PLAYING WITH THE QURAN(Dr. Ahmad Abubakar Mahmud Gumi)

A careful reflection on the situation
of Muslims in Nigeria, especially
the recent incessant bouts of
violence, death and explosions
more especially in major Muslim
cities could be deduced as a
punishment from Allah for the
reckless attitude of some Muslims
in playing with the Quran, the last
book of revelations.
It is a book of guidance for
mankind but unfortunately many in
the society have turned it into an
object of worldly gains and worst
still for devilish and mischievous
Reciting the Quran for the exactly
the opposite purpose to which it
was revealed leads to the curse of
Allah. Allah said: “ it then only a
part of the Book that ye believe in,
and do ye reject the rest? but what
is the reward for those among you
who behave like This but disgrace
In This life?- and on the Day of
Judgment They shall be consigned
to the Most grievous penalty. for
Allah is not unmindful of what ye
do.” Q2/85.
This disgrace is evident to those
that contemplate. This disgrace
has engulfed mostly those that
turned the Quran into commodity
for worldly enjoyment or for power
acquisition or suppression and
subjugation of people. It was
narrated from Anas bin Malik that
“how often a reciter of the Quran is
also cursed by it”. Ibn Qayyim and
other scholars said that is when he
recites it and doing exactly the
opposite of its dictates
intentionally. i.e. reciting it for the
purpose that it was not revealed
An-Nasaee narrated that when the
prophet – alaihis Salam- was told
about a man that divorced his wife
three times all together (at one
sitting) he stood up very angry then
said: “will the book of Allah be
played with while I am in between
you? To the extent that a man
stood up and said: “oh! Messenger
of Allah, do I kill him?”.
We can see that this neglect of the
Quran infuriated the prophet –
peace be upon him- because the
Quran gave three consecutive
chances before the separation in
terminal. His anger was so intense
that a man saw the need to kill the
perpetrator. This same anger led
the second caliph with the
consensus of the Sahaba to
institute a permanent punishment
based on ta’azir for anybody who
violets the sanctuary of the Quran
If that is the case, how about those
that use the Quran to achieve
worldly aims or for mare mischief.
We are witness in Nigeria when a
political leader as a maneuver
called for a gathering and national
prayer where the Quran was read
for Allah to choose for the nation a
better course. About two weeks
later he was dead.
Another case of a cassette going
around of a man who swore with
the Quran on his head vilifying a
group of preachers just because
he disagrees with them as not
worshiping Allah, invoking Allah
using the Quran to destroy him if
they are truly worshiping Allah with
what Allah pleases. Three days
later he was dead in a ghastly
motor accident.
Now there is another cassette
going round of a man calling
another human being with the
attributes of Allah – “Lam yalid wa
Lam yulad” and we still expect
Allah will not punish us all.
Allah said: ( Say: “He hath power
to send calamities on you, from
above and below, or to cover you
with confusion In sectarian strife,
giving you a taste of mutual
vengeance – Each from the other.”
see How we explain the Signs by
various (symbols); that They may
understand.) Q6/65.
Are we then surprise that today,
Allah Has brought a deadly sect
punishing itself first and foremost
and all and sundry?
Al-bukhari and Muslim narrated
from Ali bin Abi Talib – Radiyallahu
‘anhu- the prophet – peace be
upon him- said:
– ﻗﺎﻝ ﻋﻠﻲ ، ﺭﺿﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻨﻪ ، ﺇﺫﺍ ﺣﺪﺛﺘﻜﻢ ﻋﻦ
ﺭﺳﻮﻝ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﺻﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ ﻓﻸﻥ ﺃﺧﺮ ﻣﻦ
ﺍﻟﺴﻤﺎﺀ ﺃﺣﺐ ﺇﻟﻲ ﻣﻦ ﺃﻥ ﺃﻛﺬﺏ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ، ﻭﺇﺫﺍ ﺣﺪﺛﺘﻜﻢ
ﻓﻴﻤﺎ ﺑﻴﻨﻲ ﻭﺑﻴﻨﻜﻢ ﻓﺈﻥ ﺍﻟﺤﺮﺏ ﺧﺪﻋﺔ ﺳﻤﻌﺖ ﺭﺳﻮﻝ
ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﺻﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ ﻳﻘﻮﻝ : ﻳﺄﺗﻲ ﻓﻲ ﺁﺧﺮ
ﺍﻟﺰﻣﺎﻥ ﻗﻮﻡ ﺣﺪﺛﺎﺀ ﺍﻷﺳﻨﺎﻥ ﺳﻔﻬﺎﺀ ﺍﻷﺣﻼﻡ ﻳﻘﻮﻟﻮﻥ
ﻣﻦ ﺧﻴﺮ ﻗﻮﻝ ﺍﻟﺒﺮﻳﺔ ﻳﻤﺮﻗﻮﻥ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻹﺳﻼﻡ ﻛﻤﺎ
ﻳﻤﺮﻕ ﺍﻟﺴﻬﻢ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﺮﻣﻴﺔ ﻻ ﻳﺠﺎﻭﺯ ﺇﻳﻤﺎﻧﻬﻢ
ﺣﻨﺎﺟﺮﻫﻢ ﻓﺄﻳﻨﻤﺎ ﻟﻘﻴﺘﻤﻮﻫﻢ ﻓﺎﻗﺘﻠﻮﻫﻢ ﻓﺈﻥ ﻗﺘﻠﻬﻢ ﺃﺟﺮ
ﻟﻤﻦ ﻗﺘﻠﻬﻢ ﻳﻮﻡ ﺍﻟﻘﻴﺎﻣﺔ. ﺻﺤﻴﺢ ﺍﻟﺒﺨﺎﺭﻱ.
