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There are two kinds of requirements for understanding the Quran
There are two kinds of requirements…
Of I wouldn’t even say understanding
Let’s just say… benefiting from the Quran
There are two kinds of requirements
The first kind of requirement… you could call them academic
Learning the Arabic language is an academic requirement
Studying tafseer is an academic requirement
Understanding the linguistic analysis
And the tradition… all of these are academic requirements
They require you to study
Anything that requires you to study becomes an academic requirement
But more important than the academic requirements… there are certain psychological requirements
I mean… If you don’t want to use the word psychological, you can even call them spiritual requirements
For benefiting from the Quran
And those are the harder ones
As a matter of fact… somebody who is intelligent can learn the Arabic language in no time
They can study tafseer in no time
Memorize even in no time
And understand and know a lot about Allah’s book in very little time
But the psychological requirements…
The attitude requirements
In really benefiting from the Quran
They are a life long struggle
They are something you can meet at one point in your life and lose at a later point in your life
They are not something you get to keep
They are something you have to fight to maintain
And you have to… more than anything else, you have to fight yourself
I have to fight myself
To maintain those requirements
I can tell you
That 10 years ago, I knew a lot less about the Quran
As the days and the months and the years went by…
…I knew more and more and more about the Quran
And even though in the grand scheme of things, I still know very little about the Quran
Those original requirements that are psychological in nature, I still have to struggle with those everyday…
I have to struggle with those
Its not like I graduated and I met those requirements, like you know you take prerequisites in college
You meet the prerequisite… and that’s it, you don’t have to go back to it anymore
That’s not the case with Quran
These requirements… they are of a different nature
And the first of those requirements
Is understanding and reminding oneself every single time… WHY AM I LEARNING THIS?
Why am I reading tafseer?
Why am I learning Arabic?
Why am I memorizing these ayat?
What is the point of all of this?
The intention behind all of this
And all of you know the cliche answer… and the cliche answer is
“This is so I can have guidance”
“This is so I can have guidance”
That’s the… you know, “Quran is guidance”
“We study it for guidance”
But, that term is used so often…
That we actually don’t understand what that really means
What does it mean, that I am asking Allah for guidance?
What that means is…
That on a given day…
Every single moment of my day
I will be presented with choices
Should I stay in bed… or, should I wake up?
Should I look there… or, should I look down?
Should I talk back… or, should I stay quiet?
Should I earn my money this way… or, should I find another job?
Should I pursue this… or, should I leave those friends?
Should I hangout with them… or, should I not hangout? Should I respond back to the text message or not?
All the time, every second of the day… you and I are going to be faced with choices
When we ask Allah for guidance… we are asking Allah for the strength to make the right choices
That Allah empowers us because of his word… to make the right choices
The guidance of the Quran… that’s what that means
That’s what that means
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