Assalamualaikum Dear Brothers/Sisters,
Indeed, the year 2020 was full of challenges. But in every challenge, there is a hidden opportunity! Only a believer can discover that opportunity whereas a non-believer will only cringe and complain about the difficulty in the challenge.
Allah says in the Qur’an: And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient, Who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return.” Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided. [Quran 2:155-157]
Though the year 2020 left some mental scars, it also gave us a great opportunity to reflect, to ponder, and most importantly to set our priorities right… Having lived through 2020, Insha’Allah, 2021 will give us more opportunities to thank Allah like never before and get more closer to him. One of the best ways to show gratitude towards our creator is to use the extra time provided by the pandemic to learn the Quran. As believers, we do believe that Quran is the word of Allah, but we should also do our best to fulfil the rights of the Quran on us which are:
1.Recite the Quran with Tajweed.
Allah says in the Holy Qur’an,” recite the Qur’an with measured recitation”. (Quran 73:4)
Tajweed is a set of rules applied for the correct pronunciation of the Quranic letters/words. When reciting the Qur’an, giving every letter of the Qur’an its rights and dues of characteristics, and perceiving the rules properly.
2.Understand and Ponder Over Qur’an
Quran is the most read book in the world, but unfortunately it is also the least understood.
Allah says in the Quran: [This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that they might ponder upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded. (Quran 38:29)… So, those who want to be wise enough to gain the best of both the worlds must ponder upon the verses of Quran and act accordingly.
Also, Salah, most of which is parts of Quran, becomes more enjoyable only if you understand what you are reciting and receiving daily admonition.
3. Application of Qur’an in our daily lives:
This is the fruit of above step, i.e., understanding and contemplation. One cannot implement the Quran in daily life if he does not understand or ponder over it. It is compulsory for every Muslim to follow Quran in their daily lives to be in the shade of mercy of Allah. Allah says in the Qur’ān.
This is a blessed Book We have revealed. So, follow it and be mindful of Allah, so you may be shown mercy. (Quran 6:155)
The Sahaba’s approach to learning the Qur’an was a fusion of both memorisation and application. Abū ʿAbdirRaḥmān As-Sulami said,
“We were informed by those who used to teach us the Qur’ān, ʿUthmān b. ‘Affān, Ibn Masʿūd and others, that they would learn 10 āyāt at a time from the Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) and they would not go beyond them until they had learnt the knowledge and application within them. They said: ‘So we learnt the Qur’ān, along with its knowledge and application at the same time.’ (Musnad Ahmad 22971)
The Quran is not only for Muslims but for the whole of mankind. What you learn from the Quran, it has the right on you to propagate it among the people you know, or you can reach out to. The manner of propagation should be with wisdom and subtle and not in such a way that it hurts someone’s integrity or freedom to choose.
“And who is better in speech than he who [says: ‘My Lord is Allah (believes in His Oneness),’ and then stands firm (acts upon His Order), and] invites to Allah’s (Islamic Monotheism), and does righteous deeds, and says: ‘I am one of the Muslims’” [Quran 41:33]
Practical Plan to fulfil the rights of Quran:
Let’s make a plan to fulfil the rights of the Quran. In addition to your usual daily portion of Qur’ān recitation, please start a separate reading with the intention of understanding and pondering. For example, if you are reading quarter of a Juzz daily, take a pen and note down the lessons. Insha’Allah, you will cover the entire Qur’ān in less than 6 months, Then, to make it more rewarding, you may compare your notes with that of your family members or friends who would be your study partners. Then, create a plan to implement these lessons in your daily life. In essence, you would have created a document summarising what Allāh wants from you. And if you are sincere and committed to practice the teachings of Quran in this life, this will be truly rewarding in the hereafter.
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