to take this book seriously. Is it not sufficient for us to know that it is the speech of Allaah, the only ilaah, Ar Rahmaan and Ar Raheem. Are these motivating factors not sufficient for us or does it only trigger a slight guilt in our hearts that quickly dissipates after a short while. Without doubt if one realised and understood the beautiful attributes of his Lord, he would cling to the Qur’aan in hope for mercy, forgiveness, guidance and also to fill that empty void in his life.
Al-Waleed ibn Mugheerah, a staunch disbeliever amongst the Quraysh of Makkah, once came upon the Prophet salAllaahu alayhi wa sallam and asked him to recite the Qur’aan for him. His reply:
“By Allaah, indeed it has a sweetness to it, and a charm upon it; the highest part of it is fruitful and the lowest part of it is gushing forth with bounty; it dominates and cannot be dominated, and it crushes all that is under it. And it is not the speech of a man”.
wAllaahu akbar….what is a muslim supposed to feel when the words of his Lord are recited before him. Our Prophet salla Allaah alaihi wasallam told us that “Acquiring the knowledge of Qur’aan and Sunnah is a must on every Muslim and that the Angels are so pleased with the Muslim who pursues this knowledge, they put their wings down for him”.
And We have certainly made the Qur’aan easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember? 6
What more do we need, reassurance from your Lord? I believe you just got it…so who amongst you will take heed.
“The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said, ‘It is a bad thing some of you say,”I have forgotten such-and-such verse of the Qur’aan.” For truly, I have been caused by Allaah to forget it. So you must keep on reciting the Qur’aan because it escapes faster than a runaway camel.’” 7
Is it fair to say our unrepented sins have resulted in us forgetting such great knowledge only befitting to be in a repenting, God conscious person. A sad reality but perhaps if bani Adam looked upon what Allaah has bestowed on them in knowledge and what of that is kept in their hearts before they commited their sins they would surely stop in their tracks over fear of their Lord. How can the supreme words of our Lord live in hearts that desire that which contradicts its message or not have fear or shyness over that which it now knows. Our approach to the Qur’aan has changed and it is high time we changed before the time comes and it’ll be too late and then the regret shall be unimaginable.
How many of us have memorised Qur’aan and knowledge but not acted upon it or not to have it be of some benefit or change their actions by it….best said that we would have been better off not knowing it lest it speaks against us on youm al-qiyamah.
“On that day hearts beat painfully”, “while eyes are downcast” 8
Indeed it is those who have fearful hearts that prepare meticulously for what surely awaits them on that inevitable day. When the pages are laid open and the sky is torn away and when hell is lighted and when the garden is brought near, surely then every soul will know what it has made ready. What better guide has been provided then the Qur’aan and those of mankind who stringently follow its guidance will surely be of the saved ones. The noble companions modeled their lives after the pure Qur’aan. It was the only source from which they quenched their thirst, and it is this factor that made them distinct individuals in history.
A’ishah radiy Allaahu anha was told that there are people who finish the Qur’aan in one night. In response to that she said that whether they read it or not, it does not matter. She said that she prayed behind the Prophet, sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam, one night and he read Surat Al-Baqarah, Al-Imran and An-Nisaa, and he did not pass by any glad tidings except that he made dua that Allaah gave it to him and did not pass by any warning except that he would ask Allaah for protection from it. From this we see that despite the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam being a special case, He was still attentive to what he was saying. When you read the Qur’aan this way, you realize that blessings be referred to in the Qur’aan can be for you, realize that this book has been revealed for your sake and for your benefit.
Mohammad Al-Ghazali said that although everyone is addressed by the speech of the Qur’aan, the reader himself is the one who is addressed in actuality. He has nothing to do with the rest of the people and he must realize that what is being read is referring to him. There is an ayah in the Qur’aan that says “That I may warn you and whoever this Qur’aan reaches.” One of the tabi’een said that this verse means that whoever the Qur’aan reaches, it is as if Allaah has spoken to Him himself. If one is able to reach this realisation, then he will read this Qur’aan as if he is a slave reading a letter from his master and following up on what the master commands and leaving that which he prohibits. This guidance from the Qur’aan is like your own personal guidance from Allaah ta’ala and we should be grateful that we are saved from ourselves. When this fact is realized it will change the way you read the Qur’aan because you will read it looking for that.
Surah Qaf-Sheikh Yasir al-Qurashy
Will they not then, ponder over the Qur’aan? If it were from other than Allaah they would surely have found in it much discrepancies. 9
Ahadith on the virtues of learning Qur’aan.
“The best of you is he who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.” 10
“He who is skillful in reciting the Qur’aan is with the unveiled, honorable, and pious (i.e. Hur al `Ain). And he who stutters when reading the Qur’aan, (and its recitation) is difficult upon him, will receive two rewards.” 11
“Will not any of you go to the masjid and learn or read two verses from the Book of Allaah `azza wa jall? (For) that is better for him than two she-camels, and three (verses) are better for him than three (she-camels), and four (verses) are better for him than four (she-camels). And the number (of verses read in total) are better than the same number of camels.” 12
“Verily Allaah raises nations by this book (the Qur’an) and puts down (i.e. destroys) others by it.” 11
“There is no envy (acceptable) except in two (cases): a person whom Allaah has given the Qur’aan and recites it throughout the night and throughout the day. And a person whom Allaah has given wealth, that he gives out throughout the night and throghout the day.” 14
“Maintain learning the Qur’aan, by heart for verily it is greater in escaping from the chests of men than camels from their reins.” 11
“Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allaah will receive a hasanah (good deed) from it (i.e. his recitation), and the hasanah is multiplied by ten. I do not say that Alif-Laam-Meem is (considered as) a letter, rather Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter, and Meem is a letter.” 16
“Verily he who has nothing of the Qur’aan in his heart, is like a house (which has been) destroyed.” 17
“The Qur’aan is an intercessor (which by Allaah’s permission) intercedes, and an opponent (which is) truthful. He who appoints it as his leader, (then it) will lead him to Paradise. And he who puts it behind him, (then it) will lead him to the Fire.” 18
“Fasting and the Qur’aan will intercede for the slave on the Day of Resurrection. Fasting will say: ‘O My Rabb! I prevented him from food and desires, so accept my intercession for him.’ And the Qur’aan will say: ‘I prevented him from sleep during the night, so accept my intercession for him.’ He (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘And they will (be allowed to) intercede.’” 19
wAllaahi this is a reminder for me first and foremost, it’s impossible for me to do justice to the magnificence of the Qur’aan nor can I adequately express its beauty and effects but I pray that Allaah, exalted is He, makes us a nation whose hearts remain firmly attached to the Qur’aan.
- Muhammad 47:24 ↩
- Al-Israa’ 17:88 ↩
- Al-Hashr 59:21 ↩
- Al-Baqarah 2:2 ↩
- Aal-e-Imran 3:2-3 ↩
- Al-Qamar 54:17 ↩
- Bukhari, Volume 6, Book 61, Number 550. ↩
- An-Naziat 79:8,9 ↩
- An-Nisa 4:82 ↩
- al-Bukhari ↩
- Ibid ↩
- Muslim ↩
- Ibid ↩
- Al-Bukhari and Muslim ↩
- Ibid ↩
- At-Tirmidhi, Ad-Darimi ↩
- At-Tirmidhi ↩
- Ibn Hibban, Al-Bayhaqi, At-Tabarani, Sahih ↩
- Ahmad, at-Tabarani, Al-Hakim, Sahih ↩