The Book of Allaah never stops to amaze me. The more I recite, the more I ponder upon the verses; the more I am drawn towards it – and the more I want to memorize the beautiful words by my Lord and protect them in my heart and memory.
Just look at the aayaat in Quraan yourself and see how an aayah of 4-5 words have such a huge impact on your thinking!
Something so profound and crucial – Belief in One God – is relayed so beautifully to us in so many places – that it’s hard to not fall in love with the Creator!
Tawheed in Allaah
– There’s hardly a surah in Quraan which does not mention tawheed. Every surah (other than tawbah) begins with the besmAllaah – where we take the name of ONLY our Lord to begin the surah. The importance of besmAllaah is that it marks the tawheed and helps us purify our intentions only for the sake of Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala before reciting the Quraan.
– Now when you think about tawheed – the cornerstone of our faith – and the key to Jannah, it is something that is ingrained in our hearts and mind from a very young age.
Imagine a child… who is upon the fitrah. He/she believes in One God and finds it really confusing to think otherwise (see proof here). Look at all the children of the ummah, and ask them to recite a surah for you – the first surah they’ll recite to you is Surah Ikhlas! The surah they find the easiest to memorize is Surah Ikhlas.
Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala in His Ultimate Wisdom, has condensed this aspect of our deen in such a way that even the young minds and hearts can preserve it. SubhanakAllaahuma wa bihamdika. We don’t need to memorize essays or read crazy reports to come to this conclusion. No wonder it’s called 1/3rd of the Quraan!
From Qutaadah ibn al-Nu’maan (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said that a man stayed up to worship Allaah at the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) just before dawn and recited “Qul huwa Allaahu ahad,” but did not recite anything else. In the morning, the man came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and told him about this, thinking that perhaps he was not doing enough. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “By the One in Whose hand is my soul, it is equivalent to one-third of the Qur’aan.” (al-Bukhaari, 4627)
This has also helped me realize how the wordings of our rasul, salAllaahu alayhi wasallam, his ahadith were always short and to the point. Small sentences but deep meanings.
And that’s all it takes to get the point across…