The Qur'anNihat Temel, PhD
“This Qur’an does indeed show the straightest way. It gives the faithful who do right the good news that they will have a great reward.” (17:9)
The Qur’an, which we are required to believe in and whose rulings we are expected to abide by, has declared and circumscribed the purpose of life. The Qur’an has classified the purpose of life according to people’s understandings. Just as one must read a user’s guide and use it accordingly before operating a simple household appliance for the first time, Allah the Almighty, who has created mankind and equipped him with resources, has provided the divine guide, the Holy Qur’an, which will be a source of happiness both in this world and the hereafter, easing our journey as it illuminates the road before us.
The Qur’an is life itself, which this is why Sayyida Aisha (ra), when asked about the life and the manners of the Messenger of Allah, would answer by saying, “His life is the Qur’an [itself]”.
|The Holy Qur’an was not revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) solely as a means to keep out of harms way, or to be read at graveyards while mourning; nor was it written down and committed to memory just so that its spirit would be espoused and its orders abandoned|
The Holy Qur’an was not revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) solely as a means to keep out of harms way, or to be read at graveyards while mourning; nor was it written down and committed to memory just so that its spirit would be espoused and its orders abandoned.
The Holy Qur’an was revealed in order to bring people goodness and happiness. A Muslim who does not apply the teachings of the book of Allah to their lives is much like a confused person who, despite having a lit lamp, blows it out and expects to be led by the blind.
This is why the Qur’an, which is an unparalleled legal system and source of conviction, is the most superior path in life that provides humans with happiness and an immaculate economic order, protecting its pertinence and youthfulness at all times and in all places.
We must live in full adherence to the Qur’an and refer to it in every aspect of our daily lives, be it social or economic; because the Qur’an is where we can find divine orders and all which is unlawful. However, it also teaches us that there is a reward for work, gaining knowledge, waging war against ignorance, attaining the highest form of knowledge and science, maintaining awareness of our comings and goings, and allowing for us to see the good as good and the bad as bad. It ordains that we read it and understand it to the best of our ability, while applying its teachings to our daily lives.
In short, the Holy Qur’an is the only life directive that allows individuals, families and nations to attain happiness, as well as ease mental anguish, do away with financial misery, and open the gateway towards a spiritual and humane development, allowing people to live righteous lives that observe justice, freedom and equality. The Qur’an is a book that will enlighten not only our earthly existence, but the next stage of our lives, which will begin with our death.
|The Qur’an is a divine proclamation, whose single word has not been altered for 15 centuries, and not a single letter has been altered, nor a single clause changed|
The Qur’an is financial and spiritual wealth. There is no such thing as poverty after believing and experiencing it.
Whosoever takes the Holy Qur’an as a measure, will be lead to heaven. Whosoever does not regard this book as important and opposes its principles, will be dragged to hell.
The Qur’an is the word of Allah the Almighty.
The Qur’an comprises of 6666 verses and 114 chapters.
The Qur’an is a book of magnificence that provides spiritual joy with each reading, never leaving the reader in a state of weariness.
The Qur’an is the Kitab al munzal (The book of descension). It is not the Kitab al mudawwan (The book of codification)
The Qur’an is divine rule which, through every sentence, contains judgments on the world, the afterlife, law, social, political and financial matters. “…and there falls not a leaf but He knows it, nor a grain in the darkness of the earth, nor anything green nor dry but (it is all) in a clear book.”
The Qur’an is not a book that is sufficient to govern a village or a township; it’s a book of greatness that is sufficient to rule the whole world.
The Qur’an is the greatest miracle of our Prophet, the Sultan of the Prophets.
We have sent down the Qur’an Ourself, and We Ourself will guard it. Even before you [Prophet].” (15:9)
Humanity is in need of the Qur’an’s restorative cure.
One who does not believe in the Qur’an, will not be at peace with himself or his environment.
Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, at-Taj.V. IV.pg.5
As is evident, the Holy Qur’an is the only prevention of devastation; it is the only means of elevation and progression, and the only solution to all forms of unrest.
Even if the grandchildren of a nation have lived in accordance to the Qur’an, achieved honor and glory through the Qur’an, become an example to the world through the Qur’an, and disbursed justice throughout the world through the Qur’an, but today have entered into a state of depression and despair, it is only due to their distancing themselves from the Qur’an.
|Place the Qur’an at the center of your life in such a way that without it, your life would be a life without Allah (swt). The Qur’an is a means by which individuals can know Allah and know themselves|
Place the Qur’an at the center of your life in such a way that without it, your life would be a life without Allah (swt). The Qur’an is a means by which individuals can know Allah and know themselves.
Before you begin to read the Qur’an, evaluate your heart and mind, and make sure that it is in a sound state.
When sitting down to read the Qur’an, feel as though you have knelt before the spiritual presence of Allah such that your Lord is addressing you and you are listening with full attentiveness so as not to miss a single word.
Read the Qur’an as though it is being revealed to you. Personalize each of the addresses in the text as though it is to you. Put yourself in the place of each protagonist in the stories shared.
When reading the Qur’an, make the following supplication, “Oh Allah, open me to it and it to me.” If you don’t have a grasp of Arabic while reading the Qur’an, then at least memorize the meaning of the short chapters that you recite in your daily prayers.
Tell your children the heroic stories of the Qur’an, such as those of Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh), Prophet Ismail (pbuh), Prophet Yusuf (pbuh) and Prophet Isa (pbuh). Make the heroes of the Holy Qur’an their role models, before popular culture infiltrates them with other false sports idols and pop icons.
In order to understand the spirit and the essence of revelation, read the life of the Messenger of Allah.
Do your mind justice by memorizing verses from the Qur’an and sound books of hadith. This will increase your knowledge and further your discourse. Furthermore, you won’t be confined to reciting your prayers with limitations -- namely the last few chapters of the Qur’an -- for the rest of your life.
Not letting yourself memorize even small excerpts and short verses is a form of deprivation. Understand and be able to explain the meaning of the verses of the Qur’an that you recite in your daily prayers. Soon you will see that you have gained a different kind of gratification from your prayers.