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Imam Tabari rahimahullah tells us how we can taste the sweetness of the Qur’an:
قال الطبري مصنف (جامع البيان):
إني لأعجب ممن قرأ القرآن ولم يعلم تأويله كيف يلتذ بقراءته؟
He said: I am amazed with one who recites the Qur’an and he does not learn its ta’weel*, how will he taste the sweetness of his recitation?! (Mu’jam al-Adbaa, 63/18)
*ta’weel: used here to mean the tafseer of the Qur’an. During the first few generations of Islam, ta’weel and tafseer were used interchangibly. There are no ahadeeth that mention tafseer, rather the word “ta’weel” is used.
Learn tafseer, for you will be able to taste the sweetness of this book. Iyyas ibn Mu’awiyah rahimahullah said,
“The example of a people who recite the Qur’an and do not know its explanation is like a group of people who have a written message from their king that comes to them during the night, and they do not have a lamp. Therefore, they do not know what is in the message. The example of one who knows tafseer is like a person who comes to them with a lamp and reads to them what is in the message.”
Al-Waleed ibn Mugheerah, a staunch disbeliever amongst the Quraysh of Makkah, once came upon the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam and asked him to recite the Qur’an for him. The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam recited the ayah:
إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَيَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ ۚ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ
Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that you may receive admonition. (16:90)
He asked the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam to repeat again, so he repeated. Then Al-Waleed said:
والله إن له لحلاوة . وإن عليه لطلاوة . وإن أعلاه لمثمر . وإن أسفله لمغدق . وإنه ليعلو ولا يعلى عليه . وإنه ليحطم ما تحته . وما يقول هذا بشر
By Allah, indeed it has a sweetness to it, and a charm upon it; the highest part of it is fruitful and the lowest part of it is gushing forth with bounty; it dominates and cannot be dominated, and it crushes all that is under it. And it is not the speech of a man.
This is the reaction of one who disbelieved in Allah and His Messenger…What is our reaction to the Qur’an?
In the beginning of Surah Yusuf, Allah ta’ala shares with us the private conversation between a father and son:
إِذْ قَالَ يُوسُفُ لِأَبِيهِ يَا أَبَتِ إِنِّي رَأَيْتُ أَحَدَ عَشَرَ كَوْكَبًا وَالشَّمْسَ وَالْقَمَرَ رَأَيْتُهُمْ لِي سَاجِدِينَ
(Remember) when Yusuf (Joseph) said to his father: “O my father! Verily, I saw (in a dream) eleven stars and the sun and the moon – I saw them prostrating themselves to me.” (12:4)
As usual, the gem is not captured in the English translation.
Yusuf alayhi salaam describes the stars, sun and moon prostrating to him, by using the word Saajideen. Saajideen is classified as a “Jam’ mudakkar saalim”, which means a sound masculine plural and it is only used for beings with free will such as humans and jinn.
Allah azza wa jal describes a creation that has no free will as if it has free will. We find this in other ayaat in the Qur’an as well:
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ONE: The prevention of knowledge: Knowledge is a light which Allaah throws into the heart and disobedience extinguishes this light.
Imaam Shaafi’ee (rahimahullah) said: “I complained to Wakee’ about the weakness of my memory, so he ordered me to abandon disobedience. And informed me that the knowledge is light. And that the light of Allaah is not given to the disobedient. ”
TWO: The prevention of sustenance: Just as Taqwaa brings about sustenance, the abandonment of Taqwaa causes poverty. There is nothing which can bring about sustenance like the abandonment of disobedience.
In a time of constant buying and selling, this ayah reminds us of the greatest contract we can ever be involved in:
إِنَّ اللَّهَ اشْتَرَىٰ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَنفُسَهُمْ وَأَمْوَالَهُم بِأَنَّ لَهُمُ الْجَنَّةَ
Verily, Allah has purchased of the believers their lives and their properties for (the price) that theirs shall be the Paradise. (9:111)
The scholars say, “How outstanding is this contract! The buyer is the Rabb of Honor and Might, the purchase is the Soul, the merchandise is Jannah, the written contract is in the Highest Heaven, and the mediator is the Muhammad alayhi salaatu wa salaam.”
Imam Hasan Al Basri states, “Look at the Generosity of Allah – souls that He has created and wealth that He has provided, then He granted it for them and He purchased it from them with this priceless contract–and indeed, it is a fruitful transaction.”
All that is missing is your signature…Are you ready to sign?
قال نصر بن محمود البَلْخي : <<< قال أحمد بن حرب: عبدتُ اللهَ خمسين سنةً، فما وجدت حلاوَةَ العبادة حتى تركتُ ثلاثة أشياء
تركتُ رِضى النّاس حتى قَدَرتُ أن أتكلَّمَ بالحقِّ
وتركتُ صحبةَ الفاسقين حتى وجدتُ صحبَةَ الصالحينَ
وتركتُ حلاوة الدنيا حتى وجدتُ حلاوةَ الآخرةِ
Nasr ibn Mahmood al Balkhee said; Ahmad ibn Harb stated:
“I worshiped Allaah for fifty years, I wasn’t able to find the sweetness of worship until I forsook three things:
1. I forsook seeking the acceptance of people, so I was able to speak the truth.
2. I forsook the companionship of the sinner, so I was able to accompany the righteous.
3. I forsook the sweetness of the life of this world, so I was able to find the sweetness of the afterlife.”
From: Siyar ‘Alaam an Nubalaa