Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem
Indeed, the Noble Qur’aan is the Book of Allaah which is the Seal of all the Scriptures… it is the course for a complete life that ensures prosperity and happiness for the servant in this life and in the Hereafter. It is the inimitable Word of Allaah that is not approached by falsehood neither from before it nor from behind it.
Before the advent of the Prophet (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam), Mankind was in the darkness of shirk and kufraan (disbelief) until the Messenger (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) came with the Book of Allaah ‘azza wa jall, to take this entire universe out from this darkness into the lights of Tawheed and Imaan – and for this reason, Allaah subhaanahu wa ta’aala has said about this great Book:
“…(This is) a Book which We have revealed unto you in order that you might lead mankind out of darkness into light by their Lord’s Leave to the Path of the All-Mighty, the Owner of all Praise.” [Surah Ibrahim: 1]
So this Ummah (Nation) turned around with this Book and turned away from shirk and Jahiliyyah (ignorance) towards guidance and Tawheed, away from the worship of creation to the worship of the Lord of creation and went from being an Ummah that lived along the margins of life to one that took leadership over Mankind and steered it towards the success of both worlds.
The Noble Qur’aan came to train up an Ummah, to produce a society and to build a well functioning system… this training requires a portion of time and it needs to have an effect. It needs to act upon a Word and it needs to have a movement that expresses these actions and effects into a visible reality for the people.
Contemplate over the saying of ‘Aisha (radi’Allaahu ‘anhaa) when she was asked about the Prophet (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam), she said – as is narrated in Sahih Muslim – “His character was the Qur’aan.” So whoever wishes to take on the character of the Prophet (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam), then he needs to take hold of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah of the leader of Mankind (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam).
Indeed the Companions of the Prophet knew with certainty that victory does not come except when the Ummah holds firmly to the Book of their Lord and the Sunnah of their Prophet. Here we have the example of Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqaas (radi’Allaahu ‘anhu) who would walk past the tents of the Mujaahideen in the battle of Qaadisiyyah. If he heard the Qur’aan being recited from that tent, he would say ‘From here does victory come’ and if he found the people of the tent heedless from the recitation of Qur’aan, he would say ‘From here comes defeat.’
There is no honour for this Ummah except in holding firmly to the Book of their Lord ‘azza wa jall, and the day that it goes beyond the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah, trying to seek honour in other than them – then will Allaah disgrace it and lower it to the lowest of nations, and this humiliation we see today is only due to what our hands have earned… but indeed Allaah pardons much.
O Youth of the Sahwah (Awakening), go towards to the pure spring… to the Book of Allaah `azza wa jall and embark upon its memorisation, its studies and act upon it – so that Allaah may raise your rank in this Dunya and in the Aakhirah; so that He may lift the hardships from this Ummah and so that His victory may descend upon his servants, al-Muwahhideen (those who uphold the Tawheed of Allaah).
O Allaah bless us with the memorisation of Your Book and acting upon it – only seeking thereby Your Noble Face. May the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon our Prophet, his family and companions. Aameen.
Taken from the Book ’Causes that aid the Memorisation of the Qur’aan’ by Shaykh Mahmood al-Misri