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Encyclopedic Facts about The Holy Quran
The special parts of the Quran which were received from below the Divine Throne.
In one report it is mentioned that the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him has stated that he had received four special gifts from below the Divine Arsh which no one except him has received. They were, Surah Fatihah, the Ayatul Kursi, the last verses of the Surah Baqarah and Surah Kauther. In one report mentioned by Hadrat Sayyiduna Hasan Basri May Allah have mercy upon him, it is mentioned that the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him has declared that whoever reads Surah Fatihah, it is as if he has recited the Taurah, the Injeel, the Zabur and the Quran. It is also mentioned that there were four occasions on which the satan displayed immense regret and frustration.
The first occasion is when he was Divinely cursed. The second was when he was expelled from the heavens, The third occasion is when the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him was blessed with Prophet hood and the fourth occasion was when Surah Fatihah was revealed. Some Ulama have actually mentioned that Surah Fatihah is actually the Ism-e-Azam and should be recited for various reasons. There are two methods for this. The first is that this should be recited forty one times for forty days in between the Sunnah and Fard of the Fajr salah.
The method is that the last “meem” of the Bismillah should be joined with the “lam” of the Al hamdu lillah. Insha Allah, whatever you have made intention for, it will be accepted. If there is a person who has suffered black magic or any other illness, this should be read and damm made on water and drunk. The second method is that on the first Saturday of the new month, again in between the Sunnah and Fard of Fajr, one should read this in the same method of joining the meem with the lam seventy times. One should continue in this manner every day deceasing it ten times every day. This would be completed in one week.
If the intention of the person is accepted in the first month, then he may stop. Otherwise, he should continue this action on the second or even the third month. One can also read this Surah seven times for toothache or abdominal pains. He has to read this Surah and then make Damm on the affected spot.
In the Muslim shareef, there is a report from Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Abbas May Allah have mercy upon him that the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him once stated, “One of the doors in the heavens has opened which had never opened before this. An angel then appeared from this door. The Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him also mentioned that he was given glad tidings which were never given to anyone before him. The first was Surah Baqarah and the second was the last ruku of Surah Baqarah.” The reason that both of these have been referred to as Nur is because on the day of Judgement it will walk before those who used to recite them in the world.
Hadrat Sayyiduna Ata bin Abi Rabaah May Allah have mercy upon him narrates that information has reached him that without doubt, the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him has mentioned that, “Whichever person reads Surah Yaseen during the early part of the day, all his needs for that day will be fulfilled.”. (Daarimi).
There are numerous reports about the excellence of Surah Yaseen. In one report it is mentioned that for everything there is a heart and the heart of the Quran is Surah Yaseen. Whoever recites Surah Yaseen, the Almighty will bless him with the reward of having recited three Qurans. In one report it is mentioned that both Surah Yaseen and Surah Ta Ha were mentioned by the Almighty nearly a thousand years before the creation of the heavens and earth.
When the Angels heard these words, they declared, “Glad tidings for that nation upon whom will be revealed this Quran. Glad tidings upon those hearts who will carry these words, (in other words, those who will memorize these surahs). Glad tidings upon those tongues who will mention these words.” In one report it is mentioned that whoever recites Surah Yaseen strictly for the Divine Pleasure of the Almighty, all his sins will be pardoned.
We have therefore being advised by the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him to recite this for our deceased Muslims. It is reported that in the Taurah, this surah has been referred to as “Mun’imah”. There is immense benefit in both worlds for those who read this surah. It also eliminates the difficulties of both worlds.
This surah has also been referred to as “Raafi’ah and Khaafidah”. In other words, a surah which elevates the status of a believer and lowers the position of a disbeliever. Once, the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him mentioned, “It is my wish that Surah Yaseen be in the heart of every follower of mine.” In one report it is mentioned that, that person who recites Surah Yaseen every night and then passes away, he will be recorded as being among the martyrs. Another report mentions that he who recites Surah Yaseen will be pardoned.
Another report mentions that he who recites the Surah Yaseen while being in the state of hunger, his hunger would dissipate. He who recites this for the purpose of find a path after getting lost, he will find the right path. He who recites it because his animal has become lost, he will find his animal. He who recites it because he feels that the food would become short, the food would become sufficient. He who recites it near a person who is close to death, this state would become easier for the person. He who recites near a female who is experiencing pain during birth, she will deliver more easily.
Imam Muqri May Allah have mercy upon him mentions that when a person fears a king or an enemy, he should recite surah Yaseen and through this, his fear will disappear. It is mentioned that he who recites surah Yaseen and surah Was Saffaat on the day of Jumuah and then makes dua to Allah, his dua will be accepted.
Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Mas’ud May Allah have mercy upon him narrates that the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him has stated that, “That person who reads Surah Waaqi’ah every night, he will never suffer poverty.” The eminent companion used to also advise his sons to recite this Surah every night. (Imam Bahiqi in the Shuhubul Imaan).
There is no doubt that there are many reports which testify to the excellence of Surah Waaqi’ah. In one report it is mentioned that whoever recites Surah Hadeed, Surah Waaqi’ah and Surah Ar Rahman, he is referred to as a person who will dwell in Jannatul Firdous.
In one report it is mentioned that Surah Waaqi’ah is actually Suratul Ghina (bounty or riches). One should recite this Surah and teache one’s children to recite this surah. In another report, it is also mentioned that one should also teach one’s wife this surah.
Hadrat Sayyidah Ayesha May Allah have mercy upon her has also placed great emphasis on reciting this surah. At the same time, do not make the intention to read it for a few cents. Make the intention of achieving the Divine Pleasure of the Almighty. If one makes the intention of enriching one’s heart for the benefit of Islam, in this manner, one is able to achieve the happiness of both words.
How a person was saved by the Quran.
A few friends of mine reported this incident to me and it also appeared in the local newspaper at the time. It is mentioned that there was once a person whose name was AK Fadul Haq who used to be a representative one time of the Muslim League and was also a governor one time of some region in Bengal and Calcutta. One day, he decided to book a first class reservation on a train from Delhi to Calcutta. However, when most of his goods arrived in his cabin, he asked his servant whether the box which carried the Quran had already been placed in the cabin.
The servant mentioned that this had not yet been done. When he heard this reply, he was extremely angry and mentioned, “I had mentioned to you on numerous occasions that the first item which should be placed in the cabin is the Holy Quran. Therefore, remove all the other boxes from the cabin and I am not prepared to travel on this train.” Subsequently, all the luggage was removed from the train and this person took the next train to Calcutta. Another interesting thing is that there were also Hindus on the train who began to laugh about the entire thing and began to joke among themselves that this person was nothing but a religious fanatic by displaying so much of respect for the Quran.
However, the amazing thing is that when this same train was about to arrived in Calcutta, there was a huge bomb blast on the train and many people were either killed or seriously injured. When news of this incident reached AK Fadul Haq, he also mentioned that there were many attempts on his life by Hindu radicals and he saw this as nothing but as a miracle of the Quran. He also publicly announced that as long as the Quran was in his possession, no one could harm him in anyway. Some of the Hindus who survived this blast also later reported that they had joked about this person and the manner in which he displayed respect for the Quran. However, only later they realized that the joke was on them.
There is no doubt that if we have strong belief and certainty on the Quran, no one will be able to cause any damage or harm to us.
Even the great poet, Iqbal was also someone who kept repeating the message of the Quran in most of his poems and kept reminding the Muslims of the importance of the Quran.
Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah May Allah have mercy upon him narrates that the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him has stated that, “There is such a Surah in the Quran in which there are thirty verses which will be able to intercede for those who recite it until they are pardoned and that surah is Surah Mulk.” (Abu Daud, Imam Ahmed, Nisaa’i, Ibn Maja, Imam Haakim, Ibn Habban etc).
Even in regard to this surah, the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him has mentioned that it is his wish that this surah be in the hearts of all Muslims. In one report it is mentioned that whoever recites surah Mulk and surah Sajdah between the Maghrib and Esha salah, then it is as if he has stayed awake for the night of Qadr. In another report it is mentioned that whoever recites these two surahs, he will earn seventy rewards and seventy sins of his will be pardoned. In another reward, it is mentioned that he will receive the same reward as a person receives in the night of Qadr. (Al Mazaahir).
In the Tirmidi shareef it is reported from Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Abbas May Allah have mercy upon him that once a few companions camped at a certain place and near that area there was also a grave. Suddenly one of the blessed companions heard the sound of someone reading Surah Mulk coming from that grave. They then reported this to the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him who replied, “Surah Mulk is something which stops the punishment in the grave and something which saves a person.” Hadrat Sayyiduna Jabir May Allah have mercy upon him also reports that the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him never went to sleep without first reciting Surah Mulk and Surah Sajdah.
Hadrat Sayyiduna Khalid bin Ma’daan May Allah have mercy upon him narrates that, “news reached me that there was once a person who was a major sinner but he used to also recite Surah Sajdah. Besides this, he never recited anything else. However, when he died, this Surah spread over him like a huge wing and mentioned to the Almighty that this person had always read Surah Sajdah. With the result of this, the intercession of this surah was accepted and it was told that for every sin this person had committed, one good deed be recorded.”
The same person reports that this surah argues on behalf of the person in the grave. It also says that if it is a surah of the Quran then its intercession be accepted or else it be removed from the Quran. It transforms into the shape of a bird and spreads its wing over the deceased person. It also becomes a barrier against any punishment for this person in the grave. The same type of report has also been mentioned about Surah Mulk. It is also mentioned that Hadrat Sayyiduna Khalid bin Ma’daan May Allah have mercy upon him never to used to sleep without first reciting both these surahs. Hadrat Sayyiduna Ta’oos May Allah have mercy upon him also mentions that these surahs also have seventy more rewards in them than other surahs.
