The obligations Muslims owe to the Holy Quran By Dr. Muhammad Haq
And the Messenger will say: “O my Lord! Verily my people deserted this Qur’an.” (Al-Furqan 25:30)
THE LINE OF ACTION FOR THE MUSLIMS Because, at the moment, the Muslims themselves are ignorant of the teachings of the Holy Qur'an. Therefore, • a powerful intellectual and academic movement - back to the Qur'an - is needed • In order to propagate and disseminate the knowledge and wisdom of the Holy Qur'an, • both on a general scale for the benefit of our masses • and on the highest level of scholarship in order to convert the educated and intelligent elite of the Muslim society.
By a strange coincidence that indicates the Maulana’s spiritual and intellectual kinship with the Holy Prophet (SAW), we have a similar wording in a tradition which runs as follow: “O people of the Qur’an! Do not make the Qur’an a pillow (that you may sleep over itand put it behind your back). You should rather recite it day and night; propagate it (allover the world), read it in a pleasing voice; ponder over its meaning so that you may Prosper.”
Let me once again seek Almighty’s protection against our being included among such people, and conclude my discourse with the following prayer which is generally offered on completing the recitation of the whole Qur’an but which, I believe, should frequently be offered so that Allah (SWT) may grant us strength to fulfill the duties we owe to His Book. O my Lord! Be merciful to us because of (our link) with the Qur’an; make it for us a leader, (and a source of) light, guidance, and mercy, cause us to recall from it what we have failed to understand; give us strength to recite it day and night; and make it a plea for our salvation, O Lord of the worlds. Ameen
Let me in the end present you the gift of a prayer which appears in a tradition narrated byAbdullah Ibn Mas‘ud (RAA). It is actually a prayer which the Holy Prophet (SAW) prescribedfor his Companions (RAA) as a remedy for cares and worries. The prayer runs as follows: O Allah! Verily I am Your bondsman, the son of Your bondsman, and the son of Yourbondsman. I am under Your Control. My fore-lock is in Your Hand . Your decision is to beexecuted about me, and just shall be Your judgment in my case. I beg You — addressing Youwith all those names that You have named Yourself with, or that You have taught any of Your creatures, or that You have revealed in Your Book, or that You have preferred to keep secret in the realm of the Unseen — to make the Qur’an a source of delight for my heart and of light for my breast, and an instrument of dispelling my grief, and driving away my cares and worries. Accept this prayer of mine, O Lord of the Words.