Hadith 23: The Qur’an

On the authority of Abu Maalik al-Haarith ibn Aasim al-Ashari, (may Allah be pleased with him), who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, ‘Purification is half of the faith. The phrase al-hamdulillah (‘All praises be to Allah ‘) fills the scale. The phrases sub-haanallaah (‘High is Allah above every imperfection and need; He is pure and perfect’) and al-hamdullilah (‘All praise be to Allah’) fill together – or each fill – what is between the heavens and earth. Prayer is a light. Charity is a proof. Patience is a brightness. The Qur’an is either an argument for you or against you. And everyone goes out in the morning and sells himself either freeing or destroying himself.” (Recorded in Muslim)

“The Qur’an is either an argument for you or against you.”

This statement of the Prophet (s) makes it clear that the Qur’an is either a proof for someone, or against them, there is no neutral position. This is similar to Allah’s (swt) statement:

“And We send down of the Qur’an that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe. And it increases the wrongdoers nothing but  loss.” (Surah al-Israa:82)

If a person turns to the Qur’an with belief, and seeking guidance, it is a healing and a mercy for them. If they ignore the Qur’an and refuse to follow it, the Qur’an will come as a witness against that person on the Day of Judgement.

Whenever we listen to or read the Qur’an it will either increase our faith, or cause us harm due to our neglect of its guidance. The one who reads Qur’an and does not act according to its guidance is one of the wrongdoers, who is in loss. However if we keep the Qur’an in front of us a s a guide, it will lead us to Paradise.

The Qur’an is first and foremost a book of guidance. Allah (swt) states in the opening Surah al-Baqarah:

“This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah” (Surah al-Baqarah:2)

The purpose of the Qur’an is to guide mankind on the Straight Path. Although this may seem obvious, people often turn to the Qur’an for things other than guidance on how to live their lives. People read it for barakah (blessings) or to cure illnesses, or for metaphysical purposes, or to learn about the past. When this happens, the true blessing and teaching of the Qur’an is lost, even though people are reading it. The Qur’an provides fundamental guiding principles for social, political and financial life as well as for relations between ourselves and our Lord, and the rest of humanity. If a person sincerely turns to the Qur’an for guidance in these matters it will be a proof for them on the Day of Judgement.

Do we make the Qur’an our primary source of guidance for how to live the best type of life? Do we turn to it daily and recite it with understanding? Do we feel that it is a Book written for us personally, a source of guidance to all that is good? The Qur’an is the ‘How To’ book for how to live our lives in order to earn the maximum reward. It is, most of all the WORDS of ALLAH (swt). SubhaanAllah the actual words of Allah, contained in a book that we can pick up and read. What an amazing, extraordinary wonderous thing! A jewel on our bookshelves. Let’s take it off and gaze at it, and let it reveal its wonders to us.

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