Bear in mind that punishment in the grave is no small matter. The first stage of a person in the hereafter will be the grave. It is mentioned that when Hadrat Sayyiduna Uthman Ghani May Allah have mercy upon him used to stand near a grave, he used to weep to such a degree that his beard became wet with tears.
He used to also mention that he heard the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him mention that the first stage in the hereafter is the grave and if one achieves salvation at this place, all the other stages become easier and if the person does not receive salvation at this place, then all other stages become more difficult. He has also mentioned that there is nothing more terrifying than the grave. There are many amazing stories of people receiving guidance through the Quran. We will present a few of them at this juncture.
From darkness to light.
The following is an account of a person named Mahmud Bey Misri. He narrates, “I had lived many years in France and kept hearing about the good qualities of a certain doctor. In fact one of the surprising thing is that the people I heard these comments from were actually people who were themselves not sick people.
The name of the doctor was Doctor Ghareenah. He was also a member of the French parliament. However, when he saw what was happening in a so called democracy and the manner in which the rights of people were being trampled underfoot, he decided to resign from his position and retire to a small village on the outskirts of the French capital.
When I heard about this and I also heard that for some reason also he had accepted Islam, I decided to travel to the small village to meet this doctor. My purpose of visiting him was to find out why he had accepted Islam. The surprising thing is that when I entered the village, I noticed that most of the people I met were also speaking very highly of this doctor.
When I finally met him, the first question I asked was how he had become a Muslim. He replied, “I became a Muslim after looking at only one single verse of the Quran.” He also mentioned that he had never studied the Quran and that he had never ever met any Muslims prior to him accepting Islam. He then started to explain his story. He revealed, “I spent most of my youth in the sea. In fact, I enjoyed these journeys so much that it was like I was convinced I was someone who was born in the water. I also began to think that this was the actual purpose of my life.
During one of these journeys, I happen to look at a French translation of the Quran. I also happen to look carefully at one verse from Surah Nur. In this verse, the state and condition of a misled person is being explained. It is also mentioned that the state of this person is like that person in a dark night who waves his hand and legs in panic.
He began to explain that he was amazed by the description which he had seen in the Quran. In fact, this description on the Quran was a clear proof on the actual authenticity of the Quran.”
However, I was not satisfied by this explanation and asked him to to explain further. He then recited the same verse to me. This is the 40th verse of surah Nur which is:
اَوْکَظُلُمٰتٍ فِیۡ بَحْرٍ لُّجِّیٍّ یَّغْشٰىہُ مَوْجٌ مِّنۡ فَوْقِہٖ مَوْجٌ مِّنۡ فَوْقِہٖ سَحَابٌ ؕ ظُلُمٰتٌۢ بَعْضُہَا فَوْقَ بَعْضٍؕ اِذَاۤ اَخْرَجَ یَدَہٗ لَمْ یَکَدْ یَرٰىہَا ؕ وَ مَنۡ لَّمْ یَجْعَلِ اللہُ لَہٗ نُوۡرًا فَمَا لَہٗ مِنۡ نُّوۡرٍ ﴿۴۰﴾٪
Or like realms of darkness on a deep sea, which is covered by a wave, the wave covered by another wave, and above it is a cloud; layers of darkness upon darkness; if he removes his hand it does not seem visible; and the one to whom Allah does not provide light – there is no light for him anywhere.
When I looked at this verse and what was said in this verse, I was also shocked to learn that the Prophet of Islam had not made any sea journey and yet, these words were exactly explaining the state of a person who was on a sea voyage in the dead of night when all around him there was pitch darkness. I then realised that firstly, everyone knew that he had not received any formal education and secondly, he had never undertaken any journey yet this Quran was exactly explaining the state of person under these conditions. I then began to look at other verses of the Quran and came to the conclusion that this was indeed the Divine Words of the Almighty.” (Islam zindabad. by Abdul Majeed Quraishi).
This story appeared in the Quran number narrated by a person named Abdus Samad As Saarim Al Azhari. He mentions, “From a very young age, I was always interested and showed great interest in two things. The first was knowledge and the second was practise on this knowledge. Whenever I had the opportunity, I studied books from every religion and whenever I found something interesting, I adopted that practise in my daily living.
One day, I found a book which explained that it is Mustahab to keep a container of water for Wudu for the next salah after completing ones Wudu and it then became my habit to do this all the time. In brief, whether it was a minor or major issue, I always made sure that if I found interest in it, I also practised on that.
As I grew older this urge and interest in reading did not cease but continued to increase in leaps and bounds. I then searched for all types of material written by writers from different religions and did not leave the book until I had completed reading it in full. One day, I found a book written by Sir Sayed Ahmed Khan called “Tehzeeb Al Ikhlaq”. I became so interested in this book that after completing it, I began to dislike and hate everything which was considered as old and ancient. I felt that my eyes had finally “opened”. As I began to read more and more books of this person, I also began to disbelieve in things like Mo’jizah and karamat. In fact, I began to doubt everything which was even remotely connected to religion.
I then became an atheist and began to dislike religion and all those associated with religion. In fact, I began to think that everything connected with religion was just a rumour and based on lies and fables. In like manner, I also began to think of the Quran in the same manner. I felt that this book had no other message but merely declaring certain things as haraam, halal etc.
I began to think that alcohol was something consumed by different religions and yet, according to the Quran, this was Haram. Adultery which is considered a common practise among the people in Europe is again declared as Haram in the Quran. Gambling which is practised by all the modern countries of the world in which there is much benefit, is considered as Haram. In fact, everything in Islam is considered as Haram. To shave the beard is haram, to wear a pants which goes below the ankle is haram. In fact, most things are considered as haram. Was there anything in the Quran which was considered as halal? Such was my doubt about the Quran. I also felt that if this book did not exist, there would be more advancement in the world, (ma’azallah).
One day, in this state of anger, I threw the Quran on the floor. However, the minute I did this, I felt something like a strong current which spread through my body. My legs also began to throb with pain. I also brushed away all these fears and apprehension and thought that this was nothing but fables.
I then visited some of the best physicians in the area and also remained very firm on a strict diet regime which was given to me by this people. However, none of these things helped me. During these days of immense illness, I suddenly experienced an internal revolution and my thoughts of the Quran suddenly changed. Since I had given up hope in all these medications and the physicians who were treating me, one day, I placed the Quran in front of me and made a promise to the Almighty that if I recovered from my illness, I will serve the Quran my entire life. I will not bother about wealth or riches also.
Suddenly, the pain in my legs disappeared and without the help of any medication or doctors, I had once again regained my health. In fact, whatever the doctors had ordered me not to eat, I continued to consume these items and still my health remained the same. In fact, I became even more healthy. I then wrote a book called “Taarike Quran”. I had also searched most of the books which are found in various Egyptian museums and had prepared this treatise of mine. In fact, this book did so well that this is the fourth edition which is now in print. In fact, such is the greatness of this book that various other writers around the world have actually used it as a reference material
There is no doubt that a Muslim takes time to become a kaafir when he travels the path I travelled and when he decides to accept Islam once again, he also takes time. In fact, one of the great doubts I had in mind was that the path of spirituality was far better explained in the Hindu books than the Quran. The path explained in the Quran was extremely confusing and difficult while the path explained in Vedas was simple.
I also felt that those who had followed the Bhagwat Gita were people who had performed many immense spiritual penitence and had become successful.
However, one night, while I slept, I saw a dream in which the Quran clearly made the Vedas speechless. I also saw that it was very simple to walk on the path of the Quran while it was extremely confusing to walk on the path of the Vedas or any other book. A few days later, I realized that this was nothing but satanic thoughts and that there was no truth at all in any other book except the Quran.
In fact, that which is taught by the Hindu religion is nothing but monk hood which has nothing to do with the guidance of mankind but merely takes care of the wishes and whims of a few people and that too, at the end, they find nothing but the fire of hell. From that moment onwards, I divorced my self from all of these satanic writings and only concentrated on the message and advice of the Holy Quran.”
I once heard this strange story from certain influential people in Panipat. There was once a Qari saheb who lived in that village who people used to refer to as Qari Lala. (In fact, there is a great possibility that his name was actually L’al Mohammed). His miracle or karamat was that as long as people heard him read the Quran, no one moved or walked away. It did not matter whether it was a Muslim or a non Muslim. People only continued walking when he had gone into ruku! Another miracle which is attributed to him is that once he was travelling somewhere with some of his students and the time of Maghrib appeared. At the same time, everyone was concerned about where they would get water from to make Wudu.
Nearby, there was a well which had a water wheel attached to it but it was not moving. However, when Qari Lala began to read the Quran, the wheel started to spin on its own and in this way people were able to get water. When everyone had performed their Wudu and salah and carried on walking, the wheel continued to spin.
In the year 1857 when the English had withdrawn the pardon of the people of this region, Qari Lala moved to Constantinople. (Bear in mind that the people in Panipat had also instigated a rebellion against the British). At that time, Constantinople was under Turkish rule and the Uthmaniyyah dynasty. The leader of the Muslims was Sultan Abdul Hameed Khan. Since he was very old and also a qualified Haafiz of the Quran, he requested the Shaikhul Islam of the area to sent a Haafiz to his residence so that the Taraweeh could be completed in his residence.
The Shaikhul Islam then sent a message around the city that all those who were qualified Qaris and Hafiz of the Quran should record their names on a special register and one of these names would be chosen. None of the Qaris or Haafiz of the Quran were prepared to record their names, however, Qari Lala mentioned to the Shaikhul Islam that his name be presented. Again the Shaikhul Islam made it clear that the Sultan himself was a qualified Hafiz and only those people could recite the Quran in front of him who were of the same qualification. However, Qari Lala insisted that he saw no problem in this and that he will certainly be able to recite the Quran in front of the Sultan. When this was done, the Sultan mentioned that he should first present himself in front of the Sultan and read the Quran as a test and only then would he be allowed to perform the Taraweeh. When Qari Lala had recited a few pages, the Sultan was so impressed that he insisted that this Qari and Hafiz from India be allowed to perform the Taraweeh in his palace.
