Causes that Aid in the Memorization of the Noble Quraan - 3 Introduction
CAUSES THAT AID IN THE MEMORASIZATION OF THE NOBLE QUR'AAN
(اللأسباب المعينة على حفظ القرآن)
SHAYKH MAHMOOD AL-MISRI (ABU 'AMMAR)
وَلَقَدۡ يَسَّرۡنَا ٱلۡقُرۡءَانَ لِلذِّكۡرِ فَهَلۡ مِن مُّدَّكِرٍ
“And We have indeed made the Qur’an easy to understand and remember, but is there any that will remember?”
Innal hamdalillaah wa-salaatu wa-salaamu ‘alaa Rasoolillaah.
Indeed, the Noble Qur’aan is the Book of Allah which is the Seal of all the Scriptures… it is the course for a complete life that ensures prosperity and happiness for the servant in this life and in the Hereafter. It is the inimitable Word of Allah that is not approached by falsehood neither from before it nor from behind it.
Before the advent of the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam), Mankind was in the darkness of shirk and kufraan (disbelief) until the Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) came with the Book of Allah ‘azza wa jall, to take this entire universe out from this darkness into the lights of Tawheed and Imaan – and for this reason, Allah subhaanahu wa ta’aala has said about this great Book:
ڪِتَـٰبٌ أَنزَلۡنَـٰهُ إِلَيۡكَ لِتُخۡرِجَ ٱلنَّاسَ مِنَ ٱلظُّلُمَـٰتِ إِلَى ٱلنُّورِ بِإِذۡنِ رَبِّهِمۡ إِلَىٰ صِرَٲطِ ٱلۡعَزِيزِ ٱلۡحَمِيدِ
“…(This is) a Book which We have revealed unto you in order that you might lead mankind out of darkness into light by their Lord’s Leave to the Path of the All-Mighty, the Owner of all Praise.”
- Ibrahim: 1
So this Ummah (Nation) turned around with this Book and turned away from shirk and jahiliyyah (ignorance) towards guidance and tawheed, away from the worship of creation to the worship of the Lord of creation and went from being an Ummah that lived along the margins of life to one that took leadership over Mankind and steered it towards the success of both worlds.
The Noble Qur’aan came to train up an Ummah, to produce a society and to build a well-functioning system… this training requires a portion of time and it needs to have an effect. It needs to act upon a Word and it needs to have a movement that expresses these actions and effects into a visible reality for the people.
Contemplate over the saying of ‘Aisha (radi’Allahu ‘anhaa) when she was asked about the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam), she said – as is narrated in Sahih Muslim – “His character was the Qur’aan.”
So whoever wishes to take on the character of the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam), then he needs to take hold of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah of the leader of Mankind (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam).
Indeed the Companions of the Prophet knew with certainty that victory does not come except when the Ummah holds firmly to the Book of its Lord and the Sunnah of its Prophet.
Here we have the example of Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqaas (radi’Allahu ‘anhu) who would walk past the tents of the Mujaahideen in the battle of Qaadisiyyah. If he heard Qur’aan being recited from that tent, he would say ‘From here does victory come’ and if he found the people of the tent heedless from the recitation of Qur’aan, he would say ‘From here comes defeat.’
There is no honour for this Ummah except in holding firmly to the Book of its Lord ‘azza wa jall, and the day that it goes beyond the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah, trying to seek honour in other than them - then will Allah disgrace it and lower it to the lowest of nations, and this humiliation we see today is only due to what our hands have earned… but indeed Allah pardons much.
O Youth of the Sahwah (Awakening), go towards to the pure spring… to the Book of Allah `azza wa jall and embark upon its memorisation, its studies and act upon it – so that Allah may raise your rank in this Dunya and in the Aakhira, so that He may lift the hardships from this Ummah and so that His victory may descend upon his servants, al-Muwahhideen (who uphold the Tawheed of Allah).
Here I am presenting this brief risaalah (message) to you all that perhaps Allah may make it a reason for strengthening the high aims and aspirations of our youth in memorising the Qur’aan and acting upon it. O Allah bless us with the memorisation of Your Book and acting upon it – only seeking thereby Your Noble Face. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet, his family and companions.
Mahmood al-Misri (Abu `Ammaar)
Translated by: Farhia Yahya
Posted: 29th Muharram, 1439AH | 20th October, 2017CE