18 July 2019   15. Zul Qadah 1440
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The Two Stars of Islam

Sometimes our beloved Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) would venture out in the night to see what his companions are engaged in.

Once Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) left his home at the time of Salaat-ut-Tahajjud (performed during the third quarter of the night). He came across Hazrat Abu Bakr (Radiyallahu Anhu) who was engaged in performing his Salah in a humble posture. He was reciting the Noble Quran in a low tone.

Proceeding from there, he saw Hazrat Umar (Radiyallahu Anhu) also engaged in Salah. He was reciting Noble Quran in a louder tone. Having personally observed these noble acts of his loving Companions (Radiyallahu Anhuma), Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) returned home.

After some time Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) called both Hazrat Abu Bakr (Radiyallahu Anhu) and Hazrat Umar (Radiyallahu Anhu). The beloved of Allah (Tabaraka wa Ta’ala) began with Hazrat Abu Bakr (Radiyallahu Anhu). Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) directly addressed him saying that:- “… at night I passed by and saw you reading the Noble Quran in a low tone (silently). Why were you reading so silently?”

Hazrat Abu Bakr (Radiyallahu Anhu) replied:- “O Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)! For whom I was reading? He is All Hearing and therefore I fulfilled my desire. There was no need to make someone else hear.”

Thereafter, Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) asked Hazrat Umar (Radiyallahu Anhu):- “… what was the reason (for you) to read so loudly?”

Hazrat Umar (Radiyallahu Anhu) replied that:- “I read loudly so that people are awakened by my reading, and Shaytaan can get scared (frightened) off.”

In the light of the prevailing circumstance, both the noble Companions (Radiyallahu Anhuma) were right. Hazrat Abu Bakr (Radiyallahu Anhu) read silently because he had learnt that one of the attributes of Allah (Tabaraka wa Ta’ala) is that He is “All Hearing” and “All Knowing”. Hazrat Umar (Radiyallahu Anhu) on the other hand had chosen to read aloud.

Subsequently, it may be deduced that Allah (Ta’ala) prefers a Mu’min not to read too softly or too loudly. Rather, it is desirable that the Noble Quran be recited in an average and balanced voice and tone. Insha Allah, such recitation shall generate light (Noor) and blessings (Baraka). Additionally, reciting the Noble Quran in a low and measured tone also has many, many more benefits.

Hence, in following the blessed (Mubarak) guidance of Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), there is nothing but the sheer and pristine happiness of our Loving Allah (Tabaraka wa Ta’ala) and His most beloved Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

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