Also, in this month were revealed the scriptures of Ibrahim (as) and Musa (as), as well as the Zabuur and the Injeel. Indeed, this month is the most superior of months in which Allah revealed His final revelation, the Qur’an.
So in this month we recite the Qur’an everyday, we pray the Taraweeh salah in which the Qur’an is recited. But do we understand and practice this Qur’an? Aisha (ra) described the Prophet’s (saw) character as being the walking Qur’an, are we in our characters like the Qur’an. Do we implement in our lives? Do we feel the weight of the Qur’an on our shoulders? Do we feel the burden of the Qur’an? Have we realised the power and might of this Qur’an which revealed by the One Almighty in Power?
Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Hashr:
“Had We sent down this Qur’an on a mountain, you would surely have seen it humbling itself and split asunder (crumbling) by the fear of Allah. Such are the parables that We put forward to mankind that they may reflect.” [Al-Hashr, 59:21]
Let us ask ourselves, the Qur’an has been revealed to us, not to the mountain! Do we feel humbled by it?
“Such are the parables that We put forward to mankind that they may reflect.”
So what made Abdullah ibn Masud go out and recite this Qur’an in front of the Quraysh and endured a beating, fearing none but Allah.
So what made Abu Huraira (ra), one of the stars of the sky cry on his deathbed and he was asked: “What makes you cry?” He replied: “I do not cry for this world of yours, rather I cry over the long journey ahead of me and how few provisions I have with me. I am rising on a runaway to paradise and Hellfire and I do not know which of them it would lead to.”
What made Tariq bin Ziyad, the conqueror of Spain in the month of Ramadhan burn his boats motivating the Muslims that Paradise lay ahead of them and defeat and the sea to the rear, leading to the conquest of Spain in this blessed month.
“Verily Allah hath bought of the believers their lives and their riches for the price that theirs shall be the Garden” [Tawba, 9:111]
He was describing our time! Today the reciters may be many but the implementers are few.
Why is it that many Muslims come to the mosque and pray taraweeh – so we see the mosques are full but as soon as Eid comes, many people stop coming to the mosque, stop reading the Qur’an and even stop praying regularly. Today we read the Qur’an but do we implement it?
“O mankind! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that you may know one another. The noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is the best in conduct. Allah is the Knower, Aware.” [Hujraat, 49:13]
The Prophet s.a.w. said:
“Allah will elevate some nations through this book and degrade others with it” [Muslim]
Today the Qur’an is not implemented in our lands; if we look to the problems in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan or others, how do our countries deal with them? What solution do these people bring; do they look to the Qur’an and the Sunnah which tells us to liberate Muslim land and not to take the colonialists as our Allies? No! rather they run to America and the United Nations for solutions.
Ziyad ibn Labid narrated that Allah’s Messenger spoke of something and said: It will happen when knowledge will be no more. I said: Allah’s Messenger, how will knowledge vanish despite the fact that we will be reciting the Qur’an and teaching its recitation to our children and our children will teach its recitation to their children up to the Day of Resurrection? Thereupon he said: Ziyad, may your mother weep over you. I was of the opinion that you were one of those who have greatest understanding of religion in Medina. Do these Jews and Christians not recite the Torah and the Bible but not act according to what is contained in them? [Ahmad, Ibn Majah, Tirmidhi.]
Some Muslims have become like those who were chastised by the Prophet s.a.w. because they recite the Qur’an but do not act according to it in their lives, so limit the Qur’an to Ramadhan and not in the rest of their lives.
The leaders of the Muslim lands have made Bush their Mufassir, the White House their Qibla and hold fast to the rope of Kufr.
We need to take the Muhammad s.a.w. as our Mufassir, restore the Ka’ba as our Qibla and hold fast to the book of Allah. Allah says:
“And hold fast all together by the rope which Allah and be not divided among yourselves” [Al-Imran, 3:103]
We are in the month of reward in which the Qur’an was revealed, we must hold fast to the rope of Allah, we must recite the Qur’an, increase our understanding of it and implement it in our lives.
Abdullah ibn Abbas narrated that the Prophet s.a.w said:
“He in whose heart there is nothing of the Qur’an is like a house in ruin.” [Tirmidhi]
The Messenger s.a.w. said
“Learn the Qur’an and recite it, because the example of one who learns the Qur’an, reads it and recites it in Tahajjud is like an open bag full of musk, the fragrance whereof spreads over the entire place, and a person who has learnt the Qur’an but sleeps while the Qur’an is in his heart, is like a bag of musk but with its mouth closed” [Tirmidhi, Nisaa’i, Ibn Majah, Ibn Hibban]
The Prophet s.a.w. said:
“These hearts become rusty just as iron does when water affects it.” On being asked what could clear them he replied, “A great amount of remembrance of death and recitation of the Qur’an.”[Bayhaqi transmitted it in Shu’ab al-Iman. Abdullah ibn Umar narrated]
“ALIF-LAAM-RAA’. This is a Book we have revealed unto you, O Muhammad, in order that you may lead mankind out of darkness into the light”. [Ibrahim, 14:1]