Recognizing the Greatness of the Allah’s Speech: Sheikh Salih al-‘Usaymi

During the month of Ramadan 1442 AH, sheikh Salih al-‘Usaymi shared the following piece of benefit via his Twitter account:

ذَكرَ اللهُ عَظَمةَ القرآن في قوله: ﴿لو أَنزلنا هذا القرآنَ على جبلٍ لرأَيتَهُ خاشعًا متصدِّعًا من خشيةِ اللَّهِ﴾؛ ثمَّ أتبعه الخبر عن نفسه بجملةٍ من أسمائه الحسنى، لا نظير لتتابعها في غير هذا الموضع من القرآن؛ لأنَّ جلالة المتكلِم تُعرِّف الخلق بجلالة ما تكلَّم به؛ فمن وقرت في قلبه معرفة الله عرف عظنة كلامه ، وعرف ثقله الذي يتصدع به الجبل من خشية الله ، كما قال ﴿إِنَّا سَنُلْقِي عَلَيْكَ قَوْلًا ثَقِيلًا﴾ واحتملته قلوب المؤمنين مع ثقله لأن الله خففه عليها بتيسيره ﴿وَلَقَدْ يَسَّرْنَا الْقُرْآنَ لِلذِّكْرِ فَهَلْ مِن مُّدَّكِرٍ﴾

Allah mentioned the greatness of the Qur’an when He said:

لَوْ أَنزَلْنَا هَٰذَا الْقُرْآنَ عَلَىٰ جَبَلٍ لَّرَأَيْتَهُ خَاشِعًا مُّتَصَدِّعًا مِّنْ خَشْيَةِ اللَّهِ

Had We sent down this Quran on a mountain, you would surely have seen it humbling itself and rending asunder by the fear of Allah. [59:21]

He then followed that up with some information about Himself in a grouping of His beautiful names unlike any other throughout the Qur’an in terms of how many names are mentioned in succession. He did that because the majesty of the speaker informs the creation of the majesty of what the speaker has said.

So if knowledge of Allah takes firm hold in one’s heart, he will recognize the greatness of Allah’s speech and recognize its great weightiness which would make the mountain fall apart out for reverence for Allah. This is as Allah said:

إِنَّا سَنُلْقِي عَلَيْكَ قَوْلًا ثَقِيلًا

We shall certainly send a weight word down to you [73:5]

but despite its weightiness, the hearts of the believers can bear it because Allah has lighted that weightiness for them by making it easy:

وَلَقَدْ يَسَّرْنَا الْقُرْآنَ لِلذِّكْرِ فَهَلْ مِن مُّدَّكِرٍ

And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy for remembering, then are there any who will remember? [54:17]

[As found on the sheikh’s Twitter here on April 29, 2021]

See also: How to Acquire a Firm Understanding of Tafsir: Sheikh Saalih al-‘Usaymi

See also: How to Approach Reciting the Qur’an: Ibn Qudamah

See also: They Have Not Appraised Allah with His True Value: Tafsir al-Sa’di

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