A Light and a Scripture

Shaykh Salih al Ja’fari.

A commentary on the statement of the Exalted:

“A Messenger has come to you from among yourselves. Your suffering distresses him: he is deeply concerned for you. He is full of kindness and mercy towards the believers” (9: 128)

I seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the outcast. I begin with the name of Allah the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy. Praise belongs to Allah, Lord of the worlds. May Allah, Most High, send peace and blessings upon our leader and master Muḥammad and upon all his family and companions.

“How Sublime are You! We have no knowledge except what You taught us. Indeed You are the All-Knowing, All-Wise” (2: 32)

“He has the keys to the Unseen: no-one knows them but Him. He knows all that is in the land and sea. No leaf falls without His knowledge, nor is there a single grain in the darkness of the earth, or anything, fresh or withered, that is not written in a clear Record.” (6:59)

With a continuous chain to the noble scholars of the Azhar in Qur’ānic recitations, exegesis, and the prophetic traditions, may Allah the Exalted be pleased with them and benefit us and you by them and their knowledge, Ameen.

Allah! Allah! Allah!

“A Messenger has come to you from among yourselves. Your suffering distresses him: he is deeply concerned for you. He is full of kindness and mercy towards the believers.” (9: 128)

Allah, the Great, has spoken the truth.
Allah, the Lord of mercy, the Giver of mercy, sends down His numerous blessings upon His creation. Among these blessings is that He sent to us our leader and master Muḥammad, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

I see the world has changed because our Shaykhs, the students of Sheikh ‘Ullaysh, and among them is Shaykh Salāmah al-‘Azzāmī from the scholars of the Azhar and Shaykh Muḥammad Ibrāhīm al-Samālūṭī…Whenever one of them would say, “Our leader and master the Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said….”, his body and soul would tremble at the very mention of the Prophet, upon him be peace and blessings!

Ya Salām! May the mercy of Allah be upon you and may Allah reward you in the best way on our behalf.

These days the Muslim ummah celebrates the birth of the best of creation.

“What is the benefit of celebrating the Mawlid, what does the ummah get from it?!”

Have you not heard al-Būṣayrī (may Allah have mercy on him) say:

Leave aside the claim the Christians made for their prophet.
Then compose what praises of him you wish, and do so well!

The Christians say that Jesus is the son of God, whilst he is innocent of such a claim!

The Muslim Ummah after hundreds of years, still celebrate that he (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was born, that the Prophet (upon him be peace and blessings) is the creation of Allah and that he was given birth to by a woman from the slaves of Allah. That the Prophet (upon him be peace and blessings) was born and so is a creation that was begotten. This ennobles him in the sight of God since he is among God’s creation. We celebrate his birth, we do not celebrate anything else… that he was born.

Allah, the Exalted, willed him to be born, to be raised in Mecca and to be sent to the people as a bearer of glad tidings and a warner, and protected his ummah from saying about him what the Christians say about Jesus, upon him be peace. This is because he implored God, as Abu ‘Abdullah Imām Mālik (may Allah have mercy on him) narrated in his Muwatta, that he said,

“Oh Allah, do not make my grave an idol that is worshiped after I have gone.”

So God granted his supplication. So this ummah will not worship its Prophet till the coming of the Hour. “Oh Allah, do not make my grave an idol that is worshiped after I have gone.”

Until the coming of the Hour, the ummah visits him as the Messenger of God. This is by the blessings of his supplication (peace be upon him). “Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah.” (48:118)

Al-Bukhārī narrated about him that he said,

“I do not fear for you that you will associate anything with Allah after I have gone.”

Allah! Allah has reassured you O Messenger of Allah regarding your ummah!

“I do not fear for you that you will associate anything with Allah after I have gone, but I fear for you that world will be opened up to you so you will compete with one another over it just as those before you competed, so it will destroy you as it destroyed them.”

He (upon him be peace and blessings) reassured us that we, by the will of Allah, will not associate anything with Allah. This is the great blessing: Tawḥīd (belief in the Oneness of Allah). That this ummah will live upon Tawḥīd till the Day of Resurrection. It will not worship a prophet, or a messenger, or a king. This ummah of Muḥammad will not worship any created thing, and will not associate anything with Allah. This is out of honour for his lofty status with Allah. God honoured him with regards to his ummah and reassured him about them that they will not associate anything with Allah.

Allah Allah Allah!

When he (upon him be peace and blessings) was born, miraculous lights shone with him. This was an indication that he will call to Tawhid, and Tawhid is light, and that he will call to the worship of Allah, and the worship of Allah is light. So light shone with him as an indication that he came calling to light.

“A light has now come to you from Allah”  and that is the Prophet, upon him be peace and blessings, “and a Scripture making things clear” (5: 15) and that is the Qur’ān.

