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Real Life Lessons From The Holy Quran

The Quran is a fantastic source of life-changing wisdom that you don’t want to miss out on, no matter what your beliefs might be. This book provides over a hundred lessons for life derived from the Qur’an for the 21st century Muslim. It will have succeeded in its effort if this book helps Muslims understand their religion better so that they become better Muslims. The lesson in this book is meant to be powerful words of advice to Muslims who find themselves in a certain situation in their lives. Allah says:

يَا بَنِي آدَمَ قَدْ أَنزَلْنَا عَلَيْكُمْ لِبَاسًا يُوَارِي سَوْآتِكُمْ وَرِيشًا وَلِبَاسُ التَّقْوَىٰ ذَٰلِكَ خَيْرٌ ذَٰلِكَ مِنْ آيَاتِ اللَّهِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَذَّكَّرُونَ

“O Children (of) Adam! Verily We have sent down to you clothing, it covers your shame and (as) an adornment. But the clothing (of) [the] righteousness – that (is) best. That (is) from (the) Signs of Allah so that they may remember.” (Surah Al-A`raf 7:26)

As Muslims, we believe this life to be a test for the life hereafter. The primary guideline for this test’s preparation comes from the Quran, the divine revelation and the Hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH. This book; “Real Life Lessons from the Holy Quran” aims at helping fellow Muslims to understand the Islamic way of living in the 21st century and become better human beings. It provides powerful words of advice on how to handle different situations, perform certain tasks, avoid particular actions and win the struggle against Satan, as guided by Allah SWT. Allah says:

وَقُل لِّعِبَادِي يَقُولُوا الَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ إِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ يَنزَغُ بَيْنَهُمْ إِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ كَانَ لِلْإِنسَانِ عَدُوًّا مُّبِينًا

“And say to My slaves (to) say that which (is) best. Indeed, the Shaitaan sows discord between them. Indeed, the Shaitaan is to the man an enemy clear.” (Surah Al-Isra, 17:53)

All of us want to live a life full of blessings, happiness, good times and easiness. It is not like everyone is living a life full of easiness but with all hardships and challenges we all try to make live our life in the best way with all that given by Allah Almighty. Allah says:

مَنْ عَمِلَ صَالِحًا مِّن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَىٰ وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَلَنُحْيِيَنَّهُ حَيَاةً طَيِّبَةً وَلَنَجْزِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْرَهُم بِأَحْسَنِ مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ

“Whoever does righteous deeds whether male or female while he (is) a believer, then surely We will give him l a life good, and We will pay them their reward to (the) best of what they used (to) do.” (Surah 16. An-Nahl, 16:97)

Here are some benefits of reciting the Holy Quran:

  1. Quran acts as a source of knowledge to the Muslims
  2. Quran has shown mankind the path of repentance
  3. Quran acts as the first source of Islamic Shariah
  4. Quran understanding the purpose Of revelation
  5. Quran is a source of guidance for humanity
  6. Quran is used in taking oaths and swearing
  7. Quran is used/recited in the daily prayers
  8. Quran is used as a source of reference 
  9. Quran is a book of spiritual healing
  10. Quran provides the basics of life
  11. Quran will lead to Paradise
  12. Quran fulfilment of religious duty
  13. Take time to understand the Quran
  14. The Quran will lead you to Paradise
  15. Quran is used as a source of reference 
  16. Quran is used/recited in the daily prayers
  17. Reciting Holy Quran fulfils an Islamic duty
  18. Quran is a source of guidance for humanity
  19. The Quran will intervene for us on the Day of Judgment
  20. Reciting Quran, you will have become the best of the people

Ups and downs are a part of life: we are all familiar with a common saying “there is always light at the end of a tunnel”, which refers to one`s willpower to remain steadfast during hardships. Quran also lays great emphasis on this issue by addressing us on numerous occasions and has compared endurance to God`s help and likeness. Allah says:

وَاسْتَعِينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلَاةِ وَإِنَّهَا لَكَبِيرَةٌ إِلَّا عَلَى الْخَاشِعِينَ

“And seek help through patience and the prayer; and indeed, it (is) surely difficult except on the humble ones.” (Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 45)

Repenting on one`s sins

Everyone commits sins in their life. Sin is undoubtedly a highly hated matter, but not being sorry for such deeds is an even more disliked action near to God Almighty. He repeatedly reminds its believers in the Holy Quran to ask for their forgiveness from Him, for He is the Most Merciful. Allah says:

