A NEW WORLD AWAITS YOU: HIS MERCY, BLESSINGS & GENEROSITY
Rejoice you must, in the mercy and blessing and generosity of Allah. But the Qur'an opens its doors only to those who knock with a depth of yearning, sincerity of purpose and exclusiveness of attention that befits its importance and majesty. And only those are allowed to gather its treasures, while they walk through it, who are prepared to abandon themselves completely to its guidance and do their utmost to absorb it. What a tragic misfortune it would be if you came to the Qur'an and went away-empty handed -- soul untouched, heart unmoved, life unchanged -- "they went out as they came In". You may recite its words and turn its pages endlessly and laboriously, yet fail to make an encounter with it that enriches and transforms your whole person. The Qur'an's blessings are limitless, but the measure of your fill depends entirely upon the capacity and the suitability of the receptacle you bring to it. Nine months spent in the womb of your mother have transformed a drop of water into "you" -- hearing, seeing and thinking. Can you imagine what a lifetime spent with the Qur'an -- seeking, hearing, seeing, thinking, striving -- can do for you? It can make you into an entirely new "being" -- before whom even angels will feel proud to kneel. So, at the very outset, make yourself more deeply aware of what the Qur'an means to you, and, what it demands of you; and make a solemn determination to recite the Qur'an in an appropriate manner, so that you may be counted among:
THOSE WHOM WE HAVE GIVEN THE BOOK, THEY RECITE IT AS IT OUGHT TO BE RECITED; (IT IS ONLY) THEY WHO BELIEVE IN IT. (Holy Qur'an 2:121)
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