NOW THAT RAMADAN IS HERE; AN INFERENCE ON COMPLETING THE QUR’AN By AbdulKabir Yusuf (Abu Maryam)
The Qur’an was revealed in the month of Ramadan as a guidance, light (between right and wrong), cure, and mercy for mankind.
Allah Says in Surah Al-Baqara, Verse 185:
شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَىٰ وَالْفُرْقَانِ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ وَمَن كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلَا يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ وَلِتُكْمِلُوا الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُوا اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ
“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Saum (fasts) that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Saum (fasts) must be made up] from other days. Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allah [i.e. to say Takbir (Allahu-Akbar; Allah is the Most Great) on seeing the crescent of the months of Ramadan and Shawwal] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him.”
Ramadan; a month like no other. Where the Muslims rejoice and delight for the bounty of Allah within this month. A month of holiness where the Muslims strive to abandon prohibitions of Allah and undertake as much goodness as they are capable. A month where the Muslims are obligated to sacrifice eating and drinking from dawn to dusk (sunset), in order to strengthen their patients, feel the agony of the needy and the poor, and also abstaining from all kind of sexual activities during this period, for the purpose of increasing in spirituality and attaining bountiful reward in the process. The holy month wherein there is mercy, blessing, forgiveness and guaranty of favour from Allah.
Reading the Qur’an during Ramadan is a recommended and meritorious act that every Muslims should strive to do. Many Muslims hasten in the month of Ramadan to completing the recitation of the Qur’an, ones, twice or more, but some of us forget that it’s not just about reading the Qur’an for reading sake that matters but to ponder over the verses of Allah for meaningful insight and understanding its inference. Although hastening to finishing the recitation of the Qur’an is good, but hastening to the performance of the religious duties as commanded by Allah in the Glorious Qur’an is the best. Doing this will make a Muslim strive as much as capable in heeding to the obligations and prohibitions of Allah. Through these activities, a Muslim move closer to Allah, and becomes dearer to Allah.
Allah reminded us on the qualities of the successful ones, as those that fear Allah and keep their duties to Him. We find this in Surah At-Taghabun, Verse 16:
فَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُمْ وَاسْمَعُوا وَأَطِيعُوا وَأَنفِقُوا خَيْرًا لِّأَنفُسِكُمْ وَمَن يُوقَ شُحَّ نَفْسِهِ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ
So keep your duty to Allah and fear Him as much as you can; listen and obey; and spend in charity, that is better for yourselves. And whosoever is saved from his own covetousness, then they are the successful ones.
A good note need to be taken care of during the era of the Prophet (ﷺ), his Companions and the Righteous Predecessors for the priority given to the recitation of the Qur’an. Understanding of those era will give one the insight on how emphasis is laid on completion of the holy Qur’an. It’s to be noted that Arabic was the lingua franca then, thus the best and greatest source of motivation and reward is the recitation and reading the words of Allah. As Arabic was the general language of the people, it makes it easy for the people to understand the words of Allah and derive wisdom from its meaning.
Many Muslims of the world are living in an era where westernising reform has berated the understanding of many people on the Arabic language, which is the bedrock of understanding the word of Allah. Many Muslims now, don’t see any reason in learning Arabic, and even the environment and structure of some countries do not support the acquisition of this knowledge. Hence the need for many people that don’t understand the Arabic language to strive more in giving meaningful thought to their recitation and also reading the Tafsir (interpretation and notes) of the Qur’an, in order to attain the real benefit of the words of Allah.
Thus, the Qur’an that was sent down as a means of guidance to mankind need enough attention for mankind to derive it full benefits.
This serve as a wake up call for me and all those that don’t understand Arabic, and likewise those that are fully learned in the field of Arabic, to not just read alone but also seek the guidance in it. This, we should do through reasoning on the verse of Allah for our utmost benefit. The Qur’an is a light, and whoever seek it for guidance will never be in darkness. Allah Says:
Surah Al-Hadid, Verse 9:
هُوَ الَّذِي يُنَزِّلُ عَلَىٰ عَبْدِهِ آيَاتٍ بَيِّنَاتٍ لِّيُخْرِجَكُم مِّنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّورِ وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ بِكُمْ لَرَءُوفٌ رَّحِيمٌ
“It is He Who sends down manifest Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) to His slave (Muhammad SAW) that He may bring you out from darkness into light. And verily, Allah is to you full of kindness, Most Merciful.”
✍: © AbdulKabir Yusuf (Abu Maryam)
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