The Qur’an

“So, it is upon you to tend to the Qur’an – the pillar of the heart, the light of the chest, the remover of sadness. And this time period is the period of memorization of the Qur’an. I started in and benefited greatly from the days of training in 1969 (when fighting in Palestine). I benefited greatly from the memorization of the Qur’an, and it was the period of golden purity of the heart and spirit. So, it is easy for you to memorize here; very easy…yes. I had a large-print Mushaf, and during the time in which I would stand guard at night, I would repeat what I had memorized during the day. So, if I mispronounced a word, I opened it, and I would read it using the light of the Moon. As for now, I cannot even see using the light of the Sun, so, we ask Allah to strengthen our eyesight…

So, try to memorize five verses of the Qur’an everyday, and start with ‘al-Anfal.’ Everyday, after the morning prayer, make for yourself a sitting with the Noble Qur’an. Memorize five verses of ‘al-Anfal,’ and review the five verses from the previous day. You can memorize it in fifteen days: seventy-five verses, five verses each day…this should be very easy on you…

Our brother, Khalid Qablan – who was martyred two days ago in Khost, Abu al-Walid, from Riyad – was martyred on Friday, at 2:30 p.m. I visited his brothers after his martyrdom, not knowing that he had been martyred, and everyone who was around him said that everything about him indicated that he was preparing for the Hereafter. They said that he would choose to stand guard from midnight to 1:00 a.m., then he would stay up in prayer until the Fajr. He would make the adhan for Fajr, then pray. After that, he would begin his adhkar. He would fast every Monday and Thursday – continuously – and the White Days (13th, 14th, 15th day of each month), and the six days of Shawwal. They also said that on the night before Friday – and it was the final night of his life – he stood guard from midnight to 1:00 a.m., stayed up in prayer until the Fajr, made the adhan for Fajr, prayed, made his morning adhkar, then we moved to the location of the battle for that day. On the way there, he recited ‘al-Kahf,’ and increased in his invoking of peace and blessings upon the Prophet. When we arrived – his companion from Yemen narrates – “I asked him if he had finished his recitation of ‘al-Kahf,’ and he said: “Yes.” Then, we started firing the mortar rounds, and the nineteenth shell exploded inside the mortar, and many pieces of shrapnel entered his body. He gasped only twice, then he submitted his soul to the Lord of the Worlds.””

[‘Fi at-Tarbiyah al-Jihadiyyah wal-Bina”; 2/40-42]

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