Quran in your Heart or on your tongue ?
There was a Sheikh who taught his students Aqeedah (Faith), He taught them ‘La ilaha illa Allah’ and explained it’s meaning to them.
The Sheikh loved keeping pets, so he was given a parrot by one of the students as a gift.
And with days the Sheikh started to like the parrot. He used to take it to his lessons, until the parrot knew how to say “La ilaha illa Allah”, and would utter it day and night. One day the students found their Sheikh crying and sobbing. When they asked him the reason, he told them that a cat attacked the parrot and killed it.
They said: “Is this the reason you are crying?”… If you wish we will bring you another parrot better than that one.
The Sheikh said: I am not crying because of this… But it made me cry when the cat attacked the parrot.It was shouting and screaming until it died.He used to say la ilaha illa Allah a lot.
However, when he was attacked by a cat he forgot to say it. He did nothing but scream!
Because he used to say it with his tongue only, and his heart did not learn it, so it didn’t feel it!
Then the Sheikh said: I am afraid to be like this parrot, we live our lives repeating la ilaha illa Allah with our tongues, but when death comes we forget it because our hearts did not know it.
When he told his students, they started crying in fear of lack of honesty in saying “La ilaha illa Allah”.
It is time to Introspect . Are we among the ones who have the deep love of Quran in our heart ? Are We the One whose hearts have taken a hold of Quran . Do We try to understand the Verses of Quran or are we among those who recite the Quran like a Parrot?
Quran is not a Poem or an Ode. It is a way of Life. There are Message ,legal rulings , Dos and Dont’s in Quran which Allah wants us to reflect and incorporate in our Life.
May Allah Make us among those who do Constant Dhikr and who reflect on Quran.