The Healing Power of the Miraculous Quran – Shaykh Ahmed Tijany
Bismillah, Alhamdulillah, Assalatu wassalamu ala rasulillah
What: The Healing Power of the Miraculous Quran
Who: Shaykh Ahmed Tijany
Where: En-Naeem Mosque
When: 18th July 2011
After having performed the Maghrib Prayer as a congregation led by the Imam of Masjid Ennaeem for more than 10 years, Al-Fadhil al Hafiz Ustaz Fahmi Hamdan Ali, the jamaah was treated to a few pieces of quranic recitation, recited alternately by Ust Fahmi and Shaykh Ahmed Tijani. Indeed, it was a pleasant and spiritually uplifting ‘duet’, to quote Ustaz Noor Deros. The solemn yet serene tone of Ust Fahmi’s recitation, followed by the more powerful and energetic recitation by Shaykh Ahmed, no doubt instilled in the hearts of those listening with a deep sense of awe and contemplation upon Allah’s Kalam. The jamaah was listening intently, in silence, in accordance with Allah’s command upon believers when they hear the Miraculous Quran being recited.
Indeed, I thought it was apt to have Quranic recitation to occupy the time between Maghrib and Isyak, where after Isyak there was to be a talk on precisely the healing power of the Quran. It prepared the atmosphere with the correct mood and anticipation. Isyak congregational prayer was again led by Ust Fahmi. Once the supplication and Ba’diah Isyak was offered, Shaykh Ahmed Tijani began his speech on the topic.
As customary with Shaykh Ahmed Tijani’s style of speaking and engaging the listeners, he began with some zikrullah in his typical, powerful and soul-touching voice. Thereafter Shaykh Ahmed moved on to share with us the more salient points pertaining to the topic.
The first point touched by Shaykh Tijany was about our existence, particularly the indebtedness on our part for having been created by Allah at all; apparently for no particular reason on our part. What is so important about us that Allah created us? Indeed such a seemingly simple question has its answers deep in the discussion pertaining to ontology, metaphysics and eschatology. But what should strike us is that everything that we have is not on account of our own being, for even our own existence is the cause of our debt to Him! The immediate implication of this is that we ought to serve Him as He so wishes and avoid, to the best of our capabilities, anything that goes against His commands.[pullquote_right]Everything that we have is not on account of our own being, for even our own existence is the cause of our debt to Him![/pullquote_right]
Then Shaykh Tijany posed a rather rhetorical question to the jamaah, “Can the Quran heal?” The answer from the floor was a mix of Yes and No. The apparent reason offered by those who said no is that Allah is the source of healing. Shaykh Ahmed did not go further to elaborate on the intricacies of this issue, perhaps because it is not fitting a gathering for such a potentially deep and detailed discussion.
A Quranic verse was then quoted that warned against forgetting Allah, lest Allah will make those who forget Allah, forget themselves. Again, a question was asked by Shaykh Tijany, what is so significant about forgetting ourselves? That is some food for thought and something for us to learn and seek the answers. Perhaps it has to do with one hadith that says “whosoever knows himself knows his Lord.” Wallahu ‘Alam.[pullquote_left]The foetus, during various stages of pregnancy, assumes various solat postures, such as the Qiyam, Takbir, Ruku’ and Sujud. Indeed all mankind is born out of fitrah.[/pullquote_left]
Then it was shared about the foetal development in the womb, about how the foetus, during various stages of pregnancy, assumes various solat postures, such as the Qiyam, Takbir, Ruku’ and Sujud. Indeed all mankind is born out of fitrah.
Another point shared was about the state of the hardened heart that does not even want to remember Allah. This was put in stark contrast with reference to the verse of the Quran that tells about the mountain and how it would perish should the Quran be revealed unto it. This only serves to really highlight the severity of the disease of the hardened heart. May Allah protect us all from such an ailment!
On the point regarding medical miracles of the Quran, Shaykh Tijany shared about how his own brother, who was blind, had been cured of that blindness by the means of a few Quranic verses written on some leaves. This was just one example. Many Sahabahs of the Prophet s.a.w. also used the Quran for all sorts of healing. Ibn Sina also derived many of his medical knowledge from the Quran itself.
As Muslims, we ought to be people who walk this earth and emanate mercy, and as such, we ought to see others who are non-muslims, be they Christians, Jews, Hindus or Buddhists, as the manifestation of Allah’s wisdom. And on a lighter note, Shaykh Tijany hinted to the idea that although we as Muslims must love Allah and Rasul more than anything else, our love for our respective spouse has its own place as well, ditto for our love for parents.
And as a concluding note, Shaykh Tijany shared with us a verse of the Quran, from Surah Al-An’Am verse 83, to be recited 7 times prior to picking the Quran, so that insyaAllah the memorization of the Quran becomes easy.
May Allah bless us all with guidance and mercy and forgiveness, Amin! It was indeed a blessed gathering!