Recently, I had sent out some Ahaadeeth (Plural for Hadith) on doing Khatm -- complete reading of all 30 Juz of the Qur'an.
And I was awaiting reaction. One came. And here is its gist:
"Subhanallah, what amazing set of Ahadeeth these are! Why have these Ahaadeeth been hidden from us, so to speak, and no one till today mentioned them to us. It seems Shaytan will have us do anything but the Qur'an."
Allah bless the person behind that comment! This reaction on the part of the reader brought a lot of joy to my heart.
For, how we react to Qur'an and Hadith tells us a great deal about who and what we are. That is because the Qur'an -- and by extension Hadith -- is like a mirror in which we see our true face.
As to why these Ahaadeeth (plural for Hadith) are not widely shared among Muslims, the explanation is pretty much the same old one: The overdependence that Muslims have developed on convoluted lectures by the Qussaas and Storymongers.
Muslims would rather give and listen to lectures without direction or purpose than provide systematic and authentic education to each other.
And good Muslims, it would seem, gravitate to these professional Lecturers and Storytellers, with titles like Shaikh, Imam, Mowlana, Mufti and the rest, like moths to fire.
And the results are obvious. They get burned.
And then Muslims complain -- Good Muslims more than others maybe -- that things are not getting better for Muslims.