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Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Ease with the Qura’n can understood by all people

Upon hearing the phrase ‘an eloquent speech’, one probably does not associate with it the idea of an easily understood speech, or one that can be understood by all kinds of audiences. And yet that is precisely one of the things that makes the Qur’an so magnificent: it is both eloquent – in fact no speech of man can come even near to its eloquent- and easily accessible to all audiences; or in other words, Allah made it easy for people to not only recite it, but to understand its meaning as well. This is so that men cannot put forward the excuse that they do not understand the Qur’an’s Message.

Allah said:

“And We have indeed made the Qur’an easy to understand and remember, then is there any that will remember (or receive admonition)? (Qur’an 54:17)

In another Verse, Allah said:

“So We have made this (the Qur’an) easy in your own tongue (O Muhammad), only that you may give glad tidings to the Muttaqun [pious and righteous persons who fear Allah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which He has forbidden) and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained), and warn with it the Ludda (the most quarrelsome) people,” (Qur’an 19:97)

That Allah made the Qur’an easy is intended to have the in more depth and of extending an invitation to disbelievers, so that perhaps they change their ways and listen Qur’an with open minds and hearts, It is in this vein that Allah said, “Then is there any that will remember (or receive admonition)?”

The reader would do well to ask the question: what does making the Qur’an easy actually mean? Basically it means that one can understand its meaning without a great deal of difficulty. So clarity is one component of the Qur’an being easy to understand; another is that, if one reads it with open heart and mind, one will not only understand the basic meaning of what he is reading, but also one will, with each cycle of contemplation, be open to new meanings that branch off from original. And that is the beauty of contemplating the Qur’an; the more one contemplates its Verses, the more one learns and appreciates finer nuances of meaning

The Qur’an has been made easy in another sense as well: Its words have been joined together in such a perfect manner and with such beautiful flow that it is easy to memorize.

In his Tafseer of Allah’s saying, “And We have indeed made the Qur’an easy to understand and remember,” Ar-Raazee (may Allah be pleased with him) pointed out the following:

Allah has made the Qur’an easy to memorize; it should be duly noted that of all the books of Allah has revealed to Prophets, it is only the Qur’an that is memorized and stored, in its entirety, in the hearts of men.

Allah made it easy not only to understand the Qur’an, but also to learn lessons from its teachings, which is not surprising considering the fact that it contains in it all wisdom.

Allah made the hearts of men become attached to the noble Qur’an. Normally, if one reads something many times over, one will become bored, and one will tire of reading the same thing over and over again, not finding anything to gain from an additional reading. But such is not true of the Qur’an: A Muslims heart becomes so attached to the Qur’an that, the more he reads it and contemplates its meaning, the more pleasure he derives and the more knowledge he gains.

Yes, the Qur’an is certainly easy; of this, there is no doubt. But as Muslims we need to them ask the question; Where are those who remember it, study it, and receive admonition from it? There lies the problem for our nation.

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