When he had completed the Taraweeh, the Sultan ordered the Shaikhul Islam to hand over a large amount of money and other gifts to Qari Lala. However, Qari Lala replied that he had not come to this country for these things but had another purpose in mind. He then mentioned his concern to Sultan Abdul Hameed Khan and requested him to send a note to Queen Victoria requesting that the people in Panipat be spared any reprisal from the British.
This was done and again the Sultan insisted that Qari Lala accept all the gifts that were presented to him and that this was not a payment but a genuine gift. The reply of Queen Victoria was also handed to Qari Lala so that this could be shown to the Viceroy of the English in India. In this way, the people of Panipat was saved from the tyranny of the English.
This incident was mentioned to me by a non Muslim when I used to be a teacher in the village of Muzaffar nagar in a madressah named Irshaadul Ulum. The powerful person in this town was also someone who had been nominated as the local magistrate. All the legal issues in the village used to be sent to him for an official decision. One day, a new Muslim also appeared in court who had come to present his case.
However, this person first came to see me before going to court because he felt that if I spoke to the magistrate, his case would not be thrown out. I then asked this person how he accepted Islam. He explained, “The person who was responsible for me accepting Islam was actually my wife.” He then mentioned his amazing story. He narrated, “after getting married, I suddenly started to suffer from very high fever. It became so serious that I was under the impression that very soon I would die from this illness. My brother was also a famous doctor and he was called in to help.
As much as he treated me, the worse I became. Finally, in a fit of frustration, he mentioned to me, “There is no value to treat you any longer and your condition has certainly reached a critical level. Therefore, my advice is that you can eat and drink whatever you wish because you do not have much time left.” However, after he had left, my wife approached me and asked about my state and I mentioned to her what my brother had mentioned to me. She then asked me, “If I am able to make you better, will you be prepared to accept whatever I say?”
I replied that there was nothing more valuable than life and if she was able to perform this miracle, I was prepared to listen to whatever she said to me. I made the intention of keeping to this promise. She then placed a chair near my bed and began to mumble something and also began to blow on me. She also blew in some water and made me drink the water as well. The father of my wife was actually a fanatical Hindu and beside reading the complete Vedas, he had also acquired some English education. While she was reading, I though that perhaps she was reading some parts of the Vedas. Within a week, I regained enough strength to be able to walk around the house.
In the second week, I was also able to walk a little outside the house. In the third week, I was actually able to walk to the family shop. After four weeks, I had completely recovered from all illness. I also began to eat and drink like before.
After one month had passed, my wife reminded me of the promise I had made to her and I replied that indeed I remembered this and was willing to fulfil this promise. She then shocked me by announcing to me that she had accepted the religion of Islam and that she also requested me to be become a Muslim. When I heard this, I asked her how she had become a Muslim when her father was a staunch Hindu and a great enemy of the Muslims. She said, “There is a Moulana in our area who is the Imam of the local masjid and besides this, he also teaches the children about Islam and how to read the Quran.
This person is also a neighbour of ours and he even teaches children the Quran in his own house as well. I used to also visit his house. My purpose was to debate with him. One day, he asked me whether I had read the Vedas and I replied that indeed I was an expert in reading the Hindu holy book. He then advised that I should first read the translation of the Quran and after this, he would debate with me. However, after a few days, I mentioned that besides the translation of the Quran, I also requested him to teach me how to read the Quran as well. I then began to learn how to read the Quran and also began to study the translation as well.
I completed the recital of the Quran in one year. After I had completed this training of the Quran, the same Moulana now asked me about what doubts I had about the Quran and instead of saying anything, I began to weep. I then informed him that there was nothing comparable to the Quran and in front of the Quran, it was like the Vedas did not even exist. I then asked him to make me into a Muslim which he did. He also informed me that I should not reveal this to anyone since my father was a great enemy of Islam and he feared that I would be harmed.
He also mentioned that whenever I had the opportunity, I could come to his house and read the salah. When I was about to get married, I mentioned to this Moulana that he should also send my copy of the Quran within a few sheets of material so that no one would come to know.”
She then revealed the Quran to me and mentioned that she had actually recited Surah Inshirah and blown on the water and it was through this that I had regained my health. I then mentioned to her that if I had gotten better through the Quran, then I saw no problem in accepting the religion of Islam. My wife then made sure that I had a clean bath and she then taught me the Kalimah and the manner of performing the salah. I also mentioned to her that we should keep this quite and only reveal it to everyone when the time was right. At that time I was working in the shop which belonged to my father and I was also receiving a good salary.
I was then able to save enough to open my own shop. My father also helped me financially. When I opened my shop, I then informed everyone that I and my wife had accepted Islam. Obviously my father and the father of my wife were extremely upset and angry and my father completely removed me from being one of his legal heirs. However, my mother was extremely sympathetic and made sure that I receive a portion of her inheritance. The Hindu community also tried to bring a legal case against me and this is the reason that I will be appearing in court.
Hence, I request you to please speak to the magistrate and inform him of the actual background behind this case”. After listening to this story, I informed the magistrate and the decision was given in favour of the new Muslim. He continues, “My brother of my wife was also sent by my father in law to explain to his sister since she was well educated in English and also had read the Vedas quiet extensively. When he arrived, he said to his sister, “What is good about the Islamic religion especially when these people eat beef?” However his sister replied, “I would advice you to read the Vedas because in this book, this is a story of a certain Raja in whose time a great epidemic occurred.
He was then advised by the pundits of that period to slaughter a cow and throw its meat around the area so that this could be eaten by the wild animals and hopeful through this sacrifice, the epidemic would cease. When this was completed by the Raja, the epidemic disappeared. If this is the case and animals can eat beef, then what harm is there for humans?” In this manner, her brother could not give any answer. However, he decided to ask another question. He said to her, “It is a practise among the Muslims that if a mouse dies in a well, then they have to remove twenty buckets of water from the well.
If a fowl dies, then forty to fifty buckets of water has to be removed. If a cat dies, then seventy buckets of water need to be removed. This is completely illogical. If these animals die, why the difference in the amount of water which should be removed?”
When my wife heard this, she replied, “You are are doctor, you are also aware that when a person’s blood becomes affected or contaminated, the doctor or a hakeem takes out a little amount of blood which is contaminated and through this, the rest of the blood is saved.
No one removes all the blood of the person. In like manner when a certain type of animal falls into the well, only a certain portion of the water becomes contaminated, therefore, there is no need to remove all the water from the well. In other words, by removing this part which is contaminated, the water in the balance of the well remains clean.” When he heard this answer, he was completely speechless.
My wife also mentioned to him that he should actually look in the Vedas himself and he will find that the kalimah of the Muslims is actually found there although not in clear words and it is reported that these words are actually found written on the doors of paradise. When her brother heard these remarks, he returned home and informed his father that his sister and her husband will never return to the Hindu religion.
Both of these incidents have been reported by Zafar Ahmed Uthmani in the Quran number published in Pakistan.
Some amazing wonders of the Quran in matters of charity and spending.
It is reported that once Hadrat Sayyiduna Imam Hasan May Allah have mercy upon him was host to some influential people in his house. There was also a female slave of his who was busy placing food on the table cloth. However, as she approached the great Imam, she slipped and all the gravy fell on the great Imam. The great Imam looked at this female with immense anger and she began to tremble with fear. She then mentioned the word of Surah Ale Imran:
and those who control their anger
The great Imam then mentioned to the female slave that he had kept his anger under control. She then mentioned another part of the verse which is:
وَالْعَافِیۡنَ عَنِ النَّاسِؕ
and are forgiving towards mankind
The great Imam then stated that he had indeed pardoned her.
She them mentioned the last part of the verse which is:
وَاللہُ یُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِیۡنَ﴿۱۳۴﴾ۚ
and the righteous are the beloved of Allah.
When the great Imam heard these words, he said to her, “Go, I have freed you.”
He heard a sound coming through someone’s window.
It is mentioned that at the beginning, Hadrat Sayyiduna Fuzail bin Ayyaz May Allah have mercy upon him was considered as the most famous robber of his era. In fact, he was also such a fearless robber that he used to mention to others that he was going to rob them. One night, as he was walking past a row of houses, he heard someone reading the Quran. He then stopped to listen to what the person was reading and he heard the person reading the 16th verse of Surah Hadeed which was:
اَلَمْ یَاۡنِ لِلَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡۤا اَنۡ تَخْشَعَ قُلُوۡبُہُمْ لِذِکْرِ اللہِ وَمَا نَزَلَ مِنَ الْحَقِّ ۙ
Has not the time come for the believers to surrender their hearts to Allah’s remembrance and to this truth that has come down?
When he heard these words of the Quran, his entire life changed and he made sincere Taubah in the Divine Court of the Almighty and became one of the greatest Sufis and scholars of his era. In fact, he was also one of those eminent scholars who was in the consultative forum which was created by Imam Azam May Allah have mercy upon him!
The picture changed!
There is no doubt that Hadrat Sayyiduna Zun Nun Misri May Allah have mercy upon him is considered as one of the most eminent of saints of Islam. However, during his young days, he used to work for some Arabs who used to enjoy themselves openly and also drink openly. One day however, his entire life changed when he heard someone recite a certain verse of the Quran. His life changed and he made sincere Taubah for his past life. Such was the depth of his sincerity that as people say, the rest is history.
He was also greatly respected all over the Muslim world especially in the capital Baghdad shareef. The khlaifah of the era, Mutawakkil also displayed immense respect for him.
