يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاءَتْكُمْ مَوْعِظَةٌ مِنْ رَبِّكُمْ وَشِفَاءٌ لِمَا فِي الصُّدُورِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
“O people, advice has come to you from your Lord and a cure for that which is in the chests and guidance and mercy for the believers”
(Surah Yunus, verse 57)
The above verse mentions 4 attributes of the Qur’an.
- It is an Advice for the people – reading the Qur’an makes one’s heart soft and receptive, from the barrier that we have created between us and Allah by acquiring the worldly life and indulging excessively.
- It is a Cure – Hassan al Basri says it removes the diseases of the heart, other scholars have said it is a cure for every disease physical and spiritual.
- Guidance is attained
- Allah’s mercy is attained
With that in mind, we should all try to complete the katam (recitation from beginning to end) of the Qur’an this Ramadan with understanding (reading the translation of the Qur’an).
تَعَاهَدُوا الْقُرْآنَ فَوَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ لَهُوَ أَشَدُّ تَفَصِّيًا مِنَ الإِبِلِ فِي عُقُلِهَا
“Keep on reciting the Qur’an, for, by Him in Whose Hand my life is, Qur’an runs away (is forgotten) faster than camels that are released from their tying ropes.” (Bukhari)
It is imperative that we make it a practice to recite the Quran each day, even if it is a paragraph. We need to create that time in our busy schedule e.g. before starting your day or when your retiring from a long eventful day. We need to make the Quran our companion inshAllah.
اللهم إني أسألك حبك، وحب من يحبك، والعمل الذي يبلغني حبك
“O Allah, I ask You for Your Love and the love of those who love You, and deeds which will cause me to attain Your Love” (Tirmidhi)
This month is passing by and the honest questions that we have to ask ourselves are, so far this month, how much have we done to spiritually uplift ourselves? How have we spent our days and nights? How much time have we spent in the remembrance of Allah?
We only have another 14 or 15 days remaining of this blessed month. We do not want to have any regrets and therefore today make personal goals on what you can do to bring yourself closer to Allah, to his book and his messenger so that you can reap as much reward and forgiveness from Almighty Allah.
Written by Umm Amaarah, mother of 2, qualified solicitor and Aalimiyyah student.