Approach the Quran


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  • Approach the Quran


  • Some People Heedlessly Listen to the Qur'an

    Some people listen to the Glorious Qur'an while their hearts are blocked and their ears are deafened. Their arrogance and stubbornness hinder them from listening to and understanding The Glorious Quran. In more than one verse, the Glorious Qur'an refers to such people and highlights their traits. For example, it says,

     

    (When thou dost recite the Qur'an, We put, between thee and those who believe not in the Hereafter, a veil invisible. And we put covering over their hearts (and minds) test they should understand the Qur'an, and deafness into their ears: when thou dost commemorate thy Lord and Him alone in the Qur'an, they turn on their backs, fleeing (from the truth). We know best why it is they listen, when they listen to thee; and when they meet in private conference, behold, the Wicked say: Y e follow none other than a man bewitched.)

    (Al-Isra': 45-47)

     

    (Of them there are some who (pretend to) listen to thee; but We have thrown veils on their hearts, so they understand it not, and deafness in their ears; if they saw every one of the Signs, not they will believe in them; insomuch that when they come to thee, they (but) dispute with thee; the unbelievers say: These are nothing but tales of the ancients.)

    (Al-An`am: 25)

     

    {Woe to each sinful dealer in Falsehoods. He hears the Signs of Allah rehearsed to him, yet is obstinate and lofty, as if he had not heard them: then announce to him a Penalty Grievous. And when he learns something of Our Signs, he takes them. in jest: for such there will be a Humiliating penalty. 

    (Al-Jathiyah: 7-9)

     

    The Glorious Qur'an, therefore, regards such people as not hearing the Quran although they hear it. The Glorious Qur'an says,

     

    (Ha Mim. A revelation from (Allah), Most Gracious, Most Merciful, a Book, whereof the verses are explained in detail; a Qur'an in Arabic, for people who understand, giving good news and admonition: yet most of them turn away, and so they hear nat. They say: Our hearts are under veils, (concealed) from that to which than dost invite us. And in our ears is a deafness, and between ns and thee is a screen: so do than (what than wilt); for us, we shall do (What we will!). 

     (Fussilat: 1-5)

     

    lf such people hear the Qur'an, they will not understand it. By doing so, they will be like animals, which have no minds, or even worse. Describing such people, Allah, Most High, says,

     

    (For the worst of beasts in the sight of Allah are the deaf and the dumb, those who understand not. if Allah had found in them any good, He would indeed have made them listen: (as it is), if He had made them listen, they would but have turned back and declined (Faith). 

    (Al-Anfal: 22-23)

     

    The Glorious Qur'an refers to some people who used to listen to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and when they left him they asked knowledgeable people: what had he (the Prophet) said? The reason behind this was that those people, although they heard the sounds, were heedless and unaware of their meaning. The Glorious Qur'an says,

     

    (And among them are men who listen to thee, but in the end, when they go out from thee, they say to those who have received knowledge, 'What is it he said just then ?' Such are men whose hearts Allah has sealed, and who fallow their own lusts. 

    (Muhammad: 16)

     

    Arrogance, envy, adherence to vain desires, narrow-mindedness, and blind imitation, which are the characteristics of such people, hinder them from listening to and understanding the Glorious Qur'an. These traits nullify the roles of their minds, hearts, ears, and eyes. Allah, Most High, says,

     

    (They have hearts wherewith they understand not, eyes wherewith they see not, and ears wherewith they hear not. They are like cattle, nay more misguided: for they are heedless (of warning). 

    (Al-A`raf: 179)

     

    (And We had firmly established them in (prosperity and) power which We have not given to you (ye Quraysh!) And we had endowed them with (faculties of hearing, seeing, heart and intellect: but of no profit to them. were their (faculties of) hearing, sight, and heart and intellect, when they went on rejecting the Signs of Allah; and they were (completely) encircled by that which they used to mock at!)

    (Al-Ahqaf: 26)

     

     

     

    (As to those who reject Faith, it is the same to them whether thou warn them or do not warn them; they will not believe. Allah hath set a seal on their hearts and on their hearing, and on their eyes is a veil; great is the penalty they (incur). 

    (Al-Baqarah: 6-7)

     

    Such people hear with their ears, not with their hearts and minds. Depleting them, the Glorious Qur'an says,

     

    (Nor be like those who say, 'We hear,' but listen not. For the worst of beasts in the sight of Allah are the deaf and the dumb, those who understand not. If Allah had found in them any good, He would indeed have made them listen: (as it is), if He had made them listen, they would but have turned back and declined (Faith). 

    (A1-Anfal: 21-23)

     

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