May 14 2020
The Glorious Qur’an is the everlasting miracle of our Prophet – Muhammad, Sallallaahu ‘AlaihiWaSallam– that addresses all human generations and shall continue to do so till the end of time. It convinces the human intellect with various proofs in order to subject it to the truth and make it surrender to Allah willingly or turn away from the truth after it has recognised it out of arrogance.
The Messenger, Sallallaahu ‘AlaihiWaSallam, said: “No Prophet was sent by Allah except that he was given what would make people believe in him, and what I was given is Revelation and I hope to be the greatest of all the Prophets in (terms of) followers.” [Al-Bukhari].
The Qur’an is the everlasting miracle given by Allah to His Messenger, Sallallaahu ‘AlaihiWaSallam, which no human being or Jinn is able to produce a book like it. Even if all mankind and jinn were to collaborate to produce something like it, they would not be able to do so. Allah says (what means): “Say (O Muhammad): ‘If mankind and the jinn gathered in order to produce the like of this Qur’an, they could not produce the like of it, even if they were to each other assistants.’” [Qur’an 17: 88]
Allah even challenges those who have doubt about the Divinity of the Qur’an when He Says (what means):
“And if you are in doubt about what We have sent down upon Our Servant [Muhammad], then produce a chapter the like thereof and call upon your witnesses other than Allah, if you should be truthful. But if you do not - and you will never be able to - then fear the Fire, whose fuel is men and stones, prepared for the disbelievers.” [Qur’an 2:23-24].
Reciting the Qur’an in appropriate times assists in letting it have an impact on human soul. Ramadan is the best time to recite the Qur’an, for it is a food for the soul and because of the fact that the authority of the mind that tells man to do evil weakens during this month. The soul will then prevail and get strength by the Qur’an and, as a result, will derive the highest possible benefit from it. The Qur’an is like a beneficial rain, the soul is like the earth and Ramadan is like the good season for rainfall that enables the hearts to produce the blooming crops.
The Messenger of Allah, Sallallaahu ‘AlaihiWaSallam, said: “The similitude of the guidance and knowledge with which I was sent, is like a rain that falls on a land of which there was a good part that accepted the water and produced therefrom many plants and grass. There is also a barren part that holds water and Allah made it beneficial to people as they drank thereof, fed their animals and irrigate their farms. It also affected some parts that are just lowland that could neither hold the water nor produce grass. The first two are the example of him that acquired the knowledge of the religion of Allah, benefited from that which I am sent with and taught it to others. The third is the example of him who never paid attention to the Qur’an and did not accept the guidance of Allah with which I am sent.” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]
We must seize the opportunity of the remaining days of Ramadan to read the Glorious Qur’an with reflection and understanding of its meanings and try our best to put its injunctions into practice. Our righteous predecessors, may Allah be pleased with them, used to preoccupy themselves in Ramadan, with the recitation of the Glorious Qur’an and they always used to mention Allah.
We have to know that anyone who puts the injunctions of the Qur’an in practice is among the people of the Qur’an (who are dear to Allah) even if he has not memorised it. Also, he who does not work by the injunctions of the Qur’an is not among its people even if he memorises it.
Laylat Al-Qadr is in the last 10 days of Ramadan, as stated in the narration of Ibn ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, Sallallaahu ‘AlaihiWaSallam, said: “Seek Laylat Al-Qadr in the last 10 days of Ramadan.” [Muslim]
It is more likely to be one of the odd-numbered nights, because of the narration of ‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, who said that the Messenger of Allah, Sallallaahu ‘AlaihiWaSallam, had said: “Seek Laylat Al-Qadr in the odd-numbered nights of the last ten nights.” [Al-Bukhari]
We should seek it especially in the odd-numbered nights, i.e., on the 21st, the 23rd, the 25th, the 27th and the 29th. It was also reported that the Prophet, Sallallaahu ‘AlaihiWaSallam, said: “Seek it in the last ten nights, on the odd-numbered nights.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
It is most likely to be on the night of the 27th. This is according to the saying of the Prophet, Sallallaahu ‘AlaihiWaSallam: “Laylat Al-Qadr is the night of the 27th.” [Ahmad and Abu Daawood] The view that it is the night of the 27th is the opinion of most of the Companions, may Allah be pleased with them, and the majority of scholars. Ubayy ibn Ka’b, may Allah be pleased with him, used to assert, without saying “Insha Allah - God willing” that: “…it was the night of the 27th. Zurr ibn Hubaysh, may Allah be pleased with him, said to Ubayy, may Allah be pleased with him: ‘I said: What makes you say that, O Abu’l-Munthir (i.e. Ubay)?’ He, may Allah be pleased with him, said: ‘By the signs of which the Messenger of Allah, Sallallaahu ‘AlaihiWaSallam, told us: that the sun rises that morning with no visible rays.’” [Muslim]
The fact that it is more likely the night of the 27th – Allah knows best – does not mean that this is always the case. It could be any of the other odd-numbered nights of the last ten days of Ramadan. Some of the scholars ruled that it is more likely that it moves and does not come on a specific night each year.
Allah has concealed this night so that His slaves will strive to seek it, and will strive hard in worship, just as He has concealed the blessed hour of Friday.
Therefore, we should strive hard during the days and nights of these 10 days, seeking Laylat Al-Qadr and following the example of our Prophet, Sallallaahu ‘AlaihiWaSallam, and we should strive in supplication and seeking to draw close to Allah Almighty.
The Zakat Fund of the Ministry of Awqaf (Endowment) and Islamic Affairs has urged the public to pay Zakat al-Fitr on time, pointing out that it is a duty (required) of every Muslim, whether male or female, minor or adult as long as he/she has the means to do so.
The Fund said the amount of Zakat al-Fitr for this Ramadan season 1441H is QR15 and that it should be given before the Eid al-Fitr prayer, so that it can be delivered to the poor who deserve it.
The Fund indicated that the basic principle of Zakat al-Fitr is 2.5kg of people’s staple food, which is rice. It is possible to pay it in cash (QR15), and the Zakat Fund receives and distributes it to those who are entitled to it in accordance with the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him).
According to the Sunnah, Ibn ‘Umar said that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) made Zakat al-Fitr compulsory on every slave, freeman, male, female, young and old among the Muslims; one Saa’ of dried dates or one Saa’ of barley.
Original Headline: The Qur’an is the everlasting miracle
Source: The Gulf Times
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