Bismillah
Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah
Dear sisters:

Alhamdulillah! We often hear accounts of how people have been moved, inspired & touched by The Qur’aan. Their lives change for the better, their minds are then enlightened & the hearts illuminated with the beauty of Absolute Truth.

In the time of our beloved Messenger (sallalaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), there was one such perosn, whose incident I wish to recount here:

‘Utbah ibn Rabee’, a Makkan who was seen as the ‘negotiator’ of his time. He asked the chiefs of Makkah to leave him to Muhammad (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) and that he will convince him that his Cause was not worth all this effort. Eloquently, he spoke and spoke employing all arguments to dissuade the Messenger (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam). A while later, the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) asked “Have you finished?” to which ‘Utbah replied in the affirmative. “Then listen to me,” said the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam),
“In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Ha Meem.
A Revelation from Allaah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
A Book whose verses are explained in detail – A Qur’aan in Arabic for a people who reflect.
Giving glad tidings and warnings.
But most of them turn away so they listen not…” [Al-Fussilat: 1-5]
‘Utbah stood there totally captivated and entranced by the verses of the Qur’aan. The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) continued to complete the entire chapter – and with 54 verses, this was no short Surah. During the whole recitation, ‘Utbah did not once turn away. Amazed and in total awe, he remained immersed in listening until the Messenger (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) said at the end, “You have heard what you have heard, so do as you please.”
‘Utbah returned to his people, a changed man, shaken to the heart, clearly moved yet silenced. He reported back to his people saying, “O people, I have heard a speech the like of which I have never heard before. I swear by Allaah, it is not magic, nor is it poetry, nor is it sorcery. O gathering of Quraysh! Listen to me. Leave this man alone; for I swear by Allaah, the speech that I have heard from him will soon be news…”
‘Utbah was right. It not only became news, but it became the greatest news which shone the face of this earth and lighted up the hearts of a lost people.

~May Allah Ta’ala make you & I from amongst those who are moved by the Qur’aan: not merely moved by emotions, but moved to implement effective change, seeking to improve our lives & relationship with Allah The Compassionate, aameen~
Rayhaanah

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