The Scholars have defined the Quran as the words of Allah revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), whose recitation is an act of worship and the shortest Surah of which is a challenge to people. Allah has challenged the whole of mankind to try and produce a single chapter like the Qur’an as we read:
And if you are in doubt about what We have sent down upon Our Servant [Muhammad], then produce a surah the like thereof and call upon your witnesses other than Allah, if you should be truthful. (Al-Baqarah 2:23)
This Qur’an elevates those who ponder, recite, understand and act upon its teachings. The following story explains the great rewards of taking the Qur’an as a light of guidance.
Today’s episode of “40 Hadith pertaining to the Virtues & Rulings of the Qur’an” sheds some light on the following hadith (Prophetic tradition):
`Amir ibn Wathilah reported that Nafi` ibn `Abd Al-Harith met `Umar ibn Al-khattab at `Usfan and `Umar had employed him as collector in Makkah. He (`Umar) said to him (Nafi`): “Whom have you appointed as collector over the people of the valley? He said: Ibn `Abzah. He said: Who is Ibn `Abzah? He said: He is one of our freed slaves. He (`Umar) said: So you have appointed a freed slave over them. He said: He is well versed in the Book of Allah the Exalted and Great, and he is well versed in the commandments and injunctions (of the Shari`ah). `Umar said: So the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: By this Book, Allah would exalt some peoples and degrade others.” (Muslim)
Ibn Hajar commented on the previous hadith by saying that Almighty Allah elevates the knowledgeable believers over the ignorant. Elevating the degrees includes the moral side in this worldly life by raising one’ rank and good reputation among people. Regarding the Hereafter, Allah will raise their degree in the paradise.
Enjoy watching this interesting talk with Sheikh Almogir Ali to know how the Qur’an elevates some and degrades others.
Source: MRDF youtube Channel.