Did you Read...?


Monday, 23 March 2009 22:35

DID YOU READ...the word of Allah Ta'ala, the Qur'an? Did you read it today, yesterday or when last did you recite the book of Allah Ta'ala? The daily recitation of the Qur'an must be an integral part of a Mu'min’s (Believer’s) life. One's day should not commence without having first recited some portion of the Qur'an-al-Kareem.  



The recitation of the Qur'an earns tremendous rewards. For every letter recited one receives a minimum of ten blessings. Hence, reciting Surah Fatiha alone earns one several thousand rewards. Moreover recitation of certain Surahs on specific occasions have extra virtues and benefits. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “The one who recites Surah Yaseen at the beginning of the day, all his needs of the day will be fulfilled.” Similarly reciting Surah Ahad, Surah Falaq, and Surah Naas (the last three Surahs) thrice every morning and evening will be a means of protection from all calamities, black magic, jinns, etc. Various other virtues have been mentioned in the ahadith for the recitation of the Qur'an. “Virtues of the Qur'an” by Hazrat Moulana Zakaria Saheb (R.A.) is an excellent book on the topic. It should be read regularly to inculcate the love for the Qur'an and generate the enthusiasm to recite it regularly.   



Most unfortunately, the lack of regular recitation of the Qur'an has left a major gap in the lives of many. This gap is often filled with reading many futile and sometimes very dangerous material.

For a great number of people, reading the newspapers is a must. Generally news of any significance in newspapers is minimal. A major portion consists of propaganda, gossip and the traps, snares and lures of advertisers to make people part with their money. Moreover, an integral part of almost every newspaper is some degree of utter shamelessness and immorality. Pornographic pictures are splattered all over and vulgar articles often fill the columns. A section of most papers openly invite to the most obscene vices. Many youngsters and adults have admitted to having fallen into major sins as a direct result of an advert in the newspaper. After reading the ad, as some put it, “one thing lead to another”!!! Can we afford to take such risks?



Indeed, newspapers and even free tabloids will be regarded as very dangerous material by anyone who is concerned about the imaan and akhlaaq of his family. A Muslim home should be free of such material. In the rare instance where some genuine need exists to bring the newspaper into one's home, for Allah’s sake practice self-censorship. First rip out the pornography, shameless articles and invitations to vice. Though half the paper may be shredded, it is better than risking the akhlaaq of one's family being ripped-off.



Other dangerous reading materials are most magazines, novels and even “comics”. Most of these materials are often downright shameless and even perverted. Many “comics” centre around illicit relationships and other akhlaaq destroying fictional stories. It should be borne in mind that it is haraam and sinful for even a woman to look at the shameless pictures of semi-naked women in magazines and newspapers. The same applies to hand-drawn pictures of semi-naked people in comic strips.

Likewise the internet and other media must be treated with extreme caution, as one would handle extremely hazardous material.

Whatever one reads impacts on one's heart. Ensure that the impact is positive. Therefore read the Qur'an and other authentic Islamic literature. Refrain from subjecting the heart to the attacks of shamelessness and immorality. May Allah Ta'ala save us. Aameen.