QUALITY VS. QUANTITY

quality_or_quantityHEADS UP: It is a bit long, I know, I know,  this is probably the last one that will be this long. By long I don’t mean boring, far from it, (I hope), I mean it will take about five minutes to finish.

TIMER starts Now:

       Quality trumps quantity every time, unless we are financially challenged, but in an ideal world Quality would always trump Quantity.

So now let’s apply this to our spiritual life. With the following question:

Is it about how many Surahs (Verses) we have memorized or how many we understand and apply?

 Before I move on, there are two things I would like to say, number one, you may have a different opinion from mine, this is not an exam question, I don’t think there is a wrong answer. Second, I am not trying to down play memorizing the Quran without understanding or reading it the same.

   That being said, once again let us  ask ourselves which one is more valuable and meaningful, to memorize the whole Quran as though a long song and not understand a word of it, or to know and understand just a few Surahs first and apply them in our lives. Which one is better? Which one affects us more?

     Don’t get me wrong, memorizing many Surahs and eventually the whole Quran is the main goal and only Allah knows how great the reward is for that apart from the ones already mentioned in the hadiths. But the focus here is about balancing the scales, memorizing and understanding plus applying.

  I believe it’s not about how many Surahs we have memorized it’s also about how many we understand and how many we apply.

Simply put, it’s about our actions. Many Sahabahs (Companions of the Prophet (SAW)) were not Alims (Scholars), or hafiz of the Quran, but they still managed to lead very Islamic lives, and had extremely strong Imaan that inspired others and brought others to Islam. They spread Islam by their actions, application of even the little that they knew.

So what’s our excuse not to learn, memorize and practice?

   Everything we need is readily available we don’t need to travel to a foreign land to see an alim (Scholar). Smart phones can bring to us everything we need. Whether its books, or videos.

   All we need is  to decide to start practicing, ayah by Ayah, Surah by Surah, day by day and eventually we would have memorized and put into practice the whole Quran inshaAllah.

   Here is the plan, the next action step: First we learn a surah or even an Ayah, any of our choosing, short ones to begin with are good. Then get its translation word for word, so we can reflect on it, and read its tafseer (interpretation of its meaning by scholars). And the major homework is to find out how to apply it. And finally just go ahead and start applying, working on it.

    Things won’t change overnight,(I can almost guarantee you that, money back no questions asked) but sooner than later a lot of things will start to change, such as concentration in prayer will increase, since it’s easier to reflect on the Verses when we are reciting them. The Quran will have a deeper impact and meaning in our lives, because now it is not just a book we read to feel good about ourselves, but it’s a book we read because we seek guidance, and the more we seek guidance from the Quran the more we grow to understand it, and honestly when we start understanding the Quran, WE WILL LOVE IT.

    Speaking from experience, I can’t quite explain it. All your problems won’t disappear just like that, problems will continue to be there but they won’t be overwhelming anymore, our perspective of problems won’t even be problems anymore, just challenges, just things we try to understand why Allah wanted this for us. But mostly, everything that happens to us, we will consider to be good.

     Here is an example of understanding and applying verses in the Quran. A friend of mine was once telling me about the things he wants out of life, and what he prays for, which were a lot of good things, didn’t really seem it could get any better so at the end we said InshaAllah may he get all these things, and he added “Yes, I will either get these or better”… OK Pause. What did he mean “these or better” I mean from the things he said, he would be mighty blessed to get all of them, let alone get better than them. But I know him, so I understood what he meant at that time, which was Whatever Allah gives him is what’s best for him, even if it’s not the things he asked for, If Allah gives him it means they are better for him than what he asked for. It took me like a whole day to acknowledge that level of Imaan then.

     I was thinking how come I never looked at it that way? That whatever Allah gives us is what is best for us, even if it’s not exactly what we want. So When we make dua there are really only two options, Either we Get what we want how we want it or we get something better, because Allah knows best and Allah only wants to make things easy for us.

Surat An-Nisā’

4:28

“And Allah wants to lighten for you [your difficulties]; and mankind was created weak.”

It also points out to make dua and know and understand whatever we get is the best for us. It’s not always easy to see things this way all the time, but Allah is the most Merciful and we do get points for trying.

Allah says in the Quran

Surat Ghāfir

40:60

“And your Lord says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.” Indeed, those who disdain My worship will enter Hell [rendered] contemptible.”

And

Surat Al-Baqarah

2:186

“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.”

That’s a solid invitation right there to ask for each and everything we want and Ramadan is starting, so we can ask and ask and ask, a lot of asking, for forgiveness and health, family, and saying thanks and being grateful. And that million dollars we have always wanted, if you are into that sort of thing. Hahaha 😀 , But Seriously, Seeking Allah’s bounty is not only a blessed act, it is a mandatory act. We have been instructed to do so,

Surat Al-Jumu’ah

62: 9 – 10

“O you who have believed, when [the adhan] is called for the prayer on the day of Jumu’ah [Friday], then proceed to the remembrance of Allah and leave trade. That is better for you, if you only knew.

And when the prayer has been concluded, disperse within the land and seek from the bounty of Allah , and remember Allah often that you may succeed.”

   And that, ladies and gentlemen is why Friday is NOT a weekend. Saturday was for Jews and Sunday for Christians, but on Friday Muslims still go hard. That’s work ethic for ya. 🙂 Even right after Friday prayer we have been instructed to go seek Allah’s bounty.

    Well this is my understanding of these few verses in my life and my application of them. Of course the understanding and application of it is not limited to one thing, that’s another beauty of the Quran.

And In conclusion, Quality over Quantity, in a way it should also makes us humble, in that we shouldn’t think just because we memorized so many verses of the Quran that we are better than someone who has only memorized a few. Think about it.

Ramadan Mubarak Everyone,

Love you all for the sake of Allah

ABD

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 Just out of curiosity which box would you tick? about Quality of application of verses memorized.

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6 thoughts on “QUALITY VS. QUANTITY

  1. Alayna wa Alaykum. Ramadan Mubarak in sha Allah. It took a lil over five minutes but the quality of this post was excellent. 😀 And that would be my pick for the review above. I would always tell myself that quality beats quantity wen I see family overseas who have already memorized the whole Quran. In sha Allah we all reach that point before death…with understanding of course.

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