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Unfortunately, we have abandoned this meritorious act for innovations (mystification & myths). Muslims kiss the Quran but never read it with understanding. We decorate our shelves with it so it can gather enough dust. It is placed so high that we literarily need a ladder to get it whenever we need to read it only when someone dies.
However, we keep the television low but very close to us for second to second guidance. Cultural Muslims who also do not read the Qur’an are the first to teach baseless & false myths e.g. one can only read it sitting in the first row, one cannot read it standing or travelling or at workplace etc. We have also reduced the Qur’an to a protective charm (tamima, taaweez) hanged around our necks, waist in our cars, houses etc.
While cultural & emotional Muslims are busy with the aforementioned, non – Muslims are reading the Qur’an with understanding and are reverting to Islam every day around the globe. It is indeed a life changing speech, but we do not appreciate what we have because we refuse to read it with understanding. Read what a revert to Islam said:
“I have read the sacred scriptures of every religion; nowhere have I found what I encountered in Islam; PERFECTION. The Quran, compared to any other scripture I have read, is like the sun compared to that of a match stick. I firmly believe that anybody who reads the Word of Allah with a mind that is not completely closed to the truth, will become a Muslim”- DIRK WALTER SAIFUDDIN (Mosig, U.S.A).
There is a common misconception that the Qur’an was revealed only for the Muslims & not for Non-Muslims. “But it is not except a reminder to the worlds.” 68: 52, 81:27. “This [Qur’an] is notification for the people that they may be warned thereby and that they may know that He is but one God and that those of understanding will be reminded”. 14: 52
“And We have not sent you except comprehensively to mankind as a bringer of good tidings and a warner. But most of the people do not know”.34: 28
In fact, we should do more to encourage all non –Muslims around us to read the Qur’an as an alternative to their criminal campaign of burning it, but Muslims should remember that; “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”- Joseph Brodsky. Muslims should always decently & peacefully protest the criminal acts of “Burn the Quran Day” because it is an insult to the words of Allah. Islam however, allows us to dispose torn, tattered Qur’an by burning. Are you surprised? Can I give a copy of the Qur’an to Non- Muslims? Tap links for answers https://islamqa.info/en/3996, https://islamqa.info/en/10694
Being born into a Muslim family does not translate to the understanding of the message of the Qur’an; it is not acquired by genetics or birth but by striving. The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said: “Knowledge is gained by striving for it.” It is rather unfortunate that emotional, cultural & traditional Muslims are ready to die for the Qur’an wrongfully but are not willing to read it with understanding. It is not enough for us to say “I love the Qur’an, it’s beautiful.” “Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read with understanding.”- Anonymous. Tameem ad-Dari (RA) said: “The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said, (three times), “The Religion is naseeha (sincerity and sincere advice).” We said, “To whom?” He said, “To Allaah, His Book, His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and the general people.” [Muslim] Rather the heart must be sincerely attached to Allah’s Book and the limbs and tongue will follow in this attachment. Have you ever read the Quran in any language you understand? When last did you sit with your family members to share with them what Allah says in the Quran? When last did you sit with them to watch the Television? When last did you give a copy of the Quran to any human being for them to read with understanding? When last did you give a copy of a magazine, newspaper, web link, novel to someone?
MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT QUR’AN
- Revelation all at Once or Gradually? https://islamqa.info/en/180883
- Who wrote the Qur’an and how was it put together? https://islamqa.info/en/10012
- Who gave the Qur’an this name? https://islamqa.info/en/1005
- The order of Surahs & Aayahs in the Qur’an https://islamqa.info/en/3214
- The revelation of the Qur’an in seven styles (ahruf, sing, harf) https://islamqa.info/en/5142
- Belief of the Salaf (righteous predecessors) Concerning the Quran https://islamqa.info/en/120984
- Distortion of the Qur’an by the (Kufaar, Raafidis, Shias). https://islamqa.info/en/21500, https://islamqa.info/en/23487.
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