Qur’an Is Not For The Shelf But For The Self.

Posted: August 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

Nowadays, you would find that TV stations, radio stations, broadcast Qur’an, because they know that people don’t understand it & they are not going to follow it. This is a problem that exists among us now.

Imam Ahmed narrates that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said regarding something: “That would happen when knowledge is lost.” One of the companions asked, “O Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), how could knowledge be lost when we have studied the Quran, we are teaching it to our children and our children will teach it to theirs.” The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Woe to you! I thought you were one of the most learned men of Medinah. Can’t you see the Jews and Christians are not benefiting even though they have their scriptures (Torah and Injeel) right with them?”

SubhanAllah! As if He was talking about us.

So the Prophet said, a time will come when Qur’an will be with us, but we will not be benefiting from it. Qur’an is not something to be put on the highest shelf & to be decorated & covered. Infact, Abu Darda said: “When you start decorating your mosques and beautifying your Mushaf (i.e. The Quran – adorning it with jewellery, silver & gold, etc.), that will be the time when you will be destroyed.”

He said this, because this is an indication that you are favoring symbols over substance . ‘My mosque looks beautiful & the Qur’an is written by these gold & silver threads with velvet covering & it’s wonderful & we don’t even want to touch it & read it, because it looks so good. We don’t even open it to read it, because it’s so expensive & wonderful’. Abu Darda said, when this will happen, you will be destroyed.

At the time of Abu Darda, Qur’an was written on bones, on leaves, on leather. Qur’an for them was a collection of bones, leaves & pieces of leather. Today if some Muslim sees it, they would say, this is disrespect of Qur’an, you are writing it on bones, you are disrespecting Qur’an, because now the issue became ‘respect of Qur’an’. We respect it so much that we don’t touch it, don’t read & don’t follow it, we only respect it.

quran bone

We have lost track of what Qur’an should do for us, or how we should study the book of Allah. Allah said: “(This is) a Book (the Qur’an) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember.” (38:29)

We need to reflect on the verses of Qur’an (read, hear, interpret, review, implement & act on it, since Al Quran, is meant to guide ones’ life as a Muslim). Allah says: “Don’t they contemplate & meditate on the meanings of Quran or are the hearts locked.” 

Allah is not only asking us to recite the book but he is saying that we have to recite it with understanding.

How Did The Companions Of The Prophet Study Qur’an?

If you take the example of Ibn Umar, he says: “It took me 14 years to finish memorizing Surah Baqarah.”

Today, We memorize complete Qur’an in a few months. One may ask, how come it took Ibn Umar 14 years to learn only one chapter?

The reason is, the way the companions studied it was, that they took 10 verses & they would study them, they would study the imaan (aqeeda, creed, true meaning of La Ilaha Ilal lah), the ilm (knowledge) & the halal & haram (what is prohibited & allowed) in the verses, they would memorize the verses, & then they would move on the next verses. They would never move on the next verses until they have applied what they studied – until it becomes a life for them.

Allah says: “And We send down of the Qur’an that which is healing and mercy for the believers, but it does not increase the wrongdoers except in loss.”

Which means that the Qur’an draws some people closer & it draws some people further. If you want to benefit from it, it will benefit you, if you don’t, Allah will honor His book.

Messenger of Allah said: “There will be time, when there will be young people who will recite the Qur’an but it will not even go pass their throats.” Meaning they will take it as something being recited, they will not understand it. They might be doing it for monetary reasons, but then the book of Allah is not used.

Nowadays, it is used for opening a ceremony & closing a ceremony & that’s it. All of my life when I am living, Quran is sitting on my shelf & when I die, people will pull it out of the shelf & recite some verses on me, when I am already dead & then it will go back in the shelf. So, it comes out only in the celebrations & in the times of the death. When there is a marriage, they recite Surah Yaseen in the house & when someone dies they recite Surah Fatiha & that’s all what the book of Allah is used for. For marriage & death (and without even understanding it).

Subhan Allah! The book of Allah was a moving force behind the early Muslims. What made the companions different was Qur’an. Nothing else! It completely changed them from the people who were at the lowest levels & it made them the role models of humanity. It was ONLY Qur’an that was the power that turned them into the great nation. And it will do the same to us, only if we reflect on it’s verses (read, understand, and implement, since Al Quran, is meant to guide ones’ life as a Muslim).

~ Anwar Al Awlaki.

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