THE MOST POWERFUL VERSE OF THE QUR’AN
No recovery programme should be without the regular recitation of this beautiful verse from The Qur’an. This verse has many virtues and much has been scribed by the scholars regarding this. It is a protection from Shaitan, he flees as we recite it and we are protected from his whispers and evil plans. If we want extra protection against the whispers of Shaitan then we must recite this as regularly as we can. Many Muslims say that when they get cravings to use intoxicants or urges to engage in sinfulness, when they recite this verse with contemplation, the urges begin to disappear. Recite! Recite! Recite!
ALLAH IS OUR WALI (PROTECTOR)
In our addiction we may have often felt as though Allah had abandoned us. Perhaps all the time we thought He had deserted us, it was actually us who had turned away. In fact, perhaps Allah was saving us from a worse situation that the one we were already in. All those times we despaired of Allah, yet He was watching over us all the time. In a beautiful verse Allah describes His Mercy upon those who have belief in Him;
“Allah is al-Wali, The Protector/Guardian, of those who believe. He brings them out of darkness into light” (02:257)
It is the Light of Allah that will guide us to The Straight Path. Oh Allah guide us to your Light and to Your Straight Path.
BE CHARITABLE IN RECOVERY: TIME TO GIVE
One thing many addicts have in common is selfishness. We had little time to give in charity, to help others or do kind things for people. Our addiction consumed us in every way. We often took from people, sometimes stole what did not belong to us to fund our addiction. Sadly, we acted beyond our better moral judgement. Recovery is about giving back what we have taken. Allah calls us over and over again in the Qur’an to give in charity and He promises us that He will multiply it for us. Charity is a means to expiate our sins and to come closer to Allah and also to the people. Allah says;
02:262 “Those who spend their wealth in the Cause of Allah…their reward is with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve”
This verse is a sign that Allah will make things less fearful for us, not only in this life, but on the Day of Judgement. Charity is a means for freeing ourselves from the burden of sins.
GIVE UP THE GRUDGES
It is often said in twelve step recovery programmes that one of the main reasons for relapse is resentments. Holding grudges is something that destroys the person with the grudge more than the one who it is aimed at. Grudges eat us up inside, cause us to become angry and can make us cut off the relations of the wombs. It is one of Shaitans tricks. In the very next verse to the one mentioned above, Allah tells us how He loves it when we forgive others. He says;
02:263 “Kind words and forgiving of faults are better than sadaqa (charity) followed by injury. And Allah is Rich, Free of All Needs and is Most Forbearing”
GOOD NIGHTLY HABITS
The Prophet (PBUH) said:
‘Whoever recites the last two verses of Surah Al-Baqarah at night, those two verses shall be sufficient for him.’
Bedtime rituals are important to establish in our recovery. By ending our night with the remembrance of Allah we keep ourselves protected from the mischief of the shayateen. By reciting Ayatul Kursi and the last two ayats of Baqara every night we fight the cravings and end by remembering our Lord, Who will in return remember us. By pondering on these verses we realise that what ever problems we are facing, we can cope with them. Many of us find we toss and turn through the night as we think about the troubles in our life. In the last verse Allah reminds us that there is no problem we are facing that we cannot overcome. By reciting this verse, we hope for a more restful, contented and peaceful sleep, without being bothered by the shayateen
02:286 “Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope. He gets reward for that good which he has earned, and he is punished for that evil which he has earned. “Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error, our Lord! Lay not on us a burden lie that which You did lay on those before us; our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater that we have strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us forgiveness, Have mercy on us. You are our Maula (Protector) and give us victory over the disbelieving people.”