The everlasting guidance from the greatest of makers, the Qur’an, is being neglected. Why not Allah?
As a student in the Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences, field trips and excursions are necessary to expose students to the practical aspects of their field in order to prepare them for the work environment. As a genuine student of the faculty, I was fortunate to attend one such field trip under the umbrella of the Muslim Students’ Association of the faculty last year. We were able to visit radio stations, television stations, newspaper houses, printing and publishing firms as well as computer firms, as all these are involved in the process of communication and information whether it is in oral or written form. We were introduced to various types of machinery and equipment. The company managers explained the functions of the equipment and the procedures for looking after the machinery.
After the long and tiring trip, I returned home and decided to go through the notes I had made on the trip. On reading those concerning a particular machine, I asked myself, why not Allah?
People, including Muslims, attach so much importance to carefully reading the manual for their new gadgets, taking extra care to follow the instructions and avoid any malfunction; yet, the everlasting guidance from the greatest of makers, the Qur’an, is being neglected. Why not Allah?
This is not to criticise the reading of manuals or taking good care of our items; in fact, Islam has highly encouraged this. If we do not take heed of the instructions in the manuals for our purchased items, it could lead to a malfunction and subsequent damage, which would then require purchasing another one. Since this can be avoided, such an attitude is regarded as wasteful and extravagant, which is frowned upon in Islam. Allah, the Most High, describes his true servants as:
Those who, when they spend, are not extravagant and not niggardly, but hold a just [balance] between those [extremes] (Al-Furqan :67)
Thus, we should avoid wastage. However, it would be more beneficial to us in this world and the hereafter if we were to attach greater importance to the Qur’an than we do to our manuals. This is because the Qur’an is the guidance sent to mankind from our Creator, who is the Maker of all that exists:
“Allah has created you and what you make” (As-Saffat: 96)
Because the equipment manufacturer knows what components he has used in creating it, what functions it can perform, what its limitations are and what is beneficial and detrimental to it, such a person is in the best position to give instructions as to its usage, how it should be protected, etc. When it comes to man, Allah (SWT) is the only one who has the power to give us instructions as to how to live our lives. The Qur’an is Allah’s manual to mankind, His creation, telling them what their beliefs, actions and morals should be, how they should conduct transactions, the principles of dealing with enemies and friends, and what the rights are of their fellow human beings and of their own selves.
Should He not know – He that created? And He is the One that understands the finest mysteries (and) is well-acquainted (with them). (Al-Mulk: 14)
Indeed, only Allah (SWT) has this right, for He created us and knows us even more than we know ourselves. The Qur’an is the fabric that makes up the life of a Muslim; its verses are like the thread from which the substance of his soul is woven. Allah (SWT) knows what is beneficial to us and what is detrimental to us in both worlds, thus, He has sent down the Qur’an to us to serve as our guide and constitution.
Alas! The Qur’an lies on our shelves filled with dust while we religiously read our gadget manuals. Why not Allah? Perhaps it is because the effect of not reading or not following the instructions in the manuals is immediate: if your gadget starts malfunctioning, you get frustrated, and so you scrupulously avoid it happening in the first place. Do you think that neglecting the Qur’an does not have any effect on you? Look at the fate of the People of the Scripture; they were given the Tawrah and the Injil and were told:
Had they established the Torah and the Gospel, and all the revelation that was sent to them from their Lord, they would have enjoyed happiness from every side….(Al-Ma’idah:66)
The people of Moses adopted the wrong attitude towards the signs of Allah (SWT) and reaped the consequences:
… They were covered with humiliation and misery; they drew on themselves the wrath of Allah. This because they went on rejecting the Signs of Allah and slaying His Messengers without just cause. This because they rebelled and went on transgressing. (Al-Baqarah : 61)
Clearly, neglecting the word of Allah (SWT) is an offence, which has grave consequences in this world and the hereafter.
In conclusion, just as it is important to read the manuals of our purchased items in order to make optimum use of them, it is even more important for us not just to read the Qur’an, but to study it, understand it, preach it and live by it!
Haleemah Oladamade Ahmad is a young, budding writer who loves to pour her thoughts into her pen. Her observation of the attitude of Muslims to Islam inspired her to write this series. She can be contacted via her mobile phone on +2348021235721 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.