– ﻗﺎﻝ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺭﺿﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻨﻪ ﺃﻳﻬﺎ ﺍﻟﻨﺎﺱ ﺇﻧﻰ ﺳﻤﻌﺖ
ﺭﺳﻮﻝ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ -ﺻﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ- ﻳﻘﻮﻝ » ﻳﺨﺮﺝ
ﻗﻮﻡ ﻣﻦ ﺃﻣﺘﻰ ﻳﻘﺮﺀﻭﻥ ﺍﻟﻘﺮﺁﻥ ﻟﻴﺲ ﻗﺮﺍﺀﺗﻜﻢ ﺇﻟﻰ
ﻗﺮﺍﺀﺗﻬﻢ ﺑﺸﻰﺀ ﻭﻻ ﺻﻼﺗﻜﻢ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺻﻼﺗﻬﻢ ﺑﺸﻰﺀ
ﻭﻻ ﺻﻴﺎﻣﻜﻢ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺻﻴﺎﻣﻬﻢ ﺑﺸﻰﺀ ﻳﻘﺮﺀﻭﻥ ﺍﻟﻘﺮﺁﻥ
ﻳﺤﺴﺒﻮﻥ ﺃﻧﻪ ﻟﻬﻢ ﻭﻫﻮ ﻋﻠﻴﻬﻢ ﻻ ﺗﺠﺎﻭﺯ ﺻﻼﺗﻬﻢ
ﺗﺮﺍﻗﻴﻬﻢ ﻳﻤﺮﻗﻮﻥ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻹﺳﻼﻡ ﻛﻤﺎ ﻳﻤﺮﻕ ﺍﻟﺴﻬﻢ ﻣﻦ
ﺍﻟﺮﻣﻴﺔ « ﺻﺤﻴﺢ ﻣﺴﻠﻢ
“Ali – May Allah be pleased with
him- said: if I told you something
from the prophet – peace and
blessing of Allah be upon him- it is
most beloved of me to fall from the
sky than to tell lies on him, but if I
told you on affairs between me and
you for surely war is deception, I
heard the messenger of Allah –
peace and blessing of Allah be
upon him- saying: in the end of
times foolish young people will
come, saying from the best talk of
creation , going out of the pale of
Islam like the arrow going out
through the prey, their faith does
not pass beyond their throat for
wherever you meet them you
should kill them because killing
them earns rewards on the day of
judgment ” al-Bukhari
“Ali – May Allah be pleased with
him- said: OH! PEOPLE I heard the
messenger of Allah – peace and
blessing of Allah be upon him-
saying: some people from my
Ummah will come reading the
Quran, your recitation compared to
theirs as nothing, your prayers
compared to theirs as nothing, their
fasting compared to theirs as
nothing, they recite the Quran
thinking that it is in their favor
whereas it is against them, their
prayers never exceed their throats,
they go out of Islam like the arrow
go through the game” Muslim.
These young men that read the
Quran are just playing with it; it
does not pass through their throats,
it is superficial and show off. If it
had been real and honest, they
would have taken the Quran as a
whole. They should have worked
with what is possible and what the
Ummah is capable of doing, not
subjecting themselves and the
Ummah to what is not practicality
achievable. Allah said: “La
yukallifullahu nafsan illa wus’aha”
and in the Hadith: “from what I
command you to do, do of it what
you are capable of doing”.
These hadiths are more applicable
now because we are closer to the
end of times that those days of
So we can see how playing with
the Quran incurs the curse of Allah
and the chastisement that follows.
In our land, witchcraft, sorcery,
black magic is the order of the day.
Politicians, business men, women
and even students are not left out.
How can then we escape curse
and damnation?
In our land, human sacrificial rituals
are carried out. Children and adults
are all used, stolen and killed for
body parts. How can we then
escape calamity?
Yes we recite the Quran, but for
what purpose? How many
memorize it for show off or other
worldly vanities?
May Allah guide us all and protect
us all from all evil. Amin

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