“O my Lord, indeed my people have taken this Qur’an as [a thing] abandoned.”(Al-Furqān, 25:30)
In modern times, we have become wonted to living on our own; as if God does not exist. Many of us feel that religion is no longer apposite; books of religious teachings have been replaced by modern books of science and “progressive” thinking. The Qur’an – Is it relevant today? Or has it gone into the oblivions of the past as have many other books?
And the Messenger has said, “O my Lord, indeed my people have taken this Qur’an as [a thing] abandoned.”(Al-Furqān, 25:30)
How many of us would like that to happen on the Day of Judgement? He left behind the the word of God, the sempiternal miracle, the words of Allah between our hands, and we have simply left it on shelves to collect dust!
It is known as “al-Kitab” (the Book). It is so well known and highly admired that when any Muslim refers to “the Book,” it is understood to mean the Qur’an. It is the book above all books because it is the complete and final revelation of Allah to mankind. It is the best of speech, the best of guidance, the book of wisdom, and it will remain immutable and protected until the Day of Judgement. Muslims of the present generation keep it inside beautiful covers and boxes and place it on the highest shelf of their house to signify its high status. Most of us begin the paramount ceremonies of our lives with its recitation, yet when it is recited, few listen to it carefully, few understand it, and still fewer are those who ponder its meanings and dedicate their life to its study. We would never keep away from the elements that are necessary for nourishing our body, yet we go for extended periods of time depriving ourselves from that which nourishes our heart and soul — the Qur’an.
Qur’an is the best of speech, the best of guidance, the book of wisdom, and it will remain immutable and protected until the Day of Judgement.
When a Muslim abandons the Qur’an continuously, his faith weakens, he disregards Allah ’s commands, and forgets about Allah ’s promise of the Hereafter. He desires the pleasures of this temporal life. It is the connection with Allah that gives our hearts life. Abandoning the Qur’an cleaves this connection and the heart becomes a dark oubliette; the grime of sins veils it, and no light of guidance enters it.
This ummah will always live in troubled times, as long as Shaytan is allowed to saunter among us. We are in desperate need of a shield to protect us from his attacks; if we’re injured, then we desperately need a healer to cure us of our ailment. Allah ‘s mercy extends to his obedient servants, as He gave us our shield and healer in the form of Qur’an.
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. (Al-‘Isra’, 17:82)
Our success and failure is not determined by any worldly measure, but, by whether we have gained Allah ‘s pleasure by remaining steadfast on Haqq. What then shall be our source of strength if it is not Allah ‘s words?
Our success and failure is not determined by any worldly measure, but, by whether we have gained Allah‘s pleasure by remaining steadfast on Haqq.
When we are alone and afraid, it is Allah ‘s words that will console us, despite our fear. What we take with ourselves of the Qur’an into our trials is what will be our pillar of strength for us to lean on. Our trials will question us whether our efforts have been worth the consequence. It is Allah ‘s words that will remind us of our prosperous deal; how we sold this life for a life much better in the next.
ihdina s-siraata l-mustaqeem
siraata lladheena ʾanʿamta ʿalayhim ghayri l-maghdoobi ʿalayhim wa-la d-daalleen