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The Qu'an: Our Source of Honour

27th November 2014

Allaah سبحانه و تعالى also says about the Qur'aan,

"Indeed, We have sent down to you [O mankind] a book in which there is your honour and distinction [1] [for the one who follows it]. Will you not then understand?" (Sooratul-Anbiyaa', 21:10)

This verse was first addressed to the Arabs of the Quraish. [2]

It was a great blessing upon them that this Qur'aan was revealed in their language. If they then adhered to it, they would be remembered and honoured for that distinction that Allaah سبحانه و تعالى bestowed upon them.

Beyond that, though, the verse is addressing all believers and all humans and is stating the fact that one's honour, distinction or glory is found in adhering to and applying the Qur'aan by becoming true believers in it. Allaah سبحانه و تعالى has said,

"Honour belongs to Allaah and His Messenger, and to the Believers; but the hypocrites know not." (Sooratul-Munaafiqoon, 63:8)

This fact was demonstrated in the case of the Arabs. Before their belief in and following of the Qur'aan, they were not a people who were known or necessarily respected throughout the world. They had little or nothing to offer the world. But after receiving the Qur'aan, they conveyed it to the world. This was, as Sayyid Qutb رحمه الله pointed out, the only thought or provisions that they had to offer the world. By it, their position was exalted. They became leaders of the East and the West. [3]

Commenting on Sooratul-Anbiyaa :10, Imaam as-Sa'di رحمه الله wrote, "This verse is confirmed by what actually occurred. The believers in the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم, those who took heed by the Qur'aan, from the Companions رضي الله عنهم and those who came afterwards, achieved prominence, distinction, great renown and honour among the kings. Such is something well-known to everyone. Similarly, it is well-known what happened to those who did not raise their heads with the Qur'aan and were not guided or purified through it. [They suffere from] disgrace, disdain, ignobility, and unhappiness. There is no way to achieve the happiness of this world nor that of the Hereafter except by following the remembrance of this Book." [4]

This principle applies to all times. If the believers want to be respected, to have honour and dignity and not live in disgrace and humiliation, Allaah سبحانه و تعالى has shown them what they need to turn to: the Qur'aan. If they turn to it and apply it in their lives, it will be the source of their honour and dignity in not just this temporary life but in the everlasting life in the Hereafter. Sayyiduna 'Umar Ibn al-Khattaab رضي الله عنه is quoted to have said about Islaam itself, which directly implies the Qur'aan also, "We were the most despised people and Allaah honoured us and gave us strength through Islaam. And if we ever seek such honour through something other than that which Allaah honoured us by, then Allaah will disgrace us." [5]

In fact, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم himself said about the Qur'aan, "Verily, Allaah exalts some people by this Book and He debases others by it." [6] [7]


[1] Although there are numerous other interpretations for this portion of the verse, this is what has been narrated from Sayyiduna 'Abdullaah Ibn 'Abbaas رضي الله عنهما and concluded by Imaam at-Tabari رحمه الله. See Imaam Abu Ja'far Muhammad Ibn Jareer at-Tabari رحمه الله, Jaami' al-Bayaan an Ta'weel Ayil-Qur'aan (Beirut: Daar al-Fikr, 1998), vol. 10, p. 7.

[2] However, its meaning is general and is directed to every believer or human from the time of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.

[3] Sayyid Qutb رحمه الله, Fi Dhilaal al-Qur'aan (Cairo: Daar ash-Shurooq, 1992), vol. 4, p. 2370.

[4] Imaam 'Abdur Rahmaan as-Sa'di رحمه الله, Taiseer al-Kareem ar-Rahmaan fi Tafseer Klaam al-Mannaan (Beirut: Muassasah ar-Risaalah, 1996), p. 468.

[5] Recoreded by Imaam al-Haakim رحمه الله who said that it is saheeh accordng to the standards of Imaam Muslim رحمه الله and Imaam al-Bukhaari رحمه الله. See Imaam 'Abdul 'Adheem al-Mundhiri رحمه الله, at-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb minal-Hadeeth ash-Shareef (Beirut: Daar al-Kutub al-'Ilmiyyah, 1986), vol. 3, pp. 559-560.

[6] Recorded by Imaam Muslim رحمه الله and others.

[7] How to Approach and Understand the Quran, pp. 14-16.

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