“Do not be fooled by the one who recites..”

21 Jan

Al-Hasan said:

“Verily, this Qur’aan is learned by servants and young children who do not approach it from its front side, nor do they have knowledge of the interpretation of its meanings. Allaah, the Most High, says: ‘This is a Book (which) We have sent down to you, full of blessings, that they may ponder over its verses.’ [Soorah Saad: 29] What does pondering over its verses mean? It means following it through actions. And verily, the people with the most right to this Qur’aan are those who follow it even if they don’t recite it. One of them says: ‘O so and so, come here, I will teach you how to recite! When did the reciters ever do this? They are not the reciters, nor are they the forbearing, nor the wise. May Allaah not increase their likes amongst the people!”

‘Umar bin Al-Khattaab said:

“Do not be fooled by the one who recites the Qur’aan for that is only words that we utter. Rather, look at the one who acts upon it.”

The Messenger of Allaah sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam said:

“On the night that I was ascended up to the heavens, I came upon a people whose lips were being cut off by pliers made from Fire. Every time their lips were severed, they would be brought back and formed again. So I said: ‘O Jibreel, who are these people?’ He said: ‘They are speakers from your nation, who say words but do not do deeds, and who read the Book of Allaah yet do not act (on it).”

Bakr bin Khunais said:

“Verily, in the Hellfire there is a valley, which the Hellfire seeks refuge from seven times every day. And verily, in this valley there is a pit, which the valley and the Hellfire seek refuge from seven times every day. And verily, in this pit there is a snake, which the pit, the valley and the Hellfire seek refuge from seven times every day. It will begin first with the wicked bearers of the Qur’aan. So they will say: ‘O Lord! Will you start with (punishing) us before the idol worshippers? It will be said to them: ‘The one who knows is not like the one who doesn’t know.'”

Taken from: Iqtidaa-ul-‘Ilm al-‘Amal by Imam Abu Bakr Ahmad bin ‘Ali Al-Khatib Al-Baghdadi

2 Responses to ““Do not be fooled by the one who recites..””

  1. Umm 'Atiyyah January 21, 2010 at 7:28 pm #

    Baarak’Allaahu feeki. May Allaah help us to act upon al-Qur’an al-Kareem, aameen.

  2. alia January 24, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    subhanallah what an excellent post. I will reshare this insha’allah

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