The key to success

“We can get through life in any state we please – happiness, worry, determination, success, misery, etc. We will get through it though, because we all have a fixed time here on earth. The question is: did we use this life to get to Jannah?
That is the key.”

The Qur’an IS the key.
It is our guide book, our manual, that offers instructions on how to make the most of this world to get eternal happiness. Doesn’t that sound like a good bargain? Many a time we are promised great treasures and wealth and prospects of a better future. Very rarely do we find such a detailed guide on how to obtain such riches.

The Most Merciful of all those who show mercy (and I use the word ‘mercy’ to coin a common translation, where, in reality, it doesn’t quite do justice to the word) – الرحمان – taught us this Book as the biggest show of His rahma, because without it, we have no purpose, no direction and no contentment of the heart.

For those of us whose first language is not Arabic, it is a big deal to be able to read it, and even bigger if we understand it. Being someone who had no trouble at all – Alhamdulillah! – reciting the verses, but had no clue as to what I was actually saying, it amazes me everyday that I can comprehend even the smallest part of the depth of the words being used, the difference in meaning between what appears to be synonyms and would be lost in translation as such, and the truth of the statement that you NEED to know Arabic to truly appreciate the Qur’an.
It is a language like no other, and I can never thank Allah enough for granting me such an enormous blessing, something I never thought I would do in my life.
The most important thing that we need to remember about a blessing is to USE it in order to show full gratitude.

Here’s another interesting thing about blessings: it is only considered a blessing if it is coupled with guidance.
So for example, wealth is of benefit to you if you use it for the sake of Allah in whatever you do, not squander it on luxuries just to show off. Knowledge is of benefit if you use it to better yourself and teach others, not just hang your degrees on your wall. This Qur’an is of benefit only when used as a guide, not something that adorns your bookshelf so that it adds credibility to the fact that you are a Muslim.

There is a reason that this ayah – عَلَّمَ الْقُرْآنَ “He taught us the Qur’an” (57:2) – comes before the next – خَلَقَ الْإِنسَانَ “He created mankind” (57:3) in Surah Rahman, even though it might not make much sense when we think about it logically. Chronologically, Allah created us first and then taught us the Qur’an. But as a show of His rahma, it is a bigger blessing that we are taught the Qur’an than the fact that we are created because without it, we are nothing


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