We are in no comparison, whether recitation of Qur’an or in struggle,
Not only did some Companions of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) succumb to death,
Others perished in battle or traveled long distances while Revelation descended,
How can you think, say or believe, you ‘know’ more Qur’an than any of the Companions?
‘Knowing’ implies understanding, ‘reading’ implies being a fluent Arabic speaker,
Even the Sahaba who had given their lives early knew more Qur’an than us,
Arabic perfection, mother-tongue and language, linguistic masterpieces,
Sahaba would study one iyat for years before moving onto the next,
Incorporating every command into every action, while we pride ourselves on self-given titles,
Shall we not register revolution, will we not relinquish ignorance?
Bilal (ra) the first mu’adhdhin (caller to prayer) yet we forget his elegance in replace of musical shaitan boxes and artists (Muslim or not),
Wahshy ibn Harb (ra) killed Hamza (ra), Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) uncle and a leading Muslim general,
Yet, the same man Wahshy (ra) accepted Islam and later killed Musaylimah, one of the most formidable opponents during the Wars of Apostasy,
As we forge lies in concrete between teeth, speaking of ‘knowing more’ Islam than Sahaba,
I ask those of our time who claim to hold knowledge, describe Al-Nahdiah (ra), Lubaynah (ra), Umm Ubays (ra), and Harithah bint al-Muammil (ra)?
We are merely surrounded by faulty mountain passes, waiting to relish in darkness pretending to be light,
For he and she of old, who met Prophet Muhammad (pbuh),
It is better for them to have heard Qur’an recited from his own lips, than for us to read in quiet books,
Quiet revolutions burden dumbfounded remembrance,
Not my words of defeat nor boast, reading Sirin’s (ra) words of poetry,
For those who boast of achievement, how similar have you become to Suhayb ar-Rumi (ra)?
One Arab boy taken prisoner by Romans, escaped twenty years later, accepted Islam alongside Prophet Muhammad (pbuh),
His standing among the Muslims was so high that he was nominated by Umar ibn al-Khattab (ra) to lead the Muslims (both in prayers and as the head of the Muslim community) in the period between Umar’s (ra) death and the election of his successor,
Who among lofty goals and expectations was promised Jannah? Speaking directly to the Muslims of our time who speak of knowing ‘more’ Qur’an,
Can you say you are equal to Abdullah ibn Salam (ra)?
Once a rabbi, yet accepted Islam, he was the first Muslim explicitly promised Jannah by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh),
(Qur’an, 46:10) Tafsir al-Jalalayn mentions in its exegesis of this verse, that the “witness” in the verse refers to Abdullah ibn Salam (ra)
Will you say you are equal to Safiyya bint Huyayy (ra), one of the Ummahat-al-Mu’mineen?
Banu Najjar ‘The Carpenter Family’ a Jewish family who accepted Islam under the Tree are better than all of us combined,
Known as the Ansar allegiance under the tree, they were the first Ansar Muslims of Medina, among them was the fabled Abu Ayyub al-Ansari,
Are any of us, equal to Abu Ayyub al-Ansari?
He was the host of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and participated and was martyred in the First Siege of Constantinople at age 80,
As time continues, Muslims of our time continue to boast,
Every Facebook Muslim has become his or her own scholar,
Forgetting Salman al-Farsi (ra) embarked on a long and continuous journey, it was his suggestion to build a trench in the Battle of the Trench,
Today we end our discussion, wishing for tongues to be silenced, unless they are used for good, not conjecture…