qur'ān

4 promises from Allāh in the Qur'ān

1. “So remember Me; I will remember you”
[Qur'ān, 2:152]

2. “If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favours]…”
[Qur'ān, 14:7]

3. “Call upon Me, I will respond to you…”
[Qur'ān, 40:70]

4. “…And Allah will not punish them, while they seek forgiveness…”
[Qur'ān, 8:33]

Ways to develop love for Allah:
1) Reciting Qur'ān, reflecting and understanding its meaning and content
2) Drawing closer to Allāh - the Most High - through optional deeds, after fulfilling the obligatory duties
3) Being continuous in the dhikr [remembrance] of Allah, with the tongue, the heart and the limbs - under all circumstances.
4) Giving precedence to what Allāh loves over personal loves, when being overcome by desires.
5) Contemplating and deliberating over the Names and attributes of Allah.

Umar b. al-Khaṭṭāb رضي الله عنه said:

“Do not be fooled by someone who recites the Qur'ān, for it is only speech. Rather, look at the one who acts upon it.”

[إقتضاء العلم العمل الخطيب البغدادي]

اقْرَءُوا الْقُرْآنَ فَإِنَّهُ يَأْتِي يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ شَفِيعًا لِأَصْحَابِهِ

Recite the Qur'ān, for on the Day of Resurrection it will come as an intercessor for its reciters.

— The Prophet ﷺ • Ṣaḥīḥ Muslīm 804

Feeling overwhelmed with sadness?

Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah (رحمه الله) mentioned in Majmū’ al-Fatāwā 7/493:

“ما رأيت شيئا يغذي العقل والروح ، ويحفظ الجسم ، ويضمن السعادة ، أكثر من ادامة النظر في كتاب الله تعالى.”

“I have not seen anything which feeds the intellect and soul, protects the body, and guarantees happiness, more than the constant looking at the Book of Allāh The Exalted.”

سأل رجل أحد السلف: “كم نقرأ من القرءان؟”

A man asked one of the Salaf:

“How much should we read from the Qur'ān?

فقال: "على قدر ما تريد من السعادة.”

So he said: “According to the amount of happiness you want.”

بَلِ اللَّهُ مَوْلَاكُمْ ۖ وَهُوَ خَيْرُ النَّاصِرِينَ

But Allah is your protector, and He is the best of helpers.

— Qur’ān | 3:150

The Prophet ﷺ said:

The one who recites the Qur'ān and stutters, and finds it difficult, will have a double reward.


Bukhārī 4937 and Muslim 798

وَلِله عَاقِبَةُ الْأُمُورِ

And to Allāh belongs the outcome of all matters.  

—  Qur'ān | sūrat l-ḥaj 22:41

Why did Allāh compare the Dunyā to Water?


Imām al-Qurtubī (رحمه الله) in his Tafsīr mentions an amazing benefit for the following Āyah in Sūrat al-Kahf:


ﻭﺍﺿﺮﺏ ﻟﻬﻢ ﻣﺜَﻞَ ﺍﻟﺤﻴﺎﺓ ﺍﻟﺪﻧﻴﺎ ﻛﻤﺎﺀٍ ﺃﻧﺰﻟﻨﺎﻩ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﺴّﻤﺎﺀ


“And set forth to them parable of the life of this world: like water which We send down from the sky” [18:45].


❝The wise men have said: Allāh سبحانه وتعالى compared the Dunyā with Water:


1. Because water doesn’t remain fixed in 1 spot, likewise the Dunyā doesn’t remain fixed in 1 situation.


2. Because water goes away & doesn’t stay, so likewise with the Dunyā, it will vanish and won’t stay.


3. Because no one is able to enter the water without getting wet, and likewise with the Dunyā, no one is safe from its Fitnah and harm.


4. Because if water was at a specific amount, it would be beneficial and cause growth, and if it exceeds that amount, it would be harmful and destructive, likewise with the Dunyā, a sufficient means of living is beneficial, and meddling oneself too much (in the Dunyā) brings harm.❞


(Al-Jāmi’ Li-Ahkām al-Qur'ān)

The Prophet ﷺ said-

“Keep on reciting the Qur'ān, for, by Him in Whose Hand my life is, Qur'ān runs away (is forgotten) faster than camels that are released from their tying ropes.”

Bukhari

Ibn ‘Abbās رضي الله عنه

“There’s nothing in Qur'ān that angers Shayṭān more than Sūrah al-Kāfirūn for it is Tawḥīd and disassociation from Shirk.”

● [تفسير القرطبي]

وَلِلَّهِ عَاقِبَةُ الْأُمُورِ

And to Allāh belongs the outcome of all matters.     

—  Qur'ān 22:41

There is NO Benefit in Being Sad

Ibnul-Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah said: Al-Huzn (الحزن) sadness has not come within the Qur'ān except being prohibited or negated.

As for it being a prohibition it is like His, Exalted be He, statement:

And do not be weak nor be sad (Surah Āli ‘Imrān 3:139)

And His statement:

And do not grieve over them (Surah An-Nahl 16:111)

And his statement:

Do not be sad, for indeed Allāh is with us (Surah At-Tawbah 9:40)

As for the negation it is like His statement:

No sadness will be upon them nor will they grieve (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:38)

The subtle reasoning behind this is that sadness is something which should not be traversed upon and there is no benefit in it for the heart. The most beloved thing to Shaytān is that he causes the servant to be sad in order that he may cut him off in his journey and cause him to stop in his path.

Source: Madārij As-Sālikīn pg. 500-501

Translated by Raha Batts

Encouragement to read more Qur’ān

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said, ”Whoever recites a letter from Allah’s Book, then he receives the reward for it, and the reward of ten the like of it. I do not say that Alif Lam Meem is a letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Meem is a letter.”

- Tirmidhi no. 2910 - [حسن]