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Part I

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, may His Salaah and Salaam be upon His last Messenger Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam).

to proceed:

Indeed the Book of Allaah is not a book like any other, it is the timeless Speech of Allaah, not a created thing, a study guide for life and death and what comes after. Therefore it deserves a more careful study than anyone else’s speech. It necessitates that its reader return to the early narrations of those who witnessed its revelation and heard its explanation by the one deputed by Allaah to rehearse and explain His Words to humanity (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam).

For if one would try to ponder over the meanings of the verses without having done this study, then surely the filth of the time that he lives in and his ignorance of the correct application and understanding that the early Muslims had would cause him to understand some things not intended by Allaah Most High, and therefore he would go astray, thinking to be worshipping Allaah.

So every sincere Muslim who hopes to earn Allaah’s Love by reciting and reflecting over Allaah’s Book, then let him hold tight to the meanings explained by the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wan sallam), and those taught by the Companions and their immediate followers, and the early scholars of Islaam.

Know that reciting and pondering over the Book of Allaah, devoting your time regularly to its study and implementation has tremendous benefits in this life and the Next, so let us now look to just a few of them to attach ourselves more firmly to Allaah’s Majestic Words. Each benefit stands as enough of an encouragement on its own for us to shun any laziness we have and dedicate ourselves to the Qur’aan properly.

1. – Reading and reflecting over the Qur’aan fulfills an Islaamic duty.

Indeed the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) summarized this Religion with his statement: “The Religion is naseehah (sincerity)!”So then Tameem ibn Aws (may Allaah be pleased with him) then said, “We asked, ‘To whom?” He (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) replied: “To Allaah, HIS BOOK, His Messenger, the leaders of the people, and their common folk.”
[Saheeh Muslim #194 (1/220 of Sharh An-Nawawee)].

The sincerity that is due to the Book of Allaah, as Ibn Rajab Al- Hambalee said, includes having a strong love for it, honoring it and extolling its great status, affirming that it is the Speech of Allaah, seeking to understand its meanings, acting by it, following the orders found in it, spreading its correct understanding, continually studying it, and taking on the good manners that are encouraged in it.
[refer to Jaami’ul-Uloom wal-Hikam, p.221 (Ar-Risaalah, 1417)].

So by reading and reflecting over the Qur’aan, one fulfills an obligation and is rewarded for that. Upon fulfilling this obligation, the Qur’aan then becomes a proof for him on the Day of Judgment! And that is our second benefit we will take by embracing this Noble Book…

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2. – The Qur’aan will be a proof for us on the Day of Judgment.

This is due to the statement of the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) : “…and the Qur’aan is a proof for you or against you…”
[part of a hadeeth in Saheeh Muslim #533 (2/97 of Sharh An-Nawawee)]

So one of two things will occur with this proof, the Book of Allaah. It will either be in your favor, a proof for you on the Day when you will need every single good deed, or it will be something standing against you, the very Speech of your Creator, a proof against you!

Who could be saved from the terrors of that Day if Allaah’s own Speech is against him?!?!.

Think carefully, dear Muslim brother or sister, about your position with the Qur’aan! Are you neglecting it, contradicting it, being heedless of its orders and prohibitions, are you thinking deeply over it?! Will it be on your side on the Day of Judgment?!

“O Allaah! We ask you, by Your Glorious Speech and the rest of Your beautiful Names and Attributes, to make the Qur’aan a proof for us! O Allaah! Don’t make the Qur’aan a proof against us on that Day, and save us from the hellfire!”

For if Allaah makes the Qur’aan a proof in our favor on that Day, and then it would also be an intercessor for us, when NO intercession will take place except by His Permission.

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3. – The Qur’aan will intercede for us on the Day of Judgment.

The proof: Aboo Umaamah relates that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) said: “Read the Qur’aan, for verily it will come on the Day of Standing as an intercessor for its companions.”
[Saheeh Muslim #1871 (3/330 of Sharh An-Nawawee)]

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