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Should someone read Qur'aan or History?

All praises be to Allaah, Lord and Sustainer of the worlds, and may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and upon his family and companions.

It is very important for anyone who is eager to read and learn to prioritize his learning. History is usually not authentic and history is not what we base our actions on; rather, it is the Book of Allaah and Sunnah of His Messenger upon which every thing is based, therefore no beginner should waste time on reading history, though knowing the Seerah of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is important.  For the Seerah, the book "The Sealed Nectar" is sufficient.

The most important knowledge to obtain is the Book of Allaah, through a trustworthy explaination. Tafseer Ibn Katheer is one such explanation of the Qur'aan which one must read in order to understand the Book of Allaah.

The Qur'aan is the word of the Lord of the Worlds, which He revealed to His Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), to bring mankind forth from darkness into light: 

The Qur'aan is the Book of Allaah for all of mankind, as Allaah says: 

"Verily, We have sent down to you (O Muhammad) the Book (this Qur'aan) for mankind in truth. So whosoever accepts the guidance, it is only for his ownself; and whosoever goes astray, he goes astray only for his (own) loss. And you (O Muhammad) are not a Wakeel (trustee or disposer of affairs, or guardian) over them."

[al-Zumar 39:41]

Allaah says: 

"Had We sent down this Qur'aan on a mountain, you would surely have seen it humbling itself and rent asunder by the fear of Allaah. Such are the parables which We put forward to mankind that they may reflect."

[al-Hashr 58:21] 

The Prophet (May Allah bless him and give him peace) said about the Qur'aan in a hadith:

"There will be much confusion and turmoil [in the future] and the way out of this confusion/turmoil is the Book of Allah. Indeed in it [i.e. the Qur'an] is the history of those who were before you. And in it [i.e. the Qur'an] is the news of those after you [i.e. future events]. And in it is the ruling for the current situations you find yourselves in. And the Qur'an is a decisive word and not a light joke. Whichever tyrant turns against it (leaves it), Allah breaks his backbone. And whoever seeks guidance in other than it, Allah leads him astray. The Qur'an is Allah's firm rope. And the Qur'an is a book of wisdom. And the Qur'an is the Straight Path. People's caprices/desires cannot alter it. And people's tongues cannot mess it up. The scholars are never bored by reading it [as they discover new meanings in it each time]. And the Qur'an does not become "old" and "worn" by repeatedly reciting it. Its wonders never end. And this is the Qur'an that the Jinn said about "Indeed we have heard a wondrous recitation. It guides to the right path so we have believed in it." [surah Jinn]. Whoever speaks by quoting its verses has told the truth. Whoever acts according to it is given a reward. And whoever decides legal cases with it has done justice. And whoever calls to it is guided to the Straight Path."

(Recorded by Tirmidhi, hadith number 2831)

May the owner of this Qur'aan give us the ability to learn it and be sincere in acting on it.

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