Sunday, January 16, 2011

Understanding and reflecting of the Quran

Haroon Mosque Khutbah 
                                                                Friday  January 7th. 2011
Brothers and Sisters,    

Taqwa of Allah (Sub) means: taking protection from the anger of Allah (Sub) and His punishment.  By doing what Allah (Sub) Command and refraining from what Allah (Sub) Forbid.  Obeying Allah (Sub) is to increase genuine love of Allah (Sub) as well as genuine fear of Him. 

      Reciting Al-Quran and reflecting upon its meanings and implementing its verses is the way to achieve Taqwa of Allah (Sub).

Surah Al-Baqarah 2:121.
Those (who embraced Islam from Bani Israel) to whom We gave the Book [the Taurat (Torah)] [or those (Muhammad's Peace be upon him companions) to whom We have given the Book (the Quran)] recite it (i.e. obey its orders and follow its teachings) as it should be recited (i.e. followed), they are the ones that believe therein. And whoso disbelieves in it (the Quran), those are they who are the losers. (Tafsir Al-Qurtubi).

      Umar (rd) said: “They (the ones who recite Al-Quran) are the ones who, when they pass by a verse of mercy, asked it from Allah (Sub), and when they pass by a verse of punishment, they seek refuge from it, like the Prophet Muhammad (Sal) used to do.

Surah Fatir 35:28.

And likewise, men and Ad-Dawabb [moving (living) creatures, beasts] and cattle are of various colours. It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah. Verily, Allah is All-Mighty, Oft-Forgiving.
      The companions of Rasulullah (Sal) when they received Al-Quran they recited and implemented it in their way of life and because of doing this they achieved great benefits in life.  Their lives changed from being the ignorant nation they became the best generation.  Even non-Muslim writers acknowledge the achievements of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (Sal).
     Muslims today also recite Al-Quran frequently with less positive effects due to lacking of pondering its meaning and emphasizing only on the pronunciations. It is only half done. It is also necessary to understand the Halal and Haram, and the verses of glad tidings of Paradise and the verses of warning of Hell Fire etc.
      May be we are weak in the belief and because of absent-mindedness when reciting Al-Quran.  Another drawback is weakness in Arabic language.  Many native Arabs still do not understand many words in Al-Quran and for non-Arabic it is even worse.  To solve this problem we should refer to more than one translation. 
      Allah (Sub) Remind us about Allah’s Attributes and His Existence and Allah (Sub) also Challenge the human race to find a reason not to believe in Allah (Sub). 
Surah Ar-Rahman 55:13.

Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?
Allah Teach Al-Quran with His Mercy.  Allah Create man and Teach man his eloquent.  All the planets, stars and Galaxies travel according to the Command of Allah. The earth is grounded for creatures and plants and fragrances.  Then Allah ask: “Which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both deny?” The meaning is after all the kindness that Allah (Sub) Bestow to mankind, is there any reason for a man to disbelieve?  Allah (Sub) Ask this question 31 times in this Surah.  And the answer is none to disbelieve.  Indeed, reciting Al-Quran comprehensively leads to Taqwa of Allah (Sub), and every verse in Al-Quran increases the belief of the believers.

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