Fasting & the Qur’an

**This is what they had to say about the Qur’an**

The Qur’an has created links between certain things:

– Between Salaah and Zakaah

– Between obeying Allah and His messenger

– Between gratitude to Allah and parents

The Qur’an mentions these in pairs, making the unbreakable link between them evident.

There is another very obvious link which the Qur’an makes;

Fasting and the Qur’an.

Consider how Allah said: “The month of Ramadan is that in which the Qur’an was revealed..”

And in the same Ayah: “So whoever of you witnesses the month must fast it”
(Al-Qur’an, 2:185)

This link was also applied practically in the Prophet’s PBUH life when the angel Jibreel would study the Qur’an with him on a *nightly* basis in Ramadan.

Fasting in Ramadan is the most universally observed practical pillar of Islam, hence the majority of us will not regret having not fasted, Alhamdulillah. The worry is about its counterpart; the Qur’an.

The great scholar of Hadith, Al-A’mash, said:

“ومما رفعني الله به؛ القرآن”

“What Allah elevated me with was the Qur’an.”

The great student of Ibnu ‘Abbaas, Mujaahid, said:

“طلبت إعراب القرآن خمسة وأربعين سنة أو أربعين سنة”

“I have been studying the linguistics of the Qur’an for 40 (or 45) years.”

Al-Hurr AnNahawi said:

“والله لا تبلغوا ذروة هذا الأمر حتى لا يكون شيء أحب إليكم من الله، فمَن أحب القرآن؛ فقد أحب الله، افقهوا ما يقال لكم”.

“By Allah, you shall never reach the peak of the matter till nothing is dearer to you than Allah. Thus whoever loves the Qur’an has loved Allah. Understand what is being said to you! (i.e. the Qur’an)”

The great scholar of Hadith, Sufyan Ath-Thawri, said:

“ليتني كنت اقتصرت على القرآن”

“I wish I’d limited myself to the Qur’an.”

Shaykhul Islam Ibnu Taymiyya said towards the end of his life:

وندمت على تضييع أكثر أوقاتي في غير معاني القرآن

“I regret having wasted the majority of my time in other than the meanings of the Qur’an.

Their entire lives orbited around the learning, teaching and application of the Qur’an, yet during their final moments, they regretted not dedicating more to it.

The wise are those who benefit from the experiences of those before them.

May He (SWT) make you and I from the people of the Qur’an in what remains of Ramadan, and in what remains of our lives as well.

– Ust. ALI h.

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