والحمدلله لله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين
In the name of God, the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate
All praise and thanks be to God, and may peace and blessings be upon the most noble of Prophets and Messengers
“أَفَلَا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ ٱلْقُرْآنَ أَمْ عَلَىٰ قُلُوبٍ أَقْفَالُهَآ
“Will they not contemplate the Quran? Do they have locks on their hearts?” (Surat Muhammad, 47:24)
Abu Bakr (ra) was so affected by the Qur’an that when he would pray by the ka’ba and recite, he would weep, so much so that the people of Qureish forbade him from doing so because they were afraid that he would affect the people. When the Prophet (pbuh) was dying and he wanted Abu Bakr (ra) to lead the prayers, Aisha (ra) suggested Umar (ra) because she knew her father would not be able to hold back his tears when leading the prayers. These people are truly examples of those who contemplate the Qur’an.
As I was reading the Qur’an, I started thinking about the verse above. What is the Qur’an’s impact on my life, especially during Ramadan? Or is there a lock on my heart too? The Qur’an is a Reminder (tathkira/تذكرة) and a Guide (huda/هدى), a gift from Allah, to be applied to our lives. I was reminded today as the imam who was reciting for taraweeh recounted Mariam’s (as) story. In those short rak’as I learned a lot and could apply it to my own life and aspirations- and that’s why there are so many stories, and always shown from different angles, for us to learn from these situations. Allah says:
“وَلَقَدْ يَسَّرْنَا ٱلْقُرْءَانَ لِلذِّكْرِ فَهَلْ مِن مُّدَّكِرٍ
“We have made it easy to learn lessons from the Quran: will anyone take heed?” (Surat Al-Qamar, 54:22)
We all know that the month of Ramadan is the month wherein the Qur’an was revealed, and so has a special relationship with this month. It is not a coincidence that this month of mercy is the same month which the Qur’an, also described as a mercy (rahma/رحمة) and healing (shifa/شفاء), was sent- how lucky are we to have God’s Words, the medicine for our souls, between our hands? May Allah remove the lock from our hearts.
Lesson: In addition to reading, aim to take at least one lesson from the Qur’an each day. If you are reading the Qur’an in Arabic but you don’t understand, read some of the translation and try to reflect. Also try to listen to some tafseer (good ones here: http://www.suhaibwebb.com/blog/audio-lectures/#kahf-tafsir) to immerse yourself in the meaning. A good exercise is to partner up with someone, or with a group, and relay to each other the lesson you learned each day.