The holy Quran is the last Divine book which was sent down to Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) through Angel Gabriel in Ramadan, the holy month of the Islamic calendar, beginning on December 22, 609 CE, when Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was 40 years of age.
The Quran is a rope of Allah extended onto the earth from the sky. It’s a complete code of guidance. Allah has taken the responsibility of the Quran so it is exactly the same as when it was sent. (The Quran has many more features and benefits, in fact so much that it would be very difficult to accommodate them all in the limited scope of this blog) basically, the Quran is the greatest gift to mankind.
But unfortunately, we do not realize it’s importance. The holy Quran should be our first priority is now left as our least priority. Although, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) says: “And the Quran is a proof for you or against you.” It will either favor us or be against us, depending on whether we have recited and understood it in our daily life or not. In this Era which we call the 21st century, Muslims have time to use social media apps, hang out with friends, parties, etc. However, they don’t have time for the recitation of the Quran. Being a Muslim, how shameful act it is.
We just keep the holy Quran as a holy book in our homes. During Rukhsati, the holy Quran is used for covering the bride’s head. At funerals and in a “particular” month of Ramadan, the holy Quran is recited. In Islamic courts, the holy Quran is used as a witness and for the purpose of oath-taking.
There are few Muslims who recite the Quran by heart for Allah and even fewer than them are those who recite the Quran with its translation. People do not recite the Quran with understanding and when they do not know the meaning of what is written in the Quran so how will they implement it on themselves? This is the reason why our country is moving towards downfall and it is suffering from many problems. For example terrorism, corruption, injustice, disunity, poverty, and many other problems. The main reason behind all this is that people do not know much about their religion. The Quran which has the solution to every problem, despite having it we don’t take advantage of it. “Our example is just like those foolish people who in severe illness don’t take medicine despite having it.”
The current situation of our country is similar to that of the Indian subcontinent. Muslims in the Mughal empire was facing many problems, the empire was in decline, and Muslims were disunited. Shah Waliullah thought deeply about the problems faced by the Muslims in the Mughal empire. He came to the conclusion that many of the problems of the Muslims resulted from their incomplete knowledge about the Quran and Islam in general. And it was necessary that Quranic teachings become more accessible to the people because of this reason he translated the Quran into Persian. Few Muslims spoke Arabic and so the Quran had not been widely studied. Shahwaliullah’s idea was all correct, his work became very popular and people started to become aware.
We are so lucky that the holy Quran, the holy book of about 1.9 billion Muslims around the world is now available, with selected verses translated in 114 languages and the complete book in 47 languages of the world. So, can’t we take 10 minutes out of our busy routine for the Quran to study it with its translation. If we want the betterment of our country and the success of both the worlds, then we have to understand the importance of the holy Quran in time before it is too late!
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