яєℓαтισηѕнιρ ωιтн тнє qυя’αη

1. (This is) a Book (the Qur’an) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings, that they may ponder over its Verses & that men of understanding may remember (38:29)

2. Verily, this Qur’an guides to that which is most just & right….(17:9)

3. certainly we have brought to them a book, which we have explained in detail with knowledge, a guidance & a mercy to people who believe. (7:52)

4. And this (Quran) is a blessed message which we have sent down, then are you with it unacquainted (21:50)

Salam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barkatuhu. Hope all of u reading this are in good health and eeman, in shaa Allah.
So How’s our relationship with the Quran?
Bismillah. Living in the part of the country (northern Nigeria) where the Qur’an is believed to be studied more than any other place in Nigeria, why then do i have this feeling that we’ve almost completely abandoned the Qur’an, our first source of Allah’s message?

Looking at the first verse, Allah here tells us one & undoubtedly, the most important reason the Qur’an was sent to mankind: to ponder, reflect, think, remind’ so that what? “they may remember” (38:29). Also in the second verse Allah (swt) describes it as that which guides. The question now is how does it guide us? Do we read a book in japanese because we ought to and claim we’ve been guided by it? Or do we keep singing asong because its beautiful and claim we understand it?

No doubt the Quran is mubaraq (blessed) which is the why even though we don’t understand it, we listen to it been recited and we feel such tranquility in our hearts, not forgetting the the amount of ajr ripped from reading it. But for what actual reason was it sent? The society we come from has made the Quran something we finish reciting ONCE from cover to cover & then khalas! “Ai tayi sauqa, malamace”. How then does it act as a guide when we don’t understand what it says? How can we ponder over what we don’t even know?? In an authentic hadeeth, the prophet (saw) cursed the one who read this verse without pondering over it “verily! in the creation of the heavens & of the earth, and the alternation of the night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding” (3:190)

We ought to know what we are reading so that we can be guided by it. It is because of such reasons that I hear disheartening stories of wallah people who have memorized the whole Qur’an but are not acting, even in the least bit, in accordance with it.

I can still remember what my christian lesson teacher keeps teasing us about back in my primary school days whenever he comes home and meets us studying with our mallam, later he goes all “you didn’t even know what you were reading”. It wasn’t until when I was 14 that I got my own personal digital Qur’an player that translated each verse word-word and i started to understand what I was reading, that I can say I had began studying the Qur’an.

He (swt) who created the life of this world itself & all the humans in it gave us a manual, a manual on how to live & be successful in this world, How then can we be unacquainted with it? Would a pilot, even while already on air, be found anywhere without his airplane manual?

An aalim once said: “when someone’s lover writes him a letter, he becomes attached to the letter and re-reads the letter over & over again, then what is the case of the one who claims to love Allah but is in complete ignorance of His message? Won’t we be ashamed to meet Him on that day without understanding the message He sent to us?? The more you know Allah, the more your love & yearning for Him increases. And that’s why when a non-muslim accepts islam or a muslim comes back to the straight path, the first book we hand to them is the Qur’an. We all long to build our relationship with Allah, to increase our yaqeen (certainty) and tawakkul (reliance) in Him, & by Al-Azim, I tell you there is no better way to do that than that of understanding the Qur’an.

We all should yearn to understand Allah’s Words because it a message sent by the Almighty to us. The Qur’an beautifies our character & makes us stronger believers. When Aisha (ra) was asked about the character of the messenger of Allah (saw), she replied ” His character was that of the Qur’an”. No wonder the Qur’an is called a guide; guides to the best of characters. Also Among the names of Qur’an is ‘zikr’ meaning reminder. It reminds mankind, helping us to stay on the iman-high level.

A sahaba (ra) once said:
“If you want to know your level of faith, look at your яєℓαтισηѕнιρ ωιтн тнє qυя’αη”.

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