Whenever he appeared, the khalifah and all the other court dignitaries used to stand with immense respect and reverence. Obviously, in times like this also, there are jealous people who appear from no where. Consequently, these same people once filled the ears of the khalifah with certain evil thoughts about the eminent saint. Such was the seriousness of these accusations that the khalifah was forced to call the great saint to Baghdad shareef to answer for these accusations.
When the great saint arrived in the court of the ruler, he delivered such a clear message that everyone in the court had no choice but to show even more respect to the great saint. He also mentioned the 12th verse of Surah Hujrat which is:
یٰۤاَیُّہَا الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوا اجْتَنِبُوۡا کَثِیۡرًا مِّنَ الظَّنِّ۫ اِنَّ بَعْضَ الظَّنِّ اِثْمٌ وَّ لَا تَجَسَّسُوۡا وَلَا یَغْتَبۡ بَّعْضُکُمۡ بَعْضًا ؕ اَیُحِبُّ اَحَدُکُمْ اَنۡ یَّاۡکُلَ لَحْمَ اَخِیۡہِ مَیۡتًا فَکَرِہۡتُمُوۡہُ ؕ وَاتَّقُوا اللہَ ؕ اِنَّ اللہَ تَوَّابٌ رَّحِیۡمٌ ﴿۱۲﴾
O People who Believe! Avoid excessive assumptions; indeed assumption sometimes becomes a sin, and do not seek faults, and do not slander one another; would any one among you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? So you will hate that! And fear Allah; indeed Allah is Most Acceptor of Repentance, Most Merciful.
The thoughts of the khalifah were completely changed and he could not stop himself from weeping. Obviously, with these tears, all the evil thoughts which were mentioned to him about the great saint were also wiped away.
The day of Judgement.
It is mentioned that one day when the governor of Syria Sulayman bin Abdul Malik arrived in Madina shareef, he happened to meet Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Hazim May Allah have mercy upon him. The following conversation took place between them.
Sulayman: On the day of Judgement, in what state will people meet the Divine Creator?
Abu Hazim: If the person continued to do good in the world, then it will be be like he has returned home after a long and tiring journey and has also brought a lot of wealth and goods. His family is highly pleased with him and also extremely happy to see him. As for that person who did nothing good in the world, he is like that slave or servant who ran away from his master. After a lengthy and tiring search, the owner has finally captured him and this person is now in chains and is standing in front of his master. Can you imagine the state of this slave and servant?
Sulayman: If only I would be able to know that from among both these conditions, in which condition I will be in.
Abu Hazim: It is very simple. The Quran has lifted the veil from this and has made it very apparent.
Sulayman: Which verse of the Quran is this?
Abu Hazim: They are the 13th, 14th,15th and 16th verses of Surah Infitar which are:
اِنَّ الْاَبْرَارَ لَفِیۡ نَعِیۡمٍ ﴿۱۳﴾ۚ
Undoubtedly, the righteous are in bliss.
وَّ اِنَّ الْفُجَّارَ لَفِیۡ جَحِیۡمٍ ﴿۱۴﴾ۚۖ
And undoubtedly, the evil doers are necessarily in Hell.
یَّصْلَوْنَہَا یَوْمَ الدِّیۡنِ ﴿۱۵﴾
They shall enter it on the Day of Judgement.
وَ مَا ہُمْ عَنْہَا بِغَآئِبِیۡنَ ﴿ؕ۱۶﴾
And they will not be able to hide therefrom.
You should not look at your deeds yourself. Are you among the virtuous or among the sinners?
Sulayman: If salvation is based on action, then what is the meaning of Divine Grace?
Abu Hazim: The answer to this is also found in the Quran. The Almighty states in Surah Al A’raf verse 56:
اِنَّ رَحْمَتَ اللہِ قَرِیۡبٌ مِّنَ الْمُحْسِنِیۡنَ ﴿۵۶﴾
Indeed Allah’s mercy is close to the virtuous.
The court had to accept her decision.
It is mentioned that on one occasion, there was a very pious female who had to accompany another male and a female to court to deliver her testimony and evidence. The Qadi also wanted to take evidence from both females separately. In other words, he wanted to call each female and listen to her testimony. However, the pious female refused to accept this condition and reminded the Qadi of the law which appeared in the 282nd verse of Surah Baqarah which is:
وَاسْتَشْہِدُوۡا شَہِیۡدَیۡنِ مِنۡ رِّجَالِکُمْۚ فَاِنْ لَّمْ یَکُوۡنَا رَجُلَیۡنِ فَرَجُلٌ وَّامْرَاَتَانِ مِمَّنۡ تَرْضَوْنَ مِنَ الشُّہَدَآءِ اَنۡ تَضِلَّ اِحْدٰىہُمَا فَتُذَکِّرَ اِحْدٰىہُمَا الۡاُخْرٰیؕ
and appoint two witnesses from your men; then if two men are not available, one man and two women from those you would prefer to be witnesses, so that if one of them forgets, the other can remind her;
When the Qadi heard this evidence, he changed his mind and took evidence from both females in one sitting. It is mentioned that this pious female was none other than the blessed mother of Hadrat Sayyiduna Imam Shafi May Allah have mercy upon him.
It is like this verse was revealed only today!
This incident took place many years ago. It is mentioned that once Khawaja Ahmed Deen Amritsari, Molwi Thanaa’ullah Amritsari and Moulana Ghulam mullah ibn Moulana Ghulam Ali Qusuri Amritsari were sitting in one gathering. Molwi Thana’ullah asked Khawaja Ahmed a question, “Those people to whom a book is revealed in their language. Should their thinking and analysis be considered as an evidence and testimony or would people of another language be considered in this manner?”
Khawaja Ahmed replied, “There is no doubt that the grammar and syntax of these people to whom a book is revealed in their language would be considered a sanad, however, their intellect and analysis would not be considered a sanad or a proof.”
The Moulana then asked for a proof for this statement and Khawaja Ahmed presented the 97th verse of Surah Taubah which is:
اَلۡاَعْرَابُ اَشَدُّ کُفْرًا وَّ نِفَاقًا وَّ اَجْدَرُ اَلَّا یَعْلَمُوۡا حُدُوۡدَ مَاۤ اَنۡزَلَ اللہُ عَلٰی رَسُوۡلِہٖ ؕ وَاللہُ عَلِیۡمٌ حَکِیۡمٌ ﴿۹۷﴾
The ignorant (Arabs, who are disbelievers) are more severe in disbelief and hypocrisy, and deserve to remain ignorant of the commands which Allah has revealed to His Noble Messenger; and Allah is All Knowing, Wise.
In other words, even though they may know classical Arabic, but such is the state of their thinking that they cannot perceive the truth of Islam. Reminds one of the modern Arabs who are part of the Saudi region who may know Arabic but their beliefs are completely contrary to Islam. When Molwi Thana’ullah heard this verse of the Quran, he mentioned that it was if this verse was only revealed to him at this moment.
A masjid is saved.
It is mentioned that Qadi Syed Ali Mohammed whose mazaar is in a village named Bijaapur and passed away in 1070 ah was considered a very learned and eminent saint of his era. He once received news that one of the rich and powerful people in the village had taken a piece of land meant for a masjid and included it as part of his own land. Obviously, the poor people of this village did not have the power to do anything about this and informed the Qadi about this unjust act. The Qadi then wrote a letter to this person and mentioned the 114th verse of Surah Baqarah which is:
وَمَنْ اَظْلَمُ مِمَّنۡ مَّنَعَ مَسٰجِدَ اللہِ اَنۡ یُّذْکَرَ فِیۡہَا اسْمُہٗ وَسَعٰی فِیۡ خَرَابِہَاؕ
And who is more unjust than one who prevents the name of Allah being mentioned in the mosques, and strives for their ruin?
When the wealthy person read this letter, he was so embarrassed that he immediately returned this piece of land to the people on which a masjid was to have been built.
The Divine (Hand) Power of Allah!
Hakeem Zahid Ali Akbarabadi narrates that during the time of Nadir Shah, it was decided by the ruler that a golden hand be placed on the dome of the blessed grave of Hadrat Sayyiduna Ali May Allah have mercy upon him. In other words, something which is today known as the “Panjhe”. Sultan Nadir Shah also wanted to know what Quranic verse should be written on this Panjhe. Obviously, the people were confused and came to the famous writer of his era, namely Mirza Mehdi Ali Khan to find out.
He replied, “All of you are aware of the bad temper of the Sultan, therefore, my suggestion is that you first ask him and I will also ponder about this.” When the people approached the sultan, they asked him his opinion and he mentioned that they should mention the verse which was revealed during the Bay’at of Hudaybiyah which is that the “Hand of Allah is above their hands.” This is when all the blessed companions took an allegiance that if Hadrat Sayyiduna Uthman Ghani May Allah have mercy upon him was martyred, they will stand and defend Islam. Everyone was surprised by the instant reply of Sultan Nadir Shah.
Firstly because this could signify to two things. One is the power of the hand of Hadrat Sayyiduna Ali May Allah have mercy upon him which was displayed at the battle of Khyber and the second was that it proved that as a true Muslim, one should also love Hadrat Sayyiduna Uthman Ghani May Allah have mercy upon him and the other blessed leaders of Islam.
When the people returned to Mirza Mehdi Ali Khan and informed him about the Quranic verse which was suggested by the Sultan, he was clearly shocked and mentioned that this was indeed a source of Divine Help which had come to them. In fact, as a test, he also mentioned to these people that they should allow a few days to go by and then approach the Sultan and ask him what verse he had suggested and they will hear with their own ears that he will mention that he does not remember.
After a few days, these people approached the Sultan and he made it clear that he did not know which verse should be recorded on the Phanjhe and that the people should approach Mirza Mehdi Ali Khan to find out.
A Quranic decision.
