Imaan in the Qur'an
In the name
of Allah… When the Messenger of Allah – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – lay on his deathbed, his wives had
gathered around him when someone walked in. She walked exactly like the Messenger of Allah – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam.
She talked exactly like the Messenger of Allah – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam. In fact, after the Messenger of Allah
– Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – moved on to the Highest Company, when she would begin with bismillah the companions
would start weeping in remembrance of her father – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam. It was Fatimah – Radi Allahu
She came into
the room and the Messenger of Allah – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – beckoned her closer. He – Sal Allaahu
Alayhi wa Sallam – whispered something into her ear and she began weeping, the tears sliding down her blessed cheeks.
Then, he – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – beckoned her again, whispered in her ear, and she began smiling. Aisha
– Radi Allahu Anha – begged Fatima – Radi Allahu Anha – to tell her what he – Sal Allaahu Alayhi
wa Sallam – had said. Fatima – Radi Allahu Anha – refused until after the Messenger of Allah – Sal
Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – had moved on and then she said, “As for the reason of my tears, my father had told
me that Jibraeel reviewed the Qur'an with him once every year. This year however, he reviewed the Qur'an twice. ‘My
only guess’ he told me, ‘is that my time for death has come.’…
As the Messenger
of Allah – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – lay on his deathbed, he advising us - his Ummah, “I have
left two things, you shall not go astray after them so long as you adhere to them: The Book of Allah, and my Sunnah.”
In the Hadith
of Jibraeel, in which he came to the Prophet – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – in the form of a man asking about
Islam, Iman, and Ihsan, the Prophet – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – said when asked about Iman, “Iman
is to believe in Allah, His Angels, His books, His Messengers, the Final Day, and the divine decree, the good and the bad
thereof.” Today we shall talk about belief in the final book of Allah:
is the word of Allah – Subhaanahu wa Ta ‘Aala – the first reference in Islamic Law. The first revelation
was Iqra’ and the final was: [And fear the day when you shall return to Allah…] - Al-Baqarah2/281
sent down on in most blessed month: [The month of Ramadan, (the month) in which the Qur'an was sent down…] 2/185
On the most blessed night: [Verily, We sent it down (i.e. the Qur'an) on the night of Power…] 97/1
someone dies it seems that is when the Qur'an is read unfortunately. Nay, The Qur'an was sent down to be read and understood
and followed by the living, not for the dead; [That it (the Qur'an) may give warning to him who is living…]
sent down to be read and contemplated: [Will they not contemplate the Qur'an carefully?]
is a healing for the body, serenity for the soul. [And We send down from the Qur'an that which is a healing and a
mercy for the believers.] Isra’ 82.
not understood the weight of this book that sits on their shelves. Allah – Subhaanahu wa Ta ‘Aala – explained
to us: [Had We sent down this Qur'an on a mountain, you would surely have seen it humbling itself and rending asunder
from the fear of Allah. Such are the parables that We put forward for mankind so that they may reflect.] Rock would
fear Allah, what about our hearts.
ibn Rabee’ah was one of the greatest poets the Quraish knew. He was so famous that whenever he wrote poetry it would
be hung on the ka’bah walls in honor of it. One day, as he was hanging some lines he had freshly written, a Muslim came
and placed verses of the Qur'an beside it. Labeeb stopped what he was doing and stood reading the verses. Then at that moment
his face ignited in happiness and he shouted, “By Allah, this is not the words of a man. I testify that there is no
god but Allah!”
over and over again we recite: Guide us! Guide us to the straight path. Just turn to the second page and
you will find: [This is the book which in there is no doubt, a guidance for the God-fearing] 2/1
and sisters, the Qur'an is our guide and now it is up to us to breath life into our hearts and listen to what our Lord is
telling us. Let us look and learn from the example of those that came before us:
Dah recited in the Qur'an: [Who is it that will lend to Allah a goodly loan, so then (Allah) will increase it manifold
and to him shall be a generous reward.] He went to the Messenger of Allah – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – and
asked him, “Does Allah want loans from us?” He – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – said, “Yes.”
