BLIND RECITATION OF THE QURAN
Muslims are the only people on earth who have added a new meaning to the word ‘read’ – reading without the need to understand.
And that too to the words of God! Despite the Qur’an declaring in no unclear words that it has been revealed for the purpose that “its verses be pondered over and the people of intellect beneﬁt from them.”
Also, the asserted reason by the Qur’an for the abstention of Salah when in the state of intoxication is so that one can comprehend and ponder over what is being recited of the Qur’an. We have masses of Muslims who have been blind-reading for generations to the effect that it has become the norm.
It is critical for us to ponder over the following important question; if the original aim of a particular edict changes or is eliminated, then is this edict still relevant or warranted to continue as normal, or should there be a necessary reevaluation?
MOCKERY OF THE BOOK OF ALLAH
Moreover, the blind-recitation has become so critical that for the vast majority Muslims Taraweeh and general Tilawah is a racing track or a SINGING CONTEST. It is pure mockery of the Book of Allah. And the worst part of it all is, no one cares about reflecting on the contents of the Qur’an, as long as empty rituals get fulﬁlled for the congregators and pockets are ﬁlled for the fraudulent performers.
Reading the Qur’an for some empty ritual other than seeking guidance, enlightenment, injunctions, evidence etc in my view is straight and straight mockery of it. Indeed, in this way the Qur’an has been largely abandoned in terms of practice by it’s so-called adherents. The power of the Qur’an is only yielded when it is applied on the ground. Ask yourself; if the Qur’an lights the ‘straight path’ as a torch would, who in their right mind then would abandon the use of the torch in the darkness of this world?
WHAT WE NEED IS QURAN COMPREHENSION COMPETITIONS RATHER THAN QURAN RECITATION COMPETITIONS
MUSLIMS HAVE TURNED ISLAM INTO A GAME OF MARIO
They collect this sawab (reward) and that one, that is all.
Recite certain verses, instant sawab, fast an extra day, extra sawab, spin the rosary bead, another sawab.
Recite excessive Darood & Salawat on the Prophet 300 times a day, 700 times,1000 times, all day.
Speak up for Human Rights? Understand the Quran? No, thanks Too much effort. Let’s focus on collecting sawab.
Traditional scholars/imams emphasize on trivial things to pursue rather than things that matter such as: Justice, Human Rights, Intellect, and Ethics.
No wonder why the Ummah is in the State of Coma!