From the Second Type of Qur’an Recitation
Sheikh Muhammad Bin Saleh Bin ‘Uthaymeen
My brothers: We spoke in the fifth majlis about one of the types of recitation of Qur’an. We will talk about the second type which is reciting with belief and following what it orders and staying away from what it prohibits.
Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an, “(Here is) a Book which We have sent down unto thee, full of blessings, that they may mediate on its Signs, and that men of understanding may receive admonition.” To this extent is what the pious predecessors used to learn Qur’an, and believe in it, and follow its rulings. Abu Abdurrahman Asulme (RA) said, “The people that used to recite the Qur’an such as Uthman bin Affan, Abdullah bin Masood, and others, told us that when they learned from the Messenger (SAW) ten verses they would not keep learning unless they knew all of the knowledge and action associated with the ten verses. They said, “We would learn the Qur’an and knowledge and the actions all together.”” This is the type of recitation which will bring either happiness or misery. Allah (SWT) says, “and he who follows My guidance will not go astray, and neither will he be unhappy. But as for him who shall turn away from remembering Me – his shall be a life of narrow scope and on the Day of Resurrection We shall raise him up blind. [And so, on Resurrection Day, the sinner] will ask: “O my Sustainer! Why hast Thou raised me up blind, whereas [on earth] I was endowed with sight? [God] will reply: “Thus it is: there came unto thee Our messages, but thou wert oblivious of them; and thus shalt thou be today consigned to oblivion!” For, thus shall We recompense him who wastes his own self and does not believe in his Sustainer’s messages: and, indeed, the suffering [of such sinners] in the life to come shall be most severe and most enduring. Allah shows us in these noble verses the reward for following its guidance that was revealed to the Messengers, and shows the punishment of those who turn away. As for those who follow the guidance they will not be lead astray nor will they be unhappy. They will have happiness in this life as well as the next. As for the ones who turn away and are arrogant on acting on the Qur’an then it is misery and misguidance in this world and the next, they will have a life of narrow scope and depression with an incorrect Aqeedah. And no righteous actions in this live “Those are like cattle, nay they are more misguided, they are the heedless.” They will be heavily constricted and confined in the grave. They will be gathered on the Day of Judgment blind, “On the Day of Judgment We shall gather, them together, prone on their faces, blind, dumb, and deaf: their abode will be Hell: every time it shows abatement, We shall increase from them the fierceness of the Fire.” So when they closed their eyes in this world to the truth, and didn’t listen to the truth, nor did they speak the truth, “They say: “Our hearts are under veils, (concealed) from that to which thou dost invite us, and in our ears in a deafness, and between us and thee is a screen: so do thou (what thou wilt); for us, we shall do (what we will!)” Allah gives them in the afterlife similar to what they were on in this life and will neglect them like they neglected the religion. “”O my Sustainer! Why hast Thou raised me up blind, whereas [on earth] I was endowed with sight?” “A fitting recompense (for them)” “but if any does evil, the doers of evil are only punished (to the extent) of their deeds.” The Prophet (SAW) asked, “Did anyone of you see a dream?” So dreams would be narrated to him by those whom Allah wished to tell. One morning the Prophet said, “Last night two persons came to me (in a dream) and woke me up and said to me, ‘Proceed!’ I set out with them and we came across a man Lying down, and behold, another man was standing over his head, holding a big rock. Behold, he was throwing the rock at the man’s head, injuring it. The rock rolled away and the thrower followed it and took it back. By the time he reached the man, his head returned to the normal state. The thrower then did the same as he had done before. I said to my two companions, ‘Subhan Allah! Who are these two persons…As for the first man you came upon whose head was being injured with the rock, he is the symbol of the one who studies the Quran and then neither recites it nor acts on its orders, and sleeps, neglecting the enjoined prayers.” On Ibn Abbas (RA) that the Prophet (SAW) said in the Hajjatul Wad’ah, “O people! Satan has given up hope that he will ever be worshipped in this land of yours, so he is content that he is obeyed in whatever remains other than that, especially the evil acts that you belittle. Therefore, beware of his danger to your religion. I have left with you two things, and if you hold to them, you will never fall into misguidance, for they are plain and clear: the book of Allah (the Qur’an) and the sunnah of his prophet.” (Graded Saheeh by alhakim) In Saheeh Muslim the Prophet (SAW) said, “The Qur’an is a proof for or against you.” Slaves of Allah, this is the Qur’an which if it were revealed on a mountain it would humble itself and cleave asunder from the fear of Allah. How many verse are recited on us and our hearts are like stones or harder? And how many Ramadhans will pass by and our situation is like those who are in misery. Where are we amongst those who when they hear the call of Allah they answer it, and if the verses of Allah are recited on us or hearts are filled with fear? Those are the people whom Allah is pleased with and they know the truth and rightfully deserve their reward.
Ibn Mas’ood (RA) said, “It is a must for the recitor of the Qur’an to recite at night when the people are sleeping, and during the day when they are eating, and with weeping when the people are laughing, with piety when they are heedless, and with sadness when the people are happy.”
My brothers: Be mindful and remember the Qur’an before it is too late. And be mindful of its boundaries. And know that it can either be a witness for you or against you. “and a Day on which the evildoer will bite his hands [in despair], exclaiming: “Oh, would that I had followed the path shown to me by the apostle! Oh, woe is me! Would that I had not taken so-and-so for a friend! Indeed, he led me astray from the remembrance [of God] after it had come unto me!” For [thus it is:] Satan is ever a betrayer of man. AND [on that Day] the Apostle will say: “O my Sustainer! Behold, [some of] my people have come to regard this Qur’an as something [that ought to be] discarded! For so it is that against every prophet We have set up enemies from among those who are lost in sin: yet none can guide and give succour as thy Sustainer does!”