LIFE UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE HOLY QUR'AN

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LIFE UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE HOLY QUR'AN

In my early life, I lived under the shadow and supervision of the Holy Qur'an for many years. I used to recite it wholly twenty to twenty-five times a year until it mixed with my flesh, blood, thought, tongue and heart. During my recitation, I used to read very meticulously two books of Tafsir that contributed greatly in the formation of my scientific and intellectual personalities. These books are Sayyid Mubammad husayn al-Tabataba'iy's al-Mizan fi Tafsir al-Qur'an and Sayyid Qutb's fi Zilzal al-Qur'an. Having finished these two books, I summarized the main topics and ideas so that I can refer to them continuously to derive ideas from these and meanwhile I remember these happy moments in which I was engaged with the Holy Qur'an.

What have I found in the space of the Holy Qur'an? What will one who lives under the supervision of the Holy Qur'an discover? Of course, one who lives there will see the greatness of Almighty Allah come from His Sings, laws, directives and power over all things. Indeed, "the whole of the earth is but His handful, and the heavens are rolled up in His right hand." All honor, power and kingdom is with Almighty Allah who shall inherit the earth and all beings thereon. To Him will all the creatures be returned; and He is nearer to them than their jugular vein; and He comes in between a man and his heart; and nothing can ever cause harm or benefit to anything else save on His permission.

From this cause, in the view of the bearer of the Holy Qur'an, all things, except Almighty Allah, cringe no matter how great they are. However a tyrant claims being great or his fellows try to puff in him greatness, he fades away when Almighty Allah wills such. Almighty Allah's power prevails on all things; hence, the city of Iram, with its lofty pillars, faded away; and the Pharaoh, lord of stakes, faded away; and the one the keys of whose treasures would have been a burden to a body of strong men also faded away. On the other side, the power of the bearers of the Holy Qur'an is connected to Almighty Allah and thus they fear nothing save Him, "The parable of, those who take protectors other than Allah is that of the spider, who builds (to itself) a house; but truly the flimsiest of houses is the spider's house; - if they but knew. 29/41" According to a hadith, "Almighty Allah will make all things fear him who fears Almighty Allah alone."  [1]

Thereupon, the bearers of the Holy Qur'an will find these great powers that pretended of supremacy and ability to do anything they want—they will see these powers collapse and dissolve in the same way as salt melting in water although they have not been engaged in wars nor have they been conflicted by a more powerful enemy. Yet, Almighty Allah informs us why these powers were terminated, "Those before them did also plot against Allah's Way: but Allah took their structures from their foundations, and the roof fell down on them from above; and the Wrath seized them from directions they did not perceive. Then, on the Day of Judgment, He will cover them with shame, and say, 'Where are My partners concerning whom ye used to dispute with the godly?' Those endued with knowledge will say, 'This Day, indeed, are the unbelievers covered with shame and misery.' 16/26-27"

Similarly, the bearers of the Holy Qur'an will be convinced of Almighty Allah's fulfillment of His promise to the believers that the end shall be theirs, but they, first, must undergo mischief and difficulties, "Or do ye think that ye shall enter the Garden (of bliss) without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? they encountered suffering and adversity, and were so shaken in spirit that even the Messenger and those of faith who were with him cried, 'When (will come) the help of Allah?' Ah! Verily, the help of Allah is (always) near. 2/214"

In order that the believers are discriminated, they must be exposed to trials, "Alif Lam Mim. Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, 'We believe,' and that they will not be tested? We did test those before them, and Allah will certainly know those who are true from those who are false. 29/1-3"

Thereupon again, the bearers of the Holy Qur'an will feel tranquil and will undergo all the problems and ordeals because they will realize that such difficulties are within the norms of Almighty Allah with His believing servants who are thus required to be steadfast in such situations and to regard such difficulties as insignificant since they are for the sake of Almighty Allah Who shall reward the truthful with gratitude: "Now await in patience the command of thy Lord: for verily thou art in Our eyes. 52/48"

"Because nothing could they suffer or do, but was reckoned to their credit as a deed of righteousness, - whether they suffered thirst, or fatigue, or hunger, in the cause of Allah, or trod paths to raise the ire of the Unbelievers, or received any injury whatever from an enemy: for Allah suffereth not the reward to be lost of those who do good. 9/120"

The bearers of the Holy Qur'an will taste the exaltation of faith that occupy their hearts as well as the high knowledges that they carry for the peoples who are running aimlessly behind mirage, living for false goals and indulging in fake hopes towards which the fans of Satan push them, such as money, authority and lusts on which they are competing with each other, and fighting each other for things that they will not last for them; rather they will be source of misfortune for them. Moreover, they are making for themselves gods that they worship, obey and show loyalty through rituals, festivities and fairs. For their gods, they are also offering in sacrifice no only animals but also human beings expending milliards of dollars.

