The Qur’an as a love letter. One of our teachers once asked:
“Have we ever pondered what the Qur’an is?”
“There is nothing that exists in this world that letter by letter, word by word, verse by verse, paragraph by paragraph, chapter by chapter, in it’s exact order, and everything about it be recorded and kept preserved by tongue and heart ever since the Beloved Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) uttered it. It is an oral transmission, not a written transmission. There are only two things like this in the world: The Qur’an and the Hadith. So you are reciting words that were the exact words spoken by the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Do you realise how significant that is?”
That’s one thing.
It feels special for us to be reciting the very same words spoken by our Messenger, his companions and all the greats that went before us.
But there’s another significant thing he mentioned to us…
The Qur’an is a series of love letters
Have you ever heard of this perspective before?
It is how the men/women of Allah see the Qur’an. They see “a collection of Letters from The Beloved to His Beloved” – that’s how they see it. Allow me to explain.
Another name for the Qur’an is al-Risalah (the Message, or the Letter). These are the letters of Allah to His Beloved, Muhammad Sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam. When Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal was asked “What is the best litany to read in order to gain proximity with Allah?” he said, “The recitation of the Qur’an. The more you read it the closer you become.”
This is the connection we should have when we recite the Qur’an.
Whenever someone is in love with someone or are fond of someone they wish to speak to them. When they do they send each other letters or messages. Not only do they receive them and read them but they keep them safe and continue to read them over and over again.
They become happy and feel a satisfaction each time they get a message and read it. Even by looking at it, they rejoice. Why is that? Because they are the letters of those beloved to them. Imagine you got a letter from someone you aspire to, unsolicited, you will likely boast about it and preserve that letter. Nowadays people save texts, whatsapp, email, twitter and facebook messages. They boast – I got a mention by so and so.
In the same way, our relationship with the Qur’ran should be such that you treat it in the same manner.
A Rare Postman, A Unique Package, And A Special Delivery Container
“Can you tell me who is the postman? Who is the package? And who is the special delivery container?”
The Postman = The Great Angel, Gabriel.
The Package = The Qur’an.
The Special Delivery Container = The Heart of the Beloved Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
In this way, we can understand the above. That the Qur’an is a collection of love letters. You can see this relationship in the verses of the Qur’an. This is a truly profound way to connect with the Qur’an. It feels like special that it was revealed to us and shared with us.
What are the effects of this understanding?
You begin to recite in the best way possible
When people get a direct letter/message from someone they admire, love or aspire to – they read in a different way they would an ordinary letter. They read it slowly. They soak in each letter, each word and each sentence. That is one of the reasons we have Tajwid. It is the way to recite the Qur’an because it is special.
You begin to connect beyond recitation
The way people read a love letter is one thing, but the composition is another.
When someone writes a direct letter/message to someone they admire, love or aspire to – they write it carefully. They get consumed by it. They look for perfection and the best of words. They wouldn’t ordinarily write in such a way. In the same manner, the Qur’an being a love letter was given as a miracle to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). It was spoken and composed in the best of ways. Allah used the most endearing and best of Speech when addressing his beloved.
So when we connect with the Qur’an understanding it from the perspective of a love letter, we recite the Qur’an with understanding (translation). We begin to explore the words even more. If we established such a relationship, we would see immediate change. This is why it is said, “The People of the Qur’an do not take their needs to the People of the world, but the People of the world take their needs to the doors of People of the Qur’an.”
Create such a connection and relationship with the Qur’an! Keeping in mind what you are about to recite. A precious treasure beyond imagination.
May Allah give us the Tawfiq to recite the Qur’an in the best way.