• Have Our Hearts Become Harder Than a Mountain?

    As I was sat in Masjid Nabawi yesterday reciting the Qur'an, one ayaah struck me. I repeated it a few times as the meaning sunk in. I pondered over what I was reading and tears began to flow. This was the verse:

    لَوْ أَنزَلْنَا هَـٰذَا الْقُرْآنَ عَلَىٰ جَبَلٍ لَّرَأَيْتَهُ خَاشِعًا مُّتَصَدِّعًا مِّنْ خَشْيَةِ اللَّهِ
    "Had We sent down this Qur'an on a mountain, you would surely have seen it humbling itself and rent asunder by the fear of Allah."

    Take out a few moments, close your eyes and really think about what Allah (swt) is saying here. Had this Qur'an been sent down on a mountain and it was made able to understand and comprehend its meaning, it would humble itself and crumble from fear of Allah! A mountain my brothers and sisters! Then what is wrong with us? Why is it that our hearts do not feel softness and humility? Have our hearts become harder than a mountain?

    The truth for some of us, myself first and foremost, is that we truly do not understand the Qur'an. We may recite it daily or weekly but when was the last time we stopped and thought about the meaning of what we just recited? The sad reality is that in our culture emphasis is given to completing the Qur'an not understanding it! How then can our hearts humble themselves from the words of our Creator?

    For some of us, the only time we will cry from hearing the verses of the Qur'an is whilst we are praying behind somebody who becomes emotional and without having a clue about the verses being recited, we too join in. I ask Allah that He gives us the ability to not only recite the Qur'an but to ponder over its meaning. I ask Allah (swt) that He humbles our hearts via the Qur'an and makes the Qur'an the light of our hearts. Ameen Ya Rab.

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