Springtime of the Qur’an

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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Blossoming of the Qur’an 🌿

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Malik ibn Deenar (d.127H) said:

يا حملة القرآن ماذا زرع القرآن في قلوبكم؟ إن القرآن ربيع المؤمن، كما أن الغيث ربيع الأرض

“O carriers of the Qur’an, what have you sown (from) the Qur’an in your hearts? Indeed the Qur’an is (the season of) spring for the believer, as such it’s (like) spring showers cultivating the earth.” [1]

Without cultivation, land becomes barren and hard; and with constant care and attention, it blooms and is kept alive, delighting the owner. Avoid breeding attitudes of laxity and belligerence for it has far reaching consequences. Abu’l Aaliyyah, Rafi’ ibn Mihran (d.93H), Imam of the reciters and hafidh of the mufassireen رحمه الله said:

يأتي على الناس زمان لا يجدون فيه للقرآن حلاوة، إن قصّروا قالوا: الله غفُورٌ رحيم، وإن عصوا قالوا: سيُغفرلنا

“There will come upon people, a time when the sweetness of the Qur’an will not be found. They’ll become accustomed to saying, “Allah is Ghafoor, Raheem”; even while being disobedient, they’ll say (with false optimism), “He’ll forgive us!” [2]

Therefore, immersing one’s self in the Qur’an, from its reading and contemplation and looking into the established commentaries, is from the means of discovering solutions. Imam Al-Shafi’i (d. H) said, advising his disciple al-Rabee’ah:

إذا أردت صلاح قلبك أو ابنك أو أخيك فأودعه في رياض القرآن سيصلحه الله شاء أم أبى بإذنه تعالى

“If you want to correct (and rectify) your heart, or (that of) your son or your brother, then let yourself go (and roam) in the gardens of the Qur’an. Allah the Most High, permittingly will correct (your affairs)…” [3]

The Qur’an has such powerful effect on a believer’s spirit too. Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said:

ما رأيت شيئا يغذي العقل والروح ويحفظ الجسم ويضمن السعادة ؛ أكثر من إدامة النظر في كتاب الله تعالى

“Whoever would like to feed the intellect and spirit, and preserve the body, and guarantee happiness; then persistently look in (and heed) the Book of Allah, Most High.” [4]

There are prerequisites however, to tasting the delights of the Book of Allah ﷻ and for its effects to appear in one’s manners, morals and deeds. Al- Zarkashi (d.794H) said:

‏ومن لم يكن له علم وفهم وتقوى وتدبر لم يدرك من لذة القرآن شيئا

“Whoever does not have knowledge and understanding, nor taqwah or contemplation, will realise nothing of the delight of the Qur’an.” [5]

May Allah make the Qur’an the spring of our hearts, the ight of our chests and the eliminator of our sorrows and worries. Ameen.

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References:
[1] Hilyat al-Awliya’, 2/358
[2] Ahmad ibn Hanbal, ‘Al-Zuhd’, 1760
[3] Hilyat al-Awliya’, 9/123
[4] Majmu’ al-Fatawa, 7/493
[5] Al-Burhan fi ‘Uloom al-Qur’an, 2/290

 

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