Friday, 13 January 2012

The Quran is core to Islam


I Seek refuge in Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), from the Shaitan.
      In the name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.

        Learn The Quran        
          Islam has two primary sources, the Quran, and the authentic Traditions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), that explain and sometimes expand on that of the Quran.
         
The Quran is core to Islam.  Believing in it is a requirement. 
One who does not believe in the Quran, in its entirety, cannot claim to be a Muslim?
 "The Messenger (Muhammad) believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord and (so do) the believers. 
Each one believes in Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. 
(They say,)  ‘We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers’ —
And they say, ‘We hear, and we obey.  (We seek)  Your forgiveness, our Lord,
And to You is the return (of all)’." (Quran 2:285)

      Islam has two primary sources, the Quran, and the authentic Traditions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), that explains and sometimes expands on that of the Quran. 
 “And We have not sent down the Book (the Quran) to you (O Muhammad,
Except that you may explain clearly unto them those things in which they differ, and (as) a guidance and a mercy for a folk who believe.” (Quran 16:64)

In the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), we find that he Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) used to exhibit the highest level Of Awe during recitation of the Holy Quran.
Abdullah b. Mas’ud – Allah be pleased with him – said:
When a man amongst us learned ten verses [of the Quran], he would not move on [to the next verses] until he had understood their meanings and how to act by them.
Abu ‘Abd Al-Rahmaan Al-Sulamî said:
Those who used to teach us the Quran (the Companions) told us that they used to learn the Quran from the Prophet –
Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him; when they had learnt ten verses they would not move on until they put into practice what was in them.
So we learnt knowledge and deeds (implementation) together.

Oral transmission of the Holy Quran was based on hafiz (memorization)
And the Beloved Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) himself was the first to memorize the revelation after the
Angel Jibraeel (alley salaam...) has brought it to him;
Memorization by the Companions (Sa’haba) The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) would declare the revelation and instructed his Companions to memorize it.

      One day he the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) called them
And asked each of them as to what of Quran they had remembered (Memorized) until such time that he Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) reached a young man and asked him the same question.
The young man replied, “I have memorized such and such (chapters) and Surat ul-Baqarah (2nd chapter)”.
 Thereupon the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) told the people,
 “Now go away from here and this young man is your leader (from now onwards)”.
When the people said: “O Messenger of Allah”! He is still young”, he Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said, “He knows Surat ul-Baqarah”.

Abd Allah Ibn Mas’ud (radiyallaahu ‘anhu) says that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) asked me to recite the Quran for him.
He said to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), 'Should I recite the Quran before you whereas it has been revealed unto you?'
At this the Prophet said, 'I love it more to hear the Quran from someone else.
‘Then Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud recited the chapter of 'An-Nisa'. When he recited the verse,
'How will it be them, when we shall bring out of each community, a witness,

And We shall bring thee against these as witnesses....’ (4:41),
The Prophet said, 'This is enough.' When Ibn Mas’ud saw the face of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam),
 He saw tears rolling down both his eyes.

Hasan Ibn Muhammad Ibn Alf Ibn Abi Talib (radiyallaahu ‘anhu) says that while delivering the Jummah sermon,
Umar (radiyallaahu ‘anhu) recited the chapter of 'Takwir', when he recited the verse,
'Then every soul shall know that which it hath presented.' (81:14),
His voice got choked (on account of fear of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD).
And he could not recite any more.

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) was asked, “Who is the best reciter of the Quran?
” He: Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) replied, “One who is seen exhibiting awe
 (a feeling of great respect and admiration combined with fear) at its recitation”.

