Heavenly Hues: Thematic Commentary (Notes)
No doubt, every hour, every minute, and every second spent with the Qur'an is time well spent. The question however, is there a more effective way using that valuable time spent? There certainly is.
Do you think that when Abu Bakr spent 1 hour with the Qur'an, it is the same as when we spend 1 hour on the Qur'an? What then is the difference? It is the understanding of the Qur'an that we lack.
Many of us today are reading the Qur'an without understanding a single word (aside from the word Allah, or Islam!) One cannot dismiss this person as wasting his or her time, but indeed, the understanding of the book of Allah would enhance the experience with the book of Allah.
The methodology and etiquette of the righteous predecessors was to approach the Qur'an with complete understanding, rather than blind memorization. This is why we find those who memorized the Qur'an to be the very same ones who were standing in the front lines of the battlefield, ready to give up their life for the sake of Allah (swt).
Instead, nowadays we find Muslim households with beautifully decorated Qur'ans with gold paper and a fingerprint free cover. And if the children of the house are curious and want to open up that Qur'an, the parent gets mad and says, â€śDonâ€™t Touch It! This book is not a toy!â€ť Without even realizing, the parents create an impression that the Qur'an is an evil book that should never be picked up. Others become even afraid of picking it up. May Allah bless the Muslims with understanding of his deen. Ameen.
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