Thursday 24 January 2019

The Holy Quran and We

The Holy Qur'an is the fountainhead of Divine guidance for every Muslim. This is a Divine Holy Scripture that was revealed unto Prophet Muhammad ( ) by Allah Almighty through His most trusted angel Jibraeel (Gabriel) over a time period of 23 years. The Holy Qur'an contains commandments and guidelines for the Muslims to lead a life as wanted by our Creator, Allah the Almighty.

However, this is most unfortunate that this Holy Book of Guidance which was revealed for us to READ, for the word Qur'an literally means "the recitation"  in Arabic, has been left out of our daily lives, duly wrapped in the upper most shelves of our cupboards. The chaos we witness in the Muslim world today is that we have stopped seeking guidance from Holy Qur'an and depend more on books written by humans to lead our lives. 

A lot many of us are fond of reading books like so many facets of successful men, how to become rich, how to become famous, or how to become a thriving entrepreneur and like but fail to realize that many such attributes and traits of successful men are given in the Holy Qur'an, but we never ventured to read, understand and implement the Divine guidance contained in the Holy Qur'an.

In fact there is a difference of perception of a successful man in our ordinary lives and in a life prescribed by us in the Holy Qur'an. When we pursue worldly goals, it gives us success in a limited sense. One who attains the heights of of one's professional life can boast of being a successful man or businessman, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he is successful in life. But these short lived wordily gains do not help us to gain the best of both worlds. what we have today here, our wealth, our high ranks of offices and business community will be of no use when death begets us. Because from then on a life of different kind a a nature would start.

Those who lead a life keeping in view the life in the hereafter and follow the dictates of Divine commandments given in the Holy Quran are the ones who will be blessed when all ends and a new eternal life commences. Thus true definition of a successful person is one who has the consciousness to protect his soul, who comes to the Quran for guidance and finds it, and who then progresses to adopt the fruits of that guidance, for it is the Holy Qur'an that has an answer and antidote for every inconvenience that a man may encounter and come out of the difficulties. 
“Take what We have given you with determination and remember what is in it that perhaps you may become righteous.” (Surah Al Baqarah 2:63)
But the question remains: How often do we really READ to find out what is in it and understand the Divine commandments and guidelines given therein to live our life to being successful in this life and the hereafter? 
Successful indeed are the believers. Those who offer their Salat (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness. And those who turn away from Al-Laghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk, falsehood, and all that Allah has forbidden). And those who pay the Zakat . And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private parts, from illegal sexual acts) except from their wives or (the captives and slaves) that their right hands possess, for then, they are free from blame. But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors. Those who are faithfully true to their Amanat (all the duties which Allah has ordained, honesty, moral responsibility and trusts etc.) and to their covenants. And those who strictly guard their (five compulsory congregational) Salawat (prayers) (at their fixed stated hours). These are indeed the inheritors. Who shall inherit the Firdaus (Paradise). They shall dwell therein forever. — Qur’an Al-Muminoon 23 :1–11]
Those who really care to read and understand the Holy Qur'an come to know the true meaning of faith, worship and social responsibilities. While faith and worship cleans one spiritually, the awareness of one's social responsibilities make him a better human being and a helper for others. 

In the Holy Qur'an word Falah is used for success. In Surah Al 'Imran Allah says: “There has to be a nation among you summoning to the good, bidding what is right, and forbidding what is wrong. It is they who are the felicitous.” (3: 104) So if we as individuals seek goodness and act what is right and abstain from what is wrong, we will be successful not in this world but in the hereafter too. 

It is time now that we take out the beautifully wrapped Qur'an from the cupboards and take time to read and understand it every day to live a life of Falah - the eternal success. 

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