Burdensome?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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Burdensome?

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Allah ﷻ Said in Suratul Furqan:

وقال الرسول يارب إن قومي اتخذوا هذا القرآن مهجورًا

“And the Messenger will say: “O my Rabb! Verily, my people made hijrah from this Qur’an”

 

Commenting on this Ayah, Ibn al-Qayyim said:

إن من أنواع هجر القرآن هجر تدبره وتفهمه ومعرفة ما أراد المتكلم به منه

“(From the) types of hijrah of the Qur’an is abandoning reflecting upon it and understanding it, and (gaining) knowledge about what is intended by the speech from it.”

Ibn Katheer elaborated on the above Ayah in his tafseer:

“…and not pondering its meanings and trying to understand it is the same as forsaking it, and not acting upon it and following its commandments and heeding its prohibitions is the same as forsaking it, and turning away from it in favor of poetry or other words or songs or idle talk or some other way is the same as forsaking it.”

Making hijrah from the Qur’an also reflects hypocrisy for it is seen as inconvenient and burdensome by some to even read it. So it is abandoned, ignored and obviously no positive personal changes are realised. Abi al-Juza’ rahimahullah said:

نقل الحجارة، أهون على المنافق من قراءة القرآن

“Moving (large) stones is less (of a burden) upon the hypocrite than reading the Qur’an”

It is the sincere engagement with the Qur’an that keeps the hearts alive and prevents hypocrisy from entering and settling; even a consistent reading of it helps. Dr. ‘Umar al-Muqbil said words of reflection:

الورد اليومي من القرآن -وإن قلّ- هو بمثابة الوقود للقلب.. فكيف يسير القلب سيرا حثيثا إذا ضعف وقوده؟

“Your daily recitation of the Qur’an is like fuel to the heart… so how do you expect the heart to keep going when the fuel is running low?”

Our personal strength of connection to the Book of Allah is measured by the depth of impact it has on our psyche. And it begins with an intrinsic drive to go beyond simple reading, and towards understanding and contemplation with practical purpose. Ibn Taymiyyah said that tadabbur is one of the ways to achieve this:

من تدبّر القرآن طالبًا الْهُدَى، تبيّن له طريق الحق

“Whoever reflects upon the Qur’an, is (like a) a seeker of guidance, treading a way to the truth.”

It is related in the Tafseer of Ibn Abi Hatim that a man came to ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ood رضي الله عنه and asked him for advise. He replied:

إذا سمعت الله يقول: يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ؛ فأصغ لها سمعك ؛ فإنه خير تؤمر به، أو شر تنهى عنه

“When you hear Allah Say (in the Qur’an): ‘O you who have believed’, concentrate your hearing towards it – for it contains goodness that is ordered, or evil that is forbidden…”

This type of concern primarily shows an inherent need to develop and sculpt our self beings to become inseparable from the noble Ayaat. The Prophet ﷺ was the walking Qur’an, and it was his guiding companion providing the source of his comfort. And so it should be ours too. He ﷺ would often say in latter part of his du’a:

أن تجعلَ القرآنَ ربيعَ قلبِي، ونورَ صدرِي، وجلاءَ حزني، وذَهابَ همِّي وغمِّي

“…make the Qur’an joy of my heart, and the light of my breast, and the clearing of my sadness and the removal of my state of worry (and anxiety)…”

For the As-hab of Rasool ﷺ, the Qur’an was not something abstract or distant from their every day reality – or bound in paper and locked away. They lived and breathed it, thereby shaping their lives, those of their communities and indeed conquering the world by its divine rights.

We seek Allah’s succour from His Words and seek His Aid in remaining firm upon the Straight Path.

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