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Truly my people have treated this Quran with neglect. And this, dear reader, is a big thing!! And whosoever does not believe in it, they are the losers. This, however, is not the only meaning this ayah bears. Many exegetes opt for this last interpretation.
The truth is, reflecting on the Quran and striving to know what it is Allah is trying to tell us is the primary divine purpose behind the sending down of the Quran. Allah says,. One hadith has it that the reciter of the Quran gets 10 heavenly rewards hasanat for every single letter he pronounces. Moreover, reciting the Quran confers baraka on the reciter. Also, reciting the Quran is an antidote against mental ailments like stress, depression, melancholy, etc.
Not only that, the Quran can also be used to help cure or alleviate physical ailments. There are authentic hadiths documenting the fact that the Prophet recited the Quran over physically sick people, as well as taught his Companions how to use the Quran to help with physical diseases.
Note that Allah, in verse of Surat Al-Baqarah cited above, makes belief in the Quran conditional upon following its directives closely. He also dismisses as losers those who disbelieve in the Quran, whether by denying its divine provenance or by paying lip service to their duty towards it. In the present Issue we have selected for our readers an assortment of interesting and instructive articles on the Quran. In the cover article: Honoring the Quran, Dr.
Uwaymir Anjum reviews 5 books that treats of different aspects of the Book. Linda Thayer discusses some strategies to help non-Arabic speakers deal with the challenge of the Arabic Quran. There is also a thought-provoking piece on translation of the Quran. In addition to Quran-related articles, this Issue also features writings touching on different themes which we reckoned were of concern to Aljumuah readers. I hope you will enjoy this Issue and profit by the many diverse topics it showcases.
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Either keep, circulate, shred, or recycle. To recognize the shortness of this life and nearness of death is most beneficial for the heart and impels the believer to take advantage of every moment of his or her life, moves the focus of attention and concern to the Abode of Eternity, encourages one to compensate for what is missing in the preparation for the journey, and makes one abstemious in matters of this ephemeral life.
ADAB you, as if two friends on their way to meet each other—and any moment you two shall meet and embrace each other. Once the messenger of Allah said to his Companions at a time when the evening was drawing near and the sun was barely above the mountains, What is left of this world compared to what has passed of it is no more than what has been left of this day compared to what has passed of it.
Contemplating the Quran Reflection upon the Quran is accomplished when the heart sees its meanings, and the mind becomes focused on grasping its implications and the purpose of its revelation. Mere mindless recitation is not sufficient. God Almighty has said:. The sun of this world has set—as if just setting down the hilltops in the evening.
The conditions and signs prophesied to mark the end of times have come true. Death and. A clear message. Shall any be destroyed save the transgressors? It shows one the images of Heaven and Hell, shows him around as if in a museum of human history the past nations and peoples and lays bare their great and tragic days, points out to him the immense lessons hidden in these events and makes him recognize the justice and mercy of God upon His servants.
It tells him about God, His Names, attributes and deeds. It shows him the path that. Reflection upon the Quran shows one the Hereafter as if he were witnessing it with his own eyes; it diminishes this world in his eyes as if he were not in it.
It bestows upon him the ability to distinguish between the truth and the falsehood in every disputed matter of this world. It shows him the truth as the truth, and falsehood as falsehood.
Revolves around the concept of Tawhid, its evidence and manifestations, and other attributes of Allah—all marked by perfection and infinitude— in which the Almighty is unique.
It calls out persistently: Beware, beware! Hold on to God and ask for His help … and say, Sufficient for me is Allah—and He is the best advocate. There is much to say on avoiding the corruptions that ail the heart, but we will leave this for another day.
Indeed, He is all-forgiving, thankful. The likeness of a believer who does not recite the Quran is like that of a date: it has no fragrance and its taste is delicious. The likeness of a hypocrite who recites the Quran is like a water lily: its scent is fragrant and its taste is bitter. And the likeness of a. Recite measuredly just as you used to recite in the dunya! Your station.
Someone who learns and teaches the Quran has become the representative of God and His Messenger and is beneficial to His servants.
The person that is most beloved to God is the one most beneficial to His servants. Someone who has memorized the Quran, is skillful in it, and acts according to it is on the level of those noble angels.
