People, in the Human World, Words Matter. Whether they are written or spoken. Humans mostly communicate using words, whether those words are actually spoken or written. And they usually pay attention to each other's words;...
As Muslims, when we speak – or write or engage in any other act or form of communication – we must do so not to impress or feel good, but to educate and to serve and to help.
And to discover and share the truth.
Allah’s book, the Qur’an, is a marvel and a miracle in every way. But Allah made it easy – and readily accessible. And he said so: Wa Laqwad Yassarnal Qur’ana Lidh Dhikr.
And he said this not once or twice but repeatedly: four times in one Surah alone – Sruah Al-Qwamar, Surah 54.
That means the Qur’an is easy no matter how you look at it: easy to read; easy to learn; easy to remember; easy to memorize; easy to recite.
And also, the Qur’an is, at the same time, easy to understand and easy to practice and implement: in one’s personal life as well as in our societies and communities.
And in the entire world.
And those who complain that the Qur’an is anything other than “easy” may, sadly, be those who have been denied – or delayed – access to the Qur’an in one form or another, for one reason or another.
You do not, you cannot, see God in this world. But you see the Qur'an.
The Qur'an is all you have in your hands in this world. And the Qur'an is all you will ever see in this world.
In other words, let me put it to you straight: The Qur'an is the closest you will ever come to seeing God in this world.
And that opportunity and that common blessing and Rahmat – to see the Qur'an; to hold the Qur'an in your hands; and to read and understand the Qur'an – is given to all in this world. People are limited or excluded only by their own will, ability and inclination.
So also, the Hadith is all you have in your hands. It is all you can see.
The Hadith is the closest you will ever come to seeing Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, in this world. Except of course in dreams, a boon and a privilege that is not granted to everyone.
Only very, very special people get to see Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, in their dreams.
But the Hadith is for all: to see; to hold in their hands; and to study and understand.
So, for everyone everywhere, while you cannot see God in this world, you see his speech in Qur’an, and everyone has been given full and direct access to it.
Just as we can no longer see Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, in flesh and blood in this world, everyone everywhere, has been given full and direct access to his life and legacy – his actual words and the most direct and unadulterated record of his actions – in the form of Hadith in a way that simply cannot be matched or paralleled.
So, you do not see God, but you see the Qur’an. And you do not see Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, but you see the Hadith.
Do we even begin to understand any of this? And do you think this entire thing has any equal anywhere?
And do you think any of this is a mere accident or coincidence?
And does all this not make Islam most self-evident?
And does all this not make Qur’an and Hadith the most compelling arguments for God?
And for Islam?
Is not God Almighty enough for us? Why do we chase the mirage of Ma Siwallah, things other than Allah, when all we need is him: God Almighty?
To those of us who aspire for all things sublime and wonderful, not just in this world, but also in the next world, I suggest we try God Almighty.
Maybe, once you have him, you will have all and you will need nothing besides. And you will need to chase shadows and phantoms no more.
And I submit two words to your consideration that will help you find God:
Once you have those two, Qur'an and Hadith, and you decide to take them seriously, as seriously as they should be taken, or as seriously as you can take them, you will find God.
Those two -- Qur'an and Hadith -- will take you to God, provided you take them the way they should be taken and you handle them the way they should be handled.
Here now are a couple of hints with regard to them that will help you handle them right:
(a) Don't forget, this is the same Qur'an that if God had placed on a mountain, the mountain would have gone to smithreens.
Lawu Anzalnaa Haadhal Qur'ana 'Ala Jabalin, La-Ra-Aytahu Khwaashi-an Mutaswaddi-an Min Khashyatillah.
(b) And don't forget that Hadith has to do with Allah's most beloved creation, Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, for whom the gates of heaven were thrown open, right here in this world.
(c) And don't forget that Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is also a man whom not only God's angels, but also God Almighty himself blesses and exalts and glorifies.
Innallaha Wa Malaa-ikatahu Yuswalloona 'Alan Nabiyyi!
What more can anyone want, especially those who say they want Allah and they are working for him?
What more can anyone expect to get?
World Muslims and non-Muslims must celebrate 12th Rabi’ul Awwal, 1433 – 5th February, 2012 – as World Day of Qur’an for Universal Male-Female Literacy.
And they must do the same thing consistently every year thereafter – on every 12th Rabiul Awwal.
And there is a simple and yet a most powerful and convincing reason for doing so: Because it was the Qur’an that first called for universal male-female literacy.
The Qur’an did so 1400 years ago – by asking everyone everywhere, male as well as female, to read.
That is one of the greatest miracles of the Qur’an – and the very first one, if you look at it that way. [...]
Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, tells us that Du’a that is made after reading the Qur’an is accepted.
"Every Muslim worries about Wudu, or physical purity or Tahaarah, when they are about to touch or handle the Qur’an?
And they must.
But how many of us worry about our mental state of purity and cleanliness as we are about to touch or handle the Qur’an?
Does anyone think it is a question worth asking?
And then we complain the Qur’an does not open up to us or talk to us!" (Dr. Pasha)
Translating any text from any language into another language is one of the most difficult if not impossible things anyone can attempt or contemplate.
Long time ago, I wrote a “professional” paper which I presented to a professional conference in which I showed how close to impossible that task was. [...]
"If Islam had given the world nothing but this one simple clarion message, “Read!” (Qur’an, 96:1) – and that too at the dawn of the Seventh Century – the entire world would still be in its debt forever. But the tragedy is that Non-Muslims don’t know, and Muslims won’t tell." (Dr. Pasha)
"New communication technologies have given us the ability to see and hear each other across time and space. But Islam placed that technology in our hands from before time and space were created: the Qur’an.
So, while it is important for us to learn and use all the best technologies available in any place or time, we must at the same time train ourselves to use the Qur’an the way it was intended to: to communicate beyond time and space and through the worst of conditions and toughest of barriers.
Therefore, I want us to train to see ourselves, and each other, and the world, through the looking glass of the Qur'an. We then see through the unfailing mirror of the hearts that have been polished by the Qur'an and that have been illumined by the radiance of the Qur’an. There is no better medium than that for those connected to the Qur’an." (Dr. Pasha)