Recently I was listening to a lecture series of Omar Suleiman titled ‘People of the Quran’ in which he shared stories of our righteous predecessors about how they interacted with the holy Quran. While listening to these lectures, naturally question came into my mind, why we and our generation failed to make such interaction with the Quran? Why do we fail to reflect upon the teachings of Islam in our daily lives?
Particularly, after the emergence of the social media, Quranic elements and Prophetic hadiths became widely available. We are getting Quranic verse, or a hadith in our WhatsApp, or in our WhatsApp group, or in the Facebook time line or in twitter. We are reading it, going through it.
Often, we press like or share button to deal with it. Sometimes, we write a comment, ‘Ameen’ and that’s all about our reaction. We sign out from the apps and get involved with our daily works as we did before.
In most of the occasions, we do not have that time or mentality to make inquiry that how these Quranic texts are creating impact in our lives.
In my observation, language barrier is the principal reason. The country and continent, where I am living, is far away from the Quranic language of Arabic. We are not understanding the message of Quran without Tafsir. Similarly, in our prayer, when the Imam recites Quran, we do not understand that at all.
But apart from this language barrier, there are more issues to be concerned with. First of all, psychologically we become so rational and sensible that we have lost the capacity of receiving anything wholeheartedly. We have many preconceived ideas which are creating troubles while accepting an issue. We cannot receive a sermon with all its parts and particles. We, rather prefer to customise it.
We accept or receive only those substances, which are quite familiar to our inherent rationalities and thinking process. The complications of post-modern ages have made our mind so critical that, we subconsciously have lost faith and trust in all issues.
While reading an Islamic text or an example of our predecessors, we have an inner notion that, this is outdated and it is not fully compliable right now. If any Quranic message contradicts our current professions or thoughts, we try to find out other excuses to disapprove those texts.
We claim, this is not appropriate for me or my perspective is different and so on. As a result, Quranic texts are being denied consistently and we are intending to lead a life, free from its influence.
Secondly, we all have certain aims, visions, planning and career in our lives. We want to settle down somewhere we belong. We have a plan with our kids and families. We also have a financial plan, what to do next or where to go.
This is the reality that we are inclined to endorse. None of is ready to compromise with these vital issues. Keeping it intact and unaffected, we are trying to apply Quranic sermon in our lives, which is not making any good result. The companions of the Prophet (s) or the pious predecessors did not own such a kind of mentality. They wanted to hold Quran first.
If we always try to compromise Quran with our living philosophies and prevailing trends, then we will not be able to reflect upon it nor can interact with this holy book. Rather, we must give priority on Quranic texts. We have to adjust our lives and visions with the revealed message of Allah. We have to uphold the sacred message of Quran and need to apply it in all courses of lives and only then, we can reflect its spirits our lives.
Our existing living styles, our prevailing education system has altered the priorities of our lives from the lives of our greatest personalities. But to secure the superior position once again, we, Muslim have no alternative but going back to the Quran.
Because, we must keep it in mind that no human can know everything, which are needed to understand everything and no human is capable of that amount of qualities of perceiving an issue. Only Allah can be truly wise of His creation and only through revelation can we receive the benefit of that wisdom.
If we recognise wisdom in the revelations, we must logically acknowledge Allah’s existence. It additionally exposes the worthlessness of overlooking Allah’s direction, picking our own thoughts or those of society rather and that we can never go farther than what has been uncovered to us by going back to the religion.