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T H E Q U R ' AA N A S A C U R E

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> >And We reveal of the Quran
> >that which is a healing
> >and a mercy for the believers.
> >[Surah al-Isra (17) Ayah 82]
> >There has come unto you an exhortation from your
> Lord,
> >a healing for that, which is in your breasts,
> >a guidance and mercy for the believers.
> >[Surah Yunus (10) Ayah 57]
> >It is guidance and a healing for those who believe.
> >[Surah Fussilat (41) Ayah 44]
> >But remind (them) of it (the Quran)
> >lest a person be given up to destruction (tubsala)
> >for that which he has earned
> >[Surah al-An'am (6) Ayah 70]
> >The Messenger (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) used
> to
> >supplicate, "Make the Quran the nurturer (rabee')
> of
> >our hearts and the light of our chests."
> >[Ahmad, Abu Ya'la, At-Tabarani]
> >Rabee' means the rain that falls and nourishes the
> plants.
> >Do they not earnestly seek to understand the Quran
> >or have they locked up their hearts?
> >[Surah Muhammad (47) Ayah 24]
> >Ibn al-Qayyim said, "The keys to the life of the
> heart lie
> >in reflecting upon the Quran, being humble before
> Allah in
> >secret, and leaving sins."
> >[Haadi al Arwaah ilaa Bilaad al-Afraah]
> >Ibn Abbas said, "Indeed good actions are a light in
> the heart,
> >a strengthening for the body, a glow on the face, a
> cause for
> >extensive provisions and love in the hearts of the
> creation.
> >Indeed bad actions are a darkness in the heart, a
> blackness
> >on the face, a weakness for the body, a cause for
> decrease in
> >provisions and hatred in the hearts of the
> creation."
> >[Ibn Qayyim in "al-Jawaab al-Kaafi"]
> >Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak said, "I see that sins
> deaden the
> >heart and doing so continuously will produce
> despicableness.
> >Abandoning sins is the life of the heart and
> rebelling against
> >it (the sins) is better for yourself. Has anything
> destroyed
> >the Deen except kings, evil scholars and evil
> monks?"
> >[Ibn Abi-l-'Izz in "Sharh
> ul-'Aqeedatut-Tahaaweeyah"]
> >Ibn Taymiyyah in his book "Kitaab ar-Radd 'alaal-
> >Mantiqeeyeen" said, "A section of the people of
> Kalam and
> >reason reject many things that (al Ghazzali) has
> said, and
> >think that devotion and purification of the heart
> does not
> >contribute to knowledge. They are certainly wrong.
> The truth
> >is that piety and purification of the heart are
> some of the
> >greatest means of acquiring knowledge. One has to
> abide by
> >the Quran and the Sunnah, in knowledge and action.
> No one
> >can know that transcendental reality directly by
> himself,
> >independent of the agency of prophethood. No one
> can dispense
> >with what the prophet has communicated concerning
> matters of
> >reality. The word of the prophet is
> self-authenticating and
> >the kashf or the opinion of anyone cannot rule on
> it."
> >In "Al Fataawa" he says, "Those who say ilhaam does
> not count
> >at all are wrong. Those that think it is an
> approved way of
> >knowing are also wrong. When the saalik after
> taking all the
> >clear arguments of the Shari'ah into consideration
> fails to
> >come to a judgement, his ilhaam may be an argument
> for him,
> >provided he is pious and has right motives. At
> times kashf
> >is a stronger argument than a far-fetched qiyas
> (analogy),
> >unsound hadith, weak opinion and istishaab, on
> which the
> >followers of a fiqh school so much rely."
> >The Messenger (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said,
> >"Righteousness is good character and sin is
> whatever is
> >uneasy in your soul which you would dislike people
> to
> >discover." [Muslim]
> >The Messenger (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said,
> >"He whose good deeds please him and his bad deeds
> gives
> >him grief, then he is a believer." [Ahmad,
> At-Tirmidhi]
> >Wabisah ibn Ma'bad said that once he came to the
> Messenger
> >(sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) and before he could
> speak
> >the prophet asked, "Have you come to ask about
> righteousness?"
> >When Wabisah replied in the affirmative he said,
> "Consult your
> >heart. Righteousness is that about which your heart
> and soul
> >is at ease, while sin is about that which your soul
> is uneasy
> >and your heart hesitant, even though people have
> given you
> >their legal verdicts about it time and time again."
> >[Musnad Ahmad]