In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Responsibilities of a Muslim
By Irshad Mahmood - Director, Siraat-al-Mustaqeem Dawah Centre

I created the jinn and humankind only that they might worship Me, (Ref: Al_Quraan_051:056).

وَلَقَدْ يَسَّرْنَا الْقُرْآنَ لِلذِّكْرِ فَهَلْ مِن مُّدَّكِر
And we have indeed made the Quraan easy to understand and remember, then is there any that will remember (or receive admonition), (Ref: Al_Quraan_054.017)?

Alif Lam Ra (This is) a Book, whose verses are made decisive (basic or fundamental), then are they made plain (explained in detail), from the Wise, All-aware (Allah), (Ref: Al_Quraan_011.001).

Quraan is the ONLY Book of Guidance which can help find the Responsibility of a Muslim:

This is the Scripture whereof there is no doubt, a guidance unto those who ward off (evil), (Ref: Al_Quraan_002.002).

(To get Guidance you must have to read it with understanding)

The Demands of Quraan:

The Quraan makes five major demands of every Muslim. In a simple language, these demands are as follows:

A Muslim is required:

1> to believe in the Quraan;
2> to read it;
3> to understand it;
4> to act upon its teachings; and
5> to convey its message and teachings to others;

… Recite the Quraan in slow, measured rhythmic tones, (Ref: Al_Quraan_073.004).

(So don’t rush to finish it, instead take your time to understand each and every Ayaat.)

Possible Cure to our Misconception in Understanding the Quraan:

First: You need to keep all your previous understanding a side.

Second: Your Believe should be like Quraan is the word of Allah, it is the only Authentic Book in the world and it is not comparable to any other book. In Quraan you will find Questions and Answers to many things. It is Great like Sky.

Third: Hadith is written over 200 years after Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) and it may contain Errors. It is like Earth.

Last: Rest of the thoughts are buried in the Earth.

In Simple Words :::::>>>>>

Number 1 is Quraan
Number 2 is Hadith:    We must believe on Those Authentic Hadeeth which do not contradict the Quraan.
Number 3 is The Rest

Generally I found peoples believe the other way and which is totally wrong :::>>>

              Number 1 is Imaam of the Masjid (Maulaana, Mufti)
              Number 2 is Hadith
              Number 3 is Quraan

We need to find where we went wrong and we need to correct ourselves before it gets too late.

In the beginning of Surat Al_Baqara, Allah said ::::>>>

This is the Scripture whereof there is no doubt, a guidance unto those who ward off (evil), (Ref: Al_Quraan_002.002).

Who can get Guidance from it:

Who believe in the unseen, and establish worship, and spend of that We have bestowed upon them; (Ref: Al_Quraan_002.003).

And who believe in that which is revealed unto thee (Muhammad) and that which was revealed before thee, and are certain of the Hereafter, (Al_Quraan_002.004).

These depend on guidance from their Lord. These are the successful, (Al_Quraan_002.005).

Reciting Quraan in a Group: One person should read and rest must listen to him:

When the Quraan is read, listen to it with attention, and hold your peace: that you may receive mercy (otherwise may be not), (Ref: Al_Quraan_007.204).

(To get real Mercy of Allah, you must have to listen carefully when the Quraan is read in a Group otherwise you may not get the real MERCY from Allah. Reciting Quraan should never be like everybody is reading independently and no body are listening to one person, like in Quraan Khanee.)

… Recite the Quraan in slow, measured rhythmic tones. (Al_Quraan_073.004).

(So don’t rush to finish it, instead take your time to understand each and every Ayaat.)

Baaith / Oath / Promises: Fulfill your Promises with Allah and Enter into Islaam Completely:

And when We made a covenant with you and raised the mountain over you: Take hold of what We have given you with firmness and be obedient. They said: We hear and disobey. And they were made to imbibe (the love of) the calf into their hearts on account of their unbelief Say: Evil is that which your belief bids you if you are believers, (Al_Quraan_002.093).

O Prophet! when believing women come to you giving you a pledge that they will not associate aught with Allah, and will not steal, and will not commit fornication, and will not kill their children, and will not bring a calumny which they have forged of themselves, and will not disobey you in what is good, accept their pledge, and ask forgiveness for them from Allah; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful, (Ref: Al_Quraan_060.012).

Enter into Islam whole-heartedly, and follow not the footsteps of the evil one, (Al_Quraan_002.208).

Allah Protects ONLY Those who keeps doing Dawah and those who helps them in doing Dawah:

At many places Allah mentioned that HE protects ONLY those who keeps doing Dawah and those who helps them as well (Ref: specially read Al_Quraan chapter_007). So don't fear Shaitaan and Fear Allah only and keep doing Dawah from the depth of your heart.

When some of them said: "Why do you preach to a people whom Allah will destroy or visit with a terrible punishment?"- said the preachers:" To discharge our duty to your Lord, and perchance they may fear Him", (Ref: Al_Quraan_007:164).

When they neglected the warnings that had been given them, We rescued (ONLY) those who forbade Evil; but We overtook the wrong-doers with a grievous punishment because they were given to transgression, (Ref: Al_Quraan_007:165).

Here points to be noted, what happened to those who were not doing Dawah nor helping those who were doing Dawah, instead they were asking those who were doing Dawah that "Why do you preach to a people whom Allah will destroy or visit with a terrible punishment?". They were not saved while those who were doing Dawah were saved only.

In the Quraan Allah has mentioned detail commands, below is the website on Alphabetical Extracts of Dos and Don'ts from the Quraan:

If anyone desires a religion OTHER than Islaam (Submission to Allah), NEVER will it be accepted of him: and in the Hereafter he will be in the rank of those who have LOST (their selves in the hell of fire), (Al_Quraan_003.085).

O you who believe! whoever from among you turns back from his religion, then Allah will bring a people, He shall love them and they shall love Him, lowly before the believers, mighty against the unbelievers, they shall strive hard in Allah's way and shall not fear the censure of any censurer; this is Allah's Face, He gives it to whom He pleases, and Allah is Ample-giving, Knowing, (Al_Quraan_005.054).

And whoso disobeys Allah and His messenger and transgresses His limits, He will make him enter Fire, where he will dwell forever; his will be a shameful doom, (Al_Quraan_004.014).

Non-Practicing Muslims are like ASS / Donkey carrying books, (Ref: Al_Quraan_062.005).

None argue concerning the revelations (Ayaat) of Allah but those who disbelieve …, (Ref: Al_Quraan_040.004).

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