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Submitters Perspective

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Increase My Knowledge

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[47:24] Why do they not study the Quran carefully? Do they have locks on their minds?

[55:1-4] The Most Gracious.  Teacher of the Quran. Creator of the human beings. He taught them how to distinguish.

[16:78] God brought you out of your mothers’ bellies knowing nothing, and He gave you the hearing, the eyesight, and the brains, that you may be appreciative.

When we sincerely take the initiative and open up our hearts to study Quran, God will then teach it to us, increase our knowledge and augment our belief. On the other hand, He seals our minds and blocks our vision if we choose to be misguided:

[39:22] If God renders one’s heart content with Submission, he will be following a light from his Lord. Therefore, woe to those whose hearts are hardened against GOD’s message; they have gone far astray.

[19:75] Say, “Those who choose to go astray, the Most Gracious will lead them on, until they see what is promised for them―either the retribution or the Hour. That is when they find out who really is worse off, and weaker in power.”

[19:76] God augments the guidance of those who choose to be guided. For the good deeds are eternally rewarded by your Lord, and bring far better returns.

[16:108] Those are the ones whom God has sealed their hearts, and their hearing, and their eyesight. Consequently, they remain unaware.

Learning is a journey that never ends. God clearly emphasizes this for us by inviting us to read Quran every Dawn and meditate with it at Night. We take it to the outside world and apply it to whatever we go through in life. A single verse could be the tool to deal with various matters or situations that we encounter at different times because of this amazing dynamic characteristic, but we cannot

get inspired differently by this one verse unless we keep on reading and studying Quran daily.

[17:78-9] You shall observe the Contact Prayer (Salat) when the sun declines from its highest point at noon, as it moves towards sunset. You shall also observe (the recitation of) the Quran at dawn. (Reciting) the Quran at dawn is witnessed. During the night, you shall meditate for extra credit, that your Lord may raise you to an honorable rank.

[73:1-8] 0 you cloaked one. Meditate during the night, except rarely. Half of it, or a little less. Or a little more. And read the Quran from cover to cover.  We will give you a heavy message. The meditation at night is more effective, and more righteous.  You have a lot of time during the day for other matters. You shall commemorate the name of your Lord, to come ever closer and closer to Him.

The following verse delivers a strong lesson for all of us that we must persevere in finding our answers WITHIN the light of Quran. This will never be achieved if we do not continue the process of learning and benefiting from its dynamic character.

[5:101] O you who believe, do not ask about matters which, if revealed to you prematurely, would hurt you. If you ask about them in light of the Quran, they will become obvious to you. GOD has deliberately overlooked them. GOD is Forgiver, Clement.

God invites us to work our hardest in examining all words and following the best. This invitation implies that we keep an open eye and heart to new information and sincerely verify it in the light of Quran. It also implies that we can expect to struggle and research His words in order to find the ones that best suit our need in a given time. We must go through this procedure constantly with every situation that arises in life. This is when we become inspired with new perspectives of verses which we had not grasped before. God almighty knows that the dynamic character of Quran is what motivates us to continuously search and examine all His words, and He renders them as a convenient source for answers we are in need of:

[39:18] They are the ones who examine all words, then follow the best. These are the ones whom GOD has guided; these are the ones who possess intelligence.

God commands us to use our brains, the eyesight and the hearing  to verify information. This, by itself, is an invitation to grow in knowledge based on facts and proofs.

[17:36] You shall not accept any information, unless you verify it for yourself. I have given you the hearing, the eyesight, and the brain, and you are responsible for using them.

In conclusion, this is a reminder to implore God day and night so we don’t let the miraculous and precise words of God STAGNATE in us. A reminder to continue to VALUE them and to avoid becoming trapped in the darkness of our wild egos. A reminder that we will LEARN from Quran something NEW and REACH FOR a better or different application of God’s teachings everyday. A reminder that we REMAIN among those who always CHOOSE God’s guidance, VERIFY all information in the light of Quran and DISMISS conjecture and innovations. A reminder that we will always STAND for our free will and DESTROY all shackles imposed by the wicked jinns and humans to stop us from increasing our knowledge, advancing our souls and evolving around the dynamic words of God.

[20:114] Most Exalted is God, the only true King. Do not rush into uttering the Quran before it is revealed to you, and say, “My Lord, increase my knowledge.”

Frank

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Quran: Healing for the Brain

HelpGuide.org from Harvard Medical School lists memorization and mental game playing as part of possible prevention and even reduction of the dementia

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