Monday, 22 July 2013
The Impact of the Qur'an
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is a transcript of discourse delivered by Mawlana Waffie Mohammed.
Allah (s.w.t.) Begins the Message of the Holy Qur’an, after Surah Fatihah:
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Alif Lam Mim. This is the Book; in it is Guidance sure, without doubt, to those who are conscious of Allah. Who believe in the unseen, are steadfast in prayer, and spend out of what We have Provided for them. And who believe in the Revelation Sent to thee, and Sent before thy time, and (in their hearts) have the assurance of the Hereafter. They are on (True Guidance), from their Lord and it is these who will prosper. (Surah al-Baqarah:1-5)
The Qur’an will only impact on those people who are al-muttaqin, those who believe in the existence of Almighty God and the unseen verities. Amongst us there are so many things that cannot be seen. For example, we cannot see someone’s strength but we know it exists. There are so many things that are in existence but their nature is intangible.
If we really want to benefit from the Qur’an, we have to believe that it came from a Personality we cannot see. If we do not believe that, we will have a problem. And in addition, we can beautify it by establishing our swalah, paying the zakat and so forth. Only then, will the Qur’an have an impact on us; otherwise it will be just another book for us. We are now realising that whenever people say disrespectful things about the Qur’an it comes back to the ayat as to those who reject faith, it is the same to them whether thou warn them or do not warn them; they will not believe: hence they will have no reverence for the Qur’an. To them, it is just another book. If it was just another book, why did Allah (s.w.t.) Say if He were to Reveal it on the mountain the mountain would crumble to dust? So we try our best to appreciate this great Book because, at the beginning Allah (s.w.t.) Says it is Guidance for those who believe. The more we try to get closer to Allah (s.w.t.) and appreciate the Qur’an, the softer our heart will become.
We have lots of work to do as compared to the non-believers; because to them it does not matter. We know that Allah (s.w.t.) is with us when we remember Him. And we are reciting His Words; will it not benefit us? When you hear disrespectful things being said about Islam; we must be careful and not get dangerously emotional, because Satan will use our emotions to divert us. We have to be guarded when these things come up and react in an appropriate manner that will bring about a positive result of our personality and the general outlook of Islam.
We must be careful as Muslims are generally under the microscope. We must beg Allah (s.w.t.) for Guidance especially in times of emotional unrest. We sympathise with those individuals who say unfortunate things because they are blind to the facts. They will not appreciate and understand. Our resolve should be not to be like them; so we educate ourselves and increase our faith in Allah (s.w.t.). May Allah (s.w.t.) Guide us and Protect us and Help us to deal with those who are misguided in a manner that would be Pleasing with Allah (s.w.t.).