Allah bore witness that His Book is clear, and bore witness that His Prophet, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, is one who clarifies, “He will make clear to you” (16: 92)

So the Book is clear, understandable, and apparent until the Day of Resurrection. It has meanings which are understood by the soul, and meanings which are heard by the ears. The soul understands wondrous things from the Qur’ān. When the Qur’an is recited it delights the common man and his heart softens because of it, even if he does not understand its expressions. This is because the recitation of the Qur’ān is miraculous, and listening to the Qur’ān is miraculous.

Allah bore witness that listening to the Qur’ān causes the skin to quiver,

“It causes the skins of those who fear their Lord to quiver. Then their skins and their hearts soften at the mention of Allah.” (39: 23)

This is a miraculous thing about listening to the Qur’ān. In it is that which is not found elsewhere.
So if you want to know that the Qur’ān is the word of Allah, then read the Qur’ān with your heart, or listen to a reciter with your heart, your heart will intuitively perceive that it is the word of Allah, Lord of the worlds. It will bear witness! “Today your own soul is enough as a witness against you.” (Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim)

“Do not neglect your share in this world” (28: 77)

The share of the believer in this world is the Qurān, so whoever takes it has taken an abundant portion! Whoever neglects the Qur’ān and neglects to act upon it, then he has squandered his share of the world. This world is a cultivating ground for the next,  and the next world for the believers is Paradise.

Paradise is apportioned and divided among the believers according to their belief in the Prophet (upon him be peace and blessings) and their belief in the Qur’ān, “and this is the Paradise which you have been made to inherit on account of what you used to do” (43: 72)

The rūh (spirit) in this world has no share in eating, drinking and the pleasures of this world, not even sleep! Indeed the share of the rūh (spirit) in this world is “al-Rūh” (The Spirit)! Indeed the share of the rūh (spirit) in this world is “al-Rūh” (The Spirit)!

“We have revealed a Rūh (Spirit) to you (O Prophet), by Our command.” (42: 52)

It is the Qur’ān! So the rūh (spirit) is the life of the body, and the Qur’an is the life of the rūh (spirit).

So the only life for the rūh which pleases Allah is a life lived by the Qur’ān.

“Do not neglect your share in this world” (28: 77) meaning of what is found in the world. And what is found in it? There is nothing in it except the Qur’ān, the Great Qur’ān. “Do not neglect your share in this world”  means: from the Qur’ān.

Take an hour for yourself, either to recite or to listen, as the people of Egypt used to do in the past. Every shop had a Shaykh who would come and recite Qur’ān every morning. Whether a craftsman or seller or any shop. This is what Egypt used to be like. The Shaykh would come in the morning, recite a little and then leave. They used to begin their days with Qur’ān, because it is light. The best thing found on the face of this earth is the Great Qur’ān. The best thing that you can recite in the world and move your tongue with is the Great Qur’ān. The best thing that you can hear with your ears is the Great Qur’ān. The best hour in the world is the one in which you recite or listen to the Qur’ān. He (upon him be peace and blessings) said,

“The best form of worship of my ummah is the recitation of the Qur’ān.” (Al-Tirmidhī)

So take for yourself in your house a copy of the Qur’ān and read from it even if just for a few minutes, even if just for a few minutes.

Do you not see the orange? Do you know an orange? When you eat an orange you find that it is sweet. Likewise, every verse of the Qur’ān does the same to the spirit! There is no doubt that your body will feel pleasure along with your spirit from this verse.

Every verse is full of assistance, blessings and secrets from Allah. The Qur’ān is Great. “A healing for what is in the hearts” (10: 57) “We send down the Qur’ān as healing and mercy to those who believe” (17:82)

For those who believe? Yes! “As for those who disbelieve, it only increases their loss” (17: 82). Why? Because they are not deserving of it. If a disbeliever hears the Qur’ān, nothing whatsoever comes down on him. As for those who believe, when they listen to the Qur’ān, even if there were millions of them, upon all their hearts will descend all types of mercy, blessings, divine care, hidden as well as apparent kindnesses and divine knowledge, in accordance with the level of their faith, their sincerity, and their focus on their Lord. Allah is near and responsive, all-hearing and all-seeing.

What are you doing? Pay attention! As for Him (Glorified and Exalted is He) He is never absent or unaware. Far above that is Allah!

Remind yourself. “Remind, for indeed the reminder benefits those who believe” (51: 55) You remember! You remind yourself! You remind yourself! “Remind, for indeed the reminder benefits those who believe” (51: 55)

Pre-eternal speech that never bores,
far above is it from utterance, action and intention.
O Lord allow me to enjoy the secret of its letters,
and illuminate by it my heart, my mind and my sight.

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Note: This is only a portion of the commentary on this Qur’anic verse, the portion that can be heard in the audio recording below. The rest of the recording was not of good quality and so was not uploaded online. We pray to be given the tawfiq to translate the rest of the lesson soon.

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