Surah An-Nisa, Verse 174:
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاءَكُم بُرْهَانٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَأَنزَلْنَا إِلَيْكُمْ نُورًا مُّبِينًا
O mankind! Verily, there has come to you a convincing proof (Prophet Muhammad SAW) from your Lord, and We sent down to you a manifest light (this Quran).
Allah (swt) describes the Qur’an as a ‘manifest light’ for indeed it is the light of ultimate guidance. Without this light, we would have been wondering about in utter darkness, not knowing who Our creator is & for which purpose we were created, and would have destroyed ourselves in following what other humans do.
“Indeed this Qur’an guides to that which is most just & right…[17:9]
But How do benefit from this light? Are reciters of the Qur’an assured of this light?, “We can gain that by understanding the word of Allah” the ultimate purpose of sending down the Qur’an.
“(This is) a Book (the Quran) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember.” [38:29]
Let’s aim to make maximum use of this blessed month by understanding what we recite in order to find guidance for our souls & increase our faith. Let’s change our perspective of the Qur’an as an ‘ajr book’ (book of rewards) to that of a guidebook on how to live in this world. And then, we would truly find ourselves enveloped by the light of Allah, in shaa Allah.
May He (swt) gift us with more from His ‘Gems’ and make of those who live with the whole Quran, in heart & mind, ameen.