Challenge of the Qur’an for Muslims

What is the challenge of the Qur'an for Muslims today?

When the dowry is to be given and it’s not the amount that was agreed upon or the young man decides he wants more and the girl cannot provide the amount, her family doesn’t have the means, so what does the family do? Then her husband and his mother catch her in the kitchen, pour kerosene over her and set her on fire. Bride burning - a great evil. In Islamic law such an act is deserving of the death penalty as honor killing is deserving of the death penalty. But unfortunately Muslims don’t judge by the book of Allah today. And they avoid reflecting on its meanings. In the time of the Prophet (ﷺ), his companions used to say,

“We used to read the Qur’an ten verses at a time and we wouldn’t go on to another ten until we understood what God was saying to us and we tried to implement it in our lives.”[1]

 So they reflected on the Qur’an. And Allah said in the Qur’an,

“Will they not reflect on the meanings of the Qur’an or are their hearts locked up?”[2]

This is the state of the Muslim ummah today – hearts locked up, not reflecting on the meanings nor do they use it as a cure. And Allah describes the Qur’an as a cure,

“...a cure for whatever is in the hearts...”[3]

Get close to God, understand the commandments of God and the diseases of the heart will be cured. So Muslims unfortunately, in spite of the fact that this was the universal message, message to all of humankind, and those who have accepted that message or supposed to have accepted that message, unfortunately, they are not acting on it today. And this is the challenge which faces the Muslim world today. To go back to the Qur’an and to bring that message to humankind back to life. To make it the core, the basic source of guidance, determining how they live their lives, how they relate to their wives, how do they relate to their children, their communities. Bringing that Qur’an alive. This is the challenge. The Qur’an – a message to all of humankind.


[1] [Ahmad, 22384]

[2] [Qur’an 47:24]

[3] [Qur’an 10:57]

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