Sunday, July 3, 2011

Qur'an: A Mirror

Qur'an is a Book of Law, a Constitution but at the same time it is also a mirror. The way in which a person can see his whole image in the mirror, whatever may be the stage of life he is in, the same holds true for the Holy Qu'ran.It is also a mirror. It is not that we have devised this word, it is mentioned in the Holy Qur'an.Allah says in Surah Al-Anbiya in Ayat No. 10 :

لَقَدْ أَنْزَلْنَا إِلَيْكُمْ كِتَابًا فِيهِ ذِكْرُكُمْ

"We have revealed for you (O men!) a book in which is a Message for you."
A Book which tells about your own self, a Book in which you can see your own image.

The people who stand up as the Reformers(Musliheen) in the society are identified by two attributes in the light of the Holy Qur'an:

وَالَّذِينَ يُمَسِّكُونَ بِالْكِتَابِ وَأَقَامُوا الصَّلَاةَ إِنَّا لَا نُضِيعُ أَجْرَ الْمُصْلِحِينَ

"As to those who hold fast by the Book and establish regular prayer;― never shall We suffer the reward of the righteous to perish." (Al-A'raaf:170)

1. They hold fast to the book.
2. They establish regular prayer.

The claim of Building the society and implementing social reforms is one thing but the successful implementation is altogether a different story. Successful implementation can only take palce if the people who have taken up this task possess the qualities mentioned above, otherwise, it would just be a hollow claim which Qur'an describes in following words:

قَالُوا إِنَّمَا نَحْنُ مُصْلِحُون۔ أَلا إِنَّہُمْ ہُمُ الْمُفْسِدُونَ وَلَکِن لاَّ یَشْعُرُون۔َ

"They say: "Why, we only want to make peace!"Of a surety, they are the ones who make mischief, but they realize (it) not." (Al-Baqarah:11-12 )

-Translated from Dr. Hasan Raza's interview published in Rafeeq-e-Manzil(May-2011). To read the complete article in Urdu, please visit:

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