Ibn Maajah (215) and Ahmad (11870) narrated that Anas ibn Maalik (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: *“Verily Allah has His own people among mankind.”* They said: O Messenger of Allah, who are they? He said: *“They are the people of the Qur’an, Allah’s own people and those who are closest to Him.”
WHO ARE ACTUALLY PEOPLE OF THE QURAN?
Al-Hakeem at-Tirmidhi said: This only applies to the reciter whose heart is free from ailments and his behaviour is free of misconduct. No one could be one of Allah’s own people except one who strives to be cleansed of sin both outwardly and inwardly, and does acts of obedience to Allah. Then he will be one of Allah’s own people. It is not sufficient for a person just to recite Quran in order to be one of the people of the Quran, unless he *also acts in accordance with it, adheres to its limits and follows its teachings.* When he studies the Quran, he does so *with focus of mind.* His main aim in doing so is to *understand what Allah has made obligatory for him*, which is to follow His commands and heed His prohibitions. *His concern is not when will I complete the surah?* Rather his main aspiration is: when will I realise that Allah is sufficient for me and I need no one else? When will I be one of the pious? When will I be one of the doers of good? When will I be one of those who put their trust in Allah? When will I be one of those who fear Allah? When will I be one of the patient? When will I be able to understand the words of Allah? When will I understand what I am reciting? When will I be able to gain control over my nafs and restrain its desires? When will I truly strive in Allah’s cause? When will I pay heed to the warnings of the Quran? When will I be so focused on remembrance of Allah that I will not be distracted by anything else? *Whoever is like this, or is close to it, then he is truly reciting the Quran as it should be recited, paying proper care and attention to it.* The Quran will be a witness, an intercessor, a comforter and a protection for him in this world and the Hereafter!
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