Simple formula to be the best
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Tue Mar 31, 2009 12:43 pm
By Ayesha Ahmed
BEING humans, we all crave to have the best in life, to get the best in
life, and to be the best in life. Don't we? How many times have these
thoughts crawled in our brains?
"I want to be the best employee or the best student!" "I want to own the
best mobile, the best car and be married to the best wife."
Dear brothers and sisters, as Muslims has the thought ever come to us that
"I want to be the best Muslim?" Leave alone working for it, have we ever
just thought about it?
Well, now that this topic has come up, give it a second thought. If you
believed that to be the best of Muslims you need to spend your full day in
the Masjid or fast everyday of your life, you were wrong!
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) gave us a simple formula to be the
best: "The best amongst you is the one who learns the Qur'an and teaches
it." *(Al-Bukhari) *
Subhan Allah, as simple as that! It doesn't require you to be on your prayer
mat 24/7. No, the key is Allah's speech - the Quran.
Hold on to it even if itŽs by starting to read a page everyday (make sure
you understand it). This is something that Allah has ordered in the QurŽan.
"And hold fast, all of you together, to the rope of Allah (i.e. the Quran),
and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude AllahŽs
favors on you..." *(QurŽan, 3:103)*
"And We have indeed made the QurŽan easy to understand and remember, then is
there any that will remember (or receive admonition)?" *(QurŽan, 54:17)*
*Benefits of reading the QurŽan:*
*o Fulfils an Islamic duty*
The Prophet (peace be upon him) summarized the Religion in his statement:
"The Religion is naseehah (sincerity)!" So the Companions asked, "For whomŽ"
He replied: "For the sake of Allah, His Book, His Messenger, the leaders of
the people, and their common folk." *(Sahih Muslim)*
Sincerity to the Book of Allah includes reciting it regularly, learning the
rules of Tajweed and trying to beautify our recitation, understanding its
meaning, Tafseer and the reasons for revelation, and most importantly
affirming that it is the Truth, the perfect Speech of Allah and not part of
the creation. We honor it by learning it, implementing it in our lives,
teaching it and calling people towards it. So by reading and reflecting over
the QurŽan, we fulfill an obligation and will Insha Allah be rewarded for
*o Intercession on the Day of Judgment*
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Read the QurŽan, for verily it will
come on the Day of Judgment as an intercessor for its upholders." *(Sahih
All those early mornings we spent reciting the QurŽan will Insha Allah bear
its full fruit when it really matters: the Day of Judgment. We canŽt even
imagine how it will be, when the QurŽan will intercede for those who honored
it. May Allah make us among them, Aameen.
*o How much in 5 minutes?*
IŽm sure youŽre familiar with the famous Hadith, "Whoever reads a letter
from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward. And that reward will be
multiplied by ten. I am not saying that "Alif, Laam, Meem" is a letter,
rather I am saying that "Alif" is a letter, "Laam" is a letter and "Meem" is
a letter." (Al-Tirmidhi)
Subhan Allah, can you imagine the weight of good deeds that will be added to
your right side by just reciting one verse? This is really a blessing for
all of us.
There is no end to the benefits of reading the QurŽan. Also, our wisdom and
thoughts develop positively, giving us a clear and intellectual
understanding of life if we seek guidance from the QurŽan, the Book of our
May Allah make us among the people of the QurŽan and make the QurŽan a
witness for us on the Day of Judgment and not against us.
So go ahead, learn and teach the QurŽan, and make yourself among the best of
Muslims Insha Allah.
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