We fight for civil rights, human rights, animal rights but do we ever think of Quran rights? Yes, Quran rights. You read right (pun intended).
The Quran has rights upon us. Are its rights being observed? Are its rights violated? When its rights are violated, are we as appalled and outraged just as we are when children are being abused or molested, or when a white man refuses to eat from a plate that was used by a black man? When the Quran’s rights are being neglected, do we make it a cause to fight for or publicize?
Do we even know what the rights of the Quran are? Maybe that is the key question. The Quran is Allah’s speech, and it was sent down for our guidance. It was sent down upon the heart of the best human being, the final messenger for all of mankind, Rasulullah salllaahu alayhi wasallam. If the Quran were to be revealed upon the mountain, the mountain would tremble and shake and shatter in pieces from utmost fear and inability to bear its weight.
Surah Al Hashr 59:21
If We had sent down this Qur’an upon a mountain, you would have seen it humbled and coming apart from fear of Allah . And these examples We present to the people that perhaps they will give thought.
Yet the heart of Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam took this weight of the Quran for a period of 23 years, and conveyed it to those who would listen to him and those who wouldn’t. This magnificent speech of Allah shook the hearts of those who listened to them, whether they accepted them or not. This initial shaking of the hearts gradually turned to peace and tranquility and ultimate comfort. Its presence is not only in the heart, but when truly embraced wholly, manifests its presence in the limbs and tongues of people. Its blessings then spreads from one human being to another and to a whole community, to a whole society, to the whole world, not just among human beings, but to other creatures and creations, both living and non living. This is the Quran.
So what are its rights?
The Quran’s rights is to be believed in, to be recited, to be understood, to be implemented, and to be conveyed and spread.
Honestly ask ourselves then. Do we observe these things? Do we fulfill the Quran’s rights on a daily basis? Weekly basis? Monthly basis? Or do we only use the Quran to fit our own agenda? Or only on special occasions when its blessings would truly benefit us? Or only when we get sick and are in desperate need for any help?
Are we neglectful of it? Or is it because we don’t understand it? Or is it because we don’t know how to recite it, so we say, “Why even bother then?” Are we making excuses with regards to fulfilling its rights? For those of us who are memorizing, do we only focus on the tajweed and memorization alone, at the expense of understanding and living it? Are we only chasing the haafizh status or the much-sought ijaazah?
How much attention are we truly giving to this Quran in our lives? If we claim to love Islam, if we claim to love Allah, do our actions reflect that love? Or is it just lip service? Are we willing to make the effort to struggle in learning how to recite this Quran in the language it was revealed in if we don’t know how to do so? Are we willing to stick with that effort till it bears abundant fruits that never end? Are we willing to engage in a long term serious study of the Quran in order to truly understand its message so that we can implement it? Do we maybe start doing that, and then give up not even halfway in the journey because it’s taking up too much time we can’t spare? Are we then only in for quick pick-me-up and something easy and manageable? Seriously, how willing are we to dedicate effort, money, and time to learn, memorize, understand the Quran so we can earn the best hereafter and Jannah compared to how willing we are in dedicating our effort, money, and time to pursue the degrees of the world so we could earn the best livelihood and career?
Do we see these things when we think of our future? Do we even see the ultimate future? Are we of those who are truly certain of the hereafter?
Surah Al Baqarah 2:4
And who believe in what has been revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what was revealed before you, and of the Hereafter they are certain [in faith].
Do we keep that hereafter of ours at the forefront of our minds in our daily lives such that it affects our actions, from the biggest to the littlest? Whenever we feel it heavy to open up the Quran and recite it or ponder upon it, do we think of that time when we will be standing in front of Allah, alone, trembling in fear, having to answer Him when He asks us if we gave His speech its full rights? Whenever we carve our daily or weekly schedule and feel there is no time to squeeze in Quran time, do we imagine the time when we are alone in our graves and realize that those lost Quran time would have been very very useful right then and there? And oh, how regretful we will be then. No turning back. We’ve crossed the Rubicon. Too late.
Surah Al A’raaf 7:9
And those whose scales are light – they are the ones who will lose themselves for what injustice they were doing toward Our verses.
Are we doing injustice to Allah’s verses, the Quran?