This is not the end of our journey through the Qur’an. Our journey does not end until the angel of death arrives to meet us and take our soul. The Qur’an is our companion in this life’s journey, our teacher, our counsel, our guide, our light to show the way. It is the instructions for our travels in this world and Allah asks us in His final pages;
“Then where are you going?” (81:26)
Subhana’Allah! Imagine a man with a map, and everything is clear in that map of how he needs to get to his destination. But he refuses to look at the map and heads off in the wrong direction. Whenever he sees a sign that tells him to look back he carries on going the wrong way. We must not be like that man. We have our Book of Guidance and Truth.
“Verily, this (Qur’an) is no less than a Reminder to all the ‘Alamin (mandkind and Jinne and all that exists (81:27)
Allah has made His Signs and Criterion clear within this Book. And as we draw near to the final pages Allah tells us that His Path is Straight, and we must make the choice to walk it.
“To whomsoever among you will to walk straight” (81:28)
Allah has told us that most of us among mankind and jinn will not choose to walk on His Straight Path and will go astray. Most of us will not listen to His Words, His advise, His Call. Most of us will turn away and follow Shaytan and obey our lusts and desires instead.
“Oh man! What has made you careless about your Lord, the Most Generous? Who created you, fashioned you perfectly, and gave you due proportion. In whatever for He willed. He put you together. No! But you deny The Day!” (82:06-09)
Allah tells us about the ones who regret that they did not do enough good deeds while they were alive. They will wish to be sent back to the world just to earn Allah’s Pleasure;
“He will say: “Alas! Would that I had sent forth good deeds for my life!” (89:24)
But the successful ones, the ones who tried hard to stay on the Straight Path, they will not experience such regret. These are the ones who will have a good end and a good Hereafter. These are the people who tried hard not to leave the Path once they found it.
“It will be said to the pious (at time of death) “Oh you, the one in complete rest and satisfaction! Come back to your Lord, – well pleased and well-pleasing! Enter you then among My honoured slaves. And enter you My Paradise!” (89:27-30)
Allah is describing the contented soul, who spent his or her life in obedience to Allah. We know that true happiness and contentment can only be achieved in those things that Allah loves. We spent many years trying to find peace and contentment. We looked in the wrong places. Now is the time to seek it in the right place – that is with Allah. There we will find it.
The best way to seek contentment in this world is to get close to Allah and the best way to get close to Allah is through The Qur’an – reciting it, reading it – pondering upon it- studying the meaning of it (tafsir). We must keep returning. Remember the first command the Prophet Muhammad was given when he was in the cave of Hira and the angel Gibrael came to him for the first time. He was an illiterate man and his command was Iqra – Recite!
“Recite! In the Name of your Lord Who has created” (95:01)
The foundation of Islam is the recitation of Qur’an it is the very foundation of our recovery and our embracing of Islam. Through the Words of Allah we learn how to straighten our way. As we read through The Qur’an we were told of the obstacles and battles we would incur. The fight of our desires and the battle with the Shaitan. Allah has offered some precious Verses on the last pages that will help us to empower ourselves: The three Quls;
Say: He is Allah, The One, Allah, the Eternal Absolute, He did not beget (give birth) and He was not begotten (given birth to) And there has never been anyone equal to Him (112: 1-4)
Say: I seek refuge with the Lord of the dawn (daybreak), From the evil of things He created, And from the evil of night darkness as it overspreads; And from the evil of tied knots (of witchcraft or plots); And from the evil of the envious when he envies (113: 1-5).
Say: I seek refuge with the Lord of mankind, King of mankind, God of mankind, From the evil of the whisperer (the devil) who withdraws, Who whispers into the hearts of the mankind, both Jinn and the people (humans). (114: 1-6).
As we complete this ‘Journey Through The Qur’an Series’ on The Straight Path to Recovery let us remember this very important thing – it is not luck that makes people overcome their sins or become ‘religious’. It is not by chance that some make it while others do not. It is through striving hard by doing what Allah has asked of us, and keeping away from those forbidden things and seeking out a whole lot of help from Allah along the way and shielding ourselves with verses from the Qur’an, duahs, prayers, charity other good deeds. And making sure we surround us with people who want to tread the same path as us. Not the path of those astray but the path of those who want to go Straight ahead to Allah! This is our direct connection to our Lord. In times when we are feeling alone, we have Allah because we have His Words. Words of wisdom, guidance and love, lessons about all kinds of problems and trials to teach us how to overcome them. If we abandon the Qur’an, then we abandon our own selves because we lose the manual that gets us through life. So as we embrace our recovery from sinfulness and addiction, let us make the Qur’an the foundation of our quest for self-improvement and change by staying connected to Allah.