27 December 2012 Fenton Zawiya, Michigan
A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani 'r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem.
Nawaytu 'l-arba`een, nawaytu 'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu 'l-khalwah, nawaytu 'l-`uzlah,
nawaytu 'r-riyaadah, nawaytu 's-sulook, lillahi ta`alaa fee haadha 'l-masjid.
Alhamdulillah that Allah (swt) with His Karam, Generosity, gave us life, and how many children die in the womb of the mother? Allah (swt) not only gave us life, but on top of that He made us from Ummata ’n-Nabi (s)! It is Ummatan marhooma, the ummah blessed with Allah’s Mercy, and Ummatan naghfoorah, an ummah that Allah has forgiven. And there are many ahadith on that, which is not our discussion today. So in order that Allah (swt) forgives us from our sins, He mentioned to us through His beloved Prophet (s) to read from Holy Qur’an.
Imagine this: they do statistics for publishing houses, for example there are hundreds of books and (they do statistics to see) how many people have read them and which has the highest percentage of (readership), is it not? And the one with highest percentage becomes the favourite. And so you see hundreds of people rush to buy it and read it because too many people have read that and are happy with it. And I heard that the most-read book which also made the most money is Harry Potter, and that it is not just millions who have read it, but hundreds of millions have read it, and they made millions of copies and Muslims and non-Muslims have read it. Is that right? And they made a movie out of it and you have to stand in line for hours and hours to go inside the movie theater, Muslims and non-Muslims alike. People were happy with that author, a young lady, and the author was happy because everyone was reading her book.
So let us ask ourselves about that Harry Potter book. It is imaginary and not worth nickels or pennies, even five cents is too much, or not worth reading because it is a waste of time, but people are jumping to get it, and you have to place an order to get that book as it is not available (in the bookstores). And then you keep reading and they ask you questions in school and ask you to write an essay from it and it becomes a project. And everyone is rushing to read it over and over, in order to understand it more and what did you get at the end? They took your money! Is there anything else?
There is not one single book in the whole world that if you read it they give you money, is there? Only one book, that if you read it you get wealth in dunya and Akhirah! And not only that, but Allah (swt) will be very happy with you because you reading His Divine Words that are the Holy Qur’an and there are ahadith of Prophet (s). Ask all `ulama around, even scholars who write books, and there are many scholars who write books on many issues that concern Muslims, but not concerning Akhirah issues; for example, on banking in Islam, psychology of Muslim identity and many other topics, but these authors still take your money and if you read their books you will still not be rewarded. But if you read hadith an-Nabi and Holy Qur'an, you get wealth in dunya and Akhirah, shifaa’ in dunya and Akhirah, rewards in dunya and Akhirah, happiness in dunya and Akhirah, blessings in dunya and Akhirah and you will be with the Prophet (s) in dunya and Akhirah, and you will be able to see Allah (swt) in Paradise! Is there any other book that can do that other than Holy Qur'an and hadith of the Prophet (s)? Show them to me! Why then is the Holy Qur'an left on shelves and ahadith of the Prophet (s) are only on shelves?
If you don’t know Arabic, you can at least look at the pages. Open the page, put your finger at the first ayah and keep moving along the lines. If you don’t know how to read, try to learn. Pakistanis know how to read Urdu, it is written in Arabic script, the Persians also have Arabic script, they have no excuse, the Bengalis might have an excuse and those in India also might not know how to read Arabic, but Urdu-speaking people have no excuse and Arabs absolutely have no excuse, they will be asked! May Allah (swt) not ask us, and send us to Paradise with no questions. And if this whole dunya came together to read and to reward you for their books, and you are reading the Holy Qur'an, their reward means nothing compared to Allah’s Rewards. Allah will reward us from His Greatness that has no beginning and no end, and will He reward us from His Mercy that has no beginning and no end!
