The Value of the Quran
Ramadan is mentioned in the Quran one time. In this verse, Allah says, “The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and a standard of what is right and wrong. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it.”
Allah essentially pairs Ramadan to the Month of the Quran! Prophet Muhammad said that the Quran will intercede for a person on the Day of Judgment, saying to Allah, “O Lord I deprived him of his sleep at night, let me intercede for him”.
The first words were “to read” but we put the Quran on the shelf in our homes, collecting dust as our hearts become rusty. The Quran was not made for the shelf, but for the self. The Prophet said, to remove the rust of our hearts, we must recite Quran.
We come up with so many excuses to not read the Quran. We say there’s no time, but we go out with our friends to coffee shops. We can’t read Arabic but we have time to learn for school. If we can memorise a song in a few minutes, what is stopping us from memorising the Word of Allah?
Allah says in the Quran and the Messenger has said, “O my Lord, indeed my people have taken this Qur’an as [a thing] abandoned.” Imagine that. The messenger is going to say to Allah that Muslims have abandoned the Quran. Even for those that read it, the Quran needs to be read, memorised, used in our lives, reflected on and listened to.
Allah says in the Quran “But whosoever turns away from My Message, verily for him is a life narrowed down, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Judgment.” If you willingly ignore the Quran, Allah will descend upon thee.
We need to love this book, build a relationship with it. Like the rain falls down to clean dirt and feed the plants, the Quran was sent down to clean our hearts and to nourish them. Spend five to ten minutes a day reading it, memorising at least one verse a day so by the end of the week, you have memorised seven verses.
Make a habit when transitioning into the Month of the Quran, to “iqra”, read. To allow the Words of Allah to penetrate our hearts and souls and understand the Message that Allah has sent to us, learning and benefiting from it.