Thursday, 22 October 2009

The Light of the Qur'an

Removing Darkness with the Light of the Qur’an

In the coming days the Hindus will be celebrating Divali, and as part of their custom they will be lighting their diyas with the philosophy that light removes darkness. What is unfortunate for them is that they focus on getting rid of the physical darkness by using the physical light and they pay no heed to the darkness that is within them.

The same thing the diyas does for the Hindus physically the Words of the Holy Qur’an does for the Muslims. One of the attributes of the Qur’an is light. Allah says in Surah Maa-idah;

       
“There hath come to you from Allah a (new) light and a perspicuous Book”
(Chapter 5, verse 15)

The Qur’an is that Book that guides and protects. For example when the Sahabas were going into battle they would have Surahs or ayats of the Qur’an written on their flags. Because the Qur’an has tremendous benefits Satan will try to divert our attention from it.

Today we see that people have no time to read the Qur’an. They are too busy and this is one avenue where Satan is gaining a foothold. In one narration Hazrat Uthman (ra) used to recite the entire Qur’an every night even though he was already given the glad tidings of entry into Paradise. What about us?

The more you read the Qur’an Allah will make your life easy, in this word and the next. Also, the Qur’an will act as an intercessor for us on that Great Day. No other creature has the blessing of reciting thr Glorious Words of Allah . There are so much benefits to be derived frrom reading it. Those of us who can read we must make every effort to read a little everyday and, insha Allah, Allah will give us the promised reward.

This is one way of representing Allah here on earth; man has the unique mission of reciting Allah's Words—those Words that He recited, some of them even before He created the universe—man has the mission of reciting them.

Because no other creature can do it the way man can read and recite, even the angels and the jinns come to listen when the Qur'an is being recited.

We beg Allah to increase us in knowledge and make us understand this tremendous blessing He has afforded us, and may He out of His Divine Grace and Mercy keep our hearts tied to the Qur’an.

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