A Serendipitous Treasure


By Hafsa Sultana

Imagine This . . .

Imagine finding a box that looks ordinary on the outside but is filled with gold, silver, diamonds, rubies, rings, necklaces, bracelets, crowns, pearls, and more.

What would you do with such a box? Would you open it and enjoy the treasures or put it away in a drawer? Many of us, including me, would instantly take advantage of the wealth inside.

You Already Own Something Much Greater Than This

Most of us have something more than a million times more precious than this, something just sitting in our drawers or catching dust on our shelves. Even if we open it to see what’s inside, we don’t recognize the beauty and magnificence of the treasures in it. Those treasures are the words of Allah (SWT)— the holy Quran!

My personal copy of the Quran sat in my drawer for years, and I would only pay attention to it once in while. Even if I would recite it, I wouldn’t understand a word I was saying and would just get bored.

أفلا يتدبرون القرآن أم على قلوب أقفالها

Then do they not reflect upon the Qur’an, or are there locks upon [their] hearts?     [Quran, 47:24]

In those days I became distanced from the book of Rabbul Alameen and got busy with other things. I didn’t even think once about trying to understand the Quran. Like many kids, I had only learned to recite the Quran from my Ustadha and finish it once. However, that’s not all that there is to it! The Quran came down for us as a guidance, a manual book to help live our lives according to our Lord.

Once I opened the Quran and analayzed the intricate design of the words, I thought to myself, These are the words of Allah (SWT)! The author of this book is no man, but the creator himself!

Did I Deserve This?

Did I deserve to own a copy of this magnificent treasure? Allah had given me the Quran and all I did was either ignore it or recite it half-heartedly. Why weren’t His words touching my heart? Why were my eyes dry? Why? Why? Why? As questions and thoughts rollercoastered through my mind, I figured out the answer; it was because I wasn’t valuing the Quran the way it deserved to be valued!

Running to the Prayer Mat

I ran to the prayer mat and made a dua to Allah (SWT) to ask Him to help me understand his book and guide me to the straight path.

Then I downloaded the English translation of the Quran onto my tablet and soon got addicted to its beauty.

Shattering a Mountain

Allah (SWT) mentioned that if the Quran would be sent down to a mountain, it would shatter that mountain into pieces like glass. This is the power of the Quran!

Being a non-Arab, I really wanted to learn classical Arabic. If the translation and tafsir was so powerful, then I couldn’t imagine how powerful the actual words of Allah (SWT) would be like if I knew them.

I started my quest to learn the beautiful language and encouraged my family members to do so as well.

Brothers and sisters, please wake up! Realize the true value of Quran. If you have the right intention, work hard, and make dua to Allah (SWT) for making this easy for you, then He will open doors you can’t imagine! I pray for myself and for my ummah to have the ability to understand, love, recite, share, learn, teach, implement, and value the Quran in our lives so it comes as an intercesser for us on the Day of Judgement.

Asalamualaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu!

Hafsa Sultana is a high school student from Chicago, Illinois, USA.

The following link is an Mp3 of this article shared on Edialogue, thanks to our brother Aziz Shah.

A Serendipitous Treasure




  1. mariam December 19, 2012 Reply

    Jazakallah sis for a wonderful article

  2. Ahsan Khaja December 20, 2012 Reply

    Beti/Daughter Hafsa Sultana,
    Wa Alaykum As-Salam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,
    Insha ALLAH, you are truly a treasure for your parents/grandparents, on Judgement. ALLAH AZ-ZAWWAJJAL increase your shine from all sides so as to increase your like minded shining stars to spread the all truth of la takhuzuhu sinataon wala naum in your continent. Please watch all 19 lessons on youtube of Dr Abdul Azeez Abdul Raheem. He says,
    we need to make teachers in huge numbers.

    I am writing from Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

  3. Sara Farhana December 20, 2012 Reply

    Assalamu alaikum… sister , u told a very good example . Masha Allah, I enjoyed reading ur article…

  4. Sara Farhana December 20, 2012 Reply

    Assalamu alaikum. Sister , u told a very good example. Masha Allah I enjoyed reading ur article..

  5. Franklyn Villas December 20, 2012 Reply

    salam..Hafsa, jazakALLAHu kier.

  6. Ansar Kasim December 20, 2012 Reply

    Assalamu alaikum, ukhthi Hafsa..

    It was fantastic a small n worthy article…
    touched heart with one ayath you mentioned early…

    its really beauty ,, i a still away from it..?//
    i want to learn arabic.. but i dint get any link or website to learn online..
    if i go outside its costly to learn here…
    do you have any idea of any website of arabic learning?

    Quran i am studying…with arabic it feels much more pleasure i think so.

  7. Laily Hashimi Saidi December 21, 2012 Reply

    Walaikum Salaam Warahmatulillah Wabrakatu dear sis…..May Allah (swt) bless you and all of us with deep understanding of Quran……ameen….jazakallah khair for sharing and reminding us how to seek knowledge through this magnificent treasure (Quran)…. only to please Allah (swt)……………….

  8. Pathan L.B. December 21, 2012 Reply

    Please send all information for Hindi

  9. ibrahim December 23, 2012 Reply

    alsalam aleykom

    can I translate it to another language and use it in our website?

    • wanda December 23, 2012 Reply

      Wa aliakum salam.

      Brother, I have forwarded you message to Hafsa Sultana, the author of this article.

      • Ibrahim February 20, 2013 Reply

        jazaki Allah kheir sister.

  10. Johaina Baganian February 10, 2013 Reply

    Wa Alaykum Salam Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuho, are from Illinios, Chicago my sister study there and we are from Philippine, We are muslim hope you can meet each other and together you will study Quran and make it as a guide in our Living, In Sha Allah, her name is Sittie Maryam Mending studying in Oskosh university…..Sukran Katheer! Its a great articles very helpful.

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