By Ni'mah Ali
The world has never been so advanced before; at least that’s what some people claim these days. There is always something new to do, to see and to discover. There is much new technology and new ones coming out every day. Everyone is chasing money, education to advance his/her life, or working hard to buy the newest iphone, car, TV, or whatever else that's in style. People are busy, whether they are single, married, young or old. Some of us have work all day, and by the time we come out of work, we are too exhausted to do anything else other than sleep so we can repeat the same thing again tomorrow. Others are students. They have exams, papers and projects to worry about. And some are parents with little children, and we can just imagine the time and work that goes into raising good children these days. After all of the important things are done, some of us must have our own “self” time. We must watch our favorite TV shows, or perhaps read a good book. There’s only 24 hours in a day. With so many things to do, we are lucky if we can remember Allah, right? Wrong! We must always make time for Allah in our lives no matter how busy we are because Allah is the most important and none should come before Allah. There are many different ways we can remember Allah, but one of the best ways of remembering Allah is by reciting and understanding the Quran. The Quran is indeed the word of Allah. Therefore, the more you read the Quran, the more you will remember Allah. And what is better than remembering Allah the all mighty and powerful.
How many of us put aside some time from our busy lives to listen, recite and ponder over the Quran? When was the last time you picked up a Quran and recited from it longer than thirty minutes? When was the last time you were moved to tears when you read one of Allah’s verses in the Quran? When was the last time you actually felt bad for not reciting and reading the Quran? The Quran has so much benefit but only those who love it, recite, and act according to it can truly understand the Quran‘s benefits, miracles and greatness. If you are one of the few people who actually make it a priority to read at least some of the Quran every day, masha-Allah great, keep up the good work and may Allah bless, and reward you. But if you are one of those people who’s Quran is collecting dust somewhere in his/her house, then shame on you, because you don’t know what you are missing. Suggestion: run right now and go read the Quran, even if it maybe one or two ayahs.
The Quran is essential to have in our lives. It is the source for our religion. It is our guide, and our light. We must learn it, teach it if we can but most importantly; we must act accordingly to it in the best way we can. The Quran never seizes to amaze those who ponder over it. Every ayah (verse), and every surah(chapter) is so unbelievably amazing, interesting and sweet, that there will be no doubt in the readers mind who it came from, Allah of course. The more one learns the Quran, the more they will learn about Allah. The more Quran is recited, read, and understood, the more the hearts will fill up with love for Allah, and this beautiful religion: Islam. The Quran is unique and from the first surah, to the last surah; it is accurate, amazing and fascinating in every sense of the word. One will only discover and know this fact by reading it and learning it. Learning the Quran should be on top of the list of things to do in every Muslim person‘s life.
Though the Quran in its entirety is a great miracle and guide from Allah the Great, let’s take just one surah to prove that the Quran is indeed a miracle, unique and Allah’s words. Sura Al-Asr is one of the shortest surahs in the Quran, yet Allah has summed up what life is all about for human beings in this single, short surah. Let’s take a look at what the Sura says, InshaAllah.
1. By Al-`Asr(time.) (2. Verily, man is in loss.) (3. Except those who believe and do righteous deeds, and recommend one another to the truth, and recommend one another to patience.) Quran: 103
Isn’t this what life is all about? No matter how rich, or poor, how great your lineage, tribe or your nation is, if you are disobedient and an non believer, then you are in loss. It does not matter how much wealth and materialistic things you own, in the end, you are in loss, a great one at that. (Except those who believe and do righteous good deeds) So Allah makes an exception, among the species of man being in loss, for those who believe in their hearts and work righteous deeds with their limbs. Look at how great this surah is…SubhanaAllah! Imam Shafi’ said about this particular surah the following: "If the people were to ponder on this Surah, it would be sufficient for them.''
May Allah give each and every Muslim person who recites and learns the Quran for Allah’s sake great benefit and award both in this world and in the hereafter. May Allah make us those we will be among the Ahlu Quran on judgment day…Amin
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