The Final Word
All the previous lessons were no more than introduction for sailing in the eternal ocean of the Holy Qur’an. The Qur’an is the verbatim Words of the Almighty. It is His manifestation and trust in our hands. Let’s be grateful to this unique blessing and bring it more to our daily lives.
The Arabic text of the Qur’an is not more than 600 pages. That means if you only learn one page of the Qur’an you can learn the meaning of the entire Qur’an in less than two years!
I would like to conclude this course with painful yet sincere confessions of two renowned scholars whose contribution to humanity and servitude to Islam is beyond doubt.
1. Mulla Sadra (died in 1050 A.H); the leading figure in the Islamic philosophy for the last four century, in the introduction of his Tafsir of Surah al-Waqe’a (ch.56) states:
"…I spent a great deal of my life studying the works of the philosophers until I assumed I am somebody! However, when my insight was opened I found myself empty from real knowledge. At the end of my life, I began reflecting on the Qur’an and the Hadith of Muhammad and his pure progeny (S). I then became certain that all my previous works have been baseless. For in my entire life I was standing under the shade instead of light. The agony of this realisation burnt my heart and inflamed my soul, until the Divine Mercy took my hand and introduced me to the secrets of the Qur’an. I began the interpretation of the Qur’an and reflecting on its Ayaat. I saw the angels telling me: "Salamun Alaykum! You have done well, so enter here to abide therein forever."(39:73)
I have now attended writing the secrets of the Qur’an, yet I confess that the Qur’an is a profound ocean that unless by the Grace of the Almighty it is not possible to enter it. Alas! My live is finished, my body is unable, my heart is broken, my capital (life) is so little, my tools are incomplete and my soul is small."
2. Imam Khomeini (died in 1989). Indisputably, Imam Khomeini (may God elevate his status in Paradise) was the reviver of Islam in our modern time. Millions of people across the globe including the author of these words are indebted their guidance to him. Nonetheless, in the last few years of his life in his address to the youth stated:
"I hereby sincerely, not for formality, announce that I regret my passed life. You the prolific Muslim youth! Direct the Islamic seminaries and the universities to the various aspects of the Noble Qur’an. Teaching the Qur’an shall be the priority in every field. Let it not be –may God forbid- when the aging and weakness attack, you, like this author, regret your lost youth."1
And our last call is
All praises belong to the Lord of the Worlds.
- 1. Sahife Noor, vol.20, p.20