03 Dec Mubaruk, Blessed!
Dear friends of The Quran,
In our journey of memorizing, and with schedules and goals, let us not forget the blessedness of The Words we preserve in our hearts.
This post presents beautiful reminders that resonated with me, and I pray so for you too:
One of the words used by Allāh ﷻ to describe the Qurʾān is mubārak, or blessed. This one-word description of the Qurʾān is actually very comprehensive. Every single aspect of the Qurʾān is blessed: its words, meanings, style, stories, commands, and prohibitions. Its recitation, memorization, interpretation, learning, and teaching are all acts of worship that bring huge amounts of rewards and blessings.
Part of its blessings is that those who learn it and teach it to others are considered to be the best of people. The Prophet ﷺ said, “The best amongst you are those who learn the Qurʾān and teach it.” For every single letter of the Qurʾān that is recited, a person is rewarded with a good deed that is multiplied by ten. “Whoever recites a letter from the book of Allāh, then for them is a good deed, and a good deed is multiplied by ten. I am not saying that Alif lām mīm is one letter, but alif is a letter, lām is a letter, and mīm is a letter.” The Qurʾān will intercede for its companion on the Day of Judgment. “Recite the Qurʾān because it will come as an intercessor for its companion on the Day of Judgment.” Through the Qurʾān, some nations are elevated while others are lowered.
There are several other narrations that mention the virtues, blessings, and rewards for reciting the words of Allah ﷻ. It is clear from these narrations that reading the Quran is not like reading any other book. That is because the Quran is not simply a book; it is the divine speech of Allah ﷻ — His words revealed to the Prophet ﷺ. It is the last and final revelation sent for the guidance of humanity for all times and all places. It is the primary source of beliefs, rituals, ethics, morals, and laws in Islam. Our entire lives as Muslims revolve around the teachings of the Quran. The primary objective of the Quran is for us to think, ponder, and reflect over its meanings. As Allah ﷻ tells us, “[This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muḥammad], that they might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded.”
The Quran is first and foremost a book of guidance. It contains guidance for every single aspect of human life. It contains a detailed explanation of what humanity needs in terms of guidance, success both in this life and the next and salvation. Allah ﷻ says, “This revelation is no fabrication: it is a confirmation of the truth of what was sent before it; an explanation of everything; a guide and a blessing for those who believe.” It should be treated as a personal guidebook: a roadmap towards faith, practice, morality, ethics, God-consciousness, obedience worship, paradise and essentially the Divine. One should take the time to read, reflect and ponder over the meanings of the verses and then internalize their message through practice. “We have made it easy to learn lessons from the Quran: will anyone take heed?”
By: Furhan Zubairi