Few days ago, I was watching the news when I stumbled upon a report about Pastor Terry Jones who is planning to burn the Qur'aan on 9/11. At first, I got really sad and upset and I wanted to cry at the thought that the beautiful words of Allah swt were going to be burnt with such an act of ignorance and there was nothing I could do about it. I wonder if Terry Jones ever read the Qur'aan, and if he did and wasn't at least touched by its beauty, Ireally feel sorry for him. The more I watched the report, the more disturbing it became. I found myself helpless in front of such a blatant insult and offense towards the Qur'aan and the Muslims. But then, I got an epiphany.
This man could not burn the Qur'aan. He can burn pieces of paper on which the
Qur'aan is printed, but he certainly can not burn the Qur'aan. Why you may ask? Because, the Quran is preserved in al-lawh al-mahfuz (The Preserved Tablet) as Allah tells us in the Qur'aan:
(85:21) Nay; but this is a glorious Qur'an,
(85:22) inscribed on a well-guarded Tablet
[We have sent down the Reminder, and We will preserve it.] (Al-Hijr 15: 9)
This is the promise of Allah swt. He has promised to preserve the Qur'aan. What these verses infer is that the Qur'aan is inscribed in the Preserved Tablet of Allah swt, and as such even if the whole world came together to corrupt it or destroy it, they wouldn't be able to. Let's rejoice brothers and sisters,Man can not destroy the Qur'aan. If we trust Allah, which we should as Muslims, then there is nothing that we should worry about.
The Qur'aan further states that
"It is nothing less than a message to all nations" (Quran 68:52).Therefore, regardless of our attachment to it, it doesn't belong to us. It was revealed to all humanity, so this pastor is burning his own book. Also, when the Qur'aan was revealed, technology was almost non-existent, it wasn't printed with ink on beautiful pages,however it was printed in the heart of the believers with the ink of ALLAH swt. It's been over 1400 years today, and that Qur'aan is still alive in the hearts of the Muslims as it was then. There are millions of hafiz ( people who have memorized the entire Qur'aan ) today everywhere in the world, so even if all the Qur'aans in the world were burnt,it wouldn't make a difference because the Qur'aan is alive in the hearts of the Muslims.
Let us then remember that the believers are those who believe in the Unseen and the will of Allah swt. So,if Allah swt allows this to happen, then alhamdulilah because the words of ALLAH SWT can not be extinguished by Man.Like someone said recently "True destruction of the Quran cannot be done with fire, it is destroyed when we fail to remember and practice it's lessons in our daily lives "
And finally, the Qur’aan says:
“Therefore excuse them and proclaim, “Peace”; for they will soon come to know.” (Al-Zukhruf, 43:89).
Then, regardless of how sensitive this can be ,or how painful it is, we will not react to it by violence, or bigotry, we will be on our best behavior according to the teachings of Islam embodied by the character of Rassululah saw. So, Terry Jones, go ahead you can burn ten thousands Qur'Aans if you want, but you can't burn the light of the Qur'aan in the hearts of the believers.