“Verily each verse is like a date….”

وَقَالَ ٱلرَّسُولُ يَـٰرَبِّ إِنَّ قَوۡمِى ٱتَّخَذُواْ هَـٰذَا ٱلۡقُرۡءَانَ مَهۡجُورً۬ا

And the Messenger (Muhammad SAW) will say: “O my Lord! Verily, my people deserted this Qur’ân (neither listened to it, nor acted on its laws and teachings).
Surah al-Furqan (25): 30

The types of abandonment of the Qur’an were summarised by Imaam ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah  as follows:

1. Abandoning the Qur’an by not listening to its recitation, believing in it or giving attention to it.

2. Abandoning of the Qur’an by not acting by it and abiding by what it has prescribed of halal or haram even if the one who does so still believes in it or recites it, meaning, it is not sufficient to believe in it and recite it to then abandon acting by it.

3. Abandoning the Qur’an by not ruling by it or taking it as judge in all matters of religion, believing that it does not warrant certainty of conviction and that its evidences are merely literal in the sense that it does not result in knowledge.

4. Abandoning the Qur’an by not reflecting upon its meanings, understanding them and knowing what Allaah [the One who spoke it] desires from the one who recites it.

5. Abandoning the Qur’an by not using it as a cure for all of the diseases and ailments of the heart, such that one seeks the cure for his/her illness in other than the Qur’aan thus abandoning its use as a medicine.

Abu Musa al-Ash’aree said : “Verily, this Qur’an is either a reward for you or a burden upon you, thus follow the Qur’an and not let the Qur’an follow you. Whoever follows the Qur’an, it will make him to light upon the Gardens of Paradise and whosoever the Qur’an follows it will push or thrust him from behind until it casts him into the Fire of Hell.”

Bishr bin as-Sirri said (regarding the Qur’an): “Verily, each verse is like a date: the more you chew it, the more of its sweetness is released.”

[Abu Sulayman heard this and commented: “True. It is the case with one of you that if he begins one chapter of it, he wants to read it to the end.”]


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