From Facebook to God's Book


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From Facebook to God's Book

  1. 1. From Facebook To God’s Book By Maryam Amir EbrahimiMany of us have an addictive relationship with Facebook. We check ouraccounts compulsively, multiple times a day. It is sometimes the last thingmany of us do before we sleep and the first thing we do when we wake up;time flies when we’re on it, and it is obsessive.Yet how many of us have an addictive relationship—have anyrelationship—with the Qur’an? This is the Book that transformed alcoholic,oppressive, baby-girl-burying people into callers for justice, defenders of theoppressed, soft-hearted, humble worshippers of the Lord of All the Worlds.If what is contained in this Book brought eternal peace to the hearts andfreedom to the souls who were chained to the whims of their own desires, itundoubtedly can emancipate us from our own problems, heartaches andstresses. However, its ability to powerfully impact us may go a lifetimeunrealized if we continue to decide that other relationships are moreimportant.Some of us want to establish a relationship with the Qur’an, but may findit… boring, difficult to understand, or simply not fast enough. We’re used tostatus updates, pictures and vivid virtual conversations. We prefer funcaptions and vivacious images. We prefer real people, an interchange ofwords and tangible friendships—or at least, Facebook friendships. A lot ofus don’t even really know the people we add as friends.In reality, what we prefer is what the Qur`an already offers and more; it’sjust up to us to experience the paradigm shift, with God’s help. Here are afew ways we can tangibly work to establish our relationships with theQur’an and in doing so, elevate ourselves in this life and in the Next, by thewill of God.From Facebook to God’s BookWhat is it about Facebook or other forms of social or popular media thatmakes you come back, over and over, sometimes multiple times a day—at aminimum? Is it the novelty of reading ever-changing statuses or finding newpictures? Is it feeling appreciated when others comment on your posts? Is itthe fun of having instantaneous connections? Is it just boredom? Whatever itis, identify why you keep going back. Then, tweak your reasons for thatconnection and apply it to the Qur’an.When you read stories about Noah, Moses, Jesus, Mary, Lot—when youread about their struggles or the people who they called to the worship of Brought to you by
  2. 2. God, recognize those as the Qur’an’s updates. The conversations that Godquotes in the Qur’an, the arguments of the people to their Messengers, thoseare all comments to posts in the Qur’an’s feed.Mary `alayha assalaam (peace be upon her) says something, then GodAlmighty responds. Jesus `alayhi assalaam (peace be upon him) tells hisdisciples something and they all start tweeting him back. Moses (as) postson Pharaoh’s wall, Pharaoh responds with his henchman and is finallycompletely deleted from Facebook—and the world—in its entirety. God’sBook is more intense, exciting and novel than anything on Facebook. Wejust need to add it and tag it as our Best Friend.Sometimes we find Facebook addicting because of our ability to interactwith our friends. So let’s find the Qur`an addicting because of our ability tointeract with God. When reading God’s Book and you want to likesomething, say alhamdulilah (all praise is to God)! You’ll get rewards andbe increased in what’s good (Qur`an 14:7). When you personally want torespond to a status, put up your hands and make du`a’ (supplication)!Instead of aimlessly commenting, you’ll be strengthening your connectionwith the One Who can hook it up for you, Who can hear you and willanswer you! When you read the descriptions of Paradise and Hell, know thatAllah Most High is uploading images for you to focus on and be impactedby; when you’re captivated or horrified by the image, comment throughyour actions! Do the actions which will include you amongst the chillers inParadise and keep you from being in the excruciating fire. That type ofcommenting will bring everlasting results in this life and the Next and, Godwilling, Allah subahanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) will tag you as Hishomies in this life and the Hereafter.Make the Qur`an Our Best FriendOftentimes, when we’re sad or lonely, when we’re bursting with joy orexcitement, when we’re apathetic or just need some down time, we post it.We let everyone know how we’re feeling, what we’re thinking, somethingthat went down in our day or what we wished didn’t go down. We oftentreat Facebook as a best friend; checking it and reconnecting frequently.Here’s our opportunity to start shifting that connection; let’s start callingAllah’s Book our BEST FRIEND. With ourselves, let’s start using the term,“Best Friend,” for the Qur’an.If you have a human best friend, think about the way you run to answer theircall when you know they’re about to tell you the outcome of a life-changingdecision. Think about the way you laugh when you’re chilling together atthe beach or having a conversation over dinner. Think about the way that Brought to you by
