It is Better Than What They Gather

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Safia Kemal

The Qur’an, undoubtedly, is a powerful kalam (speech). To recite it, even without the meaning, is a source of strength and drawing closer to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى), but to understand the meaning while recitation, is a feeling that cannot be put down in words. Most definitely it is:

قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللّهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِ فَبِذَلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُواْ هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِّمَّا يَجْمَعُونَ

Say, “In the bounty of Allah and in His mercy – in that let them rejoice; it is better than what they accumulate.”
[Al-Qur’an: Surah Yunus:58]

Having been blessed by the fact that my birth place was Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) gave me several opportunities to visit the haramain (two Holy Mosques). To listen to the qari (recitor of Qur’an) recite Qur’an especially during taraweeh (The night prayers of Ramadan), was a beautiful feeling even though I was young. The recitation of the Qur’an especially in a congregation, facing Kabah always had a deep impact. Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) knew I would one day be blessed to even understand what I hear in a language foreign to me. Alhumdulillah.

Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) has blessed me with an understanding of the Arabic of the Qur’an through this Tafheem-e-Deen course, when I listen to the Qur’an now, I literally stop in my tracks to listen to it wherever I am. I tell myself, “Here is an ayah that Allah  (سبحانه وتعالى) is bringing to my ears or making my eyes see.” I feel I have to pay attention to it. This is the message of Allah  (سبحانه وتعالى)! How can I ignore it. This is the condition of my heart as I hear the Qur’an after the haqq (truth)  has come to me.

When I hear the Qur’an, I know this can be my only friend when all have left me in my grave.

When I hear the Qur’an, it leaves me with mixed emotions.

It leaves me happy where Jannah is mentioned, but also very anxious: “Will I enter it?”

The ayahs on Jahannum, bring fear to my heart – a terror that leaves me restless and I seek forgiveness for all that I have done wrong.

“O Allah! Forgive me and save me from the Hellfire”, I plead, tears flowing down.

I listen closely to hear what Allah  (سبحانه وتعالى) is saying to me.

Is He giving me an advice that I need at the time?

Or is He providing me with the admonition to get my act together!

Hearing the Qur’an reminds me of Allah (سبحانه وتعالى)’s Magnitude. It connects me to Him and the world at the same time.

I am reminded of the blessings around me, and I thank Him for all that He has given me.

I fear if He is angered, blessings will be taken away from me.

I fear, my fear of Him will be taken away and that is the biggest fear!

I love listening to the Qur’an. It has encompassed my entire life.

I thank Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) for the understanding of it. I cannot thank Him enough for it.

Qur’an is a source of peace and harmony even when the world seems to be collapsing around me.

Qur’an is my strength when I feel weak at heart and feel I cannot go on.

Listening to the Qur’an gives me hope; yes there is hope for those who believe in it.

Hearing the Qur’an affirms: “Oh! this life is so temporary. It will soon end and to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) is the final return.

Qur’an is not for yesterday, today or just for tomorrow.

Qur’an is for life!

It is for every hand and for every heart!

It is definitely better than what they gather.

Safia Kemal Rafi
MBA: University of Scranton, PA. Majoring in MIS and Marketing
BBA: Greenwich University, Karachi Campus, Marketing Major
High School: Marymount International School, Kingston, UK
Interests: Reading, Writing, Networking, Social Media

Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) has blessed me with three sweet children, Alhumdulillah. I love being a mother and now enjoy their upbrining even more in light of the Qur’an and Sunnah. Qur’an has become my support system in life. It has given me a realization of life like one I never had before. It is not just an experience but one that leads to finding peace, tranquility and a connection with our Creator. Qur’an has not only given me insight about who Rabb is but also taught me to be aware of my biggest enemy, Shaitan. Alhumdulillah, I am learning to live a conscious life.

I pray that everyone should come to the Qur’an to understand the beauty and real essence of Allah  (سبحانه وتعالى)’s kalam (speech). My contact is

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About Quran Reflections

Al-Huda's branch at Khayaban-e-Sehar is one of the few Quran courses being regularly conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, where the mode of instruction and examination is English. The students and teachers have decided to upload their reflections on the Quran and class notes on this blog, in order to be available to a global audience for the latter's benefit and inspiration.
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1 Response to It is Better Than What They Gather

  1. samarhasan85 says:

    MashaAllah! BarakAllahu feek!
    May Allah make all our hearts humbled, Ameen

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