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاءتْكُم مَّوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَشِفَاء لِّمَا فِي الصُّدُورِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
Yaa ayyuha an-naasu qad ja’atkum maw`izhatun min rabbikum wa shifaaun limaa fi ’s-sudoori wa hudan wa rahmatun li ’l-mu’mineen.
Mankind there has come to you a guidance from your Lord and a healing for (the diseases) in your hearts, and for those who believe a guidance and a mercy. (Surat Yunus, 10:57)
When you read the Harry Potter books, do you get cured? Read it a hundred times, is there any cure? You get disturbed even more! There is no comparison from all dunya books to the Holy Qur'an; that one is dunya words and this one is Allah’s Words, so everything else is Shaytan’s words if it is not hadith or Islamic books, so you must run to it! On every letter of the Holy Qur’an there are Allah’s Rewards; not only on every word, but on every letter that you recite, because a letter is like the abbreviations Alif, Laam, Meem, or Kaaf, Haa, Yaa, `Ayn, Saad at the beginning of many suras, three, four or five letters and you don’t know their meanings, but these are secret encrypted letters of words of Holy Qur’an. Every letter is divine and has rewards. So from the number of letters in a word, for example, it is four, they are the divine letters that comprise the words of the Holy Qur'an. Take any letter you want, as in the word “Allah,” every letter is divine: in “ar-Rahman,” every letter is divine as it is part of the word.
Not one book from around the world gives you reward when you read it except the Holy Qur'an and for reading even one letter, Allah (swt) will reward you as He said:
وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاء وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
Wa nunazzilu mina al-qur’ani ma huwa shifaa’un wa rahmatun li ‘l-mu’mineen.
And We sent down in the Qur’an such things that have healing and mercy for the believers. (17:82)
“We revealed and sent down what is a cure for believers.” Since the beginning of suras have encrypted letters, it means every letter in Holy Qur'an has shifaa’ in it. So which (dunya) book can give shifaa’? There is none, no way! It is (only) the Holy Qur’an. Good tidings to you mu’mins and Muslims, that Allah (swt) gave you the Holy Qur'an that will take all your problems and give you happiness, and Allah accepts from you, even if you have done something wrong, if you ask forgiveness Allah will forgive you!
Allah (swt) sent Sayyidina Yunus (a) to 100,000 people to call them to Him. He called and called, and they didn’t listen to him and so he ran away (seeking solitude in Allah). What happened to him? Allah taught him a lesson and He ordered the whale to swallow him. What did Sayyidina Yunus (a) do? Look at the barakah of the Holy Qur'an! In Jami`ah at-Tirmidhi and Sahih of al-Hakim, Sa`d Ibn Abi Waqqas (r) said that Sayyidina Yunus (a) used to make a du`a in the belly of the whale that is a verse in Holy Qur'an:
لَّا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ
Laa ilaaha illa Anta! Subhaanaka innee kuntu min azh-zhaalimeen!
There is no god except You! Limitless are You in your Glory! Verily I am among the oppressors!
(Surat al-Anbiya 21:87)
Is it Holy Qur'an or not? “O Allah! There is no one except You and I was an oppressor to myself,”
because he ran away and did not continue (the order to deliver the Message). So what did the Prophet (s) say? Annahu lam yadu`a bihi shayin Muslim qat illa yastajib lahu, “In anything that you ask, in illness or need, or anything at all, if you recite that verse Allah will respond to you and answer you.” But Sayyidina Yunus (a) didn’t say it only once, he was saying it continuously on his breathing in and breathing out, until Allah’s test finished and the whale threw him out.
Is there any book other than Holy Qur'an that you recite or read from and the Prophet (s) will say if you ask Allah through it, like that verse of Holy Qur'an that Sayyidina Yunus (a) was saying, you get acceptance or reward? No way. And that verse is part of the Holy Qur'an. That means (it is proof that) the Holy Qur'an is the book you get rewarded for reading every time and in each reading rewarded a different way. For example, if you read Surat al-Baqarah from beginning to end you will get reward, and if you read it the next day, don’t think the reward will be the same as for the first reading. If you read it a third time the reward is different, and each time you read the same surat there is different reward and a different tajalli coming on you on that day.
