Qur’an in View of Qur’an (29)
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful. We appeal to God to accept our acts of worship and shower us with his mercy and blessings. This is the last episode of this series.
The holy Qur’an is the balance of all affairs in our life. To be clearer, we have to evaluate our deeds with this Book. If they comply with it we can continue such deeds; otherwise we have to quit them. This principle is evidently stressed in ayah 7 of surah Hashr, “Take whatever the Apostle gives you and relinquish whatever he forbids you, and be wary of Allah.”
Now, some people ask, “Then, where is our free will and freedom of choice? Why should we obey the Apostle unconditionally?”
As if they have forgotten that God is the only source of issuing dos and don’ts as He is all-Wise, all-Knowing and all-Aware. His knowledge is all-encompassing.
On the other hand, if everyone wants to act according to his opinion and will what is the raison d'être of sending down the Qur’an? Then, will there be a guarantee for execution of the divine laws? If such a view rules a country will there be anything other than chaos and anarchy?
God says in ayah 55 of surah Zumar, “And follow the best of what has been sent down to you from your Lord.”
The word Ahsan (the best) here shows the reality that the holy Qur’an contains the best and most comprehensive messages and teachings. It is life-inspiring. Unlike the human laws which are changeable this Book follows a set of fixed and logical principles and guarantees the prosperity of human community till the end times. Perhaps for this reason God introduces the holy Qur’an in ayah 155 of surah An’am in this way, “And this Book that We have sent down is a blessed one; so follow it.”
No doubt, following the Qur’an means that we should consider this holy Book as the criterion for our deeds. This is quite logical, as we are often impacted by the praises or criticisms of others. When we are praised we are pleased but when we are criticized or rejected we are disturbed. So, it is the Qur’an which should be the judge for our deeds rather than the reactions of others.
Imam Mohammad Baqer (AS), the fifth infallible successor of the Prophet of Islam, says to Jaber ibn Abdullah Ansari, “Know that if all the people of your city speak ill of you and you become sad; or they tell you that you are a righteous person and you become pleased, then you do not enjoy our wilayah (divinely- decreed leadership and love). You’d better expose yourself to the Qur’an to evaluate yourself. If you are the follower of the way of Qur’an and refrain from what it prohibits, and are interested in what it persuades, and are afraid of what it warns; then, be firm and happy.”
Undoubtedly one of the methods of impacting others by the divine leaders was that they were the first ones to practice what they preached. This basic principle has been highly emphasized in the holy Qur’an. God says to the Prophet in ayah 203 of surah A’araf, “Say, ‘I only follow what is revealed to me from my Lord; these are insights from your Lord, and a guidance and mercy for a people who have faith.”
As it is evident the first part of the ayah mentions the Prophet’s responsibility which is the execution of the revelation. But the second part speaks about those who have faith in Qur’an. Therefore, Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) is the pioneer in acting according to the Qur’an. Part of ayah 14 of surah An’am further clarifies this principle, “Say, ‘I have been commanded to be the first of those who submit and never be one of the polytheists.”
On that note we have come to the end of this episode and in fact this series. We hope that you have enjoyed it. God bless you.