In Understanding Al-Quran
Reading Qur'an, to Be Finding the Truth or to Be Lost Inside Your Own Mind
Al Qur'an is the Book of guidance for human. But for the truth, there are not only a small number of people who read Qur'an but didn't got any guidance at all but only became more lost in their own mind and ideas about God and the guidance of Qur'an. Why is it had happened?
Here some thought.
Why are you opening Qur'an for? To find the truth?
What kind of truth do you seek? The real truth?
What is the definition of real truth do you have in your mind? Please define it. It is the proven truth, something you can check by sciences and the result will be significant? Or is this the truth that you can feel deep inside your heart but hard to be explaining? Or you already had the truth in your head and opening Al Qur'an only to seek the justification of your ideas? What kind of ideas do you have there in your head anyway?
What you labeled Qur'an? Book of God? Or it is the only product on crazy man's thought and ambition?
"Say: ‘O people, that is, the Truth has come to you from your Lord. So whoever is guided, is guided only for the sake of his own soul, since the reward of his being guided will be his, and whoever errs, errs only against it, since the evil consequence of his erring shall befall [only] it [his soul]. And I am not a guardian over you’, that I might then compel you to [accept] guidance." Al Qur'an Surrah Yunus (10) :108
"And whenever a sūra, of the Qur’an, is revealed, there are some of them, that is, the hypocrites, who say, to their companions, mockingly: ‘Which of you has this increased in faith and God says: As for those who believe, it has increased them in faith, because they accept that it is true, and they rejoice, because of it. But as for those in whose hearts is sickness, a weakness of faith, it only adds abomination to their abomination, that is, [it only adds] disbelief to their disbelief, since they disbelieve in it, and they die while they were disbelievers." Al Qur'an Surrah At Taubah (9) : 124-125
"And We reveal of the Qur’an that which is a cure, from error, and a mercy for believers, thereby; though it only increases the evildoers, the disbelievers, in loss, because of their disbelief in it. And when We are gracious to man, the disbelieving [man], he is disregardful, of giving thanks, and turns aside, turning his face away in arrogance; but when an ill, such as poverty or hardship, befalls him, he is in despair, despondent of God’s mercy." Al Qur'an Surrah Al Israa (17) :82-83
All the answers you give to the questions above will be important to check whether you will become people who bless by guidance every time you seek knowledge inside Al Qur'an, or you will be more loss inside nothing but your mind only.Why? Because Al Qur'an have a neutral characteristic. The successfully on understanding Al Qur'an base on what we have in our mind and heart, and the reason and also the aim we pursue. If you seek only the truth and open and neutralize your heart from all the negative ideas about Al Qur'an, and being humble and open minded about whom you are and the truth you already knew, it will give you guidance. But if the point of view or frame of reference about Al Qur'an already had been built in your head and it is full of prejudice from the first, Al Qur'an surely will become nothing but only make you become more lost than before.
When you opening Qur'an with the genuine heart, you will find your guidance, but if you already have your own negative thought inside your head about Qur'an before you open it you surely will gain nothing, but more whisperer of shaitan singing in your ears to cause you more lost. It is already had been promised by ayyah above, so it is truly what will happen. This not only will happen to non-believer of Al Qur'an, but also to the believer if you make the wrong approach in reading Al Qur'an. For example, if you already feeling so fluent in speaking Arabic, already have degree in Islamic Studies,or already had a place in Muslim community as the teacher of Islam or as ambassador of Muslim world, and thinking that every time you opening Al Qur'an, you surely will gain guidance so easily because what you are will never failing you to see the truth, think again! Fluent in speaking Arabic? Don't you remember there are so many Arabian people who failed to understand Al Qur'an and become nonbeliever? Have a degree in Islamic Studies? It does not only need your knowledge to see the truth inside Al Qur'an, but also the genuine heart. The teacher of Islam or as an ambassador of the Muslim world? It is the label that another human put on you, but whether you really fit with it perfectly, it is only Allah who knew. It is conceited mind and pride, and it will bend your way from seeing guidance because Allah does not like arrogance. The arrogance will become the wall that separates your soul with the Al Qur'an greatness, and there where you were lost.
"And do not walk in the earth exultantly, that is, exultant with pride and conceit. Indeed you will not rend the earth, [you will not] pierce it and reach its depths with your pride, nor attain the mountains in height: the meaning is that you shall never attain such ends, so how can you be so arrogant?" Al Qur'an Surrah Al Israa (17) : 37
"And worship God, declare His Oneness, and associate nothing with Him. Be kind to parents, being dutiful and gentle-mannered, and near kindred, and to orphans, and to the needy, and to the neighbour who is near, to you in terms of [physical] vicinity or kinship, and to the neighbour who is a stranger, the one far from you in terms of [physical] vicinity or kinship; and to the friend at your side, a travelling companion, or colleague at work, and, it is also said, one’s wife; and to the wayfarer, the one cut off during a journey, and to what your right hands own, of bonds men.Surely God loves not the conceited, the arrogant, and the boastful, [the one who boasts] before people of what he has been given." Al Qur'an Surrah An Nisa (4) : 36
Humble is the key to reading and understanding Al Qur'an. Humble and genuine heart.
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