That is why some Sahaabah used to read the whole Holy Qur'an in one day, including the night. It takes twenty minutes to read one juz (one-thirtieth), so thirty juz can be finished in six-hundred minutes, which is ten hours, or some people can read them in fifteen hours. There are some people who don’t stop (read continuously). The muqrieen, those who (memorized) and recite Holy Qur'an, have principles in reciting the Holy Qur'an and every day they have to recite five juz to keep refreshing their memory. So Allah (swt) is telling us, recite it like Dhul-Nun (a), Sayyidina Yunus (a), recite, “Laa ilaaha illa Anta Subhaanaka innee kuntu min azh-zhalimeen,” and you will get reward from Him in health and wealth. Say it and get the reward!
We mentioned many du`as yesterday that have Ismullah al-`Azham in them. Sayyidina Anas (r) heard someone asking, “Do you want me to tell you about the Greatest Name?” and Sayyidina Musa (a) was asking Allah (swt) to teach him that Greatest Name which, if you use it, Allah (swt) will grant whatever you ask immediately without restriction!
The Prophet (s) asked the Sahaabah (r), “Do you want me to teach you the Greatest Name of Allah? It is the du`a of Sayyidina Yunus (a).” One man asked, “Is that private to Yunus (a)?” and the Prophet (s) said, “Did you not hear Allah's Word?”
فَاسْتَجَبْنَا لَهُ وَنَجَّيْنَاهُ مِنَ الْغَمِّ وَكَذَلِكَ نُنجِي الْمُؤْمِنِينَ
Fastajabnaa lahu wa najaynaahu min al-ghamm wa kadhaalika nunjee ’l-mu’mineen.
And so We responded to him and delivered him from his distress, for thus do We deliver all who have faith. (Surat al-Anbiya, 21:88)
It means, “We accepted his du`a and We saved him from all ghamm, miseries!” So if you read the Holy Qur’an it will save you, and any Muslim or mu’min who recites this verse during his illness from which he dies, if he recited it forty times then he will die as a shaheed. Allahu Akbar! People were running to die as shaheed (martyrs) in the time of the Prophet (s). When Prophet (s) declared there is a war to defend Muslims from aggression, as he defended his people through holy wars, and Allah (swt) gave them ajar shaheed. And the Prophet (s) said, “If you recite this verse forty times and die on your bed, you will be given the reward of a shaheed! Wa in buriya buriya maghfooran lah, and if he didn’t die he will be cured and he will be forgiven.”
So let us try to recite it now to get cured as there is no holy war now; the holy war has principles and (currently) they are not there, but when Mahdi (a) comes that is different. But now if you recite it you will get a cure and you will be forgiven. (Everyone recites with Mawlana) Laa ilaaha illa Anta! Subhaanaka innee kuntu min azh-zhaalimeen fastajabnaa lahu wa najaynaahu min al-ghamm wa kadhaalika nunjee ’l-mu’mineen.
That is the only book that gives that reward, so don’t put it on the shelves, put it in your hearts, which means to read it. If we don't know how to read, awliyaullah gave a fatwa for those who don’t know (that they may look at the Arabic words), but we know how to read and we have to try as much as possible to read. May Allah (swt) forgive us for not giving the Holy Qur’an it’s rights! But for those who are converts and don’t know how to read, they have to put their finger under the ayah and move it and read the commentary on the side so at least they will know what they are reading and understand the meaning.
And Allah (swt) is Great! He knows we cannot read, so Allah (swt) will still reward us. May Allah (swt) forgive us, bless us, reward us and cure us and give us health and wealth in dunya and Akhirah and forgiveness bi jaahi ‘l-qur’an, for the sake of the Holy Qur’an.
Wa min Allahi 't-tawfeeq, bi hurmati 'l-habeeb, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.
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