It is mentioned that once there was a certain disagreement between Shah Abdul Haq Muhaditth Dehlwi May Allah have mercy upon him and Mujaddid Alif Thani May Allah have mercy upon him about certain words mentioned in the Maktubaat. Shaikh Abdul Khaliq Sirhindi reports, “I once approached Shaikh Abdul Haq Muhaddith May Allah have mercy upon him and mentioned to him that this type of disagreement was not suitable among the Ulama.
I then mentioned to him that he should open the Quran and the first verse which he sees in the Quran, he should make his decision about Mujaddid Alif Thani May Allah have mercy upon him based on that verse.” Shaikh Abdul Haq Muhaddith Dehlwi May Allah have mercy upon him accepted this decision and after sitting, when he opened the Quran, the first verse he saw was the 37th verse Surah Nur which was:
رِجَالٌ ۙ لَّا تُلْہِیۡہِمْ تِجٰرَۃٌ وَّ لَا بَیۡعٌ عَنۡ ذِکْرِ اللہِ وَ اِقَامِ الصَّلٰوۃِ وَ اِیۡتَآءِ الزَّکٰوۃِ ۪ۙ یَخَافُوۡنَ یَوْمًا تَتَقَلَّبُ فِیۡہِ الْقُلُوۡبُ وَ الْاَبْصٰرُ ﴿٭ۙ۳۷﴾
(There are) Those men, whom neither any bargain nor any trade distracts from the Remembrance of Allah and from establishing the prayer and from paying the charity – they fear the day when the hearts and the eyes will be overturned.
The moment he saw this, he retracted his opinion and never opposed the opinion of Mujaddid Alif Thani May Allah have mercy upon him after that.
One day, while meeting the great saint Hadrat Sayyiduna Abul Hasan Khirqaani May Allah have mercy upon him, Sultan Mahmud Ghaznawi asked him to explain a little about the great saint Hadrat Sayyiduna Bayazid Bustami May Allah have mercy upon him. The great saint replied, “One day, Hadrat Sayyiduna Bayazid Bustami May Allah have mercy upon him mentioned that whoever sees him, he would be protected from evil deeds.”
When he heard this, Sultan Mahmud Ghaznawi replied, “How is this possible when people like Abu Jahl and Abu Lahb continued to see the Holy Prophet and yet they continued to remain evil sinners their entire life? How is it possible that the status of Bayazid Bustami has become greater than the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him that when people see him, their evil habits and traits disappear?”
When the eminent saint heard this objection, he mentioned, “O Mahmud! bear in mind that except for the four rightly guided Khulafah and the true believers, no one else actually saw the true identity of the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him.” He then recited the 198th verse of Surah Al A’raf which was:
وَ اِنۡ تَدْعُوۡہُمْ اِلَی الْہُدٰی لَا یَسْمَعُوۡا ؕ وَتَرٰىہُمْ یَنۡظُرُوۡنَ اِلَیۡکَ وَہُمْ لَا یُبْصِرُوۡنَ ﴿۱۹۸﴾
And if you call them to guidance they do not listen; and you (O Mohammed) observe them looking towards you, whereas they do not perceive anything.
A sunnah of Nabi Ebrahim peace be upon him.
Once, Sultan Mohammed Akbar, the famous Mughal sultan wanted to have the words “Allahu Akbar” engraved on his ring. When he asked the people in the court about this, none of them objected to this except a person called Haji Ebrahim. He made it clear to the sultan that these words could have two connotations. The first is that Allah is the Greatest and the second is that “Akbar is god”. It is better that the words “The greatest Zikr is the Zikr of Allah” be engraved. This is also a verse of the Quran.
The sultan was also happy with this reply but still he asked Haji Ebrahim how he had come to this decision about the two meaning of Allahu Akbar. Haji Ebrahim mentioned that he had merely looked at the possible meanings of these words. However, the sultan mentioned that these were merely suitable words and nothing else and perhaps it looked confusing to others. However, Haji Ebrahim made it clear that no doubt should be left in any words which pertain to the Divine Greatness of the Almighty.
His immense fear after listening to the words of the Quran.
It is mentioned that one day, Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah bin Hanzalah May Allah have mercy upon him heard someone read the 41st verse of Surah Al ‘Araf which is:
Their beds and their coverings – both are fire; and this is the sort of reward We give the unjust.
He immediately began to feel weak and experienced immense spiritual effect. It looked as if his soul had also left his body. He suddenly awoke and people asked him to sit but he replied, “The immense effect and power of this verse has not allowed me to sit.”
He intended to challenge Surah Ikhlas!
It is mentioned that one of the famous people of his era was a person named Yahya bin Hakam Andalusi who was also a master in the Arabic language. He narrates, “One day, I sat down to write an answer to Surah Ikhlas as a challenge. However, suddenly I felt such immense fear and awe within my heart and such immense spiritual ecstasy, that I began to weep uncontrollably. I immediately made Taubah from this evil intention.” (Quran number).
Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Abbas May Allah have mercy upon him narrates that once the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon was asked about the best of actions and he replied, “it is ‘Haal Mur tahil’” The people asked him what this was and he explained, “It is that person of the Quran who starts from the beginning and reaches the end. After the end, he again reaches the beginning and where he has stopped from, he again continues.”. (Tirmidi, Imam Hakim, Abu daud, Tirmidi).
The person of “haal” is that person who reaches his destination and the “murtahil” is that person who begins (his journey) again. It is not someone who when he completes the Quran, waits and then decides whether he will carry on again or not.
In the Kanzul Ummal it is mentioned that this would signify someone who completes the Quran and then restarts the Quran. In fact, the same has been adopted by people in the modern era where they complete the Quran and then recite till the “Muflihoon” in Surah Baqarah. In other words, they do this as a custom and tradition and not with the intention of actually completing the Quran. These people are not meant in this hadith shareef. In this hadith shareef those people are indicated to who recite the Quran and then start the next Quran with the intention of completing it.
There is also a report in the sharah of the Ihya shareef that when the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him used to complete the Quran after reading the Surah Naas, he used to also recite until the Muf lihun and then recite the dua which one recites after completing the Quran.
Those who recorded the Quran.
When the Quran was revealed, it was recorded in the manner of writing Arabic as per the method adopted by the Quraish. In Madina shareef, it was written in the style of how the people of Madina shareef wrote Arabic. The first person to record the Quran, in other words, the first person to record the Bismillah was Hadrat Sayyiduna Khalid bin Saeed bin Abi Al Aas May Allah have mercy upon him. This would therefore be considered as the first person who recorded the Divine revelation.
Hadrat Sayyiduna Zaid bin Thabit May Allah have mercy upon him narrates, “Whenever Divine Revelation came to the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him, he used to call me to record that revelation and I used to take whatever tablet I had with me. After recording, the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him used to ask me to recite these words and if there were any mistakes, he used to rectify it.” (Majma’uz Zawaa’id).
Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Umar May Allah have mercy upon him narrates that we used to sit around the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him in a large group. Whenever revelation arrived, he used to instruct certain people to record this. Other companions also recorded this for their own personal purpose as well.”
Hadrat Sayyiduna Bara bin ‘Aazib May Allah have mercy upon him narrates that when the 95th verse of Surah Nisa was revealed, the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him ordered that a certain companion be called forward and when this person came forward, he was ordered to record this verse on his tablet. The last revelation came on the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him on the 3rd of Rabi ul Awal in the 11th year of Hijrah.
The person who was blessed to record this final verse was Hadrat Sayyiduna Ubay bin Ka’ab May Allah have mercy upon him. According to certain reports, the number of companions who recorded the Quran were said to be forty. They were: Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Bakr, Hadrat Sayyiduna Umar, Hadrat Sayyiduna Uthman, Hadrat Sayyiduna Ali, Hadrat Sayyiduna Zaid bin Thabit, Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah bin Sa’ad, Hadrat Sayyiduna Zubair bin Al Awaam, Hadrat Sayyiduna Khalid bin Saeed, Hadrat Sayyiduna Hanzalah bin Rabee, Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah bin Rawaah, Hadrat Sayyiduna Mohammed bin Muslimah, Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah bin Sulul, Hadrat Sayyiduna Mughayrah bin Shu’bah, Hadrat Sayyiduna Mu’awiyah bin Abi Sufyan, Hadrat Sayyiduna Amar bin Al Aas, Hadrat Sayyiduna Jahm bin As Sult, Hadrat Sayyiduna Sharjeel bin Hasanah, Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah bin Arqam Az Zuhri, Hadrat Sayyiduna Thabit bin Qais bin Shamaas, Hadrat Sayyiduna Huzayfah bin Al Yamaan, Hadrat Sayyiduna Amir bin Faheerah, Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah bin Jubair and Hadrat Sayyiduna Abaan bin Saeed May Allah have mercy upon them. (Sihah Sittah, Tabqaat ibn Sa’ad).
Allamah Badrudeen Aini May Allah have mercy upon him has mentioned that there were numerous blessed companions who recorded the Quran and it is impossible to count their numbers. All of those recordings which the blessed companions had recorded for their own benefit was also to be found in the time of the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him. Some of them recorded this themselves and others had this recorded on their behalf. The same happened with the blessed mothers of the faithful, namely Hadrat Sayyidah Ayesha, Hadrat Sayyidah Hafsah and Hadrat Sayyidah Umme Salmah May Allah have mercy upon them. (Kanzul Ummal).
Hadrat Sayyidah Ayesha May Allah have mercy upon her had her copy recorded by her freed slave Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Yunus May Allah have mercy upon him. (Tirmidi shareef). Hadrat Sayyiduna Umar bin Raafe May Allah have mercy upon him had a copy recorded for Hadrat Sayyidah Hafsah May Allah have mercy upon her. It is also mentioned that when the famous poet, Hadrat Labeed May Allah have mercy upon him accepted Islam, he adopted recording the Quran as his occupation. (Jamratul Arab).
