Friday 24 May 2024

Commit yourself to Qur’an - Lest it breaks away from you (Hadith Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

Qur'an enshrines the literal word of God which was revealed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ by the Archangel Gabriel. Qur'an is not only unique in its composition and style, it is also the pre-eminent literary masterpiece of the Arabic language and one of the earliest extant Arabic literary sources.

Qur'an is the last of the earlier three Divine scriptures, that is Psalms, Torah and Injeel (Bible) and for this reason it remains unadulterated till date for it is serve as a guidance to the entire humanity. And it is for this reason, Allah promised that the Qur'an will be preserved as it is not time-bound and is for all of humanity till the end of times.

Unlike earlier three Divine scriptures, Qur'an is the only scripture which is remembered by heart by millions of Muslims around the world. Even children as small as three years are said to have remembered it by heart.

Abdul-Rahman Farih is the youngest person on the planet who has learned the entire Quran by heart. The Algerian kid started memorizing the Quran at age 2 when he had just learned to talk, belatedly. It took him one year to memorize the entire Holy Book. [Read more]

Scroll down to watch the video of the Abdul Rahman Farih 

It is the love of Qur'an by the Muslims that they encourage their children to remember Qur'an by heart so that Qur'an remains preserved even if all copies of Qur'an are burnt (as many a attempt has been made to set Qur'an on fire). This is how Allah protects His last divine scripture. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ has also emphasised the need to recite Qur'an much too often for if it is not recited regularly, it is likely to be forgotten.

This Hadith is mentioned in Sahi al-Bukhārī  (Book 66 Virtues of the Qur'an /  كتاب فضائل القرآن / Chapter 23:  The learning of the Qur'an by heart and the reciting of it repeatedly / باب اسْتِذْكَارِ الْقُرْآنِ وَتَعَاهُدِهِ) as Hadith 5033, given herein under:

Narrated by Abu Musa: The Prophet (ﷺ) said:

 "Commit yourself to the Qur'an, for by Him in whose Hand is my soul, it is surely more prone to break away than a camel in its bind."

Arabic Text:
حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ الْعَلاَءِ، حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو أُسَامَةَ، عَنْ بُرَيْدٍ، عَنْ أَبِي بُرْدَةَ، عَنْ أَبِي مُوسَى، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ "‏ تَعَاهَدُوا الْقُرْآنَ فَوَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ لَهُوَ أَشَدُّ تَفَصِّيًا مِنَ الإِبِلِ فِي عُقُلِهَا ‏"‏‏.

Although almost all Muslims have remembered selected chapters from Qur'an by heart, but if these are not regularly recited like for reciting during the daily prayers / As Salat, one is liable to forget these. We must therefore always make an endeavour to try to add more chapters to our memory and continue to recite them much too often so that these do not break away from our memory with the speed of camel ii is let loose from its ropes.

You may now like to watch a video of Abdul-Rahman Farih reciting Qur'an at the age of three:
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so that they are able to discuss issues with non-Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

Please refer to our reference page: Collection of Hadiths of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ  for more Hadiths on the General Subjects.

For more hadiths on varying subjects, refer to our reference page: Sunnah and Hadith of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to know more about Hadiths and Sunnah of Prophet of Allah. You may also refer to our Reference Pages for knowing more about Islam and Qur'ān.

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