Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Attachment to the Qur'an
The following is a transcript of discourse delivered by Mawlana Waffie Mohammed.
We cannot conceive the greatness of Allah (s.w.t.). For example, look at what He Did with the previous Messengers. Some of them had the best of education and were placed in the best of environments; before they were given prophethood. For example, Moses (a.s.) grew up in the palace of Pharaoh and Joseph (a.s.) grew up in the governor’s home. On the contrary, look at the life of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.). Allah (s.w.t.) Says:
Did He not Find thee an orphan and Give thee shelter (and care)? And He Found thee wandering, and He Gave thee Guidance. And He Found thee in need, and Made thee independent. (Surah adh-Dhuha:6-8)
Look at the condition of the Arabs at that time. It could not have been worse morally, spiritually and even materially. And look at what Allah (s.w.t.) Did; He Gave the Prophet (s.a.w.) the Qur’an. And, what about this great Book? Allah (s.w.t.) Says:
Say: “If the whole of mankind and jinn were to gather together to produce the like of this Qur'an, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they backed up each other with help and support.” (Surah al-Isra’:88)
The Qur’an is indeed something special. Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) had no formal education and look at the Messages Allah (s.w.t.) Gave to him. Let us look at some of the messages contained in that first Revelation.
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Proclaim! (or Read!) In the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who Created ― (Surah al-‘Alaq:1)
Firstly, Allah (s.w.t.) told the Prophet (s.a.w.) to learn to read and recite; and recognise that everything is as a result of the Permissibility of Allah (s.w.t.). We can do so only if Allah (s.w.t.) Permits us. Allah is ar-Rabb. Allah is that One Who Takes Care of us in every sense; from our birth right up to the other stages in life. All of these are contained in Name, ‘Rabb’.
Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood: (Surah al-‘Alaq:2)
Allah (s.w.t.) is the Creator. That refutes all other theories. No other creature could have Created something from nothing. Allah (s.w.t.) is the only Creator Who is Able to Form and Fashion any creature as He so Pleases. Allah (s.w.t.) Created man in a particular way; not by accidents or mistakes. Man’s beginning is very insignificant. We Began this life as a microscopic grain of sand, that got life and started to move and formed into the sperm. Our beginning is very insignificant.
Proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful ― (Surah al-‘Alaq 3)
Allah (s.w.t.) is neither a tyrant nor a dictator. We are taught how to get connected with that Being that is Most Honourable, Kind and Loving.
He Who Taught (the use of) the Pen ― (Surah al-‘Alaq:4)
Allah (s.w.t.) is the Giver of knowledge. Allah (s.w.t.) Demonstrates this in particular when He Questioned the angels to name the creatures that they were shown. Upon their failure, Adam (a.s.) was able to identify and name each of them. He Taught us the Qur’an.
Taught man that which he knew not. (Surah al-‘Alaq:5)
Allah (s.w.t.) Taught man to do research. And this is what really transformed the Arabs and enabled their teachings and culture to expand to the different continents. He Makes knowledge available to us. In the first message that He Gave to the unlettered Messenger (s.a.w.). We look at how many things He Told us. That is why we are taught to ponder over His Words. We must get close to the Qur’an. Sometimes, we may hear the argument that you should not read the Qur’an if we cannot understand the Arabic language. Firstly, the Qur’an is in Arabic and no other languages. And secondly, in the very first Revelations, Allah (s.w.t.) Commands us to read it.
The Qur’an is indeed a great blessing to the believers. There are many benefits associated with it. We just mention two. One is that it puts a wall between us and the disbelievers and another is that it will act as an intercessor for its reader in the hereafter, insha’Allah. We must get close to it and, insha’Allah, we will have no regrets. May Allah (s.w.t.) Always Keep us close to His Holy Words and through it, may we transform our personalities for the better in this world and the next.