Al-Qur’an: Friend or Foe?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Especially Merciful.

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ
May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon you.

Today, I would like to share a Hadith which I learnt in class this week with you all bi ithnillahi ta’ala.

RasoolAllah (SAW) said, “The Qur’an is a proof either for you or against you.” (Narrated in Muslim and 40 Hadith Nawawi 23). Now, what does this mean?

  • On the Day of Judgement, the Qur’an will be given the right of intercession
  • If a person has tried to recite al-Qur’an and has tried to implement the revelation, then in sha Allah it will lead us to Jannah.
  • If, on the other hand, we ignored the Qur’an in this life, we recited it but we did not bother to find out the meaning, or we bothered to find out the meaning to be known as ‘people of knowledge’ but we did not IMPLEMENT what we learnt, then the Qur’an will testify against us.

It’s quite scary, huh? Right now, as the Qur’an is on our shelves, we take it lightly. Little do we know that the Book of Allah has THREE main rights upon us:

  1. The Qur’an needs to be recited at least twice a year. Scholars say that once during Ramadan, and at least once throughout the year.
  2. We need to act accordingly to what the Qur’an teaches us and not just read it. Allow the Qur’an to lead you in your life in this world, so it may lead you to Jannah in the Akhirah.
  3. To fulfil it’s right of adab. e.g. A person needs to be in a state of purity, not putting the Qur’an near our feet, making sure the area it is kept in is clean, etc.

These rights need to be fulfilled in order to determine whether the Qur’an will be an evidence for us or against us.

The truth is, we get so ‘busy’ with the Dunya that we forget we have the Akhirah to prepare for. Here are just three tips to help us all get closer to al-Qur’an, and closer to Jannah in sha Allah:

  • Pick out one time-slot during the day (at least 15 minutes) where you will just focus on Qur’an. Recite some Arabic.
  • Now read the translation of what you just read – perhaps look at the tafseer (commentary) to gain a better understanding of what Allah is telling us.
  • Think of an action point (if possible) of how you can implement that verse or those verses into your life. If you cannot think of anything practical to do, then at least reflect on that ayah before sleeping, or after Salah. Trust me, these words are also for reflection and contemplation and it will have an amazing effect on your relationship with Allah SWT.

Keep doing this, even on days that you feel low. In fact, the days that our imaan drops are the days that we are in need of Allah’s words the most.

May Allah make us friends of Al-Qur’an and guide us to be amongst the righteous, ameen. Here is a nasheed I was hooked on a couple of months ago: I hope you enjoy it!

May Allah reward you for reading this post, ameen. I hope you are having a wonderful day in shaa Allah, please kindly keep the Muslim Ummah and I in your prayers.

If I have made any mistakes, please forgive me and comment on the mistakes I have made. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to comment or email me in sha Allah – details are on the ‘about’ page.


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2 thoughts on “Al-Qur’an: Friend or Foe?

  1. JazakAllah khayran for this post. A great reminder for us all not to neglect the Qur’an. May Allah Almighty never let us neglect the Qur’an. Ameen.


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