The bearers of the Holy Qur'an will feel that they are not alone and thus they should not feel weak, humble, passive or meek. They will also believe that the incidents and trials that they are experiencing are not unique or innovative: "Say: I am no bringer of new-fangled doctrine among the messengers, nor do I know what will be done with me or with you. I follow but that which is revealed to me by inspiration; I am but a Warner open and clear. 46/9"

On the same line, the bearers of the Holy Qur'an were preceded by great Prophets, honorable saints, bearers of messages, reformers and righteous servants who certainly suffered ordeals more catastrophic and had to face their peoples; rather they showed patience to the last spark of their lives: "O ye who believe! Guard your own souls: If ye follow (right) guidance, no hurt can come to you from those who stray. The goal of you all is to Allah: it is He that will show you the truth of all that ye do. 5/105"

"And some of them were on right guidance. But many of them became rebellious transgressors. 57/26"

The bearers of the Holy Qur'an will witness how Almighty Allah has honored His creatures, namely, the human beings, when He addressed them directly by saying: "We have honored the sons of Adam; provided them with transport on land and sea; given them for sustenance things good and pure; and conferred on them special favors, above a great part of our creation. 17/70" Almighty Allah, the Creator of the heavens and the earth and to Whom the Excellent Attributes belong has sent the human beings a message and promised them with favors. This is in reality the most excellent honoring. How can one imagine the feelings of one who reads the message of his Beloved? As the Holy Qur'an is the covenant of Almighty Allah to His servants; therefore, a believer should look into the covenant of his Creator.

The bearers of the Holy Quell' will realize that everything in this universe has been subject to accurate measure and account: "Verily, all things have We created in proportion and measure. 54/49"

"And there is not a thing but its sources and treasures inexhaustible are with us; but We only send down thereof in due and ascertainable measures. 15/21"

"We shall set up scales of justice for the Day of Judgment, so that not a soul will be dealt with unjustly in the least. 21/47"

Likewise, all the creatures on levels of both individuals and communities are progressing on constant laws and regulations: "The ordinances of those before you. 4/26"

"There is not an animal that lives on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but forms part of communities like you. Nothing have we omitted from the Book, and they all shall be gathered to their Lord in the end. 6/38"

None can ever violate this great divine ordinance: "But no change wilt thou find in Allah's way of dealing: no turning off wilt thou find in Allah's way of dealing. 35/43"

Although man cannot escape the fist of the laws and ordinances of Almighty Allah, he worships things other than Him. The laws of Almighty Allah are far above play, jest or amusement: "Our Lord! Not for naught Hast Thou created all this! 3/191"

"I have only created Jinn and men that they may serve Me. 51/56"

"If it had been our wish to take (just) a pastime, We should surely have taken it from the things nearest to Us, if We would do (such a thing). 21/17"

The laws of Almighty Allah are also far above serendipity for which. the atheists drummed and deceived people for long decades. For both of them is destruction!

Indeed, there is a goal beyond the creation of man; therefore, man must live and dedicate all efforts to achieving this goal, which is the attainment of the pleasure of Almighty Allah.

The bearers of the Holy Qur'an will find therein the divine promise of transcendental aid and power in every situation, hardship, trouble and conflict against the soul that is prone to evil and against Satan. In addition, they will find therein that Almighty Allah is being with them so long as they are being with Him; and All-sufficient is He in giving victory:

"In the case of those who say, Our Lord is Allah,' and, further, stand straight and steadfast, the angels descend on them (from time to time): 'Fear ye not!' (they suggest), Nor grieve! But receive the Glad Tidings of the Garden (of Bliss), that which ye were promised. We are your protectors in this life and in the Hereafter: therein shall ye have all that your souls shall desire; therein shall ye have all that ye ask for; a hospitable gift from one Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful!' Who is better in speech than one who calls (men) to Allah, works righteousness, and says, 'I am of those who bow in Islam.' 41/30-33"

Furthermore, the Holy Qur'an comprises many other verses that confirm the sending down of tranquility on the faithful believers and the aiding them with angels.

The bearers of the Holy Qur'an will find therein peace of mind, tranquility, cure of mental defects, guidance and bless in addition to each and every item of excellence to which the Holy Qur'an has referred by saying: "Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction. 13/28"

When the bearers of the Holy Qur'an find all these, their willpower will be firmer, their hearts will be stronger, their spirits will be more righteous, their determination will increase and their understandings will be more manifest. Then, those individuals will be, like the great reformers headed by the Holy Prophet and Imam 'Ali, sources of giving and goodness for themselves and societies.

 



[1] Shaykh al-Saduq: Man la Yahduruhu'l-Faqih 4:410.