Chapter 25 verse 31
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Chapter 25 verse 31

Qur’an Treated as a Discarded Thing

Allah States in the Holy Qur’an:




And the Messenger will say, ‘O my Lord, my people indeed treated this Qur’an as a discarded thing.’ (Chapter 25 Verse 31)


There is also a hadith which states:


عن علي بن أبي طالب رضي الله عنه، قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم:”يوشك أن أو سيأتي على الناس زمان لا يبقى من الإسلام إلا اسمه، ولا يبقى من القرآن إلا رسمه، مساجدهم يومئذ عامرة وهي خراب من الهدى، علماؤهم شر من تحت أديم السماء، منهم أو من عندهم خرجت أو تخرج أو يمدح الفتنة وفيهم تعود“


‘Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib (ra) narrates that the Messenger of Allāh (sa) said: “A time will come in the near future when there will be nothing left of the Islam except its name. And there will be nothing left of the Holy Qur’ān except its words. The mosques of that age will apparently be full of people, but will be empty of righteousness. Their ‘Ulamā’ will be the worst creatures under the heaven. Discourse will rise from them and will come right back to them.”(Mishkat)


This ayah of the Qur’an also illustrates what the condition of the Muslims will be like in the end times and what the reformer would say. Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood Ahmad(ra) has beautifully explained this verse. He states:


“The expression “my people” may apply to the Quraish of Mecca who were the Holy Prophet’s people and were the Qur’an’s immediate addressees. More appropriately the words may apply to all Muslims, who have discarded the Qur’an and have thrown it behind their backs. Perhaps never during the last 14 centuries the Qur’an was so much neglected and ignored by the Muslims as it is today. There is a saying of the Holy Prophet to the effect : “A time will come upon my people when there will remain nothing of Islam but its name and of the Qur’an but its words” (Baihaqi, Shu’ab al Iman). The present indeed is that time. The emphasis on the word “this” in the expression “this Qur’an” is full of pathos. The Holy Prophet(saw) is represented here as saying that his people have discarded such a blessed book as this Qur’an in which there is light and guidance for them and which is God’s greatest book for mankind and which has been revealed to raise them to the highest pinnacles of moral and spiritual eminence” (Five Volume Commentary of the Holy Qur’an, Page 1892)