To listen to the Halaqa click here Part 1 and Part 2. Today’s deed is one of the most important for the Ummah of Muhammad (saw), and with it one earns a level of affiliation to Allah [SWT]. Today’s most beloved deed to Allah [SWT] is contemplating the Qur’an, “Do they not then ponderon the Quran, or are there locks on the hearts? [47:24] First of all, what does the word “Qur’an” mean? If you look up books of Tafseer [exegesis] one of the most beautiful interpretations of the word is: it is a collection of all the fruits of the books revealed by Allah [SWT]. It was compiled, and then gifted to us the Ummah of Muhammad. I am surprised it’s not on the bestseller list, for it is the most read book on the face of the earth. They probably had to remove it, to make room for other books because it would claim the position of “Bestseller” eternally. So, you are Ummat [people] Al Qur’an; a title that you take on as a Muslim. But there’s a level higher than that: “The people of the Qur’an are the family of Allah and His chosen ones.” [Al-Hadeeth] They are those whose hearts are attached to the Qur’an. Allah [SWT] tells us to be kind to our families, maintain our ties with them. So imagine how kind Allah [SWT] will be towards His family and His chosen ones. When you take on this title, just imagine how the Prophet (saw) will receive you at his basin on the Day of Judgment, or how the Angel of Death will deal with your soul when it’s sent to bring it back to Allah [SWT]? Allah [SWT] loves the Qur’an and loves those who love it, for see how Allah [SWT] speaks of it: “Alif. Lam. Mim. This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah” [2:1-3] It is a book void of doubt. And it’s meanings are endless: “Say: If the sea were ink for the words of my Lord, the sea would surely be consumed before the words of my Lord are exhausted, though We were to bring the like of that (sea) to add” [18:109] So, today I want to take myself and you to this level. We want to be attached to this Qur’an, because we would be honored to be of those that the Prophet (saw) called “His family and His chosen ones.” In this world, we seek honor through associating ourselves with a certain tribe, family, person, company, university etc. But what better than Allah [SWT] inviting us Himself to such a level of closeness, a closeness that transcends this life. So, today we’re going to say to Allah [SWT], “There is no detail in my life that I will not come back to you for guidance. No matter the time or the place, your book is going to be my guide.” We want to be called on the Day of Judgment as Allah’s family and the chosen ones –forget our names they are worthless. This is the name we want to be called by.
How can we attain this level? By contemplating [Tadabur] the Qur’an, and this is every day not just in Ramadan. The word “Tadabur” comes from “dubur” meaning backside. So it means, that when you contemplate you do not scrape the surface but read deeper into the words for meaning. You read the Quran asking yourself, “What does Allah want to say to me today? What benefits me today?” If you do then Allah [SWT] will bless you with a mind that can penetrate deep into the meanings of the Qur’an. The Prophet (saw) says, “ Surely the person in whose heart lacks the trace of the Qur’an is like a ruined house.” (Tirmidhi) You wouldn’t he comfortable living in a ruined house—one that is not fit to be lived in. So imagine when your heart is in ruins, and it is not spiritually fit. For a heart without any Qur’an is void of meanings. Do you know Tony Blair? He says that he reads the Quran every day. He said: “I read the Koran every day, says former prime minister Tony Blair who claims it keeps him ‘faith-literate’” [read article here]. Do you read the Qur’an to be ‘faith-literate’? Or do you read so you can complete a Juzu a day, and complete the whole Qur’an in the month of Ramadan. Do the words slip off your tongue, or do its meanings settle in your heart and bring your closer to Allah? We don’t want the Qur’an to be in our midst in its outward form, and for nothing of Islam to be in our midst except its name. Allah [SWT] warns us in Surat Al Jumuah verse 5: “The metaphor of those who were charged with the Torah but then have not upheld it, is that of a donkey carrying books…” Qur’an was sent down as a book of guidance for people to observe.
Realize that the Qur’an is for each and everyone of us and not for ‘them’ whoever they are. We should realize it’s greatness and its impact on our lives, and not just use it to challenge others. It’s not just a way to fill your piggy bank with rewards. Allah [SWT] says in Surat Al Baqara: “Those to whom We have given the Book read it as it ought to be read. These believe in it. . . “ [2:121] The companions used to learn 10 ayat at a time, and not move on to the next 10 ayahs until they had put the previous ones into practice. Is that how you read the Qur’an? Do you pass by an ayah that orders you to do something and say, “Yes Sir”? Whenever you have a problem, do you turn to Allah’s book certain that His solutions will be the best for your situation? Whenever Umar Ibn Al Khattab was angry and someone reminded him of the Qur’an and the virtues of controlling ones temper he would immediately step on his brakes and soften. He realized that they were the words of Allah [SWT], the words with which the heavens and the earth and everything in it were created. They were created with “Be” and they were. We should also realize its healing quality, both physically and spiritually. For Allah [SWT] says, “It is a guidance and a healing for those who believe”. (41: 44) So when you approach it, approach it with certainty that it will heal you. Whether it is through taking medicine made out of actual chemicals—chemicals created by Allah [SWT] in the first place –or whether through its verses.
O Allah, we want to be of Your family and the chosen Ones. And we’re going to prove it to You by attaching ourselves to the Qur’an. We aren’t going to read just to finish it this Ramadan, but we will stop and contemplate and make it the light that guides our path to Jannah.