قَالَ رَبِّ إِنِّي ظَلَمْتُ نَفْسِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَغَفَرَ لَهُ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ

“He said, “My Lord! Indeed, I [I] have wronged my soul, so forgive [for] me.” Then He forgave [for] him. Indeed He, He (is) the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.” (Surah Al-Qasas, 28: 16)

The above Quranic verse points towards the incident when Moses (A.S) killed someone from the other group, who was quarrelling with a person from His faction, but soon realized and repented on His action and regarded it as a satanic deed. But when he prayed to Allah for pardon, He was forgiven by The Most Gracious. So, we should also feel remorseful wrongdoings, and beg for God`s pardon.

Life-Changing Lessons from the Holy Quran

Quran is the book from which you can teach all kinds of lessons from good manners, how to treat others, to healthy eating and all that can benefit others. Let’s discuss some life-changing lessons from this Holy Book of Allah (SWT).

  • Do righteous deeds with all mankind Allah loves those and grant great rewards for doing righteous deeds even in this world in the form of “good life.”
  • You should be conscious of time and try to use this time to do good deeds, be truthful to one another, be patient, don’t get angry and be quick in forgiveness. In Holy Quran Allah Almighty says about time in these words: “By the time, surely man is in the loss, save those who believe and do good deeds, and enjoin on each other truth, and enjoin on each other patience.” (Quran, 103: 1-3)
  • Be nice to all people as Allah Almighty says in Holy Quran: “Worship Allah and join none with Him in worship, and do good to parents, kinsfolk orphans, Al-Masakin (the poor), the neighbour who is near to kin, the neighbour who is a stranger, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (you meet), and those (slaves) whom your right hands possess. Verily, Allah does not like such as are proud and boastful.” (Quran, 4:36)
  • One should be kind in your character as kind words and covering of other faults are better than charity. Allah says in Noble Quran: “Kind speech and forgiveness are better than charity followed by injury. And Allah is Free of need and Forbearing.” (Quran, 2:263)
  • One should rely only on Allah Almighty in all matters of his/her life. “And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent.” (Quran, 65:3)
  • One should avoid backbiting and don’t waste your time on gossip. The Quran says don’t sow division instead, say what is good and true. That is the path to a good life. Allah Almighty says about gossipers in these words: “And tell My servants to say that which is best. Indeed, Satan induces [dissension] among them. Indeed Satan is ever, to mankind, a clear enemy” (Quran, 17:53). Allah doesn’t like those who backbite about other fellows in the Holy Quran Allah said: “O you, who have believed, avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is a sin. And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when dead? You would detest it.” (Quran, 49:12)
  • One should speak best when talking to someone or should choose the best words when speaking. 

Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran:

  • “Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty. And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty.” (Quran 24:30-31)
  • “O you who have been given the Scripture! Believe in what We have revealed confirming what is (already) with you…” Quran 4:47)
  • “When thou dost recite the Qur’an, We put, between thee and those who believe not in the Hereafter, a veil invisible” (Surah Al-Isra, 45)
  • And We have certainly made the Quran easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?” (Quran, 54:17)
  • “Allah has promised those who believe and do good deeds (that) they shall have forgiveness and a mighty reward.” (Quran 5:9)
  • “And if an evil suggestion comes to you from Satan, then seek refuge in Allah. Indeed, He is Hearing and Knowing.” (Quran 7:200)
  • “We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will certainly guard it (from corruption).” (Quran 15:09)
  •  “And be patient, for indeed, Allah does not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good.” (Quran 11:115)
  • “And your God is One God. There is no god but He, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.” (Quran 2:163)

“A little knowledge is dangerous” is a famous expression, which compels one not to indulge in things which it has insufficient understanding of because sooner or later, the situation would turn very dangerous for that person. Islam also forbids us from such issues, which are not clear to us. The Gracious God has warned us about this matter in The Holy Quran as:

وَلَا تَقْفُ مَا لَيْسَ لَكَ بِهِ عِلْمٌ إِنَّ السَّمْعَ وَالْبَصَرَ وَالْفُؤَادَ كُلُّ أُولَٰئِكَ كَانَ عَنْهُ مَسْئُولًا

“And do not pursue that of which you do not know. Indeed, the hearing, the sight, and the heart – about all those [one] will be questioned.” (Surah Al-Isra, 17: 36)

May Allah Almighty give us all the strength to read, comprehend and act upon the Quran in the way it demands from us! Aameen!

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