Allah established the importance of knowledge from the very beginning of man’s creation. When the Angels had questioned a‘blood-thirsty’ man’s creation, God taught Adam (A.S) knowledge, to impress upon them, their ignorance. “And He taught Adam the names of all things; then He placed them before the angels, and said: Tell me the names of these if you are right.” (Quran2:31)
In more recent times, almost 1500 years ago, Angel Jibrail (A.S) revealed the very first word of the Quran to Muhammed (PBUH). What could it have possibly been? It had been the command to “Read!”that had echoed in the Cave of Hira. “Read in the name of your Lord Who created.” (Quran96:1)
“Read! In the Name of your Lord Who has created (all that exists).
He has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood).
Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous.
Who has taught (the writing) by the pen.
He has taught man that which he knew not”
And this was merely the first of the many reminders that would follow it, i.e. for man to read, reflect, and seek knowledge.
The Noble Quran is the uncreated Speech of Allah, revealed for the benefit of all mankind. The words of the Creator, Sustainer, and Cherisher of all that will ever exist (past, present, or future). Man is restless to hear from loved ones, employers, royals, and all those whom he loves, or who benefit him. And he is led into despair if there is a deafening silence from their side.
Yet, when the Owner of the treasures of heaven and earth addresses Him, he is found negligent and becomes an ingrate. This attitude is expected from a disbeliever. Muslims, on the other hand, need to reassess their approach to the Quran. A book that is a comprehensive manual for human existence,“…Nothing have we omitted from the Book, and they (all) shall be gathered to their Lord in the end.” (Quran6:38)
Why Should aMuslim Learn and Understand the Quran?
“And Allah has brought you out from the wombs of your mothers while you know nothing. And He gave you hearing, sight, and hearts that you might give thanks (to Allah).” (Quran16:78)
What do we understand from this humbling verse? Is it not that Allah expects us to use all our God-gifted faculties to thank Him? When a Muslim uses his faculties to seek knowledge of the Quran and Islam, he has thanked Allah in the best way humanly possible. From all the knowledge that we gain from within the Noble Quran, knowledge about Allah is the most superior.
When a Muslim uses his God-given faculties to learn Quran, he literally falls deeply in love with Allah. In His book, Allah depicts Himself in such a befitting way that a believer’s heart and mind find it impossible not to worship Him. Disobedience does notremain an option anymore.
“God is He, other than Whom there is no other god; Who knows (all things) both secret and open; He, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. God is He, other than Whom there is no other god; the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Source of Peace (and Perfection), the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Safety, the Exalted in Might, the Irresistible, the Supreme: Glory to God! (High is He) above the partners they attribute to Him. He is God, the Creator, the Evolver, the Bestower of Forms. To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names: whatever is in the heavens and on earth, doth declare His Praises and Glory; and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.” (Quran 59:22-24)
A Muslim may believe in an Unseen God, but Quran’s vivid description of His Names and Attributes, render Him a self-evident truth that is beyond doubt. How can a Muslim’s heart not yearn to know Allah? And after knowing Him, a Muslim’s only option is to submit his will to His guidance. This submission to Allah’s will, on His terms, is the sole purpose of human existence.
“I have created the jinn and humankind only for My worship.” (Quran 51:56)
Worship is not only about praying, fasting, and fulfilling other Islamic rituals. It is primarily about obedience and submission to Allah in all we say and do.
A Muslim’s Approach to the Quran in this Day and Age
Muslims, particularly those living in non-Muslim lands, need the Quran now, more than ever. They are slowly losing their Muslim identity, under the influence of the Western mindset and lifestyle. The only Islam they know is the one that the Western media is quick to depict as a terrorist-friendly faith. Who is there to show them the beauty of their faith in such a hostile environment?
The Quran classes held by masjids may require traveling long distances. Quran home tutors may not be affordable or easily accessible. This leaves them with the more popular and feasible option of an Online Quran teacher. Online Quran Academies cater to the needs of Muslim children and adults alike. A blessing in disguise, indeed, for young Muslims living in Western countries who yearn to study the Quran and Islam.
Online Quran Courses that Empower and Enlighten Muslims
Online Quran Academies typically offer both beginner and advanced level courses. Their Quran study courses for beginners and reverts include learning the Arabic alphabets and the Noorani Qaida. Basic Islamic educationcovering the Six Articles of Faith and Five Pillars of Islam is also a viable option. They are also taught how to pray and some daily Sunnah duas in the process.
More advanced and intensive online courses are available to Quran learners who’ve already mastered the basics. They can choose from Tajweed, Tarteel, Tafseer, Hifz, and Quranic Arabic online courses.
Why Should Muslims Opt for an Online Quran Teacher?
Studying the Quran and Islam, with an online Quran tutor comes with many perks. Many Quran students struggle to travel long distances to attend Quran classes held at masjids. Quran home tutors are not easily available, especially in the West. The ones that are, charge hefty fees due to travel expenses and the time wasted in commuting.
Online Quran teachers, on the other hand, teach from the comfort of their homes. They provide personalized one-on-oneSkype sessions to every seeker of Quranic and Islamic knowledge. Their fees are most reasonable, and they’re available 24/7.
Most highly-skilled, qualified, and richly experienced Quran tutorsprefer the online mode of teaching the Quran. They don’t visit homes, and Quran students are expected to come to them instead. Scholars of old claimed that knowledge is not given; it is rather, taken. “…Say, “My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.” (Quran 20:114)