Growing up in a world that fed my body constantly, I never had the time to feed my poor soul. The soul that was the source of my richness, I hardly had any time contemplating over its welfare and state. Thus, though my external world glittered in all glitters you may ask, my inside was completely worn out, ragged, skinny, dark and tainted. Almost dead. And then it was from the mercy of Allah that He introduced me to His speech. For indeed, nothing can enliven a dead soul than the Speech of Allaah .
And then again for many people, living a good long time as a practicing Muslim, and becoming so busy in *preaching* Islam, yet again what gets compromised, is our poor souls. The good part is that the remedy for these poor souls is also the same. The cure, the life of these dead souls is the Qur’an!
If you fall into either of the above two categories, this article is for you. ?
“Has not the time come for the hearts of those who believed to be affected by Allah’s reminder, and that which has been revealed of the truth, lest they become as those who received the scripture (i.e. Jews and Christians) and the term was prolonged for them and so their hearts were hardened” Surah Al Hadid: 16
This aayah is one of my favourite aayahs in the Qur’an. I am insaan (human) and from my name of it I am a forgetful person. I tend to forget. It is in my nature. And Allaah , the One Who never does injustice in the slightest bit preserved His words for us, to be read over and over again, to constantly remind these forgetful people, which includes myself as well.
The above mentioned aayah is one such great reminder that should grab our attention at once. And there are two points that I would like to bring here as to why it should:
- Anything mentioned in the Qur’an is not mentioned without a purpose of importance. Anything that Allaah chose to mention in the Qur’an is worthy of being mentioned, either as an example or a lesson. In fact, every word in the Qur’an has a purpose of importance behind it. Hence, the topic of the hearts being hardened in the Qur’an is something that was not random. Allah chose it in the Qur’an to be mentioned and hence, it is *important*. The point is, whether we are sane enough to understand this and pay the topic its due attention or not.
- If we truly reflect and try to understand this aayah not through a translation but the original Arabic text, we shall find something amazing. The words ‘lam’ used in this aayah indicates past tense. So, the translation is better being ‘Did not the time come?…’ With the usage of the word in the past tense, a feeling of urgency is being passed across. It is as if the time has already passed for the hearts to be softened and yet we are lost in the glitters of this dunya and letting our hearts sicken and then eventually die. Should not this choice of Allah’s words strike us hard and make us concerned about our hearts?
Now, once a person is convinced of a fact that this requires his/her due attention, a person then asks, how he can do so. And yes, when Allah has given a question to us, He has also provided its answer. In this aayah Allah answers your question of how you can soften your hearts; The Qur’an!
Yes, the Qur’an, the Speech of Allah , which contains both the great news of Blessings, Mercy and Love and at the same time the heart-trembling admonitions from Allaah ‘azza wa jall Himself, is what will melt our hearts. However, how do you achieve this impact?
I have listed 2 important ways by which the impact of the Qur’an can be achieved in our hearts, biidhnillah.
[paranum]Approach the Qur’an in the correct manner. In this aayah, Allaah mentions the people of the Book. They used to recite the book but their hearts were empty of the book. And a long time passed in this manner and thus their hearts hardened. If today, our approach is the same as theirs, of simply reciting it without any understanding or contemplation, we may have to fear the same consequence for ourselves.
Hence, the Qur’aan has to be approached in the correct manner with the correct intention so that the true benefit is achieved.
[paranum]Procrastination – an aayah earlier Allah mentions a dialogue between the believers and the hypocrites. And in that dialogue, when the hypocrites start asking the believers why they were leaving them behind, they will be replied that they *procrastinated*.
And subhanAllah at the end of this very aayah Allah again mentions the people of the Book and how they also procrastinated and allowed their hearts to harden. And so their hearts hardened like rocks.
So now you know it clearly what needs to be avoided when it comes to treating your heart with the Qur’an. Avoid procrastination.
The month of Qur’aan!
It is amazing to reflect that Allah honored an entire month because of the Qur’an itself. And though the Qur’an comes down from our shelves to our hands this month, it does not penetrate to our hearts to transform our actions. The month of Qur’an is here. And if our hearts have not yet softened despite of reading extensive Qur’an, and for some people even tafseer (translation), we really need to ask ourselves that mid-way through Ramadan, what are really coming out with?
May Allaah ‘azza wa jall allow us to benefit from the Qur’an this month and melt our rock hard hearts with it. And may He allow us to continue to do so in the rest of our lives. And may He bless us with strong emaan and protect us from hypocrisy, ameen.
Faria Alam is a young aspiring student who seeks to help young females educate themselves. She is a freelance writer and loves to read books of different disciplines. She takes great interest in personal development.