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It is our responsibility to regain the activation of the Holy Qur'an in the Muslims' lives and to take it out of its isolation since it has unfortunately been restricted to the funeral ceremonies and amulets. It is said that the means of reforming the late generations of the Islamic community must be nothing other than the same means that was used for reforming the earlier generations.

It was the Holy Qur'an, and nothing else, that regulated the affairs of the earlier generation of the Muslim community; therefore, if the current generation really seeks for reformation and intends to regain the ancestors' glories, they must abide by the Holy Qur'an. In this respect, al-Miqdad has narrated that the Holy Prophet said, "When seditious matters become as ambiguous as gloomy nights, you must then abide by the Qur'an, for it is intercessor, mediator, preventing (against wrong) and confirmatory (of the right). If one betakes it as his guide, it will certainly lead him to Paradise; and if one leaves it behind him, it will certainly drive him to Hellfire. It is the leader to the best of ways." [1]

Likewise, Imam 'Ali is reported as saying, "And know that this Qur'an is an adviser who never deceives, a leader who never misleads and a narrator who never speaks a lie. No one will sit beside this Qur'an but that when he rises he will achieve one addition or one diminution—addition in his guidance or elimination in his (spiritual) blindness. You should also know that no one will need anything after (guidance from) the Qur'an and no one will be free from want before (guidance from) the Qur'an. Therefore, seek cure from it for your ailments and seek its assistance in your distresses. It contains a cure for the biggest diseases, namely unbelief, hypocrisy, revolt and misguidance. Pray to Allah through it and turn to Allah with its love. Do not ask the people through it. There is nothing like it through which the people should turn to Allah, the Sublime. Know that it is an interceder and its intercession will be accepted. It is a speaker who is testified. For whoever the Qur'an intercedes on the Day of Judgment, its intercession for him would be accepted. He about whom the Qur'an speaks ill on the Day of Judgment shall testify to it. On the Day of Judgment an announcer will announce 'Beware! Every sower of a crop is in distress except the sowers of the Qur'an.' Therefore, you should be among the sowers of the Qur'an and its followers. Make it your guide towards Allah. Seek its advice for yourselves; do not trust your views against it. And regard your desires in the matter of the Qur'an as deceitful." [2]



[1] Al-Kulayniy: al-Kafi 2:599.

[2] Muhammad 'Abduh: Sharh Nahj al-Balaghah 1:347.


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