Memorizing the Holy Quran becomes the great source of reward for the Muslims
And those who memorize the Holy Quran are the eminent people among believers.
Some of their privileges are mentioned below: -
"And We (Allah) have made the Holy Quran easy to understand and remember,
Then is there any that will receive admonition."(The Quran, 54:17)
One of the means through which Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) has assured the protection
Of the Holy Quran is the fact that He made the memorization of His Book an easy task for the believers.
In fact, the Holy Quran is the only religious Scripture that is memorized by its followers.
Innumerable persons in every Muslim community have memorized the whole Quran since the first day it was revealed.
Children as young as five years old and men and women as old as 50 years memorize the whole Quran as part of their love And devotion to the Book of Allah.
The one who memorizes the whole Quran is known as a Hafiz.
It is a miracle that the Hafiz not only memorizes the entire text of the Holy Quran,
But also the punctuation and iatrical marks of each and every word and verse of the Quran.
The "And We (Allah) has made the Holy Quran easy to understand and remember,
Then is there any that will receive admonition."(The Quran, 54:17)
What is more amazing is that Muslims of different languages are able to memorize the whole Quran perfectly even though they do not speak Arabic. The Quran is not a small book containing few verses.
Rather, it is a book containing over 6,000 verses!
It is a miracle of the Quran that a Hafiz is able to memorize all of these verses in order.
(A hafiz (the keeper, keeping against forgetting) is a person who memorized all of the Holy Quran and could recite it from memory.
There are little kids who are hafiz; this is because they started at an early age.
The younger they start the better).

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said that Hafiz of the Holy Quran is very close to Allah (Subhana WA Ta’aala - the Glorious and the Exalted).
 The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said that Hafiz of the Holy Quran is the friends of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD).
 The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: "Hafizes are the most respectable people of my Ummah."
 The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) also said that on the day of Qiyamah (Judgment Day),
Hafizes of the Holy Quran will accompany the prophets and the pious people of Allah under His special flag.
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said a hafiz will be rewarded on the day of Qiyamah (Judgment Day), as will his or her parents,
 And will be granted the ability to intercede on behalf of ten family members
   The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said the parents of Hafiz will be made to wear a crown on the day of Qiyamah, the brilliance of which will excel that of the sun.

Ibn Mas'ud – (radiyallaahu 'anhu) – would advise his students, "If your intention is one of these three, do not seek knowledge: To shame the ignorant, or to argue with the Fuqaha' (scholars), or to cause people to turn their faces in your direction.
Intend with your actions and words that which is with Allah, for indeed that which is with Allah shall remain and everything else shall perish.

Quran is the word of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and that it is a recitation, it is also important to understand that Quran has remained unchanged for more than 1400 years.  Today when a Muslim in Egypt holds his Mushaf in his hands and begins to recite you can be sure that in far away Fiji another Muslim is looking at and reciting the exact same words.  There are no differences.  The children in France,U.K.,Africa,U.S.China, holding his first Quran (Mushaf) is tentatively reciting the same words that flowed from the lips of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam).

Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) assures us in Quran that He will surely protect His words. 
He says, “Verily, it is We Who has sent down the Quran and surely,
We will guard it (from corruption).” (Quran 15:9) This means that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) will guard against anything false being added or any part of it being taken away.  It is protected from tampering and if anyone attempts to distort the meanings of Quran, Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) will guide someone to expose the deception. Muslims believe that the previous revelations from Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), including the Torah and the Gospels of Jesus were either lost in antiquity, or changed and distorted, so it is a source of comfort to them knowing that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s words – the Quran – are now well guarded.
The Quran was delivered to Prophet Muhammad by the Angel Gabriel and revealed in stages over a period of 23 years.
 “And (it is) a Quran which We have divided into parts, in order that you might recite it to men at intervals. 
And We have revealed it by stages.” (Quran 17:106)
 Prophet Muhammad was commanded by God to convey the Quran to all of humankind
And the responsibility weighed heavily upon him. 
Even in his farewell address he called on the people present to bear witness that he had delivered the message.

Don’t Speak Without Knowledge, Say “Allahu Alam”:
Abu Bakr – radiyallaahu ‘anhu – said:
Which sky would shade me and which earth would carry me
(I.e. let me live upon it) if I were to say about the Book of Allah that which I do not know (about)?

Allah Said:” for the believers he is full of pity, kind and merciful.” (Quran, 9:128)

May Allah Subhanawataala grant us what is best in this world and the next!
Action speaks louder then words my friend’s practice Islam the way of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) did.
 May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) help us to do that which He loves and which pleases Him?
May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) make our efforts sincere and keep us all on the straight path...........
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1 comment:

CREATIVE MIND said...

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