17 Mar Reflections: The Seeds of an Amazing Garden
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ
Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah
The weekend breaks from daily routine allows us the opportunity to review the past week & prepare ahead for the week to come, in shaa Allah: As we draw closer to Ramadhan, it is imperative that our checklist of spiritual reminders include the strengthening of our bond with alQur’aan.
Sisters often email asking what essential tools are required to maintain consistency in their Hifdh Journeys.
There are 2 factors, which if consciously nurtured, can transform our outlook towards hifdh & the spiritual progress we can achieve via and with the Hifdh:
a. the love of Qur’aan
b. gratitude for the exquisite gift of Qur’aan
from Allah Most High, are the key motivating factors.
As we renew our commitment & dedication to memorising alQur’aan for the forthcoming week, here are some reflections:
The Qur’aan has a liberating effect on the human mind. It relieves us from social pressures, superstitions, and baseless fears. In the past, people felt compelled to fear and worship countless useless things. The primary objective of the Qur’aan was to give humanity a clear platform for thinking. The Qur’aan heralded change; the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), in the light of the Qur’aan, paved the way for the elevation of mankind.
“Allah has subjected to you all that is in the heavens and on earth.” [Quran, 45:13]
The Seeds of an Amazing Garden
The Qur’aan planted seeds for the inexorable rise of mankind. It enables us to see things as they really are, dispelling myths, illusions, and distortions.
A primary concern for any human being should be to attain mental clarity and a clear understanding of things, to know the universe at large and its purpose. The Qur’aan aids us in this quest, walking with us in this intellectual journey. It provides us with spiritual awareness and awakening, guiding us in all our endeavours. Someone having achieved such clarity can live with confidence and hope to scale great heights in this world and the hereafter.
Allah (subhaanahu wa Ta’ala) has established the primacy of the human race among all other creations in clear, categorical terms: lakad karramna bani adama— We have honored the sons of Adam, and— “We have indeed created man in the best of moulds.” [Quran, 95:4]
The physical capacities of human beings are formidable. They’re strong and agile, fast and efficient. This gives them an edge over other creatures. But our mental potential is really what puts us in a totally different league, leaving no room for competition from other creatures.
A Mental Creature
Man is fundamentally a mental creature. The intellectual quest and the pleasures arising from it are sublime. Human mental abilities make us indisputably the best among all creations.
But man will fall from grace if he doesn’t have the right attitude. Wise men will stay focused on eternal and permanent things rather than getting distracted with ephemeral, trifling affairs. We are, forever, servants of The Most High, The All Powerful. This is the single most important eternal truth for us. Allah (subhaanahu wa Ta’ala) has asserted man’s closeness with Him. Allah (subhaanahu wa Ta’ala) will help man in all his endeavours, worldly and spiritual, provided he has the right attitude.
Man’s distinction owes largely to his mental abilities. The Qur’aan rightly addresses his mental faculties, constantly urging its readers to be curious and contemplative. Every living thing is created from water. [Quran, 21:30]
The Qur’aan has asked men who lived fourteen odd centuries earlier to think about such profound phenomena.
It has always demonstrated high hopes for human beings, but we of the scientific era are obliged more than ever before to be curious in understanding the creation and functioning of this world. We have to witness and examine the creations and comprehend the Creator behind them. We have to acquire a comprehensive wisdom.
Opening Frontiers of Wisdom
Every day we’re blessed with new inventions, facilities and abilities. Time is getting more and more elastic for us. Human reach is expanding in all directions with every passing day. Yet unrevealed human potential is staggering. With the Qur’aan to guide us and with scientific inventions to give us perspective, unimaginable frontiers of wisdom open for us.
The Qur’aan has been sent to help man with the right spirit and energy to scale great heights. We ignore this at our own peril. The Qur’aan will guide its faithful reader through this world like a parent kindly and carefully aiding his child to cross a busy road. The Qur’aan makes the path to our destination much easier. Human society can’t survive without the Qur’aan, let alone develop. This is evident in the fact that Allah has promised to guard the Qur’aan.
Allah has sent the Qur’aan as a direction for all of humanity and as a blessing for its faithful readers. We should harness its positive energy and realize our full potential, mentally and physically. Drawing inspiration and courage from the Qur’aan, we can march ahead with confidence.
That is, in essence, going back to our roots.