The same with Hadrat Sayyiduna Naajiyah Al Tafaawe May Allah have mercy upon him. (Al Isti’aab).
It is mentioned that Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Mas’ud May Allah have mercy upon him had recorded the complete Quran on four occasions. One of them was recorded in the era of the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him. The second time as per the sequence of revelation. The third time during the era of Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Bakr May Allah have mercy upon him and the fourth occasion was in the era of Hadrat Sayyiduna Uthman Ghani May Allah have mercy upon him.
The following incident is recorded as being among the miracles of the Quran. There are numerous miracles which have been attributed to the Quran and obviously one of the greatest miracle is that it completely transformed and changed the Arab nation. The following incident is recorded by a certain female and it appeared in the (Quran number edition). She records, “Obviously what happened to me is something that people in the world would find difficult to believe because most of them have become sceptics, yet, I can swear on the Quran that is actually what happened to me. Nearly ten years ago, my father used to work for the US embassy and obviously, his income was more than enough to take care of the family and all their expenses.
However, when Marshal law came into existence, the US embassy removed all Muslims from their payroll. Obviously the entire family were extremely concerned since it was the income of my father which everyone survived on. At the same time, my father was not prepared to accept any employment which had a lessor salary. In this worry, I contacted a certain friend and she advised me to read Surah Muzzammil forty times before sunrise for forty one days. She also mentioned that through this, our financial difficulties would be lessoned. I then continued to read this and on the 29th day of this Amal, as I straightened the prayer mat on the floor after making Wudu, I was surprised to see three buds of the Jasmine flower under this cloth.
I was extremely surprised and also worried. Who could have placed these fresh buds so early in the morning. Everyone in the house were also fast asleep. After I had completed this amal, I also inquired from the people in the house but none of them had any idea what I was talking about. I then contacted the lady who had informed me about this amal and she explained that these buds should be placed in a special box and very soon there would be barakah in the house. I can swear that after this, through the barakah of the Quran, none of us experienced any financial problems.
Even though my father did not get his job back and everyone is still studying in the house and my salary is very little, yet, we never faced the challenge of asking anyone for a loan even though our expenses were quite high. In fact, all us lived quite comfortably in spite of the lack of income. (Quran number).
Some statements of the eminent Mashaa’ikh.
* Hadrat Sayyiduna Khawaj Nizaamudeen Awliyah May Allah have mercy upon him mentions that one should make it a habit of reciting the Quran as a wazeefah. Even though at times, the results may be delayed, yet, it certainly does come.
*In the Indo Pak subcontinent, the first person to write a Tafseer of the Quran in the Persian language was Moulana Uthman Khayrabadi. This was during the reign of Sultan Naasirudeen Mahmud. It is said that he used to sell beet root and a type of spinach and earned his livelihood but used to give free Quranic lessons.
*One of the reasons that Darse Nizaami is a syllabus for which the English form of education has no answer for is because it has come a long way in Muslim world. Its inception was during the reign of Sultan Bahadur Shah and it was compiled by a certain Moulana Nizaamudeen Sihaalwi and it was taught in various Islamic institutes from that moment onwards.
*Hadrat Sayyiduna Data Ghanjhe Baksh May Allah have mercy upon him mentions that the name of Islam is a combination of the Quran, the Sunnah and Ijmah.
*There is no doubt that the saints in the early Chistiyah spiritual order in India certainly had a great hand in spreading the message of the Quran. It is mentioned that during the time of Hadrat Sayyiduna Baba Fareed May Allah have mercy upon him, the sound of the Quran being recited was always heard from his blessed spiritual centre.
*It is mentioned that even when the Khilaafat was given to Hadrat Sayyiduna Nizaamudeen Awliyah May Allah have mercy upon him, at that moment also, a copy of the Quran was also given to him. It was mentioned that when a king gains power, a sword is given to him, however, since he was being made into the spiritual king of India, a copy of the Quran was been given to him.
*Sultan Barber also created his own form of calligraphy and recorded the complete Quran in this special font and had it sent to Mecca shareef.
*It is mentioned that when Daarus Shikwa arrived in Lahore, at that time, there were nearly thirty thousand Haafiz of the Quran in the city.
*The Quran also created a revolution in the life of Allamah Iqbal and it was through the affect of the Quran that his poetry had such a great impact on the world.
*Many Ulama and Awliyah adopted calligraphy as their occupation and some of them reached an eminent position in this regard. It is mentioned that Moulana Ali Mutaqqi recorded the complete Quran in one single page and the best part was that it could be clearly read.
*Another important point to bear in mind is that if a person feels that another person has received more than him in spite of him reading the Quran regularly, he has actually insulted the Quran in this manner. (Kimiyah Sa’aadat).
Do not oppose the Quran.
O Muslims! respect the Quran and protect yourself against evil deeds. Endeavour to live with respect or else, the Quran itself will oppose you and your style of living. (Kimiyah Sa’aadat).
Statement of a saint.
He states, “I used to recite the Quran but did not feel that I was lucky or fortunate, however later, I began to feel like I am listening to the Quran been recited by Jibraeel Ameem himself. My spirituality also began to increase. Now, I have reached a stage where it is like I am listening to the Divine Words of the Almighty and now I experienced such a state which I had never experienced before.” (Kimiyah Sa’aadat).
The Absolute Path
Hadrat Sayyiduna Imam Razi May Allah have mercy upon him narrates, “I studied all the different branches of Ilmul Kalam and its various chapters and all the chapters of philosophy and I have reached a conclusion that I neither become healthy through this and neither is my thirst quenched. I have concluded that the only manner of reaching ones destination is through the Quran.”
It is mentioned that Hadrat Sayyiduna Sa’ad bin Jubair May Allah have mercy upon him once spent the entire night reading the 59th verse of Surah Yaseen.
Hadrat Sayyiduna Mughayrah bin Jadali May Allah have mercy upon him narrates that Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Umar May Allah have mercy upon him has stated that, “That person who recites ten verses of the Quran during the night, he will not be recorded as among those who are neglectful. That person who recites a hundred verses of the Quran, he will be included among the Aabid. And that person who recites two hundred verses, he will be recorded among those who have achieved their objective or goal.” (Daarimi shareef. 490).
The Quran is a flower of wisdom and guidance.
Hadrat Sayyidah Umme Hani May Allah have mercy upon her states that once the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him mentioned to Hadrat Sayyidah Ayesha May Allah have mercy upon her, “O Ayesha! your symbol should be knowledge and the Quran.”
Hadrat Sayyiduna Aanis May Allah have mercy upon him narrates that the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him has stated that, “That person who leaves with the (intention) of seeking knowledge, until he returns, he is on the Path of Allah.”
*Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Abbas May Allah have mercy upon him mentions that the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him has stated that, “To speak a little about (religious) knowledge at night, is better than spending the entire night in ibaadah.” (Mishkaat shareef).
*Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Darda May Allah have mercy upon him narrates that the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him has stated that, “when the student of knowledge walks on a certain path (to seek knowledge), the Almighty will allow him to walk on the path to Jannah.” (Tirmidi shareef).
*Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah May Allah have mercy upon him narrates that the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him has stated that, “Sufficient for a person to be called a liar is when he spreads all types of rumour.” (Mishkat shareef).
*Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah bin Amar May Allah have mercy upon him narrates that the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him has stated that, “He who associates a lie to me, should prepare his abode in the fire of hell.” (Bukhari shareef).
*Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah May Allah have mercy upon him narrates that the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him has stated that, “Good manners and understanding of religion are two traits which cannot be found in a munaafiq.” (Tirmidi shareef).
*Hadrat Sayyiduna Aanis May Allah have mercy upon him narrates that the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him has stated that, “Create ease and not difficulty. Give glad tidings and do not spread hatred.” (Bukhari shareef).
*Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah May Allah have mercy upon him narrates that the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him has stated that, “A person is on the religion of his friend. Therefore, ponder carefully whose friendship (you) have adopted.” (Mishqat shareef).
*Hadrat Sayyiduna Mu’wiyah May Allah have mercy upon him narrates that the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him has stated that, “when the Almighty wishes to do a certain good to a person, He gives him understanding of religion.” (Bukhari shareef).
*Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Saeed Khudri May Allah have mercy upon him narrates that the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him has stated that, “A true believer is never (tired) or filled with hearing about good. He continues to listen until he arrives in Jannah.” (Tirmidi shareef).
Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Moosa Ash’ari May Allah have mercy upon him narrates that the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him has stated that, “Take care of the Quran. I swear by that Being in Whose Power is my life, the Quran is something which quickly leaves the chest of a person like how the camel leaves its string.” (Bukhari shareef, Muslim shareef).
Obviously, if a person does not take care of an animal under his care or protection, it will escape from the rope and string which holds it in place. In like manner, if a person does not protect the Quran, then he will quickly forget the Quran. At the same time, the ease with which one is able to memorize the Quran is one of its greatest miracles.
This is one of the reasons that in Surah Qamar, the Almighty has clearly mentioned that He has indeed made the zikr of the Quran easy and easy for those who wish to memorize it. In the Tafseer Jalalain, it is mentioned that the question which is seen in this verse actually signifies an order. It is sad that, that which the Almighty keeps reminding us of, certain modern day “Muslims” would consider it a waste of time!
Such is the miracle of the Quran also, is that when a person begins to ignore it, then he forgets it very quickly. There is great warning which has come for that person who memorizes the Quran and forgets it. Once, the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him mentioned that, “The sins of my Ummah were presented to me and I have never seen a greater sin than a person reciting, (memorizing) the Quran and forgetting it.”
