Is the Qur’an a PRoof for or against you…?
Quran is the word of Allah as revealed to his prophet Mohammad – Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him; to bring mankind out of darkness into the light. Allah the Almighty says: “Alif, Lam, Ra. [This is] a Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that you might bring mankind out of darknesses into the light by permission of their Lord – to the path of the Exalted in Might, the Praiseworthy” – (Ibrahim 14:1).
The companions realized this meaning; they have a message which is a light from Allah. So they were careful to learn it from the prophet – Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – and they were true examples of the verses of the Holy Quran. Abdullah ibn Mas`ood – Allah be pleased with him – said: When a man amongst us learned ten verses [of the Quran], he would not move on [to the next verses] until he had understood their meanings and how to act by them. They used to read the Quran during the day and night, whether they stayed in one place or travelling. “Who remember Allah while standing or sitting or [lying] on their sides and give thought to the creation of the heavens and the earth” (Al-Imran 3:191).
Understanding the meanings of the Holy Quran
Understanding the meanings of the Holy Quran is an important part of reading. That was evident in the effort that the Companions put in reading and understanding the Holy Quran. Once, when Ibn Umar – Allah be pleased with him – was asked by the Prophet -Allah’s peace and blessings be upon – him to read the Quran in one month, he insisted on doing it in less than that, so he was then advised to read it in seven days and no less, so as he can take time in understanding and giving thought to the Quran meanings. The Companions warned the people not to overlook understanding the words of Allah (swt). Anas Ibn Malik – Allah be pleased with him – said: “Often one recites the Quran, but the Quran curses him because he does not understand it.”
The sign of faith, according to Abdullah Ibn Umar – Allah be pleased with him –, was to understand the Quran. In this regard he said: “We have lived long … a time has come when I see a man who is given the whole Quran before he has acquired faith; he reads all the pages between Al-Fatiha and its end, without knowing its commands, its threats and the places in it where he should pause – he scatters it like the scattering of one fleeing in haste.”
The Qur’an is an intercessor
Abdullah Ibn Mas`ood, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “The Qur’an is an intercessor and believed arguer [on behalf of a person]. If someone places it in front of them, it will lead them to Paradise, and if someone places it behind their back, it will lead them to Hellfire. Therefore, the Qur’an is either a proof for or against you. Either reciting, acting on it and preserving its letters and restrictions, to make it an evidence for the person, or abandoning it, and not holding fast to its limits, in this case, the Quran will be a witness against them!
You, brothers and sisters, will not only be counted for how many Juzis you have memorized, but you will also be counted for abiding to its restrictions and acting upon it. May Allah grant us the sweetness of reciting and understanding Quran, and include us all among those who will receive ample reward for the recitation of this Qur’an.
Written by Shaykh Abou Abdel Rahman
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