The one who recites it and wants to memorize it while it is difficult for him, has two rewards: the reward of recitation and the reward for trying to memorize it. A ruined house is devoid of goodness and inhabitants, and so someone who memorizes the Quran is full of goodness and steeped in excellence. The one with the most Quran is given precedence, even if the other person is a legist; this is the opinion of the Hanafi jurists, Ibn Sirin, and the Hanbali jurists.
But the majority say that the one with the most understanding regarding purification and Prayer is given precedence over the one who has merely memorized more Quran. Their proof is that the amount of Quran required for Prayer is limited, while what is needed for the study of Sacred Law is unlimited.
Something may occur in the Prayer that is known only to a legist. The psychological shock to the community of Muslims is great, and it ought to generate some reaction. In fact, the bigotry and depravity which cause the Community to unite in condemning these acts of visceral hatred and desecration ought to produce something more, something big—something very, very effective, even transforming. And nothing can be more effective, more consequential as a reaction than taking the message of the Quran really to heart —and repenting from a life of heedlessness and apathy towards the Book of God, and turning to.
There is no other complaint that has been reported to us that the. But, most Muslims would respond that the Quran is a big, impressive, overwhelming book — then give up on understanding it for ourselves. Reading it during Ramadan and occasionally for baraka just about does it for us. Thus, to miss being intimate with the Book of Allah, to miss knowing its delight and pleasure first hand, to miss hearing its message directly from Allah, is to be deprived of the greatest blessing God gave us in this life.
It is to be a weak prey to the merciless whims, confusions and vagaries of a deceptive world. Truly my people took this Quran as a forsaken thing! If we read it but not daily, now is time to make a commitment to Allah. If we read it but do not understand it, it is now time to start learning its language. If we know Arabic just barely enough to converse with.
What follows is an essay reviewing the most useful and accessible books we could find in the market on getting started with the Quran and its sciences. Needless to say, this is provision for just the first step in a long journey—the first step nonetheless is the most important and arduous—and you will be surprised by how quickly, how instantaneously, Allah will return the reward of your effort in this life, and, most surely, in the afterlife. Following is the list of the books we will be reviewing:.
This is the first book I would recommend to any serious Muslim intending to make the Words of Allah his or her foremost guidance in life. The author, Khurram Murad, died in after leading an. Whether it was Pakistan, his home country, or the UK, where he spent the later years of his life, or wherever he went, he worked incessantly to learn and teach the Quran, by writing, speaking, but mostly, by being. Throughout the book, one feels the presence of the author as a humble student of the Quran, who is not taunting the readers for their ignorance or laziness, but is encouraging them empathetically like a benevolent fellow-student and loving teacher at the same time.
Take this one paragraph, which is as moving as any you will ever come across:. No other venture in your life can be so momentous and crucial, so blissful and rewarding, as your journey to and through the Quran. It is a journey that will take you through the endless joys and riches of the words that your Creator and Lord has sent to you and all mankind. Here you will find a world of untold treasures of knowledge and wisdom to guide you on the pathways of life, to mold your thoughts and actions.
In it you will find deep insights to enrich you and steer you along the right course. From it you will receive a radiant light to illumine the deeper reaches of your soul. Here you will encounter profound emotions, a warmth to melt your heart and bring tears running down your cheeks. Though simple and obvious, the basic point highlighted by the book is tremendously important: the main purpose of a Muslim believer in reading the Quran is not simply intellectual pursuit, scientific discovery or historical research—but to be completely transformed by the Quran— transformed in the mold of the Quran, into a receptacle that receives the light of God, the love of God, and finally the victory from God.
The first readers of the Quran—the Prophet and his Companions—were completely transformed by the Quran because that is how and that is. They were transformed and they in turn transformed the world—and we Muslims can follow in their footsteps only if we read the Quran for the same ultimate purpose. This book is particularly valuable in that it contains a judicious balance of theory, exhortation and practical advice. The second chapter lists the intellectual prerequisites for benefiting from the Quran, and these are useful to briefly enumerate here: anyone can read the Quran, but cannot be fully transformed by it until he or she i believes that this is the word of God; ii comes to it for nothing but for submitting to its message as the only means to attaining the pleasure of God.
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