In another report it is mentioned that when a person learns the Quran, (memorizes) the Quran and forgets it, on the day of Judgement he will awake like a person who is blind. In the Jam’ul Fawaa’id, it is mentioned from Razeen who uses the following verse to substantiate his argument. He mentions the 125th, 126th and 127th verse of Surah Taha which is:
قَالَ کَذٰلِکَ اَتَتْکَ اٰیٰتُنَا فَنَسِیۡتَہَا ۚ وَکَذٰلِکَ الْیَوْمَ تُنۡسٰی ﴿۱۲۶﴾
Allah will say, ‘Thus Our signs had come to you, and you did forget them and in the like manner no one will take care of you’.
وَکَذٰلِکَ نَجْزِیۡ مَنْ اَسْرَفَ وَلَمْ یُؤْمِنۡۢ بِاٰیٰتِ رَبِّہٖ ؕ وَ لَعَذَابُ الْاٰخِرَۃِ اَشَدُّ وَ اَبْقٰی ﴿۱۲۷﴾
And thus We do recompense him who crosses the limit and believes not in the signs of his Lord. And undoubtedly, the torment of the Hereafter is severest and most lasting.
What are we doing to the Quran today?
Today it is sad to see that the Quran is only left in a cupboard and nothing else. There are plenty copies of the Quran in the house, but there is no one to read it. If the Quran recited, it is only recited during Ramadan or when someone passes away. In other words, the only purpose that we read the Quran in the present time is so that the person who is about to pass away has an easy death.
The joke in today’s time.
Most people only take the madressah children home to read is because someone is very ill and they want that through the reading of the Quran, this person’s life must go easy. Everybody stands around the person and continue to make dua and read Quran.
Yet, you will find that someone whose son is outside the country and he will refuse to close his eyes or die until he does not read the last letter from his son. Some will not die until they do not get a call from their son. Yet, this is not the same type of feeling they display for the Quran. The Quran is in the house but they are waiting for the last letter from their son. What must the Quran be thinking at this moment? People read the newspaper and other useless material everyday and also make sure that they do so diligently, yet, they will not even find a few minutes to read the Quran.
On the day of Judgement also, the Quran will complain that the Muslims used to abandon the Quran. The Almighty also clearly states that the Quran was revealed so that people could obey it. There is no doubt that the Quran is a Divine Blessed Book and success lies in following the Quran. To listen to it and recite it is an act of reward. However, again, the Quran was revealed so that we can read it with understanding. Allamah Iqbal once mentioned that the Quran is the most oppressed book in the world because the Muslims continue to read the Quran without understanding what they are reading.
Remember its status and greatness.
When one reads the Quran, bear in mind that status and greatness of the Quran and the fact that it is the Divine Revelation of the Almighty. The verses should be recite slowly and in a deliberate manner. Instead of completing the entire Quran in one day, it is better to complete one single ruku which one has completely understood. When one recites verses of Divine Grace one should make dua at this special moment and when one recites verses which give warning of Divine Wrath, one should seek protection in the Almighty.
It was through the Quran that early Muslims used to achieve such greatness and status that no mountain was too high for them to pass and no river was too deep for them to cross over.
Out state today.
Yet, out state today is that we are found in the millions and yet we are being beaten on all fronts. One of the reasons is that the disbelievers continue to respect their laws and we refuse to obey the command of the Quran. Yet, it must be borne in mind that their law is something which is man made and our law is something which is Divinely recorded. The laws of the US are made in the US, the law that govern Moscow is made in that country, the laws which govern India are made their, but the law of the Muslims have come from the Almighty.
Yet, we pay no heed to this. People study books and become lawyers and engineers, yet when Muslims sincerely read the Quran, they become a Ghous, a Qutub and an Abdaal. Such people as Data Ali, Ghous Jali, Mehr Ali, Hindal Wali, all are products of the Quran. Who gave respect to blessed souls like Mohyudeen, Fareedudeen, Qutbudeen, Nizaamudeen, Bahawudeen etc? It was the Quran.
It was the Quran and what they achieved through the Quran. One of the miracles of reading surah Fatiha, Ayatul Kursi and two other verses in the Quran is that when one reads them after the salah, then he achieves four benefits. The first is that his sins are pardoned. The second is that he is blessed with Jannah. The third is that seventy of his needs are fulfilled. The fourth is that seventy times a day, the Almighty looks at him with His Divine Grace. (Tafseer Naeemi).
The Almighty states that this Quran has been revealed on you and yet you are looking for guidance somewhere else. The Jews and Christians are reading the Taurah and Injeel and claiming to be guided and yet, the Muslims are running away from the Quran.
Shaikh Abul Mu’ani May Allah have mercy upon him and Shah Jehan.
During the era of Shah Jehan, there was a pious person whose name was Shaikh Abul Mu’ani May Allah have mercy upon him. Obviously, it was also peaceful times in the country and the Sultan was also someone who was a patron of arts and culture. In fact, the peace enjoyed by the citizens had also spread far and wide and to different parts of the Muslim world. Many people from these countries also travelled to India to find peace. In fact, in India at the time, every masjid was also a Darul Ulum.
In this manner, Shaikh Abul Mu’ani May Allah have mercy upon him also reached this place. He decided to stay in one room in a certain masjid and stayed for a long time in this seclusion. Besides being a complete Haafiz of the Quran, he was also someone who knew all the seven Qirah of the Quran. He also had a very beautiful voice as well. His recital of the Quran was such that even a person with the hardest of hearts felt a sense of emotion when they heard him recite the Quran. As he became famous in the city for his recital of the Quran, someone brought this to the attention of the Sultan. He was then called in the court of the Sultan.
This was also the month of Ramadan and both the Sultan and the advisers of the Sultan were also keeping fast. When Shaikh Abul Mu’ani May Allah have mercy upon him arrived in the court of the Sultan, he was requested to recite a Quranic verse which pertains to the month of Ramadan. He then recited this verse. When the Sultan heard him recite the Quran, he could not control his emotions. The Sultan asked him to read these verses again.
Again Shaikh Abul Mu’ali May Allah have mercy upon him recited this same verse with another form of Qirah and in this manner, he read the same verses with different Qirah. Everyone in the court were extremely amazed at the expert manner in which he recited the Quran and he was then given the title of Shamsul Qurra. He was also given a few pieces of land near the city of Balgram so that he could support himself.
The Quran and the modern day Muslim.
When there is an announcement that the Hindu book the Vedas will be aired or shown on TV at a certain time, all the Hindus make sure that they gather and sit with respect so that they listen to the Vedas. Yet, this Vedas is certainly not a book of guidance. However, our state is that we will sit and watch a film for three hours and yet, if someone calls us to listen to the Quran or a lesson which is been given about the Quran, it is nothing short of calling us to partake in our own death ceremony. In other words, we make sure that we run as far as possible. We notice that if the Jumuah khutbah is a few minutes late, we immediately start to complain and start looking at out watches. We will continue to spend the rest of the year watching films, but will only be prepared to listen to the Quran once in a year during the month of Ramadan.
Listen, films, song and dance is nothing but means for your ultimate destruction. The Quran is a cure for all your ills. Whether it is the Taurah or the Injeel, all are books which have been abrogated. Yet, these people continue to read these books without fail. The Quran however, is a book which is not abrogated and is certainly a book of reward and Divine Grace, yet, we think nothing of it.
The Sikh nation is certainly a stupid nation, yet when their so called holy book moves around, they stand with respect, they spread fragrance along the path, they place it in a special material and they take this book in a special procession. Some are chasing away the flies and some are waving hand made fans. The rest of these idiots are standing with their hands folded. Yet, the Muslims are people who will deliberately turn their backs on the Quran.
We have heard that certain so called Muslims have even burnt the Quran in their state of immense stupidity. Have you ever heard of Christians or other misled people burning their book of so called guidance? Bear in mind that you are doing nothing but saving this fire for yourself in the hereafter. There are still enemies of Islam who are hidden within the Muslims until the present day. Bear in mind that those who burn the Quran have become the Yazeed and the Chenghiz Khan of their time, while those who have displayed respect for the Quran have become the Tariq bin Ziyad and the Mohammed bin Qasim of their era.
Pakistan and other Islamic countries can only be saved through the Quran!
The people that will save a country are not those who dance and sing but through those who are sincere to the message of the Quran. A country like Pakistan was created through the dedication and hardship suffered by those who stood for Islam and the message of the Quran. As long as the country continues to read the Quran, it will always be protected.
Today the state of the Muslims all over the world is that there is not a house in which you will not find singing and dancing and music. Yet, if you had to count the number of Muslim homes in which the Quran is recited, you will be able to count them on your finger tips. Muslims should bear in mind that the Quran was revealed directly to the blessed heart of the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him. If you wish to make the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him happy, then you should read as much Quran as possible. Again, the Quran is a book of truth, as much as you read, so much so will you be included among the truthful.
We make dua that we do not become Chenghis Khan or Mustafa Kamal, we make dua that we become the leaders of the Muslim ummah so that others can follow the path of guidance and righteousness. we cannot become the blessed Ashaab, but we can strive to become the servants of the blessed Ashaab. If we wish to start a revolution on the street, we should strive to start with the message of the Quran. We should start the movement to make sure that Muslims do not forget the message of the Quran.
The following is mentioned by another female from a small village. She narrates, “I make dua that the blessed shadow of the Holy Quran remains over the heads of Muslims all the time. The incident which happened to me proves the truth of the Quran.
I will consider this as one of the amazing miracles of the Quran. One of the reasons is that in this mundane world, the tragedy which occurred was said to be something could never be cured. However, I saw the miracle of the Quran in this instance. Once, I was reading the Quran and one of my sons fingers became stuck in a door frame. In fact, the injury was so severe that the one finger hung by a thin thread of skin. My husband then took him to the hospital but the doctors including some of the top physicians mentioned that there was nothing they could do and that his finger had to be cut off. We then went from hospital to hospital and still all the doctors mentioned the same thing.
