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.

** Nails and planks of wood **

Prophet Nooh (PBUH) spent a long time constructing the ark. However, it had to be something out of the ordinary, as it would need to survive a flood the like of which humanity had never seen before, and was due for war with waves like mountains.

Nevertheless, Allah said, in description of the ark:

وَحَمَلْنَاهُ عَلَى ذَاتِ أَلْوَاحٍ وَدُسُرٍ

“And We carried him on a [ship of] planks and nails”
(Al-Qur’an, 54:13)

It wasn’t described as “a ship of engineering mastery” or “an ark of robust construction” but simply “planks and nails”

This is a subtle Qur’anic indication that Prophet Nooh’s ship was merely a means, and that had Allah not carried the ship through the relentless storms, it could never have made it. It was His preservation all along.

Thus Allah said in the Ayah after it:

تَجْرِي بِأَعْيُنِنَا

“Sailing under Our Eyes .. ”
(Al-Qur’an, 54:14)

This is a reality to recall when pursuing knowledge, giving Da’wah, applying for a job, searching for marriage, attempting to raise children upon Islam, or their likes;

Those of us whose heart becomes attached to the means will fail, whilst those whose hearts rely upon Allah – The Lord of all means – must succeed.

O Allah, do not leave us to ourselves for even the blink of an eye.

-Ustadh Ali Hammuda