Assalam alaikum (May peace be upon you all)
Allah says in the Qur’an: Will they not then ponder over the Qur’an or is it that they have locks on their hearts!? [Qur’an, 47:24]
Who created us, why are we here, and where are we going? The correct and complete answers are given by the book of Allah only. You may say: I don’t care. But won’t this be your first question when somebody takes you away in sleep and you wake up tomorrow in a in a fast-moving train heading somewhere? Just because you are living on this planet for the last 20, 40 years, the questions don’t disappear.
Every person in this life undergoes cycles of happiness and sorrow, and of ease and tough situations. In easy situations, we tend to forget everything else. But when life goes through tough situations, no one can help you, not even money, position, status, relatives, power, etc. In those times, only Allah through His book guides you to the best solutions. It alone can give you peace of mind and heart.
Each one of us is struggling in this life to find peace and happiness. We should then remember that we are made of up of two main parts: Body and soul. We are well aware of bodily needs and give our full time to fulfill them. What about the soul? Food for the soul is the remembrance of Allah and the reading of His book. If we don’t satisfy our soul, we can never be happy and peaceful.
Let us talk about success. The most successful person in the history of humanity is Prophet Muhammad ﷺ even according to those who don’t believe in him (Encyclopedia Britannica, The 100, Time Magazine, etc.). What was his manual? The Qur’an! To be successful, there is no better guide than the Qur’an.
If you want to have a meaningful, peaceful, happy, and successful life, then the book of Allah is the only answer.
Why should we teach it to our children?
You want your family life to be peaceful and more importantly your children to be happy, mature, living a good life, be attached to you, be nice to you. That they don’t fall into Haraam traps and the wrong things that are around you. If we don’t teach them the basics through the Qur’an, then how can they live the right way.
Everyone thinks that his child is different. He or she won’t go wrong. Until the time he is shocked. And they start running asking elders, asking shaikhs or scholars to help them, teach them the respect, and so on. You can’t do that in a moment. Start it right now. You have to make sure that your child gets continuous dosage to resist and overcome the bad effects of the environment that he is living every day.
How does the Qur’an guide?
Allah asks us to ponder the simple yet powerful argument to believe in the message of the Qur’an.
Allah asks us to ponder the signs in the universe, in us and around us.
He presents us with two tracks and track records of the good and the bad people in the history; how they behaved and what was their end in this world. He describes their future too, of the good people in heaven and of the bad people in the hell.
90% of Qur’an’s verses appeal to our thinking. They build up and strengthen our faith and that is what we are missing these days. That strengthening of the faith is one of the most important part of Hidayah (guidance).
The Qur’an is a guide to humanity which also includes you, dear reader. Since none of us want to be misguided, it is paramount not only to read or recite the Qur’an, but to understand and implement it in our lives as well.
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