Channel: Bilal Philips
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Salam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh My dear brothers and sisters, this is another verse from the Quranic reflections series.
It is from Surah Al Baqarah, the second chapter of the Quran
and the second verse of that second chapter begins saying that Likkle ki tabula rasa Buffy houden. Lil Mata again, this is the book in which there is no doubt, guidance. For those who are mindful of Allah. The first point that we should reflect on is that Allah reminds us here of the fact that the Quran is free from doubt, it is pure guidance, filled with guidance, the Quran itself, as Allah has conveyed it to us. That doesn't mean that we may not find out we may ourselves have doubt, but the Quran itself has revealed from Allah
is pure guidance.
Point number two.
The goal and purpose of reading the Quran is to gain guidance, which cannot be gained. If we don't understand the meanings of the words of the Quran.
This is the point which we need to reflect on. So many of us are caught up in the ritual of reading the Quran,
reading it completely in Ramadan, and other times of the year whatever, you know, reading that Quran for baraka for blessing for the blessing from the reading because the Prophet SAW Salem had said that
every letter you read the Quran has with it 10 blessings. However,
he said that to Arabs, who understood what the words of the Quran meant.
And this was encouragement to them to read the Quran frequently.
It didn't mean literally reading the Quran, letter by letter.
So instead of saying Al hamdu lillahi Oui c'est la flamme ha Meem doll, lamb lamb ha. And we're going to get how much reward
it didn't mean that
there is no reward and saying, and if lamb ha mean done,
there's no reward in it.
It is the meaning of Alhamdulillah this is where the reward comes when we understand what Allah has said. And we read and reflect on what Allah has said. So very important, that we don't just go through the blind ritual of reading the Quran is Ramadan, because we all know Ramadan is the month of Quran. So we tried to read the Quran more in Ramadan than any other month. But we should not forget that the goal of the reading is to understand the words of ALLAH
to understand them, to take them into our hearts, into our souls
and have them guide us.
Point number three. When the Quran is understood,
it becomes guidance only for those who are mindful of God.
Simply because you understand what the Quran says. Doesn't mean that you will be guided
unless you are mindful of God. Because you have people who are Orientalist and others who don't believe in Allah don't believe in Islam don't believe in religion period.
Who can understand the Arabic they can read it so they've understood it, but it doesn't contain guidance for them
become mindful of God
until they become conscious of God. When that consciousness comes, and of course, it's the laws, determination as to when that consciousness will come.
Or if the needs of that consciousness will
become evident, and people will strive to develop that consciousness.
It will only be a source of guidance, when we achieve that consciousness or we are blessed with that consciousness or somebody suggest to us
something which is connected with the consciousness of God and our souls accepted,
said Alikum warahmatu Allahi wa barakato