“The Qur’an is Difficult!”


Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in His Book:

And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?
[Surat al-Qamar, verse 17]
This verse is used very often to prove that the Qur’an is easy to memorize and it should be sufficient enough to convince us, but sadly for many it is not.
Let’s start with the memorization of the Qur’an.  The Qur’an is comprised of 6,000+ verses.  If a person were to memorize 1 verse per day, they would finish their memorization in about 18 years.  If they were to memorize 2 verses per day, they would finish in 8 years.  If 3 verses, then 6 years, and so on.  Ultimately, the problem is not the quantity that is to be memorized; the problem is that the determination of the people is weak.
If we stop to examine the reasons people come up with for not memorizing the Qur’an or studying it, then we can see that what all these excuses have in common is the fact that they are born out of fear: fear of commitment, fear of forgetting, fear of not remembering, fear of facing a weak memory, fear of not keeping up with a memorization or review schedule, etc.  Not only that, but once a person has identified that they fear “something,” then the question to be asked is, “Is this fear from Shaytan? Or is this a rightful way to fear Allah?”
The answer to this question is then quite simple.  If a certain fear pushes you towards doing the deeds which please Allah, then indeed your fear is based on the fear of Allah, and in that case, the above excuses have no basis whatsoever.  If, however, your fear keeps you from doing anything, and you are left with nothing but in-action, then your fear is from Shaytan, and Allah knows best.
It is for this reason, you will find that most of the people who end up memorizing the Qur’an, and they might have what may seem to be a valid excuse not to (such as being blind, having a speech impediment, are handicapped, have mental delays or disabilities), are those who fear Allah intensely, so much so that they don’t even ask Allah to remove their disability, in hopes that this disability will lessen the punishment, or cancel it, in the Hereafter.
So what about Tajweed?  Isn’t Tajweed difficult?  It’s the number one complaint of most beginning students of Qur’an.  If a person were to study Tajweed, they would find that the rules itself are a facilitation of the tongue.  Many people who recite the Qur’an with multiple errors in Tajweed are actually utilizing their mouth in a way that brings a lot of discomfort.  Yet, when the rules are applied accurately, a reciter will find that the recitation flows out smoothly and with great ease.   And besides this, it is not befitting for us to think that Allah would reveal His book to Mankind and then make it difficult to recite.  Dear reader, the Qur’an is easy—Allah is testing you to see how badly you want it 🙂
This is because Tajweed is all about putting your tongue in the right place, or using the right parts of the mouth and throat.  Everyone has the same parts!  It’s just a matter of using the parts we may have never used before and like working a weak muscle, loosening up those parts with frequent recitation.  Once again, it is a matter of determination and persistence.  And Allah is the Most Appreciative for the efforts of His slaves.
What about reading the Qur’an or listening to it, but not benefiting from its advice?  Shaytan may deceive a person and inspire them to think that there is nothing that the Qur’an offers them.   In response to this, it is only befitting for us to mention the wise words of Sh. Salih al-Maghaamisi:
The Qur’an was sent to revive the hearts of Man and therefore, Allah did not specify any particular type of heart or person over another.  As for the sinner, then in the Qur’an, he/she will find the path of Repentance.  For the Muhsin (doer of good), then they will find the path to reward and steadfastness.  And for the one in between these two levels, there is the path to avoid disobedience and the path to obedience through which they are elevated in rank.  Allah sent down this Qur’an as a revival for the heart, a path to every guidance, and a way to His vast Mercy.

So it is wrong to say that Allah intended only one specific type of group in the Qur’an, rather the Qur’an was sent to both: Mankind and the Jinn, as He says in the Qur’an:

So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny?
[Surat al-Rahmaan, verse 13]
Additionally, since Allah is the creator of the hearts, it is not permissible for anything to revive the hearts except the words of the Creator of those hearts!  It is not permissible for someone to say that he/she is not the one being addressed in the Qur’an.  Rather, everyone will find what they are seeking in the Qur’an:
  • A Hakeem will find Hikmah
  • An ‘Alim will find ‘Ilm
  • A Mudhnib (sinner) will find Tawbah
  • A Muhsin will find Shukr
Every type of person will find what benefits him/her in the Qur’an…
But there remains a group of people who have rust on their hearts, their hearts are sealed from benefiting from the Qur’an, and these are the ones who will never benefit from what the Qur’an contains because they disbelieve in it to begin with.  They are the people of disbelief, rebellion, and disobedience.
But as for those who DO believe in Allah and His Book, then they will be able to act upon this Qur’an and benefit from it.
  • If a person has power and wealth, then there is the story of Dhul-Qarnayn:
    And they ask you, [O Muhammad], about Dhul-Qarnayn. Say, “I will recite to you about him a report.”
    [Surat al-Kahf, verse 83]
  • If a person is put to trial by their illness, then there is the story of Ayub عليه السلام:
    And remember Our servant Job, when he called to his Lord, “Indeed, Satan has touched me with hardship and torment.”
    [Surat Saad, verse 41]
  • If a person is consumed by grief at night, then there is the story of Yunus عليه السلام when he was in the belly of a whale:
    And [mention] the man of the fish, when he went off in anger and thought that We would not decree [anything] upon him. And he called out within the darknesses, “There is no deity except You; exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.”
    [Surat al-Anbiya’, verse 87]
  • If a person is tried with the separation from their children or deprived of them, there is the story of Zakariyya عليه السلام:
    And [mention] Zechariah, when he called to his Lord, “My Lord, do not leave me alone [with no heir], while you are the best of inheritors.”
    [Surat al-Anbiya’, verse 89]
  • If a person is a student of knowledge, then Allah سبحانه وتعالى says: 
    So high [above all] is Allah , the Sovereign, the Truth. And, [O Muhammad], do not hasten with [recitation of] the Qur’an before its revelation is completed to you, and say, “My Lord, increase me in knowledge.”
    [Surat Ta Ha, verse 114]
  • If a person is a businessman, then Allah سبحانه وتعالى addresses them, saying:
    O you who have believed, do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly but only [in lawful] business by mutual consent. And do not kill yourselves [or one another]. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful.
    [Surat al-Nisaa’, verse 29]
  • If a person is a parent, then Allah سبحانه وتعالى addresses them, saying:
    Allah instructs you concerning your children: for the male, what is equal to the share of two females. But if there are [only] daughters, two or more, for them is two thirds of one’s estate. And if there is only one, for her is half. And for one’s parents, to each one of them is a sixth of his estate if he left children. But if he had no children and the parents [alone] inherit from him, then for his mother is one third. And if he had brothers [or sisters], for his mother is a sixth, after any bequest he [may have] made or debt. Your parents or your children – you know not which of them are nearest to you in benefit. [These shares are] an obligation [imposed] by Allah . Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and Wise.
  • [Surat al-Nisaa’, verse 11]
  • If a child, then Allah سبحانه وتعالى addresses them, saying:

    And We have enjoined upon man goodness to parents. But if they endeavor to make you associate with Me that of which you have no knowledge, do not obey them. To Me is your return, and I will inform you about what you used to do.
    [Surat al-‘Ankaboot, verse 8]
There is no one left who has not be addressed in the Qur’an….
May Allah grant us all strong determination and steadfastness in learning His book and benefitting from it, Ameen.

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