At the same time, the hand was beginning to develop gangrene and this created even more stress. Finally, the both of us decided to read the complete Quran while the young boy was in hospital and when the doctors had him checked, they were surprised to find that his hand had begun to heal on its own. There was no need for an operation and the finger was again healed. Both of these miracles I believe occurred for two reasons. One is that this incident happened while I was reading the Quran and the second reason is that we had continued to read the Quran while we were in the hospital.
The world is indeed a very testing environment. All the ways we use in the world are merely something which is material and can only last for a few days. However, spiritual means and ways are things which last forever. It creates spiritual strength and power and leaves a lasting mark on the mind and heart of a person. We see that people are always being helped and assisted by the Quran.
There is no doubt that when the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him was sent by the Almighty, he was sent as a Divine Grace to the entire universe. In fact, the Quran also mentions that the Almighty has certainly done a great favour to the believers by sending a Prophet to them from among them. In another verse, the Quran declares that there is no doubt that a Book and a Nur has been sent by the Almighty. The Nur mentioned here is the Nur of the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him. One of the reasons for the coming of the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him is so that he can teach us the Book and Wisdom. This is the same duty which the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him has placed on those who learn and teach the Quran. In other words, the Ulama and the Huffaz.
The Quran began its journey from the Lawh Mahfuz and ended its journey in the blessed heart of the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him. The Ulama also mention that at certain times when Jibraeel Ameen used to appear with Divine Revelation, he used to appear in a human form. We all know that at times, he used to appear in the form of Hadrat Sayyiduna Dahiyah Kalbi May Allah have mercy upon him.
At times, he appeared as a traveller which is again proven from the Ahadith. However, in whichever state he appeared, there is no doubt that while remaining in a human form, the Quran descended on the blessed heart of the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him.
There is a verse in the Quran which explains that many are misguided by the Quran and many a guided by the Quran. Does this mean that the Quran can also misguide people?
It is impossible for the Quran to misguide anyone. Yes, when people read the Quran with the intent of misguiding others, then they take the name of the Quran in their kufr and spread misguidance. Therefore, this verse is a warning for us not to fall into the trap of these misguided people who take the name of the Quran and that as Muslims, we should bear in mind that there is no doubt which can be found in the Quran. However, since these people are misguided, they are using the Quran to misguide people.
In like manner, there are certain food items which are beneficial to a person in a certain state, but when these food items are eaten by someone who is not fit to eat these items, then it would be harmful for him like sugar for a person suffering from sugar. Therefore, a person whose Imaan is strong and pure, the Quran will increase his strength and purity, while that person who is internally sick and misguided, he will become more misguided when he reads the Quran. In other words, if you take a blind person and place him outside when the sun is shinning, he will refuse to believe the sun is shinning. This is not the fault of the sun but the fault of the person who cannot see the the brightness of the sun.
Another important question which is sometimes asked by those who do not believe in the Quran is the sequence of certain verses or surahs in the Quran. Some of them say that certain verses appeared in the last days but we find them in the earlier paras vice versa. We find that certain surahs which appeared at the beginning are placed in the sixth para and certain surahs which appeared at the beginning are placed in the last surah. Does this not mean that the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him changed this himself?
Yet, we must understand that this was placed in these spots as per the requirement of people. For example, if there are many people who attend a surgery, the doctor will not say that since you came first, you will get medicine number one and since you came last, you will get medicine number ten. No, the doctor prescribes medication as per the needs of the people. In like manner, if many people attend a shoe shop, the owner of the shop will not say that since you entered first, you will get size one and since you entered last, you will get size ten. Each person is given the size which he requires.
As was required by people, these verses appeared. In other words, the manner in which the Almighty ordered, that is how the verses were revealed and placed in the Quran. In fact, this itself is a miracle of the Quran. This proves that the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him did not write this book. If he had written it himself, he would have placed it in sequence as people normally do. But because this appears in different sequence in the Quran, proves that he did not write the Quran himself. Humans are in the habit of writing things according to their own sequence. What they say first, they will record as first, what they say second, they will record as second etc. However, this is not the method of the Quran. We know Surah Naas appeared very early in Islam but it appears in the last para of the Quran! Again, this proves that this was not a book written by the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him or else he would have placed this in the beginning of the Quran. The sequence of the Quran itself, is a proof of it being a Divine Book.
Hadrat Sayyiduna Buraydah May Allah have mercy upon him narrates the words of the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him in which he has stated that, “He who recites the Quran with the purpose of eating from people, on the day of judgement, he will appear in such a state that his face with be only bone and will have no flesh on it.” (Imam Baqihi. Shuhubul Imaan).
To read the Quran for wordily greed.
This clearly proves to us that those who read the Quran with the sole intention of earning wordily favours, there will be nothing for them in the hereafter. The Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him has also stated that both the Arabs and non Arabs recite the Quran and both should read as they read. He also warned, “Very soon, there will appear a group who will straighten the letters of the Quran as an arrow is straightened.
(In other words, they will beautify it beyond comprehension). They will spend hours rectifying each letter and they will go out of their way in the makhaa rij and all of this will be done for the sake of the world. There will be nothing for them in the hereafter.” In other words, having a good voice means nothing if there is no sincerity. One uses his voice merely to earn wordily wealth. When we say that his face will have no flesh, we mean that the most beautiful part of his features which is his face will have no light or brightness.
It is reported that once Hadrat Sayyiduna Imran bin Husain May Allah have mercy upon him was walking past a gathering in which someone was reading and after reading, he was asking something from people. When he saw this, he recited the Inna lillahi. He also mentioned, “I have heard the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him declare that when a person reads, whatever he wishes for, he should ask the Almighty. Very soon, there will appear people who after reading will beg the people for something.” The great Mashaa’ikh have mentioned that a person who earns the world through knowledge, it is like a person who wipes his face with his shoes. There is no doubt that the shoes will become clean but his face will become soiled. There are those people whom the Quran have described as people who have purchased misguidance for guidance. Another important point to bear in mind is that their trade will achieve nothing for them except disgrace in both worlds.
Hadrat Sayyiduna Ubay bin Ka’ab May Allah have mercy upon him narrates that he once taught someone a surah and as a gift, this person gave him a bow as a gift. He then mentioned this to the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him who replied, “You have accepted a bow from Hell.” The same has been mentioned about Hadrat Sayyiduna Abaadah bin Saamit May Allah have mercy upon him. When he mentioned this to the Holy Prophet peace and salutations be upon him, he replied, “If you wish to adorn a necklace from the fire of hell, then you may accept this gift.”.
Protect yourself from greed.
My urgent appeal is specifically to those students who learn the Quran with the sole intention of earning wordily wealth and property. This is the reason why the Ulama have mentioned that one should not have the intention of earning a salary when teaching people.
One should have the intention that whatever he receives, he is merely receiving this to remove a great need. In other words, the monies given to him by people should be treated as a person treats the flesh of a pig. The only reason he is accepting this at this moment, is because he is helpless and is allowed by Shariah to consume the flesh of a pig. However, the moment, he removes himself from this state, he should literally spit on this money and treat it with the contempt it deserves.
As for those who believe that they are paying an Islamic scholar for his education and his teaching, should think carefully about their intention as well. There is no doubt that they will also be in the same company of those whose faces have no flesh on the day of Judgement. When you do pay someone to teach the Quran, you should have the intention that you are doing so because of your great love for the Quran. Bear in mind that everything in the world has been created for man while man has been created for the Almighty.
Shaikh Saadi May Allah have mercy upon him mentions that all the elements around us are there to serve whether it is the wind, clouds, the sun, the moon etc. They have all been created to fulfil our needs. Another important thing is to see how all of these things are always present and obedient. At times, these objects also go against it own system or running. Sometimes, rain does not appear when it is supposed to, the same with wind and in like manner, the same happens when there is an eclipse of the moon or sun.
Bear in mind that all of these unusual things happen merely to give us a reminder of what can go wrong. It clearly shows us that even though all of these objects have been created for us, yet, none of these things are under our control. If we become a sincere slave of the Almighty, everything comes under our control otherwise not.
Learn about love and respect from the Quran.
It is said that when a person has immense affection and love for someone then this attribute forces the person to always obey the command and instructions of that person. This becomes part of the persons nature. In fact, the act of disobeying this person becomes so distasteful that a person does not like to do this for one moment. One of the main reasons for the creation of this love, affection and reverence is because of the immense greatness and power which one sees in another. This can be either inner or outer feeling. Sometimes, when someone sees the face of someone, he becomes attracted to that person. At the same time, sometimes this attraction and reverence is created in the heart of someone and becomes like a magnet.
Obviously, at times, this love and reverence is not created by another’s features but could be created through wealth and riches. At times, this is created by the sound of someone’s voice. Sometimes, it is created by the writing of someone. The experts also explain that when this type of affection and reverence is created, it does not allow anything foreign to enter the heart. Sometimes when a person sees the hand of someone, he wishes to then see the face of that person etc. However, the appetite of this person does not cease. If one plants a seed in the ground and pays no attention to it, the plant will not appear. In like manner, if one claims to love someone but pays no attention to that person, then very soon, this love and reverence would disappear. However, once a person pays complete attention then only does this bear fruit.
Therefore, if we claim to love someone, we have to style our life according to that person. The more we strive to see the object we claim to love and revere, the more we will drown in the love of that object.
Now, when this is the case of love which a human displays for another human, imagine if we had to display love and reverence for the Almighty and His Divine Being whose Divine Attributes and Greatness knows no bound, what should our love and reverence be in this case?
It also means that when we have developed such love and reverence for the Almighty, it would stand to reason that we also have immense love and reverence for His beloved Prophet peace and salutations be upon him. All of what has been explained is clearly to be found in the Quran.
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