  3. 3. you dial their number before anyone else’s, knowing almost with certaintythat they will pick up the phone and be there for your comfort.Now, apply that same understanding of your best friend relationship to theQur’an. If you take the Qur’an as your Best Friend, you’ll run to it when yousee it near, knowing it’s calling you, ready to listen to whatever it wants toshare for your own benefit, guidance and happiness. When you’redistraught, feeling lonely or at loss, you’ll go to your Best Friend, hold it toyour heart, open it and begin reading it, reciting from it, reveling in its mind-blowing empathy, its heart-warming sympathy, it’s perfection of wisdomwhich relates directly to your situations. When you’re excited beyondmeasure; ready to jump through the roof because you finally got into thatschool, got that job, regained your health, going to get married to yourdream person or had the blessing of your child, you’re going to pick it upand shed tears of joy or words of elation with it, knowing that in reality,you’re going back to the One Who gave you all that you’re excited about inthe first place.Making the Qur’an your best friend begins with a paradigm shift; this is notsimply a Holy Book; it’s the pinnacle of your life, it’s your first supporter,your constant companion, your guide, the keeper of your secrets—it’s yourBest Friend.Building Our RelationshipHaving taken the Qur’an as a best friend, we must also make a commitmentto building our relationship with it. Best friends don’t happen overnight; webecome continuously attached to the person we’ve already connected withbecause of our consistent ability to reconnect and re-align. So too, with theQur’an. The Qur’an is always there, waiting to be your closest homie! Why?Because when we establish a relationship with the Qur’an, we are, in reality,establishing a relationship with the One Who created us and knows us best.He tells us, “I am as My servant thinks I am. I am with him when he makesmention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention ofhim to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I makemention of him in an assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me anarm’s length, I draw near to him a fathom’s length. And if he comes to Mewalking, I go to him at speed,” (Hadith Qudsi, Bukhari). When we thinkabout God, when we make an effort to draw nearer to Him, He comes to uswith speed. Therefore, let us run to Him through our relationship with theQur’an!Set a certain amount of Qur’an that we must read, regardless of thecircumstances, every day. Make sure this amount is in a language that weunderstand. If we can read Arabic and understand some of it, then read the Brought to you by
  4. 4. Arabic but also read a translation. Allah (swt) revealed the Qur’an in thelanguage of the Arabs for them to understand it so that they can live by andbe transformed by it. Thus, read it in a language that will impact your life,and do it daily. From 20 pages to only 1 verse, do whatever amount you cando consistently and stick with it because the Prophet (peace be upon him)taught us that the best actions are those that are small, but consistent(Bukhari). Reading the Qur’an daily, year-round, is better than reading a tononly in Ramadan and then disregarding it. How can a relationship flourish toits fullest if it is only maintained once a year?Facebook can be a great networking tool, but if used obsessively, we canbecome addicted to a media which often brings minute tangible benefits toour lives. Allah’s Book is an incredible networking tool which will connectus to the Creator of the Universe, the One through Whom we can gaintangible benefit in this life and the eternal hereafter. Let’s go to Allah’sBook—to our Best Friend—to the Qur`an—because the best “like” is whenAllah (swt) likes your life. “… Allah is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him – those are the party of Allah . Unquestionably, the party of Allah – they are the successful.” (Qur`an 58:22)Note: This article is written by Maryam Amir Ebrahimi and is taken from here Brought to you by