I memorized the surah An-Naba’ in the year 2006… but I didn’t actually think of memorizing it… in fact it was just through listening it again and again over a period of several days that its words just got engraved on my heart and mind… forever… but what made me listen to it so much?
Actually what happened was that in those days I was doing my taleemul Quran course (privately at home) and the day I began my last juz I was feeling quite a mixture of emotions that my journey through Quran was coming to an end… and instead of being excited I was full of sadness that I didn’t want the journey to end at all… so with that state of mind when I listened to this great surah An-Naba… it just took my breath away… the scene of the day of judgement was made so vivid as if it was happening right there in front of my eyes… and then the last line just made me cry with tears of grief and regret:
“Indeed we have warned you of a torment that is very near… the day when a person will see what his two hands had sent forth… and the disbeliever will say “O woe to me…would that I were (mere) dust…”
I was reminded of this yesterday when I attended the first online class of this Ramadan in which instead of doing the regular Dawra-e-Quran, our teacher has decided to teach us how to contemplate and reflect on the Quran such that it motivates us to implement it in our lives.
Just by listening to the introductory class I got the answer to my oft repeated question: why isn’t Quran making us better people? Why isn’t it reflected in our daily lives? we say Quran has the solution to all problems so why do we not come out of our problems even though we read Quran daily and have even spent years learning its meanings too…
The answer is that Quran benefits us when we connect to it in five ways:
By listening to its recitation
By reciting it with proper tajweed
By memorizing it
By pondering upon its meanings
By acting upon it