Abud Dah Dah then said, “Give me your hand o Messenger of Allah for I have loaned my garden to Allah.” His garden
had over 600 palm trees bearing dates. He went home and found his wife and children playing and eating in the garden. He called
out to them, “Leave, for verily we have lent our garden to Allah.” His children had dates in their hands and he
took them and threw them towards the trees saying, “We have lent it to Allah.” The Prophet – Sal Allaahu
Alayhi wa Sallam – commented on Abud Dah Dah saying, “How many shady palm trees does Abud Dah Dah now have in
Abu Talha recited the verse in Surah Baraa’ah: [March forth, light or heavy…]41, he called out to his
children, “I have read that Allah is calling us out for Jihad whether young or old. Prepare my provision, I am going
for Jihad.” The children pleaded to their senior father, “May Allah have mercy on you, You fought with the Messenger
of Allah – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – until he passed on. Then you fought with Abu Bakr until he passed on.
Then you fought with Umar until he passed on. Let us fight on your behalf; But Abu Talha refused. He joined the Muslim Navy
and was martyred at sea. And For 9 days they could not find any land to bury him on. May Allah have mercy on Abu Talha. This
is how they understood the Qur'an!
Part II: Neglecting the Qur'an
and sisters, unfortunately there are a type of people that have not taken the words of Allah seriously and have chosen to
neglect it. Allah describes these people: [And the messenger (Muhammad – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) shall say:
My Lord, Verily my people deserted this Qur'an!] How does someone desert the Qur'an? It happens in different ways: · When
someone does not believe and follow the Qur'ans orders and forbiddances he has deserted it. · When someone does not contemplate
the Qur'an he has deserted it. · When someone prefers music over the Qur'an he has deserted it. · When someone fails to teach
the Qur'an to his children he has deserted it and has cheated his children.
might complain that there is no where for their children to learn Qur'an. When we were growing up we used to travel 2 hours
by plane, leaving our parents to go to Qur'an school. The Qur'an was worth it. Now an Islamic school has opened in our backyard
and for the most part OUR community has deserted it, has deserted Islamic learning. Our children are growing up Qur'anic illiterates,
yes Qur'anic illiterates. One of them may reach 30/40 years of age and cannot recite al-fatiha properly. He will be shy to
lead any prayer because he may not know more than 2 small surahs. Who is responsible? Register your children in the Islamic
school today! And help them to grow up Qur'anicly literate.
it mean to have Eeman in Allah’s book. It is not only to believe that it is the word of Allah, but to follow that into
when the Qur'an forbids us, Striving when the Qur'an encourages us.
we read: [O you who believe, save yourselves and your families from the fire…] Tahreem 6. We
must do everything in our ability to save our family members from Hell fire.
read: [And enjoin salah on your family…] we must encourage our family to not sleep in for Fajr, steering
them to a life of worship of their Creator.
read: [And tell the believing men to lower their gaze…] Nur 30, it should be implemented
in our days and nights.
sisters, when we read Allah commanding us [O prophet! Tell your wives, your daughters, and the believing women to
draw their cloaks (their veils) over their entire body…] we must do as the Blessed Ansar women did, women of
paradise, by covering our hair and entire bodies.
hear read [ O you who believe! Fear Allah and give up what remains (due to you) from Riba (usury/interest), if you
are (really) believers.] 2/278. We must stop the interest that we are taking and giving. And stop it now.
is not going to be our attitude to the Qur'an, I fear that we shall be included in the statement of Anas Ibn Malik: It may
be that someone will recite the Qur'an and the Qur'an is cursing him.
and Sisters: Look back to the story of Abud Dah Dah. What did he lose? He lost dirt and bushes. What did he gain? He gained
a paradise whose expanse is the heavens and earth, and above that: He gained the pleasure of Allah. Isn’t that what
we want to. What are we going to lose if our children go to the Islamic school and what are we going to gain? What are we
going to lose if we choose to turn our backs to the Qur'an and what are we going to gain if we turn our hearts to it.
us want to feel welcome and join a club. There is good news for those of us who choose to follow the Qur'an and become Qur'anicly
literate: The Messenger of Allah – Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam – told us, “To Allah belongs family
amongst humanity.” “Who are they, O Messenger of Allah?” the companions asked. The Prophet – Sal Allaahu
Alayhi wa Sallam – said, “They are the family of the Qur'an. They are Allah’s family and His special ones.”
May Allah make us from the family of the Qur'an.