The Holy Qur'an and the Good Tidings
by: Ayatullah Sayyid Mohammad Taqi al-Modarresi
And, verily does the Quran guide to that which is most certain.
That who lives in darkness is unable of dreaming of light, and that who compels himself to live in pits can never think of the meaning of peaks.
The life we are leading is not the true life. For, that life Allah wishes us to lead live is far better and eminent. But, we have become accustomed to this on going chastisement, desired darkness, and tragic, miserable life.
Allah gives us the good tidings of a virtuous and noble life, that life of abundant good, good manners, hope, mercy, and bliss. Thus, one wonders where this life is; what prevents us from attaining it, and how we may do away with the veils, and get close to that state.
Firs of all, we should know that Allah creates men to have His mercy on them, and that they lead a happy life that would ends them up in triumphant in the after-life. The corruption we are witnessing among the peoples of the world does not at all belong to Allah. For, Allah says of Himself, Your Lord shall never be cruel to His servants and worshipers. Whereas He also says, wrong and corruption emerged on land and in the sea because of men's deeds. All this overwhelming and widespread corruption we witness today is the result of our being detached, and deviated from the path of right, the path of rectitude, which are the divine path belonging only to Allah.
On the way back to that path, we only have to get guided by the Holy Quran, which is that rope connecting the heavens with the earth; the medium between the Creator of the heavens and earth, the Lord of the inhabitants of the world, and his servant creatures.
The base of our problem and crisis consists in two issues: mental and behavioral deviation. And, Allah has revealed the Quran to treat these two dangerous deviations.
As for, mental deviation and digression, the Holy Book treats it with its light, true guidance, hekma, and illumination. For, this Book is that criterion with which one can distinguish right from wrong.
Today, we are exposed to an assortment of brutal, cultural hegemonies, so harsh that no sooner we get rid of one than another more barbaric one had come into our way. And, between this and that, we are exposed to the consecutive waves of the materialistic western media that aims at uprooting us and transforming us into slaves in the service of the owners of wealth, power, those terrorists that would organize and carry out their plans in all possible ways, thus to dominate the fate and destiny of the world as they have accomplished so far.
This materialistic culture of the west, the poisonous media hurling on us day and night like a deep dark night, are pressing our thoughts and culture, not letting us think independently, by exporting to us those goods that are powerful, consecutive, ornamented and equipped with the latest and most recent technologies and devilish expertise with the aim of overdriving us, robbing us off our all rationality and legitimacy in their detestable manner, in the form and guise of mere elegant benefits, wishes, and thoughts.
It happens that sometimes we listen to the news, watch a TV program, set to view a page on the Internet, read a newspaper or a book. But, what shall lead us to right from all these is that reason, which is aided with the light of the Quran with its visions, true guidance, balanced scale, and criterion.
Knowing that Allah's Book should give us the correct values, and that right scale which would discard and do away with wrong, thus, introduce justice and right to us, all the time disliking any cruelty and oppression for us.
But, as for that behavioral deviation, and moral corruption, which is the second principle in which the crisis of our history and civilization is rooted, that, too, should be treated through our returning to what responsibilities the Quran has assigned to us.
I am saying that the young and aspiring generation in our Islamic society in general is exposed now to the ugliest of satanic plots, the means of which are the centers, which propagate prostitution adultery, and drugs. The sex networks are spreading all kinds of unprecedented fatal and destructive sex related diseases. These networks are disintegrating the family, increasing the divorce rates, decreasing marriage figures, spreading improper education, destroying man's character and identity as a noble being.
Knowing that those who plan to spread corruption in the Islamic societies own all kinds of elusive, delusive, deceptive, and vicious, powerful means with which they easily dominate and control its young, oppressed, inexperienced; religiously, culturally and intellectually weak and defenseless target. So, he gradually collapses and he is not done with this pre-planned conspiracy unless after he is infected with haply one of these sexual diseases and double identity what makes him impotent of building a healthy family, lacking confidence in all people.
Here we should ask ourselves about the fault of that man who is torn into pieces by the fangs of those networks, the satanic net works indeed, which possess money, relations, and various financial facilities to market what they wish to spread.
What have we done and prepared to resist these net works, or toward the immunity of our children and young generation against falling in the pits of vice and corruption? Are we not responsible for the accomplishment of that for the children and ourselves?
The answer to all these questions is a positive yes, in that we should return to the Quran restoring it as our absolute ruler even in the minutest details of our lives. For, it is that peace, safety, and support we should depend on and adhere to. That man who possesses the Quran should not collapse in the face of propagandas, and various kinds of temptations, because the gentle, noble, and a comfortable life is not at all that which we are leading, on the account that it is the outcome of a deviated style of thinking and a satanic wish.
Whereas, Allah's Book orders in what is contrary to this loss, gloom, and death.
Along side and beside the Quran does exist the vessel of rescue, by that I mean the Prophet's progeny, who recited and interpreted the Quran, they who are the most complete, truthful and virtual embodiment of the Quran. They are the two weights our Prophet has left us, the Islamic nation. Those to which if we adhere and follow should never go astray after his loss.
Perhaps, the best chance and opportunity for us to receive the best benefits of the Quran is this holy month of Ramazan, which is the month of the Quran, the Prophet's progeny, fasting and prayer(s).
So, you believing brethren, let us use this virtuous month to set out for our journey in return to the Quran, where we should set up sessions for pondering and search for the curing solutions to our problems and crises, and also to present ourselves unto the Book as we do with doctors, because it is that right scale, and the guiding criterion toward right.
Let us start training our little children at reciting the Quran in these blessed days, appointing and allocating a time for this guiding Book as we have done so far with our tables at eating time, thus, selecting a time for them to sit at the table of thought and original Quranic culture.
The programs being displayed through the televisions or the pages of the Internet are continuing to take up the major part of our children's time, attention, and interests. So, it is most conscientious, wise, and sage if you, the parents invest this time and life of your children in that way that should bring them the benefit in this world and the one to come, instead of embarking on this deviating, worthless pushing current of the medias, or biting at one's fingers out of dismay and sorrow.
Why should we lose the chance, which Allah has assigned to us, the parents, in rearing and educating our own children, and being their guardians? Why should we not use and bear our influence and impression over them to study their characters, and draw those right methods for them to study and follow in forming their own personalities.
But, as for the mother; she, too, is directly responsible to read books, study the Quran's interpretations, the sayings of the Imams, and the lives of the righteous, transferring them all to her children, so as to be putting the corner stone of their lives and future.
I recommend my brothers and sisters in faith, these believers, especially the young among them to pay close attention to their children beginning with those days of pregnancy, through weaning, and up to the time they spend at home as pre-school children, for, this period is that critical period in the formation of their characters.
We ask the Elevated Allah to bliss this noble month for you; direct you to the Quran and the Prophetic progeny, the mine of all good; make our lives and life a happy one, and to make us happy in the hereafter.
Verily, He is the patron of all success.