The way I see it, as people, we tend to build a strong and solid slab of worldly life for ourselves and our families on which we rest the foundations of our present and future life on earth.
1. The Bottom Slab.
This bottom or primary slab of earthly life generally consists of a good education, career, business, marriage, children and family life and social contacts.
We forget that the essentials and wherewithal of life on earth are guaranteed for all by Allah, before we are even born.
Allah said so most clearly and definitively in the Qur’an:
Wa lakum fil ardwi mustaqwarrun wa mataa-un ilaa heen.
But we go through our entire life on earth as if we never really heard Allah say that to us.
As if we never knew the Qur’an contained that passage. And as if we never read it in the Qur’an.
And as if we did not really believe or trust Allah’s word.
As a result, we spend all our time, talent, energy and resources building and consolidating that primary bottom slab of earthly life beneath us and our families and friends.
2. The Middle Slab.
Then the more blessed ones among us, or those whom Allah intends to test, are shown the path to the Qur’an.
And those, out of this selected group, those who are truly blessed, are then enabled to receive and handle and read the Qur’an and benefit from the Qur’an the way they should.
Says the Qur’an:
Yatloonahu haqqwa tilaawatihi.
These are the ones who have been given the book and they give the reading and recitation of that book its due.
They are Ahlul Qur’an – the People of the Qur’an.
Or, if you will, they are part of the rubric of the true People of the Book.
Now, these blessed people try and do everything in their power to rise to the demands of that privilege that has been conferred upon them by being led to the Qur’an.
The Qur’an becomes their sole occupation in life. The Qur’an becomes the most overpowering passion of their existence on earth.
In fact, these blessed and privileged people harness every bit of time, talent, energy and resources they have been blessed with by God in the service of the Qur’an.
They now devote their lives to meeting the demands of their lofty and crushing position in life of being the Ahlul Qur’an.
For, they now carry on their fragile human shoulders the same Qur’an that would have reduced a mountain to a mound of dust if God had chosen to place that mighty Qur’an upon it.
They now constantly live in the exhilaration as well as excruciation of having been taken to a place where they read and recite the Qur’an the way it should be read and recited – with all the implications and requirements of being able to do so on earth as mortal human beings.
3. The Summit Slab
And then above all else rests that solitary rock of the back-breaking responsibility of having to take the Qur’an to every one of God’s creatures everywhere.
And these blessed people – the people of the second slab, the people I referred to earlier as Ahlul Qur’an – then devote their entire lives, every scintilla of their time, energy, wealth and all other resources, to taking the Qur’an to every home and heart in every nook and cranny of the world that needs it.
And which one does not?
And in trying to build a life on earth for all of God’s creation based on the models and principles provided by God in the Qur’an.
That goal and that responsibility thereafter dominate and drive their lives on earth till they depart this world to meet their lord in Jannat.
There, they will be greeted by angels with the exhilarating message of Salaamun Alaikum Tibtum.
And the Qur’an will be waiting to receive them and escort them personally to the presence of God.