THE QUR’AN MAJEED AS DA’EE
The old wrinkled village grandmother fumbled an old yellowed and wrinkled copy of Surah Ya Sin. Layers of soot and the residue of years of cooking by a wood fire decorated her and her meager surroundings. Gnarled fingers once more rhythmically moved from right to left, line by line across letters so worn they were barely distinguishable. This ritual was followed at dawn and sunset. When she had finished it was kissed and placed on the worn piece of fabric covering her head, as her toothless grin smiled, “Insha’Allah, the words and meaning will seep into my brain.” She then solemnly and meticulously wrapped it and wedging it into a space between the bamboo frame of her hut and the dried grass roof, a meter away were the family chickens roosting in dried woven bamboo baskets! Some days later I was a Muslimah! SubahAllah!
“How superb! The pages are strewn with diamonds!” Exclaimed a non-Muslim friend many years ago when she first saw an open page of my Mushaf. She was referring to all the dots signifying the letters. Sometime later she embraced Islam, SubhanAllah!
Her shiny black leathery hands stood the wooden stand in front of her on the plush red Masjid Nabawi carpet. She collected a Mushaf from the polished brass shelf. Adjusting her frayed black abaya she sat composed, exhaling a sigh; a faintly audible audhu biLlahi… was murmured as she rested the closed Mushaf on the stand. Then began a series of turning it one way, opening it, examining it, turning it again, dropping her head, scrutinizing the pages, then turning it up the other way…over and over, until she began reading it upside down. Eventually I smiled as I leaned over turning it the correct way. Indicating she wanted Surah Ikhlas, I placed her finger on it and she immediately began swaying gently with a soft, deliberate repetition. She remained focused with this for at least half an hour. I felt as though I was being fed the sweetest taste directly from heaven, the sincerity of her Iman seemed to ooze from within her being. When she finished we faced each other with the deepest of smiles, and spontaneous tears, as hands interlocked for what seemed a timeless eternity of bliss. SubhanAllah!
‘Amr ibn Dinar, who died in 126 A.H. said: I have met the Companions of the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, and those that came after him for seventy years, all of them said: “Allah is the Creator, and everything besides Him is created, and the Qur’an is the kalam of Allah, from Him it came, and to Him it will return.”
Millions of people have authored books about the meaning and exegesis of our Honoured Book. But none are able to encompass the breadth and depth of its meanings. The more we try to get from the Holy Quran, the more it gives. It gives, and yet all that remains is far beyond our scope of understanding. Whoever seeks from it, his heart will be filled with the Nur of Iman, Insha’Allah. According to Hadith it will be raised on the Day of Judgement as “bikr” (Arabic for unprecedented, unparalleled, virginal). The Ulema say that its full meaning and comprehension is unknown until then.
Allah Subahanahu Wa Ta’ala says,
Allah invites [everyone] to the House of Peace. (meaning Jannah). (10:25)
He Subahanahu Wa Ta’ala says,
While Allah calls you to Jannah, and forgiveness by His leave, He makes His message clear to people. (2:221).
He Subahanahu Wa Ta’ala says,
The Creator of the heavens and earth, He calls you to Him in order to forgive you yours sins and let you enjoy your life until the appointed hour. (14:10)
Allah Subahanahu Wa Ta’ala commanded the best of the creation SallAllahu alaihi wasallam,
Say: This is my path; I call to Allah with wisdom, myself and whoever follows me. (12:108).
So the Revealer of the Book, the Creator of the heavens and earth, and the Lord of the Magnificent Throne Subahanahu Wa Ta’ala is a Caller (Da’ee).
And His Subahanahu Wa Ta’ala’s Speech, the revealed, is an invitation (Da’wah). It is informing people:
This is a message to all people. (14:52).
The one who received, the Prophet, is a caller, a Da’ee.
O Messenger, propagate everything that has been sent down to you from Your Lord. (5:67)
Those who receive the revelation are callers, Du’ah.
Say: This is my way; Based on sure knowledge, I, and all who follow me, call [people] to Allah. (12:108)
So the Quran is the invitation of Allah Subahanahu Wa Ta’ala to His creation.
We made it light, guiding with it whoever We will of Our servants. (42:52), through the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.
Exalted is he who has sent the Furqan, that shows the difference, down to His servant so that he may warn all people. (25:1)
It is distressing to see that Muslims have turned away from this great treasure that have been revealed to them; the very Speech of Allah. It has been made a sacred family heirloom, decorated in fancy and expensive covers, yet to ne uninhabited by the best covers of all, their hearts. It is recited and listened to in the best and most melodious voices, yet its meaning has been neglected. It is place higher than all other objects in the room, yet occupies the lowest position in daily life. It is read when death greets family or friends, yet ignored by the living. It has been written in the most elaborate and detailed of scripts on the most exquisite of papers, yet its commands and prohibitions are not heeded.
What is the matter with them that they have turned away from the Remembrance? (74:49)
Ibn Mas’ud RadhiAllahu anhu reported that the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said: “The Qur’an is an intercessor, and an intercession that is accepted, and a maahil, (one who is persistent in his intercession, and goes to great extremes to save a person) and a credible (book). Whoever puts it ahead of him, it will lead him to Paradise, and whoever throws it behind him, it will drag him into Hell.” (at-Tabarani)
Insha’Allah we heed the call of this Precious Revelation, while in turn, follow the example of our Beloved Al-Mustafa SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, by being callers to its message, in whatever capacity we can. Ameen.
All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.